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Siesta Key Florida
By: Masha Persanova

Beautiful Siesta Key Beach

 

When I sent pictures from Siesta Key beach to my family in Russia, they were surprised to see snow in a picture from Florida. But the paradoxical illusion of course was not snow. It was the unusually powdery white sand found at the beautiful Siesta Key beach.

 

Many who live or spend their vacation on Siesta Key consider it paradise. This 8 mile long island on the Gulf Coast is located 55 miles south of Tampa and close to Sarasota, it is linked to the city by 2 drawbridges. In 1987 an international contest was held and the sand of siesta Key was declared the finest and whitest sand in the world. Even under the burning subtropical sun, it feels cool to the touch.

 

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I am not a good swimmer so I enjoy walking along the water. It is one more reason why I adore Siesta Key Beach. The shallow depths allow walking hundreds of feet offshore and it barely reaches six feet.

 

The Siesta Key was founded in 1846. Siesta Key is still remote enough to give a feeling of old Florida. The beaches are refreshingly natural, with wild sea oats and mangroves providing a protected habitat for the native island birds that share the island as well as dolphins, manatees and other aquatic wildlife that you can see just offshore.

 


I will never forget the watching the sunset on the Siesta Key Beach, when the Gulf of Mexico was so calm and quiet and sun Florida sun was melting into it.  

 

At the south end of Siesta Key is Turtle Beach. The sand there is coarser, but there are many-many shells. Turtle Beach is also quieter. Crescent Beach, usually a little less crowded, has the same fine, white sand. Located just south of the Siesta Key Public Beach, it stretches for about one and a half miles toward a place called Point of Rocks, where scuba divers explore the underwater scenery. I think the name of the Key is very exact, it reflects the mood I feel anytime I visit. The mood of an endless Siesta.

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Siesta Key Florida
By: Masha Persanova
   
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