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Gracing Florida’s sun kissed southwestern coast, Sarasota is a buzzing waterside hub. Whilst its most obvious attractions are the flawless ivory white beaches and alluring turquoise water, the city provides plenty to get stuck into when you’re not blissing out. Enjoy championship golf, fruitful sports fishing, unique shopping, and sophisticated dining overlooking the waves. Adorned with Italian architecture, Sarasota’s biggest boast however is its flourishing arts scene; where theaters, music venues, and art galleries put on a spectacular show of world-class talent.

Things to see

A fixture on many a ‘top beach’ list, Siesta Key Public Beach is regarded by many as Sarasota’s best. Overlooking the glittering Gulf of Mexico, the family-friendly stretch is home to tennis and volleyball courts, as well as a playground and refreshment stands. Set within a sprawling pink palace, The Ringling is the legacy of local circus owner and art aficionado John Ringling. Housing classic and contemporary pieces from around the world, its dazzling collection totals over 10,000 objects. The estate is also home to the Ca d’Zan Mansion, the Mediterranean Revival residence where John and his wife Mable once lived. Completed in 1926, visitors can take a snoop around the waterside abode’s opulent gilded interior, which displays a trove of items collected during the couple’s lifetime. A tropical bay-front oasis, a stroll through the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is a must. Adorned with orchids and bromeliads, the idyllic 7 acre parcel also features a butterfly garden and koi pond.

Hotels in Sarasota

Whether you’re here for business or sun, sea, and sand, the hotels in Sarasota cater to a variety of stays. From luxury golf and spa retreats to family-friendly beach hotels, Sarasota’s waterside and its three islands are gilded with quintessentially Floridian accommodation. Many count shimmering swimming pools, spa tubs, and on-site restaurants among their amenities, whilst rooms open on to balconies boasting immaculate sea views. The city’s more urban digs offer something for every budget too. You’ll find everything from towering establishments run by the ritziest names in hospitality, to pocket-friendly motels, offering a basic but comfortable crash pad.

Where to stay

An urban sprawl of multi-story blocks, a hotel in Sarasota’s waterside downtown district gives you amenities and cultural attractions galore. Much of the action is centered on Main Street, where you’ll find a variety of shops, restaurants and nightclubs, with yet more options in Saint Armands Circle across the water. Reminiscent of Europe, the commercial hub is laden with cafes, boutiques, and upscale eateries. For R&R seekers looking for a beach hotel, Sarasota’s ‘key’ islands should be a no brainer. Siesta Key is one of the most idyllic, with its serene atmosphere, glamorous amenities, and immaculate beach.

How to get to Sarasota

Situated just 3 miles from the city itself, Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport is the gateway of choice for those jetting in. Year-round it serves a handful of North American cities, including Toronto and New York, whilst more services come into operation during the bustling vacation season. When you’ve landed the airport is well served by shuttles and taxis, making connections into the city easy, whilst rental cars are available on-site too. Sarasota is also served by both Greyhound and Amtrak services, whilst those driving in can access the city via Interstate 75, which runs north and south.

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