Named one of the best beaches in the United States, Siesta Key Beach is also great for running. The white sand is firm and optimal for running, especially at low tide. The main part of the beach is just short of 3 miles one-way. The overall beach is nearly 8 miles, but Crescent Beach and Turtle Beach, which are reached after a stretch along the road, are not as good for running. This is mainly a beach run, as there’s not a road or path that parallels the beach (at least with views). Best access for parking is at the northern end, in Siesta Key Village, where there are also lots of shops and restaurants.
For a road run in Siesta Key, there’s decent running on Beach Rd. (1.6 miles from Wells Fargo Bank north to Beach Access 2 at Avenida Messina); north on Ocean Blvd.; and on some of the quiet residential streets around the numerous canals, between Ocean Blvd. and SR 758.
Note: there are several 5k ‘beach run’ events throughout the year, including the Sandy Claws, now in its 47th year.Tide Chart