2nd best snorkeling site around. This location is all about flat, smooth limestone rocks that form an outcrop in the shallow water off the beach. Water depths over the rocks are from 0 to 6 feet. Visibility is often an issue because this beach dive is easily ruined by wave action that stirs up the sandy bottom. However, because the water is shallow you are OK as long as visibility is at least 5 feet or so. Early mornings before the sea breeze kicks in will usually produce the clearest water.
Visibility is best near high tide or low. Worst after peak or ebb, when the tide is changing direction. Need to check the tides before dive.
RED TIDE DELAY
With the Red Tide count very high (millions of cells per liter) I am going to postpone this for two weeks and hope it gets better) Too much chance of people feeling uncomfortable.)
Tide is xxx: https://tides4fishing.com/us/florida-gulf-coast/sarasota
Siesta Key Beach Access 12 (No Parking-Pedestrian Access Only)
Actual address may be 7132 Point of Rocks Cir, Sarasota, FL 34242
1 - Need to find parking at Hyatt and walk a few blocks to beach. Might be narrow parking at Beach Access 12 (6490 Midnight Pass Rd Sarasota, FL 34242) and walk south to Point of Rocks. Beach Access 12 is directly across from "Old Stickney Point Road." Turn left on to Midnight Pass Road from Stickney Point Road then almost immediately turn right into an alley on the right. If we eat at one of the restaurants, we can park there.
2 - There is a FREE Breeze trolley from the south of Siesta Key at Turtle Beach Park up to the Siesta Beach Park and then into Siesta Village where it turns around Canal St. and then runs back South again. You can park and HAIL the trolley, BUT only south of Stickney Point Road. Otherwise it stops at the main beach parking lots and in the Village at the gazebo. So parking at Turtle Beach is one option.
Come as soon as you can after breakfast/brunch/lunch.
Gloves good idea if there is any wave action. T-shirts always a good idea. Beach shoes or booties are a good idea if you want to get in with the rocks.
Beach day. Bring towels, sunblock and BEVERAGES. One beverage per hour.
Famous author John D. MacDonald lived at 1430 Point Crisp Road, on the Sarasota Bay side, south of 72, where the two peninsulas face each other.