Couples seeking an exciting, romantic Florida getaway can look to the beautiful beaches, excellent dining, lively nightlife and rich cultural venues of enchanting Siesta Key. A paradise of silky pure quartz sand, vivid tropical birds, boundless waterfront recreation and year-round sunshine, Siesta Key is the perfect southern escape.

The Beaches  
With its award-winning miles of surf-fringed white sand, the scenic shoreline of this west coast barrier island is ideal for romantic strolls, invigorating runs or a quiet read under an umbrella. Many Siesta Key vacation rentals are close to the island’s world-famous beaches, including the public beach, a life-guarded stretch of sand with a snack bar, showers, picnic area, lighted tennis courts, playground equipment and on-the-sand volleyball courts.

Vacationing couples might prefer Turtle Beach at the southern end where somewhat coarser sand makes for better shell-seeking, and the crowds are sparser. Just south of the public beach, Crescent Beach boasts an excellent scuba and snorkeling spot called Point of Rocks while twosomes seeking a spot of privacy may opt to check out Palmer Point Beach, a secluded stretch running to the north end of upscale Casey Key.

Cultural events and festivals abound in the area, and Siesta Key vacation rentals put couples in the hub of some of Florida’s best ballet, art and theater. Just a short drive from Siesta Key, the historic city of Sarasota is the site of musical venues including the Sarasota Ballet, the Jazz Club of Sarasota and the Florida West Coast Symphony. Theatrical performances range from the dinner theater to big name concert performances. Art galleries, craft shops and chic boutiques flood the streets, and the annual Siesta Key Craft Festival is a fun-filled outdoor showcase of paintings, sculpture and jewelry. Other annual events include Sarasota County Arts Day, the Venice Boat Parade of Lights and the famous Crystal Classic World Championship Sand Sculpting Contest.

The Nightlife
When the balmy Florida evening falls, local nightlife center Siesta Village comes to life where seaside bars and pubs boast a colorful tropical vibe. The ever-popular Daiquiri Deck offers lunch, dinner and entertainment for any age group while The Beach Club features creative cocktails, outdoor seating and dancing. Sunday night brings the Siesta Key Drum Circle, a celebration of percussion, dancing and juggling, all lit up by a festive ceremonial fire. An evening jaunt into Sarasota offers a more cosmopolitan night scene, with plentiful clubs and bars.

With its boundless sunshine, world-famous beaches and romantic island vibe, a vacation rental in Siesta Key is the ideal Florida couples getaway; a little bit of paradise where days bring outdoor fun and evenings are perfect for a slow dance under the stars.

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