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?
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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

http://www.tropicalbeachresorts.com
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Siesta Key Paddleboard Time!

SUP on Siesta Key

SUP w/ Studio Rubylake on Siesta Key. Stand Up Paddleboard

Stand Up Paddleboarding,(SUP), is quickly becoming one of the most popular sports on Siesta Key! Recently, I decided to try paddle boarding myself. I wanted to be able to share a first- hand experience with our interested Tropical Beach Resort guests. Let me start by saying, I don’t think anyone would use the word “athletic” when describing me, and I can’t ever recall being referred to as graceful in my lifetime. Don’t get me wrong, I like to play outside and have fun… but I was seriously wondering if I would be falling off my SUP in the first five minutes. I called a couple of my friends (also fun- loving middle-aged women) that had never gone paddle boarding before and asked them if they would take a leap of faith, grab a couple boards, and hit the calm beautiful Sarasota waters with me while we made a video. We decided to take a popular Siesta Key instructor with us on this journey who quickly taught us the ins and outs of SUP, and offered to give us a private Pilates class on the water. Courtney Kees, from Studio RubyLake, immediately put us at ease, and we began to trust very quickly that we had a pretty good chance of staying on our boards. One of the first things I noticed was how spectacular our views were as we were standing up tall, spotting dolphins. I found my experience to be exciting and yet peaceful at the same time. It dawned on me that this was actually a really great way to get a super overall workout. Paddle boarding makes us use our balance and strength to remain upright while we propel ourselves in the water. This means that we are truly using almost every muscle at some point while still being gentle on our bodies. (Taking it easy on the joints and knees, thank-you!) Cardio fitness is said to greatly improve with SUP, and although I have not been doing it long enough to confirm this, I can confirm that it’s a great core workout and has helped me increase my balance.

My girlfriends and I really loved practicing Pilates on our boards. It definitely added some extra balance to the activity. The ambiance of being on the water along with the sunshine made the experience feel a lot more like fun than exercise.

The verdict came in quickly that we could not wait to schedule our next “paddle board girl- time”. Honestly, I don’t see us entering the next local paddle board race in October (http://www.sarasotasupseries.com), or spending 1,000’s of dollars on high end paddle board gear. I don’t think we will be finding ourselves discovered as local Paddle board celebrities, and it’s also unlikely that we will be featuring our “Pilates-Paddleboard six- pack abs” in future videos. However, it is very likely that we will be putting on the sunscreen, packing a little cooler, and taking advantage of paddle boarding in beautiful Sarasota as a regular pastime. We found a new sport we love and let’s be honest…. our roller blades have collected dust for a long time. We needed to find this sport.. we love it and we are actually working out and having a lot of fun!

If you are interested in renting paddleboards on Siesta Key contact Siesta Sport Rentals at www.siestasportrentals.com TIP: Point of Rocks has many beautiful rock formations and colorful fish.

If you would like to take a Pilates paddleboard class contact Studio RubyLake at www.studiorubylake.com

Guests staying at Tropical Beach Resorts can also have paddleboards dropped off right at the beach. Go ahead.. Dare to be a little adventurous… Encounter dolphins, manatees, and schools of fish while getting a full body workout while walking on water!

Tropical Beach Resorts 6717 Sara Sea Circle Siesta Key Sarasota FL 34242 Reservations (800)-235-3493 www.tropicalbeachresorts.com

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Tropical Beach Resorts on Siesta Key wins 2013 Trip Advisor Excellence Award

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Tropical Beach Resort receives 2013 Certificate of Excellence- 2013 award

CONTACT: Dawn Bear, GM
Tropical Beach Resorts
6717 Sara Sea Circle
Siesta Key, Sarasota FL 34242
941-349-3330
www.tropicalbeachresorts.com

TROPICAL BEACH RESORTS ON SIESTA KEY IN SARASOTA, FLORIDA EARNS 2013 TRIPADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE

Honored as a Top Performing Siesta Key Beach Resort as Reviewed by Travelers on the World’s Largest Travel Site

Sarasota, Florida 13th, August,– Tropical Beach Resorts, Siesta Key beach located in Sarasota, announced today that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only the top-performing 10 percent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.

To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor, and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.

Tropical Beach Resorts is pleased to receive a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence,” said Dawn Bear, General Manager at Tropical Beach Resorts. “We strive to offer our guests a truly magical experience, and this accolade is evidence that our hard work is translating into positive reviews on TripAdvisor.”

“TripAdvisor is delighted to celebrate the success of businesses around the globe, from Sydney to Chicago, Sao Paulo to Rome, which are consistently offering Trip Advisor travelers a great customer experience,” said Alison Copus, Vice President of Marketing for TripAdvisor for Business. “The Certificate of Excellence award provides top performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most – their customers.”

Tropical Beach Resorts
Tropical Beach Resorts operates at Tropical Shores, Tropical Sun, and the Sara Sea Resort located at the shores of Crescent Beach on Siesta Key offering private beach access, heated pools, complimentary beach yoga classes, full kitchens, tiki hut bbq grills, free wifi, ipod docking stations, and much more.
©2013 TripAdvisor, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Siesta Key Resort Wins 2013 Best of Sarasota Award

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Tropical Shores Beach, A Siesta Key Resort, Receives 2013 Best of Sarasota Award

Sarasota Award Program Honors the Achievement

SARASOTA August 6, 2013 — Tropical Shores Beach Resort, a Siesta Key resort, in Sarasota, Florida has been selected for the 2013 Best of Sarasota Award in the Hotels & Motels category by the Sarasota Award Program.

Each year, the Sarasota Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Sarasota area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2013 Sarasota Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Sarasota Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Sarasota Award Program

The Sarasota Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Sarasota area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices. They have also implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Sarasota Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Sarasota Award Program

For more information contact

Tropical Beach Resorts
6717 Sara Sea Circle
Siesta Key, Sarasota Florida 34242
800-235-3493
www.tropicalbeachresorts.com

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Tropical Beach Resorts, a Siesta Key resort, earns 2013 Best Award

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Let the Siesta Key sand help you reduce stress and strengthen your muscles through yoga and SUP!

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Yoga on the Crescent Beach with the Siesta Key sand is an experience you won’t forget

Tropical Beach Resorts understands that our guests come to Siesta Key to feel good and to help alleviate stress. The Siesta Key sand is like no other beach around and you will be drawn to the special sand for years to come. We  strive to ensure  the ultimate vacation experience by offering premier accommodations and exceptional customer service that makes you feel like a star.  To further enhance your vacation experience, we offer complimentary beach yoga every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday on Crescent Beach in Sarasota, Florida. There is nothing like the cool, clean Siesta Key sand to experience a morning of invigorating yoga!

Practicing yoga on Crescent Beach in Sarasota, Florida offers many benefits including using the sand to help support the strength of secondary muscles, reduce stress, increase balance,  and  allow the fresh air and sunlight to help restore the body.
Even if you are a beginner, but feeling slightly more adventurous, we encourage our guests to try SUP yoga through Studio Rubylake. SUP (Stand up paddle board) yoga classes cost $30.00 and can make your work out more intense because your balance will be improved to avoid falling off the board.
So whether you decide to try SUP on Siesta Key or use the crystal white sand to help relax you and strengthen your muscles,  we look forward to practicing yoga with you this weekend.
“There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophies.”
For reservations at Tropical Beach Resorts please call us toll-free at 1-800-235-3493
For more information on SUP yoga classes please contact Studio Rubylake at rubylake@verizon.net

“Enjoy the sand, sunshine, and feel like a star on Siesta Key….” – Dawn Bear, General Manager Tropical Beach Resorts

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Why Siesta Key is the perfect destination for your next vacation!

Siesta Beach #1 Beach
Siesta Beach #1 Beach

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.   This gorgeous barrier island is perfect for relaxing and enjoying some real quality time!  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 “Top 10 Beaches in the World”. Smack-dab- in the center of Crescent Beach is… the “public beach” known as Siesta Beach where Dr. Steve Leatherman, a.k.a. “Dr. Beach” awarded it… The #1 Ranking… above all other beaches in the U.S…. including Hawaii!  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.  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 Channel’s Best Beaches in America show featured Siesta Key as the Best Sand Beach…on the planet!  Even Florida Trend Magazine has named Siesta Beach “The Best Beach” 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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The 4th of July holiday brings loads of excitement and activities to Siesta Key, Sarasota!

4th of July holiday brings Suncoast Offshore and 9 days  of exciting events!

4th of July holiday brings Suncoast Offshore and 9 days of exciting events!

What words come to mind when you think of the 4th of July holiday?  We think of words like spectacular, amazing, exhilarating!  Out on Siesta Key, it’s very much the same wording, but we like to add community, and  maybe even superfloridasandelicious (yes one of our guests made that up and we think it’s a perfect description of  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!  There are 9 day that are packed full of events. The Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix brings in crowds from all over boasting  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’re  planning to come to our little Gulf  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,  July 4th on Siesta Key is the place to be.   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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Siesta Key, Sarasota Average Gulf Water Temp and Beach Flag Info

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Trying to plan your next trip to Siesta Key and you’re not sure what to pack? Or whether you’ll be swimming in the Gulf? Well, this average gulf water temp guide and beach flag information just might give you a little hand!Of course the weather is always unpredictable, but this table below gives you a general idea of what the amazing
Siesta Key weather may have in store for your next beach vacation.

 Air temperatures are moderated year round by Gulf water temperatures, especially on the beach.  We are on the World Famous Crescent Beach and the sugary white sands always stay cool, but the water temps and air temps fluctuate according to the time of year.

 

Here are some helpful hints on deciphering the flags flying above the lifeguard stands when you venture onto the beach and want to  go into the water.

 

Like everyone else who loves the beach, you should understand what the safety flags along Florida’s coast mean. The uniform flags, which use the colors adopted by the International Lifesaving Federation, are designed to eliminate confusion for beachgoers.

 

Flag warnings and colors are:

 

  • Green: Low hazard, calm conditions, exercise caution.
  • Yellow: Medium hazard, moderate surf and/or currents.
  • Red: High hazard, high surf and/or strong currents.
  • Red over Red (two red flags): Water closed to the public.
  • Purple: Dangerous marine life.

 

And remember, always swim near a lifeguard!

 

Sarasota, FL average air and Gulf water temperatures (degrees Fahrenheit):

 

 

Month

Air Average High

Air Average Low

Gulf Water

January

73.7

48.2

64

February

75.6

49.4

65

March

80.8

54.6

72

April

85.8

57.3

76

May

90.4

62.9

81

June

91.5

68.8

85

July

92.2

70.7

87

August

92.1

71.6

87

September

91.0

70.8

85

October

86.4

64.0

80

November

80.4

56.3

72

December

75.2

50.4

66

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The time to fish in Sarasota and Siesta Key is now!

Early summer fishing in Sarasota and its surrounding areas has been fantastic so far this year! Charter fishing captains and local anglers alike continue to regularly report a wide variety of species being caught in the bays and off the beaches.

In shore, we’ve seen a noticeable amount of decent sized Snook along with the abundance of Spotted Sea Trout and Red Fish regularly encountered throughout Sarasota Bay. The off shore reefs continue to produce a good catch and release Grouper bite as well and it’s not uncommon to encounter large Cobia and King Mackerel while free lining live bait in the surrounding areas.

Tarpon Season is also setting into full motion and as the massive schools of fish begin migrating up and down the beaches it’s hard for any dedicated angler to think of anything else. The hunt and hopeful catch of these enormous fish provide an experience unlike anything most people have ever encountered before and shoSarasota Tarpon Fishinguld not be missed!

 

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