Best of buds, sea turtle and manatee. Bob's Train, a hard-to-find bar/ restaurant and circus memorabilia archive hidden behind a lumber store.
Four Pullman rail-cars in various stages of restoration — including the 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. This is the former location of the Sarasota Boxing Club. Word has it, a dispute with the landlord forced them to re-locate. This mural still adorns the south wall. #localgem
#HighWithoutWalls 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. Great spot to watch the sunset in Sarasota, Florida. Take Indian Beach Drive to Bayshore Road. #Wanderlust #Travel #Explore #Sunset #Beach #Florida #BestOf5 The Mote is such an interesting aquarium and research center. Thank you to my fellow Trovers for posting pics. Open since 1957. This is the best place to have a hangover meal in Sarasota! Always a diverse and .... entertaining crowd. A sarasota must visit in my opinion.
#Lunchtime #localgem 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 Nice pathway in front of Goldstein Hall. This IS an art school so you will always see a continuously changing landscape of public art displayed around campus.
#localgem 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 A slice of Provence in Sarasota Outside the East food court entrance they have painted the The Mote is such an interesting aquarium and research center. Thank you to my fellow Trovers for posting pics. Sunset on Lido Beach The Mote is such an interesting aquarium and research center. Thank you to my fellow Trovers for posting pics. Circus City Salvage in Sarasota is an amazing place to visit if you are in Sarasota. 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! 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 Sunset view from the docks. Sarasota sunset. J Dub's is a fun local brewery full of color! They have a pile of games in the corner of the tasting room, a food truck out front, and a beer garden in the back. We did not sample the food truck offerings, but the beer garden was lovely. We enjoyed our flights at a picnic table. And I do mean enjoyed! The beer was pretty good. They had a wide variety from Dark-O, a hearty imperial stout, to Mr. Weisse Guy, a light hearted sour. The sours were some of my favorites.
For more information:
https://thelifediscovered.wordpress.com/2016/03/18/breweries-of-sarasota/
#craftbeer #brewerytourism This exotic plant looks the fall kids treat Candy Corn Lunch and a beer on the beach: watch birds, people, and the working drawbridge. Fish & chips are really good! Exotic plant life Even dusk on the beach is a good time
#BeachBound 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 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 docks Beautiful... This place is Fantastic !
The sidecar was yummy. Great place for a special dinner and one of Sarasota's finest restaurants.
If I was going to tell a visitor to the area to visit our city's best dining experience... this is it!
#localgem Jellies @aquarium
Mote Aquarium Dolphin Fountain Silent cruiser @ Mote Aquarium A short break to Sarasota if you want to relax by the beach and the pool. There are plenty of places to eat out in the evening including a gorgeous tapas restaurant in the centre. Visit the Botanical Gardens to experience all the beautiful nature Florida has to offer. Little lizard tempting fate in an owl exhibit Caught this cloud formation at the perfect time. Was with the love of my life. Water lilies View of Sarasota Bay Bridge leading into downtown Sarasota, Florida. Looking from Bird Key Island Park. Cheeseburger on sourdough and fries. Rainy morning@ Lido Beach Marine and nurse statue in Sarasota port , huge !!
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Get an overview of this hotelFamily-friendly Sarasota hotel in Central Sarasota, near Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Popular property highlights

Pets allowed
Restaurant
Swimming pools
Business center
Laundry facilities

Location

This family-friendly Sarasota hotel is located near the bay, within 1 mi (2 km) of Florida Studio Theatre and Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. St. Armands Circle and Sarasota Jungle Gardens are also within 3 mi (5 km).

Hotel Features

2 restaurants, 2 outdoor pools, and a full-service spa are available at this smoke-free hotel. A free area shuttle and a free beach shuttle are also provided. Other amenities include a golf course, a 24-hour health club, and a bar/lounge.

Room Amenities

All 266 rooms offer WiFi, balconies, and LED TVs with Netflix. Other amenities available to guests include 24-hour room service, minibars, and premium bedding.

Languages Spoken

The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota features a full-service spa, a golf course, and 2 outdoor swimming pools. Dining is available at one of the hotel's 2 restaurants and guests can grab coffee at one of the 2 coffee shops/cafés. Guests can unwind with a drink at one of the hotel's bars, which include a poolside bar and a bar/lounge. A computer station is located on site and wireless Internet access is available for a surcharge.

This 5-star property offers access to a business center and meeting rooms. Event facilities measuring 26000 square feet (2415 square meters) include conference space. This luxury hotel also offers a 24-hour health club, a sauna, and spa services. Parking is available onsite for a surcharge.

The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota is a smoke-free property.

  • Bar/lounge 
  • Number of outdoor pools - 2 
  • Elevator/lift 
  • Children's club 
  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Poolside bar 
  • Business center 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Valet parking (surcharge) 
  • Computer station 
  • Conference space size (meters) - 2415 
  • Terrace 
  • Luggage storage 
  • Hair salon 
  • Concierge services 
  • Gift shops or newsstand 
  • Shopping on site 
  • Outdoor tennis court 
  • Total number of rooms - 266 
  • Number of floors - 20 
  • Golf course on site 
  • 24-hour health club 
  • Full-service spa 
  • Free beach shuttle 
  • Conference space 
  • Spa treatment room(s) 
  • Beach cabanas (surcharge) 
  • Meeting rooms 14 
  • Pool cabanas (surcharge) 
  • Steam room 
  • Sauna 
  • WiFi (surcharge) 
  • Number of coffee shops/cafes - 2 
  • Smoke-free property 
  • Children's club (surcharge) 
  • Supervised childcare/activities (surcharge) 
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk 
  • Free area shuttle 
  • Spa services on site 
  • Breakfast available (surcharge) 
  • Number of restaurants - 2 
  • Conference space size (feet) - 26000 
  • Laundry facilities 
  • Beach towels 
  • 24-hour fitness facilities 
  • Arcade/game room 
  • Wedding services 
  • Garden 
  • Multilingual staff 
  • Free newspapers in lobby 

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Hotel  
  • Outdoor pools  
  • Outdoor tennis court  
  • Area shuttle (complimentary)  
  • Laundry facilities  
  • Arcade/game room  
  • Cribs/infant beds (complimentary)  

Internet

Available in all rooms: Wireless internet access ( USD 16.00 per day )

Available in some public areas: Wireless internet access ( USD 16.00 per day )

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Parking

Valet parking (surcharge)

Room Amenities

  • Towels provided 
  • Premium TV channels 
  • Pay movies 
  • Premium bedding 
  • Balcony 
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning) 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Free newspaper 
  • Blackout drapes/curtains 
  • Phone 
  • Minibar 
  • Free bottled water 
  • Turndown service 
  • Designer toiletries 
  • Private bathroom 
  • Bathrobes 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Shower/tub combination 
  • In-room safe (laptop compatible) 
  • Iron/ironing board 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Desk 
  • Netflix 
  • Number of bathrooms -  
  • Room service (24 hours) 
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available 
  • Free cribs/infant beds 
  • LED TV 
  • Rollaway/extra beds (surcharge) 
  • WiFi (surcharge) 

Where to Eat

Cooked-to-order breakfasts are available for a surcharge and are served each morning between 7 AM and 11 AM.

The Lido Key Tiki Bar - Onsite bar. Open daily.

The Golf Club Grille - This restaurant specializes in American cuisine and serves lunch only. Open daily.

Jack Dusty - This restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. Open daily.

24-hour room service is available.

Nearby Things to Do

Guests can play rounds at the 18-hole golf course and enjoy other recreation facilities including an outdoor tennis court and a 24-hour health club. 2 outdoor swimming pools are on site along with a sauna and a 24-hour fitness center.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Pilates classes on site 
  • Golf lessons on site 
  • Snorkeling nearby 
  • Fitness classes on site 
  • Bicycle rentals on site 
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby 
  • Scuba diving nearby 
  • Yoga classes/instruction on site 

Spa Services

The Wellness Center at Th has massage/treatment rooms and couples treatment room(s). Services include deep-tissue massages, hot stone massages, massages, and facials. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy. The spa is equipped with a sauna and a steam room.

Guests under 18 years old are not allowed in the spa.

  • Couples treatment rooms 
  • Manicures and pedicures 
  • Body wraps 
  • Body treatments 
  • Body scrubs 
  • Facial treatments 
  • Aromatherapy treatments 
  • Hot stone massage 
  • Deep tissue massage 
  • Prenatal massage 
  • Sauna in spa 
  • Steam room in spa 
  • Minimum age to access spa is 18 
  • Massages 

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 4 PM

Check-in time ends at midnight

Check-out

Check-out time is 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Children 18 years old and younger stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 35.0 per night.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!

Pets

  • Pets allowed for an extra charge of USD 250.00 per accommodation, per stay
  • Dogs only
  • 1 per room (up to 20 lb)
  • Specific rooms only
  • Pet-friendly rooms can be requested by contacting 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.

Fees

You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:
  • Resort fee: USD 30.00 per accommodation, per night
The resort fee includes:
  • Fitness center access
  • Fitness/yoga classes
  • Internet access
  • In-room bottled water
  • Additional inclusions
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 10.00 and USD 22.00 per person (approximately)
  • Fee for in-room wireless Internet: USD 16.00 per day (rates may vary)
  • Fee for wireless Internet in public areas: USD 16.00 per day (rates may vary)
  • Valet parking fee: USD 26.00 per night (in/out privileges)
  • Pet fee: USD 250.00 per accommodation, per stay
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 35.0 per night
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Hotel Name

  • Ritz-Carlton Hotel Sarasota
  • Ritz-Carlton Sarasota
  • Sarasota Ritz-Carlton
  • Ritz-Carlton Sarasota Hotel
  • Sarasota Ritz Carlton
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota Hotel Sarasota
  • Ritz Sarasota

We should mention

Reservations are required for massage services and spa treatments. Reservations can be made by contacting the hotel prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation. Children 18 years old and younger stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding. 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. This property allows pets in specific rooms only (surcharges apply and can be found in the Fees section). Guests can request one of these rooms by contacting the property directly, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.


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