Many snowbirds flock to Florida in the winter for the weather. Even in the summers, the weather change is sought after. I want to share some of my favorite ways to enjoy the SouthWest Florida Weather!
How to Enjoy the SouthWest Florida Weather
Outdoor Street Shopping
One of my favorite ways to enjoy the weather (and duck inside when it gets a bit too hot) is with street shopping. What is street shopping? It's like a mall but outdoors. There are a few that I like.
St Armands Circle – Located on the Gulf of Mexico in Sarasota Florida. The drive out is beautiful just on its own, but the shopping is worth it. Most stores are mom and pop locations and have unique items. I always seem to find some on my favorite clothing pieces here! Plus there are several restaurants, and a visit here is not complete without a visit to Kilwins for some ice cream and fudge!
Venice Ave – Located in historic downtown Venice Florida this shopping location is made up of the central strip of Venice Ave, and it's two side streets, Miami Ave, and Tampa Ave. Miami Ave is where most the events these shopping streets hosts happen. I find lots of great decor and home items here, but there are plenty of clothing shops too. They also have a few restaurants, our favorite being Ristorante San Marco. Finish your trip off with a trip to the Venice Creamery.
Siesta Key – Lots of outdoor shopping. While smaller (in my opinion) than the other two it's still notable. Parking always seems harder to find here as well. Siesta Key has a very tropical and island vibe and has a mix of everything from unique to the grocery store all combined in one area.
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This one is kind of logical one in Florida but still needs to be mentioned. Head to the beach work on your tan and take in the views and weather. Here are a few of my favorites.
Venice Beach – This beach is right on the warm Gulf of Mexico and is a popular spot for locals because it's a hidden gem!
Englewood Beach – Right on Manasota Key this is the most popular beach on the Key. Lots of great places to eat within walking distance from the beach, as in right across the road. I love how easy it is to find sharks teeth on the beach as well! Is this beach too packed for your taste? Head a few minutes north up the Key for two less populated beaches with all the same great benefits.
Food on the Water
There are so many places to eat on the water. I can't even begin to pick out my favorites so I won't. Just about anywhere there is water there are restaurants on it. There are several right across the street from Englewood Beach one I like is Lock and Key. In Venice, We have done a Sharky's on the Pier for date night as well.
Food on a Sidewalk
Ristorante San Marco – You can eat inside as well as outside and as mentioned above it's one of my favorites. There are several on Venice Ave.
St Armands Circle – There is a whole section of the circle with restaurants and outside dining right down the street from the beach!