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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What words come to mind when you think of the 4th of July holiday?Â We think of words like spectacular, amazing, exhilarating!Â Out on Siesta Key, it’s very much the same wording, but we like to add community, andÂ maybe even superfloridasandelicious (yes one of our guests made that up and we think it’s a perfect description ofÂ Siesta Key!) As a community we all pull together to raise the money for the festivities that make up the night of dazzling fireworks in the sky over the most beautiful sand beach in the world as far as we are concerned. The Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce hosts the fireworks every year and work hard to make them the best around! Loads of volunteers work year round preparing for this exciting night and hope you will join them in celebrating again this year!
But let’s not forget the festivities don’t just stop with the fireworks!Â There are 9 day that are packed full of events. The Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix brings in crowds from all over boastingÂ boat parades, heart pounding race action right off our coast, and parties all week. And don’t forget, Sarasota’s own Nik Wallenda, the King of the Sky, will be the welcomed home and congratulated for being the first person to ever cross the Grand Canyon by tightrope during the Boat Parade on Friday, July 5th, starting at 7pm.
For a full Suncoast Offshore event calendar, click here!
For local Siesta Key events, click here!!
So if you’reÂ planning to come to our little GulfÂ island paradise and questioning what to do, we’ll have a list of activities waiting for you!
If you are looking for visual stimulation, beautiful hot sunny days and breath taking fireworks lighting up the night sky,Â July 4th on Siesta Key is the place to be.Â Â Pack up your flip-flops, grab a beach chair and head to paradise.
Tropical Beach Resorts has nightly hotel room accommodations available for great July Rates.
Call today at 800-235-3493 and speak with one of our on-site reservation specialists to get the personalized attention that you deserve!!
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Tropical Beach Resorts is proud to announce that our Tropical Sun Resort has been designated as a Silver Level Green Leader by TripAdvisor!
This designation is received through a rigorous inspection of our facilities and practices.
We received this designation through our participation in towel reuse programs, recycling of various materials and in-room amenities, electricity monitoring and landscape practices,Â just to name a few items.
We here at Tropical Beach Resorts take great pride in protecting our environment and strive to do our best to help reduce our carbon footprint!
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Sarasota finds itself back on the top ten list.. but not for it’s beaches.. (Voted #1 Beach in the Nation , 2011 Dr. Beach)… This beautiful place that some of us are fortunate enough to Â call our “home town” has found itself back in the spotlight again. Â USA Today Live Stream featured an article by Lydia Schrandt, 10Best.com selecting Sarasota’s marina Â as one of the top ten waterfronts to visit across North America. Â ” This culture-rich city enjoys close proximity to 40 miles of white-sand beaches lining the barrier islands just off shore. In the city proper, Bayfront Park and Marina is a popular place for biking, walking, kayaking or canoeing with views of Sarasota Bay and the city’s skyline.” (Lydia Schrandt, 10Best.com) Â For Â complete details of all top ten destinations visitÂ http://usat.ly/12SGab2
Tropical Beach Resorts is located in Sarasota, Florida on Siesta Key and was recently awarded the 2013 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence.
For more information on Tropical Beach Resorts please visit us at www.tropicalbeachresorts.com or call us toll-free at 1-800-235-3493
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It’s the first big holiday weekend of the summer season and Siesta Key is calling your name!
If you already have your reservation, then you are lucky! Hotels are very full this weekend with visitors coming from all over the state and the country.Â The island restaurants will also be very busy, so plan accordingly. It’s a vacation weekend and we are all on island time here, so sit back and relax and enjoy this little slice of paradise that is Siesta Key!!
Parking in Siesta Key Village will be at a premium so take advantage of one of the many free beach ride services. They will pick you up and drive you to your destination for free. They run until 2am every night.
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Tropical Beach Resorts is just blocks from Siesta Key’s historic Stickney Point Road.
And as we all know, Siesta Key is one of the Sarasota areaâ€™s most beautiful and attractive barrier islands.
Siesta Key means elegant homes and waterfront estates, fabulous beach resorts, and a beach consistently rated number one in the nation, sparkling Siesta Beach. Life was much different, however, 100 years ago on Siesta Key. Before the 20th century, the island was inaccessible by automobile. The first bridge from the mainland to Siesta Key wasnâ€™t constructed until 1917. The â€œroaringâ€ 1920s saw the first real estate boom in the area, and in 1924, Sarasota County issued municipal bonds to finance bridge and road construction, including the first Stickney Point Bridge over Little Sarasota Bay. Construction on that bridge began in 1926, but that was also the same year a major hurricane hit south Florida, the start of a real estate market bust that continued right into the Great Depression.
South Florida real estate didnâ€™t really pick up again until after World War II, when the entire nation was prospering. Thousands of veterans who had trained in south Florida at facilities like the Venice Army Air Field returned there to buy homes and raise families in the Florida sun. The first Stickney Point Bridge was a steel Warren truss â€œswingâ€ bridge, a popular bridge style in the 1920s but entirely insufficient for booming Siesta Key by the late 1950s. In fact, a 1959 Sarasota Herald-Tribune editorial called the bridge â€œa disgrace to the county.â€ By 1965, replacing the bridge became a priority for Sarasota County, and the new 4-lane Stickney Point Bridge finally opened in 1968. Engineers call it a â€œbasculeâ€ bridge, meaning itâ€™s a drawbridge that can be quickly opened and closed for boat traffic. The bridge quickly became a favorite spot for fishing enthusiasts, and thereâ€™s even a bait and tackle shop on the Siesta Key side. Boaters, skiers, and windsurfers can be seen from the bridge almost every day of the year.
The Stickney Point Bridge is named after â€œUncleâ€ Ben Stickney (1842-1912), a Siesta Key pioneer and early settler who became legendary for his bighearted hospitality and for the huge parties and picnics held at his Siesta Key estate.
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