Florida's Gulf Coast is packed with gems, and Sarasota is one that shines particularly brightly. Settle into this lively and welcoming community, and feel like a local by staying at your choice of Sarasota vacation homes.
Like most of Florida, Sarasota boasts humid summers and mild winters. During the peak of summer in July and August, temperatures often exceed 90 degrees, and the area receives frequent thunderstorms. In the winter, Sarasota experiences temperatures in the 70s, and the skies remain relatively dry.
Flying into the Sarasota area is easy, thanks to several convenient airport options. Whether you fly to the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, the Tampa International Airport, or the St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport, you'll be just a short drive from most Sarasota vacation homes. Since Sarasota spans both the mainland and islands, you'll cover the most ground by car.
With art, architecture, and flora, The Ringling has something for everyone. You could easily spend an entire day touring the Venetian Gothic Ca' d'Zan, delighting in the details of the 44,000-piece Howard Bros. Circus Model, smelling the flowers in Mable Ringling's Rose Garden, or looking for treasures in John Ringling's Renaissance-style Museum of Art Courtyard.
Discover more of Sarasota's historic beauty with a visit to the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, which features numerous smaller gardens to highlight unique plants and a rainforest garden that's perfect for kids. Step back in time with a trip to the Sarasota Jungle Gardens, a family-friendly spot with over 150 animals like alligators, snakes, lizards, and pink flamingos.
Explore underwater life at the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, a research institution with an impressive aquarium and aquaculture campus in Sarasota. No ordinary aquarium, the Mote Marine Laboratory educates kids and adults about the ocean and its inhabitants, using its research and knowledge to better understand land-based life as well.
No matter the season, you'll find a festival or special event to pique your interest in Sarasota. Dance, music, and theater lovers should mark their calendars for the Ringling International Arts Festival, which celebrates the best of contemporary performing arts. In January, the Forks and Corks Food and Wine Festival treats attendees to wine and food tastings, celebrity chef events, and food demonstrations. In April, the Sarasota Film Festival spans 10 days, highlights over 200 films, and welcomes more than 250 filmmakers. With panels, symposia, and talks with filmmakers, this is one of the city's most popular events each year.
June brings Savor Sarasota, the city's restaurant week and a celebration of the area's many Zagat-rated restaurants. With affordable prix fixe menus for lunch and dinner, this event offers a prime opportunity to try Sarasota's top places to dine. In November, participants and spectators alike will appreciate the Crystal Classic Sand Sculpting Competition. Held on the beach in Siesta Key, this event attracts some of the world's best sand sculptors and awards big prizes.
From art to nature to cuisine, Sarasota has it all. Choose from dozens of Sarasota vacation homes to find one with the ideal mix of city luxury and coastal relaxation, and start planning your perfect getaway.