Sarasota is alive with exceptional blessings from Mother Nature. From one corner of the city to the next, the beauty and wonder of all that Mother Nature has created is bountiful. From the local flora to the local fauna, there are so many ways to take full advantage of being able to see these things that amaze and to make incredible memories.
Here are some of our favorite places to visit to experience the best that Sarasota has to offer:
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens: The Gardens are located in downtown Sarasota on the Bay. Their mission? “To provide an oasis of inspiration and tranquility, while furthering the understanding and appreciation of plants, especially epiphytes.” Now if that doesn’t sound like the perfect way to spend an afternoon, we don’t know what does. From the greenhouses to the immaculately maintained grounds, Selby Gardens is an experience you don’t want to miss. Sweeping views of the bay, brilliant aromas from the many plant species, wonderment from the stunning growth of the different trees, and tranquility from the peace and serenity of the property will take you away from the hustle and bustle. Allow several hours for this afternoon of enjoyment.
Myakka River State Park: Located just 9 miles from Sarasota and is one of Florida’s oldest and largest state parks. The Florida wild and scenic Myakka flows through 57 square miles of wetlands, prairies and woodlands. Myakka is popular for hiking, fishing, camping, and wildlife observation. One of its most popular types of wildlife observation is that of the Florida alligator! Many gators can be seen sunning and swimming around while being viewed from one of the world’s largest airboats, the Myakka Maiden or the Gator Gal. They can also be seen while just paddling through the streams by canoe, for those of you who are brave enough! There is also the Canopy Walkway. The walkway is suspended 25 feet above the ground and extends 100 feet through the hammock canopy. A tower soars 74 feet in the air to present a spectacular view of treetops, wetlands and the prairie/hammock interface. You can look down on eagles, hawks, vultures and the tops of live oaks and palm trees.
Manatee Viewing Center: Located about 1 hour North of Sarasota, the Manatee Viewing Center is located adjacent to the Tampa Electric’s Big Bend Power Station. Everyone loves to see these gentle giants. When the water begins to get chillier, somewhere around 68 degrees, the manatees seek refuge in warmer waters. When the Big Bend Power station takes in saltwater from Tampa Bay to cool Unit 4, it is then discharged as clean and warm water, back to the bay. Big Bend’s discharge canal is a state and federally designated manatee sanctuary that provides critical protection from the cold for these unique, gentle animals.
Let our local, knowledgeable staff help you with these or any other activities during your visit to Tropical Beach Resorts in Siesta Key, Sarasota, FL.Tropical Beach Resorts 6717 Sarasea Circle Sarasota, FL 34242 www.tropicalbeachresorts.com 941-349-3330
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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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How should we celebrate our anniversary in Sarasota?
Sarasota is incredibly romantic. From its award-winning sun swept shores to lively calendar of performing arts, there are many ways to celebrate your special occasion. A beach getaway is always an excellent choice for that special anniversary celebration. There may be nothing that is more romantic than strolling hand-in-hand on world-famous Crescent Beach at sunset.
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. For a more intimate anniversary, prepare a meal in your stylish kitchen… Crescent Market delivers fresh groceries right to your door! You may also select from ready-made meals, and their wine selection is unparalleled. Go a little wild. Order everything from lollicakes to floral bouquets. The possibilities for romance are endless.
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. Start planning now! 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”.
Our staff can help you create a dreamy itinerary. Here’s just one of many reviews on Trip Advisor. This from a couple who recently celebrated their anniversary with us:
“This place was definitely everything everyone else described it as. My husband and I were just there this past weekend for our anniversary and we could not have asked for more. The room was perfect, clean, cozy… I could go on and on… The staff, Buddy and Stephanie were extremely friendly, helpful on anything we needed. Very accommodating. All of their recommendations were right on the money. Finally, the location was PERFECT… We will definitely go back again next year. Thank you to all at Tropical Beach Resort for making this anniversary unforgettable…”
You’re sure to create a lifetime of memories. Reserve your dates today. Happy anniversary!Tropical Beach Resorts 6717 Sarasea Circle Sarasota, FL 34242 941-349-3330 www.tropicalbeachresorts.com Copy was contributed By: Lisa Codianne Fowler
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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.
Wanna see what fellow travelers are saying about Tropical Beach Resorts? Check out Tripadvisor.com
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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Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sandsculpting Competition is this weekend, November 15-18th.
Not only does Siesta Key have the most beautiful, clean white quartz sands, now it is being stepped up a few notches by some master sand sculptors! The weekend was the creation of discussionsÂ between master sand sculptor and Siesta Key resident Brian Wigelsworth and representatives of the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce, the Greater SarasotaÂ Chamber of Commerce, Sarasota County Parks and Recreation, Mote Marine Laboratory, and the Sarasota Convention and Visitors Bureau. It has grown into an amazing weekend of fun imaginative creations of wonderment! Guests come and visit from all areas of the country to see the amazing sculptures that are built over a short period of a few days!
The Classic began in 2010 and has grown into an event which is attended by 70,000+ attendees! Some of the sand creations are over ten feet tall and always transform the beautiful white sandsÂ into an outdoor art gallery. Coupled with the incredible weather of coastal FL in November and the white sand creations, it is an event that should not be missed!
There is free parking at the public lot at the Siesta Key Public Beach, with admission of $5, or there is a multi-day rate of $10.
Tropical Beach Resorts
6717 Sarasea Circle
Siesta Key, FL 34242
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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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