If you cannot drive to an evacuation center

Sarasota County will provide bus transportation for you and your pets (along with a limited amount of supplies) to and from a general population evacuation center.

This program is activated only when Sarasota County has a declared county emergency, an activation is ordered, and evacuation centers are opened. Transportation will be offered at designated rally points throughout the county.

Keep in mind…

  • Transport will be provided by Sarasota County Area Transit and school district buses.
  • Space on buses will be limited.
  • Baggage is limited to two carry-on sized bags per person that can be stored under a seat or held in lap.
  • Pets must be in a crate or carrier, and you must bring all pet supplies. 
  • Passengers cannot specify what shelter they will be transported to.
  • All transportation will cease when landfall is expected within eight hours.

Transportation Rally Points

  • Siesta Beach

    Siesta Beach Playground equipment
    1. Address:948 Beach Road
      Sarasota, FL 34242
    2. Phone:(941) 861-5000
    1. Beach Access
    2. Birding
    3. Concession / Restaurant
    4. Grills
    5. Historical / Cultural Resource
    6. Lifeguard
    7. Pickleball
    8. Picnicking
    9. Playground
    10. Restroom
    11. Shelter / Pavilion
    12. Swimming
    13. Tennis
    14. Tennis Court
    15. Trail - Paved
    16. Volleyball
    1. Beaches
    2. Playgrounds
    3. Transportation Rally Points
    4. Water Access Parks

Park Hours: 6 a.m. to midnight

  • Beach access
  • Two concessions
  • Food and drink (including beer and wine)
  • Playground onsite
  • Restrooms onsite
  • Raised concession (beach view)
  • Historic Pavilion
  • Beach wheelchair, chairs and umbrellas for rental
  • Tennis Courts on site
  • Weekly sunset drum circle on site

Facility Rental Map

Did you know?

Siesta Beach was named No. 1 Beach in the USA!! by Trip Advisor.

We have 35-miles of beaches in Sarasota County and all of them are different!

Sarasota County is reminding all beach-goers to "pack-in and pack-out" all of the items they bring with them to area beaches, as part of a community-wide effort to keep the shorelines litter-free.

 Slides at the Siesta Beach PlaygroundCouple using the new Mobi Mat to pull a wagon onto Siesta Beach

Siesta Beach shoreline at Sunset


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