Siesta Key is a paradise barrier island right off the coast of Sarasota (north of Fort Myers and south of Tampa), surrounded by bright blue waters, crystalline sands, and some lovely accommodations.
This tranquil island embodies the pinnacle of Florida vacation living. People come far and wide to explore Siesta Key’s long stretches of beach and indulge in its many activities and events.
Below is a brief guide explaining how to get to Siesta Key and where exactly this island strip of scenic beaches is located.
Where is Siesta Key?
Siesta Key is located on Florida’s Gulf Coast adjacent to Sarasota. The island is about 15 minutes from nearby downtown Sarasota, 30 minutes north of Venice, 45 minutes south of downtown Bradenton, 1 hour south of St. Petersburg, and 1 hour and 15 minutes south of Tampa.
While some people stay in Sarasota, Bradenton, Tampa or St. Petersburg and visit Siesta Key for a day, many choose to stay at one of our beachfront properties right on the island to enjoy its beaches and attractions to the fullest.
You can always contact us for some of the best vacation rental condos on Siesta Key, complete with breathtaking water views, a variety of amenities, and quick access to all this beach vacation spot has to offer. Avoid the city crowds and enjoy the laid-back island atmosphere.
Where is the Nearest Airport?
You have three main options for flying into your Siesta Key vacation. The first is through the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, which is located in Sarasota. You will have to drive (or take a taxi) approximately 30 minutes southwest to get to Siesta Key from the airport.
Fortunately, Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, also known as SRQ, has terminals for many major airlines. These include United, Delta, American Airlines, JetBlue, and WestJet.
Though SRQ has many airlines available, flights may be limited. Alternatively, you can review the flight schedules for Tampa International Airport, or TPA, which is about an hour and a half from Siesta Key. TPA is a massive hub, and will undoubtedly provide you with the variety and flexibility you need to fit your schedule.
Finally, the Venice Beach Municipal Airport in the south may be an option for some travelers. The airport is only used for private planes and charters, but you may find a local provider using your favorite travel flight directory. It’s just about 30 minutes from Siesta Key.
Taking the Scenic Routes to Siesta Key
Whether you are flying into Sarasota or Tampa, you will eventually need to hit the highway to get to Siesta Key.
Interstate 75 is a main artery from the north or south, as it runs most of Florida’s western coast. From Tampa, you can take I-75 S to FL-72 W which heads west to Siesta Key. But, as convenient as it is, this route isn’t exactly scenic.
If you’re not in a rush, you’ll want to know how to get to Siesta Key the pretty way. From north of Siesta Key including Bradenton, you can use S Tamiami Trail (Route 41) and head through the heart of Sarasota. This is also the quickest route from the Sarasota airport. Just don’t the miss the bridge entrances over to the island. There are two, one at the northern end (Siesta Drive Bridge) and the other near the middle of the island (Stickney Point Bridge).
From anywhere south of Siesta Key including Venice, you can take N Tamiami Trail which passes near some stunning bays and inlets, as well as Oscar Scherer State Park – a perfect destination to stop for hiking and wildlife viewing. The drive takes about 30 minutes to get to the Stickney Point Bridge leading to Siesta Key.
Getting Around Siesta Key
The main entrance to the island is through the Stickney Point Bridge in the center of the island, the best entrance from the south, or the Siesta Drive Bridge from the north
Most of the hustle and bustle of the Key is towards the northern half of the island. This is where you will find restaurants, shops, museums, local attractions, many and some of the best vacation rentals on Siesta Key.
The southern end of Siesta Key has some unique and scenic backroads that are worthy of exploration for the scenery and attractions near our vacation condos. Take Midnight Pass Road all the way south to see Blind Pass Lagoon or stop for waterfront dining at Ophelia’s on the Bay in a quiet and scenic end of the island.
From Midnight Pass Road, you can take Turtle Beach Road to Blind Pass Road which leads to the Turtle Beach Park and Midnight Pass on the far southern end – the strip of land connecting Siesta Key with Casey Key and a unique fishing/exploration destination during low tide.
From Nokomis Public Beach, you can take stunning Casey Key Road north which runs up to meet the south end of Midnight Pass but stops about a 20-minute drive in, so you’ll have to turn around.
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