Tons of festivals, tons of fun!

Wherever you may be in Sarasota this weekend, you will be able to find a festival to suit your fancy!

Siesta Key Crystal Classic

Visit the Siesta Key Crystal Class this weekend

The Siesta Key Crystal Classic is going to be happening this weekend, where the Master Sculptors have 24 sculpting hours over four days to create their Sand Sculpture Masterpiece! These huge works of art, will be built at the Siesta Key Public Beach and are sponsored by Margaritaville this year. There will also be live music, vendors, demonstrations, fashion shows and more throughout the event. Judging and awards take place on Sunday, but you’ll be able to view the sculptures through Tuesday. Admission is $6.

10am-5:30pm Friday – Monday
Siesta Key Public Beach
948 Beach Road
www.siestakeycrystalclassic.com

 

Sarasota Medieval Fair will be happening in the forest behind the Sarasota Fairgrounds. Expect the usual excitement of jousting, humas chessmatchees, lots of vendors, smoked turkey legs and plenty of games and kids’ fun. The festival runs for three weekends and promises to be a great place to break out your leather corsets, swords and other crazy costumes.  Admission is 16.95 for adults, $14.95 for seniors, studens, and active military, and $8.95 for Children ages 5-12.

10am-6pm Saturday-Sunday
also Nov 22-23
Ringling Woods (behind the Sarasota Fairgrounds)
3000 Ringling Blvd
www.sarasotamedievalfair.com
 

Venice Blues Festival is Southwest Florida’s newest blues bash. The festival returns with a winning roster of national, local and international talent headlined by Chicago veterans Mac Arnold and Joe Moss Band. Saturdays event at Maxine Barritt Park also includes Manatee County standouts RJ Howson and Twinkle as well as a special guest opener from Germany, Luca Sestak, a 19 yr old.  The Florida Blues Brothers will appear between acts for a little comic relief. Bring your own lawn chair! Free Bus rides will be provided between the Blues Festival and the Chalk Festival! Get a free ride and a free beer! http://veniceblues.com/bus-venice-blues-2014/

November 15, 2014
Maxine Barritt Park
1600 Harbor Dr. S
Venice, FL
www.veniceblues.com
 
Chalk Festival

Sarasota Chalk Festival

The Sarasota Chalk Festival has moved  to the island of Venice. The main attraction will be the 3D Pavement Art at Venice Airport, where the fest has attempted a Guinness World Record for Largest Anamorphic (3D) Pavement Art, taking weeks of effort from a cadre of artists. There will be more 3D pavement art, There will be more 3D pavement art, student chalk art and ree chalking for kids at the Venice Cultural Campus. If you want to see the completed masterpieces, head to Venice on Monday for your last chance to see it all! Parking is free!

Friday-Monday
Venice Cultural Campus
326 Nokomis Ave S.
Venice and Venice Municipal Airport Festival Grounds
Airport Avenue
www.chalkfestival.org

 

 
 
 
 
 

Festa Italiana is taking place on Saturday at Greenbrook Adventure Park for its third annual celebration. There will be stage performers, dancers, pony rides, Venetian mask making, noodle necklaces, magic and face painting. There will be also be novelty booths provided by local artisans. And last, but not least, there will be a wide selection of Italian food and wine booths! This will be an event not to be missed!! Admission is FREE! For more information, call 941-757-1530

11am-4pm Saturday
Greenbrook Adventure Park
13400 Adventure Park
Lakewood Ranch, FL
www.facebook.com/LWRCommunityActivities
 

Braden River Bluegrass Fest & Gumbo Cookoff- Three of the best Florida bluegrass groups, including Highway 41 South, Keith Bass & Florida Bluegrass Band, willl be picking and playing down by the river at this weekend’s Linger Lodge Bluegrass Fest. Besides being able to enjoy all the incredible, toe tapping music, your ticket will let you taste all the delicious gymbo entered to win a $500 final prize in the cookoff. Sorry no pets, no coolers or highback chairs.

Braden River Bluegrass Fest and Gumbo Cookoff

Braden River Bluegrass Fest and Gumbo Cookoff

Thanks to Sarasota Herald Tribune for assistance in collecting all this festival information. Get your subscription today! Home delivery or online! www.sarasotaheraldtribune.comfe

12p-6pm
7205 85th St. Ct E
Bradenton, FL
www.facebook.com/BradenRiverBluegrassFestivalAtLingerLodge
 
Have a great weekend!
Tropical Beach Resorts
6717 Sarasea Circle
Sarasota, FL 34242
www.tropicalbeachresorts.com
 
 
 

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There are more health benefits to a day on the beach than you realized!

The beach is obviously one of the best vacation and relaxing spots on the planet, but it is also a very healthy choice of location and activity. The beach can help your skin, brain strength, muscles and overall health if you know the best way to utilize it.

benefits of salt water and beaches

Benefits of salt water and beaches

The Salt Water:
How does a swim in the ocean benefit your body?
1. Sea water does wonders for acne and semi-permanent scars. Salt helps cure, clear and cleanse which is great news for your teenager’s breakouts or your scratches from that friend’s cat you tried to pick up last week.
2. Salt water is a natural shampoo. The salt cleanses the oils from your hair and scalp. Taking a dip in the ocean can add volume, get rid of dandruff or built up chemicals, and strip unnecessary oils from your hair. A visit to the beach can be the best treatment for an oily scalp or an overuse of products weighing down your hair.
3. Salt water heals cuts and soars. The salt water will cleanse any cuts of toxins and dry out pus.
4. It clears your nasal passage ways. Often when I was sick as a kid my dad would take me to the beach… Weird, I know. But it was probably one of the best things he could have done for me. The first relates to the sun, which I will touch on later, but the second is because the salt water unstuffs your nose! Doctors even will prescribe mixing salt and water into a little gadget that filters out the mucus from your nostrils; but, who needs that when you can hop in the ocean?!
5. Swimming in the sea water helps you stay fit and in good health. This one is a bit obvious, but none the less very accurate! It burns a ton of calories and uses many muscles in your body that aren’t used in any other exercises.

The Sand:
What does this fluffy white stuff on Siesta Key have to offer to my health?
1. Sand is a natural exfoliant. You never leave the beach not covered in sand right? This is actually a great thing because this natural exfoliant will keep your skin healthy and help the breakouts. Your body is constantly getting rid of dead skin cells, so it is important that you exfoliate to keep your pores open and your skin soft.
2. You burn up to fifty percent more calories walking in the sand and your muscles tone much faster. If you are going to exercise, why not do it with a beautiful view!
3. Being buried in sand increases your body’s resistance and raises your circulation and metabolism. That’s right, I am giving you an excuse to let your kids burry you in the sand… You won’t look that ridiculous!

Benefits of the Sun

Benefits of the Sun

The Sun:
But I thought sun bathing was just to get that nice golden tan?
1. Being in the sun stimulates vitamin D production. Vitamin D helps reduce the risk of cancer, heart attacks, Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis, and depression while boosting your immune system, combating type II Diabetes and fighting acne. IMPORTANT: Do not forget to keep applying sunscreen through out the day! Especially in the Siesta Key area where the UV rays are very strong. The closer you are the equator the stronger the UV. So, if you’re visiting from Wisconsin and think you can last the day without sunscreen, you are very wrong! Many of my family members have made that mistake because they know how their skin can hold up in the sun where they are from, but I promise it is different here. You don’t want to spend your vacation with a crippling sunburn after day one of thinking your skin is invincible, it will not be fun!
2. Heat from the sun makes you sweat, which in turn raises circulation and metabolism. Sweat also releases toxins to keep you healthy.
3. The sun makes you happier! Having high levels of Vitamin D helps your body maintain high levels of serotonin, which helps you be in a good mood. It’s no wonder people come back from a beach vacation much happier.
TIP: Remember to shower and moisturize after a day at the beach. This will avoid the salt drying out your skin and it will also help hold in the color you got from sun bathing!

The friendly staff at Tropical Beach Resorts are happy to answer any questions you might have on the beach or your trip to Sarasota.
Tropical Beach Resorts
800-235-3493
6717 Sarasea Circle
Sarasota, Fl 34242
www.tropicalbeachresorts.com

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Birds, mammals, reptiles, plants and more at Sarasota Jungle Gardens

Flamingos at the Sarasota Jungle Gardens

Flamingos at the Sarasota Jungle Gardens

 

Take a trip over to Sarasota Jungle Gardens where you can experience animals, plants, shows, playgrounds and more. This tropical park contains over 150 native and exotic species including birds, primates (yes, there are monkeys here!), small mammals, lizards, snakes, crocodiles, alligators and more. 95% of these animals are rescued by state or federal organizations from inhumane conditions, and the rest are donated. All are kept in large natural habitats. One of the favorites among tourists are the flamingo. Guests from all around the world marvel at these beautiful bright pink creatures who love the visitors. It is not unlikely that these friendly birds will come right up to you. Another much loved species is the fairly new addition to Jungle Gardens, the prairie dogs. These adorable little animals can brighten anyone’s day.

Alligator at the Sarasota Jungle Gardens

Alligator at the Sarasota Jungle Gardens

While visiting the gardens, make sure to catch the daily bird and reptile shows. Not only are they educational for the kids, but they are also hands on. The after show question and answer sessions include individual interactions with the animals. The family will love getting a picture holding one of these awesome creatures.

Park Hours
Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily.
Closed Christmas and Thanksgiving Day
Daily Admission Rates:*
Adult
$15.99
Senior (Age 62 & up)
$14.99
Military (With ID)
$13.99
Child (Age 4-16)
$10.99
Child (Age 3 & under)
Free
Directions
From I-75, take Exit 213 University Parkway West. Turn left on U.S. 41 (Tamiami Trail) and head south for 2 miles. Turn right on Myrtle Street and head west 3 blocks to Sarasota Jungle Gardens, turn right on Bay Shore Road. Entrance will be on your left.

 

Feel free to contact the staff at Tropical Beach Resorts with any questions about your visit to Sarasota or Siesta Key, FL.

Tropical Beach Resorts
6717 Sarasea Circle
Siesta Key, Fl 34242
www.tropicalbeachresorts.com
800-235-3493

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Become a Sarasota Bay Explorer for the day

Sarasota Bay Explorers

Sarasota Bay Explorers

Become a Sarasota BayWant your kids to learn more about the ocean than they can by just visiting the beach? Interactive marine science boat trips and safaris are cruising through Sarasota Bay and Lido Park that are sure to get the whole family excited about marine life in Sarasota. There are 3 different eco tours available for you and your family to experience, that are in conjunction with Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium.

Kayaking through the mangroves with Sarasota Bay Explorers

Kayaking through the mangroves with Sarasota Bay Explorers

Sea life encounter cruise (suitable for all ages):
This 1 hour and 45 minute journey through Sarasota and Roberts Bay will teach you about the ecology, history and folklore of Sarasota. From the boat you will most likely get great views of dolphins and manatees before arriving to an island for a nature walk. A guide will take the group to view pelicans, herons, ibis and egrets in their natural habitat. Also, the kids and adults alike will get hands on time with some critters such as puffer fish, sea horse, stone crabs, cow fish and more though a collection that will be gathered there with a trawl net. The trip will include cold drinks, snacks, and lots of learning!
Reservations are recommended
Check-in is 30 minutes prior to departure.
Cruise Ticket
Adults: $27
Children (4-12): $23
Children 3 and under: Free
Combo Ticket
(Cruise and Aquarium)
Adults: $40
Children (4-12): $33
Children 3 and under: Free

Guided Kayak Tour (6 years old and up):
No kayaking experience? No problem. Before this backwater adventure you will have a quick lesson to teach you all you’ll need to know to paddle through the mangroves and observe the wildlife up close and personal. A naturalist will be there to lead you through the journey in Lido Park and to describe all the plants and animals you will come across.
Kayaks, paddles, life jackets and instruction will all be provided.
Reservations and deposits are required.
Adults: $55
Children: $45

Nature Safari (6 years old and up):
This new tour is really the experience of a life time. Go boating with marine biologists to Lido Key Beach to walk through the beach and trails where you can explore multiple different ecosystems including coastal grasslands, wetlands, uplands and tidal mangrove forests with a vast amount of plants and animals in each that will be shown to you by the guide. Next stop is a sandbar to search for live shells, sea stars, fish, crabs, sand dollars and even sea horses.
Adults: $45
Children (6-12): $40

Tropical Beach Resorts
6717 Sarasea Circle
Siesta Key, Fl 34242
www.tropicalbeachresorts.com
800-235-3493

 

 

 

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Want to mix up your Friday nights this summer in Sarasota with free events?

Friday Nights in Sarasota, FL #SarasotaHotel

Friday Nights in Sarasota, FL #Sarasotahotel

Want to mix up your Friday nights in Sarasota this summer with free events?

 

One Friday a month in the summer the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall holds a FREE outdoor concert called Friday Fest on the Bay that takes place on their bayfront lawn. 2014 marks the 10th anniversary of this gift back to the community for the support Sarasota gives. Although it is widely known to locals, they are not the only ones that get to take advantage of this event. The bayfront lawn becomes filled with both locals and visitors to watch the sunset and take in the free music rain or shine. If bad weather does hit, the festival will be moved to the Grand Foyer.

 

 

 

#VanWezel #SarasotaHotel

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

 

 

On July 25th, August 22th, and September 26th join the free entertainment with a beautiful view. You can enjoy the variety of music from country, jazz, to disco along with food vendors, a full bar, and art displays while relaxing on your lawn chair or dancing by the water. This event can be a great way to start of your weekend visiting the Sarasota or Siesta Key area this summer.

 

 

*All Friday Fest evenings take place from 5 – 9 p.m.*

July 25th : Come Back Alice
Enjoy this bands unique sound called southern gypsy funk.

August 22th: SoulRcoaster
Take a ride with SoulRcoaster through an assortment of music genres including classic rock, pop, jazz, country and disco.

September 26th : Adrian Ray
Listen to this cowboy and his band play a mix between country and classic rock (“Heavy Country”) for the last Friday Fest of the year.

Don’t miss out on experiencing the entertainment, food, full bar and art on display for sale this summer

The Van Wezel: 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL
http://www.vanwezel.org/
For more information, call 941-953-3368 or ask the knowledgeable staff at Tropical Beach Resorts. They are happy to help you in anyway with 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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Siesta Key makes the TripAdvisor Top 10 List for Breathtaking Beaches

Siesta Key makes the Top 10 list for TripAdvisor’s Breathtaking Beaches

Siesta Key takes another top accolade delivered by TripAdvisor for being one of the Top10 Breathtaking Beaches!

Siesta Key Beach makes the Top 10 List for Breathtaking Beaches on TripAdvisor

Siesta Key Beach makes the Top 10 List for Breathtaking Beaches on TripAdvisor

Among the other top destinations include international, tropical hotspots like the Caribbean, Australia, Thailand, Greece.  Siesta Key Public Beach and LaniKai Beach in Hawaii are the only two US destinations to make the list. This is a huge recognition for Siesta Key to receive. This is just one of many different accolades for the Siesta Key Beach to receive just in 2014. It was awarded the #1 Beach by Dr. Beach last year.

The Siesta Key Public Beach was also awarded as a Traveler’s Choice Winner by TripAdvisor in 2014. For more information on Tripadvisor’s traveler reviews on the island, Click here!

If you haven’t visited Siesta Key yet, you are missing out! Call to make your reservation in our breathtaking paradise! Our local, knowledgeable staff at Tropical Beach Resorts is ready to help you find the best accommodation for your traveling pleasure! With 70 updated units, just steps from the pristine, white sands, you are sure to feel comfortable while enjoying the Siesta Key sun and fun!

 

 

 

 

 
Tropical Beach Resorts
6717 Sarasea Circle
Siesta Key, Fl 34242
www.tropicalbeachresorts.com
800-235-3493

 

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What is there to do on World Oceans Day with the kids in Sarasota, FL?

First of all, what is Worlds Oceans Day?

Worlds Oceans Day was invented at the Earth Summit in 1992 and was officially recognized as a holiday for June 8th of every year by the United Nations in 2008. This day was created to honor the Earth’s oceans with all they provides us including seafood, marine life, beauty and even air! The ocean actually produces 70-80% of all the air we breathe, cleans the water we drink, and offers a pharmacopoeia of potential medicines. Even with all the ocean does for us, we humans often overly take advantage of it. With this being a serious problem to the Earth, World Oceans Day has been used to help spread awareness of over-consumption of fish and global pollution by The Ocean Project and the World Ocean Network.

How can you celebrate World Oceans Day with the kids while in Sarasota?

http://mote.org/events/details/world-oceans-day-family-festival

World Oceans Day, June 8, 2014

Mote Marine Aquarium is having a World Oceans Day Family Festival a day early the on June 7th, 2014. This day will be Dr. Seuss themed to focus on “the ocean’s deep connection to the human spirit and the boundless inspirational power of our natural world’s greatest resource”. The events will entail games, crafts and marine science learning centering on green practices.

Do not let the family miss out on experiencing this extra special day at one of the best Aquariums in Florida! In fact, Mote Marine’s World Oceans Day festival received the 2010 Big Fish Award for best aquarium World Oceans Day event from Dr. Seuss Enterprises and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Details:
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, June 7
Mote Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway in Sarasota
Cost: Free with admission to Mote Aquarium. Admission is $19.75 for adults, $18.75 for seniors over 65, $14.75 for kids ages 4-12 and free for ages 3 and younger. Mote Members always get in free.

Contact the helpful staff here at Tropical Beach Resorts for any questions you might have about this event or anything else that will help you with your vacation to Sarasota or Siesta Key!
Tropical Beach Resorts
800-235-3493
6717 Sarasea Circle
Sarasota, Fl 34242
www.tropicalbeachresorts.com

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Do I need a car when I visit Siesta Key?

Do I need a car when I come to Siesta Key?

Siesta Key Beach

Siesta Key Beach

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.

 

Sun Ride Pedi Cab

Sun Ride Pedi Cab

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
www.tropicalbeachresorts.com

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You need a vacation, and here are 5 reasons why!

Your body wants you to go on vacation, and here are 5 Facts about Vacation that you need to know! For your own good:) Americans forfeit 226 million vacation days each year, according to CNN, by not using the vacation days they earned. In fact, all of that unused time off adds up to $34.3 billion annually in lost vacation days. Now that is one of the worst facts we have ever heard….Read on!

Siesta Key Sunlight is free!

Siesta Key Sunlight is free!

Vitamin D from sunlight is free
Vitamin D is essential for maintaining healthy bones and keeping the immune systems and nervous system functioning normally. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin made by the body, in the skin, from exposure to sunlight. While this essential nutrient is available as a supplement, spending some time outdoors each day (as little as 5-15 minutes) can provide the needed benefits. And trust us, you get lots of sun on this island! The best part: the sun is free! Grab a beach chair and hit the shores. Further, preliminary research suggests Vitamin D can help prevent various forms of cancer, including breast, prostate and colon cancers. So soak up that Siesta Key Sun and get your Vitamin D!

Tropical Beach Resorts on Siesta Key

Tropical Beach Resorts on Siesta Key

Siesta Key Vacation time shrinks stress
Isn’t it time for you to take a Siesta Key break? Vacation helps shrink stress and anxiety while also boosting the mental and physical health of the entire family. We need a brain break, a detour from deadlines and a timeout from technology! It takes effort to unplug from the ever-spinning world around us, but one’s mind, body and spirit will be renewed by re-plugging into the joys of quality time with family and friends.

Siesta Key Beach Yoga

Siesta Key Beach Yoga

Special Vacation Time with Family or Spouses enrich relationships
People who take frequent vacations tend to spend more time with their spouse and children and are more satisfied with their marriages. Taking that quality together time to get away from the hustle and bustle enriches relationships as the memories made and time together is more focused without the constant stress of everyday life. People share the relaxing time together and in turn, life is better all around. Everyone always says: “Life is Better at the Beach.”

Longer stays tend to be more relaxing
It usually takes people 2 to 3 days to really relax and get into the groove of vacation time. Longer vacations are associated with greater psychological benefits than shorter ones, so try to plan a break that’s at least 7 days. Now really, what would be better than 7 days of Florida fun and sunshine? There are so many activities to do off the beach too, like amusement parks, museums, state parks, sporting events, and tons of shopping!

Your body needs to relax and rejuvenate
Vacation time helps to reset your body clock and promote healthy sleeping habits. This is because chronic stress can slowly eat away at your sleep time, leaving you unaware of just how much sleep you end up missing each night. Getting out of that rut and taking a breather helps you get used to a full night’s restful sleep and resets your body clock to a healthy schedule.  At Tropical Beach Resorts, we have super comfy new beds in all the rooms and fluffy, soft sheets and blankets. You will leave feeling refreshed and maybe even wanting to buy a new bed!

So, after reading these facts, we hope that you now know that there are health reasons that you should be paying attention to for your own well-being and you can tell you boss that it is for the good of everyone around that you take that much needed break.

Give our friendly, helpful staff at Tropical Beach Resorts a call today to book your special trip to our piece of paradise, here on Siesta Key. We’ll see you soon!

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

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What is the Village that everyone is talking about!?

Siesta Key Village

Siesta Key Village

Siesta Key Village is in the heart of Siesta Key with designer shopping, local dining, laidback nightlife and more! Located just steps from the beachfront, The Village is a quaint and cool island strip where there is just enough to explore but not so large that you feel overwhelmed. By your second visit you will feel like a local!

The village is the perfect spot to take a break during your beach day and get a bite to eat at one of the outdoor restaurants or grab an ice cream cone at the popular SubZero Ice Cream. Need more sunscreen, towels, beach toys for the kids or some souvenirs from your trip? You’ll have plenty of shops that you can browse through that will have a plethora of Siesta Key shirts, hats, bumper stickers, you name it, so you can truly embrace being a tourist at the most beautiful beach in America. But don’t worry, there are more to the shops in the Village than touristy sea shells and postcards, there are also unique stores and trendy boutiques. Treat yourself to a trendy new designer dress at The Foxy Lady. Stop by and “try before you buy” a bottle of wine at Siesta Key Tropical Wines. The Local Bean is coffee shop in paradise that supports local art, local venders, and serves an awesome cup of organic. fair-trade coffee. If you have a little extra time, drop in for a class at Studio Rubylake. The exercise studio has a noncompetitive, laid back and peaceful atmosphere focusing on working out for fun and relaxation, and releasing stress – and a Vacation Package: $25 for unlimited group classes for 7 days. One of my personal favorites is Siesta Key Bead Shack. This boutique sells hand crafted jewelry and beads, and you can even design your own jewelry.

Siesta Key Village becomes a popular nightlife spot after dark. If you’d like to enjoy a few drinks and listen to some live music then you’ll love the Siesta Key Oyster Bar, The Hub, or Gilligans. Are you looking for breakfast, lunch or dinner? Laid back, casual or fine dining? Japanese, Italian, Mexican or American? You’ll find such a wide variety of dining experiences here you wouldn’t even have to eat at the same restaurant twice during your visit – unless it becomes your favorite!

Siesta Key Village

Siesta Key Village

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My favorite eats:
The Old Salty Dog
5023 Ocean Boulevard
Siesta Key, FL 34242
(Very family and dog friendly!)

Jo To Japanese Steakhouse
5218 Ocean Blvd.
Siesta Key, FL 34242
(Great Hibachi. Kids love to watch the chefs perform tricks)

Blasé Café
5263 Ocean Blvd
Siesta Key, FL 34242
(Home of Siesta Key’s best martinis)

The best part is there is are free services that will cart you around anywhere on the key from 10am 2am! So don’t worry about having a few daiquiris because you can be dropped off right at your hotel or condo door. Also, it’s the perfect way to avoid the public beach parking. Save this number on your phone for your trip, you’ll be happy you have it later! 941-306-9097

Siesta Key Free Rides

Siesta Key Free Rides

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And one last thing I would like to mention about the village… All the shops and eateries are locally owned and individually awesome. No chain stores or strip mall feel here! Each place is unique and the area has truly kept the classic beach town feel.

Why not ask a staff member at Tropical Beach Resorts which local spot in the Siesta Key Village is their favorite – the locals know best! They can offer all the little suggestions to make your trip 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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