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July 4th in Paradise
Posted by Jana Troyer | Tuesday, June 14, 2016

July 4th in Paradise
 
There is no better way to celebrate America’s birthday than on Florida’s west coast. Here are some of our recommendations that take place all weekend long:
 
 
July 2, 2016 | Sarasota
Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival kicks off the festivities in the area.
 
 
July 2nd & 3rd, 2016 | Bradenton
Marauder’s Baseball Game and Fireworks:  It doesn’t get more ‘American’ than baseball and fireworks. The Marauder’s take the field at 6:30 with the post-game fireworks show immediately following. Tickets rage from $6 – $10.
 
 
July 3, 2016 | Anna Maria Island, dusk
Fireworks will be on display at The Beach House: 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach
 
 
July 4, 2016 | Longboat Key
Annual Freedom Fest Parade at 9 AM: Commissioners, police and fire rescue personnel are in the parade along with children who wish to dress up and walk their pets. Parade line up begins at 8:30 a.m. on Bay Isles Road. Activities, food and drinks and children’s game will take place in Bicentennial Park, next to the Town Hall.
 
 
July 4, 2016 | Anna Maria Island
Privateers Annual 4th of July Parade, 10 AM to Noon: The parade route will take place from Coquinia Beach (south entrance) to City Pier at Anna Maria.
 
 
July 4, 2016 | Venice
3rd Annual Myakka Kayaka 4th of July Jam Blast, 11 AM to 4 PM: Featuring live music and craft beers. Free admission. Kayak launch starts at 8 AM.
 
 
July 4, 2016 | Siesta Key
26th annual 4th of July Fireworks Display, 9 PM: Fireworks over Siesta Key are blasted off just north of the volleyball courts, making viewing good from anywhere south and along Crescent Beach (south of Siesta Public Beach), out on the Gulf or from the Intracoastal waterway.
 
 
July 4, 2016 | Sarasota
All American Barbeque and Independence Day Celebration on the ground of Selby Gardens, 6 – 10 PM: Four premier barbecue pit master vendors, live music from the Lauren Mitchell Band and family activities are all part of the celebration, plus enjoy the fireworks over Sarasota Bay. $30 for members, $35 non-members, 11 and under are free.
 
 
July 4, 2016 | Fireworks Spectacular over Sarasota Bay, 9 PM
Part of the Suncoast Offshore Festival, viewing is free from anywhere downtown, including Bayfront Park and Island Park. The display is an awesome sight from a boat anchored on Sarasota Bay.

You Booked a Vacation Rental, Now What?
Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Friday, December 26, 2014

You just booked your entire family for a beach vacation on Southwest Florida’s Gulf Coast, and at some point during your quest to pack up, you’ll probably ask yourself, “what should I bring with me? Is our vacation home fully stocked?” The answer is ‘YES’! Your RVA vacation rental will come fully-equipped. In most cases, the unit will have a fully stocked kitchen and if not a full kitchen, a kitchenette. All units are fully-furnished and come with linens and towels for your entire party.

Do you enjoy cooking on vacation? We recommend getting two large pill boxes (usually available for purchase at your local Dollar Store) and filling each box with your favorite spice and spice blends. Label the back of the containers using a Sharpie with the name of each spice. Now, all you have to do is plan your menu, and shop at our local supermarkets for fresh veggies, fruits and meats.

All of our rentals either have a washer and dryer in the unit or are easily accessible. So feel free to pack lighter on your clothing, since you’ll be able to do laundry during your vacation.

Here are some things we suggest you pack:

·         Sunscreen

·         Bathing suits (and flip flops!)

·         Reading material

·         Binoculars – you’ll want to use these to watch the dolphins frolic in the surf

·         Camera – you won’t want to miss our beautiful sunsets (trust us)

Should you need any assistance before your visit, or during your stay, contact our Vacation Planners at 800-237-9505. Or you can download the FREE RVA mobile APP for vacation information, local coupons and more!


Beach Castle Resort by RVA
Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Monday, February 20, 2012
Between the azure blues of the Gulf of Mexico, and the Southwest Florida skies, resides Beach Castle Resort of Longboat Key. A quaint 21-unit condominium resort with classic charm, and situated on one of the smallest tips of Longboat Key, Beach Castle offers units with a variety of views including Gulf front, bay front garden and pool views - catering to the most discerning traveler. A secluded hideaway, this vacation spot continues to be the island's premier choice for retreats on exclusive Longboat Key. Equipped with spacious one-, two- and three-bedroom options, this resort offers a laid-back appeal combined with modern amenities and comfortable appointments.

Located a short walking distance from Centre Shops, where the local cuisine and shopping is sure to please, Beach Castle offers inspired sunsets daily. Ignored by spring breakers and devoid of the garish attractions that characterize many Florida beach towns, Longboat Key is one of the quietest barrier islands on the Gulf Coast - and all the more beloved for it.

The area beckons everyone from rugged outdoor enthusiasts to refined sophisticates with championship golf, big-game fishing, eco-tours, sailing, kayaking, parasailing, world-class culinary fare and a short trip to the mainland theaters, art galleries, opera, and ballet. No matter what you're into, it seems life's just better on an island.

Reminiscent of Old Florida charm, Beach Castle Resort is the ideal vacation getaway no matter what your vacation preferences.

Amenities:
    • Private beach access
    • Full-size kitchens
    • Complimentary wireless Internet by the community pool
    • Barbeque grills
    • Complimentary laundry facilities
    • Heated, community swimming pool
    • Community hot tub
    • On-site office
    • Shared boat docks (by reservation)
    • Tennis court available
    • Private lanais
    • Complimentary movie library
    • Complimentary computer & printer available in office (during office hours)
    • Cable TV
    • Lush landscape
    • Gulf front, bay front, pool and garden units available
    • Complimentary guest parking
    • Complimentary lounge chairs & umbrellas
For more information, visit www.beachcastle.com.

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