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Best Restaurants & Dining in Sarasota

Best Restaurants in Sarasota
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.


Best Bars & Nightlife in Sarasota

Find the best bars and nightlife in Sarasota
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.


Best Activities & Attractions in Sarasota

Find best Activities and Attractions in Sarasota
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.


Best Shopping & 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.


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Find Weekend Events, Live Music, Entertainment, Arts, Movies, Theater and of course the best Sarasota Parties!

Wed, Jun 26

June 26th | Marketing on Main + Connect Collaborate Elevate

Welcome to Sarasota's premier networking event, Marketing on Main (MonM)! On the last Wednesday in JUNE the Marketing on Main family explores a different location in downtown Sarasota. This month we ...

June 26th | Marketing on Main + Connect Collaborate Elevate

Fri, Jun 28

Sip for the Seas

A party, spirit tasting, market and fundraiser - all in one! Come to The Sarasota Modern, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel and enjoy complimentary tastings of Nautical Gin & Mermaid Vodka, enjoy tropical ...

Sip for the Seas

Sat, Jun 29

4th Annual Bob Rizi Memorial Golf Classic

Location: The Meadows Country Club Registration 7 a.m. / Start 8:30 a.m. Foursome - $500 Hole Sponsorship - $150 Foursome & Hole Sponsorship - $650 $125 Per Person Scramble Format ...

4th Annual Bob Rizi Memorial Golf Classic

Sat, Jun 29

Card Shark Run!

**MarineMax Customers ONLY**Calling all Card Sharks! Join us for a fun day of boating around the Sarasota area with your fellow boaters collecting your best hand! Sun, fun, and making new friends ...

Card Shark Run!

Sat, Jun 29

Scooters at Hooters: Part 3

The Scoot Squad is assembling again at Hooters in Sarasota! So fire up that scooter and join us for a scoot-tastic good time! You don't have to have a scooter to join in on the fun, just come and ...

Scooters at Hooters: Part 3

Sat, Jun 29

Sea Ray Sandbar Dayaway!

**THIS IS A SEA RAY OWNERS ONLY EVENT** On Saturday, June 29, MarineMax St. Petersburg and MarineMax Clearwater are throwing a beach party! But not just any beach party... we're rafting up at the ...

Sea Ray Sandbar Dayaway!

Sun, Jun 30

Grand Prix FUN RUN

This event is part of the 35th Annual Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival, enjoy a great day of boating and fun in support of charity! All types of powerboats, leisure craft vessels, jet skis, ...

Grand Prix FUN RUN

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

Wed, Jul 3

Red, White & You Grand Prix Festival Kick Off Party

Enjoy one of the biggest parties of the year kicking off the 35th Annual Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival weekend at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Grand Foyer! This event features live ...

Red, White & You Grand Prix Festival Kick Off Party

Thu, Jul 4

4th Annual Rooftop Fireworks Party

Its time to make some plans for the 4th of July!!! Office Bar srq.is taking the party to the 6th floor...FOR THE 4th TIME!!! Catch fireworks from Port Charlotte all the way to Bradenton....all ...

4th Annual Rooftop Fireworks Party

Thu, Jul 4

4th of July at The Westin Sarasota

Celebrate Independence Day at The Westin Sarasota Join The Westin Sarasota in celebrating the Fourth of July with fresh & local food, chilled drinks, and an exclusive view of Sarasota's signature ...

4th of July at The Westin Sarasota

Fri, Jul 5

2019 Block Party

Time to party and meet your favrite teams. I say wear a white t-shirt and let all the teams sign it.

2019 Block Party

Fri, Jul 5

22N at Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Block Party

Main Street in Downtown Sarasota 6 p.m. - 10 p.m *Meet the race teams up close! *Boats will be on display from Orange Avenue to Gulfstream Avenue in Downtown Sarasota - A great photo ...

22N at Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Block Party

Fri, Jul 5

Boats On Main Block Party

Main Street in Downtown Sarasota 6 p.m. - 10 p.m *Meet the race teams up close! *Boats will be on display from Orange Avenue to Gulfstream Avenue in Downtown Sarasota - A great photo ...

Boats On Main Block Party

Fri, Jul 5

Boats on the Block Block Party

Meet the race teams up close! Boats will be on display from Orange Avenue to Gulfstream Avenue & S. Palm Avenue in Downtown Sarasota - A great photo opportunity for the entire family! Live music

Boats on the Block Block Party

Fri, Jul 5

Meet & Greet - Who's In the Driver's Seat

Participating race teams will be signing autographs and providing giveaway items to guests. $5 Adults - Children 12 and Under Free

Meet & Greet - Who's In the Driver's Seat

Sat, Jul 6

22N at Beach Club Siesta Key - 1947

Are you Ready to Rock??? Because We Are Ready to Roll!! Meet us at the Beach Club Siesta Key for great food, wet drinks, and great music!!!

22N at Beach Club Siesta Key - 1947

Sat, Jul 6

Sarasota Grand Prix Car Show & Motorcycle Dealer Event

View dozens of classic and late model cars at Rossiter's Harley-Davidson Dealership Show Entry Fee - $20 Per Vehicle (No Pre-registration) No Coolers Allowed

Sarasota Grand Prix Car Show & Motorcycle Dealer Event

Sun, Jul 7

SARASOTA POWERBOAT GRAND PRIX FESTIVAL - VIP RACE VIEWING - SUNDAY, JULY...

VIP RACE VIEWING - SUNDAY JULY 7 - 10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. Enjoy the excitement of offshore powerboat racing from the best "seat on the beach" as race teams battle it out for the checkered flag, ...

SARASOTA POWERBOAT GRAND PRIX FESTIVAL - VIP RACE VIEWING - SUNDAY, JULY...

Wed, Jul 10

Women on Water: July 10, 2019

**To be REGISTERED, please click on the ticket link below and confirm information through our MarineMax.com website **Ladies, take the helm! Experience a unique hands-on class designed to inspire ...

Women on Water: July 10, 2019

Sat, Jul 20

22N at The Gator Club

22N Rockin' SRQ at The Gator Club in Downtown Sarasota!!! It Going to be EPIC!!!

22N at The Gator Club

Sat, Aug 24

Kilts on Coquina Beach

Join the New World Celts Sarasota for their annual Celtic Beach Cookout. Wear your favorite kilt and bring your bathing suits. The pavilion is close to the restrooms and beach!! We will provide ...

Kilts on Coquina Beach

Sun, Sep 1

AquaPalooza 2019!

It's back! MarineMax Sarasota brings you fun in the Sun with AquaPalooza 2019! Raft up with fellow boaters to enjoy music, free Giveaways, and more! Party will be at New Pass Sandbar, just in front ...

AquaPalooza 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 ...

Sarasota Pirates & Rum Festival

Sun, Oct 27

Morton's Firehouse Chili Cook-Off 20th anniversary

Exciting News to come for The 20th!!

Morton's Firehouse Chili Cook-Off 20th anniversary

Fri, Nov 1

Sarasota Country Music Festival

Head over to downtown Sarasota for the best weekend ever! The inaugural downtown Sarasota Country Music Festival will feature live music, arts/crafts, special attractions & lots of family fun!! ...

Sarasota Country Music Festival
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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!

(click here to reach more about the cottage)
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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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