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Turtle Beach Resort
Welcome to www.weloveourlife.com. This is our page dedicated to our experiences while staying at the Turtle Beach Resort on Siesta Key, Florida.
This was the first of a two-part vacation for us. To read about the second part of our trip click
Turtle Beach is a collection of cottages: 2 studios, 2 1-bedroom, and 6 2-bedroom cottages. Since it was only the two of us, we figured a 1-bedroom cottage would meet our needs, so we chose the Rainforest Cottage. The pictures on the resort’s website of the accommodations are very accurate and in fact don’t really do it the justice it deserves – it was even nicer than we expected. The major attraction of these cottages is the hot tubs exclusive to the cottages in private, enclosed areas outside.
Two terry robes were thoughtfully provided, and the bathroom was stocked with plenty of towels – both for the bathroom and larger towels for the hot tub and pool. There was a laundry room where we could exchange towels but the supply was so plentiful, we found we didn’t need to do that during our three-night stay. The majority of the time we were in the cottage, we were usually outside on the deck, lounging in the hot tub, which was large and well-kept. It was great coming back from dinner in the evening and sinking into the warm water. Our cottage was everything we expected and more.
The resort grounds are gorgeous – this is truly an intimate, hidden jewel on a quiet island. The gardens are extensive, and as we walked around, we could hear the tinkling of various fountains.
As you gaze across the bay, it is largely unspoiled with no high-rises disturbing the view. We found it to be extremely relaxing and calming. The resort also provides paddle boats and canoes free to guests, and there are docking facilities for guests.
The resort did not provide food, but we did request a bottle of champagne upon arrival, which was waiting for us.
There is no bar at the resort (we brought our own).
The couple who owns the resort are service oriented. We arrived a couple hours later than we had said we would be there, but it wasn’t a problem; when we arrived, there were instructions for us and we checked in with no problems. If the owners aren’t in the office or strolling the grounds chatting with guests, they are only a phone call away. We found them to be extremely friendly, and ready with suggestions and recommendations for activities and dining.
Siesta Key is a barrier island on the Gulf Coast of Florida, in the Sarasota area. It is a quiet area with many exclusive estates. Turtle Beach is down near the bottom of the island. Of course, there is the beach, shopping, and boating. We tried to reserve a sunset cruise but didn’t call far enough in advance, so we would recommend calling at least several weeks in advance if that is your desire.
We began this vacation on Siesta Key because we were really looking for a laid-back place where we could relax (which is exactly what we found). During the day, we were mostly interested in lounging in the pool, working on our tans, and reading.
Mote Marine Laboratory – 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 941-388-4441
Ophelia's On the Bay - 9105 Midnight Pass Road, Siesta Key, Sarasota, 941-349-2212
Captain Curt's Crab and Oyster Bar - 1200 Old Stickney Point Road, Siesta Key, 941-349-3885
Captain Curt’s Back Room is not to be missed, as they have all manner of entertainment, including karaoke. We went to the Back Room (a large bar area) after dinner and were entertained by a strong three-piece Beatles tribute band (The Fab Three) who willingly took our requests. Lori was happy with some peel and eat shrimp while she was singing along with the band.
The Summerhouse - 6101 Midnight Pass Road, Siesta Key, Sarasota, FL, 941-349-1100
Coasters - 1500 Stickney Point Road, Sarasota, FL 941-925-0300
Village Café – 5133 Ocean Boulevard, Siesta Key, FL 941-349-2822
Siesta Key is quiet and is likely not the place to go if you want to dance until dawn every night. There are some bars and entertainment; we only sampled the Back Room at Captain Curt’s while we were there. We much preferred our private hot tub in the evenings.
We chose to visit Florida in mid-October, one of the nicest times of year in this part of Florida. For the most part, hurricane season is over, and the heat from the summer months has burned off. Daytime highs are in the 80s and it can dip down into the 60s at night. We took sweatshirts although we never actually used them. There were some clouds and a few sprinkles, but it was mostly sunny and nice the few days we were on Siesta Key.
If you choose to stay in a unit with a kitchen, you can pick up some beverages and food so that you don’t have to eat every meal out. We ate lunch (and one breakfast) in our unit. We found a grocery store on Siesta Key that actually had reasonable prices – for food as well as alcohol. We took bug spray along with us but didn’t end up using it (although we always take bug spray on warm-weather vacations – just in case).
Also, Florida is now a non-smoking state, meaning that indoor restaurants are smoke-free.