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What is the Best Time to Visit Siesta Key?

Siesta Key is a beautiful barrier island located off the coast of Sarasota, Florida. It is known for its white quartz sand beaches, crystal clear waters, and laid-back atmosphere. If you're planning a trip to Siesta Key, you may want to know the best time to visit. The answer depends on your personal preferences and your plans. Here are some factors to consider:

1. Weather: Sarasota has a subtropical climate, which means it can get hot and humid in the summer months, with temperatures reaching the mid-90s and occasional thunderstorms. The winter months are generally milder, with temperatures in the 70s and low 80s. The best time to visit for pleasant weather is typically during the fall and spring, when temperatures are mild and the humidity is lower.

2. Crowds: Siesta Key can get quite busy during peak season, which is typically from January-March and June-July. This is when many snowbirds (northerners who flock to Florida to escape the winter) come to visit, as well as families during school breaks/summer break. If you prefer to avoid crowds, consider visiting during the spring or fall.

3. Events: Siesta Key hosts several events throughout the year, including the Siesta key Farmers Market, The Drum Circle, The Christmas Boat parade and the Siesta Key Crystal Classic Sand Sculpting Festival. Siesta Key also hosts the world famous SK Drum Circle every Sunday on the public beach. If you're interested in attending one of these fun events, plan your trip accordingly.

4. Outdoor activities: If you're planning on spending a lot of time outdoors, you may want to consider visiting during the fall or winter, when the weather is cooler and more comfortable for hiking, biking, and other outdoor activities. If you plan to spend a day at the beach playing in the water, the Gulf of Mexico is the PERFECT temperature in summer and early fall.

Summer Season (June-August): Summer is peak season in Siesta Key, and for good reason. The warm temperatures, long days, and clear skies make it the perfect time for beachgoers and water enthusiasts. The average temperature during the day is around 90°F with occasional thunderstorms that can bring heavy rainfall. The high humidity levels can make the temperatures feel even hotter. Despite the heat and summer storms, Siesta Key does get crowded during this time, especially on weekends and holidays. But with so much to do, including kayaking, paddle boarding, boating and shopping, you won't be disappointed.

Fall Season (September-November): The fall season in Siesta Key is a great time to visit if you're looking for fewer crowds and cooler temperatures. The average temperature is around 80°F, with decreasing humidity levels and occasional rainfall. The fall weather is perfect for enjoying outdoor activities such as beach walks, boating, and fishing and the Gulf temperature remains warm, making it a great time for water sports and swimming. You'll also have a chance to experience some of the local events, such as the Siesta Key Farmers Market and The Siesta Key Crystal Classic International Sand Sculpting Festival in November and the Holiday parade in December.

The comfortable weather combined with the festive atmosphere and low crowds make fall a perfect time to visit Siesta Key.

Winter Season (December-March): Winter is a great time to visit Siesta Key, especially if you're looking to escape the cold weather up north. Average temperatures range from the mid-60s to low 70s with low humidity levels and very little rainfall. Although the Gulf temperature is cooler than in the summer months, it is still warm enough for swimming and water sports, for those who don't mind the slightly more frigid waters. If the water is too cold for swimming, there are plenty of other activities to enjoy, such as shopping, dining, and exploring the local wildlife. The winter months are extremely busy on the island. It can be difficult to find parking or get reservations at your favorite restaurant, but for perfect weather in might just be worth it!

Spring Season (April-May): Spring is an amazing time to visit Siesta Key because of the comfortable temperatures, fewer crowds, and the beautiful scenery. The weather is ideal for outdoor activities with average temperatures ranging from the mid-70s to low 80s with low humidity levels and little rainfall. The Gulf of Mexico temperature is also starting to warm up, making it a great time for swimming and water sports. It's also a great time to participate in local events, such as the Siesta Key Craft Festival in April, the Farmers Market and the Turtle Beach Easter Egg Hunt! The pleasant weather and lesser crowds combined with the beautiful natural scenery of Siesta Key make for a perfect springtime getaway.

Overall, the best time to travel to Siesta Key depends on what you plan to do while you're here and what kind of weather you prefer. If you're looking for a balance of pleasant weather, fewer crowds, and lower prices, our vote is visiting during Fall or Spring! Our favorite months are May, September and October!

No matter when you decide to visit Siesta Key, you'll find that it's a beautiful place to explore, you're sure to have an unforgettable vacation. Just be sure to pack plenty of sunscreen and a swimsuit, and get ready to enjoy the Florida sunshine!

Check out our other blogs for fun things to do in Siesta Key and Sarasota!

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