Siesta Beach

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Siesta Beach

Siesta Beach (sometimes known as Siesta Key Beach) is a beach located on Siesta Key, Florida, United States. The sand is 99% pure quartz, soft and cool on the feet.[1]

The many awards it has earned include:

  • “the whitest and finest sand in the world” (The Great International Beach Challenge, 1987),
  • “The Best Sand Beach in America” (The Travel Channel, 2004),
  • “The Best Beach in America” (Dr. Beach, 2011).[2]

Siesta Beach is located on Beach Road on Siesta Key. Siesta Beach is known as one of the most beautiful beaches anywhere in the world.[citation needed] At the "Great International White Sand Beach Challenge" held in 1987, it was recognized as having the "whitest and finest sand in the world."

A panoramic photograph of Siesta Beach on an overcast day in December 2012, which illustrates the characteristic white sand and expansive width of the beach.

Unlike beaches elsewhere that are made up mostly of pulverized coral, Siesta Beach's sand is 99% quartz. Even on the hottest days, the sand is so reflective that it feels cool underfoot. It's estimated that the sand on Siesta Beach and Crescent Beach on Siesta Key is millions of years old, having its origin in the Appalachians and flowing down the rivers from the mountains until it eventually was deposited on the shores of Siesta Key.

Shallow water depth in the near shore area together with year round lifeguard protection, makes this one of the safest beaches in the county and great for small children.

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Coordinates: 27°15′53″N 82°33′02″W / 27.2647707°N 82.5506534°W / 27.2647707; -82.5506534