Siesta Key Beach Wins 2013 TripAdvisor Traveler's Choice Beaches Award





SARASOTA, FLA. – FEBRUARY 22, 2013 – Sarasota County, Fla., proudly recognizes Siesta Key Beach as a recipient of the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice® Beaches awards.


The Travelers’ Choice Beaches awards honor top beach spots around the world, based entirely on the reviews and opinions from millions of TripAdvisor travelers. In total, 276 winning beaches were named across Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Central America, Europe, the Middle East, the U.S. and more.


Siesta Key, an eight-mile-long, crescent-shaped barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico, is known for its powdery white sand, which is comprised of 99 percent pure quartz and stays relatively cool, no matter how high the temperature rises. Siesta Key Beach also attracts visitors and locals with its clear blue water; a laid-back ambiance; a wide array of bars, restaurants and shops; and accommodations ranging from casual to luxurious. In 2011, Siesta Key Beach was dubbed “America’s Best Beach” by Dr. Stephen Leatherman, a.k.a. “Dr. Beach” in his annual ranking.

“Siesta Key Beach is a precious tourism asset that we are proud to have in our destination,” said Erin Duggan, Communications Director for Visit Sarasota County. “We love knowing that so many TripAdvisor travelers have had an enjoyable time here and that they are sharing their experiences with others. We hope to see lots of new visitors sinking their toes into the sand in the coming months.”  

 “The Travelers’ Choice Beaches winners have joined an elite list of destinations that are enjoyed and appreciated by a large community of travelers,” said Christine Petersen, president, TripAdvisor for Business. “This award is a great honor for the local tourism industry and reflects the destination’s great charm and appeal.”

The complete list of 2013 Travelers’ Choice Beaches can be found at:





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 "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.


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Erin Duggan, Visit Sarasota County

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Ashley Norman, MMGY Global

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