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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We all know that Siesta Key is known for having the#1 beach in the USA, but did you know that Sarasota also has the highest concentrations of ZagatÂ®-rated restaurants in Florida?
We are so truly blessed to be in such a wonderful city full of these amazing restaurants and thanks to Visit Sarasota County’s Savor Sarasota Week, these restaurants feature some extra special goodies at an amazing price! Guests can enjoy a multi-course delight for a fraction of the cost.Â Lunch is served at $15 per person, and dinner is only $29 per person.Â So during your visit to our Siesta Key hotel, make sure to take advantage of all that Siesta Key and Sarasota has to offer!
The event runs June 1-June 14th and can be taken advantage of at a few restaurants right here on Siesta Key! These local places are Miguel’s, Ophelia’s on the Bay, Siesta Key Oyster Bar, Eat Here and BluQue Island Grill.Â So call up the SunRide Pedicab at 941-343-3400 and make your way to one of these amazing restaurants!
A full list of participating restaurants is listed below:
62 Bistrot , Harryâ€™s Continental Kitchens, Barnacle Billâ€™s Seafood,Â Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse, Bijou Cafe,Â Lavanda,Â Blue Rooster, Libbyâ€™s Cafe & Bar, BluQue Island Grill , Â Mattisonâ€™s City Grille, Cafe Americano , Â Mattisonâ€™s Forty-One, CafÃ© Amici,Â Michaelâ€™s On East
Cafe Baci,Â Miguelâ€™s,Â CafÃ© Lâ€™Europe, Mozaic, Cafe Venice Restaurant & Wine Bar,Â Opheliaâ€™s On the Bay, Caragiulos,Â Pattigeorgeâ€™s, Chart House ,Â Polo Grill and Bar, Cosimoâ€™s Restaurant & Catering,Â Pomona Bistro & Wine Bar , Crowâ€™s Nest,Â Roesslerâ€™s Restaurant, Currents Restaurant,Â Royâ€™s Hawaiian Fusion, Darwinâ€™s on 4th , Â Salute! Dry Dock Waterfront Grill, Â Sangria Tapas Bar, Duvalâ€™s New World Cafe ,Â Â Savory Street, Eat Here , Selva Grill, Euphemia Haye Restaurant, Siesta Key Oyster Bar, Flemingâ€™s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar,Â Super Nova Cafe, H20 Bistro, Â Â Ziti
For more information, check out : http://www.savorsarasota.com/
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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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