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SarasotaUnited States of America

Famous white-sand beaches, a dynamic arts community and lush tropical beauty keep visitors coming back to Florida’s central west coast cultural capital.

Sarasota is a bayside city dotted with Mediterranean Revival architecture and bordered by award-winning beaches on three picturesque barrier islands. The city and its county are known as “Florida’s Cultural Coast” and are home to 10 theaters, 30 art galleries, an acclaimed symphony orchestra and prestigious ballet and opera companies.

Downtown Sarasota has plentiful cultural attractions. Enjoy classical operatic performances at the Sarasota Opera House. See a diverse selection of acts at the striking Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, the Historic Asolo Theater or the Asolo Repertory Theatre. Dine at one of the restaurants in the area and enjoy the local seafood. Try Florida spiny lobster, crab and shrimp and finish off with a citrusy slice of key lime pie.

The 1920s millionaire circus magnate, John Ringling, and his wife Mable contributed greatly to some of the city’s most intriguing cultural features. Visit the Ringling Estate, a sprawling bayside complex that contains the Ringling Museum of Art and the couple’s own lavish Ca’ d’Zan mansion.

Discover the natural beauty of the tropical Gulf of Florida coastline at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and look for an iconic pink flamingo at the Sarasota Jungle Gardens.

Lido Key and Siesta Key, barrier islands just west of downtown, provide some of the most breathtaking beaches in the United States. Siesta Key Public Beach, with its crystal-clear water and sand that looks and feels like powdered sugar, is a favorite for locals and visitors for swimming, playing volleyball or taking long walks as the sun sets over the Gulf of Mexico.

Sarasota is located on the central west coast of Florida, 60 miles (96 kilometers) south of Tampa. Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport is a short distance from downtown and is served by major airlines flying from the eastern United States and Canada. Sarasota has a tropical climate with mild winters and hot, humid summers. Warm temperatures and diverse cultural attractions make this city a fantastic destination any time of the year.

Where to stay in Sarasota

Siesta Key showing cycling as well as a couple

Siesta Key Village

4.5/5Wonderful!(282 area reviews)

One reason travelers love spending time in Siesta Key Village is the stunning beaches, and Siesta Key Beach is a top place to visit.

Siesta Key Village
Sarasota which includes a sandy beach as well as children

Central Sarasota

4/5Very Good!(911 area reviews)

Gardens, art galleries, and theaters are some highlights of Central Sarasota. Make a stop by Sarasota Opera House or Marina Jack while you're exploring.

Central Sarasota
Popular family diner among locals and tourists for the past 40 years, serving breakfast all day and American fare.

Gulf Gate Estates

4/5Very Good!(71 area reviews)

Pristine beaches and ample dining options are well-reviewed features of Gulf Gate Estates. Make a stop by top sights like Gulf Gate Golf Club while you're exploring the area.

Gulf Gate Estates
Craft beer brewery off I-75 on service road with indoor and outdoor seating plus events with food trucks.

Fruitville

4.5/5Wonderful!(142 area reviews)

Check out the restaurants, beaches, and shopping while spending some time in Fruitville. Though there might not be many attractions in the neighborhood, you won't need to go far to find top spots like Nathan Benderson Park or Bobby Jones Golf Complex.

Fruitville
Back To The Future car  which is a hybrid Brickland for the movie at Classic Cars in the South Venice, Florida.

South Venice

4/5Very Good!(16 area reviews)

While visiting South Venice, you might make a stop by sights like Woodmere Park and Lemon Bay.

South Venice
Excellent Men's Conference Iron Sharpens Iron at New Covenant Life Church in Sarasota, Florida. Over 200 men from many churches to praise the Lord Jesus Christ and hear teachings from anointed national speakers.

Vamo

5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)

You'll enjoy the restaurants and shopping in Vamo. You might want to make time for a stop at Westfield Sarasota Square or Pelican Plaza.

Vamo

Top Hotels in Sarasota

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Westin Sarasota
The Westin Sarasota
4 out of 5
100 Marina View Drive, Sarasota, FL
The price is $139 per night

Located in Central Sarasota, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Florida Studio Theatre and Sarasota Opera House. St. Armands Circle and Lido Beach ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,050 reviews)

"The staff was very nice, Chris made our trip amazing. The pool was beautiful"…"

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2020

The Westin Sarasota
Hyatt Regency Sarasota
Hyatt Regency Sarasota
4 out of 5
1000 Blvd Of The Arts, Sarasota, FL
The price is $149 per night

Located in Central Sarasota, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Art Center Sarasota and Sarasota Opera House. St. Armands Circle and Sarasota ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,006 reviews)

"Can’t wait to go back with my family ❤️ I highly recommend it to all my friends"…"

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2020

Hyatt Regency Sarasota
Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach
Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach
3 out of 5
1540 Ben Franklin Dr, Sarasota, FL
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $102 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Sarasota hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of South Lido Park and Lido Beach. St. Armands Circle and Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium are ...

3.6/5Good! (1,008 reviews)

"I had a great time with the beach access, great food, and quite hotel stay."…"

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2020

Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach

Popular places to visit in Sarasota

Lido Beach
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Lido Beach

4.5/5(1,225 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Lido Beach, a popular beach in Sarasota. Take in the fascinating museums while you're in the area.

Venice Beach
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Venice Beach

4.5/5(862 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Venice Beach, a popular beach in Venice. Attend a sporting event in the area, or seek out the biking trails.

Siesta Key Beach
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Siesta Key Beach

4.5/5(1,425 reviews)

The soft, white sand on Siesta Key’s award-winning family-friendly beach is perfect for relaxing under a sun umbrella and taking part in a game of volleyball.

St. Armands Circle
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St. Armands Circle

4.5/5(1,234 reviews)

Consider this area as a circular outdoor mall. Like any mall, you can shop, dine, browse or just people-watch. Unlike most malls, this one never closes to walkers.

Turtle Beach
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Turtle Beach

4.5/5(382 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Turtle Beach, a popular beach in Siesta Key. Wander the seaside or discover the sunsets in this quaint area.

Nokomis Beach
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Nokomis Beach

4.5/5(353 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Nokomis Beach, a popular beach in Nokomis. Discover the sunsets and restaurants in this relaxing area.

Top things to do in Sarasota

Sarasota Inshore Fishing Trip
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Sarasota Inshore Fishing Trip

$200
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
TreeUmph Adventure Course
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TreeUmph Adventure Course

$62
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Sarasota Sensations!
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Sarasota Sensations!

$35
Per adult
Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park & Activity Center
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Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park & Activity Center

$23
Per adult
Sarasota Sensations Weekend! Rum Factory, History & Culture.
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Sarasota Sensations Weekend! Rum Factory, History & Culture.

$35
Per adult
Mangrove Tunnel Kayak Ecotour
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Mangrove Tunnel Kayak Ecotour

$50
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Sarasota

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 35.70547099958865%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 6.828465651995064%
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2 - Disappointing 0.781571369806664%
1 - Terrible
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 6, 2020

We’ve been to Sarasota several times over the years. Always fun. Plenty to do and see.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 6, 2020

I'm from this town so it was supposed to be a nice get away, love the city.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

the city Sarasota is very nice

5/5 - Excellent

Dari

Jun 2, 2020

very nice beach

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 30, 2020

Awesome beach town with the most beautiful beaches

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 30, 2020

Great town of lido beach we r planning to come back but to another hotel

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