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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!

Sat, Sep 21

6th Annual Taste of Downtown

Featuring menu tastings from your favorite downtown restaurants, fine wine pairings, beer and specialty cocktails at the historic Sarasota Opera House. Proceeds benefit Sarasota Youth Opera. Tickets: ...

6th Annual Taste of Downtown

Sat, Sep 21

8th Annual Red Hot Event

Join us Saturday, September 21 for SunCoast Red Hot Event at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Featuring signature dishes from the Libby's, Lemon Tree, Muse, Oak & Stone and Mattison's, listen to ...

8th Annual Red Hot Event

Sat, Sep 21

AquaPalooza 2019!

RESCHEDULED FOR 9/21! MarineMax Sarasota brings you fun in the Sun with AquaPalooza 2019! Raft up with fellow boaters to enjoy live music, free Giveaways, and more! Party will be at New Pass Sandbar, ...

AquaPalooza 2019!

Tue, Sep 24 - Tue, Nov 26

History + Beer

Enjoy the magical true stories of Sarasota's past while sipping uniquely paired craft beers from 99 Bottles Taproom & Bottle Shop. This storytelling presentation by Andrea and Mimi of Compass Rose ...

History + Beer

Tue, Sep 24

Ribbon Cutting: Bravo Italian Mediterranean

Bravo Italian Mediterranean requests the pleasure of your company at our Rebranding Celebration! Our Daytime Event: 10:00am- 11:00am: Ribbon Cutting with the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce.

Ribbon Cutting: Bravo Italian Mediterranean

Sat, Sep 28

Dino's & Donuts

Reservations are a must for this Event. We are going on a Safari Hunt to find our special dinosaur to put in our little dish gardens. Each child will get to enjoy a yummy donut & milk too! The cost ...

Dino's & Donuts

Sat, Sep 28

Exotic Car Festival St. Armands 2019

Exotic Car Festival presented by the Ferrari Drivers Group Sarasota

Exotic Car Festival St. Armands 2019

Sat, Sep 28

Florida Extreme Cup

Soccer Management Company (SMC) has announced their Florida Tournament Series headlined by the Sarasota Cup (325 teams) hosted in Lakewood Ranch, FL and the PBG Classic (212 teams) hosted in Palm ...

Florida Extreme Cup

Sat, Sep 28

Scotch and Cigars for Knights of Columbus at Maduro on 41

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

Scotch & Cigars at Maduro 41 Saturday, September 28th, 5-8pm. Fundraising event for Knights of Columbus. $50 Tickets/Person includes: Featuring Glenrothes Scotch Selections, 3 Blends - ...

Scotch and Cigars for Knights of Columbus at Maduro on 41

Sat, Sep 28

South Gate Fest

Join us for a community "block party" in South Gate complete with live music, food & drink trucks, local vendors, businesses & non-profits plus tons of kids activities! Check out who will be ...

South Gate Fest

Sat, Sep 28

The Golden Ticket

"I've heard tell that what you imagine sometimes comes true." September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and for this September's signature fundraising event, we are excited to present a ...

The Golden Ticket

Fri, Oct 4

99th Annual Membership Meeting & Luncheon

More information coming soon!

99th Annual Membership Meeting & Luncheon

Fri, Oct 4

The 2019 Set the Bar Cocktail Competition

Each year, the Sarasota-Manatee Originals bring together the area's best bartenders, distillers and other bar and spirits professionals for the annual "Set the Bar" Cocktail Competition. Designed ...

The 2019 Set the Bar Cocktail Competition

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

Sat, Oct 5

Sarasota Water Lantern Festival

Tickets are on sale for the Sarasota, FL Water Lantern Festival held at Nathan Benderson Park. Get your tickets now at www.WaterLanternFestival.com before it sells out! Water Lantern Festival ...

Sarasota Water Lantern Festival

Sat, Oct 12

2nd Annual - Jeeps vs. Mustangs

Join us for our 2nd Annual Jeeps vs. Mustangs event! We will have multiple vendors on-site along with entertainment. We will Convoy to Calusa Brewing mid day. This event is a show and shine! ...

2nd Annual - Jeeps vs. Mustangs

Sat, Oct 12 - Sun, Oct 27

Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival

Family Fun at Hunsader Farms each Saturday & Sunday beginning October 12 through October 27. The Wall of Death will perform hourly all 3 weekends of the festival! Everyday of the Pumpkin Festival ...

Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival

Sat, Oct 12

Jaguar Concours d'Elegance

The Suncoast Jaguar Club was founded in 1981 by a group of Jaguar automobile enthusiasts. Each year for more than 25 years the Suncoast Jaguar Club has presented a Jaguar Concours d'Elegance at ...

Jaguar Concours d'Elegance

Fri, Oct 18 - Sun, Oct 20

Sarasota Oktoberfest

Fall means it's time for Oktoberfest! No matter where it is celebrated, there are a universally common staples: lively music, mouthwatering food, and big, big pints of beer. Now Paragon and the ...

Sarasota Oktoberfest

Sat, Oct 19

Anna Maria Island Bayfest 2019

Bring your family and friends and enjoy a fun filled day on Pine Avenue in the City of Anna Maria! The AMI Chamber of Commerce is proud to present our 19th annual Bayfest, an all-day street ...

Anna Maria Island Bayfest 2019

Sat, Oct 19

Slime Blowout 2019 - a slime convention

Do you love slime? Join us at the Slime Blowout in Sarasota, Florida this October 19th! We'll have great VIP Slimers like pianoslimeshoppe, cornwishslime, theslimebasin, satisfactorystore, ...

Slime Blowout 2019 - a slime convention

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 disturbing 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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