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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?

Continue Reading This is the best time of year to see the ever elusive ‘Green Flash’

Shop Small Saturday

Shop Small

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

Siesta Key Sandy Claws Beach Run December 9th

Siesta Key Sandy Claws Beach Run

Siesta Key Sandy Claws Beach Run

Sarasota County-

Get in the holiday spirit with the annual Sandy Claws Beach Run, which returns Dec. 9 for its 41st year on Siesta Beach.

With many participants wearing fun holiday costumes, this annual event sponsored by Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources in partnership with Dr. Heidi K. Anderson-DOCS draws hundreds of runners, walkers and joggers to the No. 1 beach in the nation for the 5K run and one-mile fun run.

Early registration deadline is Nov. 20. Participants may also register by Dec. 4 for a reduced rate, but registration will also be available the day of the event. Early registration also guarantees a collectible long-sleeve event shirt and a gift bag. Race-day registrants receive event shirts while supplies last.

There will be kinesiology (body movement) taping offered both pre- and post-race and holiday photo opportunities during the event. Runners will also be invited to participate in holiday-themed costume contest.

The 5K run is sanctioned by the Manasota Track Club. With all participants receiving ribbons, custom awards will be given to overall categories and age group winners, first through sixth place. Proceeds benefit the “Summer in the Parks” Adopt-A-Camper scholarship program.

For online registration or a full schedule of events, visit scgov.net/parks or active.com. Participants can also complete and return a flier/registration form, which are available at any county recreation center, library or government building. Early packet pickup takes place at the New Balance Sarasota store, 1872 Stickney Point Road, from 3-6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7.

Siesta Beach is located at 948 Beach Road, Sarasota. Race-day registration starts at 7 a.m. The one-mile fun run begins at 8 a.m., and the 5K run is at 8:20 a.m. The holiday-themed costume contest begins at 9:30 a.m.

Siesta Key Sandy Claws

Siesta Key Sandy Claws

For more information, call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000

2016 Crystal Classic Winner

2016 Crystal Classic Winner

8th Annual Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sand Sculpting Competition November 10th thru the 13th – This Weekend!

We are within a few days of one of our favorite Siesta Key events! The official countdown has begun with some giant mounds of sand already delivered and being shaped into the main central displays with the local sponsors and other supporters of this huge event. The Siesta Key Chamber estimates that nearly 40,000 people will come and visit the Siesta Key Beach to view these brilliant sculptures intricately and carefully carved out of the brilliant quartz white sand of Siesta Key! This event is one of the most popular of the year and draws guests and artists from all over the world.  Recently named America’s #1 Beach, the Siesta Key Crystal Classic has become a favorite of the professional sand sculptors who have competed here.

This year promises to be the best Crystal Classic yet with extended evening hours, so excited spectators will be able to view the sculptures lit up with the soft rays of the Siesta Key sunset and other colored lights. The entertainment, shopping, and other events will continue into the evening hours until 9PM On both Friday and Saturday nights.

This is a very family friendly event with sand sculpting demonstrations and lessons in the Learning Curve Tent. Kids can get hands on and hands in the white sand and see how their skills match up to the amateurs and pros in this creative event, as well as learn the differences between our very special Siesta Key sand and other beaches’ sand.

Great entertainment will fill the fall air with popular groups like Jah Movement, Reverand Barry & Funtastic Soul featuring Hellacious Horns, Kettle of Fish, One Night Rodeo and Tropical Ave. Band. Special guest appearances will also happen by ABC7’s Bob Harrigan, and the Master Sandsculpters themselves.

For the complete schedule of Events, view : https://www.siestakeycrystalclassic.com/event-info/festival-schedule

According to the Siesta Key Chamber’s Information, ADA accessibility will be the best on Monday  as beach wheelchairs will be available and most crowds will be slightly thinned out so better viewing and gazing options will be available

We will actually be volunteering at the event on Saturday night, so look for a few representatives from Tropical Beach Resorts to be around in some different areas of the event and stop in to say hi! We are super excited to be involved and to volunteer as we love to talk to visitors, guests and locals alike. It’s always such a pleasure to meet new people and to hear guest testimonials about their love for Siesta Key Beach, hear about their family memories made, and fun vacation stories.

Crystal Classic Siesta Key

Crystal Classic Siesta Key

Sculptures will be returned to their sandy flat state on 11/14. After the sculptures have been enjoyed, it’s super fun to watch the guys on the diggers demolish them…I’m still a kid at heart who loves to play with sand buckets and tonka toys:)

 

 

Avoid the crowds at the beach!

Take Route 11 to Siesta or

Ride the Siesta Key Breeze Free

Trolley Service on the island.

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

On Aug. 21, 2017, America will fall under the path of a total solar eclipse.  Here on Siesta Key, we are going to experience about 80% of the sun being blocked, so it’s going to be quite neat during the day between 2 and 4pm.  August 21 marks the first total solar eclipse to touch the Continental U.S since 1979. It’s the first coast-to-coast eclipse since 1918. A total solar eclipse happens somewhere on Earth about once every 18 months. But because Earth’s surface is mostly ocean, most eclipses are visible over land for only a short time, if at all. This specific eclipse, is different – its path stretches over land for nearly 90 minutes, giving scientists an unprecedented opportunity to make scientific measurements from the ground.

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 2017 Solar Eclipse map

2017 Solar Eclipse map

The so-called Great American Total Solar Eclipse will darken skies from out west as far as Oregon to the east coast of South Carolina, along a stretch of land about 70 miles (113 kilometers) wide. People who are going to be in this “path of totality” for the big event are in for an unforgettable, once in a lifetime experience.  The path of totality is shown here on this map of where the people located will see a total solar eclipse…Outside of the shaded line, there will be the experience of seeing a partial solar eclipse. (nasa.gov)

The eclipse will cross the continental United States, from Oregon to South Carolina, over a span of almost two hours. People in the 14 states that lay in the coast-to-coast, 70-mile-wide path of totality will experience about two minutes of darkness in the middle of the day.

A total solar eclipse occurs when the disk of the moon appears to completely cover the disk of the sun in the sky. “The fact that total solar eclipses occur at all is a quirk of cosmic geometry.” (scientific american.com) The moon orbits an average of 239,000 miles (385,000 kilometers) from Earth — just the right distance to seem the same size in the sky as the much-larger sun. However, these heavenly bodies line up only about once every 18 months.

Outside the path of totality, skywatchers in the continental U.S. and other nearby areas will see a partial solar eclipse in which the moon appears to take a bite out of the sun’s disk. Two to five solar eclipses occur each year on average, but total solar eclipses happen just once every 18 months or so.

NASA will provide the public an unprecedented front row seat of the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse via a live television broadcast, images and streaming video, but we will also be watching it live from the beach here on Siesta Key!

This, and much more, will be featured on NASA Television’s four-hour live broadcast, Eclipse Across America: Through the Eyes of NASA. In addition to video, the broadcast will take viewers to activities in national parks, libraries, stadiums, and museums across the nation.

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Eclipse Corona 2017

Eclipse Corona 2017

How to View the Solar Eclipse Safely

The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as eclipse glasses or handheld solar viewers. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun. In the 70-mile-wide swath of the country that will experience a total eclipse, it is safe to look at the total eclipse with your naked eyes only during the brief period of totality, which will last about two minutes, depending on your location.

An alternative method for safe viewing of the partially eclipsed sun is with a pinhole projector. (nasa.gov) With this method, sunlight streams through a small hole – such as a pencil hole in a piece of paper, or even the space between your fingers – onto a makeshift screen, such as a piece of paper or the ground. It’s important to watch the screen, not the sun.

We are avidly trying to locate the glasses or may just end up making some pinhole projectors, but hope to have sheets and comfy areas set out for the viewing!

We’ll see you at the beach so we can wave at the moon and see the sun’s corona blazing around it! Crescent Beach is on the south end of the Siesta Key Public Beach.

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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.

 

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.