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How many rooms does the resort have?
There are a total of 70 units spread over five building all located within Sara Sea Circle on the South end of Siesta Key. Tropical Sun offers 18 rooms, Tropical Shores offers 30 rooms, and the Sara Sea Resort offers 22 rooms. Do you have adjoining rooms? No we do not have any rooms with interconnecting doors.
Do you accept pets?
We have a limited number of pet friendly rooms on the property. Manager's approval is required. There is a non-refundable pet fee of $50.00. Animals are not allowed on the beach, or on any neighboring properties, and cannot be left unattended in your room unless they are in a kennel or carrier.
How many floors are there in your hotel?
All accommodations at the Sara Sea Resort and Tropical Sun are single story, private entrance. Tropical Shores offers all primary ground floor accommodations with a few second floor units. If a ground floor accommodation in needed, please contact the hotel directly so that we can ensure your needs.
Do your rooms have patios or balconies?
All of our rooms have exterior corridors and their own private parking spot. There are not per say patios, however, there is a covered overhang over every room, and outside each room is a bistro table and two comfortable patio chairs that encourages you to sit outside and enjoy the beautiful scenery. How far are you from the beach? Tropical Beach Resorts is located within two minute walk from the 2011 #1 Beach in the Nation! There are no roads to cross to get to the beach.. we offer direct beach access. All apartments offer a garden view, not a beach view. We are located at the Shores of World Famous Crescent Beach just steps for the World's Whitest Finest Sand.
Are you on the same side of the street as the beach?
Yes, we are on the same side of the street as the beach, there are no roads to cross to get to the sand. Are you “beachfront?” No, we are not beachfront, and you do not see the water from any of our rooms.
What is the view from the rooms?
Most of our rooms offer lush, tropical garden views.
What is your cancellation policy?
For a reservation between the months of February thru April, we have a 7 day prior cancellation policy. Anytime after a reservation is made and guaranteed with a deposit, cancellation is subject to a $75.00 cancellation fee. If cancellation occurs within the 7 days prior to your arrival, the guaranteed deposit is non-refundable. For a reservation between the months of May-January, we have a 3 day prior cancellation policy. Anytime after a reservation is made and guaranteed with a deposit, cancellation is subject to a $25.00 cancellation fee. If cancellation occurs within the 3 days prior to your arrival, the guaranteed deposit is non-refundable. What is the deposit amount required to guarantee a reservation? A deposit of one night room and tax is required to secure reservation dates.
When is the balance due?
Payments for remaining balances are due upon arrival at the hotel.
What forms of payment do you accept?
For an advance reservation we accept: MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover Card. We also accept check payment for reservation made at least 1 month in advance. At the time of check in, we only accept: MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover, cash or travelers checks.
Is a credit card required?
A credit card is not required, however, without a credit card, a photocopy of a valid drivers license and a $50.00 deposit is required to check in. What is the minimum rental age for the hotel? Guests occupying rooms at the hotel must be over the age of 26, or with their parents in the same room.
Do you have VCR’s or DVD players?
All rooms come with DVD players and iPod docking stations.
What is your check-in time and checkout time?
Check-in time is after 3:30pm, and checkout time is 10am. Early arrivals are welcome to use the facilities of the resort such as the beach and the pool. Late checkouts can be requested on the day of departure with the front desk. If we are unable to accommodate a late check out request, you are always welcome to use the beach and pools after checkout, and a parking spot will be provided for you.
How is the beach?
When it comes to family beach spots, nothing tops Siesta Public Beach in Sarasota – gradual slopes, shallow waters, lifeguards, a playground, gentle waves, fine white sand and translucent waters. It continually makes several of America’s Top 10 lists of best beaches based on sand, water quality and facilities. In 2011 it was ranked the #1 beach in the Nation by Dr. Beach. We have direct beach access to Crescent Beach, which is a private beach, and offers the same beautiful white sand and crystal blue waters.
What is the difference between Sara Sea, Tropical Shores and Tropical Sun?
SaraSea is considered to be the crown jewel of the three resorts, specifically because it caters to couples and includes many upscale amenities. It is slightly closer in proximity to Tropical Shores and Tropical Sun, but unlike its sister properties, is designed to accommodate couples versus families. Upgraded appliances, designer décor and romantic touches set this property apart, and therefore, it commands slightly higher rates. Guests of SaraSea have full use of the sparkling swimming pools of Tropical Shores and Tropical Sun. Tropical Shores and Tropical Sun are located right next to each other and operate out of one office. Both properties are very nice and share the same beautiful beach access. Tropical Shores is the most preferred location of the two; it’s a AAA 3 diamond property, and has had an over two million dollar renovation offering very modern accommodations. Tropical Sun is our newest property offering 14 brand new rooms which have been designed to please! It is also rated one of the highest properties on the island by Superior Small Lodging receiving the 2011 White Glove Award from Superior Small Lodging. We think you would find all three properties very nice with the same high standards and they are all located directly on Siesta Key in Sara Sea Circle!
What is a Florida red tide?
A red tide is a higher-than-normal concentration of a microscopic alga (plant-like organisms). In Florida, the species that causes most red tides is Karenia brevis. This organism produces a toxin that can affect the central nervous system of fish. At high concentrations (called a bloom), the organisms may discolor the water. However, red tides are not always red. They can appear greenish, brownish, and even purple in color. The water can even remain its normal color during a bloom. Local Red Tide reports can be viewed at www.floridamarine.org.
Registration and Security Information
Upon registration a major credit card, and photo ID are required. All vehicles are required to display a parking pass. Key card locks and in-room safes are individually coded for optimal safety and privacy. If you are planning to arrive after 9:00 p.m. please contact the hotel directly for late night instructions and further registration details.
Is it safe to swim during a red tide?
Red tide can cause some people to suffer from skin irritation and burning eyes. Use common sense. If you are particularly susceptible to irritation from plant products, avoid red tide water. If you experience irritation, get out of the water and thoroughly wash. Do not swim among dead fish because they can be associated with harmful bacteria.
Do we need a car if we are staying at the Resort?
No, not necessarily. There are several shops and restaurants within walking distance, to name a few: Captain Curts, Sniki Tiki, Javiers, Miguels and City Pizza and Claytons. You will also find a 7-11, and a few places to enjoy nightlife within walking distance. Siesta Village, where there are many more shops and restaurants, is approximately 3 miles north of us. Johnny’s Free Beach Rides operates like a taxi service and provides free rides (tips are usually given) anywhere on the village 7 days per week from 10am-2am daily. On the mainland of Sarasota, you will find an abundance of restaurants, local and chain types, shopping centers, movie theaters and nightlife. You could expect to drive between 5-15 minutes to reach any of these places in Sarasota.