Famous Gulf Coast beach resort
Sarasota is a famous Gulf Coast beach resort in the south west of Florida, 55 miles south of Tampa. It is a relaxed attractive resort with a distinctly upmarket feel and is known as the cultural capital of west Florida. Sarasota can offer outstanding classical and jazz concerts, theatre, ballet and opera. Holidays here also feature some terrific museums, antiques shops and art galleries. The beaches in Sarasota are considered some of the finest public beaches in the USA. A special feature of the resort is the proximity of beautiful beaches on small islands or keys connected to the mainland by causeways and bridges; superb spots to enjoy lovely holiday sunsets. Your holiday could also include visits to Siesta Key, a quiet green family resort with miles of gorgeous sand, Longboat Key, a quiet stylish island and the smaller islands of Bird Key and St Armands Key.
Sarasota boasts a pleasant well-planned pedestrian downtown area and reasonable public transport, but the main reason for holidaying here is the miles of wonderful soft white sandy Gulf Coast beaches. Among the main attractions is the 2 mile long Lido Beach with its stylish shops and restaurants. Excellent shopping can also be enjoyed in the trendy boutiques of St Armand’s Circle and historic Venice Main Street. Sarasota provides plenty of attractions for children like the G-Wiz Science Museum and for the adults there is a good choice of bars and restaurants to suit all budgets and some very fine romantic al fresco dining. Sarasota also benefits from an enjoyably small-scale live music scene and laid-back nightlife.
Sarasota offers an array of watersports including jet skiing, windsurfing, parasailing, canoeing and diving, as well as tennis, baseball, fishing and plenty of first class golf courses. Popular excursions include cruises, dolphin-spotting and spectacular fishing trips and your holiday could also include visits to the Mote Marine Aquarium, the Pelican Man’s bird sanctuary, a stroll in the fascinating Sarasota Jungle Gardens or the nearby Myakka and Oscar Scherer State Parks. Sarasota is ideally placed for visiting the incredible Busch Gardens, an African theme park in Tampa, packed with thrill rides and exotic animals. And of course no holiday in Sarasota is complete without a trip to the world famous Disney and Universal theme parks in Orlando.
Florida is well known for its hot sunny weather and the climate in Sarasota is no exception. Temperatures are at their highest between mid May to mid October where regular 30C temperatures are the norm. Don’t be surprised if the temperature does rise above the 30C mark but there will be gentle sea breezes to take the edge from the heat. Sunshine levels are high and eight hours of sunshine per day is the average. Those who prefer slightly cooler temperatures should consider a Sarasota holiday during the spring and autumn months. Temperatures at this time of the year will still be warm at around 25C to 29C and November is the driest month of the year.
With its top hotels, fine restaurants and endless family activities, it's no surprise that Sarasota is one of Florida's most loved holiday destinations. Choosing any all inclusive cheap holiday means you can get some fantastic deals that really give you excellent value for money. You can search for the best all inclusive holidays to Sarasota at directline-holidays, just select 'holiday' in the search option and enter your preferred dates.
You can’t holiday in Sarasota without enjoying the spectacular Sarasota beaches. Siesta Key boasts the finest white sand in the world and Venice Beach, Casey Key and North Park Jetty are all spectacular beaches. All of these beaches offer excellent facilities such as restaurants and exciting water sports activities.
There are numerous attractions available in and around Sarasota. Take your pick from the legendary Sarasota Circus, the Jungle Gardens, the Mote Marine Park and tropical cruises around the keys. Of course with the 35 miles of beachfront and sun soaked islands you will be spoilt for choice.
Sarasota nightlife is second to none and includes nightclubs, music venues and after hours bars. Downtown Sarasota becomes alive at night with restaurants, jazz clubs and arts venues including theatre, film, and live concerts. There will be something for everyone in Sarasota whether it’s a quiet romantic dinner or an all-night beach party.
Sailing around the Sarasota Keys on a yacht is an unforgettable experience. Watch the dolphins and the spectacular sunset as you sail towards the Gulf of Mexico. There are numerous cruise options available from one day voyages to honeymoon cruises and voyages can be charted to include specific destinations.
Dining in Sarasota is a joy and there is no shortage of excellent restaurants. From the famous Chinese restaurants to the freshest fish and seafood dishes available you will be spoilt for choice. Americans love their steaks and there is no end of steakhouses and grills in Sarasota. Holiday makers will be able to choose a different dining option every night of the week.
A holiday in Sarasota means you ideally located to visit exciting attractions such as the world famous Universal and Disney theme parks in Orlando. Tampa is another must visit city and trips should include the world’s largest Big Cat Rescue centre to view lions and leopards and hike through the amazing rainforest.
Those looking to get in touch with the amazing nature of this area should visit the Crowley Museum and Nature Center. Nature trails wind their way through dry pine flatwoods, over the Maple Branch swamp, through shady oak groves, and out to the edge of Tatum Sawgrass Marsh besides the Myakka River. The museum houses a variety of exhibits, from historical objects to household tools, detailing life in the area from past times.