The 4th of July holiday brings loads of excitement and activities to Siesta Key, Sarasota!

4th of July holiday brings Suncoast Offshore and 9 days  of exciting events!

4th of July holiday brings Suncoast Offshore and 9 days of exciting events!

What words come to mind when you think of the 4th of July holiday?  We think of words like spectacular, amazing, exhilarating!  Out on Siesta Key, it’s very much the same wording, but we like to add community, and  maybe even superfloridasandelicious (yes one of our guests made that up and we think it’s a perfect description of  Siesta Key!) As a community we all pull together to raise the money for the festivities that make up the night of dazzling fireworks in the sky over the most beautiful sand beach in the world as far as we are concerned. The Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce hosts the fireworks every year and work hard to make them the best around! Loads of volunteers work year round preparing for this exciting night and hope you will join them in celebrating again this year!

But let’s not forget the festivities don’t just stop with the fireworks!  There are 9 day that are packed full of events. The Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix brings in crowds from all over boasting  boat parades, heart pounding race action right off our coast, and parties all week. And don’t forget, Sarasota’s own Nik Wallenda, the King of the Sky, will be the welcomed home and congratulated for being the first person to ever cross the Grand Canyon by tightrope during the Boat Parade on Friday, July 5th, starting at 7pm.

For a full Suncoast Offshore event calendar, click here!

For local Siesta Key events, click here!!

So if you’re  planning to come to our little Gulf  island paradise and questioning what to do, we’ll have a list of activities waiting for you!

If you are looking for visual stimulation, beautiful hot sunny days and breath taking fireworks lighting up the night sky,  July 4th on Siesta Key is the place to be.   Pack up your flip-flops, grab a beach chair and head to paradise.

Tropical Beach Resorts has nightly hotel room accommodations available for great July Rates.

Call today at 800-235-3493 and speak with one of our on-site reservation specialists to get the personalized attention that you deserve!!

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Flag warnings and colors are:

 

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

 

And remember, always swim near a lifeguard!

 

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

 

 

Month

Air Average High

Air Average Low

Gulf Water

January

73.7

48.2

64

February

75.6

49.4

65

March

80.8

54.6

72

April

85.8

57.3

76

May

90.4

62.9

81

June

91.5

68.8

85

July

92.2

70.7

87

August

92.1

71.6

87

September

91.0

70.8

85

October

86.4

64.0

80

November

80.4

56.3

72

December

75.2

50.4

66

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Siesta Key Hotel recognized as a TripAdvisor Green Leader

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Now, TripAdvisor makes it easy for guests to find greener properties for their next trips.

 

The TripAdvisor GreenLeaders Program identifies hotels and B&Bs that are committed to green practices like recycling, water efficiency and alternative energy.

Tropical Beach Resorts is proud to announce that our Tropical Sun Resort has been designated as a Silver Level Green Leader by TripAdvisor!

This designation is received through a rigorous inspection of our facilities and practices.

We received this designation through our participation in towel reuse programs, recycling of various materials and in-room amenities, electricity monitoring and landscape practices,  just to name a few items.

We here at Tropical Beach Resorts take great pride in protecting our environment and strive to do our best to help reduce our carbon footprint!

Want to find out more about the program?

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g34636-d88499-Reviews-Tropical_Sun_Resort-Siesta_Key_Florida.html

 

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Siesta Key hotel, Tropical Beach Resorts is doing its part to help!

Clean the World

Tropical Beach Resorts partnered with Clean the World back in October 2012. Clean the world is a non-profit organization that collects used bars of soap, shampoo, conditioner and other amenities from hotels. They then sanitize and redistribute throughout the world and even in our own communities. Since then we have collectively produced 2,059 recycled bars of life saving soap and stopped 956 pounds of waste from lying in our local landfill just from our resort alone! They currently have sent over 8,500 hygiene packs to the Oklahoma tornado victims and over 19,000 packs to those affected by hurricane Sandy.

Here is the process…. they collect all of the bar soap into n a vat which is then sanitized and melted together to be formed into a new bar of soap. The plastic bottles containing shampoo, conditioner and body wash are sorted. Those containing 25 percent or more are sanitized and redistributed locally to homeless and abuse shelters. The bottles containing less than 25 percent of liquid are squeezed and the liquid is used in the facility while the bottle is recycled. The plastic bottles are not sent over to countries of need of soap since there are no ways of recycling them over there. The distribution of soap is earth friendly and uses as less waste as possible.

3.5 Million children under the years of 5 die each year due to hygiene related illnesses.  Just the simple act of washing their hands could prevent many deaths. We at Tropical Beach Resorts are proud to aid in helping this cause. Each staff member does their part in maintaining the procedure of collecting the in-room amentities to the Clean the World center. We urge other hotels to do the same. There are ways even a single individual could help with the project too!  Find the many different ways you and your community can make a difference at www.CleantheWorld.org.

Here are Tropical Beach Resorts on Siesta Key, we are committed to being a green, environmental friendly hotel. If you have other ideas on how we can improve and make a difference, please let us know!

Watch our video!!

 

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Savor Sarasota Week is in full swing and includes Siesta Key restaurants!

We all know that Siesta Key is known for having the#1 beach in the USA, but did you know that Sarasota also has the highest concentrations of Zagat®-rated restaurants in Florida?

We are so truly blessed to be in such a wonderful city full of these amazing restaurants and thanks to Visit Sarasota County’s Savor Sarasota Week, these restaurants feature some extra special goodies at an amazing price! Guests can enjoy a multi-course delight for a fraction of the cost.  Lunch is served at $15 per person, and dinner is only $29 per person.  So during your visit to our Siesta Key hotel, make sure to take advantage of all that Siesta Key and Sarasota has to offer!

The event runs June 1-June 14th and can be taken advantage of at a few restaurants right here on Siesta Key! These local places are Miguel’s, Ophelia’s on the Bay, Siesta Key Oyster Bar, Eat Here and BluQue Island Grill.  So call up the SunRide Pedicab at 941-343-3400 and make your way to one of these amazing restaurants!

A full list of participating restaurants is listed below:

62 Bistrot , Harry’s Continental Kitchens, Barnacle Bill’s Seafood,  Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse, Bijou Cafe,  Lavanda,  Blue Rooster, Libby’s Cafe & Bar, BluQue Island Grill ,   Mattison’s City Grille, Cafe Americano ,   Mattison’s Forty-One, Café Amici,  Michael’s On East
Cafe Baci,  Miguel’s,  Café L’Europe, Mozaic, Cafe Venice Restaurant & Wine Bar,  Ophelia’s On the Bay, Caragiulos,  Pattigeorge’s, Chart House ,  Polo Grill and Bar, Cosimo’s Restaurant & Catering,  Pomona Bistro & Wine Bar , Crow’s Nest,  Roessler’s Restaurant, Currents Restaurant,  Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion, Darwin’s on 4th ,   Salute! Dry Dock Waterfront Grill,   Sangria Tapas Bar, Duval’s New World Cafe ,   Savory Street, Eat Here , Selva Grill, Euphemia Haye Restaurant, Siesta Key Oyster Bar, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar,  Super Nova Cafe, H20 Bistro,    Ziti

For more information, check out : http://www.savorsarasota.com/

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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

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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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