Summer in Sarasota: A Complete Vacation Guide Part 2

Summer in Sarasota: A Complete Vacation Guide Part 2

Summer in Sarasota: A Complete Vacation Guide Part 2

There’s no place like Sunny Sarasota this summer! Seas the day in Sarasota county with the hottest spots of the season. Read below for a complete guide to your best vacation yet! 

July Events

Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix

June 29 – July 7

Ready, set, go – get ready for the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix! An annual Sarasota favorite, this family-friendly, fun event takes off on June 29th, running through July 7th. Some dates to remember: July 3rd – the festival kickoff at Van Wezel, a spectacular evening of fireworks and more! July 5th – the Boats on Main block party. July 6th – Car show and motorcycle event at Rossiter’s Harley Davidson. July 7th is the highlight of the festival, where you can watch the powerboat races at Lido Beach. 

 

Looking for more places to sit back and watch the fireworks? Check out this guide to Independence Day Fireworks in Sarasota!

 

Art and a Movie at The Ringling

July 8 & 22, Aug. 5

Have you been looking for cost-friendly ways to spend your Sarasota vacation this summer? This July, The Ringling brings you Art and a Movie, a summer film series documenting three women whose art is featured in the museum. Each film will be shown on a Monday, the day that the Ringling waives the admission fee all year long. The films will be introduced by staff, who lead a short Q&A on the featured artist. 

Lionfish Derby

July 14

Sarasota fun fact! Did you know that the lionfish population in Sarasota are a venomous and invasive species, that disrupts the ecosystem in the entire Gulf? Reef Environmental Education Foundation has found a fun, creative solution to this problem! 6 years ago, this foundation started a one-day competition in order to remove as many lionfish as possible. This exciting competition, with a delicious finish, was so successful they have held it every year since. The annual Sarasota Lionfish Derby, held at Mote Marine Aquarium, starts July 12th, weigh-in and tastings starting on July 14th. 

Improv Festival

July 12-14

Theatre troupes from across the globe take the stage for the 10th Anniversary Sarasota Improv Festival. A three-day long event, these performances are sure to leave you laughing! 

Beach Volleyball

July 13-14

Are you looking for fun ways to spend your time in the sun? Siesta Key Beach holds an annual Dig the Beach Volleyball Tournament, the perfect way to get moving while still relaxing! 

 

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Learn About Sea Turtles In Sarasota!

Learn About Sea Turtles In Sarasota!

Sarasota County is a nesting ground for the highest amount loggerhead turtles in the Gulf. If you are planning your Sarasota vacation, it’s important to know all about their graceful habitants, the sea turtles!

 

The History Sarasota’s Sea Turtles

May 1st through October 31st is sea turtle nesting season in Sarasota County. Through July 1st, female turtles journey ashore to nest and lay their eggs, and starting around July the hatchlings begin their swim back into the Gulf of Mexico. Last year, the research from Mote Aquarium showed over 3,000 nests – almost all loggerhead sea turtles! Nine of those nests were reported to be green sea turtles. Both of these are on the endangered species list, but with the help of Mote’s sea turtle conservation efforts, last year’s nesting total was the third-highest since they began the program about 40 years ago.

Mote Marine Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Conservation

The Sea Turtle Conservation & Research Program, founded at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium has 35 miles of Sarasota and Manatee beaches in their care. Partnered with federal efforts to preserve sea turtles, Mote Marine Aquarium focuses primarily on loggerhead turtles, as the population in Sarasota is the highest on the Gulf of Mexico.

Learn About Sea Turtles at Mote Aquarium

If you want to get a more intimate look into the life of Sarasota’s sea turtles, go to Mote Aquarium for their exclusive sea turtle exhibit. You will learn all about sea turtle habits, endangerments, and Mote’s conservation efforts. Take a look at Mote’s Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital, which treats hurt turtles and prepares them to continue their life in the wild. Visit their resident sea turtles, Hang Tough, Montego, Squirt 2, and Harry. These turtles sustained injuries which rendered them unable to survive on their own, but now spend their days relaxing as Mote’s signature residents.

Nesting Information and Photos

Coastal Wildlife Club, a non-profit run entirely by volunteers, takes care of the sea turtle nesting habitats stretching the coast from Caspersen Beach in Venice to Stump Pass Beach State Park in Englewood. Check out their Facebook page for more information on nesting and photos throughout the season.

 

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Enjoy Sunny Sarasota’s Coastal Charm: Part 2

Enjoy Sunny Sarasota’s Coastal Charm: Part 2

Are you planning your Sarasota vacation and looking for the best places to have fun? Full of coastal charm and tropical attractions, no matter how you choose to spend your time, Sunny Sarasota has endless fun in store for all.

 

Here Are Some Of Sunny Sarasota’s Best Local Attractions:

 

Sporty Sarasota Spots

Ed Smith Stadium

Kick back and relax with America’s pastime at a baseball outing. Sarasota spring training is in full swing and a hotspot of fun! Spend your holiday the all-American way while snacking on Dippin Dots and watching the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium.

Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf

Feed the baby alligators before your game at Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf! Featuring a beautiful freshwater reptile habitat, you can head over to the course after feeding the gators. A full Floridian adventure with caves, waterfalls, pirate ships and more, this mini golf course is a family-friendly outing all will enjoy.

TreeUmph! Adventure Course

Get ready for the ultimate adventure at TreeUmph!, a 14-acre zipline park. This fun Bradenton favorite has courses of all kinds, from dangling ropes, ziplines, aerial tours and more. Keep in mind if you are looking for an adventure for the whole family, TreeUmph! has an age restriction of seven years and older. Containing obstacle courses and endless fun, this is sure to be an unforgettable adventure!

 

Sarasota Tours

Sarasota Bike Tours

Take an intimate tour of Sarasota and gaze over the beautiful landscape with Sarasota Bike Tours. This biking adventure runs from Siesta Beach to the Ringling Museum, and goes along the Sarasota Bayfront, giving you a full view of Sarasota. Learn all about the scenic gems you pass from the knowledgeable and friendly guide leading your tour.

Cruise The Seascape On LeBarge Tropical Cruises

Explore the Sarasota seascape on LeBarge Tropical Cruises, where you will see dolphins, manatees, and many other sea creatures. Your cruise will be guided by educated marine biologists, who will acquaint you with the beauty of Sarasota Bay.

 

Looking for more coastal sun in the fun? See part one for more of Sarasota’s best local attractions!

 

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A Guide To Sarasota’s Tastiest Lunch Locations: Part 1

A Guide To Sarasota’s Tastiest Lunch Locations: Part 1

 

What’s for lunch? Leave the decisions at home on your vacation and feast on one of the many favored Sarasota flavors below. With these top Sarasota lunch locations on the list, a dash of deliciousness is on the menu!

 

Lila

If you’ve been searching for an exclusive vegan adventure for your palate, Lila is the place! Lila, meaning “fun, whimsical and creative”, is that and much more. A pioneer of Sarasota’s vegan restaurants, they offer many different vegan or vegetarian options, and use all locally-sourced organic ingredients.

MADE

For a classic take on American comfort food, enjoy your lunch break in MADE’s cozy atmosphere. Taste Florida’s finest foods at this unique, old-timey restaurant, serving all fresh produce from local farmers. Be sure try their award-winning Duck Club with a side of spicy cheesy tots!

Mediterraneo

Famed for being the first authentic Italian style cuisine to Sarasota and rated as Best of the Best in Sarasota Magazine, authenticity is the cornerstone of this mouth-watering modern Italian restaurant. Travel across the globe on your lunch break in Sarasota and stop by Mediterraneo for a warm, friendly bite of Northern Italy! Don’t forget to try their recommended dish, the renowned Veal Chop Milanese with fresh arugula & tomato.

Pho Cali

Sip on a fresh smoothie or boba tea while enjoying Pho Cali’s savory lemongrass chicken and rice. This family owned, homemade Vietnamese restaurant offers a completely authentic experience that is unlike anywhere in Sarasota!

State Street Eating House + Cocktails

State Street Eating prides themselves on fresh, innovative meals while creating a unique dining experience. Based in a restored mid-century building, this historic foodie paradise is an essential Sarasota lunch location!

Gecko’s Grill & Pub

“You can’t buy friendship but you can find it at Gecko’s…eat, drink & be merry!” – Gecko’s Grill & Pub truly embodies their motto in this friendly Floridian atmosphere. Partners with Sarasota’s local Honeyside Farms, this farm-fresh, fun grill & pub offers a relaxing midday bite.

Michael’s On East

For a new kind of fine dining experience, lunch at Michael’s On East, an award-winning spot for creative cuisine and impeccable service. Open for lunch from 11:30am to 2pm, with many different vegan and vegetarian options, Michael’s On East is a enticing midday affair that you don’t want to miss!

 

These savory Sarasota spots are sure to satisfy all of your cravings – bon appetit!

 

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Center Your Chakras at These Serene Sarasota Yoga Spots: Part 1

Center Your Chakras at These Serene Sarasota Yoga Spots: Part 1

By Hannah M.

If you are a yogi yearning for a secret spot to practice your skills on your Sarasota getaway, Southwest Florida is full of quiet corners perfect for finding inner peace.

 

Siesta Key

Breathe easy and take a sweet savasana on Siesta Key’s healing white sand beaches! Siesta Key’s allure doesn’t end at the sparkling white sands; the sand takes on this appearance due to the uncommon composition – it’s almost completely quartz crystal, and said to have healing properties. Siesta Key is a favorite sage spot for the quartz crystal sand, as quartz crystals are natural energy conductors and said to be one of the highest vibratory minerals on the planet.

South Lido Key

If Siesta Key isn’t your scene and you are searching for a more serene way to spend the day, the southern end of Lido Key is the perfect private paradise. Plan your practice on nature’s platform at low tide when the sandbar is visible for unforgettable views. After an energizing yogic experience, end your routine with a calm cruise through the mangroves.

Manasota Key

A hidden gem of southern Venice, Manasota Key offers a tranquil repose from the hustle and bustle of South Florida. Be sure to bring along your yoga mat or towel; the distinctive, dazzling sand here is a composition of seashells, small fossil fragments and quartz crystal pieces – a breathtaking and beautiful sight, but not nearly as cushy as the soft sands of Siesta Key.

Celery Fields

Take a mellow, meditative walk through the paths leading up Celery Hill, where an unbelievable view awaits you on your yoga journey. The best times of the season to visit are during February; this peaceful peak is a pit stop on the Great Florida Birding Trail, where you will find an array of wildlife and unique birds to practice the poses alongside you. A sunrise yoga routine on this heavenly hilltop will brighten your entire Florida expedition.

 

Sarasota: A Year-Round Yogi Haven

No matter the level of experience you have, Sarasota is the perfect yogi paradise! Keep your yoga mat on hand for your Florida explorations – there’s no shortage of breathtaking views and restful hideaways to hone your skills on your vacation this year.

 

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Sarasota’s Coffee Culture: A Java Dream!

Sarasota’s Coffee Culture: A Java Dream!

Sarasota’s Coffee Culture: A Java Dream!

By Hannah M.  

Sarasota's Coffee Culture: A Java Dream!

Sarasota is a Destination Vacation for Coffee Connoisseurs!

If you’re planning a beach vacation for the holidays, there are plenty of cozy corners to find the best cup of joe in Sarasota. Get ready for your dream java vacation with this coffee connoisseur’s guide to Sarasota!

Craving a Caffeine Kick? Here are Sarasota’s favorite locations for roasted beans:

Cafe Venice Restaurant and Wine Bar

The perfect end to any evening, Cafe Venice is famed for their wine selection. After tasting their collection superb wine, don’t forget to finish the night with an aromatic Italian espresso and some dessert!

Columbia Restaurant

Try Columbia Restaurant for some fantastic local beans! Roasted in Tampa, Florida – their cafe con leche with one of their fresh baked treats is highly recommended.

C’est La Vie

The ideal artist’s getaway, C’est La Vie in downtown Sarasota offers a sidewalk view of Main Street with an array of authentic French sweets. Have a macaroon with your macchiato while sketching the day away!

La Dolce Vita

Who doesn’t have a soft spot for affogato? Don’t miss La Dolce Vita for your best espresso yet! Known for their gelato affogato el cafe, satisfy your sweet tooth with the array of Italian desserts found here.

Justin Banister’s Out & About Coffee

For a quick cup of joe on the go, check out Justin Banister’s Out & About Coffee mobile coffee cart! Typically found around the east end of downtown Sarasota or near outdoor events, Banister brings a classic coffee house experience with his cold brews and espresso.

Perq

Do you consider yourself a coffee connoisseur? Perq is a coffee shop you must visit! A sophisticated spot for espresso and desserts, you will also find brewing equipment and more; Perq will meet all of your coffee needs.

Are you a bookworm? Don’t miss these locations – perfect for cozying up with a cup of fresh coffee and a good book!

The Green Bean: A Hidden Gem!

A favorite local study spot, The Green Bean is a quaint and quiet shop hidden in north Sarasota. With plenty of cozy corners, grab an espresso, your favorite book and take it easy!

The Reserve Coffee House and bookshop-cafe

Built around 1920, this historical gem is a great place for local coffee and tea! Learn about the history of The Reserve while sipping on some kombucha or craft beer.

Shelf Indulgence Used Bookstore Cafe

Newly opened in 2017, this used bookstore is the ideal day away from the hustle and bustle! Brewing local roasts from Latitude 23.5°, this serene Sarasota coffee spot is where a book lover’s heaven and coffee connoisseur’s paradise meet.

Satisfy Your Caffeine Craving at one of Sarasota’s Many Cozy Coffee Corners!

The holidays just got sweeter planning an exploration through Sarasota’s coffee culture.

With these savory Sarasota coffee corners in mind, you’re ready for a dream java vacation!

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