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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Enter to win the Romantic Vacation Package of a Lifetime on Siesta Key for Valentine’s Day! Submit your entry today!
Tropical Beach Resorts has put together a romantic vacation package on Siesta Key for the 2014 Valentine’s Day celebration!
The Siesta Key dream get-a-way includes an incredible array of goodies for you and your special someone to share! Enjoy three relaxing nights in a deluxe accommodation at Tropical Beach Resorts with fresh flowers, chilled champagne, and specialty chocolates waiting for you upon arrival. Your accommodations will be located just steps from the famous white sand beach of Siesta Key. Start your first evening in Siesta Key Village at Blasé Café, sipping on the most beautiful cocktails and then enjoy dinner while listening to live island music and laughter at Siesta Key Oyster Bar. Take a stroll down Ocean Boulevard and delight yourself with your own sensation creation at Sub Zero Ice Cream.
Get ready for a day of adventure with some coffees from Local Bean Coffeehouse, followed by a fresh and tasty breakfast at Village Café. Your day will include Premium Parasailing for two from Siesta Key Water sports, Kayaking for two from Siesta Sports Rentals and a half day of paddle board rentals from CaliFlorida.
Need some more incredible meals during your time? You’ll have a $25 gift card from Big Water Fish Market where they have the freshest fish tacos and sandwiches around (You pick the fish Fresh!) and $25 from Old Salty Dog, where you must try their famous ‘Salty Dog.’
After all this activity, you can wind down, stretch, and relax with a private Pilates class for two at Studio RubyLake , yoga at Mandala MediSpa and a blissful, one hour therapeutic massage.
For the special romantic evening with you and your love, an intimate waterfront dinner at Ophelia’s On the Bay will be absolutely divine. Fine dining on Siesta Key is like no other destination with the brilliant setting sun’s ray reflecting off the sparkling bay waters.
To make the absolute most of this romantic weekend with your loved one, you will be the recipient of a vow renewal or wedding ceremony provided by Sand Petal Weddings. This will include
*A beautiful beach front ceremony which will include an Officiant, whom will also take care of the filing of your marriage certificate, if applicable.
* Your romantic Sand ceremony includes a keepsake glass jar and your choice of various colored sands to choose from.
* Sand carved heart sprinkled with fresh flower petals for the Bride & Grooms vow exchange.
Capture the memories of this magical time together with a photo shoot with Maggie Dillon Photography surrounded by the sugar white sands of Siesta Key, the gently lapping waves of the glistening Gulf of Mexico and the sweet smells of fresh flowers provided by Flowers by Fudgie.
This romantic getaway package will have you experiencing the very best that Siesta Key has to offer and you will leave feeling refreshed, revitalized, and satisfied knowing that you spent that incredible time with someone who truly deserves to feel extra special and loved.
To enter the Tropical Beach Resorts Siesta Key get-away upload your “LOVE PHOTO,” to our Facebook Contest today! You can also upload your “LOVE PHOTO” on Twitter #tbrcontestlove or Instagram at #tbrcontestloveContest entries will be accepted until March 15, 2014 One submission per day Winner is selected randomly
Tropical Beach Resorts 6717 Sarasea Circle Sarasota, FL 34242 941-349-3330 Reservations 800-235-3493 Call today to and let us help you plan your next island get-a-way!
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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.
948 Beach Road, Siesta Key
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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What is the Best Beach in Sarasota?
Not only is Siesta Key the best beach in Sarasota, it’s quite possibly the best beach in the nation!
Siesta Key Beach is constantly winning accolades from big news publications and travel companies worldwide! The incredible characteristics of the sand and surrounding environment makes Siesta Key a consistent contender for the top beaches to visit in the country.
The sand is 99% pure quartz, soft and cool on the feet.
Siesta Beach is located on Beach Road on Siesta Key. Siesta Beach is known as one of the most beautiful beaches anywhere in the world. At the “Great International White Sand Beach Challenge” held in 1987, it was recognized as having the “whitest and finest sand in the world.”
Unlike beaches elsewhere that are made up mostly of pulverized coral, Siesta Beach’s sand is 99% quartz. Even on the hottest days, the sand is so reflective that it feels cool underfoot. It’s estimated that the sand on Siesta Beach and Crescent Beach on Siesta Key is millions of years old, having its origin in the Appalachians and flowing down the rivers from the mountains until it eventually was deposited on the shores of Siesta Key.
Shallow water depth in the near shore area together with year round lifeguard protection, makes this one of the safest beaches in the county and great for small children. Siesta Key, Crescent Beach, Siesta Beach and Turtle Beach are accessible from the North Bridge at Siesta Drive or the South Bridge at Stickney Point Road. Siesta Key is an eight mile barrier island graced with two more beaches, Crescent Beach and Turtle Beach… as well as exotic flowers, magnificent banyan trees and preserved mangrove shores where ibis, snowy egrets and herons claim refuge for their young.
Just a few of the honors Siesta Key has received:
- “The whitest and finest sand in the world” (The Great International Beach Challenge, 1987),
- “The Best Sand Beach in America” (The Travel Channel, 2004),
- “The Best Beach in America” (Dr. Beach, 2011).
- “10 Beaches that should be on your bucket List” (Yahoo Travel, 2014)
- “The Best Beach” in the State of Florida (Florida Trend Magazine)
“Florida’s Top White Sand Beach” (Conde Nast Travel, 2014)
Siesta Key is a destination for travelers worldwide and should be on the top of your list of beaches to visit! Surrounding this incredible beach is a beautiful island of small condos and hotels. There are also the two small villages packed with lively entertainment, fine dining, beachy restaurants and excellent shopping. It is a tourist and local favorite for sure.
Check with our friendly, local staff for recommendations on activities, dining, and other information. Rooms are available for daily rentals. Call today for specials and room information at 800-235-3493Tropical 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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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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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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Trying to decide on the location for your next family vacation? Looking for the perfect spot to spend your hard-earned money and well-deserved time off?
With so many different choices, it can be an overwhelming and sometimes exhausting experience planning your trip.
Let us introduce you to the little piece of paradise called Siesta Key located in Sarasota, Florida.Â Â This gorgeous barrier island is perfect for relaxing and enjoying some real quality time!Â We would like to share some tips, ideas and suggestions that may help make your decision much easier!
Siesta Key is one of Sarasota’s barrier islands. The 8-mile long island is alive with tropical atmosphere, blessed with the world’s finest, whitest beaches, filled with charming hideaways, and always offering plenty to do – but it is also a place to relax, and let the warm breezes, cool water and soft sand transport you to your personal paradise!
There are two drawbridges that connect Siesta Key to the Sarasota mainland, allowing it to remain an uncomplicated natural paradise without sacrificing the amenities of contemporary life. The north bridge, Siesta Drive, is within the City of Sarasota and provides convenient access to the city, its business and arts districts, and to the Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport via US Highway 41. The south bridge, Stickney Point Road, provides access to south Sarasota County and a direct route to Interstate 75.
There are two main shopping districts right on Siesta Key, each with a wide variety of shops that carry merchandise ranging from seashells, and T-shirts to the upscale clothing, to ice cream. The Village on Siesta Key is located on the northwest side of the Key about one block from the Gulf. The Siesta South Shopping area begins at the Stickney Point Bridge and goes south along Midnight Pass Road. There are free shuttle services that run til 2am on the island that will pick you up at your vacation residence and deliver you to wherever you want to visit, these services run on gratuities, and are a great way to explore the hidden coves and real estate on the island! Check out SunRide Pedicab, for example.
The beaches of Siesta Key are world-renowned. The pure quartz, pulverized to a fine white powder, has a magical quality. There is no sand quite like Siesta’s anywhere and there are multiple awards to prove this point! In 2011, Siesta Beach was rated as the #1 beach in the United States by “Dr. Beach”, a.k.a. Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, director of Florida International University’s highly respected Laboratory for Coastal Research. With limited parking, along Beach Road, expansive Crescent Beach has been rated as one of the â€œTop 10 Beaches in the Worldâ€. Smack-dab- in the center of Crescent Beach isâ€¦ the â€œpublic beachâ€ known as Siesta Beach where Dr. Steve Leatherman, a.k.a. â€œDr. Beachâ€ awarded itâ€¦ The #1 Rankingâ€¦ above all other beaches in the U.Sâ€¦. including Hawaii!Â In 2004 the Travel Channel named it “The Best Sand Beach in America” because of its 99% pure quartz sand that stays cool under your feet.Â Siesta Key even won an award from the International Sand Contest in 1987 for having the best overall sand anywhere! That means that Siesta Key has the best sand in the WORLD! Even the Travel Channel agrees. In 2004, the Travel Channelâ€™s Best Beaches in America show featured Siesta Key as the Best Sand Beachâ€¦on the planet!Â Even Florida Trend Magazine has named Siesta Beach â€œThe Best Beachâ€ in the State of Florida!
We hope that these few tidbits have helped you in your vacation hunting! Siesta Key is the place to be right now and the sun is shining! So, pack your flip flops and casual beach attire, because on this island, it’s very easy to lose yourself and track of time!
Call one of our Siesta Key destination specialists today to help you with any other questions and to choose the perfect room for your Siesta Key vacation! 800-235-3493
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