Best of buds, sea turtle and manatee. We found this beautiful #sunset in Sarasota, Florida.
This location is easy to find as you walk along the waterfront and marina area. We loved this little row boat during low tide.
#travel #boat #water #ocean #goldenhour Beautiful Sarasota #sunset
Florida's west coast has amazing #goldenhour sunsets. Definitely make time to enjoy the view!
#florida #amazing A close up of some colorful underwater critters at the aquarium at Mote Marine Laboratory.
Mote Aquarium is the public outreach arm of Mote Marine Laboratory, displaying more than 100 marine species with a focus on local marine life. The Aquarium opened in 1980 on City Island in Sarasota Bay. Visitors can see sharks, manatees, sea turtles, seahorses, rays, skates, seahorses, and invertebrates including cuttlefish, jellyfish, and sea anemones. The Sea-Grape is widely used as a landscape plant in Florida because it has a high tolerance to salt and wind. I have one in my yard as a specimen tree but it is commonly used as a screen or hedge. Produces a fruit that can be made into jellies, jams, or wine ( never seen the stuff though and ....sceptical ), or right of the limb.
This one is in the little park under the South-West side of the Ringling Cuasway bridge.
#treetrove Look at this guy balancing an air bubble on his nose!
Mote Aquarium is the public outreach arm of Mote Marine Laboratory, displaying more than 100 marine species with a focus on local marine life. The Aquarium opened in 1980 on City Island in Sarasota Bay. Visitors can see sharks, manatees, sea turtles, seahorses, rays, skates, seahorses, and invertebrates including cuttlefish, jellyfish, and sea anemones. A clown-fish hiding amongst a glowing underwater backdrop.
Mote Aquarium is the public outreach arm of Mote Marine Laboratory, displaying more than 100 marine species with a focus on local marine life. The Aquarium opened in 1980 on City Island in Sarasota Bay. Visitors can see sharks, manatees, sea turtles, seahorses, rays, skates, seahorses, and invertebrates including cuttlefish, jellyfish, and sea anemones. A close up of a bottom dwelling jellyfish. The shade of blue and the gold fringe make this jelly quite elegant and photographic.
Mote Aquarium is the public outreach arm of Mote Marine Laboratory, displaying more than 100 marine species with a focus on local marine life. The Aquarium opened in 1980 on City Island in Sarasota Bay. Visitors can see sharks, manatees, sea turtles, seahorses, rays, skates, seahorses, and invertebrates including cuttlefish, jellyfish, and sea anemones. A colorful orange shrimp stands out against the white.
Mote Aquarium is the public outreach arm of Mote Marine Laboratory, displaying more than 100 marine species with a focus on local marine life. The Aquarium opened in 1980 on City Island in Sarasota Bay. Visitors can see sharks, manatees, sea turtles, seahorses, rays, skates, seahorses, and invertebrates including cuttlefish, jellyfish, and sea anemones. Poker Runs America has many regional events throughout Florida each year including one in my hometown, Sarasota. This is a helicopter shot taken while shooting a documentary on one of the boats.
This event delivers lots of Boats, Business, and Beautiful Bodies each year and the party never ends !
Next run is the Season Opener Poker Run, Tampa / St. Petersburg / Sarasota , FL March 15-16, 2013
#localgem A lion-fish. Invasive? Very. Yet quite a striking creature.
Mote Aquarium is the public outreach arm of Mote Marine Laboratory, displaying more than 100 marine species with a focus on local marine life. The Aquarium opened in 1980 on City Island in Sarasota Bay. Visitors can see sharks, manatees, sea turtles, seahorses, rays, skates, seahorses, and invertebrates including cuttlefish, jellyfish, and sea anemones. A tank full of illuminated jelly fish floating listlessly can be very hypnotizing.
Mote Aquarium is the public outreach arm of Mote Marine Laboratory, displaying more than 100 marine species with a focus on local marine life. The Aquarium opened in 1980 on City Island in Sarasota Bay. Visitors can see sharks, manatees, sea turtles, seahorses, rays, skates, seahorses, and invertebrates including cuttlefish, jellyfish, and sea anemones. Dollar Dollar Bill$ Y'all. The SKOB as the locals call it, has thousands of dollar bills stapled/taped all over the walls and ceiling of the bar. Great food and beer. The Mote is such an interesting aquarium and research center. Thank you to my fellow Trovers for posting pics. Exploring the drink menu... This Mojito was exquisite ! A cute little restaurant with some unique dishes on the menu. They have table service but I think the best experience is sitting up at the bar.
TIP = for cool drink pics get someone to light the drink from behind with their cell phone flashlight app.
#cocktail #localgem Many, many, many turtles at the aquarium of Mote Marine Laboratory!
Mote Aquarium is the public outreach arm of Mote Marine Laboratory, displaying more than 100 marine species with a focus on local marine life. The Aquarium opened in 1980 on City Island in Sarasota Bay. Visitors can see sharks, manatees, sea turtles, seahorses, rays, skates, seahorses, and invertebrates including cuttlefish, jellyfish, and sea anemones. We loved visiting The Donut Experiment on Anna Maria Island where you can create your own hot cake donut dipped in the icing of your choice and finished off with an amazing topping.
From left to right - TOP: coconut flaked chocolate glazed, Reese's Piece chocolate glazed, salted caramel BOTTOM: Oreo crumble chocolate glazed, Fruity Pebbles strawberry glazed, Reese's Puff peanut butter drizzle chocolate glazed.
#donut #donuts #florida #foodie #foodietravel #travelblog #foodblog #traveling #colorful #island #vacation #bestof5 Fluffy ricotta pancakes topped with Meyer lemon curd, fresh blackberries that looked like mini clusters of grapes and a serving of vanilla bean syrup with a side of hash browns topped with cheese and onions.
In addition to delectable cuisine, the location of Station 400 has a great backstory. The restaurant is located inside a train station the was built in 1852 in Kentwood, Indiana. The building was dismantled, moved and reassembled in the Rosemary District of Sarasota, Florida. Sea turtle training! Through positive reinforcement, these loggerhead turtles are trained to recognize colors and shapes.
Shelley and Montego, two adult female loggerhead sea turtles were born in North Carolina in 1977. They are not equipped for survival in the wild and now permanently reside at More Marine.
Mote Aquarium is the public outreach arm of Mote Marine Laboratory, displaying more than 100 marine species with a focus on local marine life. The Aquarium opened in 1980 on City Island in Sarasota Bay. Visitors can see sharks, manatees, sea turtles, seahorses, rays, skates, seahorses, and invertebrates including cuttlefish, jellyfish, and sea anemones. Another exotic plant that captures insects Sea turtle training! Through positive reinforcement, these loggerhead turtles are trained to recognize colors and shapes.
Shelley and Montego, two adult female loggerhead sea turtles were born in North Carolina in 1977. They are not equipped for survival in the wild and now permanently reside at More Marine.
Mote Aquarium is the public outreach arm of Mote Marine Laboratory, displaying more than 100 marine species with a focus on local marine life. The Aquarium opened in 1980 on City Island in Sarasota Bay. Visitors can see sharks, manatees, sea turtles, seahorses, rays, skates, seahorses, and invertebrates including cuttlefish, jellyfish, and sea anemones. The Mote is such an interesting aquarium and research center. Thank you to my fellow Trovers for posting pics. Shelley and Montego, two adult female loggerhead sea turtles were born in North Carolina in 1977. They are not equipped for survival in the wild and now permanently reside at More Marine.
Mote Aquarium is the public outreach arm of Mote Marine Laboratory, displaying more than 100 marine species with a focus on local marine life. The Aquarium opened in 1980 on City Island in Sarasota Bay. Visitors can see sharks, manatees, sea turtles, seahorses, rays, skates, seahorses, and invertebrates including cuttlefish, jellyfish, and sea anemones. In an area of dining and shopping St. Armand circle has drawn visitors since the turn of the century. Maybe one of the early visitors is still hanging around . Today I learned that sea urchins will devour zucchini! I'm not sure how the aquarium curators stumbled upon that discovery.
Mote Aquarium is the public outreach arm of Mote Marine Laboratory, displaying more than 100 marine species with a focus on local marine life. The Aquarium opened in 1980 on City Island in Sarasota Bay. Visitors can see sharks, manatees, sea turtles, seahorses, rays, skates, seahorses, and invertebrates including cuttlefish, jellyfish, and sea anemones. Exotic plant life at this Botanical gardens. This one can trap insects
#red flowers are special Not the bridge I grew up looking at but they did a nice job on this new one! There are manicured running paths and a little park on both ends. I suggest parking on the Can see why this never-ending white sand beach gets such accolades! Too chilly to swim today but a must-go even for just a long walk. A slice of Provence in Sarasota Sunset on Lido Beach The Mote is such an interesting aquarium and research center. Thank you to my fellow Trovers for posting pics. Awesome beaches ! Sand squeaks when you walk on it.
#localgem Nice park in Sarasota Florida, including water jets and playground, kids had a blast!
There's also a tiki bar next door for a cheeky cocktail.
#kidsfun Great place to enjoy a walk and beautiful flowers! The north end of Siesta Key Beach is an awesome spot to scope sunsets, as groups of people tend to gather here in the evening. An easy walk from the village, it's a blend of the beautiful white sand, craggy rocks and emerald water. In Florida the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens (15 acres, including 9 acres of display gardens) is the only botanical garden in the world dedicated to the display and study of epiphytes, especially orchids and bromeliads, and their canopy ecosystems, with a focus on botany, horticulture and environmental education. Ongoing research and exploration for tropical plants attracts worldwide attention of international scholars and plant enthusiasts. #springfun Sarasota sunset. This exotic plant looks the fall kids treat Candy Corn Beautiful sunset today (again) at Siesta beach. This paddle boarder and his dog are a pretty regular site in the area when the sea is calm, the dog seems to love it.
#sunset #florida #mananddog Lunch and a beer on the beach: watch birds, people, and the working drawbridge. Fish & chips are really good! Exotic plant life Cuttlefish are just one of the awesome finds @ the Mote Aquarium My Bride and I took a sunset cruise on Sarasota Bay with some new friends and some old friends Stuart Dickson and Margarette Hixon. Beautiful weather, great music, food and gorgeous sunset. One of the most beautiful gardens to visit in Sarasota Florida. A photographers botanical dream. Powdery white sand and some of the calmest water I've ever seen in Florida. It was nice to relax, in the crystal clear water, and not be pummeled to death by the waves. #blue Holiday lights at Selby Gardens tonight in Sarasota, Florida, USA. Sunset at Seista Key, Florida Show up at the Sea Shanty early in the morning for piping hot doughnut holes. Lido Key in Sarasota ,FL. Tranquil beach with beautiful sunsets. Perfect for friends to share the view in lounge chairs
#lifeatexpedia One of the finest examples of Japanese horticulture Beautiful run along the bay. Beautiful... Jellies @aquarium
Mote Aquarium Dolphin Fountain Silent cruiser @ Mote Aquarium Little lizard tempting fate in an owl exhibit View of Sarasota Bay Bridge leading into downtown Sarasota, Florida. Looking from Bird Key Island Park. Stopped by for a drink. Cool beer. Inside, there's a wide variety of different coffees. Up on entering, the essence of coffee aroma would hit your nostrils. Great taste also. Cheeseburger on sourdough and fries. Rainy morning@ Lido Beach Marine and nurse statue in Sarasota port , huge !! Very festive and fun place to drink or dine near the world famous Siesta Key sugar sand beach. Dollars bills signed and dated must exceed $10,000 hanging from the walls and ceilings.
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Get an overview of this hotel3-star hotel on the beach, near St. Armands Circle

Popular property highlights

Free self parking
Free WiFi
Pets allowed
Restaurant
Outdoor pool

Location

Nestled on the beach, this Lido Key hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lido Beach and St. Armands Circle. Mote Marine Aquarium is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) away.

Hotel Features

At Holiday Inn Lido Beach, Sarasota, hit the beach, dine onsite at the restaurant, or enjoy a drink at one of the hotel's 2 bars/lounges.

Room Amenities

All 135 rooms provide conveniences like refrigerators and coffee makers, plus free WiFi and flat-screen TVs with satellite channels. Guests will also find balconies, room service, and pillow menus.

Languages Spoken

Holiday Inn Lido Beach, Sarasota

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

Holiday Inn Lido Beach, Sarasota features an outdoor pool and a fitness center. The hotel offers a restaurant. Guests can unwind with a drink at one of the hotel's bars, which include 2 bars/lounges and a poolside bar. Public areas are equipped with complimentary wireless Internet access.

This 3-star property offers access to a business center and meeting rooms. This beach hotel also offers a terrace, multilingual staff, and complimentary newspapers in the lobby. Onsite self parking is complimentary.

Holiday Inn Lido Beach, Sarasota is a smoke-free property.

  • Safe-deposit box at front desk 
  • Terrace 
  • Luggage storage 
  • Elevator/lift 
  • Number of bars/lounges - 2 
  • Breakfast available (surcharge) 
  • Fitness facilities 
  • Conference space size (feet) - 5000 
  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Poolside bar 
  • Business center 
  • Laundry facilities 
  • Porter/bellhop 
  • Meeting rooms 4 
  • Restaurant 
  • Total number of rooms - 135 
  • Free self parking 
  • Number of floors - 6 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Outdoor pool 
  • Smoke-free property 
  • Multilingual staff 
  • Free newspapers in lobby 

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Hotel  
  • Outdoor pool  
  • Free Wi-Fi  
  • Laundry facilities  
  • Refrigerator  

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Parking

Free self parking

Room Amenities

  • Premium TV channels 
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning) 
  • Free newspaper 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Phone 
  • Free local calls 
  • Refrigerator 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Private bathroom 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Shower/tub combination 
  • Satellite TV service 
  • Iron/ironing board 
  • In-room safe 
  • Desk 
  • Balcony 
  • Flat-panel TV 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Number of bathrooms -  
  • Room service (limited hours) 
  • Pillow menu 
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available 
  • Rollaway/extra beds (surcharge) 

Where to Eat

Cooked-to-order breakfasts are available for a surcharge and are served each morning between 7 AM and 10:30 AM.

Holiday Inn Lido Beach, Sarasota has a restaurant on site.

Room service (during limited hours) is available.

Nearby Things to Do

Recreational amenities at the hotel include an outdoor pool and a fitness center.

Accessibility

If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

  • Accessible bathroom 
  • Roll-in shower 
  • In-room accessibility 

Hotel Policies

Check-in

Check-in time starts at 3 PM

Check-in time ends at midnight

Minimum check-in age is 21

Check-out

Check-out time is 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 10.0 per night.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.

Pets

  • Pets allowed for an extra charge of USD 75 per pet, per stay
  • 2 per room (up to 40 lb)
  • Restrictions apply
  • For more information contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.
Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.
No cribs (infant beds) available

Fees

You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:
  • Resort fee: USD 25.00 per accommodation, per night
The resort fee includes:
  • Pool access
  • Beach towels
  • Fitness center access
  • Business center/computer access
  • Internet access
  • Newspaper
  • In-room bottled water
  • Laundry facilities
  • Self parking
  • Parking
We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
  • Breakfast fee: between USD 10 and USD 20 for adults, USD 8 and USD 15 for children (approximately)
  • Pet fee: USD 75 per pet, per stay
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 10.0 per night
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Hotel Name

  • Holiday Inn Lido
  • Holiday Inn Lido Beach Sarasota
  • Holiday Inn Lido Hotel
  • Holiday Inn Lido Hotel Sarasota Beach
  • Holiday Inn Sarasota Beach
  • Lido Holiday Inn
  • Holiday Inn Lido Beach
  • Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach Hotel Sarasota
  • Holiday Inn Lido Beach Sarasota Hotel

We should mention

The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation. Guests can arrange to bring pets by contacting the property directly, using the contact information on the booking confirmation (surcharges apply and can be found in the Fees section).


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