Outdoor Adventures

Gulf Adventure in Sarasota and Siesta Key

Home to some of the country's most beautiful beaches, Sarasota, Florida, and its Gulf Coast neighbor, Siesta Key, make it easy to unfold your beach blanket and settle right in — especially with Hyatt Vacation Club Sarasota, Siesta Key Beach as your home base.

Where there are pristine beaches, there are usually great opportunities to enjoy the water, and Sarasota is no exception.

Make the most of the waterways around Sarasota and Siesta Key by exploring mangrove tunnels, relaxing on postcard-perfect sandbars, or reeling in the big one in the Gulf of Mexico.

Kayak, SUP Around Nature Preserves

Whether you head out yourself or choose a guided kayak or stand-up paddleboard (SUP) tour, adventure awaits in and around Sarasota Bay. Kayaking SRQ offers guided tours through maze-like mangrove tunnels busy with crabs and starfish during two-hour trips from South Lido Key. You also can visit Otter Key to scout for dolphins and manatees.

From Siesta Key, you can travel the roughly 3-mile route through the Jim Neville Marine Preserve, home to countless coastal birds and mangrove forests. You'll often spot manatees and dolphins in the shallow waters here, too.

Sandbar-Hopping and Coastal Cruising

For a fun day on the water, there's nothing quite like chartering a boat for you and your crew.

With an outfitter like Kokomo Charters, you can set out from Siesta Key on daytime sightseeing and sunset charters aboard luxury Sea Ray(r) motorboats. We recommend calling ahead to book — there are often no set schedules, as captains plan the time according to the wind, currents, and tides to make sure guests maximize stops at the secluded anchorages and scenic sandbars.

Most charters include aerial drone footage of your day, snacks, and nonalcoholic drinks. And be sure to look back at the boat's wake as you zip across the Gulf — dolphins are often seen jumping there.

Catch Your Dinner in the Gulf

If you're looking for a serious shot at reeling-in a trophy fish (and dinner for a crowd), Gulf Coast Offshore Ventures is a favorite option among in-the-know locals.

Charters depart from Siesta Key aboard a 42-foot catamaran and motor offshore to waters more than 150 feet deep, setting the rods to attract the likes of amberjack, cobia, blackfin tuna, and mahi.

On the way back to the docks, you can count on the crew to start filleting your catch. Once you've arrived back at Hyatt Vacation Club Sarasota, Siesta Key Beach, the in-residence chef's kitchen is the perfect spot to prepare your fresh catch and recount your day on the water. During your stay, you can also enjoy fresh continental breakfast at Beachview Terrace or light bites at Cabana Cantina near the pool.

Owners, visit The Lounge for more information or to book a reservation.
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Escape to this captivating coastal destination. Experience stunning white-sand beaches and warm waters, fascinating cultural attractions, and world-class dining. It’s the perfect blend of relaxation and making unforgettable vacation memories.

The Residences on Siesta Key Beach

The Residences on Siesta Key Beach

Located minutes from the art and cultural hub of Sarasota, The Residences on Siesta Key Beach is an oasis of island calm just feet away from the crystal clear Gulf of Mexico waters. Our spacious, condo-style accommodations range from 1,800 to nearly 3,000 square feet and feature multi-bedroom layouts perfect for family vacations. Spend your day on our pristine white sanded Crescent Beach, rated No. 1 in the country by Dr. Beach, tee it up on a nearby golf course, or hop on a loaner bicycle for a quick jaunt into town.
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