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Best Restaurants & 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.


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.


Best Activities & Attractions in Sarasota

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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.


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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Fri, Oct 18

An Evening in India 2019

This special event features delicious Indian cuisine, amazing performances and a full bar for all to enjoy, all while shining a spotlight on the positive impact of our organization. An Evening in ...

An Evening in India 2019

Fri, Oct 18

Fish, Fun & Fright 2019

Buoys and ghouls of all ages are invited to dress up in costume for a Night of Fish, Fun & Fright! Enjoy spooky activities throughout the Aquarium, unearth shark teeth in "Coffin Creek" and feast on ...

Fish, Fun & Fright 2019

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

Fri, Oct 18

USA BMX Sunshine State Nationals

October could be dubbed as "Month of the Big Hill Super Tracks" - as USA BMX heads to two of the newest BMX super tracks in the country. First up is the legendary Sarasota BMX - one of the longest ...

USA BMX Sunshine State Nationals

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 - Sun, Oct 27

Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Fest

Our 31st annual Pumpkin Fest is an event suitable for all ages. Stroll under the shade of large oak trees to see local vendors in the craft show with their one of a kind crafts. The Pumpkin Fest runs ...

Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Fest

Sat, Oct 19 - 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 19

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk

Join the American Cancer Society for a walk to raise awareness and funds to end breast cancer. This walk is a non-competitive 5k where participants gather to celebrate survivors and honor loved ones ...

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk

Sat, Oct 19

Pumpkin Fest Food Truck Rally

Prepare your taste buds for a day filled with amazing food trucks. October brings beautiful fall weather along with seasonal and delicious treats. Food Truck lineup for October 19th: Funky ...

Pumpkin Fest Food Truck Rally

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

Sat, Oct 19

SRQ Family Fun Halloween Party

At the event: - Receive a Trick or Treat bag to visit vendor tables to get a treat. - Face painter and balloon artist on site (no additional charge for kids!) - Crafts including making slime ...

SRQ Family Fun Halloween Party

Sat, Oct 19

UnGala 2019 - The Evolution

Save the Date! UnGala 2019 - The Evolution will be held in the Museum of Art Courtyard Oct. 19, 2019 #UnGala2019 The Ringling is thrilled to announce the return of the much-loved signature event. ...

UnGala 2019 - The Evolution

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

Tue, Nov 12 - Tue, Nov 12

Sunset Yoga at O'Learys TIKI Bar & Grill Dock

Relax, Unwind and NAMASTE at Oleary's TIKI Bar Sunset Yoga on the Docks Join Claudia from Pineapple Yoga Studio for yoga on the docks facing the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy gorgeous water views and the ...

Sunset Yoga at O'Learys TIKI Bar & Grill Dock

Tue, Nov 26 - 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 ...

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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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