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SARASOTA - A WELL KNOWN SECRET IN FLORIDA

Most people who visit Sarasota want to stay.
Sarasota is a thriving, exciting community attractive to young professionals, families and retirees. Residents enjoy all the hospitality of a small town combined with the amenities and modern infrastructure of a large city. Our vibrant economy with many business opportunities makes Sarasota a good choice for any lifestyle.

Some really cool Things to do in Sarasota

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If you like white sand beaches and gorgeous blue water, chances are your travels are eventually going to bring you to Siesta Key right here in Sarasota, Florida. If that's where you are heading right now then this little guide is for you.

How to get around in Sarasota


Once arrived in this sunshine city I highly recommend getting a car. Sarasota may have its small town charm but getting around can be a bit tricky. With a car, you are free to explore on your own time and you won't rack up a hefty Uber bill.
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Where to stay

-Art Ovation Hotel
Being a popular getaway spot, Sarasota is filled with beautiful hotels and resorts. Art Ovation Hotel is the perfect hidden gem. Located in the heart of downtown Sarasota this hotel puts you right in the center of all the shops and restaurants. It also has gorgeous rooftop pool and bar where you can spend your days lounging around with the perfect view of Sarasota.
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What To Do

-Siesta Key Beach
Visiting Siesta Key Beach is a must. Whether you have heard of it from MTV's Siesta Key or you happen to know that it has been rated as the #1 Beach in the US numerous times now, Siesta Key Beach certainly attracts everyone. Spend a day at the beach and then hop on a Free Beach Ride to head to The Siesta Key Village to grab a bite to eat.
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-Turtle Beach
Although Sarasota is best known for Siesta, sometimes we want to escape the crowds. Turtle Beach is the perfect spot to unwind and watch the sunset!
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-Kayaking
Being right on the ocean, water sports are very popular in Sarasota. If you book a tour make sure you use iKayak. They will provide you with everything you need and take you on a journey through the famous mangrove tunnels.
-Helicopter Tours
This one may seem a little bit out there but the view of Sarasota from above is one you definitely won't forget. Release your inner adventurer and let Heli Aviation show you these gorgeous beaches from a new point of view.

Where to eat and drink

-Buttermilk
Try the handmade biscuit breakfast sandwiches, they are to die for. But get there early, they run out and once they are out, they are out!
-Green Zebra Cafe
One of the best places to grab a quick and refreshing snack. Little tip, get a Brazillian bowl and ask for a scoop of peanut butter!
-Clean Juice
A great place to pop into for an Acai bowl. Added bonus, all snacks are made from USDA-organic ingredients. Get the Nutty bowl, you won't regret it!
-Big Olaf
Grab some handcrafted ice cream and stroll around Siesta Key Village. Little Tip, get the Moose Track ice cream!
-Lila
If you are looking to kick your day into high gear with a clean meal, I recommend heading downtown. This primarily vegan restaurant cooks with locally sourced ingredients and the results are amazing!
-Boca
Another great little place downtown Sarasota. They get all of their food from different local farms and even have their produce growing inside the restaurant. Enjoy your meal with the basil plant growing right next to you. I definitely recommend trying their nightly special, the staff meal!
-Napule
Not feeling American cuisine? Not a problem. Enjoy an Aperol Spritz and an amazing pizza!
-Happy Hour
Grab a signature martini at Mattison's downtown. Or go to Shore on St Armand's Circle and get the P. C. Shrubbery cocktail. Another great spot for happy hour, or social hour as they call it, is Social Eatery and Bar.
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-Calusa Brewery
Beer lovers need to make a stop here and get a flight of beer. They will pour all of their specialties for you to taste. Bonus, they have different food trucks that come daily to give you a quick bite.
-Pangea Alchemy Lab
If you are looking for something truly unique, this speakeasy is going to be your spot. They make some crazy fun drinks and the whole place has a very cool vibe.
From its small town charm to its amazing beaches, Sarasota is one of those cities that you can't help but call involve with. Whether you are coming here to relax or for an adventure, Sarasota has something for everyone!

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Sarasota Facts and Info

CLIMATE - SUNSHINE YEAR-ROUND
Spring High 82˚F/28˚C Low 60˚F/15˚C
Summer High 91˚F/33˚C Low 71˚F/22˚C
Fall High 85˚F/29˚C Low 64˚F/18˚C
Winter High 73˚F/23˚C Low 51˚F/11˚C

ACCESS BY CAR
The area is easily accessed by Interstate 75 and US Highway 41.
Miami 223 miles (4 hours drive time).
Orlando 129 miles (2 hours drive time).
Tampa 57 miles (1 hour drive time).
Fort Myers 60 Miles (1 hour drive time).

ACCESS BY AIR
SARASOTA BRADENTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Serviced by Delta, JetBlue, Continental, US Airways, AirTran, ATA, Northwest, Air Canada, Cape Air, Florida Coastal and Sky Service.

Location
Sarasota and her string of eight islands are tucked into the Gulf coast of Southwest Florida.

Nearly 40 miles of shoreline and includes the City of Sarasota, Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key, Manasota Key, Siesta Key, Casey Key, City of Englewood, Nokomis, City of North Port, Osprey, and the City of Venice.

Siesta Key: Enjoying the reputation as one of America's Best Beaches, Siesta Beach is made famous by its sugar-fine, quartz-white sand. A short jaunt from the public beach is a village of outdoor dining, coffee shops and shopping. Turtle Beach sits beyond the sea grapes on the Key's southern end and is a popular site for launching kayaks.

Longboat Key: This long, narrow key boasts exclusive homes and elite resorts. The Resort at Longboat Key Club is recognized internationally for its tennis facilities, challenging golf courses, dining, and waterfront oasis.

Lido Key/St. Armands Circle: Sophisticated outdoor dining and shopping area with distinct European flair, iconic examples of mid-century modern architecture and the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Downtown Sarasota: Trendy corner cafés and artesian shops, the Sarasota Opera and Florida Studio Theater are keeping arts and culture at the heart of Sarasota's charm. Catch an independent film at Burns Court Cinema, shop art galleries along Palm Avenue, or grab a signature happy hour cocktail or a local craft beer at one of the city's diverse watering holes and restaurants.

Venice: Aptly named one of Coastal Living's “Happiest Seaside Towns in America” in 2015, this island town's charming main street offers shopping and dining and meanders through stately 1920's homes leading straight to the Gulf of Mexico. Venice is also known as the “Shark Tooth Capital of the World.”

North Port: North Port's Warm Mineral Springs, with 9 million gallons of fresh water at a constant temperature of 87 degrees Fahrenheit, is a popular spot for visitors looking for the healing touch.

Englewood: Englewood is a throw-back to Old Florida's simple and idyllic lifestyle. Englewood surprises visitors with its antique shopping and collection of cozy restaurants in Olde Englewood Village. Heralded for its natural abundance, fishing is a favorite pastime and Manasota Key is home to four beaches offering miles of unspoiled vistas of the Gulf of Mexico.

Arts and Culture
Sarasota County is home the Sarasota Ballet, the Sarasota Opera, the Sarasota Orchestra, The Ringling, and numerous professional and community theaters and dance troupes.

Eco-Adventures
Two state parks in Sarasota County, Myakka River State Park and Oscar Scherer State Park, offer bountiful opportunities to commune with nature. Camping, kayaking, and hiking can be enjoyed throughout the County.

The City of Venice was named a Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Community in 2016 and the Legacy Trail, a ten-mile rails-to-trails project, begins in Venice.

Sarasota County is a Runner Friendly Community and offers several 5Ks and half marathons throughout the year.

Sarasota's Circus Heritage
Thanks to the legacy of circus magnate John Ringling, Sarasota is known as the Circus Capital of the World. The Ringling, the Circus Arts Conservatory (home to Circus Sarasota), the Sailor Circus and youth and adult training classes, and the Circus Ring of Fame on St. Armands Circle are examples of the circus's lasting impression on the area.

Dining
The City of Sarasota has one of the highest concentrations of 21 Zagat-rated restaurants in the state of Florida.

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