Located on the West Coast of Florida, about 60 miles south of
Tampa, Sarasota County consists of 573 square miles
extending from the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay to cattle
ranches in the east. With more than 35 miles of
beachfront, residents are within a 15-minute drive of the
award-winning white-sand beaches.
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 school systems in the state. The cultural
capital of Florida, it is known for its intoxicating cocktail of
culture, from the Ringling Museum of Art, the state museum of
Florida, to its own symphony, opera and ballet.
Sarasota County consists of Sarasota,
Venice, Englewood and North Port and the barrier islands of Longboat
Key, Lido Key, Siesta Key, Casey Key and Manasota Key.
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 City of Sarasota,
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. Armands
Circle is home to gourmet restaurants and chic shops featuring
the best items from around the world.
Visit my Neighborhoods section for more information.
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.
Check out my Lifestyle section.
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