Turtle Beach, Siesta Key, Sarasota

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February 16th 2011
Published: February 18th 2011EDIT THIS ENTRY

This amazing Sarasota County park is right on the Gulf of Mexico,
the furthest rig is less than the length of a football away from
the sandy beach of Siesta Key. Two restaurants and a marina
where you can rent boats sit right across Midnight Pass from this
campsite. Sunning, walking and reading on the beach, shelling,
conch blowers at sunset, fab dinner on the upper deck at Turtles,
and off to a sunset Jazz event at Ca d'zan at the Ringling Museum!

Looking forward to the weekend. An Exotic Car Show on St. Armond
Circle on Long Boat Key where we will have lunch at our favorite Cuban
Restaurant "Columbia." Juried craft show downtown on Main St.,
and possibly dinner and the Art Stroll in Towles Court tonight.

Looking for a bike path!

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Wes and the Sunset ConchWes and the Sunset Conch
Wes and the Sunset Conch

I found a large conch at a garage sale, Wes drilled it out a bit and in practicing his toot to celebrate the setting sun!
Conch TrioConch Trio
Conch Trio

It's a Turtle Beach tradition to toot the sundown with conch "horns."
Cocktail Hour Turtle BeachCocktail Hour Turtle Beach
Cocktail Hour Turtle Beach

So, it's almost sun down; you own a few Native American flutes, you set up your chair, get into the mellow music, and your Manhatten cocktail gleams in the light of the setting sun! Cool
Gated CommunityGated Community
Gated Community

Pass the gate, go stright down the lane paved with sea shells, see the opening after the canopy of palm trees, that's Turtle Beach on the Gulf of Mexico. Our motor home is about halfway down on the left. We always think "gated trailer parks" are oxymorinic! But security is an issue everywhere and the curious would have a hard time backing out of this little stretch of Paradise!
Us at Ca D'ZanUs at Ca D'Zan
Us at Ca D'Zan

Beautiful evening, nice music, and we sat near some neat folks; a couple from Chicago and a woman and her daughter-in-law from Pittsburg.
Jazz On the Bay; Under the StarsJazz On the Bay; Under the Stars
Jazz On the Bay; Under the Stars

This is a great event at the Ringling on the 3rd Thursday of each month. The entire museum complex - fine arts, circus museums & the Ringling home - stays open on Thursdays until 8pm. It is an incredible attraction.

19th February 2011

I just loved the Ringling Bros place.. we are looking forward to being in Sarasota again this April.. Hoping Doc will enjoy as much as I have.. Your pics are great!!

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