Turtle Beach

Midnight Pass Rd., taken from the South Siesta Key bridge to Turtle Beach sets the mood and environment that you can expect when you get to the beach.  This quiet two-lane road is lined with tropical vegetation and partially covered with Oak trees giving a welcoming canopy entrance.  The recent years of luxury development along Florida’s coast has not interfered with south Siesta and the Turtle Beach area where the newer luxury estates are tastefully developed leaving much of the natural environment intact.
I feel that Turtle Beach is the ideal family getaway spot in Sarasota (without toddlers).  Probably not best suited for the toddler children because of the soft squishy sand that allows sinking into it under your weight.  Quite a bit darker (which also makes it warmer to the touch) and more coarse, the sand is not as pretty as the fine soft quartz at Siesta either, however the combination of available amenities at this beach makes it a great place to escape to. You will find picnic tables with canopy covers, grills, showers, a park with a swing, pavilion and bathrooms, horse-shoe pits, a grass play area, a lagoon area and boat launch with an ample trailer parking area.  And just a few yards away is a camp site for RV travelers.


Shell mixed sand made up of larger granules
Playground & picnic area
Boat launch
Shade is available in the park area

Location Details:

8862 Midnight Pass Rd

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