The City of Sarasota and the surrounding area is known as the cultural hub of Florida. An abundance of sun, sand and water provide a stunning backdrop to museums, botanical gardens, wildlife sanctuaries and professional theater, dance, art and music. Throughout the year you will find a variety of art shows and festivals, all worthy of your attention. Officially recognized as having the finest, whitest sand in the world, beach life couldn’t be better than it is here.
Year-round outdoor recreation and water sports abound, as the Gulf of Mexico, Sarasota Bay, the Myakka River, Lemon Bay, and the Intercoastal Waterway surround the area. The average daily temperature range is from 72 in January to 91 in August, which is one reason why this area is so popular at any time of the year. In any month, there are usually at least 22 sunny days, a real cure for the gloom of winter.
After the beach, the golf course and the other attractions, head directly for St. Armands Circle for a real shopping treat. There are over 145 shops; boutiques and restaurants laid out in a circular pattern. Art galleries, jewelry and clothing stores, bookstores and much more are here to discover. Prefer the convenience of mall shopping? The new UTC mall offers an assortment of shopping and dining destinations, all under one roof.
A beautiful sunset over the Gulf of Mexico at Sarasota’s Siesta Key.
Venture downtown, and you’ll find there is no shortage of fine dining establishments catering to every cuisine desired, or stroll down by the bay for some of the freshest seafood served up in casual waterfront style. Wondering how to spend your Saturday morning? Look no further than the Sarasota Farmers Market which offers a vast array of specialty items in addition to farm fresh local produce.
There are two international airports near the City of Sarasota: Tampa International (one hour north of Sarasota) and Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (just northeast of town). There are buses, taxis, limousines and car rental services at both airports to get you into the city.