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Siesta Key Beach was # 2 on both the 2009 and 2010 editions of the annual Dr. Beach list of Best Beaches In The U.S. Siesta has once again moved up the list. In 2008 Siesta Key Beach was rated No. 3, and in 2007 it was 10th.

Dr. Beach uses a whopping 50 criteria to judge beaches, including water and sand quality as well as safety and environmental management.

Dr. Beach's real name, Stephen Leatherman, director of Florida International University’s Laboratory for Coastal Research, an accomplished writer and scientist, remarked on Siesta's fine, white sand and clear, warm waters that are ideal for swimming, the enormous width of the beach and its unique underwater formation of coral rock and caves, which make it perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving. All of this, plus the beach's unpolluted sand and recreational opportunities led Dr. Beach to once again add Siesta to his annual list.

The Sarasota area was also named by Trip Advisor as one of the Top 10 Beach and Sun Destinations in the United States for 2010!

Unlike most beaches that are made of crushed shells, rocks or lava, Siesta's sand is pure white crystals, and as fine as sugar. Siesta Key is 8 miles long which you can walk much of looking for shells along the ocean's edge.

Siesta's Sunday evening drum circle event is a weekly tradition at the Siesta Key Public Beach (next to the pavilion).

Siesta Key was chosen "Best Overall Beach" in the 1987 International Sand Challange Contest. The world wide competition included entries from across the world. The Sand of Siesta Key was judged by David Aubrey Ph.D. Chairman and CEO Journal Publications, then Director of Coastal Research at the renowned Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in Massachusetts, to be the whitest and finest in texture. The geology department of Harvard University found the sand to be 99% pure quartz crystals.

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