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Celebrating an Anniversary in Sarasota, FL?

Draw your own heart in the white sands at Tropical Beach Resorts on beautiful, Siesta Key, FL

Draw your own heart in the white sands at Tropical Beach Resorts on beautiful, Siesta Key, FL

Do you have an anniversary coming up and are wondering “How should we should celebrate our anniversary in Sarasota, FL?”

Sarasota is an incredibly romantic destination. From its award-winning sun swept shores to the lively calendar of performing arts, there are many ways to celebrate your special occasion. A secluded beach getaway is always an excellent choice. There may be nothing more romantic than strolling hand-in-hand at the water’s edge at sunset. The sunsets on the Gulf Coast of Florida are world-renowned and when you see that last glimpse of the sun’s brilliance over the water and glistening shores, followed by the explosion of bright colors reflecting off the clouds, you will know you have arrived in paradise.

If you’re fortunate enough to be staying at Tropical Beach Resorts, you’ll also have the advantage of proximity to quirky Siesta Village… a fun and artsy haven lined with iconic boutiques and great restaurants.  If spending the evening with your special someone involves great live music and the most fun, island atmosphere, the Siesta Key Village is the perfect spot. A collection of casual, beachy restaurants where the only thing required is you and your flipflops, there is something for everyone to enjoy here. Catching the sunset and dinner from one of the  wonderful eateries in the village is the way many guests choose to spend their special anniversary evenings together.

If a quiet evening in with a bottle of bubbly is your perfect evening, then you are also in the perfect destination! A quiet, private dinner can enjoyed in your own stylish, resort accommodation.  All rooms have fully stocked kitchens with dinettes and outdoor patios which gaze out on the perfectly manicured, tropical gardens. There are also BBQ tiki huts which can be used to make the perfect steaks or fish. Wine openers and blenders are always available! Don’t want to cook? Have your dinner delivered from Crescent Market which offers some of the finest wine , cheese and specialty items around. They are Siesta Key’s corner grocery and epicurean oasis!

For a more intimate anniversary, Ophelia’s on the Bay is nearby, with its romantic ambiance, excellent service and fine dining gourmet fare. Their bayfront location provides indoor and outdoor seating with local fresh seafood and fine meats with Florida grown produce. Ophelia’s offers a menu with a distinctly New World flare that changes nightly.  A few miles to the north, the nightly dinner cruises on Marina Jack II were designed with special occasions in mind. It is a truly memorable way to enjoy the cruise while enjoying the breathtaking sunset over the Gulf of Mexico.

Our staff is always happy to recommend the area’s best. We are a local, family owned business and take pride in knowing the best things in the area to suggest to our guests. Our knowledgeable staff is always on hand to help with directions, menus or reservations. Let us help you with that personalized service you deserve on your special anniversary.

Other wonderful ways to celebrate your anniversary in Sarasota include attending a special theatrical or musical production. Sarasota boasts numerous venues from cozy and informal to our magnificent Opera House.

Every Valentine’s Day natives, transplants and vacationers from all over the country and the world flock to Siesta Key Public Beach to renew their wedding vows. If you happen to be in the area any other time of year, the Siesta Key Drum Circle occurs every Sunday. The colorful celebration of our legendary sunsets is a festive and unusual way to celebrate the day you said, “I do”.

The options are plentiful and varied here, and no matter your choice, you’re sure to enjoy. Happy Anniversary!

Call us today to make reservations in our little slice of paradise! 800-235-3493

Tropical Beach Resorts

6717 Sarasea Circle

Sarasota, FL 34242

www.tropicalbeachresorts.com

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What Are The Best Ways To Enjoy Nature While Staying At A Sarasota Hotel?

Tropical Paradise abounds on Siesta Key and there are so many incredible ways to experience it while staying at our Siesta Key, Sarasota hotel

Tropical Paradise abounds on Siesta Key and there are so many incredible ways to experience it while staying at our Siesta Key, Sarasota hotel

What Are The Best Ways To Enjoy Nature While Staying At A Sarasota Hotel?

Sarasota is not only Florida’s cultural capital, but a tropical, nature wonderland as well. There are so many ways to explore the abounding beauty.  Here are a few of our favorites.

Spend time on our world-famous beaches, renowned for their cool, powder white sands. If you’re lucky enough to be staying at a Sarasota hotel near the beach, you can spend your mornings strolling along the water’s edge with coffee in hand. You’ll find horse conch, lightning whelks, pink shrimp and seahorses in knee-deep water. Your companions will likely be gulls overhead, dolphins frolicking in the waters and sandpipers, oyster catchers and roseate spoonbills. Grab a fresh cup of coffee from the office or make some from the in-room coffee service and take a morning stroll. Enjoy the sunshine with your loved one and greet the day on Crescent Beach’s stellar sand.  Walking hand in hand on World Famous Crescent Beach is the perfect way to start the day!

Go paddle boarding, a peaceful way to commune with our marvelous finned and feathered friends. It provides opportunities for discovering oyster beds, fish breeding areas and unspoiled, hidden pockets teeming with marine life. Dolphins are plentiful here; there’s a good chance you’ll see some playfully leaping nearby. You might even see the moon face of a manatee staring up at you in wonder. Paddle boarding with friends or family is such an incredible experience. You’ll feel a singular sense of inner peace and beauty. The power of the water and the force of the board through the surf is so magical. Seeing all the beautiful water and its surroundings will complete the aquatic adventure making memories that will last forever.  For private lessons or Pilates Paddle board contact Studio RubyLakes.

Kayak the mangroves. Nothing can bring you closer to nature than kayaking our mysterious mangroves. A kayaking excursion can put you face to face with egrets, turns, wood storks, pelicans, dolphins, manatee and other wildlife. What you see you will treasure with your heart. Rentals are available for ocean kayaking as well from the hotel’s beach service on the beach access.  http://youtu.be/y4w__Ua139E

Rent a bicycle. Siesta Key’s bike path starts at the south end on Midnight Pass Road and goes up to the North Bridge. It’s a very safe, refreshing and enjoyable way to see the area. The much heralded Legacy Trail stretches from Sarasota County and into neighboring Charlotte County. In addition to bicyclers, you’ll see people walking, some with their dogs, joggers and rollerblading. The Legacy Trail offers several areas to stop, rest, learn about its history or just enjoy the natural beauty surrounding the trail. For bike rentals contact: Siesta Sport Rentals

Join in the Drum Circle at sundown on  Sundays at Siesta Beach. You’ll meet a colorful cast of characters who passionately serenade our legendary sunsets, drummers, dancers, maybe a singer or two along with a host of onlookers. Celebrate with us as we express our appreciation and say thank you and farewell to another wonderful day in paradise.  Just a 1.5 mile distance from the Tropical Beach Resorts, you’ll experience incredible music, fun dancing and a rhythmic force that just makes you want to be a part of it.  For more information: Visit Sarasota

There is quite possibly no better place this time of year to go out and get some sunshine… Than on beautiful Siesta Key. Let our friendly, helpful, local staff assist you in planning your island excursions. These are just the tip of the options available for the utmost in Siesta Key and Sarasota experiences. Nature is plentiful and we can help you make the most of your time here with us.

For hotel reservations or surrounding area information please visit us online at www.tropicalbeachresorts.com or call us toll-free at 1-800-235-3493.

Tropical Beach Resorts

6717 Sara Sea Circle

Siesta Key, Sarasota FL 34242

941-349-3330

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Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota, FL…Visit today!

Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota, FL…Visit today!Siesta Key is always perfect weather!

Fall is in full effect and winter is coming on quick. Now is the perfect time to come and visit Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota, FL! While it is getting chilly in other regions of the U.S., the weather in Sarasota stays quite temperate and perfect! The average air temperature for the winter stays in the mid 70’s to the mid 80’s and it is truly delightful! Still perfect weather for taking in some rays on the pristine, white sands as well as exploring all that Siesta Key, Sarasota FL has to offer.

The rates at Tropical Beach Resorts during the next few months are very affordable especially if you are traveling during the week (Sundays thru Thursdays). If you have flexibility with your dates, the rates are definitely in your favor!

Our two pools are heated to a year-round temperature of 87degrees for your comfort and enjoyment! If the Gulf waters are too chilly for you, you’ll surely enjoy dipping your toes in the pool.

Special fall and winter rates are now available:  Book Online!

These next few months are also a wonderful time to check out all the local restaurants. Being that it’s not the busier summer or spring season, there is no wait to get into your favorite spots.  Daily specials, happy hours, and live music will be the perfect way to spend late afternoons and evenings while not on the beach. Check out a few of our favorite places like:

Siesta Key Oyster Bar- A local hangout with live music, late night 2-for-1’s, Crustacean Happy Hour every day from 3-6. www.skob.com  https://www.facebook.com/skoysterbar

Sun Garden Café- Voted Best breakfast, best lunch, best outdoor dining & best bacon for 4 years straight! This place is beautifully situated in a garden setting with amazing food. www.sol-food.net

Lelu Coffee Lounge- There’s no Starbucks on this island….Lelu is much better anyway! Try their specialty coffees, teas, food items, full bar,specialty coffees, and smoothies. Sun, sand, surf, and coffee…it’s what life is all about! www.lelucoffee.com

Lobster Pot- Enjoy the ‘Old Cape Cod’ feel while dining in the Siesta Key beachy air! You must try their lobster bisque! www.sarasotalobsterpot.com

 

Tropical Beach Resorts
6717 Sarasea Circle
Siesta Key, Sarasota, FL 34242
www.tropicalbeachresorts.com
800-235-3493

 

 

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What and where is the best resort or hotel in Siesta Key, Sarasota, FL?

What and where is the best resort in Siesta Key, Sarasota, FL?
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Everyone loves the surf, sand and sunshine on Siesta Key, Sarasota, FL. What resort or hotel to choose?

Let’s first start by answering this question: What is the definition of a resort?
Google answers: re·sort riˈzôrt/noun: resort; plural noun: resorts
1)A place that is a popular destination for vacations or recreation, or which is frequented for a particular purpose. vacation spot, tourist center, vacationland; retreat; spa; onsen; “a seaside resort”
Wikipedia says: 
1)A resort is a place used for relaxation or recreation, attracting visitors for vacations and/or tourism.

Well, my definition is sure similar to these! When I think of a resort, I think of adjectives like relaxing, blissful, entertaining, fantastic, and the best. I always want to make the best decision for me, my family, my time, and my money.
Because Siesta Key was rated  the #1 Beach in America by Dr. Beach, it is not hard to decide that this destination is the one to pick. Stephen Leatherman, aka Dr. Beach is “America’s Foremost Beach Expert,” and he chooses the top beaches using an array of 50 different criteria, some of  which include: sand texture, sand color, water color, amenities, and public safety, just to name a few.
So, now that we have our destination down, it’s time to pick a place to rest our heads and hearts after a long day in the beautiful Siesta Key white sand, sun and surf. Important factors for choosing the best resort are location, room quality, customer service and value. TripAdvisor is always a good source to find unbiased traveler opinions for different hotels and resorts. It can be a great  place to start. Sort the resorts based on ratings and price.  Look for  available amenities that may be of importance to you, such as  free wifi, daily housekeeping, complimentary beach towels, fully- equipped kitchens, IPod docking stations, barbeque grills, etc.
Tropical Beach Resorts is a very highly rated resort property on Siesta Key that provides its guests with all these amenities and more, as well as high- quality, clean, and generously appointed accommodations. The location can’t be beat — just steps from the sugar- white sands of Crescent Beach and also right across the street  from the Crescent Village, which is home to a variety of tourist shops, restaurants and other conveniences. 
Tropical Beach Resorts
6717 SaraSea Circle
Siesta Key, Sarasota, FL 34242
941-349-3330
800-235-3493

http://www.tropicalbeachresorts.com
http://www.facebook.com/tropicalbeachresorts

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Coppell Travel offers Siesta Key Vacation Tips

Siesta Key, Siesta key accommodations, Coppell Travel recommendations

Coppell Travel offers best suggestions for Siesta Key travel and accommodations.

 

 

You may have already known about Siesta Key. Siesta Key is an island located in Florida. The island is very popular because it has beautiful beaches, including Turtle Beach, Crescent Beach and Siesta Public Beach. The beaches are considered special because of their white and soft sands. According to some reliable experts, the sands of the beaches are made from natural quartz. This fact is so amazing. It seems that you cannot find such beaches in the other places of this world. If you are a true beach lover, then you should make Siesta Key as your main vacation destination.

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Since Siesta Key is also the home of many resorts. Most resorts in Siesta Key are located near the beach.Siesta Key beach resorts certainly offer guests with scenic views of the beach and ocean. As we’ve said before, the beaches in Siesta Key are very beautiful and special. The sands of the beaches are made from natural quartz. However, the unique sands are not created by human. The sands amazingly occurred naturally. The beaches have become the main attraction of Siesta Key. Many people from around the world have visited the island because they are really curious with beauty of the beaches.

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Speaking about Siesta Key beach resort, we want to recommend Tropical Shores Beach Resort for you. In the resort, you can see the beach very easily. If you want to play on the beach, you just need to take a walk for going there because it’s very near. And if you want to have a kind of sea-side adventure, then the resort has equipment you can rent. The equipment may include sailboats, kayaks and canoes. The resort also provides many amenities for adults and kids. Siesta Beach Resort Hotel and Turtle Bay Resort and Marina are the other recommended Siesta Key Beach resorts for you. The resorts offer the best accommodations for all travelers.

To make reservations for Tropical Beach Resorts please visit us online on line at Tropical Beach Resorts or call us toll- free at 1-800-235-3493 for friendly Siesta Key advise and help!

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Why Siesta Key is the perfect destination for your next vacation!

Siesta Beach #1 Beach
Siesta Beach #1 Beach

Trying to decide on the location for your next family vacation? Looking for the perfect spot to spend your hard-earned money and well-deserved time off?

With so many different choices, it can be an overwhelming and sometimes exhausting experience planning your trip.

Let us introduce you to the little piece of paradise called Siesta Key located in Sarasota, Florida.   This gorgeous barrier island is perfect for relaxing and enjoying some real quality time!  We would like to share some tips, ideas and suggestions that may help make your decision much easier!

Siesta Key is one of Sarasota’s barrier islands. The 8-mile long island is alive with tropical atmosphere, blessed with the world’s finest, whitest beaches, filled with charming hideaways, and always offering plenty to do – but it is also a place to relax, and let the warm breezes, cool water and soft sand transport you to your personal paradise!

There are two drawbridges that connect Siesta Key to the Sarasota mainland, allowing it to remain an uncomplicated natural paradise without sacrificing the amenities of contemporary life. The north bridge, Siesta Drive, is within the City of Sarasota and provides convenient access to the city, its business and arts districts, and to the Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport via US Highway 41. The south bridge, Stickney Point Road, provides access to south Sarasota County and a direct route to Interstate 75.

There are two main shopping districts right on Siesta Key, each with a wide variety of shops that carry merchandise ranging from seashells, and T-shirts to the upscale clothing, to ice cream. The Village on Siesta Key is located on the northwest side of the Key about one block from the Gulf. The Siesta South Shopping area begins at the Stickney Point Bridge and goes south along Midnight Pass Road. There are free shuttle services that run til 2am on the island that will pick you up at your vacation residence and deliver you to wherever you want to visit, these services run on gratuities, and are a great way to explore the hidden coves and real estate on the island! Check out SunRide Pedicab, for example.

The beaches of Siesta Key are world-renowned. The pure quartz, pulverized to a fine white powder, has a magical quality. There is no sand quite like Siesta’s anywhere and there are multiple awards to prove this point! In 2011, Siesta Beach was rated as the #1 beach in the United States by “Dr. Beach”, a.k.a. Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, director of Florida International University’s highly respected Laboratory for Coastal Research. With limited parking, along Beach Road, expansive Crescent Beach has been rated as one of the “Top 10 Beaches in the World”. Smack-dab- in the center of Crescent Beach is… the “public beach” known as Siesta Beach where Dr. Steve Leatherman, a.k.a. “Dr. Beach” awarded it… The #1 Ranking… above all other beaches in the U.S…. including Hawaii!  In 2004 the Travel Channel named it “The Best Sand Beach in America” because of its 99% pure quartz sand that stays cool under your feet.  Siesta Key even won an award from the International Sand Contest in 1987 for having the best overall sand anywhere! That means that Siesta Key has the best sand in the WORLD! Even the Travel Channel agrees. In 2004, the Travel Channel’s Best Beaches in America show featured Siesta Key as the Best Sand Beach…on the planet!  Even Florida Trend Magazine has named Siesta Beach “The Best Beach” in the State of Florida!

We hope that these few tidbits have helped you in your vacation hunting! Siesta Key is the place to be right now and the sun is shining! So, pack your flip flops and casual beach attire, because on this island, it’s very easy to lose yourself and track of time!

Call one of our Siesta Key destination specialists today to help you with any other questions and to choose the perfect room for your Siesta Key vacation! 800-235-3493

 

 

 

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Siesta Key, Sarasota Average Gulf Water Temp and Beach Flag Info

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Trying to plan your next trip to Siesta Key and you’re not sure what to pack? Or whether you’ll be swimming in the Gulf? Well, this average gulf water temp guide and beach flag information just might give you a little hand!Of course the weather is always unpredictable, but this table below gives you a general idea of what the amazing
Siesta Key weather may have in store for your next beach vacation.

 Air temperatures are moderated year round by Gulf water temperatures, especially on the beach.  We are on the World Famous Crescent Beach and the sugary white sands always stay cool, but the water temps and air temps fluctuate according to the time of year.

 

Here are some helpful hints on deciphering the flags flying above the lifeguard stands when you venture onto the beach and want to  go into the water.

 

Like everyone else who loves the beach, you should understand what the safety flags along Florida’s coast mean. The uniform flags, which use the colors adopted by the International Lifesaving Federation, are designed to eliminate confusion for beachgoers.

 

Flag warnings and colors are:

 

  • Green: Low hazard, calm conditions, exercise caution.
  • Yellow: Medium hazard, moderate surf and/or currents.
  • Red: High hazard, high surf and/or strong currents.
  • Red over Red (two red flags): Water closed to the public.
  • Purple: Dangerous marine life.

 

And remember, always swim near a lifeguard!

 

Sarasota, FL average air and Gulf water temperatures (degrees Fahrenheit):

 

 

Month

Air Average High

Air Average Low

Gulf Water

January

73.7

48.2

64

February

75.6

49.4

65

March

80.8

54.6

72

April

85.8

57.3

76

May

90.4

62.9

81

June

91.5

68.8

85

July

92.2

70.7

87

August

92.1

71.6

87

September

91.0

70.8

85

October

86.4

64.0

80

November

80.4

56.3

72

December

75.2

50.4

66

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Tips for Vacationing over the Memorial Day Weekend on Siesta Key

Free Rides on Siesta Key and also historic Siesta Key Tours!

Free Rides on Siesta Key and also historic Siesta Key Tours!

It’s the first big holiday weekend of the summer season and Siesta Key is calling your name!

If you already have your reservation, then you are lucky! Hotels are very full this weekend with visitors coming from all over the state and the country.  The island restaurants will also be very busy, so plan accordingly. It’s a vacation weekend and we are all on island time here, so sit back and relax and enjoy this little slice of paradise that is Siesta Key!!

Parking in Siesta Key Village will be at a premium so take advantage of one of the many free beach ride services. They will pick you up and drive you to your destination for free. They run until 2am every night.

SunRide Pedi Cab (941) 343-3400

Siesta Key Free Ride  (941) 952-8294

 

 

 

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Best sunscreens for your kids to keep them happy and healthy during your visit to Siesta Key!

Now we know that one blistering burn during childhood can increase a child’s risk of developing melanoma. So I diligently spread a thick layer of sunscreen on my own sons, who are six and two.

My motivation to protect my children is strong, but getting it done is a bit more of a challenge. Just because the label says, “for children,” that doesn’t mean a sunscreen truly meets the high standards every parent wants for their children’s products.

That’s where EWG comes in. This year, my fellow analysts and I have evaluated nearly 180 baby and kids’ sunscreens, the most we’ve ever assessed for EWG’s Sunscreen Safety Guide.

Some kids’ brands are better

Here’s the good news. Many brands formulate children’s sunscreens with safer, more effective ingredients than those in other products. About 63 percent of kids’ sunscreens contain effective mineral ingredients that provide good protection from ultraviolet-A rays, compared to 40 percent of other sunscreens.

Products with the words “baby,” “children” or “kids” in the product name are also less likely to contain:

• Fragrances. Some of these chemical mixtures may cause allergies and other serious health problems. Nearly three-fourths of kids’ sunscreens are fragrance-free, versus 54 percent of other sunscreens.

• Oxybenzone, a hormone-disrupting chemical, is in 37 percent of kids’ sunscreens versus 56 percent of other sunscreens.

But sometimes the words “children” or “kids” are just marketing gimmicks. Sixteen brands included in the Sunscreen Safety Guide list exactly the same ingredients in their children’s products as in their products for general use – down to the exact percentages of active ingredients.

Mineral vs. non-mineral sunscreens

As every parent knows, it’s a challenge to get kids to sit still and let you apply sunscreen. My six-year-old recently announced he would no longer use mineral sunscreens. Rebellion has struck earlier than I expected, but instead of sneaking cookies my son has decided that he wants to use “sunscreens that rub in all the way.” This leaves me in a bit of a quandary because all of EWG’s top-rated sunscreens are mineral-based, containing zinc or titanium. They can leave your kid pasty white.

Here’s the problem: the non-mineral options are more likely to contain potential hormone disruptors and less likely to protect him sufficiently against harmful UVA rays.

My solution? I look for a product that contains three percent avobenzone, the maximum allowable level. Avobenzone is effective and presents relatively low risk of toxicity.

Stay away from products that contain oxybenzone or 4-MBC. These chemicals are potential hormone disruptors.

If you are willing to pay a little more for your kid’s sun protection, try the products that contain Mexoryl SX, the newer generation UVA filter. While the few products with it are pricier than many other sunscreen offerings, the protection is definitely worth it

Thanks to Sonya Lunder for these amazingly helpful tips!

Mom and Baby at Beach

Mom and Baby at Beach

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