Our Vacation in Sarasota Florida
We arrived in Sarasota post ‘Tropical Storm Debby’ at the Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel just after lunchtime on the 27th June. To be honest we did not know what to expect as far as the weather was concerned. Certainly, not bright blue skies and sunshine. The weather forecast had predicted further rain until the following weekend!
The ‘On the Beach Hotel’ has motel style accommodation which, to be honest could use an update. The quality and choice of rooms/views varies as does the price per night. A beach view is the best, but be prepared to share a very narrow balcony and little privacy. The food and service were excellent and the staff were in a jovial party mood! As well as the restaurant, there were snacks available at the beach bar and free nibbles form 4pm -6pm. Plus, with it being “Boat Race Weekend” additional outdoor BBQ food. A bonus was the concierge service that runs to St Armand Circle where shops, restaurants and bars are located. See further below.
A glass of chilled vino Madam?
As it was a special birthday for our lovely friend J, here is a picture of the gift bought from Henri Bendel - The Heritage Buckle Bangle.
And then onto a Sunset Dinner Cruise on the Marina Jack II. Visit the Marina on Sarasota Bay Front.
We literally had the boat to ourselves, fine dining, great company, perfect weather. It was pure heaven.
We had the most wonderful time, highly recommended.
If you have a taste for the more sophisticated palette, you have to take a stroll around St Armands Circle. Set amidst a tropical paradise, St. Armand is an enchanting circle of fine shops and gourmet restaurants.
Before our departure back to Atlanta we had a great vantage point from the sea view balcony for The Sarasota Lido Beach Power Boat Race. The beach was packed throughout the day as holiday makers and Race Boat fans staked their claim to the best beach spots in which to watch the race as these million dollar boats powered their way across the sea.
This was ‘Our Vacation in Sarasota Florida’
His larger relative was in the pond behind the Keeper!
Hope you enjoyed the Sarasota tour?
Where are you going on vacation this year?