Sarasota Travel Guide

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Sarasota Overview

Sarasota is a beautiful beach-front city, laid-back and chock full of elderly retirees. But don't let that fool you. There are plenty of things to do for the younger crowd.

Vacations in Sarasota -- the seat and largest city in Sarasota County -- are best known for their variety of experiences. You can walk magnificent white sand beaches, play golf on perfectly manicured golf courses and enjoy Sarasota fishing. Sarasota catches mainly include grouper, trout and snook. At night, you may want to attend a play, the ballet or opera. And don't forget to explore one of the world-class museums!

Sarasota attractions include the culture of the Ringling Museum of Art, the floral spectacular of Selby Gardens, the classic Sarasota Jungle Gardens and the educational aquarium at Mote Marine Laboratory. Sarasota history includes the glitz and glamour of the roaring twenties and the treasures of European explorers. The city makes for a great destination -- for singles, couples and families alike.

The city contains a variety of beaches, from the low-key Turtle Beach on the south end to the very popular centralized Siesta Key Beach, regarded as one of the top beaches in the state, in terms of quality.

Sarasota's downtown has been renovated quite a bit, with plenty of eateries to check out. There is also a plethora of ritzy shops and restaurants at St. Armands Circle, with Lido Beach (the city's north end beach) nearby. The weather is quite temperate -- rain doesn't fall often, and even in the winter the temperature won't go below 65 degrees. A cold day is few and far between in this part of the country. Lastly, Sarasota makes for a great destination because it still retains a small town feel despite it's growing population. It may very well be the most underrated vacation spot in all of Florida.

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