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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If your little ones are looking for some Easter fun, the 14th Annual Easter Egg Hunt & Games on Siesta Key for kids ages 1 – 6 takes place April 19, 2014. Siesta Key Oyster Bar is sponsoring the event this year. Sign the kids up to this event for face painting, Easter egg hunting, goodie bags, fire truck tours and more family fun; but, do it quick because there are only 125 spots! The festivities will take place at Beach Access point #5 at Beach Road and Ocean Blvd from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Tickets are $10 and each child will receive an Easter Bunny or stuffed toy, goody bag and participate in an Easter Egg hunt for eggs stuffed with prizes. The rest of the family will enjoy the trip to the beach too with trolley rides around the key. So mark the date on your calendar, April 19, and sign up through instructions on this link: http://www.siestakeyvillage.org/images/pdf/easter_registration_2014.pdf
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A picture with the Unconditional Surrender, the Famous WWII “Kissing Sailor” Statue, is a Sarasota Tradition
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.
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.
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
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
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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 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.
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
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.
Hours: Mon-Sun 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
3701 Bay Shore Road
Sarasota, FL 34234
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.
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.com
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Register today to “Say I Do Again” while renewing your vows on Siesta Key… The #1 Beach in America!
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.
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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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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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My girlfriends and I really loved practicing Pilates on our boards. It definitely added some extra balance to the activity. The ambiance of being on the water along with the sunshine made the experience feel a lot more like fun than exercise.
The verdict came in quickly that we could not wait to schedule our next “paddle board girl- time”. Honestly, I donâ€™t see us entering the next local paddle board race in October (http://www.sarasotasupseries.com), or spending 1,000â€™s of dollars on high end paddle board gear. I don’t think we will be finding ourselves discovered as local Paddle board celebrities, and it’s also unlikely that we will be featuring our “Pilates-Paddleboard six- pack abs” in future videos. However, it is very likely that we will be putting on the sunscreen, packing a little cooler, and taking advantage of paddle boarding in beautiful Sarasota as a regular pastime. We found a new sport we love and let’s be honest…. our roller blades have collected dust for a long time. We needed to find this sport.. we love it and we are actually working out and having a lot of fun!
If you are interested in renting paddleboards on Siesta Key contact Siesta Sport Rentals at www.siestasportrentals.com TIP: Point of Rocks has many beautiful rock formations and colorful fish.
If you would like to take a Pilates paddleboard class contact Studio RubyLake at www.studiorubylake.com
Guests staying at Tropical Beach Resorts can also have paddleboards dropped off right at the beach. Go ahead.. Dare to be a little adventurous… Encounter dolphins, manatees, and schools of fish while getting a full body workout while walking on water!
Tropical Beach Resorts 6717 Sara Sea Circle Siesta Key Sarasota FL 34242 Reservations (800)-235-3493 www.tropicalbeachresorts.com
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Tropical Beach Resorts along with Sarasota county has seen another year of growth in our total number of visitors this year.
According to Visit Sarasota County (VSC), Sarasota County had 740,300 visitors in fiscal year 2013, spending $640,974,200 in the area economy. That is a 5.8% jump in visitors from fiscal year 2012 and a 10.2% increase in direct spending.
Tropical Beach Resorts is pleased that business is up.
The 2013 fiscal year ended June 30. Data from the Sarasota County Tax Collector also paints a positive picture for the area tourism industry.
With three months of revenue left to be calculated for 2013, Sarasota County has already raised $12,179,818 in revenue from the Tourist Development Tax â€” eclipsing the total revenue reported for 2011. This comes after multiple years of increased revenues from the tax. Development Tax revenue grew by 16% in 2011, and by 17.5% in 2012.
The Tourist Development Tax is a 5% charge on the revenue from rentals of six months or less. Revenue from the tax is used for tourism promotion, maintenance and renourishment of beach park facilities and beaches, sports stadiums, nature center facilities and promoting new tourist attractions and events.
Projects like the proposed dredging of Big Pass also rely on Development Tax revenue.
Tropical Beach Resorts General Manager said.” We are very pleased business continues to improve. We’ve done so many upgrades to the property and have continued to grow a talented staff… we couldn’t be happier it’s paying off.”
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tropical Shores Beach, A Siesta Key Resort, Receives 2013 Best of Sarasota Award
Sarasota Award Program Honors the Achievement
SARASOTA August 6, 2013 — Tropical Shores Beach Resort, a Siesta Key resort, in Sarasota, Florida has been selected for the 2013 Best of Sarasota Award in the Hotels & Motels category by the Sarasota Award Program.
Each year, the Sarasota Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Sarasota area a great place to live, work and play.
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2013 Sarasota Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Sarasota Award Program and data provided by third parties.
About Sarasota Award Program
The Sarasota Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Sarasota area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices. They have also implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.
The Sarasota Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.
SOURCE: Sarasota Award Program
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Tropical Beach Resorts
6717 Sara Sea Circle
Siesta Key, Sarasota Florida 34242
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Tropical Beach Resorts understands that our guests come to Siesta Key to feel good and to help alleviate stress. The Siesta Key sand is like no other beach around and you will be drawn to the special sand for years to come. We Â strive to ensure Â the ultimate vacation experience by offering premier accommodations and exceptional customer service that makes you feel like a star.Â To further enhance your vacation experience, we offer complimentary beach yoga every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday on Crescent Beach in Sarasota, Florida. There is nothing like the cool, clean Siesta Key sand to experience a morning of invigorating yoga!
Practicing yoga on Crescent Beach in Sarasota, Florida offers many benefits including using the sand to help support the strength of secondary muscles, reduce stress, increase balance, Â and Â allow the fresh air and sunlight to help restore the body.
Even if you are a beginner, but feeling slightly more adventurous, we encourage our guests to try SUP yoga through Studio Rubylake. SUP (Stand up paddle board) yoga classes cost $30.00 and can make your work out more intense because your balance will be improved to avoid falling off the board.
So whether you decide to try SUP on Siesta Key or use the crystal white sand to help relax you and strengthen your muscles,Â we look forward to practicing yoga with you this weekend.
â€œThere is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophies.â€
For reservations at Tropical Beach Resorts please call us toll-free at 1-800-235-3493
For more information on SUP yoga classes please contact Studio Rubylake at email@example.com
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