Exploring Sarasota Area

Below are galleries that include some of the photographs we’ve taken while exploring in and around the Sarasota area.  To see the photo gallery of our condo, our beach and some amazing sunset pictures taken from our beachfront lanai, please click here.

If you click on any picture in a Gallery it will open a viewer that automatically sizes pictures for PC, tablet and smartphone viewing.  If you are using a smartphone it is best to turn it sideways for a landscape view.

You can navigate forward or backwards through the Gallery by using the arrow keys.  You can also remove the caption at the bottom of the pictures by clicking the “x” next to the caption.  You can bring the caption back by clicking anywhere on the picture.

To see a video slideshow of our condo and the surrounding area please click here.

Out & About Photo Gallery

This Gallery includes a diverse group of pictures.  There are several pictures from our favorite scenic drive in Casey Key where beachfront homes typically sell for $5 to $20+ million.  However, it’s not just the homes that make this an enjoyable drive; it’s the winding road that is over-arched with trees, the lush landscaping and often stunning Gulf views that we enjoy most.

You can couple a drive through Casey Key with a visit to the Casey Key Fish House or to the Casey Key Drum Circle that celebrates sunsets Wednesday and Saturday evenings.

At the southern tip of Casey Key you’ll find the North Venice Jetty.  This is a popular area for fishing and also good for snorkeling in the areas that are close to the beach.  The beach that extends to the north is a favorite with locals, and great for walking.  Across from Casey Key you’ll see Venice to the south, but unless you have a boat, you’ll have to go back out to the highway to get there.

If you want to see even larger estates, take a drive through Gasparilla Island where it is said the billionaires have chased the millionaires out.  While the scale of the estates is impressive, the drive through isn’t terribly scenic.  However, you are rewarded at the southern tip with a nice pub and whimsically styled Adirondack Chairs on the beach.

If you are in the mood for upscale dining, you might consider Ophelia’s By the Bay, the Lobster Bisque there is amazing.  It’s walking distance from our condo and just south of the Turtle Beach Grill and Turtle’s Restaurant; both of which offer al fresco and indoor dining options.

The last picture in the Gallery is the back yard at Owen’s Fish Camp.  While it may appear that Owen’s is out in the country, it is actually in the historic Burns Court district of downtown Sarasota.

 

The Crystal Classic Sand Sculpting Festival Photo GallerySiesta Key Crystal Classic Sand Sculpting - Exploring Sarasota

The Crystal Classic International Sand Sculpting Festival is nothing short of amazing.  While we are always booked far in advance, and have a waiting list for this event, it is not unusual for local or even traveling artists to sculpt masterpieces on any given weekend.  Maybe the pictures below will inspire your young sculptor to build a masterpiece.  You will find a selection of sand molds and beach toys in the entry closet.