If you’re wondering where to stay in Siesta Key, you’re in luck. The beautiful Florida town has some truly epic accommodation to choose from. Just off the Treasure Coast of Florida, Siesta Key is a gorgeous destination for those looking for sun, sand, and sea! The white sandy beaches are among the most beautiful in the world, with stunning panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico. While we wouldn’t call it a budget destination, it’s also considerably more affordable than the bigger beach resorts in the state – especially if you want peace and quiet.

Siesta Key stretches right along the Sarasota Coast, meaning some of the destinations are surprisingly far apart. It’s actually quite a diverse destination, with each neighborhood offering something a little bit different. For this reason, we recommend doing your research in advance before booking your stay.

Which is where we come in! We’ve figured out the three best places to stay in Siesta Key and categorized them based on who they are best for. Whether you want peaceful beaches, lively entertainment attractions, or simply somewhere affordable to staycation this year, we’ve got you covered.

So let’s dive right in!

Where to Stay in Siesta Key

In a rush to find a place to stay? The following three are our absolute favorite accommodations in Siesta Key. If you’re looking to stay in a specific neighborhood, keep scrolling and you’ll find the perfect place for you!

Spacious Villa in Siesta Key – Calle Menorca

Calle-Menorca

This luxurious condo is a fantastic choice for those looking to splurge. It is only a short walk from the main beach, with plenty of restaurants and bars nearby. You will have access to two heated pools, as well as a tiki bar where you can mingle with other guests. The interiors have recently been renovated for a sleek and modern edge to this epic Florida Airbnb.

Beautiful Apartment in Sarasota – Lido Beach

This stylish villa is right on the Sarasota Coast – and only a short drive from Siesta Key! The interiors are modern, giving you a calm and inviting space to unwind in the evenings.

Guests also have access to a hot tub with gorgeous views over the coast. We love the outdoor space, which comes with a barbecue and sun loungers.

Luxury Resort in Siesta Key – Hyatt Residence Club Sarasota

Hyatt Residence Club Sarasota

There’s only a small handful of hotels on Siesta Key, but sometimes you just need the added convenience of a private room in a resort. Hyatt Residence Club Sarasota, in the Crescent Beach neighborhood, is among the best-rated on the island. The hotel enjoys its own private beach area, meaning you’ll get to avoid the busy tourist crowds.

Siesta Key Neighborhood Guide – Places to Stay in Siesta Key

FIRST TIME IN SIESTA KEY
Siesta Beach Siesta Key
FIRST TIME IN SIESTA KEY

Siesta Beach

By far the most popular destination on Siesta Key, Siesta Beach (and neighbouring Sarasota Beach) is a fantastic destination for first-time visitors. Both beaches are packed with local restaurants and water sports providers. It’s quite a small neighbourhood, so you’ll always be within walking distance of the action.

ON A BUDGET
Sarasota Siesta Key
ON A BUDGET

Sarasota

We know Sarasota is a different destination entirely, but it’s only a short drive from Siesta Key, meaning you can visit the stunning beaches of the island as often as you want.

FOR FAMILIES
Crescent Beach Siesta Key
FOR FAMILIES

Crescent Beach

Just south of Siesta Beach, Crescent Beach is a much calmer neighbourhood. The white sand beaches and stunning panoramas are unspoiled by the tourist crowds here. This makes it an excellent destination to kick back and relax.

Located on Florida’s west coast, Siesta Key is one of the most beautiful beaches in the state and perhaps even the entire USA. The small town is very close to Sarasota, which is why you’ll see it mentioned quite a bit in this Siesta Key accommodation guide.

Staying in Sarasota is a great alternative for those visiting the area on a budget. While Siesta Key hotels are on the cheaper end for Florida, they can still get pretty pricey during peak season.

Sarasota vacation rentals are often budget friendly, but you’ll also find your fair share of tropical beach resorts and beachfront hotels to choose from. It also has a livelier Downtown area with an endless assortment of bars, boutiques, and restaurants to choose from. You’ll also find plenty of Florida Airbnbs in and around the area.

That’s not to say Siesta Key doesn’t have some great bars and boutiques in its own right! Siesta Beach is the most popular tourist area on the island – and the Siesta Key Village area is part of its downtown core.

For first-time visitors, this is the best place to enjoy all the amenities whilst soak up the good vibes. It also has the beach with the most facilities, so can start checking off your Florida packing list! Many hosts and hotels even provide complimentary beach chairs which trust me, you’re going to want to have.

On the other hand, what about those that would rather stay somewhere quieter? Crescent Beach is right in the middle of the island and comes with unspoiled beaches. Many of these are privately owned, giving you some calm away from the tourist crowds. It is connected to the mainland by a bridge, making this a popular option for those looking for family friendly hotels.

Still undecided on where to stay in Siesta Key? It’s pretty hard to choose, so we’ve decided to make it even easier for you. Below, we have included more extensive guides to each area. We’ve also written about our favorite accommodations and activities in each!

Top 3 Neighborhoods to Stay in Siesta Key

The absolute best places to stay in and around Siesta Key beach.

#1 Siesta Key Beach – Best Place to Stay in Siesta Key for your First Time

Siesta Beach Siesta Key
Siesta Beach is the best place to stay for first-timers.

By far the most popular destination on Siesta Key, Siesta Key Beach is a fantastic destination for first-time visitors. The sand is packed with local restaurants and water sports activities. It’s quite a small neighborhood, so you’ll always be within walking distance of the action.

Siesta Village is right next to the beach and is considered the downtown core of the region. This is where you’ll find quirky boutiques and vibrant bars throughout the year. Siesta Beach is the first place you’ll arrive if you’re driving from Sarasota, making it super convenient to get to. There are also plenty of tour providers offering excursions across the key.

You’ll find everything from cozy Siesta Key beachside villas to Airbnbs with pools and hot tubs here.

Sunny Studio in Siesta Beach – Sunset Beach

Sunset Beach

This modern studio is located right near Siesta Key beach! There’s a private balcony space where you can enjoy stunning views of the coast.

Inside, you’ll find a spacious kitchen and living area, with a calm and open bedroom to help you relax in the evenings. There’s also an open-air shower to wash all that sand off. Beach bikes are available for hire, though these are shared with other studios in the block.

Lavish Condo in Siesta Beach – Calle Menorca

Calle Menorca

With nearby beach access, this updated condo has a contemporary edge that adds a luxurious vibe. The spacious suites are modern and outfitted with all the amenities you’ll need.

The two on-site pools are available throughout the year, and the communal bar hosts regular events. The apartment itself is pet friendly, making this a fantastic option for those bringing their cats and dogs along.

Affordable Resort in Siesta Beach – The Ringling Beach House

The Ringling Beach House

Prefer the convenience of a hotel in Siesta Key? The Ringling Beach House is super affordable, and right across the road from Siesta Key Beach!

It’s highly rated by guests and offers guests a Siesta Key Village is a short walk away, so you’re never too far from the main shopping and dining strip. Alongside barbecue facilities on-site, guests are also free to take chairs from their room to the beach.

Things to See and Do in Siesta Beach

Siesta Key Beach
  1. Take in the beauty of Siesta Key and get up close with local wildlife in this marvelous sunset and dolphin cruise.
  2. Speaking of events, the Beach Club is a popular live music venue featuring artists from across the United States in an intimate setting.
  3. Kayak or paddleboard in Siesta Key
  4. Head to Siesta Key Farmers Market to pick up fresh local produce, mingle with locals, and check out the unique souvenirs on offer.
  5. Learn to build a huge sandcastle
  6. You’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to restaurants in Siesta Village, but Siesta Key Oyster Bar is our favorite.
  7. Venture to the incredibly peaceful Turtle Beach
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#2 Sarasota – Where to Stay near Siesta Key on a Budget

Sarasota Siesta Key
You definitely won’t wanna miss Sarasota if you’re headed to Florida!

We know Sarasota is a different destination entirely, but it’s only a short drive from Siesta Key, meaning you can visit the stunning beaches of the island as often as you want.

Sarasota is on the mainland, so many of the hotels and restaurants here are more affordable than on the key. This makes it a great choice for budget travelers and those embarking on an epic Florida road trip!

Of course, many tourists head to Sarasota as a destination in its own right every year, so you won’t be short of things to do while in the city. It’s known for its thriving arts scene, as well as several great shopping destinations. Its mainland location means it’s close to Tampa, Fort Myers, and Orlando – which all make for great day trips.

Budget Retreat in Sarasota – Downtown Villa

Budget Retreat in Sarasota - Downtown Villa

Right in the heart of Downtown Sarasota, you’ll be staying a stone’s throw away from all the most popular attractions in the city!

Despite this central location, it maintains a peaceful atmosphere – giving you plenty of space to relax throughout your trip. Sleeping up to six guests across three bedrooms, this is an excellent pick for families on a budget.

Beautiful Apartment in Sarasota – Lido Beach

This stylish villa is right on the Sarasota Coast – and only a short drive from Siesta Key! The interiors are modern, giving you a calm and inviting space to unwind in the evenings.

Guests also have access to a hot tub with gorgeous views over the coast. We love the outdoor space, which comes with a barbecue and sun loungers.

Creative Hotel in Sarasota – Art Ovation Hotel

Art Ovation Hotel

This four-star hotel is a little bit pricier than our other picks in Sarasota, but it’s still way more affordable than other mid-range hotels in the area.

This makes it a great choice for those willing to splurge a little on extra comfort. The hotel has a creative flair, with local artwork in every room and a colorful terrace overlooking the coast.

Things to See and Do in Sarasota

Sarasota Siesta key
Sarasota’s white sand beach is a great place to relax.
  1. Go on a sunset dolphin cruise
  2. The Museum of Asian Art offers a fascinating series of exhibits – the largest collection of its kind in the United States.
  3. Create jewelry on South Lido Beach
  4. Kayak through mangroves
  5. Get to know the city
  6. Explore Sarasota’s foodie scene

#3 Crescent Beach – Best Area in Siesta Key for Families

Crescent Beach Siesta Key
The kids will love staying in Crescent Beach!

Just south of Siesta Beach, Crescent Beach is a much calmer neighborhood and a pretty safe travel destination. The white sand beaches and stunning panoramas are unspoiled by the tourist crowds here, making it an excellent destination to kick back and relax. It also provides a unique insight into local life if you check out the shops and restaurants in the area.

And for families? Well, Crescent Beach is not only a peaceful destination, but it also has a direct link to the mainland. This makes it a great choice if you want to take trips to other family-friendly beaches in Florida or the state while using Siesta Key as a base. The area is also known for its waterfront condos, a popular accommodation choice for families.

Idyllic Hideaway in Crescent Beach – Siesta Key Beach Side Villa

Looking for your own private slice of white sandy beach? Look no further than this dreamy little condo. Guests will be able to enjoy the coastal vibes without having to worry about large tourist crowds.

Beach chairs, towels and parasols are included, so you’ll be well-equipped for a day of relaxing in the sun. The space has a beacy vibe complete with splashes of color.

Peaceful Condo in Crescent Beach – Midnight Cove

Midnight Cove

Though a little more inland than our other two options, Midnight Cove has a calm and quiet atmosphere that makes it the perfect choice for families. The beach is still within walking distance, and you’re only a short drive from Siesta Key Watersports. The condo is arranged to let in plenty of natural light, and the dreamy balcony is surrounded by greenery.

Indulgent Hotel in Crescent Beach – Hyatt Residence Club Sarasota

Hyatt Residence Club Sarasota

The Hyatt Residence Club Sarasota gives you private beach access, with the added convenience of staying in a world-class beach resort. A pool overlooks the ocean, and there’s also a hot tub for use by guests, perfect for relaxing when the sun has gone down.

For a small upgrade fee, many of the rooms also have their own private spa bath. Sleeping between six and eight guests, the suites are perfect for larger families looking to splurge.

Things to See and Do in Crescent Beach

Crescent Beach Siesta Key
Crescent Beach is the perfect family destination.
  1. Take in the gorgeous scenery of Crescent Beach in style with this unforgettable e-bike tour of the neighborhood during sunset.
  2. Siesta Key Watersports is actually based just across the bridge on the mainland, offering activities that the whole family can enjoy.
  3. While you’re across the bridge, head to the Boatyard Waterfront Bar and Restaurant for delectable cuisine with gorgeous views of Siesta Key.
  4. Catch an iconic Crescent Beach sunset
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FAQ about Finding a Place to Stay in Siesta Key

Here’s what people usually ask us about the areas of Siesta Key and where to stay.

What To Pack For Siesta Key

Pants, socks, underwear, soap?! Take it from me, packing for a hostel stay is not always quite as straightforward as it seems. Working out what to bring and what to leave at home is an art I have perfected over many years.

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Final Thoughts on Where To Stay in Siesta Key

You can’t travel the USA without experiencing Siesta Key! This gorgeous destination on the Florida Coast offers white sand beaches, crystal clear sea and guaranteed sunlight throughout the year. The temperature is great throughout the year, making it an excellent choice whether you travel in winter or summer. It’s also a little bit more affordable than the other keys, letting you experience the stunning panoramas without breaking the bank.

If we had to pick our favorite neighborhood, we would have to go with Crescent Beach! This area is a little more peaceful, making it the ideal choice for a relaxing getaway. It’s also well connected to Siesta Beach and the Mainland.

That being said, Siesta Beach offers something a bit livelier – and Sarasota is only a short drive away for those on a strict budget. The best place for you really depends on what you want to get out of your trip. We hope we’ve helped you narrow down your options.

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Updated November 2022 by Samantha Shea


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