Siesta Key Beach

Siesta Key Beach

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Siesta Key Beach is no stranger to awards, and now it can add two more to its long list. Our beloved beach was named the No. 1 beach in the country and the No. 11 beach in the world in TripAdvisor's annual Traveler's Choice Awards. The awards are based on TripAdvisor users' reviews, ratings and saves; besides beaches, categories also include restaurants, hotels, attractions, emerging destinations and more.

The tourism industry has taken an enormous hit this year due to Covid-19; the state saw a 60.5 percent drop in tourism in April, May and June, and Sarasota-Manatee reported a 67.9 percent drop during that same time period, according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Still, TripAdvisor users said, Siesta Beach is a "pristine beach that never seems to end. Photographer's dream. A place in the sun that warrants returning again and again."

We have to agree.

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