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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.

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Fishing on Siesta Key

Fishing on Siesta Key

There is a host of activities for you and your family to try during your stay at Siesta Key. One of the most relaxing is fishing. You can visit any of the mesmerizing, serene fishing spots in the area, or you can join one of the many fishing charters that are run every day. However, there are a few things you need to know before you get started, including whether you need a fishing license.Continue Reading Do I need a Fishing License at Siesta Key Beach?

Tropical Beach Resorts Staff Picks for great Valentine’s Day Ideas while in Siesta Key, Sarasota, FL.
We asked our staff members for their ideas for this upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday. Here are some suggestions for things to do in Sarasota, Siesta Key, Longboat Key and Lido Key. Enjoy!

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Valentine's Day Ideas in Sarasota, FL

Valentine’s Day Ideas in Sarasota, FL

1) Have a picnic in Bay Front Park  by Marina Jack’s

2) Painting with a Twist – wine and painting is always good :)
3) The Orchid Show at Selby Gardens
5)Sweeney Todd @ Venice Theatre
6) Re-new vows on Siesta Beach
7)Valentine Stroll in Siesta Village where everyone gets a Kiss! A Hershey’s Kiss, that is!
8) Picnic on north lido beach with your favorite takeout, park at the St Armand’s beach parking lot and walk down til you’re alone for sunset. Super romantic!
9) Take the Marina Jack II dinner cruise and drinks downtown after.
10)Eat at Cafe L’europe then stroll around St. Armands.
11) Myakka State Park sunset and picnic
12) “The Book of Moron” at Van Wezel and Dinner before or after.
13)Circus Sarasota performance at 5 then dinner downtown

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Happy Valentine's Day from Siesta Key!

Happy Valentine’s Day from Siesta Key!

February 14, 2016: It may not be quite the Tennessee Bird Walk but the Siesta Key Village Valentine Stroll offers live music throughout the village and free candy kisses from the merchants. Participating merchants will have pink and red balloons outside their businesses. Free admission. 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Siesta Key Village. There will be pedicab and golf cart cab services from the Siesta Public Beach parking lot to the Village.

February 14, 2016: Celebrate Valentines Day at the Beach with love and romance: Renew your wedding vows and say “I Do” all over again on Siesta Key Beach in a non-denominational service. Couples of all ages and length of marriage gather for the annual group renewal of vows at the Siesta Beach Pavilion, presided over by a Sarasota judicial magistrate. Event begins at 5 p.m. but couples are encouraged to arrive as early as 4:30 p.m. to check in. It’s a tradition that dates to 1989 and it’s open to all, but you must pre-register by Feb. 10. Call 941-861-5000. There’s a $10 per couple fee and includes a certificate, commemorative gift, flower, music on the beach and light refreshments. Event begins at 5 p.m., the renewal service starts at 6 p.m. Siesta Beach is located at 948 Beach Road, Siesta Key.
With so many amazing options on this romantic holiday, we hope you have the most amazing time with your special someone. There’s something magical about our beautiful town. Enjoy the Holiday weekend!
Let our local staff help you book dinner reservations or any other activities that you may be interested in attending this Valentine’s Day weekend in Sarasota, FL.
You can reach our desk direct at 941-349-3330 or email at info@tropicalbeachresorts.com

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You’ve booked your perfect stay in Siesta Key, the dates are right around the corner, and you are looking for the best options for airport transportation. There are many different options to choose from, as well as airport destinations. So, whether you decide to rent a car, take a taxi, or book a private car, let us help you lay out some details to aid in your decision.


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There are a few different airport options near the Siesta Key area:

Click the highlighted links for Google directions


From the NORTH of Siesta Key:

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 – 86 miles, about an hour and 30 minute drive.

Every airport has rental cars available to travel from the airport to Siesta Key. Most major car rental companies are present either on-site at the airport, or there is a shuttle available to get to the rental lot. Check with your favorite car rental for further rate information.

Don’t want to rent a car? Here are some other options that may prove helpful!

SuperShuttle
Vans Available for direct to the hotel drop off with larger families or smaller groups

Night Ride Car Service
Luxury Sedans available for pickup from SRQ, up to 4 people. 941-922-0400

Dick’s Driver Service
Service in a luxury town car from the major airports to Siesta Key. 941-924-3831

JD Claydon
Local rides and airport transportation. 941-373-5482

For more information on local transportation, let the knowledgeable staff at Tropical Beach Resorts help! Contact us today at 941-349-3330 or email us at info@tropicalbeachresorts.com. We look forward to seeing you in our little piece of Siesta Key Paradise soon!

 

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