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

Love, Life and Siesta Beach

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