Best Place to Retire for Singles:
Resident bonus: Countless activities and clubs geared toward singles and organized around interests from wine tasting to ballroom dancing. The endless parade of black-tie events means lots of opportunities for a night on the town with your date.
Person to know: Sarasota writer and adman George Blake, author of Single Again and Married Again. He writes a local column called For Singles Only and has organized over 1,400 singles events since 1980.
Hotly anticipated new amenity: A $20 million renovation of the Sarasota Opera House, completed in 2008.
Off-hours activity: Tailgating with champagne and ceviche in one of 64 spots at the Sarasota Polo Club (Sundays, December to April).
Most-wanted real estate: Longboat Key, just north of the city. Prices range from $550,000 to $12 million. Westway Drive on Lido Key also attracts the well-heeled. Adrienne Vittadini recently designed and sold two homes there, one for $8.9 million.
Typical Friday night: Dinner for two at an award winning Fodor's rated top restaurant.
You probably didn't know: Sarasota is a circus haven, thanks to John Ringling's decision to move his winter quarters there from Bridgeport, Conn., in 1927. Today the city has its own one-ring circus, and seven circuses spend their winter months there every year.
Sarasota's Population: 60,000 (off season)
Average daily temperature: 73 degrees
Highlights: Big-city culture, vibrant singles scene.