Secluded Bungalows with Views of Lagoon and Tropical Palms
Siesta Key, a barrier island near Sarasota, Florida, is sandwiched between Little Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Siesta Key Bungalows sits near both of these shorelines but faces neither of them—instead, the property lays along the banks of Heron Lagoon, a narrow waterway that looks like a sliver in the middle of the island. Mangroves line the banks of the lagoon, providing seclusion for those kayaking through the waves or fishing from the private dock for snook and redfish. Though the serene lagoon helps the inn maintain a quiet, old-Florida feel, the property is still close to the popular Siesta Beach, which was named America's Best Beach in 2011 by coastal researcher Dr. Beach.
The resort's layout encourages you to kick back and relax. Lounge chairs line the dock and sun deck, and guests can float on the rafts provided for the outdoor pool. Tropical landscaping, including hibiscus bushes and 30 kinds of palms, provide plenty of shade. If you're itching for activity, Siesta Key Bungalows rents out kayaks and pool gear, and you can also borrow bicycles at no charge to explore local beaches and stop in cafés.
Brick paths weave between the property’s 10 bungalows. Each bungalow has a unique layout, but all share some details, such as white wicker furnishings and palm-themed decor. Among possible accommodations, the Tortuga features a screened porch overlooking Heron Lagoon, and the Coquina extends into a private, walled-in garden.
Siesta Key, Florida: Renowned Beaches and Active Arts Scene
Dr. Beach frequently names Siesta Key Beach to his annual list of America's Best Beaches, thanks in part to beautiful white sand, which is made up of fine-grained quartz crystals. Patches of beach grass sway atop dunes, and pipers, plovers, and egrets dart in and out of the waves. Toward the southern end of the island, Turtle Beach offers a more secluded shoreline—the sand here is coarser, but shells are also more abundant.
Due to the subtropical climate, the Sarasota area is popular with affluent retirees, who have helped make the city a significant cultural hub. Visit the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center to see a 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 Baroque paintings such as Velázquez's Philip IV. Siesta Key also lends itself to adventurous day trips, with Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, and Busch Gardens all within a 2.5-hour drive.
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