Siesta Key Beach has been named the best in the country not once, but twice. Once you see the sparkling white "sugar" sand, stunning turquoise waters, endless blue skies, and sky-high palms, you'll see why. The island itself is wonderfully charming, a mere 8 miles long, but packed with shopping, resorts, nightlife, top-notch dining, and plenty of activities. Here you can go swimming, boating, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, and much more. Try out scuba diving, snorkeling, surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, or for the braver, check out the paragliding and parasailing options. Animal lovers will be pleased to find out that it is a great dolphin-spotting destination as well.