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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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!


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6717 Sarasea Circle
Siesta Key, FL 34242

941-349-3330

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Ever wonder why Siesta Key has such amazing sugar white sand?

Siesta Key White Sand

What makes Siesta Key sand so white

The sugar white sand of Siesta Key explained:

Siesta Key White Sand

What makes Siesta Key sand so white?

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 KeyŠ 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.

check out this white sandman!

None of that cold snow here, the only white, fluffy stuff is Siesta Key sand!

 

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
the making.

Sugar white sands of Siesta Key

Sugar white sandy shores on Siesta Key, FL

Siesta Key white sand

The sand feels like cool, powdered sugar between your toes!

 

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
1-800-235-3493.

Tropical Beach Resorts
6717 Sara Sea Circle
Siesta Key, Sarasota FL 34242
941-349-3330
800-235-3493

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Renew your vows on Siesta Key this Valentine’s Day

Register today to “Say I Do Again” while renewing your vows on Siesta Key… The #1 Beach in America!

Siest-Key-Beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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The New Year Resolution you must keep!

Make time to relax and take care of you!

Make time to relax and take care of you!

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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How should we celebrate our anniversary in Sarasota?

Draw your own heart in the white sands at Tropical Beach Resorts on beautiful, Siesta Key, FL

Draw your own heart in the white sands at Tropical Beach Resorts on beautiful, Siesta Key, FL

How should we celebrate our anniversary in Sarasota?

Sarasota is incredibly romantic. From its award-winning sun swept shores to lively calendar of performing arts, there are many ways to celebrate your special occasion. A beach getaway is always an excellent choice for that special anniversary celebration.  There may be nothing that is more romantic than strolling hand-in-hand on world-famous Crescent Beach at sunset.

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. For a more intimate anniversary, prepare a meal in your stylish kitchen… Crescent Market delivers fresh groceries right to your door! You may also select from ready-made meals, and their wine selection is unparalleled. Go a little wild. Order everything from lollicakes to floral bouquets. The possibilities for romance are endless.

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. Start planning now! 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”.

Our staff can help you create a dreamy itinerary. Here’s just one of many reviews on Trip Advisor. This from a couple who recently celebrated their anniversary with us:

“This place was definitely everything everyone else described it as. My husband and I were just there this past weekend for our anniversary and we could not have asked for more. The room was perfect, clean, cozy… I could go on and on… The staff, Buddy and Stephanie were extremely friendly, helpful on anything we needed. Very accommodating. All of their recommendations were right on the money. Finally, the location was PERFECT… We will definitely go back again next year. Thank you to all at Tropical Beach Resort for making this anniversary unforgettable…”

You’re sure to create a lifetime of memories. Reserve your dates today. Happy anniversary!

Tropical  Beach Resorts
6717 Sarasea Circle
Sarasota, FL 34242
941-349-3330
 
www.tropicalbeachresorts.com
 
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Celebrating an Anniversary in Sarasota, FL?

Draw your own heart in the white sands at Tropical Beach Resorts on beautiful, Siesta Key, FL

Draw your own heart in the white sands at Tropical Beach Resorts on beautiful, Siesta Key, FL

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

www.tropicalbeachresorts.com

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Tropical Beach Resorts is Giving Thanks This 2013 Holiday Season

Thanksgiving 2013

Thanksgiving definition

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.  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.  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.  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.  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!

Siesta Key Crystal Classic

Siesta Key Crystal Classic

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 discussions between master sand sculptor and Siesta Key resident Brian Wigelsworth and representatives of the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Sarasota 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 sands  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.

Founding partners:

MOTE Aquarium

Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce

Sarasota Chamber of Commerce

Sandlubbers

Sarasota County

 

Tropical Beach Resorts

6717 Sarasea Circle

Siesta Key, FL 34242

941-349-3330

800-235-3493

www.tropicalbeachresorts.com

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What and where is the best resort or hotel in Siesta Key, Sarasota, FL?

What and where is the best resort in Siesta Key, Sarasota, FL?
Siesta Key

Everyone loves the surf, sand and sunshine on Siesta Key, Sarasota, FL. What resort or hotel to choose?

Let’s first start by answering this question: What is the definition of a resort?
Google answers: re·sort riˈzôrt/noun: resort; plural noun: resorts
1)A place that is a popular destination for vacations or recreation, or which is frequented for a particular purpose. vacation spot, tourist center, vacationland; retreat; spa; onsen; “a seaside resort”
Wikipedia says: 
1)A resort is a place used for relaxation or recreation, attracting visitors for vacations and/or tourism.

Well, my definition is sure similar to these! When I think of a resort, I think of adjectives like relaxing, blissful, entertaining, fantastic, and the best. I always want to make the best decision for me, my family, my time, and my money.
Because Siesta Key was rated  the #1 Beach in America by Dr. Beach, it is not hard to decide that this destination is the one to pick. Stephen Leatherman, aka Dr. Beach is “America’s Foremost Beach Expert,” and he chooses the top beaches using an array of 50 different criteria, some of  which include: sand texture, sand color, water color, amenities, and public safety, just to name a few.
So, now that we have our destination down, it’s time to pick a place to rest our heads and hearts after a long day in the beautiful Siesta Key white sand, sun and surf. Important factors for choosing the best resort are location, room quality, customer service and value. TripAdvisor is always a good source to find unbiased traveler opinions for different hotels and resorts. It can be a great  place to start. Sort the resorts based on ratings and price.  Look for  available amenities that may be of importance to you, such as  free wifi, daily housekeeping, complimentary beach towels, fully- equipped kitchens, IPod docking stations, barbeque grills, etc.
Tropical Beach Resorts is a very highly rated resort property on Siesta Key that provides its guests with all these amenities and more, as well as high- quality, clean, and generously appointed accommodations. The location can’t be beat — just steps from the sugar- white sands of Crescent Beach and also right across the street  from the Crescent Village, which is home to a variety of tourist shops, restaurants and other conveniences. 
Tropical Beach Resorts
6717 SaraSea Circle
Siesta Key, Sarasota, FL 34242
941-349-3330
800-235-3493

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