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Siesta Key, Florida

Coordinates: 27°16′31″N 82°33′9″W / 27.27528°N 82.55250°W / 27.27528; -82.55250
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Siesta Key, Florida
Little Sarasota Key, Sarasota Key
Lifeguard stand at Siesta Key Beach
Lifeguard stand at Siesta Key Beach
Location in Sarasota County and the state of Florida
Location in Sarasota County and the state of Florida
Coordinates: 27°16′31″N 82°33′9″W / 27.27528°N 82.55250°W / 27.27528; -82.55250
CountryUnited States
 • Total3.46 sq mi (8.97 km2)
 • Land2.34 sq mi (6.07 km2)
 • Water1.12 sq mi (2.90 km2)
3 ft (1 m)
 • Total5,454
 • Density2,326.79/sq mi (898.23/km2)
Time zoneUTC−05:00 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−04:00 (EDT)
ZIP Code
Area code941
FIPS code12-66000[2]
GNIS feature ID1802950[3]

Siesta Key is a barrier island off the southwest coast of the U.S. state of Florida, located between Roberts Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. A portion of it lies within the city boundary of Sarasota, but the majority of the key is a census-designated place (CDP) in Sarasota County. Siesta Key is part of the North PortBradentonSarasota, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area.



From the 19th century to the early 20th century, Siesta Key was known by a variety of names, including Little Sarasota Key and Sarasota Key.[4] The first attempts to develop the key were by the Siesta Land Company in 1907, consisting of Harry Higel, Captain Louis Roberts, and E. M. Arbogast. The company platted the northern end of the key as Siesta on the Gulf of Mexico as well as dredged bayous and built docks.

Access to Siesta Key was by boat or ferry until the first bridge connecting it to the mainland was completed in 1917.[5] The bridge was replaced in 1927 with the addition of a second bridge located on the southern end of the key. The entire key officially was recognized as Siesta Key by 1952.[4]



According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.5 square miles (9.0 km2), of which 2.4 square miles (6.1 km2) is land and 1.1 square miles (2.9 km2), or 32.08%, is water.[6]

Siesta Key is made up of four main districts: Siesta Beach, Crescent Beach, Turtle Beach, and Siesta Key Village.[7] It contains a suburban residential area located on the Siesta Key barrier island on the West coast of Florida, just west of the town of Sarasota. The community on Siesta Key consists of single-family homes, condominiums, retail shops, and art galleries.



Beaches on Siesta Key include Siesta Beach,[8] Crescent Beach,[9] and Turtle Beach.[10] Siesta Beach was named #1 in the U.S. in 2024 in U.S. News and World Report [11]


Historical population
The sand of Turtle Beach

As of the 2020 United States census,[13] Siesta Key CDP had a population of 5,454 with 2,948 households.

The population was split by age, with 1.0% under 5 years old, 6.5% under 18, and 54.9% were 65 years and older. 51.2% were female persons.

By race, the population was split with 93.6% white, 0.4% American Indian or Alaska Native, 1.8% were Asian, 3.6% were two or more races, and 2.7% were Hispanic or Latino.

The median household income was $108,527. 3.3% of the population lived below the poverty threshold. 98.7% of households had a computer, and 91.3% of households had a broadband internet subscription.

11.8% of the population were foreign-born persons. There were 483 veterans living in the CDP.

Famous Residents


Frederick Fennell (1914-2004), noted band conductor and musical educator.


  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 2, 2021.
  2. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  4. ^ a b "The Siesta Key Beach Pavilion". Sarasota History Alive!. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  5. ^ "Bridges Played a Role in Siesta Key Development". Sarasota History Alive!. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  6. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Siesta Key CDP, Florida". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved April 15, 2013.
  7. ^ "Welcome to Siesta Key!". Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  8. ^ Ferguson, J. (2015). Moon Sarasota & Naples: Including Sanibel Island & the Everglades. Moon Handbooks. Avalon Travel Publishing. p. 125. ISBN 978-1-63121-156-0.
  9. ^ "Google Maps". Google Maps. Retrieved January 18, 2017.
  10. ^ Adams, Rick (December 10, 2015). "Erosion of Turtle Beach to be repaired with beach restoration project". Sarasota News. Retrieved February 6, 2016.
  11. ^ "Best U.S. Beaches for 2024". U.S News & World Report. U.S News & World Report.
  12. ^ "CENSUS OF POPULATION AND HOUSING (1790-2000)". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 31, 2010.
  13. ^ "QuickFacts Siesta Key CDP, Florida". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 15, 2023.
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