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Siesta Key beach has surged in popularity after being voted the No. 1 beach in America in 2011.
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FRIDAY FIVE: Reasons to love Siesta Key

by: Alex Mahadevan News Innovation Editor

There's a lot to love about Sarasota, but Siesta Key is truly a jewel.

The canals that snake through the island accent the natural beauty of the Key, and bustling business districts assure there's always something to do on the island. Here are five reasons to love Siesta Key:

+ Siesta Key Beach

Too easy...

Yes, the 2011 No. 1 beach in America continues to gain popularity even years after the award. The powder-white sand, wildlife-rich dunes and mild Gulf of Mexico waves assure loads of traffic on weekends. The beach is certainly the no. 1 reason to love Siesta.

+ The events

Day-to-day life on Siesta Key is always entertaining — with the beach and the many restaurants and shops there's always something to do. But, events on the island are truly special.

 Siesta Key Village businesses always handles holidays with flare, but the Crystal Classic and Siesta Fiesta can prove to be once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

+ The food

Mexican food, bar-b-que or burgers — no matter what you're craving, Siesta Key surely has a restaurant to satisy.

But, perhaps the best feature of Siesta restaurants is that each has its own unique culture. And what can beat chowing down on a meal outside with the cool Gulf breeze?

+ The Village

Siesta Key Village, with its unique charm, has thrived and grown since a building boom in the 1970s.

With an eclectic mix of boutiques, trinket shops, bars and eateries, one can spend an entire day in the Village.

+ The nightlife

Sure, there are occasionally issues with noise on either side of the island, but that's what comes with a vibrant night scene. 

There's certainly something for everyone within a four-miles stretch on Siesta Key, from karaoke at Captain Curt's Crab & Oyster Bar to the clubbing vibe at the Beach Club. Young professionals and retirees can be spotted partying together at Siesta Key Oyster Bar, proving the versatility of the Siesta Key nightlife.

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