Getting To, From, & Around on Siesta Key
The Siesta Key Escape house is conveniently situated in the heart of Siesta Key's northern section, providing easy access both to world-famous Siesta Beach and to mainland Sarasota.
Siesta Key is served by three major airports: Sarasota-Bradenton International (SRQ), Tampa International (TPA), and St. Petersburg-Clearwater International (PIE). As a courtesy to our valued guests, Siesta Key Escape's caretaker, Mr. Gordon Hack, can offer door-to-door transport at very reasonable prices to and from all three of these airports. His 8-passenger van can easily accommodate large parties. With as little as 3 days advance notice, Mr. Hack can be contacted directly to arrange for your transfer to and from the Siesta Key Escape house.
SRQ is the closest and most convenient airport, just 10 miles from the Siesta Key Escape house. The airport services nearly 1 million passengers annually, with the most frequent service provided by Delta Airlines, AirTran Airways, JetBlue Airways, and US Airways. During the peak season of January through April, non-stop service is currently available from Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, New York, and Washington D.C. Seasonally, non-stop service is also available from Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis, Memphis, Milwaukee, and Toronto.
TPA is the largest nearby airport, approximately 55 miles north of Siesta Key. It is served by numerous non-stop domestic and international flights. International airlines that offer direct service to Tampa include Air Canada, British Airways, Cayman Airways, and KLM.
PIE is also accessible to Siesta Key, just 50 miles to the north. Non-stop service provided to St. Petersburg-Clearwater by Allegiant Air and Frontier Airlines from many northern cities including Allentown, Bangor, Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Fort Wayne, Grand Rapids, Huntington (WV), Milwaukee, Moline/Quad Cities, Omaha, Peoria, Plattsburgh, Rockford-Chicago, South Bend, Springfield (MO), Toledo, and Youngstown-Warren.
Siesta Key is separated from Sarasota by Roberts Bay and Little Sarasota Bay, a pair of intra-coastal waterways. Two short bridges provide quick and easy access to Sarasota on the mainland. Interstate 75 (I-75) is the closest major highway, traversing Florida north-to-south to quickly reach Tampa to the north and Fort Myers to the south.
On Siesta Key, there are three primary roads, all running north and south. Higel Avenue begins after crossing the island's first draw bridge and continues to the center of the northern segment of Siesta Key. Midnight Pass Road runs along the eastern side of the island after branching from Higel Avenue and ends near Turtle Beach at the southern tip of the Key. On the western side, Ocean Boulevard passes through Siesta Key Village and joins Beach Road running along most of Siesta Beach.
The Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) system provides service to Siesta Key via the #11 bus. Adult fare is 75¢. Discounted daily, weekly, and monthly passes are also available. Bus #11 connects to both #99 and #2 to provide transportation between Sarasota-Bradenton Airport and Siesta Key.
Getting Around on Two Wheels
Perhaps the most efficient means of transportation on Siesta Key is on two wheels. Both bicycles and motor scooters may be rented daily, weekly, and monthly from several shops on- and off-island. Many will even offer door-to-door delivery and pick-up. Bicycles are permitted on the beaches, a great form of exercise. Some of the rental establishments that are convenient to the Siesta Key Escape house are mentioned here.