Once again, Sarasota’s Siesta Beach claims top billing as the #1 beach in America – so say Dr. Beach and TripAdvisor users via the Travelers’ Choice Awards. Having lived just 14 miles from Siesta, I feel justified in giving my honest and humble opinion of this ranking.
Is Siesta my favorite beach? Truthfully, no—but not because I don’t think it’s worthy of that #1 title. I do see the appeal. In fact, I’ve been a fan of Siesta Beach since my first visit back in January 2014; and, if I had to list, say, my top ten favorite beaches, Siesta would be on that list. No question. When it comes to #1 favorite, though, I guess it’s all a matter of preference.
My ideal beach is non-touristy, unspoiled, at least slightly rugged-looking, and enticingly explorable. Siesta definitely doesn’t check all those boxes for me. BUT, in Siesta’s defense, here’s a list of what it DOES have going for it, and why I think it earned its #1 beach status.
Reasons why Siesta Key Beach is the #1 Beach in America
Let’s face it. People flock to Florida for the beaches, and Siesta Key Beach offers the full beach vacation experience—picturesque white sand, resorts and condos lining the full stretch of shore, newly renovated facilities (massive parking lot with FREE parking, playgrounds, picnic areas, restrooms, etc.), boating and activity rental options, Sunday night drum circle, and…. ok, I’ll stop there.
The sand won’t burn your feet
Read that again. Even on the sunniest days, this is true! Call it magic, but really, it’s science, because the sand is 99% quartz.
It’s a large beach
Speaking of sand, there’s plenty of it! This beach is over 3 miles long, end-to-end, and super wide. That means more room for beach towels, beach chairs, and all your beach gear without feeling like you’re crammed in next to strangers. For that extra space, just avoid congestion around the lifeguard stands and in front of the bigger beach resorts.
Your photos will be perfect
If your idea of a beach vacation includes taking picturesque beach photos, Siesta Key Beach won’t disappoint. Cheery-colored lifeguard stands, frequent sailboat sightings, pier ruins at the south end, tide pools for days, and sunsets that scream ENDLESS SUMMER. That is Siesta.
If you’ve visited Siesta Key Beach, what do you think of its ranking as the #1 beach in the U.S.?
Or, share which beach you think is #1 in the comments!