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Shop Small 2017, November 25th – Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday is This weekend, November 25th! Make a plan for your friends and family with the gift of a beautiful hotel vacation on Siesta Key or from one of the many other amazing options on Siesta Key!

Celebrate the Siesta Key community with the small businesses that make it super special!

We are very proud of our island being the small, undeveloped piece of paradise. To this point, most corporate entities have remained on the mainland to enable ‘Mom and Pop’ businesses to take full advantage of our locals, guests and visitors. With two main concentrations of businesses and then also a handful of great options on the south end of Siesta Key at Turtle Beach, there are lots of really cool, unique locations that you can discover.

Siesta Key Village Shops Map

Siesta Key Village Shops Map courtesy of Siesta Key Souvenir Guide

Siesta Key Village is considered the main village and is chock full of fun spots. There are a great swimsuit shops, beautiful island dress shops, La Playa Spa for all your facial, hair and nail, and permanent makeup needs, fabulous restaurants, and don’t forget the ice cream shops!!!

The Crescent Village is right as you come over the Stickney Point Bridge onto Siesta Key. Siesta Key Marina, CB’s Saltwater Outfitters, Captain Curt’s and plenty of other really cool spots are located here. This is the village to which you are able to walk right from Tropical Beach Resorts.

At the South tip of the island is the Turtle Beach Village. There are two amazing waterfront restaurants, Turtles and Ophelia’s on the Bay. Turtle Beach Marina, where you can rent boats and more and don’t forget Turtles Pub which has amazing burgers and happy hour!

We are looking forward to doing our 2nd annual Tropical Beach Resorts favorites, a list of great gift ideas that are just as unique as the people who are going to be receiving them! Keep an eye our for this list within the next two weeks!!

Friends, families and travelers alike discover Siesta Key and realize what a fabulous and truly gorgeous area we have here and typically continue to visit the Key over and over, year after year. Memories are made and people long to come back and visit, so a piece of Siesta Key memorabilia is a really valued gift idea.

Tropical Beach Resorts is happy to offer gift certificates available in any denomination which can be mailed to you or your gift recipient. We are happy to help you with ideas of an appropriate amount depending on dates, or you can do what you feel is the best! Call the hotel for more information on gift certificates or just to say hi!

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

 

Gulf shores of Siesta Key, FL

Gulf shores of Siesta Key, FL

Siesta Key is named the #2 Top Beach on Dr. Stephen Leatherman’s Top 10 Beaches in the US for 2016. Dr. Leatherman, aka Dr. Beach, is Professor and Director of the Laboratory for Coastal Research at Florida International University. He received his Ph.D. in Environmental (Coastal) Sciences from the University of Virginia, and completed his undergraduate degree in Geosciences at North Carolina State University.

Dr. Leatherman publishes his list every year of the best beaches using list of 50 different criteria:

 

Beach width at low tide

Beach Material

Sand softness

Beach shape

Water color

Amenities

For the complete list see his website: https://drbeach.org/online/dr-beachs-50-criteria/

 

 

Siesta Key Beach

Siesta Key Beach

Siesta Key was also honored with the Most Prestigious #1 Ranking in 2011 by Dr. Leatherman and then also named the Best Beach in America by Tripadvisor in 2015. Leatherman says Siesta Key Beach has “some of the finest, whitest sand in the world attracting sand collectors from all over. Siesta Beach has clear, warm waters ideal for swimming. The beach is hundreds of yards wide in the shape of a crescent, due to the anchoring of onshore ricks to the south. This beach is great for volleyball and other types of recreational fitness.”

Want to come and find out what all the hype is about for yourself? Book your room today at https://tropicalbeachresorts.com/check-rates/ or call us to book your perfect room in Siesta Key Paradise at 941-349-3330

 

US News and World Report released their list of Best Places to Live and Sarasota was the #1 City in the state of FL, with Tampa coming in at #2.

The city has been growing by leaps and bounds and dealing with its own struggles with the expansion and quick growth. Sarasota has so much to offer, with gorgeous barrier islands like Siesta Key, which was named the #1 Beach in the US on TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice as well as being named the #1 Beach by Dr. Beach. You’ll find other pristine Gulf beaches on the adjacent islands of Lido Key, Longboat Key and Casey Key. Sarasota is an incredible place for culture and the arts along with exploration of State Parks and local attractions. Real estate is a hot topic with the market surging in recent sales and home values on the rise. Local Sarasota Schools were also ranked high Report.  Sarasota encompasses 27 public elementary, middle and high schools. Sarasota also has 57 private schools. Four high schools are recognized on U.S. News & World Report’s Best High Schools rankings.

With a number of different criterion considered like schools, crime and the job market, Sarasota scored a 6.9 out of a possible score of 10.

  • Desirability
    8.2
  • Value
    5.1
  • Job Market
    6.1
  • Quality of Life
    7.4
  • Net Migration
    10.0

Sarasota, FL Quick Stats

METRO POPULATION 735,767
AVERAGE ANNUAL SALARY $40,600
AVG HIGH/LOW TEMPS 81.7° / 64.1° 
MEDIAN AGE 50.7
MEDIAN HOME PRICE $224,613
AVG ANNUAL RAINFALL 53.0 INCHES
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE 4.5%
AVG MONTHLY RENT $991
AVG COMMUTE TIME 23.5 MINUTES

For the complete list of Winners, see their website:
 https://realestate.usnews.com/places/rankings/best-places-to-live

Are you looking to possibly relocate to this amazing city? Come and stay with us for a few days, enjoy and explore 
the gorgeous beach and let our knowledgeable staff help connect you with a local realtor to find you a perfect 
place to live.
Book your stay at our Sarasota hotel today: Check rates now
We look forward to sharing our little piece of paradise with you:)

 

Original Photo

Original Photo of the Kiss

Love to explore attractions and oddities in the city you are visiting? Sarasota has a 26 foot tall statue called Unconditional Surrender on the Sarasota Bayfront.  It is an oversized recreation of a famous photograph from the end of the war celebration in Times Square. The nameless serviceman dipped an unknown nurse for a kiss to celebrate the end of the World War II on August 14, 1945.   It is known as the “Unconditional Surrender.”

The picture — titled “Unconditional Surrender” — gained world fame. It was on the front of “life” magazine shortly after and it’s always been called the kissing sailor.

There are actually a series of sculptures by Seward Johnson resembling a photograph by Alfred Eisenstaedt, on V-J Day in Times Square, but said by Johnson to be based on a similar, less well known, photograph by Victor Jorgensen. The original statue was first installed in Sarasota, then was moved to San Diego, CA and New York City. Other versions have been also been installed in Hamilton, New Jersey, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and Normandy, France

Unconditional Surrender Sarasota, FL

Unconditional Surrender Sarasota, FL

The statue is made of aluminum and able to withstand winds from a category 3 hurricane. Unconditional Surrender was hated by Sarasota’s Public Art Advisory Committee when it first arrived and called tacky by many, but the public loves to imitate the big kiss and dip when they stop for a photo op. 

The sculpture was purchased by Jack Curran, a WW II veteran, and with support from numerous Sarasota veterans and organizations, and he was able to donate the sculpture to the City of Sarasota.  

Visitors to the city love to stop by and take their picture with the famous smooch.

Artist: Seward Johnson 

Donor: Jack Curran

Address: Island Park Drive, (Sarasota Bayfront), Sarasota, FL 34236

 

Take a run on the Siesta Key Beach

Take a run on the Siesta Key Beach

Going on vacation to Siesta Key, Sarasota, FL and don’t want to get off of your normal workout routine? There are lots of options for your use at a local Siesta Key gym or Sarasota gym which offer daily or weekly rates for your convenience. Take a peek at our list below for your links to the different locations, hours of operation and a link of the gym and their classes.

All of these facilities are located within a 10 minute drive from the hotel.

Don’t want to go to the gym? There are pedestrian lanes on both sides of Midnight Pass up and down the island to take a brisk walk, a run, or even ride a bike! Don’t let your hard work go to waste when you’re on vacation! Maybe even hit up a local venue with some great island music and dance the night away and lots of calories.

List of Local Siesta Key and Sarasota Gyms

 

Crunch Fitness 941.923.4653 $15/day $35/week 3762 Bee Ridge Mon-Fri 5AM to 11PM Sat/Sun 7AM to 7PM
Anytime Fitness 941.926.3300 $15/day $40/week 4057 Clark Rd. Mon-Thur 10AM-6PM Sat 10AM-1PM Sun Closed
LA Fitness 941.225.4772 $15/day 4057 Cattleman Rd Mon-Thur 5AM-11PM Fri 5AM-10PM Sat/Sun 8AM-8PM
YouFit Health Club 941.225.7700 $10.70/day $30/week 3762 Bee Ridge Rd Mon-Fri 5AM-10PM Sat/Sun 8AM-8PM
Siesta Key Fitness Center 941.349.8500 $14.95/day $39.95/week 5243 Avenida Navarra Mon-Fri 7AM to 7PM Sat/Sun 9AM to 1PM
Orange Theory Fitness 941.444.2439  6509 S Tamiami Trail  Click For Class Schedule!

We understand health is important, but even though you’re on vacation it’s easy to keep things up for your fitness goals and needs.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to speak with one of local, knowledgeable Reservation Specialists to help! 941-349-3330

 

Gulf shores of Siesta Key, FL

Gulf shores of Siesta Key, FL

Siesta Key is named the #2 Top Beach on Dr. Stephen Leatherman’s Top 10 Beaches in the US for 2016. Dr. Leatherman, aka Dr. Beach, is Professor and Director of the Laboratory for Coastal Research at Florida International University. He received his Ph.D. in Environmental (Coastal) Sciences from the University of Virginia, and completed his undergraduate degree in Geosciences at North Carolina State University.

Dr. Leatherman publishes his list every year of the best beaches using list of 50 different criteria:

 

Beach width at low tide

Beach Material

Sand softness

Beach shape

Water color

Amenities

For the complete list see his website: https://drbeach.org/online/dr-beachs-50-criteria/

 

 

Siesta Key Beach

Siesta Key Beach

Siesta Key was also honored with the Most Prestigious #1 Ranking in 2011 by Dr. Leatherman and then also named the Best Beach in America by Tripadvisor in 2015. Leatherman says Siesta Key Beach has “some of the finest, whitest sand in the world attracting sand collectors from all over. Siesta Beach has clear, warm waters ideal for swimming. The beach is hundreds of yards wide in the shape of a crescent, due to the anchoring of onshore ricks to the south. This beach is great for volleyball and other types of recreational fitness.”

Want to come and find out what all the hype is about for yourself? Book your room today at https://tropicalbeachresorts.com/check-rates/ or call us to book your perfect room in Siesta Key Paradise at 941-349-3330

 

 

Free Rides on Siesta Key and also historic Siesta Key Tours! Free Rides on Siesta Key and also historic Siesta Key Tours!

Memorial Day is 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.  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.

SunRide Pedi Cab (941) 343-3400

Siesta Key Free Ride (941) 952-8294

 

 

Siesta Key Hotel Room

Siesta Key Hotel Room

Looking for the best hotel on Siesta Key? Well you’ve come to the right place! Siesta Key is an incredible destination, but finding the best place to stay may be a challenge. There are only a handful of daily hotels on the island. Weekly and monthly private condo rentals are available, but require you to do some legwork. If a few night stay or a weekly stay is what you are looking for, then your search is over.

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siesta keyWhile many people across the nation are beginning to prepare for colder weather, Floridians are anticipating another record-breaking tourism season, possibly topping 2014’s nearly 100 million vacationers. It s not difficult to understand why so many people want to escape the cold weather and retreat to Florida’s warmth and sunshine. Guess which beach was just named the #1 Beach in the USA?

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What makes Siesta Key sand so white? The sugar white sand of Siesta Key explained:

Siesta Key White Sand

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