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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!

Win a 5 Night Stay at The Beach on Longboat Key Compliments of RVA
Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Friday, November 1, 2013

What you Win:

5 night; 6 day stay in a studio or one-bedroom unit at resort The Beach on Longboat Key!*


How to Enter:

1.             LIKE the RVA Facebook Page (if you havent already) (click here)
2.             LIKE & SHARE this Giveaway post on Facebook (click here)
3.             Contest ends at midnight on 11/11/2013

Only guests who LIKE & SHARE will qualify. The winner will be announced on November 12th. Good luck!

*Terms & Conditions: Guest wins a gift certificate for a 5 night; 6 day stay at property The Beach on Longboat Key only. Certificate must be used in its entirety and cannot be separated to multiple stays. Certificate expiration, blackout dates, a 30-day advanced booking requirement, and unit maximum occupancy rules apply. Certificate must be surrendered at time of redemption. In order to qualify, guests must follow ALL entry steps as listed. Giveaway expires at midnight on 11/11/2013. One winner will be randomly selected on 11/12/2013 and contacted at that time. Certificate cannot be redeemed for cash or future stays. RVA and its affiliates are not responsible for lost or stolen certificates.

Say Cheese!
Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Tuesday, May 22, 2012
A special thanks to Krystle Kay Photography for another stellar photo shoot - this time at The Beach on Longboat Key. Krystle has an amazing eye for both commercial and lifestyle photos making her the ideal candidate for our vacation she makes an afternoon of taking pictures so much fun! And we think it shows, so we couldn't help but show off a sampling of our favorites. Now, who's ready for a vacation in paradise without the passport?

The Beach on Longboat Key by RVA
Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Thursday, February 16, 2012
Located directly on the sands of legendary Longboat Key, The Beach on Longboat Key resort is the ideal foundation for an extraordinary beach vacation. Meeting property rating standards as a gold-rated unit, this resort features comfortable, contemporary furnishings and modern decor in an attractive yet subdued South Beach style. These accommodations are a great starting and ending point for days spent on gorgeous beaches, playing championship golf, shopping high-end boutiques, trying five-star restaurants, enjoying cultural attractions and plain-old relaxing.

Whether you're a family, honeymooners or on business, this is the getaway you're looking for. Come to The Beach on Longboat Key and have all of the area's best assets - unspoiled beaches, comfort, easy pace, charm and proximity to Sarasota - right at your fingertips.

  • LCD flat-screen TV
  • Complimentary bike rentals
  • Full-size kitchen or kitchenette with stainless steel appliances
  • Granite countertops
  • Sleeper sofa in most units
  • Private balcony on second floor units
  • Heated community swimming pool
  • Direct beach access
  • Washer/dryer available in some units
  • Coin-Operated Laundry
  • Picnic area
  • Wireless Internet access

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