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Best Restaurants and Dining in Sarasota

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Sarasota has it and serves it! Elegant restaurants for fine dining, some great Italians, waterfront restaurants with spectacular views, romantic restaurants and places for the whole family. Read more ...

Best Bars & Nightlife in Sarasota

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Sarasota has some major nightlife areas, were you can enjoy sunset drinks, a romantic date or spend all night partying or go barhopping, but always remember, party responsibly. Read more ...

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Sarasota is full of activities that are fun for adults or the whole family. We created some local expert tips for some must-see attractions and things to do, like Helicopter rides and kajaking. Read more ...

Best Shopping and Boutiques in Sarasota

best shops and boutiques in Sarasota
Sarasota has cute and unique boutiques, a variety of gourmet shops, healthy lifestyle shops, jewelry stores, the famous St. Armand's Circle and some wine & cigar shops and much more. Read more ...

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Thu, Apr 25

Cigar Dinner at Puccini's

Maduro Cigar & Bar, 7386 South Tamiami Trail 941 925 4747

Cigar Dinner at Puccini's Featuring Toscano and Nestor Miranda 75th Anniversary Cigars 4 Course Dinner Wine Bourbon Tasting 2 Cigars BYOB ( If you desire) $100 ( plus gratuity on the ...

Cigar Dinner at Puccini's

Fri, Apr 26

Studio 54 Designing Daughters Gala

Designing Daughters will host our annual Gala featuring this year's theme, Studio 54, at the Universal Flight Training Hanger. Come boogie on down with us and continue the tradition of making a ...

Studio 54 Designing Daughters Gala

Sat, Apr 27

SJC Convoy to Jeep Beach 2019

Jeep Beach 2019 is held in Daytona FL from April 22nd-28th. Registration opens up in January 2019. Hotel Details: Coming Soon! See you on the Beach!

SJC Convoy to Jeep Beach 2019

Tue, Apr 30

31st Annual Girls Inc. Celebration Luncheon

Save the date for the 31st Annual Celebration Luncheon honoring all the Strong, Smart, and Bold leaders in our community! Each year, Girls Inc. of Sarasota County recognizes women, young women, and ...

31st Annual Girls Inc. Celebration Luncheon

Wed, May 1

Lunch in the Gardens - with Ian Prosser

Join us for a delightful luncheon and presentation featuring highlights of Ians Prosser's career in floral and event design for the likes of Queen Elizabeth and the inaugurations of Presidents Bill ...

Lunch in the Gardens - with Ian Prosser

Sat, May 11

10th Annual Harvey Milk Festival

Come celebrate 10 years with us. We have seen a lot of change, especially in these past 10 years! We will have some special events taking place to celebrate the work we as a community have done ...

10th Annual Harvey Milk Festival

Fri, May 24

St Armands Seafood & Music Festival

Join Us Memorial Day Weekend, May 24-26, 2019 for the 3rd Annual St. Armand's Seafood & Music Festival. General Admission is Free. Come enjoy delectable seafood dishes and entertainment by top local ...

St Armands Seafood & Music Festival

Sat, May 25

SRQ Margarita Festival 2019

SRQ Margarita Festival is the perfect combination of tequila and a music festival. The event will feature 12+ types of margaritas, great bands, food trucks, games, and a fireworks show to end the ...

SRQ Margarita Festival 2019

Thu, May 30

2019 FIFA U20 World Cup: USA vs Qatar

The US finishes group play vs. Qatar

2019 FIFA U20 World Cup: USA vs Qatar

Wed, Jul 3

Fireworks 4 Miler

Festive family fun to kick off the 4th of July! Join us at the biggest patriotic party in the Sarasota area for a festive 4 Mile Race around the lake at Nathan Benderson Park, just before sunset and ...

Fireworks 4 Miler

Wed, Jul 3

NBP Fireworks On The Lake 2019

Celebrate Independence Day a night early! We'll have music, plenty of food and concessions... and of course, a sky show on the water that you won't want to miss! It'll be a blast!

NBP Fireworks On The Lake 2019

Sat, Oct 5

Sarasota Pirates & Rum Festival

*****BEAUTIFUL VAN WEZEL BAYFRONT SARASOTA***** Sarasota's biggest and best event in October for cancer awareness!!! Assemble your KREWE and join us for a party like no other for a good cause. Great ...

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10 Instagramable Spots in Siesta Key

10 Instagramable Spots in Siesta Key

We live in a world where everyone is constantly looking for the perfect picture spot. No shame, just the honest truth! Everyone sees these amazing pictures on social media and becomes inspired to create their own. They become driven to find a way to travel and find those spots. That's not a bad thing! If anything, it just means that finding the perfect picture spot has become a form of expression, a way for you to show off your creative side. I love that about photography and social media. You hear so much criticism now a days about people always having to capture their daily lives and living through their cameras but if you ask me, isn't that what makes this day and age so beautiful? I personally love being able to scroll through Pinterest and see amazing pictures from content creators all over the world! I love being able to visit a new city and explore until I find that one location that inspires me. I love being able to be a part of the social media community and being able to share my experiences through the art I create!


So with that being said, I have gotten a ton of questions about how I get inspired living in Sarasota Florida. More specifically, you guys have been asking a lot about my main picture locations on Siesta Key! I have spent a lot of hours just driving and walking around this little beach island trying to find inspiration. Obsviousky when you live in a city it can be really easy to overlook amazing spots that are right in front of you. That's when your creativity needs to come into play! My best advice is just grab your camera and start walking. Find little walls, front porches, beach accesses, and so much more. (Little side note, if you are taking a picture in front of a house, please remember to be respectful to those who live there) Well I have created a handy dandy little guide for you that will help you find my exact instagram shooting locations!


10 Instagramable Spots in Siesta Key

1. Siesta Key Village

The village will forever be my number one go-to spot if I am going for a beachy vacation look! There are tons of colorful walls and cute restaurants to choose from. Personally, this blue wall between The Cottage and The Hub is my all time favorite!
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2. In The Ocean

Okay this one really isn't an exact location but I wanted to add it to the list because of the amazing water that we have on Siesta Key. We really do have those perfect blues and turquoise tones that can make any picture pop! So don't be shy, walk through the crowds down into the water and get that perfect shot!
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3. The Broken Pier

This spot can get a bit tricky during the busy times of the year because it has gotten really, REALLY popular but it is still worth it. Growing up I have always come here to shoot pictures because you can drive all the way up to the beach which makes it super easy to bring props or staging equipment.
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4. Cottage by the Sea by Beachside Management

These beach rentals are a beachy instagram dream! Personally, I really love most of the properties run by Beachside Management because they really do have the perfect colorful vacation look but this blue house is a big fan favorite. Now these are usually being lived in so like I mentioned earlier, be respectful of the tenants and make sure to give credit to Beachside because they rock!
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5. Tropical Breeze Resort

Siesta Key is filled to the brim with little resorts and beach rentals so a lot of the spots that I have found belong to them. With Tropical Breeze Resort, I really like to park my car somewhere in the village and just go explore with my camera. That way I know I am not distrubing the hotel or its guests and can still get the shots that I am looking for. This place is my absolute inspiration when it comes to a tropical palm tree paradise!
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6. The Hammock

This might be my most-asked about spot ever and I can definitly see why! If this doesn't scream insta-worthy then I don't know what does. The upside to this spot is that it is super easy to find. The downside is, it also belongs to Beachside Management and the property is almost always booked! If you are looking to shoot here you have two options: call and ask when the property isn't filled or risk it and go see if there is a car or people currently in the house.
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7. The Blue Lifeguard Stand

Siesta Key Beach has a bunch of lifeguard stands in a variety of colors but personally, I am a big fan of the blue one. I think it adds that extra beachy vibe. Just park your car in the main parking lot and take a walk down the beach. If you want an empty beach like this one, GET THERE EARLY! This picture was taken at 8am and I still had to photoshop two or three people out!
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8. Turtle Beach

So this spot is on the complete opposite side of the Island as Siesta Key Beach but i I still wanted to add it as a spot. Not only is it one of my favorite places to capture sunsets but it is also my go-to when it comes to the beach accesses! Turtle beach is a little less groomed than Siesta beach so there are always a ton of wild flowers that bloom along the beach. It makes for a really unique beach look. Little tip: the beach access inside the camping ground usually looks the best!
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9. Beware of Falling Coconuts

Can we just all agree that everyone needs this sign at home? Once again, this cute instagram spot can be found inside the courtyard of a Tropical Breeze Resort property. Totally worth a visit right?
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10. The Surf Board

Last but not least, the ultimate beach shower! So this surf board is an absolute inspo spot. Unfortunately it has recently been moved so it is no longer in the same spot as it was when I took this picture. However, it is still available in one of the new Beachside Management hotel pool areas right inside of The Village. I haven't actually been to the new property yet but I went ahead and added the location below.
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