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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 at:www.floridastateparks.org

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
941-349-3330
Reservations 800-235-3493 –
www.tropicalbeachresorts.com

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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
941-349-3330
Reservations 800-235-3493 –
www.tropicalbeachresorts.com

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Do you plan on bringing your dog with you on vacation?

There are multiple waterfront parks in Sarasota where you and your dog can take a walk, enjoy the scenery, and even picnic by the water.

Bird Key Park:

Bird Key Park, a dog-friendly park, in Sarasota, FL

Bird Key Park, a dog-friendly park, in Sarasota, FL

 

Bird Key Park is right over Sarasota’s beautiful Ringling Bridge that takes you to Lido Key. You are right on the bay where you can watch the boats go by and maybe even see dolphins jumping!

Location: On the John Ringling Causeway – 101 Bird Key Dr, Sarasota, Florida
34236

 

 

Ken Thompson Park

This park is great for the whole family! Your dog can hang with the family on a leash, the kids can play on the playground, and everyone can walk on the boardwalks through the mangroves and tidal marsh restoration areas. The board walk stretches out passing the shore so you can get a great view of Sarasota across the bay. Not to mention it’s one of the best spots in town to have a picnic on one of the many tables that line the water front.

Location: 1700 Ken Thompson Parkway
Sarasota, Florida 34236
On City Island, by Mote Marine Lab.

Bay Front Park:

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This Island Park is located on an island peninsula right on the water of
Sarasota Bay. Sidewalks line the water all around the park, making this the perfect spot for walking your dog while getting to take in the wonderful waterfront atmosphere Sarasota has to offer. Also, children absolutely love the water fountain play area and the huge playground. As an added plus to Bay Front Park, there are two waterfront restaurants, O’Leary’s Tiki Bar & Grill and Marina Jacks dockside.

Location: One Marina Plaza, Sarasota, Florida 34236

Also, the knowledge staff at Tropical Beach Resorts can provide other information to help you plan your visit to Siesta Key, Florida. We even can accommodate dogs at the resort if they are the under 30 pounds and over three years old. Call us or visit our website to learn more.

Tropical Beach Resorts
6717 Sarasea Circle
Sarasota, FL 34242
941-349-3330
Reservations 800-235-3493 –
www.tropicalbeachresorts.com

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Could you take our picture on Sarasota’s Bayfront?

A picture with the Unconditional Surrender, the Famous WWII “Kissing Sailor” Statue, is a Sarasota Tradition

The Unconditional Surrender sculpture, the 'kissing sailor' is a great spot for a picture

Make sure to stop by on Sarasota’s Bayfront park to enjoy the art sculptures and get your picture taken!

Looking for a fun side-trip with the perfect picture taking spot? Standing tall and proud on the Sarasota bay front is the 26-foot tall Unconditional Surrender sculpture and getting your picture taken at its feet, kissing or not, is a Sarasota tradition. The statue is located at Bayfront Park, a lovely little peninsula of land at the edge of the downtown area with waterfront restaurants and walking paths. The Unconditional Surrender Statue is a recreation of the famous kissing picture that was on the cover of Life Magazine in 1945, the year of the end of World War II. This statue first popped into the Sarasota scene in 2005 and reappeared in 2009 when a US Navy World War II veteran offered a $500,000 grant to ensure it would stand proud to greet visitors, and as fun and positive to make sure veterans like him would not be forgotten.

Many people stop for their own picture opportunity

Eleven men and three women reported to Life Magazine that they were the infamous kissers of the photograph and more recently the inspiration for the Unconditional Surrender statue. One of these men was George Mendoca, who was identified by the Naval War College in August, 2005 as the kisser by matching his scars and tattoos to those in the photo. This was done by experts at the Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories (MERL) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. George’s story leading up to the photograph goes as follows: George was on a date with a cousin to his brother-in-law. This women, Rita, and George had met at a barbecue and George said it was love at first sight. They were at Radio City Music Hall when they heard people banging on the doors from the street screaming that the war is over! With the news that the Japanese had surrendered the two ran out into times square with the rest of the crowds. George laid eyes on a woman he thought was a nurse, grabbed her, leaned her back, and kissed her with everyone standing only feet away. George thought so highly of the nurses who took care of wounded service men that he said grabbing her was just instinctive. The women he thought was a nurse was actually a dental hygienist named Greta Friedman, who dashed from the office when she heard the good news and was unexpectedly dipped into a kiss.

This is the original picture of the 'kissing sailor'

the actual cover on the LIFE Magazine that made history

Another man, Glenn McDuffie alleged in 2007 that he was the subject of the photograph. Houston Police Department’s forensic artist Lois Gibson analyzed the picture for key facial features to match to current pictures. She came to the conclusion that it was indeed McDuffie, who also passed polygraph tests confirming his claim. His story is that he was on the subway to Brooklyn and came out at Times Square where there was immense excitement in the street with the news that the Japanese had surrendered. He realized his brother who was a war prisoner would soon be released. He claims a nurse held open arms to him, so he ran to her and kissed her long enough so that the photographer could take their picture. On McDuffie’s 81st birthday he was recognized as the “Kissing Sailor” during a Houston Astros and New York Mets game at Minute Maid Park. McDuffie passed away just this past Friday, March 14, 2014. More information on McDuffie’s story and more here: http://life.time.com/history/v-j-day-kiss-in-times-square-and-other-celebrations-august-14-1945/#1

Many have claimed to be the 'kissing sailor' in the iconic picture

Many have claimed to be the ‘kissing sailor’ in the Unconditional Surrender sculpture on Sarasota’s Bayfront, but it was confirmed that McDuffie was the real deal!

Looking for local attractions and places of interest? The knowledgeable staff at Tropical Beach Resorts can suggest lots of fun sites to see 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
941-349-3330
Reservations 800-235-3493 –
www.tropicalbeachresorts.com

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Your seaside vacation in Sarasota would not be complete without a sightseeing or sunset cruise

Your seaside vacation in Sarasota would not be complete without a tropical day sightseeing tour or sunset cruise

LeBarge Tropical Cruises in Sarasota, FL

LeBarge Tropical Cruises in Sarasota, FL. Complete with palm trees!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking for a way to enjoy the beautiful waters and tranquil atmosphere of Sarasota bay without getting your feet wet? A Sarasota tradition for over 30 years, the tropical day-cruise ship LeBarge offers visitors and locals alike a fun way to see and appreciate our bay. Relax and take in the sight of frolicking dolphins, beautiful waterfront homes and the gorgeous water views. Enjoy a light bite of food and a cool drink while and learning a bit about the folklore and history of Sarasota in the truly tropical atmosphere of LeBarge. This floating paradise with its huge live palm trees and eager sightseers/wildlife watchers is a well-known sight for Sarasotans… it’s customary to exchange a wave with the boaters on board. If you love dolphins, sightseeing or live entertainment on the water then at least one of the cruises the LeBarge holds will make your visit to Sarasota that much more special! The LeBarge offers three different types of cruise each ranging between $20 and $28: dolphin and manatee watch cruise, sightseeing and nature cruise, and tropical sunset cruise – one is certain to top off your Sarasota beach get-a-away.

Dolphin and manatee cruise

Dolphin and manatee cruise

Dolphin and Manatee watch cruise: GREAT FOR KIDS!
This cruise departs at 11am for a two-hour tour hosted by a Mote Marine trained marine biologist who will teach you and the family about our local population of over 120 bottlenose dolphins, and also during season, manatees. The Sarasota Bay Dolphin Research Program is the longest ongoing dolphin study in the world, so it is the perfect place to observe these amazing marine mammals. You are guaranteed a dolphin or manatee sighting, so do not miss out on your chance to see them while you visit Sarasota.

Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays
(Tues., Wed., Thurs., Fri. & Sat. in season)
Ticket prices:
$25 for adults
$20 for children 4-12
Children 3 and under are free

Sightseeing and Nature Cruise:
On this two hour cruise along the shoreline of Sarasota Bay you can sit back and relax as you pass by gorgeous waterfront homes and local wildlife while you learn about the history of Sarasota. Not to mention you can sip on your favorite cocktail or have a bite to eat from the menu provided. The view is much different from the water than what you see walking on land, and you will get to see one of local’s favorite parts about living in Sarasota, being on the water! Experience the beach from the other side and maybe even run into a few dolphins.

Cruise departs at 2pm
Tuesday-Sunday and daily in season
Ticket prices:
$25 for adults
$20 for children 4-12
Children 3 and under are free

LeBarge Tropical Cruises in Sarasota, FL

Sunset Cruise

Tropical Sunset Cruise:
You might have experienced a Sarasota sunset, but I bet you haven’t seen the view of it from the water. The LeBarge is most well-known for this evening cruise that includes live entertainment, drinks, food, dolphin spotting and even a Conga line or two! You can do a little dancing or just sit back and relax as the sun sets below the water right in front your eyes.

Cruise departs between 5pm and 7pm depending on the time of year and the time of sunset. Boarding and live entertainment start a half hour before cruise time.
Tickets:
$28 per person
Children 3 and under are free

For more information or reservations visit www.lebargetropicalcruises.com or call 941-366-6116.

Tropical Sunset cruise in Sarasota, FL

Watch the brilliant colors slowly dissolve into the gulf horizon on your cruise through Sarasota Bay!

 

 

 

 

The knowledgeable staff at Tropical Beach Resorts can suggest the perfect day cruise or one of the many other area 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
941-349-3330
Reservations 800-235-3493 –
www.tropicalbeachresorts.com

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Sarasota’s Special Events Calendar: What time of year does Sarasota offer the special events you would enjoy?

Sarasota’s Special Events Calendar: What time of year does Sarasota offer the special events you would enjoy?

You’ve chosen Siesta Key for its world-famous beaches … but if you are looking for more than sugar-white sand between your toes then Sarasota is perfect spot for your next getaway! Of course Sarasota offers a wide variety of spectacular restaurants, great shopping, a thriving performing arts scene, and an almost endless list of fun activities – but that is just the beginning. The area offers an almost endless schedule of fun festivals and events for you to experience, just pick your passion!

Boat Parade on Main Street, Sarasota, FL

Crowds gather at the Sarasota Boat Parade

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January:
Thunder by the Bay:
This festival is for all you motorcycle lovers! This is a three day long event held each January and offers live music, poker runs, vendors and more. Best of all, it is a charitable event raising money for local special needs children.
Dates: January 8-11, 2015

St. Armand’s Winter Art Festival:
Held yearly at the end of January, this show displays more than 175 artists and craftsman featuring their original artwork. St. Armand’s Circle is just over the Ringling Bridge from downtown Sarasota, not far from Siesta Key!
Dates: TBA

February:
Lido Tides Arts and Crafts Show:
Just around the corner from St. Armand’s Circle, exhibitors sell handmade arts and crafts on the beautiful Lido Key, Sarasota, FL.
Dates: February 8th & 9th, 2014 @ 10:00AM – 4:30PM

***Say “I Do” Again***:
Visiting Siesta Key with your loved ones on Valentine’s Day? Create unforgettable memories by renewing your wedding vows each Valentine’s Day at the Siesta Beach main pavilion.
Date: Valentine’s Day

Siesta Key Vow Renewal

Crowds gather for the annual vow renewal at Siesta Key Beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts:
The Annual Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts is one of the area’s largest art events of the year. The festival takes place along Main Street in downtown Sarasota and is fun for all ages! Come to experience the art and the lovely downtown atmosphere of Sarasota, only a 15 minute drive from Siesta Key.
Dates: February 15th &16th, 2014.

March:
Giving Hunger the Blues:
This is one of Sarasota locals’ favorite events of the year! Giving Hunger the Blues provides a wide variety of foods from local restaurant and live music throughout the day on Hillview Street in Sarasota’s Southside Village. The event raises money for the All Faiths Food Bank and other charities.
Dates: March 23, 2014

April:
Florida Winefest and Auction:
Don’t miss Sarasota’s week-long food and wine extravaganza and auction! Sarasota’s best local restaurants will be there along with winemakers from around the world to support local children’s charities.
Dates: April 10-13, 2014

Siesta Fiesta

Booths and vendors line the street for Siesta Fiesta!

***Siesta Fiesta***:
Siesta Fiesta has been a tradition in the Village on Siesta Key for over 30 years. The best part of the event is the talented arts and craft vendors in colorful booths lining Beach Road in front of the Siesta Key Village shops. The bars and restaurants on the Key take part in the fun with live entertainment and food booths in the streets.
Dates: April 26th & 27th, 2014

 

 

 

May:
Classic Corvettes on the Circle:
Come see the 3rd largest classic Corvette car show in the state of Florida while visiting Sarasota! It will take place in St. Armand’s circle on Lido Key, a spectacular shopping and restaurant area that’s a must see for your Sarasota trip… even if it is just for a window-shopping stroll.
Dates: May 3rd, 2014

June:
World Oceans Day at Mote Aquarium:
Enjoy this family-friendly festival that includes games and crafts, and hands-on learning experiences in marine science. Get up close and personal with some Florida sealife… its sure to be a fun and informative day. The event is free with regular admission, which is $19/adults, $14/kids (4 – 12).
Dates: June 7, 2014

St. Armand’s Craft Festival:
This is another fabulous St. Armand’s event that will be a great time for the whole family to enjoy while strolling around the beautiful circle. You’ll enjoy browsing a variety of artistic works from paintings to jewelry, ceramics, pottery and much more.
Dates: June 14 – 15, 2014

***Sarasota Stand up Paddleboard Races***:
Calling all beginners and pros! There is a paddle board competition that takes place on Siesta Key Beach with several divisions of racers. There’s a 3-mile and 6-mile course along with fun other events.
Dates: June 21, 2014

Stand Up Paddleboard races in Sarasota, FL

There are SUP races in Siesta Key, come and watch the fun! or participate!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July:
Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix:
If you are a boat-racing fan, Sarasota is the place to be for the 4th of July! The event brings with it some of the hottest boats on the market. Watch the races, check out the boats or just enjoy the excitement in the air as Sarasota comes alive with parades and parties to celebrate the races. The event is held around 4th of July every year to raise money for the Child Development Center.
Dates: June 28th – July 6th, 2014

August:
Sarasota Slam Fishing Tournament:
This tournament includes Billfish, Wahoo, Tuna, Grouper, Snapper, Trout and Redfish, with offshore and inshore divisions. Come out and show you’re fishing skills!
Dates: August 5 – 9, 2014

The Annual Celebration of Brewing:
Beer enthusiasts, this is will be your favorite day of vacationing in Sarasota. There will be samples of dozens of beers and ciders from around the world. There will also be beer friendly food, a silent auction and benefit raffle.
Dates: 2014 TBA

September:
Annual Labor Day Regatta:
This is the Sarasota Sailing Squadron’s biggest event of the year. Register your boat and take part for $75 – $100, or just bring folding chair and watch the spectacular site of the sailboat race on City Island at 1717 Ken Thompson Parkway.
Dates: September 1, 2014

October:
Sarasota Blues Festival:
This nationally recognized event is held annually in October on the Ed Smith Stadium grounds and brings some of the top national and local blues musicians to the stage.
Dates: 2014 TBA

November:
Cine World Film Festival:
This event is held by the Sarasota Film Society and presents the best films of the Toronto, New York and Cannes Film Festivals of the year!
Dates: 2014 TBA

Teddy Bear Run:
The Annual Great Teddy Bear Run is sponsored by the Sarasota Florida HOG (Harley Owners Group) Chapter. This charity event is held in November and will benefit KIDS by the SEA, serving children with cancer.
Dates: 2014 TBA

December:
Sandy Claws Beach Run:
This popular annual run is held in December with race day registration beginning at the Siesta Beach Pavilion. It includes a 1-mile fun-run for any and all ages and a timed 5K run for the more advanced runners!
Dates: December 13, 2014

The Sarasota Christmas Boat Parade of Lights:
Every December Sarasota Bay features a competition of holiday-decorated power and sailboats. The water parade of brightly-lit boats is a spectacular sight and a great way to enjoy a Sarasota-style Christmas experience on your vacation! The best viewing is from Bayfront Park in downtown Sarasota.
Dates: 2014 TBA

Sarasota Downtown Holiday Parade:
This event is held the first Saturday of every December in downtown Sarasota and features floats, music, marching bands and lots of fun. There are thousands of participants and brightly decorated floats, several live marching bands playing songs of the season and parade entries from school and community organizations as well as area businesses.
Dates: 2014 TBA
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Planning a trip to Sarasota? Make sure to contact  the friendly,local staff at Tropical Beach Resorts for recommendations on activities, dining, and other information.

Call today for specials and room information at 800-235-3493

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Sarasota, FL 34242
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Tropical Beach Resorts is just steps from the world famous white sands of Siesta Key! Call today 800-235-3493

 

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Experiencing the Best of Nature in Sarasota, FL

Manatee viewing near Sarasota, FL Sarasota is alive with exceptional blessings from Mother Nature. From one corner of the city to the next, the beauty and wonder of all that Mother Nature has created is bountiful. From the local flora to the local fauna, there are so many ways to take full advantage of being able to see these things that amaze and to make incredible memories.

Here are some of our favorite places to visit to experience the best that Sarasota has to offer:

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens: The Gardens are located in downtown Sarasota on the Bay. Their mission? “To provide an oasis of inspiration and tranquility, while furthering the understanding and appreciation of plants, especially epiphytes.” Now if that doesn’t sound like the perfect way to spend an afternoon, we don’t know what does. From the greenhouses to the immaculately maintained grounds, Selby Gardens is an experience you don’t want to miss. Sweeping views of the bay, brilliant aromas from the many plant species, wonderment from the stunning growth of the different trees, and tranquility from the peace and serenity of the property will take you away from the hustle and bustle. Allow several hours for this afternoon of enjoyment.

Myakka River State Park: Located just 9 miles from Sarasota and is one of Florida’s oldest and largest state parks. The Florida wild and scenic Myakka flows through 57 square miles of wetlands, prairies and woodlands. Myakka is popular for hiking, fishing, camping, and wildlife observation. One of its most popular types of wildlife observation is that of the Florida alligator! Many gators can be seen sunning and swimming around while being viewed from one of the world’s largest airboats, the Myakka Maiden or the Gator Gal. They can also be seen while just paddling through the streams by canoe, for those of you who are brave enough! There is also the Canopy Walkway. The walkway is suspended 25 feet above the ground and extends 100 feet through the hammock canopy. A tower soars 74 feet in the air to present a spectacular view of treetops, wetlands and the prairie/hammock interface. You can look down on eagles, hawks, vultures and the tops of live oaks and palm trees.

Manatee Viewing Center: Located about 1 hour North of Sarasota, the Manatee Viewing Center is located adjacent to the Tampa Electric’s Big Bend Power Station. Everyone loves to see these gentle giants. When the water begins to get chillier, somewhere around 68 degrees, the manatees seek refuge in warmer waters. When the Big Bend Power station takes in saltwater from Tampa Bay to cool Unit 4, it is then discharged as clean and warm water, back to the bay. Big Bend’s discharge canal is a state and federally designated manatee sanctuary that provides critical protection from the cold for these unique, gentle animals.

Let our local, knowledgeable staff help you with these or any other activities during your visit to Tropical Beach Resorts in Siesta Key, Sarasota, FL.

Tropical Beach Resorts
6717 Sarasea Circle
Sarasota, FL 34242
www.tropicalbeachresorts.com
941-349-3330

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Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sandsculpting Competition is this weekend!

Siesta Key Crystal Classic

Siesta Key Crystal Classic

Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sandsculpting Competition is this weekend, November 15-18th.

Not only does Siesta Key have the most beautiful, clean white quartz sands, now it is being stepped up a few notches by some master sand sculptors! The weekend was the creation of discussions between master sand sculptor and Siesta Key resident Brian Wigelsworth and representatives of the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, Sarasota County Parks and Recreation, Mote Marine Laboratory, and the Sarasota Convention and Visitors Bureau. It has grown into an amazing weekend of fun imaginative creations of wonderment! Guests come and visit from all areas of the country to see the amazing sculptures that are built over a short period of a few days!

The Classic began in 2010 and has grown into an event which is attended by 70,000+ attendees! Some of the sand creations are over ten feet tall and always transform the beautiful white sands  into an outdoor art gallery. Coupled with the incredible weather of coastal FL in November and the white sand creations, it is an event that should not be missed!

There is free parking at the public lot at the Siesta Key Public Beach, with admission of $5, or there is a multi-day rate of $10.

Founding partners:

MOTE Aquarium

Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce

Sarasota Chamber of Commerce

Sandlubbers

Sarasota County

 

Tropical Beach Resorts

6717 Sarasea Circle

Siesta Key, FL 34242

941-349-3330

800-235-3493

www.tropicalbeachresorts.com

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SiestaKey hotel sees growth in yearly numbers

Tropical Beach Resorts along with Sarasota county has seen another year of growth in our total number of visitors this year.

According to Visit Sarasota County (VSC), Sarasota County had 740,300 visitors in fiscal year 2013, spending $640,974,200 in the area economy. That is a 5.8% jump in visitors from fiscal year 2012 and a 10.2% increase in direct spending.
Tropical Beach Resorts is pleased that business is up.

The 2013 fiscal year ended June 30. Data from the Sarasota County Tax Collector also paints a positive picture for the area tourism industry.

With three months of revenue left to be calculated for 2013, Sarasota County has already raised $12,179,818 in revenue from the Tourist Development Tax — eclipsing the total revenue reported for 2011. This comes after multiple years of increased revenues from the tax. Development Tax revenue grew by 16% in 2011, and by 17.5% in 2012.

The Tourist Development Tax is a 5% charge on the revenue from rentals of six months or less. Revenue from the tax is used for tourism promotion, maintenance and renourishment of beach park facilities and beaches, sports stadiums, nature center facilities and promoting new tourist attractions and events.

Projects like the proposed dredging of Big Pass also rely on Development Tax revenue.
Tropical Beach Resorts General Manager said.” We are very pleased business continues to improve. We’ve done so many upgrades to the property and have continued to grow a talented staff… we couldn’t be happier it’s paying off.”

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Siesta Key Resort Wins 2013 Best of Sarasota Award

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Tropical Shores Beach, A Siesta Key Resort, Receives 2013 Best of Sarasota Award

Sarasota Award Program Honors the Achievement

SARASOTA August 6, 2013 — Tropical Shores Beach Resort, a Siesta Key resort, in Sarasota, Florida has been selected for the 2013 Best of Sarasota Award in the Hotels & Motels category by the Sarasota Award Program.

Each year, the Sarasota Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Sarasota area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2013 Sarasota Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Sarasota Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Sarasota Award Program

The Sarasota Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Sarasota area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices. They have also implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Sarasota Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Sarasota Award Program

For more information contact

Tropical Beach Resorts
6717 Sara Sea Circle
Siesta Key, Sarasota Florida 34242
800-235-3493
www.tropicalbeachresorts.com

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Tropical Beach Resorts, a Siesta Key resort, earns 2013 Best Award

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