Ready for a Siesta Beach area vacation with family and friends? This charming compound provides 2 side-by-side apartments with a sparkling pool & spacious outside entertainment area. You'll enjoy both a 2 bed/1 bath and a 1 bed/1 bath unit, featuring tropical-themed living rooms with a flat-screen TV, fast WiFi, comfortable seating, dining area & a fully equipped kitchen.
Thinking of vacationing with extended family or a group of friends? Drifting Sands Retreat is actually TWO island-themed units that sit side-by-side and open out to a large private pool and outdoor lounge.
Our 2 bedroom/1 bath Beach Cottage provides an island oasis that celebrates the Florida lifestyle. Bedroom one features a king-size bed, while bedroom two provides a comfy queen-size bed, both dressed in sumptuous luxury linens. The private bath offers a step-in shower. Beach Cottage also provides additional sleep accommodations with a pull out sofa in the living room.
Our Zen Den is a 1 bedroom/1 bath apartment offering a comfortable queen size bed as well as a pull-out sofa in the living room. Together, these two apartments at Drifting Sands Retreat provide space for everyone to be together while providing each of you a private space to retreat to.
Featuring two distinct design inspirations, Drifting Sands Retreat invites you to kick off your shoes and leave your worries behind while enjoying time with family and friends. Each unit offers a designer appointed living room with a flat-screen TV hosting premium streaming channels, Wifi, and comfortable seating. Both kitchens are fully equipped with everything you need, from a coffee maker, toaster, and microwave to cutting boards just waiting for you to slice some fresh limes for your Florida inspired cocktail. We invite you to relax and have fun!
And . . . since this IS Florida, you’ll all enjoy relaxing around the solar heated sparkling pool, with plenty of open-air for sunbathing and covered space to close your eyes and take a siesta. Pool toys and rafts, umbrellas, beach towels, and chairs are provided for your use. An outdoor kitchen with a gas barbeque grill and an island-inspired outdoor lounge invites you to enjoy dining al fresco while relaxing in the Florida lifestyle.
Both units in Drifting Sands Retreat are completely private, but nested side-by-side. Each has its own door lock code which will be provided upon confirmation so you can arrive any time after the 3 pm check-in time. With free onsite parking, it is easy moving in and around the property, so you’re free to enjoy your vacation from the moment you arrive! Additionally, there are no steps leading up to or inside either apartment. Each unit is furnished with everything you need to enjoy your vacation, with extra linens and beach towels provided at no cost.
We are proud of our over 500 Five Star reviews, but even more thrilled that you’ve chosen to spend your vacation at Drifting Sands Retreat. We are committed to making sure you enjoy your vacation. The house manual provides information about the shops, dining, and entertainment nearby, but if you're looking for specific advice on dining or age appropriate activities around the area, just ask. Sarasota is our home and we love the area surrounding world-famous Siesta Key. If you need anything, please call our Property Manager, Angela, at any time of day or night. Her contact information is provided in the house manual.
We want this vacation to be your best vacation and hope you'll enjoy the many advantages of renting a private home over a hotel.
When heading out for a day or night on the town, there's always somewhere great to explore just a short distance from Drifting Sands Resort.
On US41/Tamiami Trail, just north of the turnoff to the neighborhood is the Philippi Mansion grounds, where every Wednesday morning during the cooler months, there is a Farmer's Market offering fresh fruits and vegetables, Amish Donuts, food trucks, local artesian crafts, and foodstuffs.
If you're looking to dine out, there are some highly acclaimed restaurants within walking distance of Drifting Sands Resort. Sardinia Italian Restaurant and Isan Thai are both open for dinner and Simon's Coffee House is a popular place for breakfast and lunch. Just a short drive further north, on the east side of Tamiami Trail is the Phillippi Creek Restaurant and Oyster Bar, a local hot spot for fresh seafood enjoyed in the air conditioning dining room or outside at one of the picnic tables lining the waterfront of Phillippi Creek.
Also on Tamiami Trail, 1.5 miles north from Drifting Sands Resort, is the Landings Shopping Center, with a large Publix Grocery Store, a Starbucks, and a number of locally-owned restaurants including DaRuma Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar, OfKors Donuts and Bakery, Apollonia Greek Restaurant, Corkscrew Deli, and several others.
If you head south, just a mile down Tamiami Trail is the Stickney Point Bridge, which takes you to Siesta Key. On the other side of the bridge, you’ll find Daiquiri Deck, Spearfish Grill, Coconuts and award-winning Capt Curt’s Crab and Oyster Bar. If you’d like a tropical drink fresh off the beach, stop by Capt. Curt's outdoor bar - Sniki Tiki. Further south is the Toasted Mango Café (great for breakfast) or if you'd like to cook at the apartment, pick up some fresh fish at Big Water Fish Market. For date night, you can’t go wrong driving towards the southern tip of Siesta Key for romantic bayside dining at Ophelia's on the Bay. If you like French food, stop by Miguel's but save room for one of their tableside desserts!
If you want to stay on the mainland, less than a mile from Drifting Sands Resort, on the west side of Tamiami Trail is a great new steakhouse called Grillsmith, a scratch restaurant with a varied menu and a full bar. On the east side of Tamiami Trail, you'll find Pietro's Italian Restaurant, where you're sure to be spoiled, Pho 101 Noodle House, and a Dunkin Donuts.
There are also a number of restaurants in the shopping plaza on the southwest corner of Stickney Point. There you'll find restaurants including Plaza Mexico, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, and Abel’s Ice Cream. If you stay on Tamiami Trail past Stickney Point Road you'll find Gecko’s Grill & Pub (an indoor/outdoor sports bar where you can take in the big game) and Ruth Chris Steak House. So there is a little bit of everything within a mile or so from Drifting Sands Resort. We also provide a number of recommendations in our House Manual!
Just enter the name of any of these restaurants into your mobile phone's search and you'll find easy directions to get there.
It's easy to get around Sarasota via Uber, Lyft, and public buses.
If you're on Siesta there is a free ride taxi service and a Beach Shuttle that zips from the beach to Siesta Village – just tip your driver! When parking on Siesta Key, take advantage of the free public parking lot. If parking on one of the side streets, keep an eye on the time limit posted on the parking signs.
It's All About Siesta!
Drifting Sands Retreat is 1.7 miles to Siesta Key where you can choose between three amazing beaches along the sparkling blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Siesta Key Beach has been voted the Best Beach in America numerous times for its 99% white quartz sand; famous for its cool, silky texture and healing properties.
While each one of Siesta's beaches; Turtle, Crescent, and world-famous Siesta Key Public Beach offers a slightly different experience, they all share the same gorgeous waters, breathtaking sunsets, relaxing gulf breeze and a chance to see playful dolphins, sea turtles, manatees, and even stingrays.
If you're looking for a private beach experience, Turtle Beach (south of Stickney Point Bridge) and Crescent Beach (1.7 miles over the bridge to Access 12) will be ideal for you. However, if you're looking for a vibrant, busy beach with lifeguards, beach volleyball, concession stands, and public restrooms, Siesta Key Public Beach is the place to be. Providing free parking, Siesta's Public Beach offers free tennis and volleyball courts as well as a shaded playground, picnic areas, and several concession areas where you can grab a snack and cool drink. Make sure you take a garbage bag with you to pick up after all the fun!
If you're lucky enough to stay over a Sunday night, you won't want to miss the Siesta Drum Circle, which takes place at sunset every Sunday at Siesta Key Public Beach, just south of the sand volleyball courts. What better way to mark the end of an awesome vacation weekend. Siesta Key is an experience you don’t want to miss! Directions to each beach are provided in the house manual.
If you're looking for paddleboard, kayak, or bike rentals, you can find great rentals at Siesta Key Bike & Kayak or Ride & Paddle by Siesta Sports Rentals. Jet skis can be rented at Siesta Key Watersports and Siesta Key Jet Ski, while fishing charters and boat rentals are available at Siesta Key Marina. All of these locations are close to a mile from Drifting Sands Retreat.
Welcome to Paradise. Welcome to Drifting Sands Retreat! We hope you enjoy yourself!