Secluded Bungalows with Views of Lagoon and Tropical Palms
A barrier island west of Sarasota, Florida, Siesta Key is sandwiched between Little Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Siesta Key Bungalows sits along the banks of Heron Lagoon, a narrow waterway in the middle of the mangrove-lined island. It's a secluded spot where you can kayak through the lagoon or fish from a private dock for snook and redfish. Tucked away as it is, the property is still just a short drive from the popular Siesta Beach. And it’s within 1 mile of Turtle Beach, which is popular for shelling.
Hibiscus bushes and 30 kinds of palms surround Siesta Key Bungalows’ pool-deck area, shading it from the bright Florida sunshine. Feel free to borrow some pool gear free of charge. You can borrow bicycles and kayaks, also at no charge, to explore the nearby coast.
Brick paths lead to the property’s 10 bungalows. Each has a unique layout, though all feature palm-themed decor and white-wicker furnishings. The Tortuga bungalow has a french door leading to a screened porch overlooking Heron Lagoon. Another, the Coquina bungalow, has its own private, walled-in garden and original 1950s tiles in its bathroom. Features such as this led to a 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award, and it's cleanliness earned it a 2013 White Glove Award from Super Small Lodging.
Siesta Key, Florida: White-Sand Beaches near Sarasota's Arts Institutions
Coastal researcher Dr. Beach frequently names Siesta Beach on his annual list of America's Best Beaches; it was No. 1 in 2011. The award-winning Siesta Key has fine-grained white sand made up of quartz crystals and dunes covered in beach grass. Pipers, plovers, and egrets frequently dart in and out of the waves. Toward the southern end of the island, you'll find the secluded Turtle Beach. The sand here is coarser, and lined with shells.
When you're not at the beach, there's plenty to do around Sarasota. Visit the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, which shows local dance, music, and theater performances. Farther north, the Ringling museum campus commemorates John Ringling, one of the founding brothers of the eponymous circus. Here, the Ringling Museum of Art displays artwork from several famous painters, including Velázquez, El Greco, Rubens, and many more.