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Siesta Key - Soft Sand and Sunsets

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A November 2000 trip to Siesta Key by thecopes

Sunset at Siesta Key Photo, Siesta Key, Florida More Photos
Quote: We had never been to the Gulf coast of Florida before. We were pleasantly surprised to find one of the best beaches anywhere!

Siesta Key - Soft Sand and Sunsets

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Overview

Sunset at Siesta Key Photo, Siesta Key, Florida
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Like most of Florida, there are many things to do in the Siesta Key region, but the beach is the big attraction. The soft, white powdery sand which is like talcum powder, the beachcombing for shells, the birds, and the magnificent sunsets all add up to a world-class beach. One of my favorite keepsakes from the trip is a Snapple bottle filled with tiny shells from the beach. While Siesta Key is pretty laidback, a short drive on one of the bridges over the canal will take you into the hustle and bustle of Sarasota and it's great shopping, restaurants, museums, and parks. Quick Tips: Although the Sarasota airport is closer, you'll probably find a better airfare to the Tampa ...Read More

Crescentview Beach Club Hotel

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Hotel | "Crescent Arms"

Crescentview Beach Club Hotel Photo, Siesta Key, Florida
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We rented a 7th floor 2-bedroom/2-bath condo from a private party at the Crescent Arms and were very pleased with it. The condo was quite comfortable with a queen bed in one bedroom, twin beds in the other bedroom, 2 baths (one with tub/shower, the other with shower only), a well-equipped kitchen, and screened porch with a beach and ocean view. Cable TV was available on the large screen TV in the living room and smaller TVs in both bedrooms. The large storage closet has lots of beach gear and a foldup bed for an additional guest. The kitchen has a small eating bar with two stools and there is a round table with four chairs in the dining area. Washers an...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 11, 2003

Crescentview Beach Club Hotel
6512 MIDNIGHT PASS ROAD
Siesta Key, Florida 34242
941-349-2000

Sarasota Jungle Gardens

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Attraction

Sarasota Jungle Gardens Photo, Sarasota, Florida
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Located about eight miles from Siesta Key, Sarasota Jungle Gardens is one of those Florida throwback attractions that were hugely popular before the big amusement parks arrived. Originally a swampy banana grove, it was developed into a botanical garden in the thirties. Featuring a wide range of plants from the Australian Nut Tree to the largest Norfolk Pine in Florida, a visit here is pretty low-key as you stroll through the grounds marveling at the plants and animal exhibits. The bird acts reminded me of going to Parrot Jungle in Miami as a kid in the 60's. I guess a cockatoo riding a bike will always be a classic! To top it off, when we bought our tickets, the cashier casually ment...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 11, 2003

Sarasota Jungle Gardens
3701 Bay Shore Road
Sarasota, Florida 34234
(941) 355-5305

Myakka River State Park

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Attraction | "Myakka State Park"

Myakka River State Park Photo, Sarasota, Florida
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Myakka State Park is located about 12 miles east of Siesta Key on State Route 72. This is the nicest and most interesting state park in the Sarasota area and is not to be missed! The cost is $4/car and is open every day from 8am to sunset. You enter on a scenic winding road that eventually ends up at Upper Myakka Lake. Along the way we made numerous stops to look at birds and gators. They are everywhere! Our son was fascinated by the huge gators in the Myakka River and shot a lot of video tape as they slowly swam near us. At the lake, we boarded the "Gator Gal", one of the world''s largest airboats. Our knowledgable guide pointed out all sorts of birds and, of course, gators with the ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 11, 2003

Myakka River State Park
13208 State Road 72
Sarasota, Florida 34231
(941) 361-6511

Dining in the Siesta Key Area

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Story/Tip

Prime Rib at Sam Seltzer's Steakhouse Photo, Siesta Key, Florida
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On Siesta Key proper, there are a wide range of eating options, although most places lean toward the open air funky beach style joint. A short drive over the Stickney Point Road bridge into Sarasota offers everything from fast food to fine dining. I'm not ashamed to admit that one of the favorites was for dad to get into the rental car and make a Wendy's run and bring it back to the pool at the condo. Here's a rundown of places we enjoyed: Daiquiri Deck (5250 Ocean Blvd, Siesta Key) -- As the name implies, they feature about every flavor of daiquiri you can think of and they are quite good and reasonably priced. The outdoor deck is on the main drag in Siesta Key and is pretty good loca...Read More