The time to fish in Sarasota and Siesta Key is now!

Early summer fishing in Sarasota and its surrounding areas has been fantastic so far this year! Charter fishing captains and local anglers alike continue to regularly report a wide variety of species being caught in the bays and off the beaches.

In shore, we’ve seen a noticeable amount of decent sized Snook along with the abundance of Spotted Sea Trout and Red Fish regularly encountered throughout Sarasota Bay. The off shore reefs continue to produce a good catch and release Grouper bite as well and it’s not uncommon to encounter large Cobia and King Mackerel while free lining live bait in the surrounding areas.

Tarpon Season is also setting into full motion and as the massive schools of fish begin migrating up and down the beaches it’s hard for any dedicated angler to think of anything else. The hunt and hopeful catch of these enormous fish provide an experience unlike anything most people have ever encountered before and shoSarasota Tarpon Fishinguld not be missed!

 

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Sarasota’s Waterfront Makes the Top Ten List of North America

Sarasota finds itself back on the top ten list.. but not for it’s beaches.. (Voted #1 Beach in the Nation , 2011 Dr. Beach)… This beautiful place that some of us are fortunate enough to  call our “home town” has found itself back in the spotlight again.  USA Today Live Stream featured an article by Lydia Schrandt, 10Best.com selecting Sarasota’s marina  as one of the top ten waterfronts to visit across North America.  ” This culture-rich city enjoys close proximity to 40 miles of white-sand beaches lining the barrier islands just off shore. In the city proper, Bayfront Park and Marina is a popular place for biking, walking, kayaking or canoeing with views of Sarasota Bay and the city’s skyline.” (Lydia Schrandt, 10Best.com)  For  complete details of all top ten destinations visit http://usat.ly/12SGab2

Tropical Beach Resorts is located in Sarasota, Florida on Siesta Key and was recently awarded the 2013 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence.

For more information on Tropical Beach Resorts please visit us at www.tropicalbeachresorts.com or call us toll-free at 1-800-235-3493

 

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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

.http://www.ewg.org/enviroblog/2012/07/pick-best-sunscreen-kids

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Siesta Key Beaches’ Bridge from Sarasota

Tropical Beach Resorts is just blocks from Siesta Key’s historic Stickney Point Road.

And as we all know, Siesta Key is one of the Sarasota area’s most beautiful and attractive barrier islands.

Siesta Key means elegant homes and waterfront estates, fabulous beach resorts, and a beach consistently rated number one in the nation, sparkling Siesta Beach. Life was much different, however, 100 years ago on Siesta Key. Before the 20th century, the island was inaccessible by automobile. The first bridge from the mainland to Siesta Key wasn’t constructed until 1917. The “roaring” 1920s saw the first real estate boom in the area, and in 1924, Sarasota County issued municipal bonds to finance bridge and road construction, including the first Stickney Point Bridge over Little Sarasota Bay. Construction on that bridge began in 1926, but that was also the same year a major hurricane hit south Florida, the start of a real estate market bust that continued right into the Great Depression.

South Florida real estate didn’t really pick up again until after World War II, when the entire nation was prospering. Thousands of veterans who had trained in south Florida at facilities like the Venice Army Air Field returned there to buy homes and raise families in the Florida sun. The first Stickney Point Bridge was a steel Warren truss “swing” bridge, a popular bridge style in the 1920s but entirely insufficient for booming Siesta Key by the late 1950s. In fact, a 1959 Sarasota Herald-Tribune editorial called the bridge “a disgrace to the county.” By 1965, replacing the bridge became a priority for Sarasota County, and the new 4-lane Stickney Point Bridge finally opened in 1968. Engineers call it a “bascule” bridge, meaning it’s a drawbridge that can be quickly opened and closed for boat traffic. The bridge quickly became a favorite spot for fishing enthusiasts, and there’s even a bait and tackle shop on the Siesta Key side. Boaters, skiers, and windsurfers can be seen from the bridge almost every day of the year.

The Stickney Point Bridge is named after “Uncle” Ben Stickney (1842-1912), a Siesta Key pioneer and early settler who became legendary for his bighearted hospitality and for the huge parties and picnics held at his Siesta Key estate.

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Text Awareness Pledge-Sarasota Florida

Your friends at Tropical Beach Resorts encourage you to join us in helping with the awareness to stop the ones you love from texting and driving!

Download this contract and have all members of your family sign and agree to pledge not to text and drive.  Forms completed can be submitted by fax, email, or mailed. For each signed contract we receive Tropical Beach Resorts will donate $5 to the Sarasota Boys and Girls Club to support an awareness program for teens to teach them the true dangers of texting and driving.

Texting is an epidemic that is sweeping across America. Causing drivers everywhere to black out for five seconds at a time. It’s called Texting and Driving.

Simply download and print the contract and have all members of your party that are of legal driving age sign. Help support the Sarasota Boys and Girls Club in teaching teens the dangers of texting and driving.

http://www.tropicalbeachresorts.com/Portals/0/images/text-and-drive/TextAndDriveContract.pdf

Email hotelfactory@aol.com  Fax 941-468-7224  Address 6717 Sara Sea Circle Siesta Key Sarasota FL 34242 Telephone 941-349-3330

www.tropicalbeachresorts.com

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Complimentary Crescent Beach Yoga Class Saturday and Sunday Morning at 9am

We are delighted to invite you to a complimentary beach yoga class Saturday mornings at 9:00am. Can you think of a more relaxing way to start your day than by doing yoga on the white sandy shores of Siesta Key with the island sun brightening your day? Whether you have never taken a yoga class before or practice weekly…. you will find this class to be a wonderful experience. Make sure to bring water and wear comfy clothes; Otherwise, the class is all set up on the beach to the left of the access path by the Gulf. Namaste!

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