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There are more health benefits to a day on the beach than you realized!

The beach is obviously one of the best vacation and relaxing spots on the planet, but it is also a very healthy choice of location and activity. The beach can help your skin, brain strength, muscles and overall health if you know the best way to utilize it.

benefits of salt water and beaches

Benefits of salt water and beaches

The Salt Water:
How does a swim in the ocean benefit your body?
1. Sea water does wonders for acne and semi-permanent scars. Salt helps cure, clear and cleanse which is great news for your teenager’s breakouts or your scratches from that friend’s cat you tried to pick up last week.
2. Salt water is a natural shampoo. The salt cleanses the oils from your hair and scalp. Taking a dip in the ocean can add volume, get rid of dandruff or built up chemicals, and strip unnecessary oils from your hair. A visit to the beach can be the best treatment for an oily scalp or an overuse of products weighing down your hair.
3. Salt water heals cuts and soars. The salt water will cleanse any cuts of toxins and dry out pus.
4. It clears your nasal passage ways. Often when I was sick as a kid my dad would take me to the beach… Weird, I know. But it was probably one of the best things he could have done for me. The first relates to the sun, which I will touch on later, but the second is because the salt water unstuffs your nose! Doctors even will prescribe mixing salt and water into a little gadget that filters out the mucus from your nostrils; but, who needs that when you can hop in the ocean?!
5. Swimming in the sea water helps you stay fit and in good health. This one is a bit obvious, but none the less very accurate! It burns a ton of calories and uses many muscles in your body that aren’t used in any other exercises.

The Sand:
What does this fluffy white stuff on Siesta Key have to offer to my health?
1. Sand is a natural exfoliant. You never leave the beach not covered in sand right? This is actually a great thing because this natural exfoliant will keep your skin healthy and help the breakouts. Your body is constantly getting rid of dead skin cells, so it is important that you exfoliate to keep your pores open and your skin soft.
2. You burn up to fifty percent more calories walking in the sand and your muscles tone much faster. If you are going to exercise, why not do it with a beautiful view!
3. Being buried in sand increases your body’s resistance and raises your circulation and metabolism. That’s right, I am giving you an excuse to let your kids burry you in the sand… You won’t look that ridiculous!

Benefits of the Sun

Benefits of the Sun

The Sun:
But I thought sun bathing was just to get that nice golden tan?
1. Being in the sun stimulates vitamin D production. Vitamin D helps reduce the risk of cancer, heart attacks, Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis, and depression while boosting your immune system, combating type II Diabetes and fighting acne. IMPORTANT: Do not forget to keep applying sunscreen through out the day! Especially in the Siesta Key area where the UV rays are very strong. The closer you are the equator the stronger the UV. So, if you’re visiting from Wisconsin and think you can last the day without sunscreen, you are very wrong! Many of my family members have made that mistake because they know how their skin can hold up in the sun where they are from, but I promise it is different here. You don’t want to spend your vacation with a crippling sunburn after day one of thinking your skin is invincible, it will not be fun!
2. Heat from the sun makes you sweat, which in turn raises circulation and metabolism. Sweat also releases toxins to keep you healthy.
3. The sun makes you happier! Having high levels of Vitamin D helps your body maintain high levels of serotonin, which helps you be in a good mood. It’s no wonder people come back from a beach vacation much happier.
TIP: Remember to shower and moisturize after a day at the beach. This will avoid the salt drying out your skin and it will also help hold in the color you got from sun bathing!

The friendly staff at Tropical Beach Resorts are happy to answer any questions you might have on the beach or your trip to Sarasota.
Tropical Beach Resorts
6717 Sarasea Circle
Sarasota, Fl 34242

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The Mall at University Town Center (UTC) in Sarasota is be the biggest, finest and newest fashion/shopping in western Florida.

University Town Center is now open

The Mall at UTC is now open


This 880,000 square foot regional shopping center at the interchange of I-75 and University Parkway is now OPEN! With over 100 retail and dinning destinations, the two stories of luxury will be anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s and Dillard’s. Along with high fashion, The Mall at UTC will be bringing some restaurants to Sarasota for the very first time including BRIO Tuscan Grille, The Capital Grille, The Cheesecake Factory, Kona Grill, Seasons 52, and many others.

This new mall is the hype of the town as it is sure to be the new favorite shopping location for Sarasota, surrounding areas, and visitors alike. Updated lists of stores keep making their way onto the web but a few unconfirmed favorites that are word on the street include:
Salvatore Ferragamo
Tiffany’s & Co.
Hugo Boss
Forever 21
Urban Outfitters

Others that you can for certain look forward to:
Brooks Brothers
Crate and Barrel
Mac Cosmetics
Pacific Sunwear
Pottery Barn

For more information regarding The Mall at University Town Center or anything else that you need to help plan your trip to Sarasota or Siesta Key please feel free to call the friendly staff at Tropical Beach Resorts.

Tropical Beach Resorts
6717 Sarasea Circle
Siesta Key, Fl 34242

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5 Reasons to Visit Siesta Key & Sarasota

Siesta Key Beach

5 reasons to visit Siesta Key

Great Food & Drinks: Siesta Key has an abundance of amazing restaurants with great food and drinks. The island has everything from delicious, fresh seafood and steak to a more casual vibe offering fish tacos and burgers. The Key is a great place to be whether you are looking for a fancy date night or a casual night out for drinks.

The Weather: There really isn’t a bad time to visit Siesta Key! Visiting during our summer months is a great time to cool off at our famous white sand beach. Enjoy leaving the snow behind and visit in our winter months for a comfortable fall-like feeling. There is always something to do in the area!

Myakka River State Park: This is both a local and visitor favorite. The picturesque Myakka State Park in Sarasota hosts 35 miles of river filled with amazing wildlife. Rent a bike or canoe, go on a boat tour, walk any of the numerous walking trails, visit the bird walk, the tree top canopy walk, restaurant and gift shop! If you need a break from the beach, camping in the state park could be just what you need to unwind! The park is filled with amazing wildlife including alligators, turkey, deer, turtles, and an abundance of different birds.

Ringling: we can’t talk about Sarasota without including the Ringling Brothers! Sarasota has been home to the famous Ringling Brothers Circus since 1927 when John Ringling made this the official winter training quarters. With this comes the Ringling Museum, Ringling College of Art and Design, and the Ca’ d’Zan mansion- meaning “House of John”- a Venetian Gothic style mansion designed and lived in by John Ringling himself. Tours are given daily at both the museum and mansion.

Siesta Key Beach: We are proud to host Siesta Key Beach, which has been rated the #1 beach in the country due to its sparkling Gulf of Mexico waters, soft, white sand, and relaxed vibe. Siesta Key has over 100 acres of Gulf beach, year-round life guards, and is just a short walk away from restaurants, bars, shopping, and Tropical Beach Resorts of course!

Tropical Beach Resorts
6717 Sarasea Circle
Sarasota, FL 34242

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Become a Sarasota Bay Explorer for the day

Sarasota Bay Explorers

Sarasota Bay Explorers

Become a Sarasota BayWant your kids to learn more about the ocean than they can by just visiting the beach? Interactive marine science boat trips and safaris are cruising through Sarasota Bay and Lido Park that are sure to get the whole family excited about marine life in Sarasota. There are 3 different eco tours available for you and your family to experience, that are in conjunction with Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium.

Kayaking through the mangroves with Sarasota Bay Explorers

Kayaking through the mangroves with Sarasota Bay Explorers

Sea life encounter cruise (suitable for all ages):
This 1 hour and 45 minute journey through Sarasota and Roberts Bay will teach you about the ecology, history and folklore of Sarasota. From the boat you will most likely get great views of dolphins and manatees before arriving to an island for a nature walk. A guide will take the group to view pelicans, herons, ibis and egrets in their natural habitat. Also, the kids and adults alike will get hands on time with some critters such as puffer fish, sea horse, stone crabs, cow fish and more though a collection that will be gathered there with a trawl net. The trip will include cold drinks, snacks, and lots of learning!
Reservations are recommended
Check-in is 30 minutes prior to departure.
Cruise Ticket
Adults: $27
Children (4-12): $23
Children 3 and under: Free
Combo Ticket
(Cruise and Aquarium)
Adults: $40
Children (4-12): $33
Children 3 and under: Free

Guided Kayak Tour (6 years old and up):
No kayaking experience? No problem. Before this backwater adventure you will have a quick lesson to teach you all you’ll need to know to paddle through the mangroves and observe the wildlife up close and personal. A naturalist will be there to lead you through the journey in Lido Park and to describe all the plants and animals you will come across.
Kayaks, paddles, life jackets and instruction will all be provided.
Reservations and deposits are required.
Adults: $55
Children: $45

Nature Safari (6 years old and up):
This new tour is really the experience of a life time. Go boating with marine biologists to Lido Key Beach to walk through the beach and trails where you can explore multiple different ecosystems including coastal grasslands, wetlands, uplands and tidal mangrove forests with a vast amount of plants and animals in each that will be shown to you by the guide. Next stop is a sandbar to search for live shells, sea stars, fish, crabs, sand dollars and even sea horses.
Adults: $45
Children (6-12): $40

Tropical Beach Resorts
6717 Sarasea Circle
Siesta Key, Fl 34242




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Want to mix up your Friday nights this summer in Sarasota with free events?

Friday Nights in Sarasota, FL #SarasotaHotel

Friday Nights in Sarasota, FL #Sarasotahotel

Want to mix up your Friday nights in Sarasota this summer with free events?


One Friday a month in the summer the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall holds a FREE outdoor concert called Friday Fest on the Bay that takes place on their bayfront lawn. 2014 marks the 10th anniversary of this gift back to the community for the support Sarasota gives. Although it is widely known to locals, they are not the only ones that get to take advantage of this event. The bayfront lawn becomes filled with both locals and visitors to watch the sunset and take in the free music rain or shine. If bad weather does hit, the festival will be moved to the Grand Foyer.




#VanWezel #SarasotaHotel

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall



On July 25th, August 22th, and September 26th join the free entertainment with a beautiful view. You can enjoy the variety of music from country, jazz, to disco along with food vendors, a full bar, and art displays while relaxing on your lawn chair or dancing by the water. This event can be a great way to start of your weekend visiting the Sarasota or Siesta Key area this summer.



*All Friday Fest evenings take place from 5 – 9 p.m.*

July 25th : Come Back Alice
Enjoy this bands unique sound called southern gypsy funk.

August 22th: SoulRcoaster
Take a ride with SoulRcoaster through an assortment of music genres including classic rock, pop, jazz, country and disco.

September 26th : Adrian Ray
Listen to this cowboy and his band play a mix between country and classic rock (“Heavy Country”) for the last Friday Fest of the year.

Don’t miss out on experiencing the entertainment, food, full bar and art on display for sale this summer

The Van Wezel: 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL
For more information, call 941-953-3368 or ask the knowledgeable staff at Tropical Beach Resorts. They are happy to help you in anyway with your visit to Siesta Key, Florida. Let us help you plan the island get-a-way of your dreams!

Tropical Beach Resorts
6717 Sarasea Circle
Sarasota, FL 34242
Reservations 800-235-3493 –

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Where will you be watching fireworks this Fourth of July?

Siesta Key, Sarasota, FL Fireworks

Siesta Key, Sarasota, FL Fireworks











If your answer is somewhere in beautiful Sarasota then you are doing Independence Day right! Sarasota has parades, fireworks and more to help you have as much patriotic fun as possible on this very special day because, well… AMERICA. So get out your best red, white and blue attire and prepare to plan for your day of celebrating freedom!

Start the morning off at Bicentennial Park watching the infamous Annual Freedom Fest Parade at 9 a.m. This brief celebration and parade will also include food, music, and children’s games.

Bicentennial Park: on the corner of Gulf of Mexico Drive and Bay Isles Road, west of Town Hall at 2730 Gulf of Mexico Drive. 941-383-2466

After you spend the rest of your day at the beach you can make your final destination at Tropical Sarasota Fourth of July at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens starting at 6 p.m. Don’t miss out on the barbeque, popcorn and ice cream to prepare you for the much anticipated fireworks. Bring a chair or a blanket so you can see the spectacular Bayfront Fireworks that begins around 9 p.m.

$20 for non-members, free for kids 11 and under. 811 S. Palm Avenue, Sarasota

Would you rather watch the Bayfront Fireworks Spectacular blast off over Sarasota Bay for free? Anywhere downtown including Bayfront Park and Island Park will have a great view. The display is privately funded and charity focused, benefiting Suncoast Charities for Children.

Bayfront Park: 2 Marina Plz, Sarasota, FL 34236

Island Park: 1 Marina Plz, Sarasota, FL, US, 34236

There is another fireworks show in Sarasota on the soft white sand of the number one beach in America: Siesta Key. The 24th Annual 4th of July Fireworks Display and Party shoots fireworks off north of the volleyball courts, so the view is great from anywhere south and along Crescent Beach. Ideal weather conditions will bring about 20,000 to 30,000 to the fireworks, which starts at about 9:15 p.m.

Siesta Key Beach: 948 Beach Rd, Siesta Key, FL, US, 34242


Book your stay with Tropical Beach Resorts to have a private beach access just steps from your room to watch the Siesta Key 4th of July Fireworks Display this year.

Tropical Beach Resorts

6717 Sarasea Circle

Siesta Key, Fl 34242



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You probably know that Sarasota is famous for its beautiful beaches, but did you know it is also famous for its Ringling Circus heritage?

The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus was a world-renowned show that traveled across the United States, and had its winter headquarters settled in Sarasota. One of the brothers, John Ringling, was a great deal of importance in the modern development in Sarasota. He also bought water front land, which he then built a mansion on and later built a museum to hold him and his wife, Mable’s, collection of Baroque art. It wasn’t long before John became extremely wealthy and bought the American Circus Corporation, thus owning every traveling circus in America. During this time he traveled Europe while adding to his art collection, which is now the couples growing legacy: The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art; a unique gem of Sarasota.


Ringling Museum of Fine Art in Sarasota, FL

Ringling Museum of Fine Art in Sarasota, FL

Today The Ringling’s beautiful property includes the Museum of Art, Circus Museum, Ca’D’Zan, Historic Asolo Theater and the Bayfront Gardens.

Visiting information-
Open 7 days a week
10:00am – 5:00pm Daily
Thursdays open until 8:00pm; The Museum of Art and & Circus Museum are open after 5:00pm
The Bayfront Gardens are open from 9:30am until 6:00pm

Adult: $25
Senior 65+: $20
Students 18+ w/ID: $5
Child 6-17: $5
Active US Military: $10
Children under 6: No Charge

Ringling Circus Museum in Sarasota, FL

Ringling Circus Museum in Sarasota, FL

The Circus Museum was created to celebrate the history of the American Circus. When John Ringling made Sarasota the Winter Quarters of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, a great deal of the performers moved to the area. Due to this The Ringling Museum of the American Circus was able to document their history with collections of wardrobes and circus memorabilia, which vastly grew over the years. Today the museum is a family favorite that includes performing props, equipment, circus railroad cars, the film The Life and Times of John and Mable Ringling, and even interactive galleries where you can walk the wire, squeeze into a clown car and have your picture take with a faux tiger.


Ca'd'Zan in Sarasota, FL

Ca’D’Zan in Sarasota, FL

The Ca’ d’Zan is the breathtaking mansion that was built for John and Mable Ringling. It is open to the public 10am-5pm, but if you would like to delve deeper into the palace there is also a summer tour special now through Labor Day, September 1, 2014 where you will receive a FREE Guided Tour of Ca’ d’Zan first and second floors when you purchase a Ca’ d’Zan Private Places Tour. Tickets are $20.


If you would like to see an affordable show that will make the whole family laugh while visiting Sarasota, then be sure to experience the Summer Circus Spectacular at the Historic Asolo Theater. Experience comedy by Chris Allison, award-winning hand-balancer Christian Stoinev and his canine cohort Scooby, the quick-change magical transformation act of Olga & Vladimir Smirnov, the magnificent “Queen of the Air,” Dolly Jacobs, and more!
Performances are Tuesday – Friday @ 11:00am and 2:00pm
Saturdays @ 2:00pm and 5:00pm
$15 Adults/$12 Children
Jun 17, 2014 – Aug 2, 2014
PLUS admission to the Circus Museum is just an additional $5 with your Summer Circus performance ticket! Tickets can be purchased in the Visitors Pavillion the day of your show.

The staff at Tropical Beach Resorts is happy to answer any questions you might have on The Ringling or your trip to Sarasota.
Tropical Beach Resorts
6717 Sarasea Circle
Sarasota, Fl 34242

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What is there to do on World Oceans Day with the kids in Sarasota, FL?

First of all, what is Worlds Oceans Day?

Worlds Oceans Day was invented at the Earth Summit in 1992 and was officially recognized as a holiday for June 8th of every year by the United Nations in 2008. This day was created to honor the Earth’s oceans with all they provides us including seafood, marine life, beauty and even air! The ocean actually produces 70-80% of all the air we breathe, cleans the water we drink, and offers a pharmacopoeia of potential medicines. Even with all the ocean does for us, we humans often overly take advantage of it. With this being a serious problem to the Earth, World Oceans Day has been used to help spread awareness of over-consumption of fish and global pollution by The Ocean Project and the World Ocean Network.

How can you celebrate World Oceans Day with the kids while in Sarasota?

World Oceans Day, June 8, 2014

Mote Marine Aquarium is having a World Oceans Day Family Festival a day early the on June 7th, 2014. This day will be Dr. Seuss themed to focus on “the ocean’s deep connection to the human spirit and the boundless inspirational power of our natural world’s greatest resource”. The events will entail games, crafts and marine science learning centering on green practices.

Do not let the family miss out on experiencing this extra special day at one of the best Aquariums in Florida! In fact, Mote Marine’s World Oceans Day festival received the 2010 Big Fish Award for best aquarium World Oceans Day event from Dr. Seuss Enterprises and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, June 7
Mote Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway in Sarasota
Cost: Free with admission to Mote Aquarium. Admission is $19.75 for adults, $18.75 for seniors over 65, $14.75 for kids ages 4-12 and free for ages 3 and younger. Mote Members always get in free.

Contact the helpful staff here at Tropical Beach Resorts for any questions you might have about this event or anything else that will help you with your vacation to Sarasota or Siesta Key!
Tropical Beach Resorts
6717 Sarasea Circle
Sarasota, Fl 34242

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What are your plans for Earth Day in Sarasota? Get close with nature at Oscar Scherer State Park’s 25th annual Earth Day Festival!

Earth Day Festival at Oscar Scherer State Park, April 27th!Celebrate Earth Day in Sarasota at Oscar Scherer State Park’s 25th Annual Earth Day Festival!

Oscar Scherer is just 6 miles south of Sarasota and is a true local gem. The park is located just off US 41 but as soon as you leave the road you are back to nature in a beautiful flatwoods preserve, home to the pretty little blue and white Florida Scrub Jay.  It is the perfect place to get your fix of Florida wildlife and nature while on your vacation to the Sarasota area. You can enjoy fifteen miles of trails through the park that allow you to go hiking, bicycling, and wildlife viewing. One of my personal favorites is canoeing or kayaking for a few hours along South Creek, a blackwater stream that flows to the Gulf of Mexico. You can also go fishing along the creek or lake Osprey, which is also the park’s swimming area. It is easy to make a day trip out of the park with the picnic areas that line South Creek which are equipped with grills and pavilions for a fun family outside dinning experience.

25th Annual Earth Day Festival:
Sunday, April 27, 2014 from 10:00am – 4:00pm
This is event is one the whole family will love, especially the kids! There will be activities such as a coloring contest, storytelling, a puppet show; along with events that will satisfy the rest of the family including live music, food vendors, tram tours, information and craft booths, demonstrations, and a photo exhibit featuring local photographers. The best part is the park’s normal entrance fees will be waived on this date in celebration of Earth Day. FREE FAMILY FUN! It doesn’t get much better than that.

Celebrate Earth Day at Oscar Scherer State Park

Celebrate Earth Day at Oscar Scherer State Park in Sarasota, FL during the 25th Annual Earth Day Festival





Florida is home to a wealth of state parks and several are a nice day trip from Sarasota, you can check them out

Or let knowledgeable staff at Tropical Beach Resorts can suggest a fun day trip to one of the many other area parks and attractions during your visit to Siesta Key, Florida. Let us help you plan the island get-a-way of your dreams!

Tropical Beach Resorts
6717 Sarasea Circle
Sarasota, FL 34242
Reservations 800-235-3493 –

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Time to Tee Up? Sarasota is home to a wide range of spectacular golf courses.

Sarasota is home to a wide range of spectacular golf courses!!

Expansive greens and golf courses for every budget and skill level

Sarasota is home to a wide range of spectacular golf courses!


Want to take a day off from the beach but still enjoy the gorgeous Sarasota weather? Why not play a round of golf at one Sarasota’s superior courses! The county is home to over 60 golf courses ranging from the budget friendly public courses, like Bobby Jones, to swanky private courses with big greens fees… and lots of options in between. Growing up in Sarasota with tons of country clubs and choices to play a round, learning a little about the game is just par for the course! My dad outfitted me with the cutest purple golf bag full of miniature sized clubs and took me out to the range to hit balls and even a to a few par 3 courses. Unfortunately, I never ended up being too great at it, but a day on the golf course with your dad is always the best! My father on the other hand, though definitely not a pro, really enjoys golfing and takes advantage of the excellent golf courses we have in town. From his local insight and my past experiences I have chosen three really enjoyable golf courses for those vacationers who want an outing away from the beach on their vacation to Sarasota or Siesta Key.

TIP: Most local courses offer discounted fees in the late afternoon! Whether you want to save a little money or enjoy the beach in the morning, take full advantage of better rates later in the day for your tee time.

Stoneybrook Golf and Country Club:

Stoneybrook Golf and Country Club

Stoneybrook Golf and Country Club


This Arthur Hills designed golf course is located just ten minutes from Siesta Key. The par 72 layout permits players of all skill levels but is best for those with a bit of experience. It is a challenging course with water hazards and natural wetlands, but is also one of the most beautiful courses in town. The course consists of Bermuda grass fairways and Tiffeagle Ultra Dwarf greens. The GPS on the carts will stop you from going too close to the greens and will send you a message if you’re running behind time. Didn’t bring your clubs? Don’t fret you can rent them on sight!

8801 Stoneybrook Boulevard
Sarasota, FL 34238
Phone: (941) 966-2711

Calusa Lakes Golf Club:

Calusa Lakes Golf Club

Calusa Lakes Golf Club


Calusa Lakes gives you the true Florida feel with its course that twists through a diversity of Florida landscape and wildlife, while also providing a mid-Atlantic feel with the many pine and oak trees. There are multiple lakes around, though the course is still player friendly. You will find new Champion Grass greens as well as enjoyable rolling fairways and fair landing areas that are made to accommodate players of all abilities. You can also rent your clubs and cart while there. This location is a few minutes further away from the Key, but it’s a fantastic golf course to check out!
1995 Calusa Lakes Blvd
Nokomis, FL 34275
Phone: (941) 484-8995



Misty Creek Country Club:

Misty Creek Country Club

Misty Creek Country Club

At Misty Creek Country Club, you can “golf in nature’s backyard”. This golf course is very unique in that it is the only course in Southwest Florida that is on a wildlife preserve with resident bald eagles. Not to mention, it is a championship golf course where almost every fairway is bordered on one or both sides by oak forests. This course is for serious golfers! It is a par 72 course with four sets of tees. Some wildlife you might see is deer, bobcats, wild boar, alligators and a variety of bird species. Here you can enjoy your golfing while experiencing the nature Florida has to offer.
8954 Misty Creek Dr.
Sarasota, FL 34241
Phone: (941) 922-2188


The knowledgeable staff at Tropical Beach Resorts can suggest the right course for you or help you with additional information and tee times during your visit to Siesta Key, Florida. Let us help you plan the island get-a-way of your dreams!

Tropical Beach Resorts
6717 Sarasea Circle
Sarasota, FL 34242
Reservations 800-235-3493 –

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