May 22, 2009

Siesta Sand

Well, he almost got it right.

"Dr. Beach"—Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, a professor of environmental science—has released this year's list of America's Best Beaches. Siesta Key in Sarasota is listed at number two. While I appreciate that I have visited only one other of those on the rest of the list, Siesta will always be number one on my list.

That sugary white sand is so fine it squeaks when you walk on it. You can walk the entire crescent of the beach in the deep soft stuff (as I did three times a week before I moved to Indiana. What a culture shock). And when the sun sets, everyone on the beach gets still, the waves calm, and a peace descends in the twilight. The crowd is silent and then bursts into applause as the last of the sun disappears on the horizon.

If you ever get a chance to visit Sarasota, this beach is where you want to be.

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Ur-spo said...

Never mind the beach; I want to meet a man who has 'professor' and 'leatherman' in the same title!

Jeaux said...

I’m planning to meet a friend in Sarasota the week after next and will probably pack my scooter and spend a day and night on Siesta. It’s among my top lottery win destinations for setting up house. Siesta beach is fabulous, but I prefer the north end of Lido, its isolation, dunes, and wildness for pure beach bliss.

Roxrocks said...

Beaches are dreamy!

Bear Me Out said...

I hear there is debate about "renourishing" these beautiful white beaches - with gray sand!

Birdie said...

Bear: blasphemy!

bigislandjeepguy said...

i felt the same way about sanibel when i visited there. we rented a cottage right on the beach and it was amazing.

Blobby said...

I have been to Crescent Beach dozens and dozens of times. My parents had/have a place down there.

The sand is like no other. It can actually be freezing on the hottest of days.

I no longer go there a lot, but I can recommend it. I just hate everyone knows about it though. :)