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50 Years of Wedded Bliss at Silver Sands Gulf Beach Resort
Posted by Kelly Gillece | Thursday, May 31, 2018

Longboat Key, FL - On May 18, 2018 Larry and Kathy Goodman returned to unit #236 at Silver Sands Gulf Beach Resort and celebrated their golden anniversary, just as they did 50 year ago. Their story is one we only read about in fairytales - meeting at the University of South Florida in journalism class. Soon after marrying, and then honeymooning on Longboat Key, Larry was stationed in Okinawa; serving in the United States Air Force and living abroad for over six years.

After observing the couples love of seafood, the Operations Manager sent the Goodman’s to a partner restaurant for a special dinner, compliments of RVA, to toast their golden anniversary.
 

In 1968, Silver Sands Gulf Beach Resort, then known at Silver Sands Apartments, was a small, eight-unit building located directly on the Gulf of Mexico. Over the years Silver Sands grew in size; however unit #236 always remained the Goodman’s ‘special apartment and sacred honeymoon site.’ Living just a short drive away in Temple Terrace, the Goodman’s returned to Silver Sands about a dozen times over the past 50 years,  celebrating milestone anniversaries.
 

Their love for the island, nearby eateries and beaches are apparent from the stories they share. Feeling a bit nostalgic, Larry remembers unpacking their portable record player on the first day of their honeymoon in 1968, listening to their favorite ‘beach music’. Including Bossa nova, Henry Mancini and Johnny Mathis. As they unload their car from their many trips to the island, the couple listens to the famous Ed Ames song and are reminded, “In only a moment, we both will be old we won’t even notice the world turning cold. And so, in these moments with sunlight above. My cup runneth over with love.”
 

Larry and Kathy share stories of a mostly uninhabited Longboat Key, with wide beaches and beautiful flora and fauna. Visiting the island for 50 years, the Goodman’s have seen lots of development, endured storms, (which they didn’t mind - they were on their honeymoon!) and beach replenishments. A couple of things have remained the same over the years: their love for each other and their memories of Silver Sands Apartments and the beautiful Longboat Key beaches.

**Picture compliments of The Longboat Key Observer


Siesta Key Beach Named #1 Beach in US Again
Posted by Jana Troyer | Thursday, May 25, 2017

Siesta Key Beaches Named the Best Beach in the United States Again

RVA offers vacation rentals on or near the Siesta Key beaches

 

Siesta Key, FL (May 25, 2017) – Siesta Key beach earns the number one spot in the  Annual Top 10 Beaches in the United States by Dr. Beach, Dr. Stephen Leatherman, for the second time in 7 years.  No stranger to prestigious beach awards, Siesta Key also toped the list in 2011 and has been a constant on the Top 10 Beaches in the United States for many years, last year taking the 2nd. This continual increase in recognition for the beach is largely attributed to its powdery, white sand made up of crystal quartz which keeps the sand cool even on the sunniest Florida day.  Unlike most beaches, when the Siesta Key sand is packed near the water’s edge, you can easily jog, ride your bike or push a stroller. Siesta Key has been a staple for locals and vacationing guests alike for its pristine conditions, easy access and complimentary amenities. Along with these qualities, Dr. Beach noted Siesta Key’s continued presence on his rankings due also to its first-rate beach safety for visitors, recent parking and entrance additions (including a large playground area) and the clean restrooms. Siesta beach, he mentioned in a public announcement by Visit Sarasota County Thursday morning, is an outstanding place to watch the sun dip below the Gulf of Mexico horizon.


Dr. Beach bases his selection each year on a 50 criteria process, including water and sand quality, as well as facilities and environmental management, as part of the National Healthy Beaches Campaign (NHBC).  The NHBC is dedicated to creating a balance between the recreational use of our nation’s beaches and maintaining the environmental quality and safety of this prized resource.


RVA offers numerous homes and condominiums on or near Siesta Key beaches for weekly, nightly or monthly rental.  Other RVA vacation rentals include:  Sarasota, Longboat Key, Lido Key, and Anna Maria Island.  Choose to stay in a five-bedroom estate on the beach, a bayfront condominium, or a resort-style property.  Each vacation rental is fully furnished and vacation ready.  For more information log onto www.RVAFL.com or call 800-237-9505.


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.


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.

Cedars Tennis Resort & Club by RVA Names Ken Howard to Resort & Club Manager
Posted by Jana Troyer | Thursday, February 18, 2016

Longboat Key, FL (February 18, 2016) – Ken Howard is named Resort & Club Manager at Cedars Tennis Resort & Club, a RVA property. In his role at Cedars, Howard will be the key liaison between guests and members; he will be responsible for ensuring all standards within the Cedars community, manage and oversee of all the daily clubhouse services and activities. Howard’s engaging personality and wealth of knowledge in the hospitality industry make him the ideal candidate for the position.

“Ken is the ideal individual to help drive strong company goals; aimed at member and guest satisfaction,” said Jesse Cook, Chief Operating Officer of RVA. “I look forward to the energy and commitment to excellence Ken will bring to our growing company and the Cedars community.”

A native of Maryland, Howard brings over 40 years experience in the hospitality industry in various capacities; namely with the Manor Country Club in Rockville, Maryland and with Woodmont Country Club in the Washington, DC area. In his spare time, Howard enjoys playing golf, reading and spending time with his grandchildren.

Cedars Tennis Resort & Club is a luxury tennis community on Longboat Key, where world-class facilities, magnificent beaches and tropical sunsets are daily occurrences. This village-like townhome community features spacious living and dining areas and full-size kitchens. Choose from various unit styles including one- and two-bedroom units. There is something to suit every mood at Cedars Tennis Resort & Club – a junior Olympic swimming pool with Tiki Bar, on-site restaurant, Cedars Café & Tiki Bar, fitness center, fishing pier and world-class tennis facilities are just some of the amenities you can enjoy. Cedars units vary in their availability from permanent tenants to weekly vacation rentals. To inquire about Cedars Tennis Resort call 800-237-9505 or visit www.CedarsTennisResort.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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Dave Sherwood Named Tennis Professional at Cedars
Posted by Jana Troyer | Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Cedars Tennis Resort, an RVA Property, Welcomes Tennis Professional Dave Sherwood

Sherwood brings 25 years experience to the resort

 

Longboat Key, FL (September 17, 2014) – Cedars Tennis Resort is pleased to welcome Tennis Pro Dave Sherwood. With 25 years experience, Dave brings knowledge in directing programs, teaching and coaching.

A certified tennis professional for the past 25 years, Dave holds a degree in Recreational Leadership with a major in Tennis Management from Tyler, Texas. Dave has trained and coached several National and Sectional ranked adult USTA teams, as well as designed and implemented several Junior Tennis Academies. His accomplishments include: managing and training over 20 Tennis Professionals, attending over 100 tennis lectures and seminars, being a member of the Wilson Advisory Staff and graduating from Welch’s Har-Tru Court Maintenance School. Previous positions in various capacities in the tennis industry include: Plantation Golf & Country Club in Venice, Florida, Fincastle Country Club in the state of Virginia and Columbia at Antioquia Tennis Club in the city of Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia.

We are proud to have someone with Dave’s experience, aptitude and passion for the game of tennis on our team,” said Trevor Hind, COO of RVA. “He will be a valuable addition to Cedars Tennis Resort and we are excited to have him on board.”

Dave will offer a range of instructional services including, private and semi-private lessons and skill clinics. As an integral part of the Operations Team at Cedars Tennis Resort, he will work closely with the Tennis Committee to coordinate and participate in a variety of round robin and social events throughout the upcoming season at the club.

Cedars Tennis Resort is a luxury vacation rental community on Longboat Key, where world-class facilities, magnificent beaches and tropical sunsets are daily occurrences. This village-like townhome community features spacious living and dining areas and full-size kitchens. Choose from various unit styles including one- and two-bedroom units. There is something to suit every mood at Cedars Tennis Resort – a junior Olympic swimming pool with Tiki Bar, on-site restaurant, Cedars Café & Tiki Bar, fitness center, fishing pier and world-class tennis facilities are just some of the amenities you can enjoy while staying at this resort.

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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RVA Names Tammy Halsted Business Development Manager
Posted by Jana Troyer | Thursday, June 5, 2014

Longboat Key, FL (June 5, 2014) – Tammy Halsted is named Business Development Manager of RVA. In her new role at RVA, Halsted will be responsible for welcoming new homeowners into the program, promoting a referral program to local real estate agents and representing RVA at local Chamber and CVB functions and events. Her vibrant personality and wealth of contacts within the area, particularly on the island of Longboat Key, made her an ideal candidate to help take RVA to the next level.   

“Tammy is the ideal candidate to help drive strong company goals; aimed at owner satisfaction as well as community involvement. She is the consummate professional and her leadership skills coupled with broad industry experience will serve RVA well,” said Trevor Hind, COO of RVA. “I look forward to the energy and commitment to excellence Tammy will bring to our growing company.”

A native of Texas, Halsted brings over 18 years of experience in the hospitality industry in various capacities, namely with the Tampa and New Orleans Convention & Visitor Bureaus, Marriot International, Wedebrock and Re/Max Excellence Real Estate companies. Halsted is also active in the local community, volunteering at the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce as a member of the Board of Directors and Chamber Ambassador, as well as the Sarasota Players Theater and American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. 

RVA offers hundreds of private homes, condominiums and resort-style properties in the popular destinations of Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Longboat Key, Sarasota, Siesta Key and Lido Key.  To inquire about RVA call 800-237-9505 or visit our website at 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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The Beach Club at Siesta Key Awarded for Top Guest Reviews
Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Siesta Key, FL(February 11, 2014) The Beach Club at Siesta Key was honored for achieving top review scores with the Guest Reviews award from Booking.com. The Beach Club at Siesta Key was one of only three properties in the over 100 represented properties on Booking.com in the Gulf coast area. In fact, according to Booking.com, less than 10% of properties listed from around the world received this award for 2013.  Unlike similar travel review sites, each review submitted to Booking.com goes through a thorough checking process to ensure only guests who have actually stayed at a property are considered. Beach Club at Siesta Key qualified for this award based on consistently achieved outstanding guest reviews, averaging 9.1 out of 10 on the Booking.com site for the entire period of November 2012 - October 2013.

We are delighted to receive this prestigious award, which recognizes the voice of the guest and rewards our continued dedication to excellence at The Beach Club at Siesta Key, said Trevor Hind, COO of RVA. We strive to always offer a first-rate experience to our guests, and this honor validates that our hard work is translating into positive customer experiences.

White-sand quartz beaches combined with a beautifully decorated, modern resort creates a chic beach destination on Siesta Key.  Adorned in eye-pleasing neutral tones, each unit has a splash of greens and turquoise perfectly coordinating with the striking hues of the Gulf of Mexico.  The Beach Club at Siesta Key offers studio, one- or two-bedroom units, just steps from the Siesta Key beach.  Each unit features a full-size kitchen with stainless steel appliances, private washer and dryer, large flat-screen LCD TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access and iPod docking stations.

To inquire about The Beach Club at Siesta Key, 6732 Sarasea Circle, Sarasota, FL 34242, call 866-355-2170.  Visit our website at www.beachclubatsiestakey.com

About RVA
RVA, Resort Vacations, 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.



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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.


 




 

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.

Trevor Hind Promoted to Executive Vice President within the R1A Portfolio of Companies
Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Longboat Key, FL(February 26, 2013) Trevor Hind is named Executive Vice President within the R1A portfolio of companies. In his new role, Trevor will be responsible for providing oversight leadership in operations, marketing, business development, professional services and financial performance for all companies; including all divisions and offices.

Trevor has set a high standard in terms of commitment, accountability and end result during his tenure, said Larry Starr, President and Chief Executive Officer of R1A. I am excited at the prospect of what he will achieve as a result of this well-deserved promotion.

Trevor will continue to act in his current capacity as Chief Operating Officer of RVA, Resort Vacations, but will also assume new responsibilities that relate to other businesses within the R1A portfolio of companies. In his new role, Trevor will oversee company operations in over ten offices throughout the Sarasotaand barrier island areas. This includes, but is not limited to, PropertyOneAnnual Rentals, AutoXotic, Sperry Van Ness Commercial Real Estate Advisors and Barrier Island Real Estate.

I am very excited to assume my new position and look forward to the challenge and growth this new role will bring, said Trevor Hind, Executive Vice President. Our companies boast a wealth of professional talent, and I look forward to working with the leaders of each company to further strengthen our market position in terms of service and brand recognition.

A native of Australia, Hind brings nearly 30 years of business experience in the hospitality industry and has held various capacities with hotels, including The Regent Hotel & Resorts, Starwood Hotels & Resorts and The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company.  Prior to coming to RVA, he worked at the Longboat Key Club on Longboat Key, Florida and served as General Manager for ResortQuest Southwest Florida. 

About RVA
RVA, Resort Vacations, 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.








Cedars Tennis Resort Welcomes Members for an Evening of Entertainment, Food and Mingling
Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Wednesday, December 5, 2012




Longboat Key, FL(December 5, 2012) On Wednesday, November 28, 2012,    The Cedars Tennis Resort welcomed members for an evening of entertainment, refreshments and mingling with their RVA, Resort Vacations team.  Members relished in new menu items that will debut at Cedars Caf & Tiki Bar after the re-launch in mid-December. The culinary treats were prepared by Longboat Keys very own Hal Christensen, of Harrys Continental Kitchens, who is the new managing partner of the Cedars Caf and Tiki-Bar. The festivities were capped off by the relaxed island sounds of Mike Sales, a local musician, who performed live and provided an atmosphere of fun, island flair.

Cedars Resort & Tennis Club features tri-level rental townhouses with one-, two- or three-bedroom units.  Each townhouse in this village-like resort is complete with a fully equipped kitchen that includes a full breakfast bar and spacious living and dining areas.    Cedars Resort offers a junior Olympic swimming pool with Tiki bar, restaurant, 10 Har-Tru tennis courts and Pro shop, fitness center, fishing pier that overlooks Sarasota Bay, along with bicycle availability. 

To inquire about Cedars Resort & Tennis Club, 645 Cedars Court, Longboat Key, FL, call 800-237-9505 or visit www.CedarsTennisResort.com.   

RVA Longboat Key offers numerous homes, condominiums and resort-style properties on or near Longboat Key beaches.  Other RVA vacation rental locations include: Sarasota, Lido Key, Siesta Key, AnnaMaria Islandand Bradenton.  Each Vacation rental is fully furnished and vacation ready.  For more information log onto www.rvafl.com or call 800-237-9505.



About RVA
RVA, Resort Vacations, 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.

Cedars Tennis Resort Employees Participate in CPR & AED Training
Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Wednesday, September 26, 2012


Longboat Key, FL (September 25, 2012) - On Monday, September 24, 2012, eight employees at Cedars Tennis Resort were educated and certified in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED).  Volunteer President with the Longboat Key Fire Rescue, Jeorge Alvarez, taught the class of eight. To help educate our members and guests, signs are positioned around Cedars Tennis Resort to alert them where the AED is located for future reference and ease of use.

We think this training is invaluable to our employees, members and guests, said Trevor Hind, Chief Operating Officer of RVA.  Should any member or guest ever need medical assistance in the future, I am confident our staff at Cedars Tennis Resort will be able to assist until emergency medical help arrives.

We are committed to providing service levels that not only meets expectations in terms of quality, but assure our members and guests that their safety and well-being is equally important, said Larry Starr, Chief Executive Officer of RVA.  This is one more step in our ongoing efforts to provide a high quality Club experience.

Cedars Tennis Resort features 10 Har-Tru tennis courts, a Pro shop and tri-level rental townhouses with one-, two- or three-bedroom options.  Each townhouse in this village-like resort is complete with a fully equipped kitchen that includes a full breakfast bar and spacious living and dining areas.  Other Cedars Tennis Resort amenities include Cedars Caf & Tiki-Bar managed by Hal Christensen of Harrys Continental Kitchens, a junior Olympic swimming pool, fitness center, fishing pier that overlooks Sarasota Bay, along with bicycle and kayak availability. 

To inquire about Cedars Resort & Tennis Club, 645 Cedars Court, Longboat Key, FL, call 800-237-9505 or visit www.cedarstennisresort.com.  

RVA Longboat Key offers numerous homes, condominiums and resort-style properties on or near Longboat Key beaches.  Other RVA vacation rental locations include: Sarasota, Lido Key, Siesta Key, AnnaMaria Islandand Bradenton.  Each Vacation rental is fully furnished and vacation ready.  For more information log onto www.rvafl.com or call 800-237-9505.

About RVA
RVA, Resort Vacations, 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.

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RVA Releases a Free Mobile App for Guests
Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The free mobile app puts vacation planning at your fingertips. The app is available for Android, iPhone and iPad.

Longboat Key, Florida (PRWEB) September 20, 2012 - 
RVAResort Vacations, one of the nations leading vacation rentals companies in Southwest Florida, is pleased to announce the release of a free mobile app. The vacation app is designed for vacation rental guests looking to make the most out of their vacation. This new app, available for the iPhone, iPad and Android, makes vacation planning an uncomplicated and straightforward process.
RVA is excited about the this latest feature of our guest portfolio; and what it will bring in terms of technology and added service to our existing marketing pursuits, said Larry Starr, CEO and owner of RVA. We look forward to the increased opportunity to converse with our vacationing guests.
The new mobile app contains information on all RVA properties. This includes photos, property details, location of the property, availability, and the option to reserve your vacation rental with a touch of a button. In addition to these great features the app will allow us to communicate on a real time basis with our guests advising them of promotional offers, special events; even weather updates while they are here.
I am very excited to share the latest technology with our guests and homeowners, we truly believe this will enhance service and add value to the vacation experience, said Trevor Hind, COO of RVA.
Vacation rental guests will be invited to download the app prior to arrival. This allows our guests to access and interact with pre-arrival information, directions to the property, points of interest, restaurants, and event and activity recommendations. The app also becomes a useful tool when exploring the area. It uses the phones GPS to help navigate the area and shows proximity from your vacation rental to area attractions.
One does not have to be a guest of RVA to enjoy this 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 RVA app is available for download in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and can be downloaded by searching for RVA. Information about RVA vacation rentals can be found on the RVA website http://www.RVAFL.com or by calling 800-237-9505.
About RVA
RVA, Resort Vacations, 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 Floridainventory includes premier beach destinations like: Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Longboat Key, Lido Key, Sarasota and Siesta Key.

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.

RVA Acquires Cedars Tennis Resort and Barrier Island Realty Inc. on Longboat Key
Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Longboat Key, FL(March 6, 2012) On February 29, 2012, RVA, Resort Vacation Accommodations (formerly ResortQuest Southwest Florida) closed on an asset purchase of Cedars Tennis Resort operations on Longboat Key, formally owned and managed by Barrier Island Realty, Inc.  This purchase includes: Rental Management, Real Estate sales, tennis and health club facilities and the Cedars Bar and Grill operations.

Cedars Resort features tri-level rental townhouses with one-, two- or three-bedroom units.  Each townhouse in this village-like resort is complete with a fully equipped kitchen that includes a full breakfast bar and spacious living and dining areas. Cedars Resort Tennis Club offers 10 Har-Tru tennis courts and Pro shop, fitness center, a junior Olympic swimming pool with Tiki bar, restaurant, fishing pier that overlooks Sarasota Bay, along with bicycle and kayak rentals. 

RVA, Resort Vacation Accommodations is excited about the acquisition and the prospects of what it will bring in terms of variety and added amenities to our existing portfolio of vacation rentals and services. We look forward to continuing the high levels of service that guests, owners and members have come to expect from Cedars Resort and RVA, said Larry Starr, CEO and owner of RVA. We look forward to preserving the successful history and presence that this resort, tennis club and community has had on Longboat Key.

Cedars Bar & Grill offers a casual dining and tropical fun-filled experience. Whether enjoying a beverage at the Tiki bar, or the culinary delights of the restaurant, members, owners and guests will enjoy the relaxed atmosphere. Cedars Bar & Grill offers a full menu 7-days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

We are delighted to welcome the Cedars Bar & Grill to our portfolio and recognize the importance of adding these amenities to our existing operations. We look forward to expanding the current services and amenities that our guests, owners and club members currently enjoy. said Trevor Hind, Vice President and COO of RVA.

In conjunction with the Cedars Tennis Resort acquisition, RVA announced the purchase of Barrier Island Realty Inc. located at 7000 Gulf of Mexico Drive. This full service real estate and rental operation boasts one of Longboat Keys most knowledgeable team of professionals. Barrier Island Realty holds one of the most prominent commercial locations on Longboat Key.

The addition of this operation will provide the opportunity for us to offer a complete array of residential and commercial real estate services from our Longboat Key locations, said Tony Veldkamp, Broker and Managing Director of Sperry Van Ness Commercial Advisory Group, who will oversee the Barrier Island Realty operations.

We believe the power of this coalition exemplifies the wide range of experience and services that we can provide. We have truly become the one-stop-shop for the vacationing guest and real estate consumer in our marketplace, added Trevor Hind, Vice President and COO of RVA.

When referring to the recent transaction, former owner of Barrier Island Realty Inc., Randy Langley said, We are confident that we identified the right company to serve as successor and we are equally excited at the prospects of what RVA and Sperry Van Ness will bring in terms of business development. I believe that the expertise and quality of service that RVA and Sperry Van Ness offer will not only further enhance the reputation and previous success of the Barrier Island Realty operation, but also will take the business to the next level in terms of service, expertise and market prominence.

This acquisition expands the current services and amenities offered by RVA and its affiliate companies, Property One Annual Rentals (P1A), Sperry Van Ness Commercial Advisory Group (SVN) and Realty One Florida (R1F), adding a new layer of residential real estate through Barrier Island Realty.

To inquire or make reservations for Cedars Resort & Tennis Club, 645 Cedars Court, Longboat Key, FL, call 941-383-4621 or 800-237-9505 or visit www.cedarstennisresort.comor www.rvafl.com and for Real Estate services contact www.barrierislandrealty.com, www.suncoastsvn.com or www.svn.com.

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About RVA
RVA, Resort Vacation Accommodations, 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 500 units.  The Southwest Florida inventory includes premier beach destinations such as: Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Longboat Key, Lido Key, Sarasota, Siesta Key and Casey Key.   

About Sperry Van Ness Commercial Advisory Group (SVN)
SVN is one of the largest and fastest-growing commercial real estate brokerage franchisors in the industry, with more than 1,000 advisors and staff serving more than 150 markets. SVN affiliates deliver results for clients through a proven business model that immediately markets every one of its clients properties to the entire brokerage community as well as its own investor data base. The organization provides brokerage, tenant representation, consultation, asset management, property management, and leasing, accelerated marketing and auction services. For more information visit our website www.suncoastsvn.comor www.svn.com.

"LIKE" us on Facebook
Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Tuesday, February 21, 2012

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