There are so many ways to enjoy the beauty of Siesta Key, but one of the most popular attractions in the area is known as Point of Rocks. Located on southern end of Crescent Beach (across from the Stickney Point Bridge) this unique rock formation made up of limestone, molluscan grindstone, and quartz stretches for approximately one-half mile. This formation is thought to be well over 4,000 years old, and is a must-see area for anyone looking to explore – whether beach goer, snorkeler or paddler.
Did You Know? The legendary stories surrounding Point of Rocks identify the area as a secret spot where pirates hid their treasures, securing their gold in holes at the bottom of the rock formations. While you may not find a chest full of coins, we know you’ll find this place remarkably special.
Best Place to Snorkel on Siesta Key
While much of the coast of Siesta Key is pristine sand, Point of Rocks is characterized – as you might expect – by the rock formations that form a unique ecosystem irresistible to snorkelers. Just under the surface are a wide variety of plants, shells and coral that provide a habitat for hundreds of species of fish, such as snapper, snook, and sheepshead. There are crabs, sting rays, and yes, even the occasional nurse shark. If they are lucky, swimmers might also notice dolphins and manatees playing nearby, safe from the boats passing through in deeper water.
While Siesta Key weather allows for year-round snorkeling, late spring to early fall presents the ideal warm, clear water conditions. A wetsuit is recommended during winter months, when the air and water temperatures can be quite chilly. No matter what time of year, underwater visibility is best early in the morning on a clear day. Keep in mind that wind tends to increase throughout the day, and can churn the water, impairing visibility. Keeping all that in mind, high tide (or the time leading up to high tide) will allow for a better viewing experience. Inexperienced snorkelers or nervous swimmers may prefer low tide, when some spots are only a few feet deep.
Explore Point of Rocks Like a Local
The entrance to Point of Rocks is a bit secluded, located just off Beach Access 13. The closest public parking is Beach Access 12 at 6490 Midnight Pass Rd, Sarasota, FL 34242. Consider that this particluar parking lot is very small, so if you are staying nearby, walking or biking is recommended. If you are on foot, there is a gravel path at Beach Access 13 surrounded by tropical vegetation and nestled between residential homes. Follow the path to the beach and look for the rocks jutting out into the water.
As stated, Point of Rocks is located at the south end of beautiful Crescent Beach, so after you are done snorkeling you can enjoy a full beach day. There are many options for dining within walking distance, and you can enjoy one of the always-stunning sunsets.
What Should You Bring to Point of Rocks?
Ride and Paddle can provide everything you need to enjoy an adventurous day at Point of Rocks.
- Masks, snorkels, fins
- Skim boards and boogie boards
- Beach chairs, large umbrellas and sand-free beach mats
- Beach wheelchairs and beach carts
- Coolers and corn toss games
We can also provide you with some fun vacation transportation to explore all of Siesta Key in style, from traditional bikes to beach cruisers and e-bikes, as well as scooters and scooter cars. Ride and Paddle provides everything you need to explore one of the most beautiful beaches in America – and we will even drop your gear off at your vacation rental and retrieve everything when you are done.
Ride and Paddle is your essential source for everything you need on your Siesta Key vacation – call today to speak to one of our friendly team members and learn more.