Here on Siesta Key’s Crescent Beach, just off Sarasota, Florida you can lay out and luxuriate in the same white powdery soft sand as Siesta Key Public Beach.
You see, this beach is just south of the number one rated beach in the USA, Siesta Key Beach.
This part of the Siesta Key area is basically an enclave, with the beach densely lined with condos and other rental units for those who would like to stay right at the beach for a week, a month, a season, or for life!
And it's a splendid place to be staying if you're fortunate to own or rent a condo here; beautiful crescent moon shaped beach, just right for laying out on or for strolling the strand. Soft gulf breezes. Breathtaking sunsets. It gets no better.
From Midnight Pass Road you can't even see the water, just a canyon of condos.
And to get to the beach from Midnight Pass Road you have to find the small (easy to miss) public access point. There's a parking lot and walking pathway that leads out to Crescent Beach.
This public access point is just south of Stickney Point a few feet on the west side (gulf side) of Midnight Pass Road. It's the quickest way to get to the beach in this area if you are not actually staying in one of the condos or local hotels right there.
With that said, what could be better than walking out the door of your condo or hotel and being just steps away from one of the most beautiful of all Gulf of Mexico Beaches?
So it remains that the best access to this beach is from a condo or motel rental on the beach, or, if you like long strolls on the beach, it's about a 2 mile walk south from Siesta Key Beach.
But part of the fun of a “Sarasota beach vacation” is strolling the beaches, right? I've walked that stretch from Siesta Key Beach all the way south to "Point of Rocks." If I can do it, so can you. It's fun. You get your feet wet!
This beach is very popular and usually filled with vacationers sprawled across the white, powdery sand. You’ll also find activities going on like jet skiing, parasailing, canoeing and kayaking all out on the water. You'll see boogie boards, Frisbees and beach balls, too.
At the very south end of the strand, you’ll find what is known as “Point of Rocks,” one of the Sarasota area’s most popular snorkeling spots due to the coral rock formations, marine life and relatively shallow water. By the way, this is a good place for novice snorkelers because of the shallow water.
You’ll may also find fishermen nearby enjoying this special little spot.
And, folklore says that the Point of Rocks area is the starting spot for many a map to pirates’ buried treasure. Aargh!! (Ha-Ha!)
A picturesque beach, with the Gulf of Mexico gently rolling its way to shore and having the same world famous white sand as Siesta Key Beach, there's plenty of room for you and your beach chair here.
But there are no public facilities, life guards or amenities here since it caters mostly to those who are renting and living right at the beach. They have their own private facilities or clubhouse available to them nearby at their hotel or condo complex.
Directions: Take Rt. 41 in Sarasota to west over the Stickney Point Bridge. At Midnight Pass Road turn left and look for a small public access parking lot on the right side of the street just a few feet from Stickney Point Rd. It's almost hidden.
If that lot is full, double back and head north on Midnight Pass Road, to Beach Road to Siesta Key Public Beach where there’s a large, free public parking lot. Then head out to the shore and wade your way south to Crescent Beach.