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Sarasota Florida is the Ideal Vacation Location

Sarasota Florida is the Ideal Vacation Location

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Sarasota Florida is the Ideal Vacation Location

Visiting Sarasota has never been easier with eight new airlines offering more than 25 direct flights into the SRQ Airport.  Sarasota County encompasses 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. We hope that you enjoy this Sarasota Florida is the Ideal Vacation Location post.

Beyond Sarasota County’s Gulf Coast beaches lies a haven of arts and culture, eclectic festivals and excellent dining.  Whether you’re traveling together with your family, planning a couple’s getaway, or just traveling on your own – Sarasota literally has something to offer everyone. Sarasota offers a variety of new ways to experience the destination either for the first time or a return trip because you just can’t fit everything there is to do there in one visit.

Sarasota Florida is the Ideal Vacation Location

Arts and Culture

  • The epicenter of culture on Florida’s Gulf Coast, Sarasota County is home of the only professional ballet, opera, and orchestra companies (Sarasota Ballet, Sarasota Opera, and the Sarasota Orchestra).
  • Sarasota has more than ten theatres, 13 stages and the State’s Art Museum – – Culture Hound Known as Florida’s Cultural Coast®.
  • Sarasota also boasts a prevalent visual arts scene. The art scene is as diverse as it is vibrant on Florida’s Cultural Coast. From posh galleries housing the works of Renaissance and Baroque Masters to quirky grottos piled with one-of-a-kind upcycled “salvage art” finds, art connoisseurs of all tastes discover a feast for the senses in Sarasota.

CoolToday Park and the Atlanta Braves

Sarasota is now the home of the Atlanta Braves Spring Training Facility at CoolToday Park.  Individuals and families can come and watch spring training games and enjoy the variety of offerings at the concession stand at affordable prices.

Sarasota Florida is the Ideal Vacation Location

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Sarasota Florida is the Ideal Vacation Location

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Sarasota Florida is the Ideal Vacation Location

The Ringling Circus Museum

Sarasota is known as the “Circus Capital of the World,” thanks to the legacy of circus magnate John Ringling.  The museum has many offerings designed to honor the past, present, and future of the circus. The Ringling, the Circus Arts Conservatory (home to Circus Sarasota) and the Circus Ring of Fame on St. Armands Circle are examples of the circus’s lasting impression on the area. 

Calling All Foodies!

Fresh and local are at the cornerstone of most dining options in Sarasota. There are a variety of restaurants and Award-Winning Chefs who focus on farm-to-table, sea-to-table, gluten-free, vegan and locally sourced / sustainable sources.

Sarasota has one of the largest groups of independent restaurants and hosts the most restaurants per capita for small cities. Their award-winning restaurants overlook beaches, skylines and downtowns, and our many food and wine events are accompanied with local brews and craft cocktails.

Conde Nast Travelers Readers’ Choice Awards named Sarasota as one of the Best Food Cities in the US in 2016.

Sarasota Florida is the Ideal Vacation Location

Seared Faroe Island Salmon Salad at Muse.  Muse at the Ringling Museum is a restaurant not to be missed! It is an upscale restaurant featuring local cuisine with an international flare.

Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week

Every summer, Sarasota hosts “Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week,” giving patrons the opportunity to taste Sarasota’s diverse culinary excellence at bargain prices.  Visit for more information.

Sarasota Florida is the Ideal Vacation Location

Forks & Corks Food and Wine Festival

Forks & Corks Food and Wine Festival is an event that is on my travel list.  It is a multi-day annual event presented by the Sarasota-Manatee Originals, a group of local restaurants. The festival includes interactive food and wine seminars at various restaurants and a Grand Tasting at The Ringling Museum.  For more details, click: Forks & Corks Food and Wine Festival


Theirs is so much more to Sarasota!  Over 100 shops (including two malls, boutique shops, and outlets).  For the sports and nature lovers, there is fishing, golfing, kayaking, two state parks (great for camping hiking), and bike and running trails.

We hope that you are inspired by this Sarasota Florida is the Ideal Vacation Location post. Happy travels!

Sarasota Florida is the Ideal Vacation Location

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Sarasota Florida is the Ideal Vacation Location

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Autumn Murray is the Lead Travel Writer for Divine Lifestyle and the Founder of Simply Amazing Living Online Lifestyle Magazine.
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  1. Going to Sarasota sounds like an excellent vacation idea! My wife and I would love to go to the wine festival, and we could take in some local foods and sites as a family. A well-rounded city for sure.

  2. One of my favorite places for a staycation 🙂

  3. I can’t agree more with everything you shared. I actually got a ton of ideas for our trip in a month. Thanks for such a great summary!

  4. Kristine Nicole Alessandra

    Sarasota sounds like it offers cool destinations and fun activities for every age group! I would love to try local food because I heard that it is that good!

  5. Vacations are for fun & Sarosta just the ideal way to go about it. Love the green.

  6. Hhhhhmmmmm! I love Sarasota already! Anywhere that speaks food, I move towards that direction.

  7. Certainly sounds like there’s a lot to do and a lot more in close driving distance, too. Worth exploring.

  8. I have heard of Sarasota before. It looks like a great place to have a vacation. They have the Sarasota Challenger there for ATP Challenger Tour (tennis). I can’t wait to see and visit it!

  9. Sarasota looks a charming place to enjoy a vacation. The photos and the landscapes are giving me real travel goals to plan a trip soon to this hidden paradise.

  10. Tiffany La Forge-Grau

    I’ve never heard of Sarasota before. I love visiting Florida so, it sounds like I have a new area to explore!

  11. I’ve never been to Sarasota before, but these look like some great places to check out! Lots of fun stuff to do with the family too!

  12. I never heard of this place before but it seems to be really an awesome place for a vacation. Well, Florida is already known to be a perfect place for vacation and I bet Sarasota offers more than what we see in this post. 🙂

  13. Heather

    I’ve heard great things about vacationing here and I can’t wait to go! Thanks for sharing!

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