Siesta Beach named Number One Beach in America again by Dr. Beach

Contact: Lynn Hobeck Bates/941-955-0991 Ext. 103

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SARASOTA, Fla. (May 26, 2017) Siesta Beach in Sarasota County on Florida's Gulf Coast was was named the #1 Beach in America by Dr. Stephen Leatherman, a.k.a. “Dr. Beach” today. Siesta Beach is the first beach to make it to the number one spot twice on Dr. Beach’s annual beaches’ list. Siesta was named the top beach in 2011.

"It is an honor to be chosen again for this honor," says Virginia J. Haley, CDME, President of Visit Sarasota County. "We are fortunate to have such a beautiful beach in Sarasota County. This is an honor to all who keep Siesta Beach—Sarastoa County parks & Recreation staff and volunteers . We are proud to share the beach with the world."

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For more information please contact Lynn Hobeck Bates at (941) 955-0991, ext. #103, or [email protected].


About Sarasota County

Located on Southwest Florida's Gulf Coast, Sarasota County offers a vibrant arts and cultural scene, a diverse array of culinary experiences and a variety of opportunities to take advantage of the clear waters and the great outdoors. Sarasota County provides the quintessential, laid-back beach getaway with numerous sprawling, white-sand beaches, including Siesta Key Beach, named the top beach in America by TripAdvisor's Travelers' Choice™ in 2017 and "America's Best Beach" in 2011 by Stephen Leatherman, aka, Dr. Beach. Dubbed "Home of the American Circus," Sarasota County served as the headquarters for the Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus for 75 years, and visitors can experience its unique circus heritage first-hand by following the circus trail or catching a performance by one of two local circus companies. For more information on visiting Sarasota County, visit or call (941) 706-1253