Category Archives: Siesta Key

The Best of the Beach

by Trish Utter

Siesta Key, Sarasota FL

Banana Bay Club

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Banana Bay Club

This is a wonderful property for a romantic weekend or for families as every little cottage has its own kitchen and lots of
room. At the same time it is intimate, quiet and spotlessly clean. Owned by a British couple that never wanted to leave their vacation spot this destination hideaway is a bit of paradise. It is located within a few steps from a private beach and tropical warm water. The yellow and blue cottages nestle around a large pool and palm trees. A local free taxi service that works on tips will pick you up and take you into town. 888 622 6229 www.BananaBayClub.com

Things to Do in Siesta Key, Florida

Siesta Key may not be the right place for a siesta as there is so much to do — Good Life Community’s top 5 things to do while in Siesta Key

Sunset1) Sunset Sail with Key Sailing

Feel like a millionaire that sails the seas on this first class yacht. U.S. Coast Guard Master Captain Tim Soloman and his wife First Mate Jan know these waters like the back of their hand with well over 30 years of experience. You are not just sailing with anyone but a couple of Sarasota’s local celebrities as Jan is the daughter of the late symphony violinist Jean Hamel and Sheriff/Police/Fire/Vets Chaplain J.D. Hamel – namesake of the Bayfront Veteran’s Park, across the street from Marina Jacks where the Key Breeze is docked. The key to the city of Sarasota is onboard in his memory hence the name Key Sailing. They are so accommodating that they will even let you bring your own CD to listen to, provide you with photos, serve soft drinks and feed you chocolate! The 41’ Morgan Classic will comfortably hold 12 but the Soloman’s usually keep their guests to 6. Tim is also an ordained minister and there have been many weddings on board. Trips start at $45 per person for a 2 hour cruise. This is Good Life Community Magazine’s top pick for things to do and the best was to view the spectacular and romantic Gulf sunsets.

Key Breeze Sailing at Marina Jack, 941-346-sail (7245) keysailing@comcast.net

Weekend Getaway to Siesta Key: Tropical Breeze Resort and Spa

Tropica Breeze Resort
Topaz colored Water & White Sand make Siesta Key a Tropical Paradise

White powdery sand that is 99 percent pure quartz, which is cool on your feet, the warm, calm Caribbean blue water and a sunset that looks like it was done by an airbrush artist in brilliant orange are found in Siesta Key, Sarasota. The Key is an eight mile long barrier island ranked and named the “Best Sand Beach” in the U.S. three years in a row by the Travel Channel.

There are many places to stay on this beautiful island but we found a real gem, Tropical Breeze Resort and Spa. This friendly resort with a home feel offers suites and houses that are clustered together along quiet streets that lead to the sugary sand of the Gulf and next to the hip and bustling Siesta Key Village where you can stroll to boutiques, restaurants, live music, ice cream shops and tons more.

Upon arriving at the hotel property you are greeted with a smile by the friendly and knowledgeable staff. This laid back resort is more like a quiet, tropical, subdivision than a hotel and offers travelers every type of clean and comfortable accommodation imaginable. From a studio efficiency, roomy 1 to 3 bedroom suites to a beautiful large beach house and all are pet friendly.