Arrived in Siesta Key about 8pm on Wednesday June 5th and right on our tail was Tropical Depression Andrea. Did our bit of shopping and straight to our rental house. The house is fabulous, updated recently and has its own pool. Woke up Thursday morning to very heavy rain and wind. Went down to beach to see the white caps on the waves, there were about 10 people on the beach and the winds were very strong. Went to Wallmart and bought a tracfone and Nuvi 50 and now let the vacation begin. In our 10 days so far we have driven to Sarasota, Anna Marie Island, Longboat Key and Lido Key and of course Armand's Circle. I have to say we fell in love with Siesta Key and am delighted with our choice.
So far we have eaten at:
Old Salty Dog--------good
The Hub (Bajha Grill)------excellent
Gilligans--------- only ok--portions small and they need to give a good clean to the Ladies Toilet
The Broken Egg-----very good-----we only had one breakfast out and it was at The Broken Egg.
Trying to alternate BBQ and eating out
We had a few drinks in the following bars
Daquiri Deck-----slushie cocktail-----good but watch for brain freeze
BluQue----ok----you can smoke in the back bar if you are a smoker
It has been very hot and humid, temps in the high 30s C mid 90s F and the real feel is higher.
We decided to walk to the village one evening it is less than a mile but did we sweat!!!!!
Went to Daytona Speedway for a day, the other half did 8 laps in a race car, he loved it.
The beaches are as beautiful as everyone has stated here on trip advisor.
You would definately need a car here if you want to see other places around you, if not you have Johnnys Free Rides, only cost is tip. It is the first time we have stayed in a house (villa) and would definately do it again. The privacy and relaxation is not at all comparable to a hotel.
Hope this report is helpful to you and if you have any questions do not hesitate to ask. I have still have 7 more days and nights in this beautiful Island and I will be back later with trip report 2.