Man and his dog at Sunset Point Siesta Key enjoying the sunset from their paddle board.
We went to SunniBunni on 8/23/2013 after watching the sunset on the beach. SunniBunni is located at 5202 Ocean Blvd Siesta Key, Fl 34242. The young girl behind the counter was very friendly and allowed us to sample the different flavors to see what we wanted to try. We got a BerryBunni smoothie with pink lemonade and then we got an original cup of frozen yogurt. Both were very good and refreshing. The yogurt there is 100% natural, contains active cultures, is fat-free, gluten free, kosher, and great for people who are lactose intolerant. They have topping available as well to add to your frozen yogurt but it also tasted great plain. There menu can be found in Bentley Street's menu drawer. Be sure to check out this unique ice cream place.
We went to Marina Jack's Portside Patio on August 22, 2013 for lunch. They are located at 2 Marina Plaza in Sarasota right on the bay. The views were breathtaking. As you wait for your meals you are able to look out and see fabulous views of the bay, the park, boats arriving and departing, yachts, buildings, and a dolphin fountain. The service was wonderful and the waitresses were very friendly. We sat in the front left corner under the shade but close enough to the water to have great views. We highly recommend their raspberry iced tea, buffalo chicken sandwich, avocado wrap, and mango daiquiri. It is a great place to get a great meal and then walk around the area and get photos. After the meal we recommend walking to the park with the fountain that you can see from the patio. It is a circle walkway where you pass boats docked and there are swings, seats, a playground, many cool trees, a fountain, and great picture opportunities. We recommend going there in the afternoon to enjoy the patio and sights before the rain in the late afternoon. We were there during the rain but we waited it out and then we were able to walk over to the park afterwards, since the rain lasts such a short time. Marina Jack also offers an indoor dining room, a deep six lounge, live music, a banquet hall, Marina Jack II lunch/dinner cruise, and a gift shop.
These pictures were taken on 8/20/2013 and 8/23/2013 at Siesta Key. The beaches have quartz sand that is soft on your feet and never gets hot from the sun. The beaches are very clean and the water is crystal clear. There are four lifeguard stands at the beach each a different color which can be seen pictured above which make it easier to locate your spot on the beach. We were in the water up to our shoulders and were still able to see our feet through the water. While in the ocean we could see schools of fish swimming by and fish jumping out of the water. The water was the perfect temperature. It is best to get to the beach early in the morning because daily between 3-6pm there is usually a downpour storm for a short time due to the weather in Siesta Key. Get out there and enjoy these beaches. There are plenty of public access points to the beach and there is also a main beach area that has a parking lot and snack pavilion with public restrooms. There are volleyball courts on the beach, lifeguards on duty all year round, picnic tables, tennis courts, and a soccer field. If you are bringing a cooler on the beach you are not allowed glass containers but it is legal to bring alcohol on the beach as long as it is in aluminum or plastic.
On a clear night on Siesta Key at Sunset Point you can see a beautiful sunset. This sunset pictured below was seen on August 23, 2013. We parked in Siesta Key Village near the shops and walked around town until dusk and then headed for the beach. There was a big crowd of people at Sunset Point waiting to see the sunset. We sat on the rocks on the beach, but recommend bringing a towel or chairs for a more comfortable experience. It was beautiful sitting on the beach taking in the sights, watching the ocean, looking at the birds flying around, and seeing people out in the water swimming and fishing. We stayed on the beach until around 9pm and we were able to take beautiful photos and have a very relaxing evening. This is definitely a sight worth seeing and a beautiful picture opportunity.
This week we went and ate at the Daiquiri Deck in Siesta Key. They have off street parking in the back of the restaurant, an outdoor deck, an indoor eating area, a raw bar, and a bar area. They have a wide variety of alcoholic drinks. I ordered the Kryptonite daiquiri and it was very good! It is pictured below. The service was fast and the waitress was very friendly and accommodating. We ordered the siesta burger and a salmon wrap, both were very good. You get a choice of fries or coleslaw with your meal. We also ordered a strawberry smoothie which was very refreshing after a good day at the beach! Overall a very positive and welcoming atmosphere to eat in. For more information visit their website at www.daiquirideck.com this restaurant is a short ride from Bentley street on 5250 Ocean Blvd, Siesta Key. A menu can be found online or in house menu drawer. Check out the daiquiri deck on your next visit!!
Check out the slideshow below which includes descriptions of all beaches in the Sarasota, FL area from yoursarasota.com.
Here are pictures and a video of Sarasota Bay Park. The Sarasota Bay area is home to Marina Jacks, O'Leary's Tiki Bar and Grill, beautiful views, walking paths, beautiful picnicking spots, boat rentals, fishing opportunities, and much more. The Bay Park is located at One Marina Plaza, Sarasota, FL 34236 which is about a ten minute drive from Bentley Street.
I consider Sarasota and Siesta Key to be one of my own personal favorite paradises, with the number one beach in America and great sunny weather. What contributes more to this special paradise is a very unexpected place to most, a restaurant, Yoder's Amish Village. Not only is it a highly recommendable restaurant for every meal, but it was also featured on TV's Man vs. Food. People are drawn to their well known line of Amish homemade cream pies which are laced with chocolate, peanut butter, and various fruit flavors. Main meals are prepared in a delightfully Amish manner including pressure cooked chicken and grilled oatmeal for breakfast, which is not to be forgotten. Starting your day with breakfast from here is wise! The friendly staff and nice atmosphere make this restaurant a family friendly place and I am sure they would even be willing to offer up any sort of baking tips you might be interested in.
Apart from the restaurant, the quaint complex is populated with a Fresh Produce Market and Deli Market, which is also Amish owned and operated. For those that wish to take an ever lasting piece of their experience with them, other than the scrumptiously tasty memories of each and every meal, there is also a Gift Shop where those more tangible items can be acquired.
Definitely check out this restaurant! You don't want to miss it! It is located at 3434 Bahia Vista St in Sarasota, Fl. Their phone number is 941-955-7771 or visit their website at www.yoderrestaurant.com!
This restaurant is only a 5 minute drive from Bentley Street!
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