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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

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!

Silver Sands Guest Reviews
Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Our Silver Sands Gulf Beach Resort website recently received a new feature. Located on the homepage, right under our Quick Search Box, is a rotation of reviews submitted by our guests for your viewing and dreaming pleasures. Visit today for your own personal piece of paradise!

Visit Silver Sands Gulf Beach Resort...Virtually
Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Visit for more information on our island paradise!

Silver Sands Gulf Beach Resort with RVA
Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Tuesday, February 21, 2012
What do you call peaceful pleasure? We suggest walking along a private beach, dipping your toes in the warm Gulf waters or lounging on your private lanai with your favorite book.

Silver Sands Gulf Beach Resort is located on the Gulf of Mexico on beautiful Longboat Key. Many consider this spacious, well-appointed facility the best on Longboat Key. Choose from the newly renovated resort room, the one- or two-bedroom garden units or the one- or two-bedroom beach front units. Whatever your vacation preferences, this resort has just what you're looking for while using property rating standards.

Stimulate your senses - from the sound of swaying palm trees to the sweet smell of blooming flowers mixed with the saltiness of the Gulf of Mexico. The tropical grounds at Silver Sands are truly unforgettable - one you've soaked up the calm, turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico, you'll never be the same. We are confident that your first visit with us will be the beginning of many more to come. Let us be your home-away-from-home for the most relaxed and enjoyable vacation you will ever experience.


  • Located on the Gulf of Mexico
  • Heated beach front pool
  • Putting green
  • Shuffleboard
  • Barbeque area
  • Complimentary chaise lounge chairs and umbrellas
  • Daily maid service
  • Laundry facility
  • Wi-Fi access in all rooms, in the garden area and on the pool deck
  • Fully-equipped kitchen or kitchenette

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