Testosterone is a crucial hormone for men and plays an important role throughout the male lifespan. Most of a male's testosterone is produced through the testicles. Also called the male sex hormone, testosterone starts playing its part during puberty.
When a male goes through puberty, testosterone helps males develop:
As boys turn to men and men grow older, testosterone levels deplete naturally. Sometimes, events like injuries and chronic health conditions like diabetes can lower testosterone levels. Unfortunately, when a man loses too much T, it results in hypogonadism. When this happens, the testosterone must be replaced, or the male will suffer from symptoms like muscle loss, low libido, and even depression.
TRT is exactly what it sounds like: a treatment option for men that replaces testosterone so that your body regulates hormones properly and restores balance to your life. Also called androgen replacement therapy, TRT alleviates the symptoms that men experience with low T.
Originally lab-synthesized in 1935, testosterone has grown in popularity since it was produced. Today, TRT and other testosterone treatments are among the most popular prescriptions in the U.S.
Without getting too deep into the science, TRT works by giving your body the essential testosterone it needs to function correctly. As the primary androgen for both males and females, testosterone impacts many of the body's natural processes â especially those needed for overall health. For example, men with low T are more prone to serious problems like cardiovascular disease and even type-2 diabetes.
When your body quits making enough testosterone, it causes your health to suffer until a solution is presented. That's where TRT and anti-aging medicine for men can help. TRT helps balance your hormones and replenish your depleted testosterone. With time, your body will begin to heal, and many symptoms like low libido and irritability begin to diminish.
For men, aging is the biggest contributor to lower testosterone levels, though there are other causes like obesity, drug abuse, testicular injuries, and certain prescribed medications. Sometimes, long-term health conditions like AIDS, cirrhosis of the liver, and kidney disease can lower testosterone levels.
When a man's testosterone levels drop significantly, it alters his body's ratio of estrogen and testosterone. Lower testosterone levels cause more abdominal fat, which in turn results in increased aromatase, which converts even more testosterone into estrogen.
If you're concerned that you might have low T, you're not alone. Millions of men in the U.S. feel the same way. The best way to find out if your testosterone is low is to get your levels tested.
For sustainable testosterone replacement therapy benefits, you must consult with hormone doctors and experts like those you can find at Global Life Rejuvenation. That way, you can find the root cause of your hormone problems, and our team can craft a personalized HRT plan tailored to your needs.
One of the most common reasons that men choose TRT is because they have lost that "spark" with their partner. It's not easy for a man to hear that they're not performing like they used to. Intimacy is a powerful part of any relationship. When a once-healthy sex life dwindles, it can cause serious relationship issues.
The good news is that low libido doesn't have to be a permanent problem. TRT and anti-aging medicines help revert hormone levels back into their normal range. When this happens, many men have a more enjoyable life full of intimacy and sex drive.
Weak erections â it's an uncomfortable subject for many men in the U.S. to talk about. It's even worse to experience first-hand. You're in the midst of an intimate moment, and you can't do your part. Despite being perfectly normal, many men put blame and shame upon themselves when they can't achieve an erection. And while the inability to perform sexually can be caused by poor diet, obesity, and chronic health conditions, low testosterone is often a contributing factor.
Fortunately, weak erections are a treatable condition. The best way to regain your confidence and ability in bed is to speak with your doctor. Once any underlying conditions are discovered, options like TRT may be the best course of treatment.
Do you find it harder and harder to work out and lift weights in the gym? Are you having problems lifting heavy items that you once had no problem lifting?
Recent studies show that when men are inactive, they lose .5% of muscle strength every year, from ages 25 to 60. After 60, muscle loss doubles every decade. While some muscle loss is common as men age, a significant portion can be tied to low testosterone levels. When a man's T levels drop, so does his muscle mass.
Testosterone is a much-needed component used in gaining and retaining muscle mass. That's why many doctors prescribe TRT Siesta Key, FL, for men having problems with strength. One recent study found that men who increased their testosterone levels using TRT gained as much as 2.5 pounds of muscle mass.
Whether your gym performance is lacking, or you can't lift heavy items like you used to, don't blame it all on age. You could be suffering from hypogonadism.
If you're like millions of other men in their late 20s and 30s, dealing with hair loss is a reality you don't want to face. Closely related to testosterone decline and hormone imbalances, hair loss is distressing for many men. This common symptom is often related to a derivative of testosterone called DHT. Excess amounts of DHT cause hair follicles to halt their production, causing follicles to die.
Because hair located at the front and crown is more sensitive to DHT, it grows slower than other follicles and eventually stops growing permanently. Thankfully, TRT and anti-aging treatments for men in Siesta Key, FL, is now available to address hair loss for good.
While it's true that you can't change your genes, you can change the effects of low testosterone on your body. Whether you're suffering from thinning hair or hair loss across your entire head, TRT and other hormone therapies can stop hair loss and even reverse the process.
Also called "man boobs," gynecomastia is essentially the enlargement of male breast tissue. This increase in fatty tissue is often caused by hormonal imbalances and an increase in estrogen. For men, estrogen levels are elevated during andropause. Also called male menopause, andropause usually happens because of a lack of testosterone.
If you're a man between the ages of 40 and 55, and you're embarrassed by having large breasts, don't lose hope. TRT is a safe, effective way to eliminate the underlying cause of gynecomastia without invasive surgery. With a custom HRT and fitness program, you can bring your testosterone and estrogen levels back to normal before you know it.
Decreased energy was once considered a normal part of aging. Today, many doctors know better. Advances in technology and our understanding of testosterone show that low T and lack of energy often go hand-in-hand.
If you're struggling to enjoy activities like playing with your kids or hiking in a park due to lack of energy, it could be a sign of low T. Of course, getting tired is perfectly normal for any man. But if you're suffering from continual fatigue, a lack of enjoyment, or a decrease in energy, it might be time to speak with a doctor.
Whether you're having a tough time getting through your day or can't finish activities you used to love, TRT could help.
A study from 2011 showed that men who lose a week's worth of sleep can experience lowered testosterone levels â as much as 15%, according to experts. Additional research into the topic found almost 15% of workers only get five hours of sleep (or less) per night. These findings suggest that sleep loss negatively impacts T levels and wellbeing.
The bottom line is that men who have trouble sleeping often suffer from lower testosterone levels as a result. If you find yourself exhausted at the end of the day but toss and turn all night long, you might have low T.
TRT and anti-aging medicines can restore your T levels back to normal, which can help you sleep better with proper diet and exercise.
You're feeling down about everything, and there's no solid explanation for why you're in such a crummy mood. Your daily life is great and full of success, but you can't help but feel unexcited and unmotivated. If you're experiencing symptoms like these, you may be depressed â and it may stem from low testosterone.
A research study from Munich found that men with depression also commonly had low testosterone levels. This same study also found that depressed men had cortisol levels that were 67% higher than other men. Because higher cortisol levels lead to lower levels of testosterone, the chances of severe depression increase.
Depression is a very real disorder and should always be diagnosed and treated by your doctor. One treatment option gaining in popularity is TRT for depression. Studies show that when TRT is used to restore hormone levels, men enjoy a lighter, more improved mood. That's great news for men who are depressed and have not had success with other treatments like anti-depression medicines, which alter the brain's chemistry.
Ask anyone over the age of 50 how their memory is, and they'll tell you it wasn't what it used to be. Memory loss and lack of concentration occur naturally as we age â these aren't always signs of dementia or Alzheimer's.
However, what many men consider a symptom of age may be caused by low testosterone. A 2006 study found that males with low T levels performed poorly on cognitive skill tests. These results suggest that low testosterone may play a part in reducing cognitive ability. If you're having trouble staying on task or remembering what your schedule is for the day, it might not be due to your age. It might be because your testosterone levels are too low. If you're having trouble concentrating or remembering daily tasks, it could be time to talk to your doctor.
Why? The aforementioned study found that participating men experienced improved cognitive skills when using TRT.
Even though today's society is more inclusive of large people, few adults enjoy gaining weight as they age. Despite their best efforts, many men just can't shed the extra pounds around their midsections, increasing their risk of heart disease and cancer.
Often, male weight gain is caused by hormone imbalances that slow the metabolism and cause weight to pile on. This phase of life is called andropause and happens when there is a lack of testosterone in the body. Couple that with high cortisol levels, and you've got a recipe for flabby guts and double chins.
Fortunately, TRT treatments and physician-led weight loss programs can correct hormone imbalances and lead to healthy weight loss for men.
Sermorelin is a synthetic hormone peptide, like GHRH, which triggers the release of growth hormones. When used under the care of a qualified physician, Sermorelin can help you lose weight, increase your energy levels, and help you feel much younger.
Human growth hormone (HGH) therapy has been used for years to treat hormone deficiencies. Unlike HGH, which directly replaces declining human growth hormone levels, Sermorelin addresses the underlying cause of decreased HGH, stimulating the pituitary gland naturally. This approach keeps the mechanisms of growth hormone production active.
Benefits of Sermorelin include:
Ipamorelin helps to release growth hormones in a person's body by mimicking a peptide called ghrelin. Ghrelin is one of three hormones which work together to regulate the growth hormone levels released by the pituitary gland. Because Ipamorelin stimulates the body to produce growth hormone, your body won't stop its natural growth hormone production, which occurs with synthetic HGH.
Ipamorelin causes growth hormone secretion that resembles natural release patterns rather than being constantly elevated from HGH. Because ipamorelin stimulates the natural production of growth hormone, our patients can use this treatment long-term with fewer health risks.
One of the biggest benefits of Ipamorelin is that it is suitable for both men and women. It provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies, boosting patients' overall health, wellbeing, and outlook on life. When growth hormone is produced by the pituitary gland using Ipamorelin, clients report amazing benefits.
Some of those benefits include:
Whether you are considering our TRT services, HRT for women, or our growth hormone peptide services, we are here to help. The first step to turning back the hand of time starts by contacting Global Life Rejuvenation.
Our friendly, knowledgeable TRT and HRT experts can help answer your questions and walk you through our procedures. From there, we'll figure out which treatments are right for you. Before you know it, you'll be well on your way to looking and feeling better than you have in years!973-587-8638
I’ve found that when it comes to Florida, people are usually in one of two camps: fans of the Florida East Coast, or those that love the Gulf side. I’ve been up and down the Florida Atlantic Coast, driven the busy I-95 from north to south all the way to the Keys, and visited many great beaches along the way. I’ve also enjoyed the irresistible Gulf side of the Sunshine State.Both sides of Florida ha...
I’ve found that when it comes to Florida, people are usually in one of two camps: fans of the Florida East Coast, or those that love the Gulf side. I’ve been up and down the Florida Atlantic Coast, driven the busy I-95 from north to south all the way to the Keys, and visited many great beaches along the way. I’ve also enjoyed the irresistible Gulf side of the Sunshine State.
Both sides of Florida have awesome beaches, but they’re different experiences. The Atlantic side offers beautiful ocean views and great surfing. On the Gulf side, no real waves are crashing, but the calm, warm turquoise waters are idyllic for many. And those Gulf sunsets are simply spectacular.
While all beaches can be busy, some are decidedly less crowded than others. To increase your chances of finding fewer people on the beach, go on a weekday. Grab a towel and make your way to any one of these fabulous uncrowded Florida beaches.
Note: Some information in this article was obtained via a hosted stay. All opinions are my own.
Bunche Beach is a small, uncommercialized picturesque beach tucked away from it all near Cape Coral, Florida. There are no services here and very little in the way of amenities, but that’s part of its beauty! There’s almost nothing here except the beach, a birding trail, and a place to rent kayaks. It’s a natural, unspoiled environment that’s perfect if you want to get off the beaten path.
Grab a chair and take in the amazing views, or walk the beach and watch the birds and shell critters. Do what people were doing while we visited and cast a line from shore. The fisherman we chatted with told me he purposely came to Bunche Beach to avoid crowds. Though you may have to walk a little ways from your parking spot to the beach — as parking is not plentiful — it is worth it.
Directly over the bridge from Longboat Key lies Coquina Beach on laid-back Anna Maria Island. The turquoise waters are some of the most stunning I’ve seen. This beach is absolutely gorgeous with breathtaking water views! It offers concessions at Coquina Beach Cafe, lots of parking, covered picnic tables, playgrounds, private changing rooms, and showers. Swimming is allowed in designated areas and there’s plenty of sand so you can stretch out and not bump into other beach-goers.
This is one of the best beaches in the state. You can easily spend your entire vacation soaking up the sun on Coquina Beach and enjoying Anna Maria Island and nearby Longboat Key. In addition to amazing beaches, both areas offer a variety of places to stay, from upscale resorts to beachy cottages and unmatched waterfront dining experiences!
Lido Key is a hidden gem near Sarasota on Florida’s Gulf side. Located between Longboat Key to the north and Siesta Key to the south, gorgeous Lido Beach is the spot to be. While the beach is smaller than the more well-known Siesta Key Beach, it’s also less crowded.
This convenient beach offers easy parking and a very large, wide beach with plenty of room to set up your spot for the day. It’s also located within walking distance from St. Armand’s Circle where you can do some shopping or have lunch. Lido Beach offers exceptionally soft, white sand, glorious views, and warm Gulf waters. The vibe here is laid-back and relaxed — you won’t find a big party crowd here. Plan to stay for sunset; the views here are spectacular.
The public beaches on Anna Maria Island are some of the best beaches in Florida. If you’re looking for a gorgeous beach with all the comforts of home, you may enjoy Manatee Beach. Located in the town of Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island, Manatee Public Beach is a popular family-friendly beach that can get crowded — especially on weekends. But it’s quite a large stretch of sand, so you’re able to find your own space and not feel crowded.
As for conveniences, Manatee offers a ton: a large cafe on the beach, nice bathrooms, beach chairs for rent, volleyball courts, and a kid’s playground. It’s all set alongside stunning turquoise waters, and clean, white sand dotted with palm trees. You may even catch a glimpse of dolphins and manatees from shore.
Pro Tip: Anna Maria Island offers a free trolley that makes stops through town and at the beaches. Take the trolley to avoid parking hassles.
A drive around Cape Coral allowed us to find one of the best uncrowded beaches of our trip. Yacht Club Community Park is a hidden gem. Not only is there a good beach with calm water on the Caloosahatchee River, but the park also offers bathrooms, showers, a playground, picnic tables, barbecues, great parking, and a good view of Cape Coral.
We enjoyed walking out on the pier and watching the fisherman reel in the catch of the day. The Boathouse Tiki Bar and Grill, located adjacent to the park and the Yacht Club, is open to the public. The tables out back line the water and are just about as close as you can get to the water without getting wet. It’s a perfect place to enjoy breakfast.
Located at Canaveral National Seashore on Florida’s Space Coast, Playalinda Beach offers miles of beaches, all seemingly untouched and just waiting for you to explore. This barrier island is home to thousands of species of plants and animals, making it a wildlife paradise. It’s also home to world-class surfing as well.
One of my favorite uncrowded beaches in Florida is on the Atlantic side in Boca Raton. A favorite among locals, South Inlet Park Beach offers a pristine beach, clear waters, and a quiet environment. Located approximately 5 miles southeast of downtown Boca, South Inlet Park is open every day from sunrise to sunset.
This relaxed waterfront features not only a beach but also a playground, picnic area, barbecue pits, and benches to relax. A family-friendly beach, South Inlet Park has something for everyone to enjoy. In addition to lounging on the beach, you can take a walk on the jetty, watch boats at the inlet, barbecue with friends, or simply enjoy nature.
Another great beach for the family, Englewood Beach is a well-maintained, scenic spot with gazebos, a boardwalk, and pretty landscaping. Located on Manasota Key, the beach offers beautiful clear water, a tranquil setting, and lots to do. Amenities include a boardwalk, accessible parking and restrooms, showers, water stations, volleyball courts, a basketball court, horseshoe pits, a playground area, picnic shelters, and barbeque grills. Umbrella and chair rentals are available, making your beach day even better.
With no commercialization, Stump Pass Beach is for you if you like a quiet and natural surrounding. Here, you can discover all kinds of birds and plants, search for shark’s teeth and shells, and bask in the unspoiled wilderness of the park.
Look for wildlife as you walk the 1.3-mile hiking trail that goes through the park’s five distinct natural communities. Enjoy the amenities that will make your visit more comfortable including showers, bathrooms, and a picnic pavilion. Stump Pass Beach also offers accessible amenities including restrooms, parking, and free beach wheelchairs.
Pelican Beach, in the small town of Satellite Beach on Florida’s Space Coast, offers a quiet getaway. With a shaded green space adjacent to the beach, the picnic tables here are a perfect place to have a casual lunch by the sea. Chances are you won’t see a lot of people while you’re at this pretty, under-the-radar beach. The on-site bathrooms and showers are a bonus.
Located between Key Largo and Key West, Sombrero Beach is a lovely, accessible beach right in the middle of the beautiful Florida Keys. While weekends can get crowded here, weekdays are usually fairly uncrowded. The calm, shallow waters make this a perfect beach for swimming and snorkeling, or for hanging out with your pup — dogs on leases are welcome!
Located right near Mile Marker 50, Sombrero Beach promises gorgeous views and aquamarine-colored seas. There are no concessions or beach equipment vendors, so bring your chair and umbrella as well as snacks for the best beach day. This is one of the best beaches in the Keys, with free parking, nice bathrooms, and a playground for the kids.
Pro Tip: Sombrero Beach is a turtle nesting beach. During active turtle nesting season (April through October), the city limits human activities in the vicinity of active turtle nest establishments, so parts of the beach may be closed. This is typically not more than 10 percent of the beach — the rest is open.
If you’ve been using Instagram for any period of time, you’ve probably seen one of photographer Gray Malin’s photographs. His bright, summery images—which include his signature aerial beach shots—have gained him more than half a million foll...
If you’ve been using Instagram for any period of time, you’ve probably seen one of photographer Gray Malin’s photographs. His bright, summery images—which include his signature aerial beach shots—have gained him more than half a million followers on that platform, and he’s collaborated with brands like Sperry, Supergoop sunscreen, Away luggage, Nest New York candles, Splendid, Illesteva sunglasses and Compartes chocolate.
Now, in his latest series, the California-based Malin has turned his eye to Florida’s Gulf Coast. It’s a natural fit: our turquoise waterways and white-sand beaches mirror his aesthetic, and he has ties to the area, too. “I loved seeing the Gasparilla Inn from above, since I grew up spending time there with my family during the holidays,” he says. “The memories came flooding back when I saw the patterned umbrellas from the air.”
Malin adds that over the years, his followers have requested photos of our region, too. “There are so many beautiful towns along the coast beloved by so many people,” he says. “I ended up with so many images from this shoot to add to my aerial collection.”
The series spans Tampa to Naples, and Malin’s photos of Sarasota-Manatee include Siesta Key Beach, Lido Beach, Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key and Stump Pass.
Aside from visiting at Gasparilla Inn as a kid, Malin says he’d never spent much time on the Gulf Coast. “I was surprised at how many coastal towns there were to include,” he says. “I also felt this coast was very different from the East Coast of Florida—much more serene and relaxing.”
He adds that he hopes the images bring a sense of escapism and joy to people who see them, no matter where they live.
“Travel is such a special part of life,” he says. “I love how an image has the ability to transport you just by looking at it, which is really meaningful to me.”
You can purchase prints of Malin’s Florida Gulf Coast series at graymalin.com. Prints are signed by the artist and printed on premium archival luster paper. They’re available in small, medium and large sizes. Prices range from $249-$2,499.
Bird Key/Ringling Causeway is among three sites still testing beyond safe limits for enterococcus bacteria, the Florida Department of Health said.Updated 4:25 p.m. July 29Just in time for the weekend, no-swim advisories were dropped Friday afternoon for four of the seven beaches found earlier this week to have higher-than-acceptable levels of enterococcus bacteria, the Florida Department of Health said.Popular Siesta Key Beach is now in the clear, the DOH said, along with three others farther south.No-swi...
Bird Key/Ringling Causeway is among three sites still testing beyond safe limits for enterococcus bacteria, the Florida Department of Health said.
Updated 4:25 p.m. July 29
Just in time for the weekend, no-swim advisories were dropped Friday afternoon for four of the seven beaches found earlier this week to have higher-than-acceptable levels of enterococcus bacteria, the Florida Department of Health said.
Popular Siesta Key Beach is now in the clear, the DOH said, along with three others farther south.
No-swim advisories remain in place at Brohard Beach, Venice fishing pier and Ringling Causeway/Bird Key Park.
A new round of testing will take place on Monday, Aug. 1.
Additionally, new no-swim advisories were posted in Manatee County for Coquina Beach North, Bayfront Park North, Manatee Public Beach North.
Published 12:05 p.m. July 28
No-swim advisories were posted Thursday for seven Sarasota County beaches after the discovery of enterococcus bacteria in levels higher than considered acceptable, the Florida Department of Health said.
The no-swim advisories were posted for:
The Florida Health Department said the beaches remain open, though wading, swimming or other water recreation is not recommended until water testing confirms levels have returned to acceptable concentrations.
No sewage spills have been reported. Enterococcus bacteria can additionally come from a variety of natural and human-made sources. These include pet waste, livestock, birds, land-dwelling and marine wildlife, and stormwater runoff.
Water testing was performed Thursday, with new results expected by Friday afternoon.
DOH-Sarasota Environmental Administrator Tom Higginbotham said in a statement that the Florida Healthy Beaches program protects beachgoers when conditions are unsuitable for swimming. This is done by testing beach water weekly and providing up-to-date explanations of the results.
“When these bacteria are found at high levels in recreational waters, there is a risk that some people may become ill," he said. "People, especially those who are very young, elderly or who have a weak immune system that swallow water while swimming can get stomach or intestinal illnesses. If water contacts a cut or sore, people can get infections or rashes."
Shellfish, such as crabs and shrimp, collected in the immediate area of any beach with a no-swim advisory in place should not be eaten. Finfish caught live and healthy can be eaten if filleted.
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When you’re planning your next weekend adventure along Florida’s Gulf coast, we have the perfect road trip to consider. Starting off at one of Florida’s most spectacular beaches, this trip will take you down the Gulf all the way to the Everglades, enjoying an incredibly diverse range of landscapes, activities, and attractions. Ready to have the most “Florida” day ever? The entire road trip will take around four hours of travel time, but you’ll want to plan accordingly to give time to stop at each spot. You...
When you’re planning your next weekend adventure along Florida’s Gulf coast, we have the perfect road trip to consider. Starting off at one of Florida’s most spectacular beaches, this trip will take you down the Gulf all the way to the Everglades, enjoying an incredibly diverse range of landscapes, activities, and attractions. Ready to have the most “Florida” day ever? The entire road trip will take around four hours of travel time, but you’ll want to plan accordingly to give time to stop at each spot. You can find the entire customizable itinerary for the road trip here.
So what do you think about the Florida road trip? Have you ever traveled from Siesta Key to the Florida Everglades before? Share with us some other places you like to stop along the way in the comments section!
Address: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens' Historic Spanish Point campus, 337 N Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL 34229, USA
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Address: Shell Factory, 2787 N Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers, FL 33903, USA
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The island is home to one of the world’s most famous beaches, and plenty of great places to eat and party.6641 Midnight Pass Road, Sarasota, (941) 554-8101, bigwaterfishmarket.comThe best spot to buy seafood on Siesta Key, Big Water carries a rotating selection of Gulf species, all of them picked out by owner Scott Dolan. If he won’t eat it, he won’t sell it, which means you can count on getting the freshest amberjac...
The island is home to one of the world’s most famous beaches, and plenty of great places to eat and party.
6641 Midnight Pass Road, Sarasota, (941) 554-8101, bigwaterfishmarket.com
The best spot to buy seafood on Siesta Key, Big Water carries a rotating selection of Gulf species, all of them picked out by owner Scott Dolan. If he won’t eat it, he won’t sell it, which means you can count on getting the freshest amberjack and mahi-mahi. While you’re there, don’t miss the chance to order one of the enormous grilled fish sandwiches whipped up in the back kitchen.
If you love wine, head here. Gabbiano offers an extensive selection of bottles and pours by the glass, all of them picked to pair well with the restaurant’s Italian pastas, meats and seafood. Enjoy dining in a wine room or take advantage of the outdoor seating on the climate-controlled patio. Or be spontaneous and order a meal to go for a Siesta Beach picnic.
153 Avenida Messina, Sarasota, (941) 312-9300, cottagesiestakey.com
A fun hangout with cocktails that will take the edge off after a hard day lying in the sun, The Cottage specializes in small plates meant to be shared. That means steamed mussels, ceviche and a raw tuna “taco” served inside a fried wonton shell. If you’re hungry for a fuller meal, you’ll also find a good pick of seafood entrées.
5239 Ocean Blvd., Sarasota, (941) 349-0995, flaviosbrickovenandbar.com
Flavio’s is known for its romantic environs, quality pastas, Italian entrées and, of course, its pizza, cooked in a brick oven that gets hotter than a summer afternoon on the beach. The ingredients here skew mostly traditional Italian, although you will find a Hawaiian pizza, too.
6631 Midnight Pass Road, Sarasota, (941) 349-4024, miguelsrestaurant.net
A staple of the island since 1983, Miguel’s serves established French classics like sole meunière, chicken cordon bleu and Chateaubriand. Save room for dessert. The restaurant’s selection runs deeper than most restaurants, with several that are prepared tableside.
In the first scene of the first episode of the MTV reality show Siesta Key, we met our main protagonist, Alex, while on a date at Ophelia’s. We don’t remember how that evening concluded, but we can’t fault Alex for his choice of a restaurant, because Ophelia’s is one of the most romantic eateries imaginable, particularly when the weather is at its nicest and you can sit on the deck. The menu is heavy on fine dining standards like caramelized scallops, roasted fish and rack of lamb, all of it just as intoxicating as the glimmering waters of the Intracoastal.
1265 Old Stickney Point Road, Sarasota, (941) 349-1970, spearfishgrille.com
Tucked into a small space at Siesta Key Marina, Spearfish is a no-frills shack where your server can fetch you an estimate on your boat repairs and serve up a mean grouper sandwich, too. The shop sells fish and shellfish straight from the Gulf, with an emphasis on hogfish, blue crabs and shrimp. Spearfish is a pleasant pit stop before or after a day on the water, but it’s also a great spot to hit up on your lunch break to remind yourself why living near the Gulf is so great.
This is the island sushi destination of your dreams, with a huge list of rolls that covers the basics and offers plenty of creative blends and chef specialties, as well. It’s styled like a Japanese izakaya—part bar, part restaurant, with dim lighting, stiff drinks and plates made for sharing. If you’re with a group, consider ordering a giant sushi ship laden with rolls and decorated with a blazing sparkler that will light up your life.
Summer House’s name nods to Summerhouse, a long-gone Siesta Key restaurant institution, but chef Evan Gastman’s food stands on its own. His roasted chicken has been a staple of the menu since it opened in 2018 and is already famous. Using his grandmother’s recipe as a model, Gastman adds a high-tech twist by cooking the half-chicken in a sous vide and then torching the skin until it’s golden-brown all over. Anyone who can breathe new life into roasted chicken is a saint. The steaks are terrific, too.
210 Avenida Madera, Sarasota, (941) 346-7170, sungardencafe.com
This Siesta Key mainstay attracts both sun-blasted tourists and mainlanders making the trek out to the beach, offering a mix of egg-based standards, plus more unusual dishes like their iconic sweet potato pancakes—so smooth, so sweet, so fluffy that they can singlehandedly turn your week around. Waffles made with batter dotted with pecans and bacon are another fave. Outside, striped awnings protect customers from the sun on a wide stone patio bright with tropical flowers and an occasional visiting songbird. This may just be Siesta’s best place to wake up.