Whatever your choice...there's a lifestyle for you.
bay awaits where dolphins play and swaying palm trees line quiet
streets lead to many options: live theater, world-class
shopping and dining, and the world-famous white sandy beaches of
sun-drenched islands that stretch along the beautiful azure waters
of the Gulf of Mexico.
Sarasota is a
European-style city where you can walk around, take in the water views, visit
interesting boutiques and galleries, see a show or play, chat over a cup of
Espresso, sail around the bay, or stroll through your favorite park.
There's far more to
Sarasota than white sandy
beaches. Stroll through an art museum where the
architecture is as much as art form as the masterpieces within. Gaze upon
rare exotic orchids. Find the perfect gift in one of the most renowned
shopping areas in the world. Paddle through lush tropical forests.
Listen to a full orchestra ensemble. Make a tee time, or if you prefer,
make time for tea. No matter what your distraction from the beach, the
Sarasota area has a multitude of
With its professional theaters, symphonies, ballet and opera, Sarasota County is
known as Florida's "Cultural Coast." We're home to more than 30 art galleries,
artist communities, the
Ringling Museum of
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.
The arts community here surpasses that found in counties five or six times the
size of Sarasota.
You'll be amazed at the diversity of natural beauty you'll discover
canoeing or kayaking South Lido Park's watery trail through a tunnel of
mangroves, or examining marine life on a bay cruise. View bromeliads growing in
the wild along the new Canopy Walk at Myakka River
State Park, and picnic by a lazy creek at
Oscar Scherer State Park. Make it a day to stretch yourself with windsurfing
lessons, parasailing, or fishing for the big ones. There are plenty of great
courts serving up
and don't miss the opportunity for an autograph when Major League Baseball
begins spring training.
Days on the Greens
Every Sarasota day is a golfer's dream with more than 30
golf courses sprinkled
throughout the county, challenging all levels of play and budgets.
Of the Top 20 Southwest regional courses voted by the readers of
Florida Golf News, nine are in the Sarasota area; four local
courses are in the top 100 places to play in the whole state. Always
looking to improve your game? Top instructors can show you how to
trim a slice and get to the green in two. So grab your clubs and
make the most difficult decision of the day — which fairway to play.
pleasure boats -- sailboats to speedboats -- registered in Sarasota
County, boaters discover an aquatic bliss on area waterways.
Public boat ramps are located all through the county, often serving
as the launching spot for boat parades and sailboarding. The
annual Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix Festival attracts thousands of
speedboat racing enthusiasts to the area each July.
Sarasota is home to some of the best
fishing -- game or otherwise --
in the state of Florida. Snook, redfish, kingfish, trout,
amberjack, mahi-mahi, and grouper can be found lurking in the
backcountry mangroves. Past the sandbars, big-game tarpons
cruise the deep waters of the ocean. Anglers can find a bounty
of fish whether they drop their lines from a dock, boat, bridge,
jetty, beach, or public pier. Snook, Florida's official game
fish, is the most sought-after catch in the state.
Even More to
Kids of all ages love getting up close and personal with sea
critters at Mote Aquarium or the flocks of shrimp-pink flamingos and
entertaining reptile and bird shows at Sarasota Jungle Gardens.
Be "wowed" by the interactive science exhibits at G.WIZ.
Relive local history at Historic Spanish Point with its
4,000-year-old ancient Indian settlement. Or lose yourself in the
world-class Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, a wonderland of tropical
plants and over 6,000 orchids.
Savor the Flavors
Sarasota is known for its
restaurants, and their extensive menus of
flavors are sure to satisfy. Rub elbows with locals while downing cold brews and
munching big juicy burgers in the '50s feel of open-air diners. Amish
restaurants serve heaping portions of comfort food, and French bakeries tempt
with delicate pastries. Elegant dining is always in vogue, and the region
overflows in award winners famous in gourmet circles. Seafood reigns supreme and
there's no better taste in the world than Sarasota's delicacy -- Florida stone
crab claws plunged into dipping sauces.
The Art of
Explore the uniqueness of St. Armands Circle with its collection of upscale
shops and specialty stores. Downtown Sarasota offers small-town Americana on
Main Street, while the art galleries on Palm Avenue remind you of New York and
L.A. Turn the corner onto Pineapple Avenue and you'll find fine antiques to true
1950s Florida kitsch. A little further south into Venice and you'll be standing
among shops that look out onto one of the best-planned downtowns in America. If
you like your shopping action packed, enjoy the variety of several indoor malls
or the bargain bonanzas at the nearby outlet mall.
With an average annual temperature of 74 degrees, Sarasota
has near perfect weather all year long. The temperature of the gulf water ranges
from 60 degrees in the winter months to the low 90s at its warmest in the
Average Annual Rainfall
57.11 inches, mostly during the summer afternoon.
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