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Welcome to the Sarasota Vacation & Accommodations Guide. We are delighted that you have found Sarasota's web site and hope you will visit us soon! Our little piece of paradise is a great getaway for a short holiday, or a perfect place to spend a lifetime. Search this site for places to go and things to do on Sarasota and Siesta Key.

Sarasota is home to more than 10 Theaters, 30 art galleries, several artist communities, Florida’s only designated State Museum of Art (Ringling Museum), an internationally recognized Symphony and Ballet, and a purple, shell-shaped performing arts hall (Van Wezel), known for it’s excellent acoustics and unique architectural design – all of which complement the area’s beautiful beaches and warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art is the state Museum of Art and was a gift to the State of Florida from circus magnate, John Ringling (1866-1936), one of Sarasota’s most influential residents in the 1920s and 1930s. The museum houses a spectacular collection of 17th Century Baroque art, including the works of master painter Peter Paul Rubens. On the grounds of the Ringling Museums visitors can also experience the historical Museum of the Circus and tour John and Mable’s Venetian style bayfront residence, Ca d’ Zan (House of John).

Sarasota County boasts 35 miles of beaches and six barrier islands. At Siesta Key, snorkel to see sea sponges on Crescent Beach or renew your marriage vows on quiet Turtle Beach. Farther south of Sarasota on Venice Beach, wade through gentle surf to gather sharks' teeth; you'll find more of these here than anywhere else on earth. St. Armands Key not only has inviting silky sand beaches but is also home to a 100-store shopping area with plenty of ideal-for-a-break courtyards and patios.

Sarasota - Best Place to live and work

For a change from your indulgent hotel suite and four-star dinners, visit Historic Spanish Point in Osprey to see how our ancestors lived in sparser conditions. Imagine a young woman burying her lover in the prehistoric Indian burial mound or a Victorian newlywed overseeing a citrus-packing house at a pioneer homestead. At the Marie Selby Botanic Gardens, think of the bridal bouquet you could have created from the 20,000 exotic plants that grow here, including orchids and bromeliads, displayed in a greenhouse that is reminiscent of a miniature rain forest. The Gardens' banyans and Waterfall Garden are a lovers' paradise—perfect for a smooch. Sarasota is a beautiful place to live and work. You will find it alive with tropical atmosphere, blessed with the "world's finest, whitest beaches," filled with charming hideaways, and always offering plenty to do - but it is also a place to relax, and let the warm breezes, cool water and soft sand transport you to your personal paradise!

Sarasota area’s peak season begins in February and continues until Easter, when accommodation reservations are necessary. The value season is June through September.



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