From the best beach eats to what to do in the Village to how the beach changes over the course of a day, here's your guide to the region's No. 1 beach—and the lively community surrounding it.

In This Feature:

The Best Siesta Key Beach Eats

Follow sun and fun with a sublime little something in Siesta Village.

07/26/2017 By Marsha Fottler

What to Do in Siesta Key Village

In addition to its famous beach, Siesta Key is home to a lively little village.

11/30/2016 Photography by Su Byron

Real Life Controversy Dogs MTV's Siesta Key

Just days before the show premiered, social media sleuths connected star Alex Kompothecras to a viral video that showed four young men, two from prominent Manatee County families, gleefully dragging a shark behind their boat at high speed until it died.

08/02/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Sand Storm

Should the Army Corps take sand from Big Pass to replenish shrinking Lido Key? Environmental reporter Tom Bayles wades into the sound and fury.

06/22/2016 By Tom Bayles

Go Inside Siesta Key's White Sands Beach Cabanas

The cabanas are a piece of Sarasota architectural history.

06/01/2015 By Ilene Denton

A Day at the Beach

We spend a day at the No. 1 beach in the country.

12/01/2011 By Hannah Wallace

Go to the Beach or Practice Yoga? Why Not Do Both?

Ava Csiszar's yoga class on Siesta Beach offers sun, sand and stretching.

06/20/2017 By Rick Morgan

What It's Like to Renew Your Wedding Vows on Siesta Key Beach on Valentine's Day

The longtime annual wedding vow renewal event, sponsored by Sarasota County parks and rec, takes place around Valentine’s Day.

12/01/2015 By Ilene Denton

Talking to Dr. Beach

Siesta Beach tops the annual list of the nation’s top 10 beaches.

06/22/2016 By Pam Daniel

Only in Sarasota: Siesta Key Beach on a Sunny Morning

John Pirman illustrates Siesta Key Beach on a beautiful morning.

07/01/2015 By John Pirman