Florida with kids? Enjoy the white crystalline sand on the #1 Florida Beach Siesta Beach Sarasota Florida
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Florida With Kids: Check out Siesta Beach Florida!

Florida with kids? Enjoy the white crystalline sand on the #1 Florida Beach Siesta Beach Sarasota Florida
Florida with kids? Enjoy the white crystalline sand on the #1 Florida Beach Siesta Beach Sarasota Florida

Are you planning a beach vacation in Florida with kids?

Siesta Beach Florida is the best Florida beach vacation for families on my list.

This is the first post of the “Florida with Kids” series centering on the best Florida family beaches and Florida beach vacations,  so I thought, why not make it  about my all-time favorite Florida family beach –Siesta Key (a.k.a. Siesta Beach Florida ) in Sarasota, Florida on the beautiful Gulf coast?


Vacations in Florida with kids aren’t as expensive as you’d think,  if you know where to go. And Siesta Beach is the absolute best kid-friendly, and beautiful Florida familybeach in the whole state, filled with so many things to do, it’ll be the most fun you and your family will have on any Florida beach vacation for a lot less than you’d expect to pay.

Also see Family Summer Activities in Sarasota, FL to learn more about Sarasota, Florida beach vacations for families.

There are more recreational beaches and barrier islands in Florida than any other state in the nation, so it’s no wonder that Siesta Beach Florida won the “Great International White Sand Beach Challenge” in 1987 for sporting the “whitest and finest sand in the world”.

Not only is Siesta Beach Florida kid-friendly and safe (with year-round lifeguards and shallow water on it’s shores), but even better, the family-friendly gleaming “powdered sugar” sand on Siesta Beach is perfect for building those complicated sandcastles, or just for wiggling your toes in, because it’s composed of quartz crystal so it is always cool on those little tootsies. Also, since it’s made of 99% quartz crystal, the healing aura of the sand and warm Gulf waters do wonders for mind, body and spirit.

( FYI – It’s been widely accepted that the sand on Siesta  Beach Florida started it’s path in the Appalachians, flowed down the rivers and was deposited on the shores over millions of years ago, that’s some old sand, but you’d never know it, the bright and gleaming white powder looks as pristine as any beach could come).


Florida with Kids-

Best Florida Family Beach Vacations for Families; Siesta Key Beach

Temperatures & Local things to do:

The median temperatures on Siesta Beach Florida are between 90’s for highs and 70’s for lows in the summer, and 70’s for highs and 50’s for lows for the winter months, and absolute perfect Florida family beach weather for babies, toddlers, tweens, or kids and adults alike.

And as Stephany stated in her post for “Top 5 Kid-Friendly Florida Beaches”, there’s also lots of fun abound outside of Siesta Beach in Sarasota,

“Nearby visit Bayfront Park, a playground with splash fountains, dine at Marina Jacks or O’leary’s Tiki Bar & Grill, and water sport rentals. Sarasota is also home to the Ringling Bros. Circus Museum and winter headquarters.”


Once you visit Siesta Beach in Sarasota, Florida with the kids, it’ll be your first choice every time for your best family friendly Florida beach vacation, but as great as it is, don’t forget to pack the sunscreen, the sun is blazing out there with all that reflective white sand!

Siesta Beach Florida Family Friendly Beach Amenities:

  • 2 concession stands
  • beach volleyball courts
  • picnic tables
  • rest rooms
  • tennis courts
  • ball fields
  • soccer field
  • fitness trail
  • lots of playground equipment
  • rent-able shelters for large or small groups: For information on renting picnic shelters call 941-861-7275.

Great places to stay and eat near Siesta Beach Florida with kids for your Florida Family Beach Vacation:

Family-Friendly Restaurants on Siesta Beach:

  • -Right on Siesta Beach there are two concession stands with typical beach food, burgers, dogs, etc. Just right for kids and adults alike.
  • About a mile or two just north of Siesta Beach right along the main beach road is “the Village” you’ll find a wide variety of kid-friendly restaurants, supermarkets and deli’s offering both hot and cold foods.
  • Depending on what you’re in the mood for, there’s all types of restaurant choices which are all kid-friendly. I think you’ll find just about everywhere on or near Siesta Beach will have a kid-friendly, family atmosphere.
  • For breakfast or lunch you might like the Broken Egg or the Village Cafe
  • Anna’s Deli– est. in 1971 Siesta Key’s Oldest Eatery and voted best sandwiches- 217 Avenida Madera, Siesta Key, FL 34242-Phone: 941-349-7790
  • The Lobster Pot has pretty good seafood
  • Both Italian restaurants are good, Bella Roma and Cafe Gabbiano
  • More American/Continental is Mattisons Siesta Grille
  • If you want a bit more upscale try Blase Cafe
  • And for decent pizza try Solorzanos

Family Friendly Florida Beach Hotels on or near Siesta Beach Florida :

If you’ve stayed or visited on or near Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota, Florida with kids for your Florida Family Beach Vacation, leave me a comment about it, I’d love to hear about your family friendly adventures! And stay tuned for more of the “Florida with Kids” series.

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  1. Great!!!! Thanks for the info. My family are planning to go to Florida next summer and I’m just starting to look for the perfect place there. So glad I stumbled upon your blog. I’m sure to keep these suggestions on my mind. Thanks again.:-)

  2. Florida has a lot to offer to tourist. Form its beautiful beaches, theme parks, Disney and other natural attractions. I assure you that traveling in Florida can be very cheap for the whole family so pack your things and experience the beauty of the place.

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  4. Hello,

    Thank you for the info. I am planning my very first family vacations to Florida this coming August, 2015 with my 3yr old boy. I am debating between Clearwater and Siesta. If you were to chose, which one would be your favorite place?

    Thank you

    1. Hi Lucy! That’s a tough one, but if he likes to play in the sand, I’d lean toward Siesta – the sand is much softer! Let me know what you decide! -Steph

    2. Clearwater Beach is lovely! The sand is soft and white, just like flour! It’s really unbelievable

      We were there a few years ago, at the Sandpearl Resort, with my then 3 year old son and it was perfect. The little Main St. is quaint and quiet, perfect for families.

      Best, Lisa

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  7. We are looking for an affordable location for a family reunion. We want a beach location with a pool. We will need accomodations for 60 to 80 people. Large cottages that can be cost-shared to rooms for two would be good. Do you have any suggestions?

    1. Hi Brenda! We just had a family reunion in Sarasota, FL in January (for my Grammy’s 90th birthday!!) and here’s what we did: One of our family members is in the military and got a block of rooms at a hotel with her military discount, which they liked. The rest of us (5 families) rented condos right on Siesta Key at the Sarasota Surf club (www.sarasotasurf.com). The condos were great for bigger families or those willing to share rooms since the 2 bedroom units sleep at least 6 people. Sarasota Surf has 2 pools, a party room, open grilling areas, bike rentals, tennis, and private access to Siesta Key beach, and LOTS of units. It’s a pretty big complex, but feels really quiet. There are several other condo buildings next door and along the beach, so if you like this area you should be able to find enough rooms. Even if they’re not all in the same building, this way everyone is on the same stretch of beach for easy gathering. In our case, even though people had hotel rooms, they all came to our condos to hang out.
      Given that, my suggestion would be to find condos to rent, and I would look for timeshare villas run by major hotels in the area you want to be. Orlando is very affordable for hotels because there’s so much competition, but the beach is an hour away.
      Let me know if you need more info. You can email me directly, too, if that’s easier… steph@bestkidfriendlytravel.com.
      Thanks and let me know how it goes!!

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