In a list of the top six beaches in Florida, published in the Guardian, Stephen Leatherman listed Siesta Key Beach. Noting its soft quartz sands and relaxed environment, Leatherman named the beach one of his personal favorites.
The list included:
• South Beach, Miami
"Still the place to see and be seen, South Beach is where you'll find bikini-clad beachgoers, models doing photoshoots by the sea, and lots of plastic surgery"
• Cape Florida, Key Biscayne
"This is my favourite beach for a family trip. It's beautiful and spacious, with a lighthouse at the south end."
• Siesta Beach, Siesta Key
"Currently number one in my annual top 10 list, this tranquil beach claims to have the finest white sand in the US and I have to agree."
• Sanibel Island
"If you collect shells, this is the best place for it in Florida. So many people bend down to pick up shells here that the posture even has a name – the "Sanibel stoop"."
• New Smyrna
"This is a real funky, laid-back beach. Kind of the opposite of South Beach. The north end has the best surf in the state."
• Knight Island
"Also known as Palm Island, after its best-known resort, this is a real getaway beach in Charlotte County – you can only get here by ferry or private boat."