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RVA EARNS PRESTIGIOUS SUPERHOST STATUS FROM AIRBNB
Posted by Jana Troyer | Sunday, October 15, 2017

LONGBOATKEY, Florida – October 15, 2017 – RVA, Resort Vacations announced that it has received the prestigious SUPERHOST status thru boutique vacation rental site AirBNB.com in the short four months of partnership. SUPERHOST recipients include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience. The AirBNB model requires a high level of expectation in order to meet this qualification, including continual high rankings by guests, high review rates, a more than average number of bookings within a time period and that the host does not cancel any confirmed bookings.

RVA, with close to 300 vacation rental homes, condominiums and resorts in popular areas of Longboat Key, Anna Maria Island, Lido Key, Sarasota and Siesta Key, is primarily run through it’s administrative office at 4030 Gulf of Mexico Drive on Longboat Key. Providing memorable vacations since 1989, RVA offers comfortable yet luxurious accommodations in a private setting that molds well with the AirBNB model.

”RVA and its affiliated properties are very proud of this accomplishment” said Larry Starr, owner and President of RVA. “Recognition by our vacationing guests and premier rental sites is the highest compliment we can receive; something we work very hard to achieve. This honor validates our efforts and helps establish us as, yet again, one of the premier vacation options.”

To inquire about RVA call 800-237-9505 or visit www.rvafl.com.


About RVA

RVA, Resort Vacations, is one of the nation’s leading vacation rental companies in Southwest Florida.  RVA is the largest management company of vacation condominiums, homes and resort-style properties on Florida’s west coast, based on a portfolio of over 300 units.  The Southwest Florida inventory includes premier beach destinations like: Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Longboat Key, Lido Key, Sarasota and Siesta Key.

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Top 15 FREE {YES FREE} Sarasota Area Activities by RVAFL
Posted by Jana Troyer | Friday, February 10, 2017

Southwest Florida has a long list of fun attractions, but many can be expensive. We know that when you go on vacation, every little bit counts so our team has compiled a list of our Top 15 Free {YES, FREE} Sarasota Area Activities allowing you to explore our beautiful sites and sounds without the added cost.

 



1.     Spend the morning, afternoon or evening at one of our world-renowned beaches! Our beaches have some of the most spectacular turquoise-blue waters and sugar-fine sand; and they rival and beach you would have to float or fly thousands of miles for. The calm waters are perfect for an afternoon of paddleboarding or cruising around in a kayak. For those looking for relaxation, bring your favorite floatation device and laze in the crystal waters while catching a glimpse of dolphins frolicking in the distance. The sunsets on Florida’s Gulf Coast are not to be missed. We like to pack our dinner (and favorite beverage) and experience all that Mother Nature has in store for us - the orange, pink and purple hues of our sunsets are photo-worthy #sunset #paradise #rvafl

2.      Drum Circles regularly form on Siesta Key beach on Sundays, and Nokomis Beach on Wednesday and Saturday and are a sight to behold. Here you can move to the rhythms of the drums while soaking up our magnificent sunsets - bring your dancing shoes!

3.      Every Monday, the John & Mable Ringling Museum is free to the public. Here you’ll glance at the circus magnet's expansive personal art collections, as well as peruse the special visiting galleries that are on display. Not in town on a Monday; the outdoor grounds area are free to the public any day of the week and include bay views, children's playgrounds, Mable Ringling's prize-worthy rose garden, exotic fountains and more!

4.      See the quaint Island of Anna Maria via the free trolley.  The trolley travels from the Anna Maria City Pier to Coquina Beach daily (exluding major holidays). The trolley makes plenty of stops along the 7-mile stretch - from local eateries (may we suggest a grouper sandwich) to delightful ice cream shops, there is something for every palate.

5.      Bayfront Park in downtown Sarasota offers something for everyone. Children love to splash around at the splash fountain or burn off energy at the playground, and adults can take refuge in the beautiful scenery before them. Watch the majestic sailboats come into harbor, or catch a glimpse of a manatee floating by. Just a short walk away is the world-famous ‘Kissing Statue’.  The 26’ tall statue, officially titled “Unconditional Surrender” is the perfect place to take a #selfie.

6.      Spend an afternoon at Paw Park with your furry friend. Venice’s South Brohard beach is the only beach in the county where canines are allowed and is beloved for it. Tire your pooch out in the surf, while basking in the sun.

7.      Did you know that Venice, Florida is often referred to as the “Shark Tooth Capital of the World?” Walk along the coast at Caspersen Beach and collect prehistoric sharks’ teeth. These little gems make for great souvenirs - especially for kids. Rumor has it the largest shark's tooth found along these waters was over 5 inches wide...challenge accepted.

8.      A short drive inland, the bustling local community of Lakewood Ranch has a free concert the first Friday of each month along Main Street. Listen to live music, participate in activities that dot the street or eat at one of the delicious restaurants. Either way they'll have you swaying in the streets.

9.      Bradenton Riverwalk is the perfect spot to burn off some energy and soak in some beautiful sights. Located on the Manatee River, the area boasts a skate park, splash pad and playground area as well as running paths with stopping areas to soak in the views.

10.    Take a walk out onto Anna Maria City Pier. Often you’ll find dolphins playing in the water and many different bird species at this quiet Northern section of the island. And if the day is clear, and you look hard, you can even see Tampa's Sunshine Skyway off in the distance.

11. Bike along the Legacy Bike Trail of Sarasota. The 10-mile trail offers picturesque views of waterways, as well as lush flora and fauna. Shaded benches and drinking fountains are at nearly every mile and multiple trailheads and free parking make the trail easily accessible.

12.  Have a picnic at the Ted Sperling Park at South Lido Beach. Located on the north side of South Lido Beach, and a local favorite, this area offers a nature trail, a canoe/kayak launch site, public restrooms and picnic areas.

13.  Just outside the mall at University Town Center is a 600-acre community park known locally as Benderson Park. The park offers a 3.5 mile loop for running, picnic areas and a well-appointed playground for the children. On the weekends you can catch a glimpse of rowing events (recently boasting the Olympic Trials) and once a month the park has a free family movie night. Bring your blanket and watch a movie under the stars.

14.  Window shopping along St. Armand’s Circle - here you’ll find the latest fashion trends, local artists showcasing artwork and souvenirs for your loved ones back home. In order to make this truly free we recommend leaving the wallet at the hotel - tempations and unique treasures abound that even a seasoned shopper won't be able to resist.

15.  For a small fee, experience the natural beauty of the Myakka State Park. One of the oldest and largest state parks, hikers can explore trails that cross large expanses or take scenic lake tours on airboats.  As with all state parks, active or non-active military receive free access on certain holidays so check the website for specific dates.

 

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Top 10 Kid-Friendly Activities
Posted by Jana Troyer | Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Is your summer getting off to a slow start? Are the kids already crying of boredom? Check out our top 10 kid-friendly activities we think they’ll love.

TreeUmph Adventure Course
Swing like a monkey through the treetops at TreeUmph. Located in east Bradenton, this 14-acre nature adventure course provides a challenge to the most athletic adventurers and is suitable to children 7 and older. The course takes between 2 – 4 hours to complete and the guides at TreeUmph encourage you to book your adventure early in the day to beat the heat and afternoon thunderstorms.

Myakka State Park
One of the oldest and largest state parks, Myakka protects one of the state’s most diverse natural areas. Visitors can enjoy wildlife viewing from a boardwalk that stretches out over the Upper Myakka Lake, and then take to the treetops with a stroll along the canopy walkway.  Two lakes provide ample opportunities for boating, freshwater fishing, canoeing and kayaking.

Grill out on the Beach
The Ted Sperling Park at South Lido Beach is a terrific barbeque and picnic spot. Not only does the park come complete with grills, but it also includes picnic tables and playground equipment.

Go Fishing
Grab your fishing rod and spend the afternoon casting your line. We recommend the Ken Thompson fishing pier, the Ringling Causeway Park fishing pier or the Venice fishing pier. If you have your eye on bigger fish, hit the bay or the Gulf on a charter fishing tour.

YMCA Water Park
In Florida’s heat, we are all looking for a cool spot. There is no better way to cool off than with a trip to the water park. The aquatic center at the YMCA in Sarasota, located next to the Westfield Mall in south Sarasota includes a 50-meter Olympic size pool, or the water park that includes twisting water slides or water jets.

Children’s Garden
Located in the downtown Gillespie Park neighborhood, the whimsical 2-acre garden playground includes a fairy garden, a pirate ship, a climbable dragon, maze, butterfly garden, a theatre stage with dress-up station and much more!

Mote Marine Aquarium
Spend an afternoon exploring the research institute and rehabilitation center. The marine wildlife center includes: sharks, sea turtles, manatees and dolphins. Touch pools give children a chance to get up close and personal with marine life and learn the value of marine eco-system.

Children’s Rainforest Garden at Selby Gardens
Explore and play through the nooks and crannies of the 100 year-old banyan tree around which the Rainforest Garden was based. The Garden boasts a 12’ waterfall, a forest pool filled with aquatic rainforest plants, a 27 foot-high canopy with a rope bridge and a variety of research and education stations. 

Children’s Fountain
With a beautiful view of Sarasota Bay, the Children’s Fountain allows you to cool off without getting sand in between your toes on saltwater in your mouth.

Riverwalk
Located in downtown Bradenton, on the Manatee River, Riverwalk provides play for the entire family. Little ones will enjoy the ‘splash’ zone and playground, while teenagers can cruise through the skate park.


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!


Rainy Day Activities in Southwest Florida
Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Thursday, January 9, 2014


Rainrain go away. We want to go to the beach today! If you're looking for drier activities on a wet Florida day, we've complied some options below on local activities guaranteed to keep you entertained and out of the rain. Contact your check-in office for directions or information; or call (888) 532-9014 to speak with one of our Vacation Planners.


 




 

RVA Releases a New and Improved Free Mobile App for Guests Visiting the Gulf Coast of Florida
Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Monday, November 4, 2013
Longboat Key, FL(November 1, 2013) RVA, one of the nations leading vacation rental companies on the Gulf Coast of Florida, is pleased to announce the release of a new and improved mobile app. The vacation app is designed for vacation rental guests looking to make the most out of their vacation. The app, available for iPhone and Android, makes vacation planning at your fingertips.

We are excited to launch the new and improved mobile app to our guests and homeowners. The RVA app was so successful in its original launch that we wanted to improve the technology and added service to our users. We look forward to the opportunity to converse with our vacationing guests, said Larry Starr, CEO and owner of RVA.

The app will allow RVA to communicate on a real-time basis with our guests; advising them of promotional offers, special events and even weather updates, all while vacationing in Southwest Florida.

Vacation rental guests are invited to download the app prior to arrival. This tool allows our guests to access and interact with pre-arrival information, points of interest, restaurants and special events; becoming a useful tool when exploring the area.

One does not have to be a guest of RVA to enjoy the app. We welcome all visitors to our area to download the free app and research the area and what Southwest Florida has to offer.

The new and improved RVA app is available for download in the Apple Store or Google Play  and can be used by scanning the convenient QR code.




For more information about the RVAmobile app, visit www.RVAFL.com or call 800-237-9505.

About RVA
RVA, ResortVacations, is one of the nations leading vacation rental companies in Southwest Florida.  RVA is the largest management company of vacation condominiums, homes and resort-style properties on Floridas west coast, based on a portfolio of over 300 units.  The Southwest Florida inventory includes premier beach destinations like: Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Longboat Key, Lido Key, Sarasota and Siesta Key.

What Makes RVA Different?
Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Thursday, July 18, 2013
We recognize that as a homeowner, you have an abundance of vacation rental options, both local and global, to choose from when selecting the company to entrust your investment home with. Therefore we've compiled a list of the Top 15 Reasons to Choose RVA.

1. Our RVAFL.com website. A large majority of companies have websites with dated appearance
and functionality when attracting potential guests to your home. The website company we use, Visual
Data Systems, specializes in vacation rental services and is considered the premier in the industry. RVA
averages approximately 300,000 unique visitors each year to our website. We are also one of the few area
management companies that offer online booking capabilities for our entire inventory - even monthly rentals.

2. RVA is the Suncoasts oldest rental and property management company, with over 25 years experience in the local marketplace.

3. RVA employs a state-of-the-art reservation tracking system that enables us to track our offline and online marketing efforts, as well as to capture actionable data about our guests and prospects. This tool enhances our current reservation sales efforts by increasing conversion rate on inquiries and overall revenue potential.

4. Our Tracking: The program we employ for tracking our website, eblasts and all other marketing avenues is the same provider enjoyed by The American Cancer Society, RE/MAX, and Costco.

5. Our experienced vacation planners are available for live reservation calls 24/7 in order to meet our guests needs at their convenience.

6. No other local company offers direct online booking capabilities for our travel agent market through a dedicated log-in service at www.RVAFL.com/travelagent. This service allows agents to book our inventory directly 24/7 using a secure username and password. A TRUE COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE.

7. RVA has enjoyed long-standing relationships with many International wholesale and tour operator contracts exposing your home to an even larger database of potential guests.

8. Most of the local property management companies dont understand or fully utilize search engine optimization or pay-per-click advertising todays key ingredients for effective online pursuit. RVA consistently appears at the top of Google search rankings for keywords relevant to our operating business both through paid and organic results.

9. Many companies cannot allocate necessary marketing funds to place an advertisement in one of the annual Chamber or Convention & Visitor Bureau guidebooks. RVA is committed to supporting our local community and tourism partners, and therefore places advertisements with all of the area support avenues including: Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce, Visit Sarasota County, Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce, Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce and VisitFlorida.

10. Due to limited budgets and lack of expertise, most companies choose to outsource their marketing services. This hinders their ability to change marketing tactics in real-time fashion a trend that is essential given the heavy Internet exposure in todays travel marketplace. This also places important decisions in the hands of someone who may not have local, intimate knowledge of the product or consumer.

11. No other local company has the same relationships, preferred rankings and discounted contracts with online distributors including Expedia, Hotels.com, LeisureLink, Travelocity, Orbitz, and HomeAway.

12. RVA has an extensive Emergency Response Plan (ERP) in case of a severe weather emergency to protect our mutual guests as well as your home during and post natural occurrence. This plan is reviewed and practiced regularly by our management team in the event of a true emergency. Vital steps in all stages of our ER plan includes communication with our owners either via email or telephone, depending on the individual circumstances.

13. Our local Chamber or Convention & Visitor Bureau organizations offer cooperative advertising with big- name players like Travelocity or The Boston Globe on an annual basis that most companies are forced to decline based on limited marketing budgets. We see the value in shared advertising in publications that cater to our target market. The benefit of participating in a cooperative campaign is to penetrate consumer markets that, with stand-alone effort, would be outside our reach. In 2012, RVA participated in five (5) cooperatives based on their effective penetration of our marketplace.

14. For the convenience and satisfaction of our mutual guests, we provide key lock boxes for each home in our program in the event of guest lock-outs. This facilitates a quick resolution and enhances service delivery.

15. Many property management companies function on a limited number of employees to facilitate their normal operations, but in our opinion this causes a dilution of expertise. RVA offers specialized departments, such as marketing, reservations, and housekeeping and maintenance, that provide expertise and daily attention from professionals experienced in the specific area.

The Kids are Out of School, Now What am I Supposed to do?
Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Were all faced with dreaded questions or statement: What are we doing today? Can we go somewhere new? Or the all too familiar, Im bored! Summer is an enjoyable time for kids, but can be somewhat stressful for parents. This summer, escape to Southwest Floridaand allow us to guide you through some of our favorite kid-friendly activities along the Gulf coast.

Its safe to assume you know about our gorgeous beaches that dot the coast, but do you know about our family-friendly (and not to mention free) splash parks? Sarasotas Bayfront Parkis located at One Marina Plazaand offers fountains to splash in and a huge playground zone. Pack and lunch and laze away the afternoons, all while watching boats come into port.  Bradentonboasts the newly revamped 1.5 mile Riverwalk, located at 452 3rd Avenue West, along the Manatee River. The large park area features a huge playground area, Splash Park, plenty of benches and lush green grass. For those with a sense of adventure, ride on down to the skatepark and watch your child perfect his/her ollie.   

Rainy days generate a whole new predicament when trying to entertain your kids. We recommend heading over to Mote Marine Aquarium, located at 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota. Here kids can explore the secrets of the sea through touch pools, viewable working labs and interactive exhibits. See sharks, manatees and sea turtles, along with more than 100 other species of marine life. Engage your child in the world of science at G. Wiz Science Museum located at 1001 Blvd. of the Arts in Sarasota. G. Wiz makes science relevant, technology understandable and learning an interactive experience for your child.

All children have heaps of vigor. In order to tire out those energy-filled kiddos we recommend the following activities: kayaking adventures, Stand Up Paddleboarding, fishing or tennis.


To learn more about the fun activities that dot the Gulf coast of Floridavisit our activities page. We hope you have a summer filled with creating awesome memories that last a lifetime.

Fall Festivals on Southwest Florida's Coast
Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Friday, September 14, 2012
As we say goodbye to summer on Florida's West Coast, we welcome beautiful days, perfect for participating in fun, fall festivals.


Here is a list of some of our favorite fall activities in the months of October and November:

Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival, October 13-14, 20-21 & 27-28
Hunsader Farms
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The festival includes: 100 craft booths, live music and shows, pumpkins, games, hayrides, pony rides, corn maze, hourly pumpkin cannon, petting zoo, rock climbing wall, face painting, rides and much more.

4th Annual Sarasota Pumpkin Festival, October 26 - 28, 2012
Sarasota Fairgrounds
12 - 10 p.m.
This festival includes: hay rides, a pumpkin patch and maze, pie eating contests, shows & entertainment, the World Renowned "Flying Pages" trapeze shows, food and crafts and amusement rides.

Safe Treats for Kids, October 31, 2012
Siesta Key Village
3 - 6 p.m.
Bring your little ones to trick-or-treat in Siesta Village along Ocean Boulevard and the surrounding streets.  Look for participating members displaying orange and black balloons and pumpkin flyers in their windows.

Fright Night on St. Armands Circle, October 31, 2012
St. Armands Circle
6 - 10 p.m.
Fright Night transforms St. Armands Circle from island sophistication to Halloween fun.  Decorated store fronts set the stage for wandering spirits or St. Armands past; frightening characters appear around every corner amidst statues dressed in Halloween spirit.  Children are welcome to trick-or-treat throughout the Circle.

24th Annual St. Armands Art Festival & Fall Sidewalk Sale, November 10 - 12, 2012
St. Armands Circle
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Over 175 artists and craftsman display their original artwork, pottery, oils, watercolors, ceramics, jewelry and sculpture.

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