Sarasota sits on the gulf side of the state about an hour south of Tampa. Rated as “America’s Best Small City” and one of the nation’s top eight “Best Places to Retire.”
With a population of approximately 52,000, Sarasota is actually bigger than you think. The downtown is small and concentrated which is nice for walking to local restaurants or enjoy a stroll to Marina Jacks while taking in the Season of Sculpture that are exhibited throughout Sarasota. Downtown Sarasota consists of local boutique shops, casual and find dining as well as night life and music.
Sarasota is best known for its cultural and outdoor amenities, beaches, resorts and golfing communities. Home to the famous Ringling Brothers Circus and family, museums, operas and ballets, Foreign Film Festival, Ringling School of Arts and The Van Wezel.
Home to Siesta Key Beach, which is continually voted one of the best beaches in the world, with white “sugar” sand and warm gulf waters. The sand is made up of 99% quarts so even on the hottest days the sand is cool due to being so reflective. Siesta Key stretches over 8 miles and is composed of four main areas, Siesta Beach, Crescent Beach, Turtle Beach and Siesta Key Village. The Village offers casual to fine dining, shopping, local music and souvenir shops and plenty of night life. The community drum circle plays every Sunday about one hour before sunset on Siesta’s public beach.
St. Armand’s Circle is located in the City of Sarasota, a small island off the coast. Set amongst a tropical oasis, the circle surrounds gourmet dining, fine shops and galleries. Lined with the charm of courtyards and patios and contemporary architecture. St. Armand’s if also known for luxurious residences and nestled between Lido Beach and Longboat Key.
Whether you are looking to relax, eat or shop, Sarasota has it all.