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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What are your plans for Earth Day in Sarasota? Get close with nature at Oscar Scherer State Park’s 25th annual Earth Day Festival!

Earth Day Festival at Oscar Scherer State Park, April 27th!Celebrate Earth Day in Sarasota at Oscar Scherer State Park’s 25th Annual Earth Day Festival!

Oscar Scherer is just 6 miles south of Sarasota and is a true local gem. The park is located just off US 41 but as soon as you leave the road you are back to nature in a beautiful flatwoods preserve, home to the pretty little blue and white Florida Scrub Jay.  It is the perfect place to get your fix of Florida wildlife and nature while on your vacation to the Sarasota area. You can enjoy fifteen miles of trails through the park that allow you to go hiking, bicycling, and wildlife viewing. One of my personal favorites is canoeing or kayaking for a few hours along South Creek, a blackwater stream that flows to the Gulf of Mexico. You can also go fishing along the creek or lake Osprey, which is also the park’s swimming area. It is easy to make a day trip out of the park with the picnic areas that line South Creek which are equipped with grills and pavilions for a fun family outside dinning experience.

25th Annual Earth Day Festival:
Sunday, April 27, 2014 from 10:00am – 4:00pm
This is event is one the whole family will love, especially the kids! There will be activities such as a coloring contest, storytelling, a puppet show; along with events that will satisfy the rest of the family including live music, food vendors, tram tours, information and craft booths, demonstrations, and a photo exhibit featuring local photographers. The best part is the park’s normal entrance fees will be waived on this date in celebration of Earth Day. FREE FAMILY FUN! It doesn’t get much better than that.

Celebrate Earth Day at Oscar Scherer State Park

Celebrate Earth Day at Oscar Scherer State Park in Sarasota, FL during the 25th Annual Earth Day Festival

 

 

 

 

Florida is home to a wealth of state parks and several are a nice day trip from Sarasota, you can check them out at:www.floridastateparks.org

Or let knowledgeable staff at Tropical Beach Resorts can suggest a fun day trip to one of the many other area parks and attractions during your visit to Siesta Key, Florida. Let us help you plan the island get-a-way of your dreams!

Tropical Beach Resorts
6717 Sarasea Circle
Sarasota, FL 34242
941-349-3330
Reservations 800-235-3493 –
www.tropicalbeachresorts.com

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Do you want to swim with manatees during your Florida vacation?

A beautiful Florida manatee resting

A beautiful Florida manatee resting

Do you want to swim with manatees during your Florida vacation?

Do you want to swim with manatees during your Florida vacation?

Get up close and personal to the gentle creatures!

Get up close and personal to the gentle creatures!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you want to swim with manatees during your stay in Florida?

Have you ever gotten up close and personal with a manatee? Well here is your chance! I have lived in Sarasota, FL for many years now and have always been telling people about the gentle, sea cows, but have never had the opportunity to go and swim with them.
We recently took the short drive up to Crystal River, FL and rented our own pontoon boat to go and explore the warm springs where the manatees had their own sanctuaries. It is about a 2.5 hr drive North up 75 for the trip, but is soooo worth it! Make sure to get your snorkel gear, wear a wetsuit and get your underwater camera! The springs are a little chilly for us humans, but they are the perfect temperature for the manatees while the gulf is heating up with the spring temperatures. The best time to view the manatees is in the winter months from November to March.  There are many different tour options, or you can be your own tour guide and take out kayaks or pontoon boats. But heed the speed advisories, these gentle manatees are always around and motor blade marks are evident on many of the creatures, so always be careful to  boat slowly and cautiously in these waters as well as any of the close to shore waters where the signage and inlets advise to do so.
The Florida Game and Wildlife Commission has set designated spots where no humans can enter, but can only observe these docile creatures in their natural habitat. In these sanctuaries, you will see so many manatees just floating, bobbing up and down and gently rolling about each other. The manatees are resting most of the time in the sanctuaries, but then there are many others which are outside and swimming about all through the river and its small canals. You will see large mama manatees swimming with their smaller babies right behind them, it’s truly an beautiful sight.
While snorkeling around these sanctuaries and through the river, manatees come right up beside you, brush past and keep swimming on like you are not even there! The law says you cannot touch them and you are not to be bothering them in their habitat, but you can get right up close to them and they’re not afraid of coming to visit! The animals are quite large though and at some points, the water was murky and you couldn’t see them coming, so don’t be surprised if they sneak right up beside you or underneath you….it’s just their space and you are in it!
You will also see an abundance of other fish and wildlife during your excursion. We saw sheepshead, snook, and many more tropically colored fish. There are also beautiful egrets, blue herons and other birds sailing through the air above.
Make sure to put this adventure on your list of things to do while visiting Florida, It is an activity that you will never forget and you will be talking about for a long time! These beautiful, graceful, yet at the same time cute and clumsy animals are a truly magical experience and will truly make you feel like one with nature.
Need directions and more information on visiting the manatees? Come speak with the local, knowledgeable staff at the front desk at Tropical Beach Resorts. We are happy to look up information, print out maps and any other helpful tidbits that will aid in your enjoyment of your precious vacation time.

Tropical Beach Resorts
6717 Sarasea Circle
Siesta Key, Fl 34242
www.tropicalbeachresorts.com

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Where can you and your children go for Easter on Siesta Key?

Easter Sunrise Service on Siesta Key

Easter Sunrise Service on Siesta Key

Siesta Key is home to several beautiful churches if you prefer a more traditional service:
St Boniface Episcopal Church
5615 Midnight Pass Rd, Sarasota, FL 34242
www.bonifacechurch.org

St Michael the Archangel Catholic Church
5394 Midnight Pass Road
Sarasota, FL 34242
www.stmichaelssiesta.com

Siesta Key Chapel-Presbyterian
4615 Gleason Ave, Sarasota, FL 34242
www.siestakeychapel.org

The Easter Bunny visits Siesta Key!

The Easter Bunny visits Siesta Key!

 

If your little ones are looking for some Easter fun, the 14th Annual Easter Egg Hunt & Games on Siesta Key for kids ages 1 – 6 takes place April 19, 2014. Siesta Key Oyster Bar is sponsoring the event this year. Sign the kids up to this event for face painting, Easter egg hunting, goodie bags, fire truck tours and more family fun; but, do it quick because there are only 125 spots! The festivities will take place at Beach Access point #5 at Beach Road and Ocean Blvd from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.  Tickets are $10 and each child will receive an Easter Bunny or stuffed toy, goody bag and participate in an Easter Egg hunt for eggs stuffed with prizes. The rest of the family will enjoy the trip to the beach too with trolley rides around the key. So mark the date on your calendar, April 19, and sign up through instructions on this link:  http://www.siestakeyvillage.org/images/pdf/easter_registration_2014.pdf

 

 Tropical Beach Resorts on Siesta Key will have an Easter Egg Hunt at 9:00 a.m on April 20, 2014 for all the kids staying at the resort this Easter vacation!  See the front desk for more information on this! Let the knowledgeable staff at Tropical Beach Resorts suggest more fun activities for kids during your visit to Siesta Key, Florida. Let us help you plan the island get-a-way of your dreams!

Tropical Beach Resorts
6717 Sarasea Circle
Sarasota, FL 34242
941-349-3330
Reservations 800-235-3493 –
www.tropicalbeachresorts.com

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Time to Tee Up? Sarasota is home to a wide range of spectacular golf courses.

Sarasota is home to a wide range of spectacular golf courses!!

Expansive greens and golf courses for every budget and skill level

Sarasota is home to a wide range of spectacular golf courses!

 

Want to take a day off from the beach but still enjoy the gorgeous Sarasota weather? Why not play a round of golf at one Sarasota’s superior courses! The county is home to over 60 golf courses ranging from the budget friendly public courses, like Bobby Jones, to swanky private courses with big greens fees… and lots of options in between. Growing up in Sarasota with tons of country clubs and choices to play a round, learning a little about the game is just par for the course! My dad outfitted me with the cutest purple golf bag full of miniature sized clubs and took me out to the range to hit balls and even a to a few par 3 courses. Unfortunately, I never ended up being too great at it, but a day on the golf course with your dad is always the best! My father on the other hand, though definitely not a pro, really enjoys golfing and takes advantage of the excellent golf courses we have in town. From his local insight and my past experiences I have chosen three really enjoyable golf courses for those vacationers who want an outing away from the beach on their vacation to Sarasota or Siesta Key.

TIP: Most local courses offer discounted fees in the late afternoon! Whether you want to save a little money or enjoy the beach in the morning, take full advantage of better rates later in the day for your tee time.

Stoneybrook Golf and Country Club:

Stoneybrook Golf and Country Club

Stoneybrook Golf and Country Club

 

This Arthur Hills designed golf course is located just ten minutes from Siesta Key. The par 72 layout permits players of all skill levels but is best for those with a bit of experience. It is a challenging course with water hazards and natural wetlands, but is also one of the most beautiful courses in town. The course consists of Bermuda grass fairways and Tiffeagle Ultra Dwarf greens. The GPS on the carts will stop you from going too close to the greens and will send you a message if you’re running behind time. Didn’t bring your clubs? Don’t fret you can rent them on sight!

8801 Stoneybrook Boulevard
Sarasota, FL 34238
Phone: (941) 966-2711

Calusa Lakes Golf Club:

Calusa Lakes Golf Club

Calusa Lakes Golf Club

 

Calusa Lakes gives you the true Florida feel with its course that twists through a diversity of Florida landscape and wildlife, while also providing a mid-Atlantic feel with the many pine and oak trees. There are multiple lakes around, though the course is still player friendly. You will find new Champion Grass greens as well as enjoyable rolling fairways and fair landing areas that are made to accommodate players of all abilities. You can also rent your clubs and cart while there. This location is a few minutes further away from the Key, but it’s a fantastic golf course to check out!
1995 Calusa Lakes Blvd
Nokomis, FL 34275
Phone: (941) 484-8995

 

 

Misty Creek Country Club:

Misty Creek Country Club

Misty Creek Country Club

At Misty Creek Country Club, you can “golf in nature’s backyard”. This golf course is very unique in that it is the only course in Southwest Florida that is on a wildlife preserve with resident bald eagles. Not to mention, it is a championship golf course where almost every fairway is bordered on one or both sides by oak forests. This course is for serious golfers! It is a par 72 course with four sets of tees. Some wildlife you might see is deer, bobcats, wild boar, alligators and a variety of bird species. Here you can enjoy your golfing while experiencing the nature Florida has to offer.
8954 Misty Creek Dr.
Sarasota, FL 34241
Phone: (941) 922-2188

 

The knowledgeable staff at Tropical Beach Resorts can suggest the right course for you or help you with additional information and tee times during your visit to Siesta Key, Florida. Let us help you plan the island get-a-way of your dreams!

Tropical Beach Resorts
6717 Sarasea Circle
Sarasota, FL 34242
941-349-3330
Reservations 800-235-3493 –
www.tropicalbeachresorts.com

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Do you plan on bringing your dog with you on vacation?

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, a dog-friendly park, in Sarasota, FL

Bird Key Park, a dog-friendly park, in Sarasota, FL

 

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
34236

 

 

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:

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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
941-349-3330
Reservations 800-235-3493 –
www.tropicalbeachresorts.com

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Could you take our picture on Sarasota’s Bayfront?

A picture with the Unconditional Surrender, the Famous WWII “Kissing Sailor” Statue, is a Sarasota Tradition

The Unconditional Surrender sculpture, the 'kissing sailor' is a great spot for a picture

Make sure to stop by on Sarasota’s Bayfront park to enjoy the art sculptures and get your picture taken!

Looking for a fun side-trip with the perfect picture taking spot? Standing tall and proud on the Sarasota bay front is the 26-foot tall Unconditional Surrender sculpture and getting your picture taken at its feet, kissing or not, is a Sarasota tradition. The statue is located at Bayfront Park, a lovely little peninsula of land at the edge of the downtown area with waterfront restaurants and walking paths. The Unconditional Surrender Statue is a recreation of the famous kissing picture that was on the cover of Life Magazine in 1945, the year of the end of World War II. This statue first popped into the Sarasota scene in 2005 and reappeared in 2009 when a US Navy World War II veteran offered a $500,000 grant to ensure it would stand proud to greet visitors, and as fun and positive to make sure veterans like him would not be forgotten.

Many people stop for their own picture opportunity

Eleven men and three women reported to Life Magazine that they were the infamous kissers of the photograph and more recently the inspiration for the Unconditional Surrender statue. One of these men was George Mendoca, who was identified by the Naval War College in August, 2005 as the kisser by matching his scars and tattoos to those in the photo. This was done by experts at the Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories (MERL) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. George’s story leading up to the photograph goes as follows: George was on a date with a cousin to his brother-in-law. This women, Rita, and George had met at a barbecue and George said it was love at first sight. They were at Radio City Music Hall when they heard people banging on the doors from the street screaming that the war is over! With the news that the Japanese had surrendered the two ran out into times square with the rest of the crowds. George laid eyes on a woman he thought was a nurse, grabbed her, leaned her back, and kissed her with everyone standing only feet away. George thought so highly of the nurses who took care of wounded service men that he said grabbing her was just instinctive. The women he thought was a nurse was actually a dental hygienist named Greta Friedman, who dashed from the office when she heard the good news and was unexpectedly dipped into a kiss.

This is the original picture of the 'kissing sailor'

the actual cover on the LIFE Magazine that made history

Another man, Glenn McDuffie alleged in 2007 that he was the subject of the photograph. Houston Police Department’s forensic artist Lois Gibson analyzed the picture for key facial features to match to current pictures. She came to the conclusion that it was indeed McDuffie, who also passed polygraph tests confirming his claim. His story is that he was on the subway to Brooklyn and came out at Times Square where there was immense excitement in the street with the news that the Japanese had surrendered. He realized his brother who was a war prisoner would soon be released. He claims a nurse held open arms to him, so he ran to her and kissed her long enough so that the photographer could take their picture. On McDuffie’s 81st birthday he was recognized as the “Kissing Sailor” during a Houston Astros and New York Mets game at Minute Maid Park. McDuffie passed away just this past Friday, March 14, 2014. More information on McDuffie’s story and more here: http://life.time.com/history/v-j-day-kiss-in-times-square-and-other-celebrations-august-14-1945/#1

Many have claimed to be the 'kissing sailor' in the iconic picture

Many have claimed to be the ‘kissing sailor’ in the Unconditional Surrender sculpture on Sarasota’s Bayfront, but it was confirmed that McDuffie was the real deal!

Looking for local attractions and places of interest? The knowledgeable staff at Tropical Beach Resorts can suggest lots of fun sites to see during your visit to Siesta Key, Florida. Let us help you plan the island get-a-way of your dreams!

Tropical Beach Resorts
6717 Sarasea Circle
Sarasota, FL 34242
941-349-3330
Reservations 800-235-3493 –
www.tropicalbeachresorts.com

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Have you ever seen the ‘Green Flash’ at sunset on Siesta Key?

Have you ever seen the ‘Green Flash’ at sunset or even sunrise on Siesta Key?

the green flash

The green flash is a naturally occurring phenomenon

There’s an old Florida legend that says if you are watching sunset at just the right time, you just may see a green flash. But as it happens, the green flash is a natural phemonemon!

Here’s what Wikipedia says: “Green flashes and green rays are optical phenomena that sometimes occur right after sunset or right before sunrise. When the conditions are right, a green spot is visible above the upper rim of the disk of the sun. The green appearance usually lasts for no more than a second or two. Sometimes (rarely) the green flash can resemble a green ray shooting up from the sunset (or sunrise) point. Green flashes occur because the atmosphere can cause the light from the sun to separate out into different colors. Green flashes are a group of phenomena which stem from slightly different causes, and therefore some types of green flashes are more common than others.

Lots of people will claim that they have seen the green flash at sunset, but they are tricky to find and don’t happen all the time. While there is no optimal condition that will guarantee a green flash sighting, a green flash is best observed with a clear view of the horizon and in an area that is free of pollution. It is more likely to see a green flash when there is visibility of several miles, almost to the point of the curvature of the earth, and the sky is cloudless.

Green flash sightings frequently occur at the ocean, where more of the atmosphere is visible and the line of sight is virtually parallel to the horizon. Prairies also have the appropriate conditions for a green flash sighting. One popular but inaccurate explanation attributes green flashes to the sun shining through the waves on the ocean. However, the light entering a wave is bent downward, into the water and cannot escape.

Another common misconception is that a green flash is afterimage, a result of the saturation of the red cones in the human retina or that it was an enduring image that remained after the sun had set. But sightings of the green flash at sunrise made both of these ideas implausible.

Siesta Key has some of the most brilliantly colored sunsets, expansive rays of glowing reds, golds, oranges, pinks, purples, and blues, and also reflecting clouds with clear skies. Sunsets are quite the event on Siesta Key with crowds of people flocking to the beach to see the sunset every evening. After the sun sets, you’ll hear a variety of celebrations occur. Some people clap, cheer, some play music, while others sound off an airhorn. Whatever the celebration, it is an event not to be missed while visiting this special island. Don’t forget your camera and your own type of celebration!

What’s the best thing to do for sunset viewing? Walk to the beach from Tropical Beach Resorts!! With just a short walk from the hotel, the cool, white sand is waiting for your enjoyment! The hotel provides beach chairs and beach towels for you to take to the beach, so you can spend time enjoying the beautiful views!


Tropical Beach Resorts

6717 Sarasea Circle
Siesta Key, FL 34242

941-349-3330

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Your seaside vacation in Sarasota would not be complete without a sightseeing or sunset cruise

Your seaside vacation in Sarasota would not be complete without a tropical day sightseeing tour or sunset cruise

LeBarge Tropical Cruises in Sarasota, FL

LeBarge Tropical Cruises in Sarasota, FL. Complete with palm trees!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking for a way to enjoy the beautiful waters and tranquil atmosphere of Sarasota bay without getting your feet wet? A Sarasota tradition for over 30 years, the tropical day-cruise ship LeBarge offers visitors and locals alike a fun way to see and appreciate our bay. Relax and take in the sight of frolicking dolphins, beautiful waterfront homes and the gorgeous water views. Enjoy a light bite of food and a cool drink while and learning a bit about the folklore and history of Sarasota in the truly tropical atmosphere of LeBarge. This floating paradise with its huge live palm trees and eager sightseers/wildlife watchers is a well-known sight for Sarasotans… it’s customary to exchange a wave with the boaters on board. If you love dolphins, sightseeing or live entertainment on the water then at least one of the cruises the LeBarge holds will make your visit to Sarasota that much more special! The LeBarge offers three different types of cruise each ranging between $20 and $28: dolphin and manatee watch cruise, sightseeing and nature cruise, and tropical sunset cruise – one is certain to top off your Sarasota beach get-a-away.

Dolphin and manatee cruise

Dolphin and manatee cruise

Dolphin and Manatee watch cruise: GREAT FOR KIDS!
This cruise departs at 11am for a two-hour tour hosted by a Mote Marine trained marine biologist who will teach you and the family about our local population of over 120 bottlenose dolphins, and also during season, manatees. The Sarasota Bay Dolphin Research Program is the longest ongoing dolphin study in the world, so it is the perfect place to observe these amazing marine mammals. You are guaranteed a dolphin or manatee sighting, so do not miss out on your chance to see them while you visit Sarasota.

Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays
(Tues., Wed., Thurs., Fri. & Sat. in season)
Ticket prices:
$25 for adults
$20 for children 4-12
Children 3 and under are free

Sightseeing and Nature Cruise:
On this two hour cruise along the shoreline of Sarasota Bay you can sit back and relax as you pass by gorgeous waterfront homes and local wildlife while you learn about the history of Sarasota. Not to mention you can sip on your favorite cocktail or have a bite to eat from the menu provided. The view is much different from the water than what you see walking on land, and you will get to see one of local’s favorite parts about living in Sarasota, being on the water! Experience the beach from the other side and maybe even run into a few dolphins.

Cruise departs at 2pm
Tuesday-Sunday and daily in season
Ticket prices:
$25 for adults
$20 for children 4-12
Children 3 and under are free

LeBarge Tropical Cruises in Sarasota, FL

Sunset Cruise

Tropical Sunset Cruise:
You might have experienced a Sarasota sunset, but I bet you haven’t seen the view of it from the water. The LeBarge is most well-known for this evening cruise that includes live entertainment, drinks, food, dolphin spotting and even a Conga line or two! You can do a little dancing or just sit back and relax as the sun sets below the water right in front your eyes.

Cruise departs between 5pm and 7pm depending on the time of year and the time of sunset. Boarding and live entertainment start a half hour before cruise time.
Tickets:
$28 per person
Children 3 and under are free

For more information or reservations visit www.lebargetropicalcruises.com or call 941-366-6116.

Tropical Sunset cruise in Sarasota, FL

Watch the brilliant colors slowly dissolve into the gulf horizon on your cruise through Sarasota Bay!

 

 

 

 

The knowledgeable staff at Tropical Beach Resorts can suggest the perfect day cruise or one of the many other area attractions during your visit to Siesta Key, Florida. Let us help you plan the island get-a-way of your dreams!

Tropical Beach Resorts
6717 Sarasea Circle
Sarasota, FL 34242
941-349-3330
Reservations 800-235-3493 –
www.tropicalbeachresorts.com

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