There are multiple waterfront parks in Sarasota where you and your dog can take a walk, enjoy the scenery, and even picnic by the water.
Bird Key Park:
Bird Key Park is right over Sarasota’s beautiful Ringling Bridge that takes you to Lido Key. You are right on the bay where you can watch the boats go by and maybe even see dolphins jumping!
Location: On the John Ringling Causeway – 101 Bird Key Dr, Sarasota, Florida
Ken Thompson Park
This park is great for the whole family! Your dog can hang with the family on a leash, the kids can play on the playground, and everyone can walk on the boardwalks through the mangroves and tidal marsh restoration areas. The board walk stretches out passing the shore so you can get a great view of Sarasota across the bay. Not to mention it’s one of the best spots in town to have a picnic on one of the many tables that line the water front.
Location: 1700 Ken Thompson Parkway
Sarasota, Florida 34236
On City Island, by Mote Marine Lab.
Bay Front Park:
This Island Park is located on an island peninsula right on the water of
Sarasota Bay. Sidewalks line the water all around the park, making this the perfect spot for walking your dog while getting to take in the wonderful waterfront atmosphere Sarasota has to offer. Also, children absolutely love the water fountain play area and the huge playground. As an added plus to Bay Front Park, there are two waterfront restaurants, O’Leary’s Tiki Bar & Grill and Marina Jacks dockside.
Location: One Marina Plaza, Sarasota, Florida 34236
Also, the knowledge staff at Tropical Beach Resorts can provide other information to help you plan your visit to Siesta Key, Florida. We even can accommodate dogs at the resort if they are the under 30 pounds and over three years old. Call us or visit our website to learn more.Tropical Beach Resorts
6717 Sarasea Circle
Sarasota, FL 34242
Reservations 800-235-3493 –
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The sugar white sand of Siesta Key explained:
I have to tell you that growing up as a Sarasota local with countless hours spent on the beautiful beaches of Siesta Key I took the sugar white sands a bit for granted.
My search for the truth behind our perfect sand came while visiting cousins up north one summer when I was shocked to find out I needed to run from the shore to my towel because the sand was so hot!
Ok, it was obvious that the sand was made of larger, rougher grains and not at
any where near as pretty as the beaches of Siesta Key but who would have
guessed it would scorch my feet! All of my beach experiences on Siesta Key
did not require shoes until you hit the parking lot, in fact we would often
leave our flip flops at the edge of the sand, a pretty common practice for locals.
Most other beaches are made mostly of coral, but Siesta Key’s sand is 99%
quartz crushed into a pure white fine powder. Because quartz is a crystal it
actually disperses the heat from the sun and leaves Siesta Key beaches cool
to the touch. Harvard University¹s geology department discovered that
through millenniums, quartz from the southern Appalachian Mountains down the
rivers until it was eventually deposited into the Gulf of Mexico and then
onto the coast of Florida. No one can tell exactly how long this process
takes, but because the grains of sand are so fine we know it to be eons in
Siesta Key is widely recognized for having the BEST sand in the world! It’s
fine, white and feels almost like powdered sugar in between your toes while you walk across the beautiful beach. In 1987 at the Great International White Sand Beach Challenge, it was scientifically proven that Siesta Key obviously has the whitest, softest sand beach in the world. And since sand like ours takes eons to create, Siesta ended any future challenges for this title.
If you want to experience the best beach with the whitest sand in the world,
Tropical Beach Resorts is the perfect place! It is located just steps from the pristine
beach with beautiful rooms, lush tropical gardens, sparkling pools and
the friendliest staff on the island!
For hotel reservations or surrounding area information please visit us
online at www.tropicalbeachresorts.com or call us toll-free at
6717 Sara Sea Circle Siesta Key, Sarasota FL 34242
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Wind down your Sunday Fun-Day on Siesta Key with the rhythm of the local drum circle!
When you’re vacationing on Siesta Key don’t hurry off the gorgeous beach on Sunday afternoon, stay for one of the most eclectic gatherings of people you’ll ever see!
After a fun-filled day of sun bathing, swimming and building sand castles with the kids stay and relax for a while, you won’t want to miss out on the local marvel that starts up one hour before sunset. The Siesta Key Drum Circle takes place every Sunday just south of the main pavilion – follow the music, you can’t miss it! Catch the festival-like ambience in the beautiful setting of a Siesta Key sunset with a unique Sarasota tradition that started with just with a few local musicians and has grown into a weekly event. Widely known by all Sarasotans, the drum circle is open to the public and is free-form drum group that anyone can join. You can enjoy drummers, hula hoopers, belly dancers, fire jugglers and various other types of street performers. You will feel a true beachy vibe with the music and the little ones will love to jam out with the dancers and drummers. There’s no better way to end your week, or vacation on Siesta Key than in the care free atmosphere of local musicians and performers while watching the sun set on the beautiful white sand! Bring a blanket and the family to the beach on Sunday evenings during your next visit to Sarasota! If you are thinking about vacationing on Siesta Key in Sarasota, Florida. Watching the ebb and flow of several hundred residents and tourists, it’s hard to imagine the humble handful that started the drum circle more than a decade ago. These days, the crowd of weekly regulars and occasional visitors has made this unofficial Sarasota spectacle one of the largest drum circles in the nation! An open invitation to all is one of the reasons for the circle’s success – everyone is welcome and encouraged to join in the fun.So, for a truly unique Sarasota vacation experience, be sure to pack your tambourine or maracas and head over to the Siesta Key public beach. Held on Sunday evenings, the fun starts about an hour before sundown but plan on arriving a little early as parking fills up quickly. Whether you’re planning to join the jam or just hang out with the crowd, bring your blanket and bongos and enjoy the carefree rhythms and performers of the amazing Siesta Key Drum Circle!
If you are thinking that the Sunday night drum circle on Siesta Key sounds a fun event to you….. take advantage of this fun event and stay at Tropical Beach Resorts on Siesta Key. It is only a quick 10 -15 minute walk up the beach to the Public Beach!
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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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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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