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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.

Top Hotels in Sarasota

The Westin Sarasota
The Westin Sarasota
4 out of 5
100 Marina View Drive, Sarasota, FL
The price is CA $122 per night from Dec 20 to Dec 21

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! (1,262 reviews)

"I small gift shop would be nice. However the mini store iwth the starbucks was nice. Would have liked more grab and go breakfast items. Front desk staff was fantastic!"…"

Reviewed on Nov. 24, 2020

The Westin Sarasota
Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach
Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach
3 out of 5
1540 Ben Franklin Dr, Sarasota, FL
The price is CA $145 per night from Nov 29 to Nov 30

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 ...

3.5/5Good! (953 reviews)

"Great View of the sea, lots of resort fun with the two pools and other amenities. Just need to update like painting etc. Lots of great possibilities, we really liked the resort! Chad was a great person and helped us a lot and always had a smile on his face, very hard worker!!"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 29, 2020

Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach
Tropical Beach Resorts
Tropical Beach Resorts
3.5 out of 5
6717 Sara Sea Circle, Siesta Key, FL
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $134 per night from Nov 30 to Dec 1

Situated near the beach, this Siesta Key aparthotel is by the ocean, and within walking distance of Point of Rocks, Crescent Beach and Siesta Key Marina. Local ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (2,436 reviews)

"The resort is clean, beautifully landscaped and close to beach. We would stay here again."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 24, 2020

Tropical Beach Resorts
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Sarasota

Tropical Beach Resorts
Tropical Beach Resorts
3.5 out of 5
6717 Sara Sea Circle, Siesta Key, FL
The price is CA $134 per night from Nov 30 to Dec 1

Situated near the beach, this Siesta Key aparthotel is by the ocean, and within walking distance of Point of Rocks, Crescent Beach and Siesta Key Marina. Local ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (2,436 reviews)

"The resort is clean, beautifully landscaped and close to beach. We would stay here again."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 24, 2020

Tropical Beach Resorts
Lido Beach Resort
Lido Beach Resort
3.5 out of 5
700 Benjamin Franklin Dr, Sarasota, FL
The price is CA $220 per night from Nov 29 to Nov 30

Nestled on the beach, this Sarasota condominium resort is within a 15-minute walk of Lido Beach and St. Armands Circle. Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium is ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,572 reviews)

"Great spot on Lido beach with everything within walking distance. The Pool area is getting a little tired and could use an update. the beach is magnificent. Most of the staff is great with few exceptions."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 24, 2020

Lido Beach Resort
Bali Hai Beachfront Resort and Spa
Bali Hai Beachfront Resort and Spa
3.5 out of 5
6900 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, FL
The price is CA $231 per night from Nov 30 to Dec 1

Nestled on the beach, this Holmes Beach condominium resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Island Gallery West and Bean Point Beach. Anna Maria Beach is 2.2 mi (3.6 ...

4.2/5Very Good! (132 reviews)

"Beach and umbrellas chairs Was a great feature Beautiful beaches"…"

Reviewed on Nov. 24, 2020

Bali Hai Beachfront Resort and Spa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Sarasota

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Verified traveller

Feb 28, 2020

Beautiful area, great stores and restaurants. High traffic sometimes.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 10, 2020

Lots of construction

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jan 9, 2020

Sarasotas historical district is a great area to visit the Marie Selby botanical gardens. After you go for a very good cafe: the vegan "project cafe" with one of the best cafe (kuma) in Florida , and fresh cake, biscuits or avocado bread

4/5 - Good

Raymond

Jan 9, 2020

Awesome beaches within driving distance (30 minutes).

4/5 - Good

Toto

Dec 28, 2019

Good restaurants nice beaches friendly people

5/5 - Excellent

Andy

Oct 29, 2019

Sarasota is a great resort for a vacation or snow birding. Lots to do, beautiful sights and amazing beaches.

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