Your Guide

One of the many things we’ve learned from helping literally hundreds of families plan their vacations is there is no universal one-size-fits-all top-ten list of things to do.  As a matter of a fact, once you experience the amazing view and the relaxing sound of the waves that you can hear from our windows, you may decide you don’t want to venture far from our little slice of paradise.

The four most frequent comments I received from our guests are:

  • “The view is unbelievable”
  • “I can’t believe how close we are to the water”
  • “Your pictures don’t do it justice”
  • “I don’t remember the last time I felt so relaxed”
Everyone Loves the Views

Beachfront Siesta KeyThe views from our lanai and the 4 x 6 foot sliding window our master suite are absolutely amazing. When you sit on the lanai in the morning sipping your coffee and enjoying the gentle breeze coming off the Gulf of Mexico you’ll often see dolphins jumping and occasionally spot a manatee cruising lazily by. In the evening the lanai provides you with a front row seat to enjoy magnificent sunsets.

Everyone Loves Being Right on the Beach

There are many advantages the closest beachfront condo to the Gulf of Mexico on Siesta Key. The beach starts at our back door and the Gulf of Mexico sits only about 200 feet away. Some guests prefer to unwind with a good book, and appreciate the fact we provide beach chairs, umbrellas and a cooler. If you have children you’ll enjoy watching them build sand castles with the beach toys you will also find in the front closet.

If you like long walks on the beach and collecting seashells, you will love our location.  To the south you will enjoy the best shelling on Siesta Key and you can walk often in near solitude for miles. To the north the beach extends for about a mile and a half until you reach the famed Point of Rocks.  Along the way you’ll pass by Turtle Beach, a mostly locals beach that is seldom crowded, several condos that are set a long ways back from the water, and beyond that, high-end private residences.

If you’re into fishing, you’ve got the choice of the Gulf that is only about 200 feet from our back door or the bay inlet that is only about 100 feet from the front door.  I can tell you where to pick up a reasonably nice combo rod and reel for less than $20 that will last you through your vacation (not salt water rated).

The Benefits of a Beachfront Vacation

Scientists have proven what many of us already knew; beach vacations are beneficial for your mental and physical health.  Recent studies have also concluded that family beach vacations provide more benefits for your kids than material gifts.    I never spent much time thinking about this, but in reflecting back to my childhood, I not only agree, but also believe these benefits are amplified for families that stay right on the beach.

When you are staying right on the beach, you remove the hassle of trying to get everybody and everything together before making a trek to the beach.  Seldom is everyone ready to move at the same time, and when you’re trying to pack up everything you’ll need for the day, it can be a real ordeal.  If you’re staying right on the beach, everyone can move when they are ready, and anything you need during the day is only a few steps away.

Looking for Some Excitement?

If you would you like to rent kayaks, paddleboards, a boat, a jet ski, go parasailing, charter a sailboat for a sunset cruise or hire a fishing guide; we’ve got you covered. How about a round of golf or a tennis match – we can help you with that too.

If you would like to rent a bicycle during your stay,  you’ll enjoy the wide bike lanes and the fact there are a couple dozen restaurants and several places to shop within two miles of the condo and before you reach a busy street.

You’ll find information on these and many other activities in the comprehensive get acquainted guide we send all of our guests.  Please click here for a listing of things to do.

Scenic Drives and Day Trips

Many of our guests like to take a break from the beach and explore the surrounding area. There are a number of great things to see and do that are within an easy hour’s drive from the condo.  There are also several scenic drives that you might enjoy during a lazy afternoon.  Our get acquainted guide will give you some ideas, and if you would like, we would be happy to help you design some day outings.

Family Activities

Many families enjoy visiting one of the Drum Circle sunset celebrations that are held on the Casey Key public beach Wednesday and Saturday evenings and the northern Siesta Key public beach Sunday evening.

Kids often love shelling and hunting for fossilized shark teeth.  We know of beach that is off the beaten tourist path that is loaded with shark teeth that are five to fifteen million years old.  We also know about some neat stuff to do along the way.

In our get acquainted guide we also provide links to a variety of museums and discuss special venues like the Mote Aquarium, Venice Audubon Society Rookery and Myakka River State Park where you can take an airboat tour (fairly low speed / multi passenger airboat).

Culture and Fine Dining

The Siesta Key area is surprisingly cosmopolitan, and with that, offers an amazing number of fine dining options and cultural venues. In our get acquainted guide we provide our guests with a list of approximately 30 great restaurants that include direct links to the restaurant websites and our commentary on the menus. We also provide a links to museums, entertainment venues and activities that you might find interesting.

Our Get Acquainted Guide

Whether you want to build anticipation by planning events for your vacation or just want some ideas about what you should pack and where to eat a special dinner, you will appreciate our comprehensive get acquainted guide.  It nearly 30 pages long, and includes information on the topics listed below. If you want more information or some help selecting from the wide variety of options available, we’re only a phone call away; we love what we do and it would be our pleasure to help you in any way we can.

  • Traveler Alert – some Vacation Rental Websites are charging travelers service / booking fees that are not very well disclosed and can run into the hundreds of dollars.
  • What’s next – Reservation confirmation, payment schedule & your rental agreement
  • Trip Cancellation / Travel Insurance information
  • Things to consider bringing with you
  • Driving directions to condo
  • Getting around Siesta Key and Sarasota
  • Quick supply stop – Coffee for your first morning
  • Shopping for groceries and adult beverages
  • Upon arrival – Checking in, getting keys from lock-box, parking and condo location
  • Any problems – Numbers to call 24/7
  • Condo operations – WiFi, TVs, etc.
  • Restaurants, meat and fish markets – Includes address, phone number, web addresses and commentary about our favorite dishes at approximately 30 great restaurants
  • Things to do – Includes information about shopping, golf, tennis, fishing, where to rent boats, kayaks, etc., as well as many things you can do for free. Also covers numerous activities for families with kids

Please feel welcome to email or call us with any questions.

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