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Your guide to Sarasota
All About Sarasota
With several famous keys and 40 miles of beautiful white-sand beaches, Sarasota, on the western coast of Florida, has transformed over the last century from a small fishing town to a major cultural hub and destination for art-lovers, young professionals, families, and anyone looking to soak up the Florida sun.
In downtown Sarasota, ornate and imposing Mediterranean Renaissance mansions once owned by eccentric entertainment moguls sit juxtaposed against more contemporary glass facades and water features. You’ll pass by street artists and performers in the shade of swaying palm trees on your way to one of the city’s many cultural sites, like the Ringling Museum of Art or the bohemian Village of the Arts. If you’re looking to connect with nature, you can head to nearby Myakka River State Park, take a ride on the famous Legacy Bicycle trail, or, of course, loll about on Lido Key or Venice Beach, dipping into the shallow Gulf waters to cool off. Sarasota’s vibrant nightlife kicks off at dusk, when you can admire the sunset at the Bayside Boardwalk before catching a comedy show or dancing the night away in one of the area’s concert venues.
The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Sarasota
Sarasota’s reliably warm weather means that families, retirees, and spring breakers flock here during the late winter and early spring. In April, at the tail end of the vacation season, Sarasota hosts an annual film festival, where crowds gather to watch hundreds of award-winning films and attend filmmaker interviews. In May, the city hosts a free, independent LGBTQ arts festival.
Though Florida’s heat and humidity hit their peak in summer, and hurricane season lasts from July through the end of September, the city never really comes to a halt, with local events still taking place nearly every day. Once the weather calms down in October, the snowbirds return from the north to take up residence through the spring. Sarasota is famous for its seafood, especially stone crab, which is in season between October and mid-May.
Top things to do in Sarasota
Historic Spanish Point
Take a step back into Old Florida at this historic, 30-acre museum and environmental complex. Nearly 5,000 years of Sarasota history is on display at the museum. Explore pre-European life in the Americas, learn about homestead life in Florida in a museum inside a historic house, or wander the gardens and nature trails.
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens are made up of seven acres of land containing the world’s largest and most diverse collection of bromeliads. There are over 6,000 species of plants in the gardens, with a total of 20,000 plants living across 20 different curated habitats. The Rainforest Garden and the Butterfly Garden are most popular, but you’ll find mangroves, bamboo areas, and artificial caves to explore.
Ca’ d’Zan Mansion
One of the most iconic buildings in Florida, this mansion was once the winter home of a famous circus owner. Meant to emulate the style and feel of Venice, the mansion is five stories tall, with nearly 36,000 square feet to explore inside. You can look out over the Sarasota Bay from the marble terrace or simply admire the opulence of this home’s crystal chandeliers, Aeolian organ, or 82-foot-tall tower.
Frequently Asked Questions
How is the weather in Sarasota?
Sarasota typically has a humid subtropical climate, with hot, humid summers and warm, dry winters. The average temperature can range from 70°F (21°C) in the cooler months to 90°F (32°C) during the summer.
What are some of the best things to do in Sarasota?
In Sarasota, visitors often enjoy relaxing on the pristine beaches, exploring the diverse marine life at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, or experiencing the area's cultural scene at the Sarasota Opera House or Ringling Museum of Art.
What is the best time of year to visit Sarasota?
The most popular time to visit Sarasota is from March to May when the weather is warm and sunny. During this time, you can participate in local events such as the Sarasota Film Festival in April, and the Sarasota Music Festival in June.
What are the best places to stay in Sarasota?
Siesta Key is often recommended for its beautiful beach resorts and vacation rentals. Downtown Sarasota is frequently suggested for its proximity to cultural amenities and attractions, while Longboat Key offers a more peaceful, secluded atmosphere.
What are the best places to visit in Sarasota?
Visitors often recommend the Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota Opera House, and Siesta Key Beach. Nature lovers frequently suggest the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and the Myakka River State Park for their stunning landscapes.
What are some hiking trails in Sarasota?
You can explore nature at its finest with hiking trails such as the Sarasota Jungle Gardens nature trail, Rothenbach Park's 5-mile trail, and the Myakka River State Park trail, which spans 39 miles (63 km) and gives you the chance to enjoy Florida's diverse flora and fauna.
What are some family activities to do in Sarasota?
Families can enjoy a day at the Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, explore the exhibits at the Sarasota Classic Car Museum, or engage with hands-on science at the Suncoast Science Center. The Sarasota Children's Garden is also a fun spot for kids.
What are some of the best day trip ideas in Sarasota?
Sarasota has many day trip opportunities. Consider exploring the magical ecosystem of the Everglades National Park, the vibrant culture and nightlife of nearby Tampa, or the tranquil beauty of Anna Maria Island.
What types of vacation rentals are available in Sarasota?
Uncover the perfect home-away-from-home with our diverse selection of vacation rentals in Sarasota. From over 190 condo rentals, over 1,310 house rentals, over 30 villa rentals to over 290 apartment rentals, we've got you covered. For even more variety, explore our Airbnb Categories to find the ideal space for your getaway.
How much does it cost to stay in vacation home rentals in Sarasota?
Experience the best of Sarasota with our vacation home rentals, starting at about $100 per day, before taxes and fees. Embrace comfort and style while staying within your budget in your home away from home.