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Indulge in Healthy Eating . . . Sarasota Style!

Many of us travel to Siesta Key to relax and allow the tranquil gulf waters to restore our bodies to a healthy, energized state of mind. Siesta Key is a top destination spot in the US and many claim there is a wonderful healing process they experience while walking the miles and miles of crystal quartz sand that can only be found in Sarasota, Florida.

What we eat on vacation is often just as important as where we go. Eating organic, healthy, interesting, and new food is also a part of what helps us truly feel alive and restored. Thankfully eating healthy doesn’t mean depriving ourselves or our appetites. Making healthy choices is exciting and fun when dining at VEG, a vegetarian and seafood restaurant located on Gulf Gate Drive in Sarasota, Florida, only a few minutes from Siesta Key.

What is VEG?

Healthy Eating, Sarasota Style

VEG is a locals’ favorite. This intimate, unpretentious vegetarian and seafood restaurant offers organic, wild-­caught, low salt, unique dishes with wonderful spices from all over the world. Included are separate vegan and gluten-­free menus along with, beer and wine. Lunch and dinners are served. (Breakfast starting in November 2015).

Healthy Eating, Siesta Key FLAtmosphere and Pricing?

VEG is located in a strip plaza right on Gulf Gate Drive. The dining experience is casual with a genuinely friendly local vibe. Lunch prices range from $8.99 to ­$10.99 and dinners are $15.99­ to $25.99 .
“Veg is one of my favorite restaurants in Sarasota for a casual delicious meal. I love knowing that I am eating clean, organic, healthy food that is good for me. I really care about the quality of the food I am eating and my body thanks me when I visit VEG. How do I know? I feel great and sleep well. There is no substitute for delicious healthy food. Food is, and has always been, the best medicine and VEG really knows what they are doing,” says, Dawn Bear, General Manager of Tropical Beach Resorts.
20150922_193956Secret: Sometimes I can’t resist the chocolate mint coconut milk ice cream! It’s so creamy and delicious!

Tip: Call for reservations. This is a small local favorite, and the restaurant fills up quickly.

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Make sure to ask us about more healthy options while visiting Tropical Beach Resorts the next time you visit Siesta Key.


Sarasota has a plethora of amazing restaurants offering all style of epicurean delights! Let our knowledgeable staff help with finding your perfect spot for a delicious meal!

Call for reservations and special rates today! Our helpful staff is available to answer any questions you may have at 800-235-3493 or email us at  See you soon!


How to find the cheapest airfare for your next Siesta Key, Sarasota, FL Vacation

Looking to come to Siesta Key for your next vacation? Here are some helpful tips and hints to find the cheapest airfare to FL!

1) When searching, clear your computer cache, history, cookies

Lots of websites will ‘remember’ that you have already visited their page searching for flights. Your computer saves the website cookies and will allow for the website to know what dates you have already searched and will sometimes raise the rates of the airfare. You know that you saw cheaper rates, but now it’s showing you higher prices. Try clearing your cookies and computer cache to make sure you are getting the best rates while looking like a first time visitor to the airline’s site.

2) Search for tickets one passenger at a time

Even if you’re flying with a group, airlines often sell multiple fare classes at different prices, with a couple seats in each class. If there’s only one seat left in the lowest fare class and you search for four seats, most automated systems will show you the highest fare class for all four tickets. Try searching one at a time, just in case there are limited seats on sale. This way, you’ll rest assured that at least some, if not all, of your tickets were purchased for the lowest possible price.  It takes a little time and effort, but can really pay off.

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Book midweek flights for the cheapest airfare

Book midweek flights for the cheapest airfare

3) Save money on airfare when you check with a flexible schedule for flights midweek. 

Airlines tend to launch their sales on Tuesdays and end them on Thursdays, so don’t limit your searches to the weekends. Advertised fare sales generally target the next two or three months of travel and have 14- to 21-day advance purchase requirements

4) Book at least one leg of your trip on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday.

Corporate travel typically commands Monday and Friday travel, so those are the more expensive days. So because planes are least full on these days of the week, these flights usually have the cheapest airfares. Airport security/TSA is usually slower as well….Bonus!!

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Search alternate airports for the cheapest airfare

Search alternate airports for the cheapest airfare

5) Check out alternate airports.

There are many airports that are close-by that you can choose from for your next Siesta Key Vacation

SRQ- Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport – 11.3 Miles, about a 25 minute drive

PIE- St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport – 61.8 Miles, about an hour drive

TPA- Tampa International Airport – 70 Miles, about an hour and 15 minute drive

MCO- Orlando International Airport – 138 Miles, about 2 hours and 20 minute drive

From the SOUTH of Siesta Key:

PGD- Charlotte County Airport – 53 Miles, about an hour drive

RSW- Southwest Florida International Airport – about 90 miles, about an hour and a half drive.

5)Search multiple airline alternatives for one way tickets.

Sometimes you are able to get cheaper airfare by booking flights that are on different airlines. By splitting up the reservations and not booking a roundtrip flight on the same airline, you may find cheaper legs of the flight and more optimal flying times. A good website to check for this is on

6) Try flying on an actual holiday.

Changing your departure or return date by one day can save major cash. The biggest savings typically come with flying on Thanksgiving or Christmas Day. The exception is if you’re traveling over a three-day weekend around Labor Day or Memorial Day. Then, everyone is looking to fly on the actual holiday, so that’s the perfect time to try and extend your vacation by a day.


So now you’ve booked your cheapest airfare to come visit Siesta Key; Now, let our knowledgable staff help you choose the best room for your vacation getaway! Call us at 941-349-3330 DIRECT in the office until 10PM EST or email us:


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