It was time for a vacation away from the day to day grind. We were looking for East Coast beaches to visit and came across Siesta Key Florida recently named the #1 Beach in America. As a family of six, with four kids (two of them being toddlers) a 14 hour car ride from Virginia did not seem relaxing at all; but we were up for it if it meant the end result would be sugar sand beaches and crystal clear waters.
I loved everything about our week in Florida and wanted to share some of our finds with you. This place is definitely worth planning a trip to. There is great food, beaches and entertainment in the vibrant town of Siesta Key.
My number one tip would be to PLAN AHEAD! Now that Siesta Key is on the map for being a destination beach, resorts and hotels are booking fast. There are so many quaint places to stay and each one offers a different experience. We stayed at the Minorga by the Key and even though the location was PERFECTION, the room was sub-par. I would highly suggest booking with Altez Vacations as they have some of the best customer service I have found. Their rooms are beautiful and they are willing to help you find the best activities for your stay. Since we planned last minute for our trip all their rooms were booked up.
We found Siesta Key to be a town vibrant with night life, bars and snow birds. We looked around and felt we were the only people with kids. Granted this may be due to the fact we came during the week and kids were still in school. Some of the restaurants gave off a bar vibe and we had to ask if they were kid friendly. One of our favorite spots to dine and unwind was The Hub Baja Grill. This hot spot in the heart of Siesta Key was full of life. Steel drums played and banana daiquiris tasted like they were straight from the tropics. The food was delicious, serving mostly seafood and Mexican fare,and the kids menu offered something to please even the littlest diners.
When in Siesta Key you have to try Big Olaf Creamery and Meaney's Mini Donuts. Both of these tasty little treasures are sure to cure any sweet tooth. With fresh donut holes, drizzled in hot chocolate sauce and served on a stick; or the perfect creamy peanut butter shake, Meaney's quickly became my favorite part of the trip. Walking into Big Olaf's your senses are taken back to childhood. With the sweet smells of fresh baked fudge and ice cream creations you can't help but smile when walking out.
We took a day to check out the Ringling Museum, as it was founded in Sarasota Florida. With only a thirty minute drive from Siesta Key, we jumped in the car for an adventure. Upon arriving we found that it was more geared towards adults and older children so we passed and headed down the road to Sarasota Jungle Gardens instead. This place could be so amazing,yet we felt it had lost its zest. There was hardly anyone there and not much to see. The pricing was a bit steep ( $18 adults $13 kids) but feeding flamingos, talking with parrots and seeing massive crocodiles was worth it.
At the end of the week we decided that Siesta Key was well worth the trip. The beach alone was worth it all. Sunsets that are as beautiful as even the best masterpieces and weather that makes the soul happy, you can't leave in a bad mood. We will absolutely find our way back next year and I hope this blog helps you find your way there too!
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