Located on Florida’s southwestern coast, Sarasota’s vacation rentals lie scattered throughout a city renowned for its vibrant arts and culture scene and Gulf beaches.
From the old-master-filled John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art to the Venetian Gothic Cà d’Zan Mansion, and with a nationally recognized opera house, ballet company, symphony orchestra, and multiple theatres, as well as annual world-renowned events including the Sarasota Film Festival, this is a city that prides itself on its cultural venues and attractions. The historic downtown also provides a wide variety of dining and shopping experiences, set against brightly painted buildings.
A mere 15 minutes’ drive from the centre of Sarasota lies Siesta Key Beach, the city’s main gateway to the white sugar-sand beaches and sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Beachcombers, swimmers, and sunbathers will be well served here. At nearby Myakka River State Park—one of Florida’s oldest and largest state parks—rivers and lakes provide ample opportunities for boating, freshwater fishing, canoeing, and kayaking. Hikers, bicyclists, and equestrians can also explore nature trails and experience wildlife viewing. Golfing is also big in Sarasota.
Sarasota offers an array of natural, outdoor, and cultural attractions, as well as a variety of facilities and rental accommodation options, and is just over an hour’s drive northwest from Fort Myers.+ More