Sleep Away Camp 2023
Join us Oct 13-15th in beautiful Anna Maria Island FL, for our Beach Bash 2023! We are celebrating 20 years of Sleep Away Camp!
Thurs Oct 12th
6pm Ride. Leave from Tortuga to CottonMouth Southern Soul (20 miles roundtrip)
Street parking, Jerk Dog Records in Village of the Arts. If menu at Southern Soul is not your thing, walk to Birdrock
Friday Oct 13th
8:30-11am Registration open & Assorted pastries/water (included) provided at Tortuga Beach Pavilion
12pm Lunch Ride to Ugly Grouper (6 miles roundtrip from Tortuga)
2-4pm Registration open at Tortuga Beach Pavilion
4:30pm Ride Loop thru Sarasota (35 miles roundtrip- approx. 1 hour 20 min) BE Gassed up prior to Ride
Ride south through Coquina Beach, Longboat Key
5pm Stop at Old Salty Dog (City Island) for dinner
Continue ride after eating thru St. Armand’s, Sarasota, Sapphire Shores, Ringling Museum
8:30pm* Beach Games at Tortuga Private Beach – Limbo & other chances to earn TTS Bucks for SOS auction.
Saturday Oct 14th
8-9:45am Registration + Donuts & Coffee (included) @ Tortuga Beach Pavilion
10am Ride thru Bayou/Manatee River/DeSoto National Park (24 miles roundtrip)
Stop for Gas at Wawa 5.5 miles from Tortuga (75th & Manatee Ave)
The SLOW RACE will occur on route
30-minute stop at DeSoto National Park (free) to walk mangrove trails/see monuments
Ride continues along River & back to Tortuga.
LUNCH ON YOUR OWN. Highly recommend Star Fish Co (CASH ONLY) Small but highly rated working fishing market. Access off Cortez (accessible via Return ride route). Walking options from Tortuga: Smoquehouse (4 blocks North), Wicked Cantina (4 blocks South). Or grab a sandwich at Scott’s Deli or Publix (3 miles north) and have a beach picnic. Or DIY it and use BBQ charcoal grills at Tortuga (if you are staying here).
4:30pm –10pm Celebration Events @ BayFront Park on Anna Marie Island. Pavilion reserved on waterfront
4pm Ride from Tortuga to Bayfront Park
Game Auction then SOS GAME
Pizza courtesy of Scooter Mercato around 7pm
Awards & Raffle – 1959 Allstate and many other prizes up for raffle. Must be present to win
Afterparty @ The Kokonut Hut (3 blocks south of Tortuga)
Sun Oct 15th
9-10:30am Light Breakfast (Granola Bars/Fruit) @ Tortuga Beach Pavilion
11am Rider’s Choice, vote whoever shows up to either:
a) Lunch @ Riverhouse Waterfront in Palmetto. Ride to Snead Island/Observation Tower/Indian Mounds
b) Lunch @ Circo’s (Mexican) in Sarasota then optional Arcade Monsters in St. Armand’s ($15/hour games)
c) Ride to Siesta Key (22 miles one way). Pick from a handful of restaurants in Village
Dinner- Up to you: Use BBQ grills at Tortuga/ venture down to Bridge Street/ Relaxing night at beach
Mark your calendars and get a room at one of the options in the area:
Queen's Gate Resort- two doors down from Tortuga
Silver Surf - next door to Tortuga
Frog Creek Resort- tent camping & RV slots.
Airbnb it- scoop up something early!
As of April, the Tortuga is full so if you have not reserved lodging, we recommend not waiting as October is the start of season for this beach area.
We look forward to celebrating 20 years of SAC with you!!