Sarasota has been called the “cultural center of southwest Florida.” Located just south of the Tampa Bay area and to the north of Fort Myers, the city features a series of islands nestled between the Gulf and the Sarasota Bay. Sarasota offers recreation and entertainment opportunities that attract visitors from around the world. Long stretches of white, sandy beaches are ranked among America’s best, and the surrounding waters offer some of the best saltwater fishing and recreational water sports. Spend your day exploring the remote nature trails where you can observe wildlife in its natural habitat. In the evening, experience dining at its finest in one of Longboat Key’s cosmopolitan neighborhoods or St. Armands Circle’s stellar restaurants.
In Sarasota, nature and culture not only co-exist peacefully, they complement each other completely.
While it’s been long known as a vacation destination thanks to its pristine beaches and abundant golfing, Sarasota’s permanent residents have discovered a wide-range of arts and cultural opportunities. Museums, performing arts centers with world class ballet, theater, opera and classical music, and outdoor festivals are just some of the attractions you can enjoy in Sarasota.