About Sarasota

A mere 60 miles south of Tampa over the Sunshine Skyway Bridge on the Gulf of Mexico awaits a slice of paradise, Sarasota Florida. The nation’s per capita arts capital, Sarasota is also home to the #1 Beach in the U.S., Siesta Key Beach. Its walkable downtown with historic buildings and modern condominiums, upscale shopping, live music, boundless restaurants with outdoor seating, brew pubs, wine bars, and Instagram backdrops every 5 feet, are just a few reasons Sarasota is one of the top vacation and relocation destinations in the country.

Outdoor Activities, Parks, and Beaches

Whether you enjoy golfing, water sports (parasailing, kayaking, paddleboarding, surfing, fishing, charter boats, jet skiing), biking, hiking, bird watching, or running, Sarasota County offers over 120 parks and trails sprawling over 3,000 acres.

Our personal favorite is the Legacy Trail, an ever-growing recreational walking and biking trail traversing nearly twenty miles. This nature-based activity recreation trail connects communities across Sarasota County and stretches into Charlotte County with current plans to span into Downtown Sarasota.

The walkable and John Ringling Bridge connects Downtown Sarasota to Bird Key, Lido Key and St. Armand’s Circle – and its mesmerizing beauty, day or night, offer Instagram moments and photo-worthy art for shutterbugs. Numerous Meetup groups surround this iconic bridge and its surrounding parks.

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Within walking distance from John Ringling Bridge is pet-friendly Bayfront Park situated on Sarasota Bay and its neighboring marina. Visitors can partake in yoga, tai chi, biking, walking, rollerblading, spectacular sunsets, photo ops, picnicking, pelican diving, and enjoying the dolphin fountain – a long-standing landmark at the tip of the peninsula.

Nathan Benderson Park home to many nationally recognized water sport events (including the Special Olympics Stand-up Paddleboard Championships, International Dragon Boat World Championships, and World Rowing Championships provides) pristine walkways for cyclists, walkers, joggers, rollerbladers, and on water activities for rowers, paddleboarders, and more. Situated on a beautiful manmade lake, this pet-friendly land and water park offers countless outdoor activities and events for the whole family all week, all year `round.

Beaches and Dog Parks

Beaches, parks, and dog parks are up and down the coast of Sarasota, Florida and its surrounding neighborhoods. If it’s sun and sand or shade and blades, you will find it in Sarasota. Here are just a few to whet your appetite: Lido Beach, Siesta Beach, Casey Key, Nokomis Beach, Turtle Beach, Crescent Beach, Holmes Beach, Bradenton Beach, Monsanto Beach, Brohard Paw Park, Lakeview Paw Park, 17th Street Paw Park, and Dog Park in Arlington Park.

For a complete list of parks in and around our slice of paradise, visit the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County.

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Dining

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Whether you’re looking for elegant fine dining, live music tiki bars, a casual beachy restaurant for the family, or anything in between, you will find the perfect dining experience for every meal during your stay – or new life – in Sarasota, Florida.

Exquisite fine dining on the Keys is bountiful. Seafood at its finest paired with just the right wine can be found inland at one of our many shopping districts or on the water on many of Sarasota’s Keys. Sarasota is home to the highest concentration of Zagat-rated restaurants in Florida. Ask us for recommendations to find the dining experience you are looking for!

Cultural Events

Culture and entertainment in Sarasota are likened to that of some of the largest cities in the U.S. Boasting its own symphony, opera, ballet, concerts, and ‘standing O’ live theater, Sarasota is rich with culture in easy-to-get-to intimate venues.

Festivals are plentiful, especially during Season. Siesta Key Sand Sculpting Festival and Sarasota Chalk Festival, along with monthly Art Walks and annual Art Festivals, Food & Wine Festival, Seafood Festival, and year ‘round indoor/outdoor excursions include the Mote Aquarium and Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.

Art Galleries and Museums

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There’s good reason why downtown Sarasota is known as Florida’s Cultural Coast.

With over 30 art galleries, you’ll need to stop at one of the many restaurants for refueling. Art Uptown, a long-standing local art gallery is a prime example of the high-quality art, which is easily accessible to art lovers.

With seven major museums in Sarasota, art lovers have plenty to satisfy their thirst for visual talent. John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is more than an art museum. Museumgoers are afforded the opportunity to tour their estate, including a mansion, gardens, and a theater. During the summer months, the Museum hosts art festivals, and every day throughout the year, art connoisseurs are graced with the chance to tour and discover new talent.