Siesta Key is one of the nation’s most popular vacation destinations, hosting millions of global visitors annually. The appeal is obvious, as the barrier island showcases pristine white sand, azure water and abundant natural beauty – and has been the recipient of numerous accolades over the years. For those people fortunate enough to call the Sarasota area home, Siesta Key is an easily accessible, year-round treasure. If you live in the region and aren’t aware of the many ways to create a  “stay-cation” right where you live – we’ve got a lot to share with you!

Did You Know? On Siesta Key, the months between December and February may experience chilly temperatures overnight, but typically average a beautiful 70-75 degrees during the day.

The Beach: The country’s most award-winning beach is just as beautiful during this time of year. While water temperatures may prove too cool to comfortably swim, you can still bask in the sunshine, build sand castles with the kids, and take long walks along expanses of shoreline. The public beach can still be crowded throughout the season, but locals can take the time to explore lesser-utilized beach access availability. Here’s a tip: Take advantage of the ample parking at the public beach, but walk north beyond the lifeguard stands to find your own stretch of secluded sand. Once you leave the public beach, the whole family can enjoy a bike ride in the packed sand along the water – or if you prefer walking, rent a beach wheelchair or stroller to easily include everyone in the fun.

The Sunsets: The best show in town takes place over the Gulf of Mexico each evening, and the brilliant spectacle is different every time you visit. Even if you don’t want to spend the day at the beach, stopping by at sunset is a time-honored tradition for Sarasota residents on their way to dinner. Remember that it may get chilly once the sun goes down, so don’t forget a light sweater or jacket.

The Playground: If you have small children, you understand the value of a great playground. The play area at the Siesta Key Main Pavilion is a popular stop for parents who are visiting the Key, but is often overlooked by local residents looking for a way to let kids run out some energy. On cooler weekdays, families can enjoy a whimsical and creative area for the kids to play, swing, interact and explore – with picnic areas, pavilions and restrooms close by.

The Waterways: Winter kayaking is one of the best ways to explore Siesta Key over the coolest months. Rent a kayak to explore the bays and lagoons without the heat and humidity prevelant during other seasons. From the Neville Marine Preserve to Turtle Beach and Point of Rocks, winter is the perfect time to take up kayaking as a hobby and explore your home town from an entirely different perspective. Don’t have a kayak? No problem! You can rent everything you need for a day out on the water, from kayaks and life vests to coolers! Find out more about Siesta Key kayak rentals here.

The Village: Siesta Key Village offers a vast array of dining options, whether you want pizza, sandwiches or a gourmet meal. The Village is lively, quaint and very walkable – allowing families to explore unique shops, enjoy an ice cream cone or dance to live music. Siesta Key also hosts a weekly farmer’s market on Sunday from 9am to 2pm, showcasing produce, goodies, jewelry, artwork and more from local artisans.

Looking for a Unique Way to Explore Siesta Key?

If you are a Sarasota resident looking for new ways to enjoy the paradise you call home, consider renting an eco-friendly scooter or scooter car from Ride and Paddle. These fun vehicles turn an ordinary day into a mini-vacation, and we guarantee you’ll see Siesta Key in a whole new way.

At Ride and Paddle, we pride ourselves on providing everything you need for the best vacation of your life – whether visiting from out of town, or enjoying a local stay-cation close to home. Browse our website to learn more, or call today to speak with a representative about rental, delivery and pickup options.