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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Have you ever seen the ‘Green Flash’ at sunset on Siesta Key?

Have you ever seen the ‘Green Flash’ at sunset or even sunrise on Siesta Key?

the green flash

The green flash is a naturally occurring phenomenon

There’s an old Florida legend that says if you are watching sunset at just the right time, you just may see a green flash. But as it happens, the green flash is a natural phemonemon!

Here’s what Wikipedia says: “Green flashes and green rays are optical phenomena that sometimes occur right after sunset or right before sunrise. When the conditions are right, a green spot is visible above the upper rim of the disk of the sun. The green appearance usually lasts for no more than a second or two. Sometimes (rarely) the green flash can resemble a green ray shooting up from the sunset (or sunrise) point. Green flashes occur because the atmosphere can cause the light from the sun to separate out into different colors. Green flashes are a group of phenomena which stem from slightly different causes, and therefore some types of green flashes are more common than others.

Lots of people will claim that they have seen the green flash at sunset, but they are tricky to find and don’t happen all the time. While there is no optimal condition that will guarantee a green flash sighting, a green flash is best observed with a clear view of the horizon and in an area that is free of pollution. It is more likely to see a green flash when there is visibility of several miles, almost to the point of the curvature of the earth, and the sky is cloudless.

Green flash sightings frequently occur at the ocean, where more of the atmosphere is visible and the line of sight is virtually parallel to the horizon. Prairies also have the appropriate conditions for a green flash sighting. One popular but inaccurate explanation attributes green flashes to the sun shining through the waves on the ocean. However, the light entering a wave is bent downward, into the water and cannot escape.

Another common misconception is that a green flash is afterimage, a result of the saturation of the red cones in the human retina or that it was an enduring image that remained after the sun had set. But sightings of the green flash at sunrise made both of these ideas implausible.

Siesta Key has some of the most brilliantly colored sunsets, expansive rays of glowing reds, golds, oranges, pinks, purples, and blues, and also reflecting clouds with clear skies. Sunsets are quite the event on Siesta Key with crowds of people flocking to the beach to see the sunset every evening. After the sun sets, you’ll hear a variety of celebrations occur. Some people clap, cheer, some play music, while others sound off an airhorn. Whatever the celebration, it is an event not to be missed while visiting this special island. Don’t forget your camera and your own type of celebration!

What’s the best thing to do for sunset viewing? Walk to the beach from Tropical Beach Resorts!! With just a short walk from the hotel, the cool, white sand is waiting for your enjoyment! The hotel provides beach chairs and beach towels for you to take to the beach, so you can spend time enjoying the beautiful views!


Tropical Beach Resorts

6717 Sarasea Circle
Siesta Key, FL 34242

941-349-3330

http://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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Ever wonder why Siesta Key has such amazing sugar white sand?

Siesta Key White Sand

What makes Siesta Key sand so white

The sugar white sand of Siesta Key explained:

Siesta Key White Sand

What makes Siesta Key sand so white?

I have to tell you that growing up as a Sarasota local with countless hours spent on the beautiful beaches of Siesta Key I took the sugar white sands a bit for granted.

My search for the truth behind our perfect sand came while visiting cousins up north one summer when I was shocked to find out I needed to run from the shore to my towel because the sand was so hot!

Ok, it was obvious that the sand was made of larger, rougher grains and not at
any where near as pretty as the beaches of Siesta KeyŠ but who would have
guessed it would scorch my feet! All of my beach experiences on Siesta Key
did not require shoes until you hit the parking lot, in fact we would often
leave our flip flops at the edge of the sand, ­ a pretty common practice for locals.

check out this white sandman!

None of that cold snow here, the only white, fluffy stuff is Siesta Key sand!

 

Most other beaches are made mostly of coral, but Siesta Key’s sand is 99%
quartz crushed into a pure white fine powder. Because quartz is a crystal it
actually disperses the heat from the sun and leaves Siesta Key beaches cool
to the touch. Harvard University¹s geology department discovered that
through millenniums, quartz from the southern Appalachian Mountains down the
rivers until it was eventually deposited into the Gulf of Mexico and then
onto the coast of Florida. No one can tell exactly how long this process
takes, but because the grains of sand are so fine we know it to be eons in
the making.

Sugar white sands of Siesta Key

Sugar white sandy shores on Siesta Key, FL

Siesta Key white sand

The sand feels like cool, powdered sugar between your toes!

 

Siesta Key is widely recognized for having the BEST sand in the world! It’s
fine, white and feels almost like powdered sugar in between your toes while you walk across the beautiful beach. In 1987 at the Great International White Sand Beach Challenge, it was scientifically proven that Siesta Key obviously has the whitest, softest sand beach in the world. And since sand like ours takes eons to create, Siesta ended any future challenges for this title.

 

 

If you want to experience the best beach with the whitest sand in the world,
Tropical Beach Resorts is the perfect place! It is located just steps from the pristine
beach with beautiful rooms, lush tropical gardens, sparkling pools and
the friendliest staff on the island!

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
800-235-3493

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Wind down your Sunday Fun-Day on Siesta Key with the local rhythm of the drum circle!

Drum Circle on Siesta Key Drum Circle on Siesta Key

Wind down your Sunday Fun-Day on Siesta Key with the rhythm of the local drum circle!

When you’re vacationing on Siesta Key don’t hurry off the gorgeous beach on Sunday afternoon, stay for one of the most eclectic gatherings of people you’ll ever see!

After a fun-filled day of sun bathing, swimming and building sand castles with the kids stay and relax for a while, you won’t want to miss out on the local marvel that starts up one hour before sunset. The Siesta Key Drum Circle takes place every Sunday just south of the main pavilion – follow the music, you can’t miss it! Catch the festival-like ambience in the beautiful setting of a Siesta Key sunset with a unique Sarasota tradition that started with just with a few local musicians and has grown into a weekly event. Widely known by all Sarasotans, the drum circle is open to the public and is free-form drum group that anyone can join. You can enjoy drummers, hula hoopers, belly dancers, fire jugglers and various other types of street performers. You will feel a true beachy vibe with the music and the little ones will love to jam out with the dancers and drummers. There’s no better way to end your week, or vacation on Siesta Key than in the care free atmosphere of local musicians and performers while watching the sun set on the beautiful white sand! Bring a blanket and the family to the beach on Sunday evenings during your next visit to Sarasota! If you are thinking about vacationing on Siesta Key in Sarasota, Florida.  Watching the ebb and flow of several hundred residents and tourists, it’s hard to imagine the humble handful that started the drum circle more than a decade ago. These days, the crowd of weekly regulars and occasional visitors has made this unofficial Sarasota spectacle one of the largest drum circles in the nation! An open invitation to all is one of the reasons for the circle’s success – everyone is welcome and encouraged to join in the fun.So, for a truly unique Sarasota vacation experience, be sure to pack your tambourine or maracas and head over to the Siesta Key public beach. Held on Sunday evenings, the fun starts about an hour before sundown but plan on arriving a little early as parking fills up quickly. Whether you’re planning to join the jam or just hang out with the crowd, bring your blanket and bongos and enjoy the carefree rhythms and performers of the amazing Siesta Key Drum Circle!

If  you are thinking that the Sunday night drum circle on Siesta Key sounds a fun event to you….. take advantage of this fun event and stay at Tropical Beach Resorts on Siesta Key. It is only  a quick 10 -15 minute walk up the beach to the Public Beach!

Tropical Beach Resorts

6717 Sara Sea Circle
Siesta Key, Sarasota FL 34242
800-235-3493
(941)-349-3330

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What is there for kids to do in Sarasota?

There is plenty to do for kids in Sarasota!

There is plenty to do for kids in Sarasota!

 

Okay… the family trip is planned! You are headed to Siesta Key, Sarasota, Florida!  The kids are excited and you have extra sunscreen packed already! You  know the kids are going to want to to swim and play at the beach as much as possible…

But are we going to do to entertain them when they have had enough surf and sand?

Fortunately, Sarasota has more than our beautiful beaches to entertain the kids!

Planning a vacation on sunny Siesta Key and wondering….  is there something else to do if my little ones get bored with splashing in the gentle waves and building sandcastles in the sugar white sand? Not likely to happen… but the answer is an emphatic YES!  When you take a short ride  off Siesta Key just over the  the bridge you will find that Sarasota offers lots of one-of-a-kind kid fun! Sure we have malls and movies and all the stuff you would find back home – but my suggestion is to take your kids to at least one of the unique fun spots that those of us from Sarasota grew up loving!

Mote Marine

You must visit the dolphins and manatees at MOTE Aquarium in Sarasota, FL

Mote Marine Aquarium
Mote Marine Aquarium is a world-renowned show case of research and over 100 marine species including manatees, dolphins, sharks and sea turtles. This is a great hands on learning environment for the whole family while visiting Sarasota! There are touch pools, interactive exhibits and working labs. They also have some new exhibits such as a narrated training session with sharks, a marine paleontologist attraction where kids can dig for fossils, and the seahorse conservation laboratory.
http://www.mote.org/

Hours: 10 AM to 5 PM, seven days a week, 365 days a year, including all holidays
Tickets: Adults (13 & older): $19.75
Seniors (65 & older): $18.75
Youth (age 4-12): $14.75
Children (age 0-3): Free

Kids and families love to visit the Jungle Gardens

There is so much to do for kids and families at the Jungle Gardens in Sarasota, FL

Sarasota Jungle Gardens
This is one of Florida’s first attractions and is still a huge hit today. Jungle Gardens is full of beautiful flora, fauna and over 150 native and exotic animals! During your visit you can see birds, primates, small animals, alligators, snakes and Florida’s notorious pink flamingo. This fun spot reels in visitors of all ages.

http://sarasotajunglegardens.com/maintenance/

Park information:
Hours: Mon-Sun 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
3701 Bay Shore Road
Sarasota, FL 34234
(941) 355-5305

Big Cat Habitat

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!

Big Cat Habitat
Lions, tigers, bears oh my! Come see a plethora of exotic animals at a somewhat hidden gem of Sarasota. You and the kids can watch thrilling educational demonstrations and maybe even watch the trainers head inside of a lion’s mouth! And the little ones will love the petting zoo.
http://bigcathabitat.org
Hours: Wed-Sun 12:30 PM to 4 PM

Sarasota’s Bay front Park
This island park is right on the beautiful waters of Sarasota Bay. Sidewalks wrap all around the waterfront with benches and swings and picturesque scenery. You can roller blade, picnic or dine at one of the two restaurants on property. The best part is the water fountain area for kids to play which was my personal favorite place to go growing up, not to mention its free! Dogs are also welcome in this park.
Water Fountain Hours: Summer hours (Memorial Day to Labor Day) 10 AM to 7 PM
Winter Hours: (Labor Day to Oct 31 and April 1 to Memorial Day) 10 AM to 5 PM

For more information about family friendly resorts on Siesta Key contact:

Tropical Beach Resorts
6717 Sara Sea Circle
Siesta Key, Sarasota FL 34242
Reservations 800-235-3493
www.tropicalbeachresorts.comThere is plenty to do for kids in Sarasota!

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Enter to Win the Vacation Package of a lifetime on Siesta Key for Valentine’s Day!

Enter today to win a dream getaway

Enter today to win a dream getaway

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 #tbrcontestlove

Contest 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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Renew your vows on Siesta Key this Valentine’s Day

Register today to “Say I Do Again” while renewing your vows on Siesta Key… The #1 Beach in America!

Siest-Key-Beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

Romance is in the air…. Whether you are a newlywed or have been married for decades, its the perfect time to let your special spouse know they’re the one that makes your heart skip a beat! Renew your wedding vows on Valentine’s Day with your toes in the beautiful white sands of Siesta Key! This annual event, held by Sarasota County Parks and Recreations, attracts more previously married couples renewing their love every year. There will be music, giveaways and beach full of happiness and love. Experience the beach wedding you never had or relive the memories! You don’t want to miss out on this romantic experience on such a special occasion.

MUST REGISTER TODAY! Registration can be completed online at parksonline.scgov.net or by calling 941-861-9930. Registration ends Monday, Feb. 10 and there is no on-site registration. The cost is $5 per couple. If you can’t make it this year, you can always plan for next Valentine’s Day or take a peek at the expected 500 couples attending the event on the beach!
The ceremonies will start at 6pm this February 14, 2014.
948 Beach Road, Siesta Key

For local information on Siesta Key hotels contact:

Tropical Beach Resorts
6717 Sara Sea Circle
Siesta Key Sarasota Fl 34242
1-800-235-3493
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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What is the Best Beach in Sarasota?

What makes the Best beach in Sarasota? The Siesta Key sand is amazing!

What makes the Best beach in Sarasota? The Siesta Key sand is amazing!

What is the Best Beach in Sarasota?

Not only is Siesta Key the best beach in Sarasota, it’s quite possibly the best beach in the nation!

Siesta Key Beach is constantly winning accolades from big news publications and travel companies worldwide! The incredible characteristics of the sand and surrounding environment makes Siesta Key a consistent contender for the top beaches to visit in the country.

The sand is 99% pure quartz, soft and cool on the feet.

Siesta Beach is located on Beach Road on Siesta Key. Siesta Beach is known as one of the most beautiful beaches anywhere in the world.  At the “Great International White Sand Beach Challenge” held in 1987, it was recognized as having the “whitest and finest sand in the world.”

A panoramic photograph of Siesta Beach on an overcast day in December 2012, which illustrates the characteristic white sand and expansive width of the beach (wikipedia.com)

Unlike beaches elsewhere that are made up mostly of pulverized coral, Siesta Beach’s sand is 99% quartz. Even on the hottest days, the sand is so reflective that it feels cool underfoot. It’s estimated that the sand on Siesta Beach and Crescent Beach on Siesta Key is millions of years old, having its origin in the Appalachians and flowing down the rivers from the mountains until it eventually was deposited on the shores of Siesta Key.

Shallow water depth in the near shore area together with year round lifeguard protection, makes this one of the safest beaches in the county and great for small children. Siesta Key, Crescent Beach, Siesta Beach and Turtle Beach are accessible from the North Bridge at Siesta Drive or the South Bridge at Stickney Point Road. Siesta Key is an eight mile barrier island graced with two more beaches, Crescent Beach and Turtle Beach… as well as exotic flowers, magnificent banyan trees and preserved mangrove shores where ibis, snowy egrets and herons claim refuge for their young.

Just a few of the honors Siesta Key has received:

Siesta Key is a destination for travelers worldwide and should be on the top of your list of beaches to visit! Surrounding this incredible beach is a beautiful island of small condos and hotels. There are also the two small villages packed with lively entertainment, fine dining, beachy restaurants and excellent shopping. It is a tourist and local favorite for sure.

Check with our friendly, local staff for recommendations on activities, dining, and other information. Rooms are available for daily rentals. Call today for specials and room information at 800-235-3493

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

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