Shell Road Sign

Small Beach Access Paradise Exists on Siesta Key’s North End

Shell Beach – One of Sarasota’s Hidden Treasures A slice may be generous, let’s say a sliver of beach access exists on Siesta Key’s north end and is known only to those who have achieved true local status...or those lucky enough to have stumbled on it from Trip Advisor. The sliver is named Shell Beach and arrived at via none other than Shell Road. If you’re entering the Key from…
Memorial Day: by Daniel Foster

Local Suncoast Memorial Day Events

Suncoast Memorial Day Happenings! The weather is beautiful. The skies are sunny. The water is warm and there are plenty of happenings around town. There are numerous Memorial Day offerings whether you are looking for a formal ceremony or a relaxed experience with friends and family. Get outdoors, gather with friends, and enjoy the beauty of the Suncoast community while honoring those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. There are…
Siesta Key Beach

Siesta Key Beach Vacation

Siesta Key Beach Vacation! Ready for your Siesta Key Vacation? We're sharing a few of our favorite ways to spend vacation time at the beach - the #1 beach as ranked by Trip Advisor users.   First things first. If you want to fuel up for the day head over and grab an iced coffee and breakfast at Another Broken Egg. They open at 7AM so go early, avoid the crowd.…
Siesta Key Beach

Covid-19, This is no Vacation

Welcome to the new normal. The onset of Covid-19 has produced tremendous fluctuation in our daily, hourly and even moment-to-moment lives. We are facing an unprecedented global event which has swiftly flipped communities and businesses upside-down. Some people are completely out of work and out-of-business. Yet, when able, communities are supporting businesses which remain open, in an effort to support the livelihood of those lucky enough to be employed. We are witnessing despair…
Siesta Key Crystal Classic

The Siesta Key Crystal Classic is Just Around the Corner!

Have you heard of the annual Crystal Classic International Sand Sculpting Festival on Siesta Key? It’s an amazing weekend event which showcases the immense talents of a variety of sculpture artists, known internationally for their stunning work. We have Sarasota local and Master Sculpture, Brian Wigelsworth, to thank for inciting the Siesta Key event for the first time back in 2010. The competition now brings over 60,000 tourists to the…
Hurricane Natural Disaster Planning

Hurricane Natural Disaster Planning

Hurricane Preparedness, It's the most important aspect of successfully surviving natural disasters. One Year Removed from Hurricane Irma. The Real-Life Stories and Lessons Learned from a Vacation Rental Manager Part 1 It was early September one year ago when a massive Category 5 hurricane was barreling towards Florida. Hurricane Irma wasn’t the first hurricane scare I’ve experienced in my brief 2-year period living in Florida and at first impression, it…

Things to do on a Girls Trip to Sarasota, Florida

Things to do on a Girls Trip to Sarasota, Florida By: Susan Finch From: Must Do Visitor Guides Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Sarasota is the perfect place for a weekend of fun with the girls to bond and kick up your heels. Surrounded by breathtaking Keys, white sandy beaches, and plenty to do; the Sarasota area is the perfect playground for a bachelorette party, girls getaway, or friend reunion. https://youtu.be/fSg5ws93MWU…
Altez Palm Springs Properties

Preparing for a Photo Shoot

Preparing for a vacation home photo session is an important part in ensuring the result of your photoshoot are just as you've envisioned.  Getting the right photos is key in advertising your vacation rental and showcasing what's unique about the property. Photos and drone shots of each vacation home could be viewed by up to millions of potential guests. Photography and video is also one of the most influential promotional opportunities in maximizing the overall occupancy…

Altez Vacations Explores Sarasota Performing Arts Favorites

Sarasota offers a wide variety when it comes to performing arts opportunities across the city. There are a number of options ranging from dance and musical theatre, to live music, comedy and dramatic art performances. There's something for everyone due to the breadth, depth and immense talent in the area. We recommend a few of our favorite, well-known venues below and hope you will enjoy them during your Sarasota vacation experience.
Mote Marine Aquarium

8 Rainy Day Activities in Sarasota

8 Rainy Day Activities in Sarasota By Vanessa Caceres Don’t let rain get you down during your visit to Sarasota, Florida. There’s still plenty to do in and around the city. Just choose any of these eight destinations for a unique or fun experience. Visit the Ringling Museum of Art This property was once home to circus founder John Ringling and his wife Mable. You can make a full day…
Hidden along the southern end of Siesta Key beach is one of the best water sporting areas on the entire west coast of Florida

Point of Rocks, A Hidden Jewel on Siesta Key

Hidden along the southern end of Siesta Key beach where white sand meets the sea wall is one of the best water sporting areas on the entire west coast of Florida.  It is called Point of Rocks and is aptly named because it is at this location that beautiful rock formations meet the shore line creating a fishing, snorkeling, paddle boarding, and exploration heaven.   Point of Rocks is the only…

TODAY Show names Sarasota “Unexpected Memorial Day Place to Visit”

Do you have your Memorial Day plans ready? If you know anything about the best places to travel to for Memorial Day weekend, then you know that Sarasota/Siesta Key is the place to be, and the TODAY Show with Megan Kelly, would agree. Sarasota was recently highlighted by the TODAY Show as one of the 4 Unexpected Places to Visit During Memorial Day Weekend by Travel director for Travel +…
How To: Siesta Key Beach Day

How To: Siesta Key Beach Day

What’s not to love about a good beach day? Who doesn’t want to splash in the water and work on that golden tan? And of course, there is no better beach to soak in those summer days than the #1 beach, Siesta Key. However, a Siesta Key Beach day could soon turn into a not-so-fun beach experience if you don’t come prepared with the knowledge of local. Arrive Early Pack-up…