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There are many different celebrations going on near the island of Siesta Key. We highly encourage safe and responsible St Patrick’s day celebrating! Here are some of our favorites and recommendations to make the most of your celebration!

This year marked the 2nd Annual Siesta Key Seafood and Music Festival and it was a phenomenal event! The weather was an absolutely perfect temperature Siesta Key day. Guests were treated to clear blue skies and if you stayed for sunset, a super moon could be viewed opposite of the sunset.

There were many very popular local bands that played, people danced and sang along while enjoying their tropical libations, beers and most importantly….the Seafood!!

Sarasota’s favorite local restaurants lined the stands and provided some of their best seafood items of which I can’t think of one type of seafood that wasn’t there. Choices ranged from Lobster Bisque and full Lobster dinners to shrimp mac and cheese, jambalaya, paella, crab legs, crawfish, prawns, and so much more.

Restaurants included favorites such as Duval’s Fresh Local Seafood, Walt’s Fish Market, Gypsy Fish, Bobby Poole, Cindy’s Seafood, Blasé Café, and several others are serving up of our areas more authentic local flavor.

Eight local bands provided the music: Ari and the Alibis, Sarasota Steel Pan Band, Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’ Blues, Twinkle and Rock Soul Radio, The Hard Luck Society, Kettle of Fish, Greg Billings Band, and Reverend Barry & The Funk.

“There is local support, the music is great, the food is great … it’s been a phenomenal, phenomenal weekend,” said Kinney. “The sand has everything to do with it — the sand under your feet. … That’s a seafood festival.”

-Sarasota Herald-Tribune-

Organizers moved the festival to the South end of the Siesta Key Beach Parking lot into the sand to make it easier to have guests access the festival and to have beach goers able to access the beach. This made it super cool as the festival is literally a beach festival with no shoes required. I spent the afternoon barefoot, enjoying the music with Twinkle and Rock Soul Radio with shrimps and mac and cheese and local beers. It was fantastic.

This year included a VIP access tent with lounges, seafood buffet and areas to kick back, with some great views of the stage.

Oh and don’t forget the Alligator bites that were available too! there was so much more than seafood.

While the Christmas countdown begins for most, on Siesta Key we have been counting down the days until Paragon Fine Arts Festivals brings our island the 2nd annual phenomenal Siesta Beach Seafood and Music Festival. A perfect blend of crystal white powder sugar sand, tranquil gulf waters, incredible cocktails, delectable seafood creations, and the very best in local music that will make you want the evening to never end! Although the access VIP tent admission will run you about $130.00 general admission is absolutely free. VIP tickets are limited so make sure to reserve in advance if you want to be in the special tent.

If you are looking to be impressed… than Siesta Key is where you need to be this weekend. Some of the areas most impressive restaurants will make sure your experience will exceed your expectations. Top names like Duval’s Fresh Local Seafood, Walt’s Fish Market, Gypsy Fish, Bobby Poole, Cindy’s Seafood, Blasé Café, and several others are serving up of our areas more authentic local flavor.

Wanting to plan your beach day around Sarasota’s Best Local Music? Here’s the line up:

Siesta Beach Seafood and Music Festival

Siesta Beach Seafood and Music Festival

Saturday December 2, 2017
Ari and the Alibis 10:30-Noon
Sarasota Steel Pan Band 12:30-2pm
RJ Howson 2:30-4pm
Twinkle & Rock Soul Radio 4:30-6pm

Sunday December 3, 2017
Hard Luck Society 10:30-12p,
Kettle of Fish 12:30-2pm
Greg Billings Band 2:30-4pm
Reverend Barry & the Funk 4:30-6pm
Aside from the all of the impressive food, music, drinks, and gorgeous beaches of Siesta Key.. you will also impressed with the arts and craft vendors at this one year party at the #1 beach in the USA.

The Holiday’s are here… And there is no better place to be than Siesta Key! If you are looking for last minute hotel reservations contact Tropical Beach Resorts, a Siesta Key’s Friendliest Beachside Hotel. Call 941-349-3330. www.tropicalbeachresorts.com

Cheers!

 

Have you ever seen the ‘Green Flash’ at sunset or even sunrise on Siesta Key?

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SFF presents Labyrinth on Siesta Key Beach

SFF presents Labyrinth on Siesta Key Beach

Moonlight Movies on Siesta Key: Labyrinth

Hosted by Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources and Sarasota Film Festival To celebrate Fall the Sarasota Film Festival invites you to our free screening of Labyrinth on Siesta Key Beach with Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources.

Back in 1986 a wonderfully weird film called “Labyrinth” came out. Directed by Jim Henson and executive-produced by George Lucas, it’s a family-friendly fantasy about a teenager played by Jennifer Connelly trying to save her baby brother from the Goblin King played by rock god David Bowie. Free screening begins at sunset. 6-9 p.m. Friday; Siesta Key Beach; 946 Beach Road; sarasotafilmfestival.com

See you under the stars and the Almost Full moon!

Skygazers will be treated this weekend to the bright and beautiful “Beaver” full moon, a not-quite supermoon.   Tonight 98% of the moon will be illuminated and the almost-Super Full ‘Beaver Moon’ Will Shine Brighter Than Usual Over the Weekend. Take advantage of Florida’s beautiful weather by watching a movie on the beach this Friday! Moonlight Movies are a way to give back to the community outside of festival season.

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the Beaver moon gets its name because it came at the time of year when the early colonists and the Algonquin tribes set their beaver traps before the swamps froze. This would ensure they had a good supply of warm winter furs.

Beaver Moon

Beaver Moon

This family friendly film is free and open to the public. Films begins at sunset, so bring a blanket to bundle up with and a lawn chair

Join SFF and our generous sponsors for FREE, public movies outside at our beautiful Sarasota County beaches and parks! All films begin at sunset, unless specific time is indicated. Bring your own chairs and blankets. See below for the full Moonlight Movie lineup, and check back regularly for new additions. Be sure to follow their Facebook page for any important time changes or weather updates.

The Siesta Key Public Beach is located at 946 Beach Road, Sarasota, FL 34242

Think about taking the Siesta Key Breeze Trolley to not worry about parking:)

 

 

Beaver moon difference

Beaver moon difference

 

Baby Turtles during Nesting Season on Siesta Key

Baby Turtles during Nesting Season on Siesta Key

Sea Turtle Nest Sign on Siesta Key Turtle Nesting Season in Sarasota County and it’s barrier islands is coming up soon. Here at Tropical Beach Resorts, we take great responsibility in helping to educate locals and visitors about the local environment and all its wonders. May through October is sea turtle nesting season in Sarasota County and we are lucky to have the highest density of loggerhead sea turtles nesting on Florida’s west coast.

A female loggerhead turtle uses her back flippers to dig a hole in the sand and deposits about 100 rubbery eggs, each about the size of a ping pong ball. The turtle disguises the nest by covering it with sand. Once she leaves the nest, she never returns.

After incubating for about 55 days, the hatchlings break out of their shells and wait until the sand temperature cools, so most come out of the nest after dark. Coming out of the nest at night protects them from predators and dehydration, and they use the moonlight to navigate their way out to the gulf waters.

Because hatchlings head for light, they are easily disoriented and can head the wrong way, away from water and toward an unhappy ending. Only about 1 out of every 1,000 hatchlings survives to reach adulthood.

The turtles are only about 2-3 inches long and their eyes are about one inch off of the ground, so the world is seen much differently by hatchlings.

Baby Loggerhead Turtle

Baby Loggerhead Turtle

The turtles scramble to the water where they will live for many years in seaweed beds drifting along the Gulf Stream. As the turtles grow older they can weigh up to 250 lbs and grow up to 3 feet long. They move into coastal waters where they eat jellyfish, sponges, crabs, sea grass and seaweed. Sea turtles breathe air, but can hold their breath for 2 hours when at rest underwater.

What you can do to help during turtle nesting season:
•If you encounter a nesting turtle, remain quiet and observe from a distance.

•Fill in holes that may trap hatchlings.

•Throw trash away in proper place.

•Don’t approach turtles, hatchlings or make noise.

•Don’t use flashlights.

•Don’t touch sea turtles or hatchlings.

Please respect marked sea turtle nests. These are marked with 4 tall wooden sticks and thin colored plastic tape which connects all four wooden sticks. There will be a sign attached with an approximate date of egg laying.

Sea Turtle Nest Sign on Siesta Key

Sea Turtle Nest Sign on Siesta Key

If you see hatchlings in danger or heading away from the the sea, contact Mote Marine Laboratory’s Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Program: 941-388-4331. Or place in a bucket with moist sand, cover with a towel and keep in a dark place and not in Air conditioning.

It is against the law to touch or disturb nesting sea turtles, hatchlings, or their nests. Sea turtles are protected by both the Federal Endangered Species Act and the Florida Marine Protection Act. If you do see one, take photos, but no flash please!

If ou see problems with sea turtle nests, eggs, hatchlings or adult nesting turtles…Call Mote’s Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Program (STCRP) at 941-388-4331.

If you see nest vandalism or sea turtle harassment or any other wildlife harassment, please contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 888-404-3922. We take our wildlife very seriously and respect their place in our beautiful, tropical wonderland that is Florida. It is our moral and civic duty to help protect the animals and do our part to help educate the public on how to best experience the beauty and amazement that they do present.

If you would like to come and visit during this incredible time of the year and hope to catch a glimpse of baby turtles making their trek to the Gulf of Mexico, give us a call and make your reservation to stay on Siesta Key today! For help with booking your accommodations, you can reach one of our local, knowledgeable staff direct at the hotel front office at 941-349-3330 or book online at www.tropicalbeachresorts.com.

 

Siesta Key is named the #1 Beach

Siesta Key is named the #1 Beach

Siesta Key is at it again! We are so thrilled for this top honor, yet again! Dr. Beach made a major announcement that he was resetting his list and destinations that had previously been named #1 could receive the top honor again. This morning, Siesta Key was named the #1 Best Beach on Dr. Stephen Leatherman’s Top 10 Beaches in the US for 2017. 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 Is named the #1 Beach by Dr. Beach

Siesta Key Is named the #1 Beach by Dr. Beach

Siesta Key was also honored with the Most Prestigious #1 Ranking in 2011 by Dr. Leatherman, #2 Beach by Dr. Beach in 2016, 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.” “Siesta Beach is not only a beautiful location for beachgoers, but it is also an environmentally healthy beach and offers first-rate beach safety for its visitors.”

Dr. Leatherman also said it’s a “sin not to walk on the beach barefoot.” This sand is

Want to come and find out what all the hype is about for yourself? Book your best rate guaranteed room today on our website directly at https://tropicalbeachresorts.com/check-rates/ or call us to book your perfect room in Siesta Key Paradise at 941-349-3330. Our local, Siesta Key reservation specialists are on hand to personally help you find the best room for your next tropical getaway.

 

Siesta Key Beach info

Siesta Key Beach #1Beach

Siesta Key has long been on the list of favorites for tourists, both in-state and out-of-state, and locals alike as well as a favorite for “America’s Foremost Beach Expert” Dr. Beach.

If you are looking to come and check out what the buzz is all about, there are only a few nightly hotel rentals available on the island.

Call us today to check rates and availability!

800-235-3493 www.tropicalbeachresorts.com

Here is the complete list of the TOP 25 U.S. BEACHES ON TRIPADVISOR’S 2017 TRAVELERS’ CHOICE

Siesta Beach: Siesta Key, Florida

Ka’anapali Beach: Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii

St. Pete Beach: St. Pete Beach, Florida

Clearwater Beach: Clearwater, Florida

Panama City Beach: Panama City, Florida

Hollywood Beach: Hollywood, Florida

Pensacola Beach: Pensacola, Florida

St. Augustine Beach: St. Augustine, Florida

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve: Honolulu, Hawaii

Ocean City Beach: Ocean City, Maryland

Fort Lauderdale Beach: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

South Beach: Miami Beach, Florida

Wai’anapanapa State Park: Hana, Maui, Hawaii

Ogunquit Beach: Ogunquit, Maine

Wailea Beach: Wailea, Maui, Hawaii

Lanikai Beach: Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii

Henderson Beach State Park: Destin, Florida

Driftwood Beach: Jekyll Island, Georgia

Virginia Beach: Virginia Beach, Virginia

Santa Monica Beach: Santa Monica, California

La Jolla Shores Park: La Jolla, California

Hapuna Beach: Waimea, Hawaii

Race Point Beach: Provincetown, Massachusetts

Carlsbad State Beach: Carlsbad, California

Poipu Beach Park: Poipu, Kaua’i, Hawaii

Labor Day is Monday, September 5th. To many folks, Labor Day marks the end of the hot summer season. Many see this 3 day weekend as their last chance to get out and take a vacation before summer is gone. The kids have already gone back to school, for the most part, but get to enjoy one last hurrah at the beach before the levels of homework get too intense and for the Northern climates, it’s going to start getting cold!

Meaning of Labor Day

Labor Day is observed in the U.S. on every first Monday in September as a day to recognize the contributions of American workers of all industries to the U.S. economy. It is also meant to give workers a well-earned day off to relax at home or to get out for recreation. “It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country,” the Labor Department said in its history of the holiday.

Siesta Key is gearing up for the end of summer busy weekend and will welcome lots of out-of-town visitors to the little island this weekend. So, here are a few tips to help you make the most out of your Holiday Weekend!

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Siesta Beach Entrance

Siesta Key Beach Entrance

-If you’re planning on hitting the beaches of Siesta Key, get there early! Parking will be tough this weekend with the influx of visitors, so an early arrival time will be your best bet to find a spot at the coveted Siesta Key Public Beach or one of the island’s 13 other beach accesses.

-Take advantage of the many different free ride options that are available on the island. These fun little vehicles operate on tips only and are a great way to get around and not have to worry about parking.

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-Reapply sunscreen often. Even though it may be cloudy, the UV levels are very high right now.

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Labor Day on Siesta Key

Labor Day on Siesta Key

-Stay hydrated.  Be sure to pack your cooler with plenty of water or juice for your time at the beach. Also be sure to check out the new Siesta Key Public Beach Pavilion concession stand and the Sundeck Restaurant for more drink and snack options.

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We hope your holiday weekend is enjoyable!! And as a reminder, rates are great after Labor Day through September, so call today and book your next getaway in Siesta Key Paradise! Let our local, knowledgeable front desk help you book the perfect accommodation direct to ensure the best vacation experience! 800-235-3493 or Check rates now!

 

 

 

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So you’re on a family beach vacation with young children and you just know that while they can’t wait to get to the beach, their interest won’t last much past building the first sand castle. What to do once that happens? Here are a few kid-friendly beach ideas . . . ‘local mom approved’:

-Build that sandcastle, but don’t forget the moat around it! Have your child run back and forth to the shore for water for the moat.

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Build a Siesta Key sandcastle

Build a Siesta Key sandcastle

-Try a drip castle. Mix sand with water and drip from your fist from above. When the slurry mixture lands and builds upon itself, it is a sight to see.

-Write your child’s name in the sand with your finger, take a picture of it with his or her feet in the frame. If your child is old enough, have them write their own name.

-Draw a road in the sand for cars or trucks. Add shell roadblocks, sticks, just use your imagination. If you didn’t bring any cars, make believe that a shell is a car. Siesta Key Kid friendly vacation ideas

-Roll a ball. Dig very shallow trenches, build hills for the ball to follow, the kids will love this.

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Identify different types of Siesta Key seashells

Identify different types of SIesta Key seashells

-Go on a treasure hunt for shells. You can try to identify them on the Internet once you get back to your room if your child is interested or categorize them by size, shape, color. Remember to leave all live animals on the beach.

-Build your youngster’s vocabulary. Beach vacations are great for exposing kids to new words. Identify boats, jet skis, kayaks, seagulls, shells, crabs, seaweed, etc. Identify different types of seashells

-Teach children the importance of sun safety. They can learn this as early as age 2, it’s all about repetition at this age. Drink lots of water, reapply sunscreen often, and wear a hat. The phrase “No red spots, that’s the goal.” seems simple and effective.

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Siesta Key Kid friendly vacation ideas

Siesta Key Kid friendly vacation ideas

We hope you and your family enjoy your Siesta Key Vacation! Tropical Beach Resorts has two big bins of beach toys also available here at the resort, so if you forget your beach toys or are traveling by plane, we have got you covered! Call our front desk direct to speak with a local reservation specialist to find the best option for your family vacation to Siesta Key. We have many different room options available, so let us help you decide:)

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