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Perched along the Gulf of Mexico about an hour south of Tampa, Sarasota is known for its beautiful beaches. Those who like to go off the grid will love this little slice of ‘hidden Florida’. Sugary sands, kayaking and fishing excursions complete this coastal paradise, but culture and cuisine are high on the agenda, too.

During Sarasota holiday, you can discover some of the best beaches in the world. Unwind on the stunning white sands of Siesta Key, or search for shells at Nokomis Beach. But if relaxing by the sea all day is not your thing, there are plenty of other things to do in Sarasota. Browse art galleries, enjoy up-close encounters with exotic animals, have a treetop adventure, or take a boat ride through the wild and untamed parts of Florida.

Alongside its beaches, Sarasota has a strong Spanish colonial history. You’ll notice the Mediterranean Revival architectural style, showcased by the Sarasota Times Building. However, Sarasota holidays are better known for the area’s golf courses and thriving arts scene, which owes much to Sarasota’s forefather, John Ringling. In the early 20th century, this circus magnate brought art galleries and a college to this once-struggling township.

With great entertainment, bags of culture and some of Florida’s most scenic national parks, Sarasota holidays have something for everyone. And, naturally, there’s always plenty of sunshine. Speak to our team to start planning your dream beach break.

Things to do in Sarasota

Sarasota beaches

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Best time to visit Sarasota

Things to do in Sarasota

From art museums to farmer’s markets, aquariums to river kayaking, holidays in Sarasota are never dull. Get a true sense of Florida’s incredible wildlife as you head out on a nature trail in the Myakka State Park. Here you can see deer, raccoon, lizards, and birds of prey roaming around their natural habitat.

For those looking for something a little more cultured, head to the Ringling Museum – a beautiful mansion house on the coast that’s home to an array of contemporary art. Meanwhile, sport enthusiasts the Bobby Jones Golf Club is open to everyone, with no membership required.

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Elsewhere, historic Downtown Venice is a breath of fresh air. Browse its unique collection of boutiques and independent shops, and dine in great restaurants – all while admiring the Mediterranean-inspired backdrop.



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Sarasota beaches

Sarasota is one of the best places to visit in Florida for a beach break. There are six islands lining the Sarasota coastline, each offering something different.  Siesta Key is a firm favorite as its sand is 99 per cent quartz – the finest and whitest you’ll ever see. Once you dig your toes into the soft powder, you’ll understand why people travel from all over the world to relax and play on these shores. Plus, you’ll often catch a glimpse of dolphins, manatees, egrets, and pelicans.

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Families love Nokomis Beach, where you can spend the day trawling through the pretty shells in search of the best ones to take home. Or head to Caspersen Beach and Venice Beach. The latter is known as the “Shark Tooth Capital of the World” – so if you bring a sieve and a little patience, you might be rewarded with a prehistoric shark’s tooth of your own. Now that’s a souvenir!

Meanwhile, if you’re searching for crowd-free sands, make tracks for Longboat Key. You’ll be rewarded with 10 miles of uninterrupted beach, where the white sands are brushed by the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.  



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Dining & Nightlife

Once you’ve re-charged your batteries from the day's activities, why not head out for some dining delights? Sarasota’s vibe feels very similar to Miami, but it’s just a little more laidback.

The dining scene showcases the freshest seafood and produce from Florida, as well as all sorts of international cuisines. Head to St Armands Circle where you can feast on island-inspired food at the famous Tommy Bahama restaurant. Or, for waterfront dining, try one of the many tiki huts dotted along the coastline. Want to satisfy your sweet tooth? Finish your meal with a slice of Florida’s world-famous key lime pie.

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After dinner, you’ll find plenty of places to go dancing. Sarasota has all sorts of nightlife options, from island-style acoustic acts, to live jazz, to DJs playing a mix of today’s top hits. Alternatively, if music isn’t your thing, enjoy a live comedy show or and artistic performance. There's a lot more to Sarasota nightlife than meets the eye.

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Best time to visit Sarasota

Sarasota holidays are great all year round as, even in winter, temperatures hover in the twenties. But the best time to either between March and May, or September and November. The temperature is perfect for sightseeing and sunbathing alike, as the mercury hovers between 26°C and 32°C – and you’ll be able to dodge the summer crowds.

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Between June and August, Sarasota can get quite humid – so this isn’t a great time to travel if you’re planning an active holiday. You can expect a few afternoon thunderstorms, too. But they tend to be short and, an hour after the rain has stopped, it’s like it never happened.

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Things to do in Sarasota

Things to do in Sarasota

From art museums to farmer’s markets, aquariums to river kayaking, holidays in Sarasota are never dull. Get a true sense of Florida’s incredible wildlife as you head out on a nature trail in the Myakka State Park. Here you can see deer, raccoon, lizards, and birds of prey roaming around their natural habitat.

For those looking for something a little more cultured, head to the Ringling Museum – a beautiful mansion house on the coast that’s home to an array of contemporary art. Meanwhile, sport enthusiasts the Bobby Jones Golf Club is open to everyone, with no membership required.

Show More
Show Less

Elsewhere, historic Downtown Venice is a breath of fresh air. Browse its unique collection of boutiques and independent shops, and dine in great restaurants – all while admiring the Mediterranean-inspired backdrop.



Show More
Show Less

Sarasota beaches

Sarasota beaches

Sarasota is one of the best places to visit in Florida for a beach break. There are six islands lining the Sarasota coastline, each offering something different.  Siesta Key is a firm favorite as its sand is 99 per cent quartz – the finest and whitest you’ll ever see. Once you dig your toes into the soft powder, you’ll understand why people travel from all over the world to relax and play on these shores. Plus, you’ll often catch a glimpse of dolphins, manatees, egrets, and pelicans.

Show More
Show Less

Families love Nokomis Beach, where you can spend the day trawling through the pretty shells in search of the best ones to take home. Or head to Caspersen Beach and Venice Beach. The latter is known as the “Shark Tooth Capital of the World” – so if you bring a sieve and a little patience, you might be rewarded with a prehistoric shark’s tooth of your own. Now that’s a souvenir!

Meanwhile, if you’re searching for crowd-free sands, make tracks for Longboat Key. You’ll be rewarded with 10 miles of uninterrupted beach, where the white sands are brushed by the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.  



Show More
Show Less

Dining & Nightlife

Dining & Nightlife

Once you’ve re-charged your batteries from the day's activities, why not head out for some dining delights? Sarasota’s vibe feels very similar to Miami, but it’s just a little more laidback.

The dining scene showcases the freshest seafood and produce from Florida, as well as all sorts of international cuisines. Head to St Armands Circle where you can feast on island-inspired food at the famous Tommy Bahama restaurant. Or, for waterfront dining, try one of the many tiki huts dotted along the coastline. Want to satisfy your sweet tooth? Finish your meal with a slice of Florida’s world-famous key lime pie.

Show More
Show Less

After dinner, you’ll find plenty of places to go dancing. Sarasota has all sorts of nightlife options, from island-style acoustic acts, to live jazz, to DJs playing a mix of today’s top hits. Alternatively, if music isn’t your thing, enjoy a live comedy show or and artistic performance. There's a lot more to Sarasota nightlife than meets the eye.

Show More
Show Less

Best time to visit Sarasota

Best time to visit Sarasota

Sarasota holidays are great all year round as, even in winter, temperatures hover in the twenties. But the best time to either between March and May, or September and November. The temperature is perfect for sightseeing and sunbathing alike, as the mercury hovers between 26°C and 32°C – and you’ll be able to dodge the summer crowds.

Show More
Show Less

Between June and August, Sarasota can get quite humid – so this isn’t a great time to travel if you’re planning an active holiday. You can expect a few afternoon thunderstorms, too. But they tend to be short and, an hour after the rain has stopped, it’s like it never happened.

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