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Sarasota
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Sarasota

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.

Kompose Hotel Sarasota
Kompose Hotel Sarasota
3 out of 5
965 University Pkwy, Sarasota, FL
The price is CA $97 per night from May 18 to May 18
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Ca’ d’Zan and John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. Sarasota Jungle Gardens is 1.4 mi (2.3 ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (194 reviews)
"My #1 choice for a stay in Sarasota! Management & desk staff is out of this world."

Reviewed on May 5, 2021

Kompose Hotel 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 $166 per night from May 9 to May 9
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 ...
3.4/5 (999 reviews)
Property management great
"Will stay again"

Reviewed on May 6, 2021

Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach
Tropical Beach Resorts
Tropical Beach Resorts
3.5 out of 5
6717 Sara Sea Circle, Siesta Key, FL
Free cancellation
The price is CA $195 per night from May 12 to May 12
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! (2,661 reviews)
"Very nice clean rooms, pools, and grounds, but there are no ocean view rooms. There are very large condos between this resort and the beach"

Reviewed on May 4, 2021

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.
Tropical Beach Resorts
Tropical Beach Resorts
3.5 out of 5
6717 Sara Sea Circle, Siesta Key, FL
The price is CA $195 per night from May 12 to May 12
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! (2,661 reviews)
"Very nice clean rooms, pools, and grounds, but there are no ocean view rooms. There are very large condos between this resort and the beach"

Reviewed on May 4, 2021

Tropical Beach Resorts
Captiva Beach Resort
Captiva Beach Resort
2 out of 5
6772 Sara Sea Circle, Siesta Key, FL
The price is CA $209 per night from May 11 to May 11
Nestled on the beach, this Siesta Key condo building is within a 5-minute walk of Crescent Beach and Siesta Key Beach. Turtle Beach and Siesta Key Marina are ...
Captiva Beach Resort
Hibiscus Suites - Gateway to Siesta Key
Hibiscus Suites - Gateway to Siesta Key
2.5 out of 5
1735 Stickney Point Rd, Sarasota, FL
The price is CA $203 per night from May 9 to May 9
Situated by the ocean, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Siesta Key Beach and Crescent Beach. Turtle Beach and Sarasota Memorial Hospital are also within ...
4.2/5Very Good! (1,740 reviews)
"The room and property were extremely clean. And, the property location was only 14 minutes to the beach."

Reviewed on Apr. 25, 2021

Hibiscus Suites - Gateway to Siesta Key
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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Feb 28, 2020

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

4/5 - Good

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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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