Secluded Bungalows with Views of Lagoon and Tropical Palms
Siesta Key, a barrier island west of Sarasota, Florida, is sandwiched between Little Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. The Siesta Key Bungalows sit along the banks of Heron Lagoon, a narrow waterway in the middle of the island lined with mangroves. It's a secluded spot where you can kayak through the waves or fish from a private dock for snook and redfish. Tucked away as it is, the property is still close to the popular Siesta Beach, which was named America's Best Beach in 2011 by coastal researcher Dr. Beach.
Hibiscus bushes and 30 kinds of palms surround the Siesta Key Bungalows pool-deck area, shading it from the bright Florida sunshine. Feel free to borrow some pool gear free of charge. In addition, you can borrow bicycles and kayaks at no charge to explore the nearby coast.
Brick paths lead to the property’s 10 bungalows. Each bungalow has a unique layout; many feature palm-themed decor and white-wicker furnishings. One bungalow, the Tortuga, features a screened porch overlooking Heron Lagoon. Another, the Coquina, has its own private, walled-in garden.
Siesta Key, Florida: White-Sand Beaches near Sarasota's Arts Institutions
Dr. Beach frequently names Siesta Key Beach on his annual list of America's Best Beaches. 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 baroque paintings such as Velázquez's Philip IV. Siesta Key is also conveniently located near Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, and Busch Gardens; all are within a 2.5-hour drive.
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