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Mrs. Sicle and I are headed down that way for a week-long trip sometime in March. Will catch a couple of Orioles games, visit her father briefly (Tampa), but otherwise plan to relax with large quantities of umbrella drinks @ the beach. We're researching places to stay and most of what we're hearing is that Lido Key and Siesta Key are great, while Longboat Key is meh.
Any general or specific recommendations? Trying to keep it under $2k for 7 nights' lodging (not including meals).
I would second whoever said Siesta Key. There is a great Hilton on Longboat Key, but I don't about condos or other lodging. St Pete Beach has a strip of just about every hotel type imaginable.
Easter is early this year, so prices may be higher earlier than usual with spring breakers.
Lido Beach Resort has always been good for us. It's got plenty of amenities and is within walking distance to St. Armand's Circle. Get one with a kitchenette, there's a Publix about two miles away where you can stock up on food and save some cash. Everything is pricey around there.
The Lido Beach Resort, a Sarasota Florida resort hotel, is located on Floridas Circle.
They just opened up a Trader Joe's in Sarasota in September. Though eating a Publix sub on the beach is pretty close to heaven.
Mrs. Random loves Sanibel Island. Just east of Fort Myers so a couple of hours south of Sarasota.
My brother-in-law is a former chef that now teaches cooking classes at a Publix in Sarasota. Pretty cool setup for a cooking school. He also used to be on the cooking segments for the local news.
Unfortunately even though I'm down there all the time we usually just stay at a hotel close to their house, although next time we'll probably stay at Siesta Key.
The Daiquiri Bar on Siesta Key
Thanks Paul - this was one of the first places I looked at on Tripadvisor. Unfortunately sold out.
We picked a busy/expensive time to make this trip, and stupidly have waited until January to book stuff.
I'm a little south of that, but "You Are Looking Live" at the view from my balcony at the hyatt regency coconut point resort and spa in Bonita Springs, FL.
Here for a work trip, but this afternoon was free, so...
This really is a great place. Not sure on prices for a week's stay though.
Look to rent a house/villa in Siesta Key. Much cheaper and plenty to choose from (try airbnb but be careful to make sure it says the whole house is available and not just one room). Plus you can go to the grocery store and not be forced to eat out every meal.
Siesta Key also has plenty of public beach parking and usually in areas not as crowded as the hotels. Unless you like staying in those obnoxious high rises with middle america families and old people.
My parents live on Siesta Key, so I've been there a few times. I second the beach recommendations. Place to eat there are mostly beach bars. Probably the best one I've been to is a place called The Cottage.
The stadium is great, but not a lot to do around there. I'd recommend hitting up downtown before or after games. Not a huge bar scene, but there's decent dining and places for beers/cocktails. There are also a lot of good restaurants in what's called the Southside Village area.
Try to do some kayaking/paddleboarding while you're in Sarasota. You can go on tours where they'll take you through the mangroves in South Lido Park. As far as touristy places, the Ringling Museum and Mote Marina are decent.
Was actually able to get into Lido Beach Resort after all -- moved the trip to late February. Still get to see Oze vs Yankees and Red Sox that week.
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