Turtle Beach, on the south end of Siesta Key, Florida is usually far less crowded than other Siesta Key and Sarasota beaches, especially during “off season.”
Named for being an active sea turtle nesting habitat during turtle mating season, it is much more low key, as intended, than other Sarasota beaches, namely Siesta Key Beach.
In fact, during “low season,” you can almost have the half mile (2,600 feet of beach frontage) long beach to yourself! T
The beach undergoes re-nourished, due to tides and erosion, from time to time which turns it back into a wide expanse of sandy beach and sand dunes.
The trees bordering the Turtle Beach Campground and the beach make for a gorgeous landscape.
This beach is also one of the "Blue Wave” Certification beaches for its cleanliness and environmental conservation.
While not the white, baby powder soft sand you’ll find on Siesta Beach; the sand here is of a darker, more coarse variety, this is still one of the best Gulf of Mexico Beaches; a huge expanse of beach with plenty of room to stake your claim to your own piece of real estate under the Sarasota, Florida sun.
Long walks, shelling, fishing from the shore, swimming, kayaking, sun bathing and fun in the sun are the rule of the day here.
This Siesta Key, Florida beach is family friendly and a great place to bring the kids. The greater park area at this beach covers about 14 acres and has quite a few amenities.
Within the beach area are small and larger group picnic shelters and grills around the lagoon, a playground for the kids, a volleyball court, restrooms and lots of parking space.
There are two boat launching ramps on the lagoon side of the beach area. There's also an area to launch your kayak or canoe. The lagoon, off the beach, would make a great place to kayak with it's usually tranquil water.
With its beach re-nourishment, its “Blue Wave” Certification Award, its wide sandy beach, sparkling light blue water and smaller crowds, this family friendly beach on south Siesta Key is a favorite gulf beach among both locals and visitors.
Directions: From Sarasota take Rt. 41 to Stickney Point over the bridge. After crossing the bridge turn left on to Midnight Pass Road. Follow Midnight Pass Road south, look for the sign and then turn right into the beach area parking lots. Parking and beach access are free at all Sarasota area beaches.