Sarasota County

From the indulgence of a powder white sand beach, to the escape of a kayak cutting through tropical mangroves, to the power of awe-inspiring works of art, Sarasota and Her Islands truly offer an experience for every taste, every age, every desire. Many visitors come to Sarasota to experience the casual elegance of our thriving beach community. Others, drawn to Sarasota’s reputation as Florida’s “Cultural Coast,” revel in the abundant cultural amenities that grace the area and rival the offerings of much larger metropolitan areas. Whether you crave sandy sunsets or rousing encores, you will find a wealth of both -- merely minutes away from one another -- in Sarasota and Her Islands.

Sarasota and her string of eight islands are tucked into the Gulf coast of Southwest Florida, 60 miles south of Tampa and 75 north of Fort Myers. Sarasota and Her Islands includes Sarasota, Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key, Manasota Key, Siesta Key, Casey Key, Englewood, Nokomis, North Port, Osprey, and Venice.

Siesta Key Beach was included in Dr. Beaches’ Top 10 “Best Beaches in America” in 2007, 2008, and 2009.

Siesta Key Beach rated Sarasota as one of the “Top 10 Fastest Growing Domestic Beach Destinations” in 2008.

The Rower's Almanac named Sarasota as the "Best Place to Retire and Row in the United States in 2010."

John Villani ranked Sarasota as the “No. 3 Best Art Town” in his recent book, The 100 Best Art Towns in America

Travel Channel rated Siesta Key Beach as the “Best Sand Beach” in America for three years in a row (2002 – 2004)

Family Fun Magazine chose Sarasota as the best destination for “Beachy Pleasure” among their top 10 family-friendly destinations.

Siesta Key: Famous for its satiny white sand beaches, clear warm waters, and authentic beach town feel, the barrier island of Siesta Key draws visitors from all over the world, year-round. A favorite place for flip-flop weddings and barefoot sunsets, Siesta Key enjoys its reputation as the place to rest and relax.

Longboat Key: Elite estate homes and luxury retreats dominate this gorgeous barrier island, which boasts some of the finest restaurants in the area, as well as both The Colony and The Longboat Key Club – two internationally recognized resorts with world-class tennis facilities.

Lido Key/ St. Armands: An exquisite blend of luxury boutiques, delectable dining, and stunning beaches, this area of truly exemplifies Sarasota’s diversity. Only a quick stroll separates the shopping paradise of St. Armands Circle from the white sand oasis of Lido Key.

Downtown Sarasota: From the upscale and luxurious to the hip and trendy, downtown Sarasota buzzes with eclectic activity. A sidewalk seat on Main Street offers great people watching, especially during First Friday gallery walks. But many Sarasota natives a bar stool under the Tiki hut at O’Leary’s to make new friends and catch a sunset on the water.

Venice: Discover a little bit of peaceful Old Florida in Venice, where quaint shops line tree-lined streets, and sharks teeth abound! Nicknamed the “Shark Tooth Capital of the World,” Venice is a favorite destination for treasure hunters seeking to collect the prehistoric teeth that continually wash up on Venice’s shores.

Sarasota International Airport