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Drive out to Siesta Key. Drive south on the main (and only) road on the island until you see the sign for Turtle Beach on the right hand side of the road.
DistanceTake a car
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Wave qualityRegional Classic
DirectionRight and left
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest
Good wind direction
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.5m-2m /5ft-6ft and holds up to 4m+ / 12ft
Best tide positionAll tides
Best tide movementRising and falling tides
Week-end crowdFew surfers
- Rips / undertow
Turtle needs a bigger swell to break than the surrounding breaks in the area. When it does break it is often the best wave in the area. Can hold bigger waves with ease. Tends to have a strong longshore current. This is also the most powerful spot in the area.
Hardly ever crowded. There are sharks in the area, but no attacks at this spot for a long time... if ever.
By anonymous , 31-10-2005
east coaster - i came to this place by chance and it fired during Wilma..honest to god head high,aqua-green barrels.it closed out occasionally but what the fuck,it's Sarasota.Locals say it's only been doing it's thing for like a month,about how often they get decent waves here..A good spot to know for next hurricane season though.
By anonymous , 18-06-2003
I remember Elena - I was like 7 years old and Elena came up in the gulf. Anna Maria Island was going off!!!! We bodysurfed it for hours. That experience pretty much got me hooked on waves.
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