Saturday, November 22, 2014

Sand Sculptures on Siesta Key

I think November is one of the nicest times of the year in Florida. With the heat and humidity gone (or at least lower), it’s a great time to get out and enjoy one of the many fall festivals. Unfortunately, this year they planned all the festivals for the same weekend! Since we went to the chalk festival the last three years, we decided to try something different this year - the Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sand Sculpting Competition.
Siesta Key is an 8-mile long barrier island near Sarasota featuring Siesta Beach, which was voted the #1 beach in America in 2011. The beach’s white quartz sand makes it an ideal spot for sand sculpting. We got there as the artists were putting the finishing touches on their master pieces. There weren’t as many sculptures as I was expecting but the artwork was amazing.

Mother of Dragons

Mother of Dragons detail

sand castle

Miracle of Life

Miracle of Life detail

Siesta Selfie

Going Down with the Chip


The Big Splash

Travel Tips: Parking is extremely limited on Siesta Key, so get there early if you want a spot in the public lot. In previous years, there was a “Park and Ride” service to the beach but it was discontinued. Hopefully, they will bring it back next year!


  1. I wonder if some of the artists are the same ones who come to the Virginia Beach sand sculpture event. Some of the styles look familiar, and the sculptor working on the Mother of Dragons sculpture looks like the same man who was part of the team that made the one that we liked so much, of the little boy riding the fish to save the world.

    1. The team that did the Mother of Dragons sculpture was Dan Belcher and Karen Fralich. They won third place but it was my favorite sculpture. Here's a link to the artists: I'm sure some of them must be the same ones we saw at Virginia Beach.