there's always something exciting going
on in Sarasota. Sophisticated or casual, upscale or economical, it's
all just minutes away.
Each area of Sarasota County has its own personality, and our
visitors are delighted to find more vacation variety here than they
ever expected. The
with its active downtown and arts and theater district, still has a
friendly, small town feel. Luxurious Longboat Key's manicured
beach resorts and condos also offer world-class tennis, golf and
dining. Laid-back Siesta Key has the feel of a tropical
island, with sugar white sand officially designated "the whitest,
finest beach sand in the world."
St. Armand's Circle is home to gourmet restaurants and
chic shops featuring the best items from around the world.
Once known primarily as a vacation or retirement destination,
today's Sarasota is home to diversity. A great year-round climate,
expanding employment opportunities,
abundant leisure time activities
and excellent schools attract creative entrepreneurs, skilled
workers and professionals who want to thrive in a community where
life is fun. Almost half of Sarasota County's population is in the
prime working age range of 25 to 64. No matter what your age or
stage, there's always something interesting to do in Sarasota.
Located on the Florida Gulf Coast, about 60
miles south of Tampa, Sarasota combines a leisurely coastal
lifestyle with a worldly sophistication. No longer just a tourist
destination and retirement haven, Sarasota has become a diversified
community with an expanding economic base, skilled workers and
professionals, and one of the best
systems in the state. The
cultural capital of Florida,
it is known for its culture offerings, from the Ringling Museum of
Art, the state museum of Florida, to its own symphony, opera and