Sarasota in a nutshell
Welcome to Sarasota ... sophisticated yet laid-back, elegant, fun-loving and dedicated to the arts.
A beautiful bay awaits where resident dolphins play and swaying palm trees line quiet streets leading to diversions of live theater, world-class shopping and the white sandy beaches of sun-drenched islands that stretch along the sea-green Gulf of Mexico.
Stretching for 35 miles from Longboat Key to Englewood, Sarasota County’s numerous public beaches offer powdery white sand full of shells, rock jetties with ideal fishing spots and calm Gulf waters popular for snorkeling. While in the area, vacationers can visit South Lido Park, a 100-acre public recreational area at the tip of Lido Key. a 140-foot-deep sinkhole.
There’s far more to Sarasota than white sandy beaches.
Known as "Florida’s Cultural Coast," Sarasota offers world-class art and entertainment the entire family will
enjoy wandering down Sarasota County's shimmering Gulf Coast, travelers will find fragrant gardens and numerous small towns offering quiet and refreshing points of interest.
Overlooking Sarasota Bay, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens fills nine tranquil acres with more than 20,000 colorful plants in 20 distinct garden areas.
Renowned for its rain forest canopy research, the garden also features 6,000 orchids, a banyan grove, bamboo pavilion and butterfly garden. Nearby, Sarasota Jungle Gardens showcases lush tropical vegetation and exotic waterfowl as well as a petting zoo and shell museum.
After sampling the city’s cultural offerings, couples can explore St. Armands Key across Sarasota Bay.
Considered west Florida’s answer to
Worth Avenue, St. Armands Circle features upscale shopping in a tropical park-like setting.
Here, shoppers can wander through courtyards past antique Italian statuary to exclusive jewelry shops and gourmet restaurants. Or take horse-drawn carriage rides down palm-lined avenues leading to the island’s central park, which is decorated by the Circus Ring of Fame. On nearby Siesta Key Beach, couples can renew their wedding vows at the sunset "Say I Do Again" celebration held each year on Valentine’s Day.