man walking down path to turtle beach on siesta key

One Day of Relaxation on Siesta Key

24-hours on Siesta Key is enough to leave you with a lifetime of memories

March 27, 2020

Boat Tour

Start the day off relaxing on a boat and looking for dolphins. Fun Boat Tours invites you to come aboard for the Dolphin and Donuts tour. This two-hour adventure takes you through Midnight Pass to see mangrove islands filled with pelicans, herons, spoonbills and more. Of course, the captains are always on the lookout to find dolphins breaching through the water. Manatees can also be spotted seasonally from about April to November. The boat does have a covered Bimini top for shade, but you will probably want to keep that sunscreen handy in the Florida sun.

Spa + Yoga

If you prefer to stay on land, just a short drive off the key is an entrancing and relaxing experience at Mandala Med Spa & Yoga Shala. Renew your body with a therapeutic massage or try something adventurous with a bamboo fusion massage where the therapist uses the bamboo sticks as an extension of the hands. Drop in for a group yoga class to renew that mind and body connection together. Mandala also offers a variety of facials, energy therapies, and other spa services.

Lunch

By now, you must be getting hungry. Once you step off the dock from Fun Boat Tours you’ll walk right into Spearfish Grille. Relax under the outdoor awning or pick a table inside with air conditioning. Once you’ve settled in, check out the menu filled with freshly caught seafood. The coconut shrimp are mouthwatering with the perfect balance of sweet and salty with a delightful crunch.

After lunch, take a quick ride to the Captain Curt’s Village nearby and cool off with a sweet treat from Orange Octopus or Daiquiri Deck.

Beach

Now it’s time to head to the beach named #1 beach in the U.S. and #11 in the world by Trip Advisor’s 2020 Travelers Choice Awards. As you make your way towards the coast, you’ll be prompted with a choice to ditch the shoes for the sand. The 99.9% quartz crystal sand and will leave your feet looking like powdered donuts – definitely worth leaving the flip flops behind. Continuing down to the water you’ll spot the iconic colorful lifeguard stands. They also make good markers to help friends or family find you. Set up your umbrella and chairs, play in the warm water and let the sun melt your troubles away.

On Sunday evenings right around sunset you’ll see locals gathering in a circle with drums, hula hoops and ribbons. There’s a wonderful sense of community as you watch kids young and old dancing around in the middle enjoying the beats.

Dinner

After the beach, rinse off and get dressed for a five-star dining experience at Ophelia’s on the Bay. Located on Little Sarasota Bay, you can enjoy the view of Sarasota Bay from the outside open-air patio or the indoor dining room with huge windows. Ophelia’s features American cuisine with international flavors and menus are printed nightly to ensure the freshest ingredients possible. Between the backdrop and culinary excellence, it’s a perfect ending to a day on Siesta Key.