There are countless Siesta Key fitness activities to keep yourself busy and active on your trip to the pristine beach town south of Tampa. Whether you’re looking for a competitive game on beach volleyball or simply paddling in the Gulf of Mexico, Siesta Key has fitness activities for all.
Siesta Key Fitness Activities
Running in Siesta Key
Siesta Key is a great place for running and walking. Whether you like the sand or the streets, the long narrow island has great water views in both directions. Since some of the Siesta Key running and walking routes are out and backs, you can shorten or lengthen the distance depending on your desire.
- Siesta Beach to the Seawall – 3.25 miles out and back on the beach. Run or walk on the sand south from Siesta Beach to the very end of the sand and back. You’ll have so much to look at that you’ll forget you’re even running. (tip: run and walk on the hard sand near the water)
- Siesta Key Village Loop – 5.4 mile loop starting at Siesta Beach and running through the village and then around the back of the island.
- Siesta Key Midnight Pass Run – 3.4 miles follows the road down the narrow island to the south bridge and back. Plenty of sidewalks and bike lanes keep you separated from the cars.
Paddleboarding and Kayaking
Siesta Key was made for paddleboarding and Kayaking. Whether you’re on the gulf or in the bay, there is plenty of to see and do while paddling. There are plenty of tours or you can explore by yourself. Depending on what part of the island you’re closest to, Siesta Key Paddleboards and Siesta Key Bike and Kayak offer great products at reasonable rates. (Tip: If you rent for the week, make sure you have a safe place to store the board or kayak. Some of the elevators in the condos aren’t tall enough. Talk to the rental folks – they deal with this often).
Biking / Bicycling
Siesta Key has convenient bike lanes all over the island so biking is a popular form of transportation to and from the village area. For longer bike rides, head off the island using the north bridge and hop over to Lido Key. You’ll never be out of sight from the water. If you’re looking for bike rentals, everything from road bikes to beach cruisers – check out Siesta Key Bike and Kayak.
Yoga isn’t huge on the island yet, but there is a beach / outdoor yoga class at the public beach. Check out the website for more info and the class schedule
Lifting Weights / Gym
For those of you who love the weight room or indoor fitness center, check out Siesta Key Fitness Center. They have very reasonable visitor rates for both days and weeks. The location is also ideal since they are located in Siesta Key Village. (tip: check their website for a coupon)
The crescent shape of the beach and the clear water makes the area popular for open water swimmers. Be mindful of lifeguard warnings (rip tides and currents) and your own abilities before setting out for an open water swim, it’s very different than swimming in a pool.
The beach is a great place for an outdoor workout. Combining body-weight moves with sand sprints will be sure to get your heart pumping.
Beach Body Ready:
Star Jumps 10
Body-weight squats 30
Plank 1 minute
40 yard dash – as fast as you can (mark a line in the sand before you star the circuit)
Repeat x 5
There are plenty of tennis courts in and around Siesta Key. Many of the condos in the beach area have courts for their tenants and there are courts at the public area of Siesta Beach
There are a few courts set up at the public beach. Depending on the time of year, you can usually find folks to play with.
Play in the water and on the sand
There are plenty of activities to do both on the beach and in the water to stay active. Paddle-ball, wave jumping, bocce ball, frisbee, bogey boarding and more. The opportunities are endless!