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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.
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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What is the meaning behind celebrating Memorial Day?
We all love celebrating holidays, the picnics, family gatherings, great food, days off of work or school. But what is the meaning behind Memorial Day?
Memorial Day is a US Federal holiday wherein the men and women who died while serving in the US Armed Forces are remembered. The holiday, which is celebrated every year on the final Monday of May,was formerly known as Decoration Day and originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service. It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.
Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.
Annual Decoration Days for particular cemeteries are held on a Sunday in late spring or early summer in some rural areas of the American South, notably in the mountains. In cases involving a family graveyard where remote ancestors as well as those who were deceased more recently are buried, this may take on the character of an extended family reunion to which some people travel hundreds of miles. People gather on the designated day and put flowers on graves and renew contacts with kinfolk and others. There often is a religious service and a “dinner on the ground,” the traditional term for a potluck meal in which people used to spread the dishes out on sheets or tablecloths on the grass. It is believed that this practice began before the American Civil War and thus may reflect the real origin of the “memorial day” idea.
Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day; Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans
For many Americans, the central event is attending one of the thousands of parades held on Memorial Day in large and small cities all over the country. Most of these feature marching bands and an overall military theme with the National Guard and other servicemen participating along with veterans and military vehicles from various wars.
One of the longest-standing traditions is the running of the Indianapolis 500, an auto race which has been held in conjunction with Memorial Day since 1911.It runs on the Sunday preceding the Memorial Day holiday. The Coca-Cola 600 stock car race has been held later the same day since 1961.
We here at Tropical Beach Resorts love to celebrate holidays, and we love celebrate them with you and your family. So pack up the car and the kids and head to Siesta Key! Have a safe and happy Memorial Day long weekend!Kyna Smith Tropical Beach Resorts 6717 Sarasea Circle Sarasota, FL 34242 800-235-3493 www.tropicalbeachresorts.com
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Do I need a car when I come to Siesta Key?
This is a very frequently asked question of the guests coming to visit us here at Tropical Beach Resorts. It is really a personal preference depending on what you are planning to do while you are visiting our little slice of island paradise. But here are some tips and facts to help with your decision.
Siesta Key is a 7 mile barrier island off the southern end of Siesta Key. The island is about 11 Miles, or a 20 minute drive from Sarasota Airport (airport code ‘SRQ’). There are all the major rental car companies available at the Sarasota Airport. A taxi ride from the airport is approximately $30-$35. We suggest having the ride set up prior to landing to avoid waiting and ease of transportation. We recommend using the service Night Ride, they have nice town cars and the drivers are knowledgeable of the island and our resort specifically. Check them out at www.newnightride.com or call them at 941-922-0400.
If you are traveling into Tampa Airport or St. Pete/Clearwater Airport, the distance is a solid hour drive. Shuttles are available for around $90 plus gratuity for groups of 2-4. Larger groups will need to secure vans, which are an add’l expense. There are all the major rental car companies at both airports. You have some options here…you can keep the car the entirety of your stay or some people will get one-way rentals and drop them off at Sarasota Airport and then taxi to the hotel. For private cars, check out www.newnightride.com or for shuttle rides, we suggest www.supershuttle.com. The shuttles offer either shared rides, which are a bit cheaper or you can reserve the entire shuttle for larger parties.
If you are at the hotel and you decide you need a car to go on a Sarasota adventure, there is an Enterprise Rent-a-Car right off the island and they will come to the hotel and pick you up. This is good if you only need a car for part of your stay (www.enterprise.com). Nearby attractions include MOTE Aquarium, Selby Gardens, Ringling Museum, Myakka State Park, St. Armands Circle, just to name a few!
Once you are on the island, there are a number of free shuttle services which work on a gratuity-only system. They run from early morning until after the bars and restaurants close. There are a great way to get around the island and not have to worry about parking, which can sometimes be tricky during holidays and on weekends. They will pick you up here at the hotel and then you can just call when you are ready to come back.
There are so many activities within walking distance of the hotel, if you are coming to the island to just kick back and relax, you will be in good shape! There is a grocery store, 7-11, drug store, post office, plenty of shops, restaurants and bars which you can walk to within 10-15 mins or less! And if you are just looking to hit the beach, the rooms are only a minute to three minute walk from the sand. There is a local marina that rents pontoon or motorboats to explore the intercoastal, you can go parasailing, jet skiing, stand-up paddleboarding, biking, the outdoor activities are endless! There is the Siesta Key Village which is 3 miles north of the Tropical Beach Resorts, which has an abundance of other stores, restaurants and bars.
There are also plenty of local restaurants that deliver to the hotel, so you never have to leave the property if you don’t want to. We also have a service that will stock up your room with groceries or other gifts, such as flowers, etc.
Contact the friendly staff here at Tropical Beach Resorts for more information on specifics or other questions you might have! 800-235-3493
Tropical Beach Resorts
6717 Sarasea Circle
Sarasota, Fl 34242
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Enter to win the Romantic Vacation Package of a Lifetime on Siesta Key for Valentine’s Day! Submit your entry today!
Tropical Beach Resorts has put together a romantic vacation package on Siesta Key for the 2014 Valentine’s Day celebration!
The Siesta Key dream get-a-way includes an incredible array of goodies for you and your special someone to share! Enjoy three relaxing nights in a deluxe accommodation at Tropical Beach Resorts with fresh flowers, chilled champagne, and specialty chocolates waiting for you upon arrival. Your accommodations will be located just steps from the famous white sand beach of Siesta Key. Start your first evening in Siesta Key Village at Blasé Café, sipping on the most beautiful cocktails and then enjoy dinner while listening to live island music and laughter at Siesta Key Oyster Bar. Take a stroll down Ocean Boulevard and delight yourself with your own sensation creation at Sub Zero Ice Cream.
Get ready for a day of adventure with some coffees from Local Bean Coffeehouse, followed by a fresh and tasty breakfast at Village Café. Your day will include Premium Parasailing for two from Siesta Key Water sports, Kayaking for two from Siesta Sports Rentals and a half day of paddle board rentals from CaliFlorida.
Need some more incredible meals during your time? You’ll have a $25 gift card from Big Water Fish Market where they have the freshest fish tacos and sandwiches around (You pick the fish Fresh!) and $25 from Old Salty Dog, where you must try their famous ‘Salty Dog.’
After all this activity, you can wind down, stretch, and relax with a private Pilates class for two at Studio RubyLake , yoga at Mandala MediSpa and a blissful, one hour therapeutic massage.
For the special romantic evening with you and your love, an intimate waterfront dinner at Ophelia’s On the Bay will be absolutely divine. Fine dining on Siesta Key is like no other destination with the brilliant setting sun’s ray reflecting off the sparkling bay waters.
To make the absolute most of this romantic weekend with your loved one, you will be the recipient of a vow renewal or wedding ceremony provided by Sand Petal Weddings. This will include
*A beautiful beach front ceremony which will include an Officiant, whom will also take care of the filing of your marriage certificate, if applicable.
* Your romantic Sand ceremony includes a keepsake glass jar and your choice of various colored sands to choose from.
* Sand carved heart sprinkled with fresh flower petals for the Bride & Grooms vow exchange.
Capture the memories of this magical time together with a photo shoot with Maggie Dillon Photography surrounded by the sugar white sands of Siesta Key, the gently lapping waves of the glistening Gulf of Mexico and the sweet smells of fresh flowers provided by Flowers by Fudgie.
This romantic getaway package will have you experiencing the very best that Siesta Key has to offer and you will leave feeling refreshed, revitalized, and satisfied knowing that you spent that incredible time with someone who truly deserves to feel extra special and loved.
To enter the Tropical Beach Resorts Siesta Key get-away upload your “LOVE PHOTO,” to our Facebook Contest today! You can also upload your “LOVE PHOTO” on Twitter #tbrcontestlove or Instagram at #tbrcontestloveContest entries will be accepted until March 15, 2014 One submission per day Winner is selected randomly
Tropical Beach Resorts 6717 Sarasea Circle Sarasota, FL 34242 941-349-3330 Reservations 800-235-3493 Call today to and let us help you plan your next island get-a-way!
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The New Year Resolution you must keep is to do something for yourself and relax!
As we say goodbye to 2013 and 2014 begins, that New Year Resolution is raised. What are you resolving to do this year? Lose weight? Quitting smoking? Be more organized? How about something that you will actually keep? Resolve to make time for yourself and actually relaxing while doing so.
We live in such a busy world where our lifestyles always feel rushed and like there’s never time to take care of ourselves. Here at Tropical Beach Resorts, we want to help you find that time in your busy life where you can just take a time-out, put away all the mobile devices and make time to relax.
Trips to the beach can be as easy and relaxing as you make them, but we go the extra step to make it effortless. From the time you book your reservation to the time you check out, the staff at Tropical Beach Resorts is here to assist you with any vacation needs. From booking dinner reservations, grocery delivery, to daily housekeeping, beach services, and help with transportation around the island, we have you covered. Our local knowledgeable staff has all the best recommendations and truly cares about you and making your precious vacation time here in Siesta Key the absolute best that it can be.
So sit back on your beach lounger, grab something cold and refreshing to drink and take in some beautiful, Siesta Key sunshine. Siesta Key is truly a magical place and we hope that you find that special peace when you come and visit. Dig your toes into the powdery, sugar-like sand and breathe in the salty, Gulf air. Let all your cares float away. It’ll make for a healthier, happier you in 2014.
Happy New Year from all of us at Tropical Beach Resorts!!6717 Sarasea Circle Sarasota, FL 34242 941-349-3330 www.tropicalbeachresorts.com
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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
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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
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The 2013 Holiday Season is truly upon us. With Thanksgiving a bit later in the calendar year, the crunch time between now and Christmas is shorter than ever, putting that much more pressure on for holiday shopping and preparation overall. How can we squeeze so much into such a short time? Retailers are scrambling as well as family members to get all the necessary shopping and decorating done.Â But let’s not forget the true meaning of the holiday season, recognizing the family togetherness and religious aspects that are truly what the season is all about.
Maybe it’s time to make new traditions, different activities and meanings to the holiday season. Ones that do not have to do with ‘Black Friday’ or ‘Cyber Monday.’ Those sure sound scary and not fun to me! Take a moment to sit back and really reflect on what the true reason for the season is! To give thanks for all the blessings that we have, to be with friends and family, and to cherish these special times making memories that will last for years to come.
Here at Tropical Beach Resorts, we are a local family-owned establishment. With deep roots in the community and our churches, we take great pride in what we stand for as a business.Â Our commitments to the church, our families and our businesses are all that we have to reflect upon to see how we have effected those around us. We strive to be the best and friendliest hotel on Siesta Key, with emphasis on kindness, understanding and respect for all.Â We truly care for all of our guests and wish that all experiences here at Tropical Beach Resorts are the best that they can be and that we offered the finest product around.Â With that said, we are truly thankful for the opportunities that we have had and hope to continue with a successful, growing small business that leaves a significant mark on the community and other people’s lives.
In closing, we are thankful for all our guests, our families, and for God being our guidance through all. Take a deep breath of that beautiful salty, Siesta Key air and talk about what you are thankful for. Wishing all of you and yours an amazing holiday season.Tropical Beach Resorts 6717 Sarasea Circle Sarasota, FL 34242 941-349-3330
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Looking for the best hotel on Siesta Key? Well you’ve come to the right place! Siesta Key is an incredible destination, but finding the best place to stay may be a challenge. There is only a handful of daily hotels on the island. Weekly and monthly private condo rentals are available, but require you to do some legwork. If a few night stay or a weekly stay is what you are looking for, then your search is over.
Welcome to Tropical Beach Resorts! Siesta Key’s best and friendliest hotel is located on the white sands of Crescent Beach and is just across the street from the Crescent Village, where there are a number of local shops, restaurants and bars too! This ideal location coupled with brand new, renovated hotel accommodations will prove to be the best choice for a quick Siesta Key getaway.
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Check out our reservation site to see rates and specials! Book Now!Tropical Beach Resorts 6717 Sarasea Circle Sarasota, FL 34242 941-349-3330
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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 70â€™s to the mid 80â€™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, youâ€™ll surely enjoy dipping your toes in the pool.
Special fall and winter rates are now available:Â Book Online!
These next few months are also a wonderful time to check out all the local restaurants. Being that itâ€™s not the busier summer or spring season, there is no wait to get into your favorite spots.Â 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:
Sun Garden CafÃ©- 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- Thereâ€™s no Starbucks on this islandâ€¦.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 â€˜Old Cape Codâ€™ 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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