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Enjoy the spellbinding beaches of Sarasota, Florida
According to a local legend, Sarasota was once named Zara Zota, which is believed to mean “the Sahara by the blue waters.” This moniker is an apt description of the expanse of white sandy beaches washed by the warm azure waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Comprised of 99 percent pure crystal quartz, these spellbinding beaches are among the whitest on the planet.
This idyllic emerald coast setting has attracted adventurers and romantics since the late 19th century, including John Ringling who selected the area as the winter quarters for his traveling circus in 1911. Sarasota's historic buildings and modern edifices, such as the Wilson Building, have influenced architects around the world. This seaside community also has an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants and comfortable accommodations.
Things to see and do
In keeping with its motto, Sarasota maintains a small-town atmosphere while providing a range of big city amenities.
Beaches and leisure activities
Guests of Sarasota hotels can relax on the beach, experience a variety of exciting water sports, and watch colorful sunsets. Popular events like the annual Classic Sand Sculpting Competition attract visitors from around the globe. Head offshore on a deep-sea fishing or dolphin-watching cruise. Golfers can hone their skills on one of more than 60 courses. Sarasota also serves as a spring training center for Major League Baseball. The sports complex hosts a variety of events, such as car shows and concerts. Entertainment venues like the historic Asolo Theater and Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall feature a variety of musical and theatrical productions. Designed by an architect who collaborated with Frank Lloyd Wright, the Van Wezel includes a color scheme selected by Mr. Wright's widow.
Sarasota has some of the world's finest museum collections. The majestic estate constructed for circus owner John Ringling is now home to Cà d'Zan, his opulent Venetian Gothic 56-room mansion as well as the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, and the Circus Museum. The art museum's collection displays the works of American, Asian and European masters. The Circus Museum chronicles the rich heritage of this live performance show. The collection of artifacts and trails of the 30-acre Spanish Point historic site encompass over 5,000 years in the region. Jungle Gardens features more than 10 acres of lush exotic plants from around the globe, including many rare and endangered species. The tanks of the Mote Aquarium are home to amazing sea creatures that inhabit the nearby waters, such as sharks, sea turtles and dolphins, along with a variety of tropical fish.
The food, music, dancing, arts and crafts, and entertainment of the contemporary Ringling International Arts Festival signal the advent of the local festival season. The epicurean Forks and Corks Festival features a delightful range of tasting events. A frequent backdrop for movies and television shows, Sarasota is the host city for a regional film festival each spring. The early fall Sarasota Chalk Festival highlights the talents of artists using this colorful medium. There are numerous other cultural festivals and celebrations held throughout the year.
Best time to visit
Sarasota has a humid subtropical climate with hot summers and mild winters. As a result, January through April is the peak season due to the area's most inviting weather. In addition to being the dry season, this period features temperatures in the mid-70s to low-80s. Evening lows average in the 50s. Late spring through summer is the off-season due to significant rainfall and high temperatures, which can reach the upper 90s. Summer afternoon storms are common. Temperatures and rainfall begin to moderate during the October to December “shoulder season.”
Guests of Sarasota hotels can reach this charming destination by air or car. Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) is located approximately five miles northwest of downtown, and is served by several major and commuter airlines. Visitors can easily reach Sarasota from Interstate 75, which is situated five miles to the east. The Tamiami Trail, or US 41, is a major north-to-south route through Sarasota, and provides easy access to all that “Paradise” has to offer.
Circus lovers, southern belles and beach lovers can all find enjoyment in this lovely city of the Sunshine State.
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|Hyatt Regency Sarasota||1 day ago||$313|
|Golden Host Resort||1 day ago||$73|
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|La Quinta Inn & Suites Sarasota||2 days ago||$167|
|Lido Beach Resort||2 days ago||$298|
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Featured Sarasota Hotels
1401 Ringling Boulevard
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Celebrate your style at Aloft Sarasota, a hip new hotel where youll enjoy being blocks from the water and minutes from popular islands and beaches. We offer easy-breezy access to the John and Mable...
5311 Ocean Blvd
Located just across from the Siesta Key Beach, Siesta Beach Resorts and Suites Sarasota provides an amazing value for travelers who want to experience Florida's white sand beaches without the...
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1223 Boulevard Of The Arts
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The Hotel Indigo Sarasota is a charming downtown hotel featuring bright, airy rooms decorated in Floridian style. Guests are ideally located near Sarasota's major attractions, and the area's famed...
1000 Blvd of the Arts
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The AAA Four Diamond-rated Hyatt Regency Sarasota features spacious rooms, and suites with relaxing and tasteful contemporary decor. Take a dip or spend the day sunning yourself in a comfortable...
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950 University Pkwy
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Conveniently located by the airport, the Hyatt Place Sarasota Bradenton Airport offers an excellent Sarasota location close to Siesta and Lido Key beaches, golf courses and major attractions. Hyatt...
1540 Ben Franklin Drive
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The Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach, formerly known as the Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel in Sarasota, Florida, greets guests in an airy lobby with beautiful wood-carved ceilings, glistening marble...
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850 University Parkway
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Centrally located, the Courtyard Sarasota Airport hotel is just off University Parkway near the entrance to SRQ. Business travelers and families alike will find our location spectacular and will...
“Good hotel, top notch staff”
8009 15th St. East
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Holiday Inn® Sarasota Airport – New Luxury Sarasota Florida Hotel with Moderate Price. The new Holiday Inn® Sarasota Airport hotel, with the stunning six story atrium, glass elevators, waterfall...
4675 N. Tamiami Trail
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Make your Florida vacation even more special when you stay the Golden Host Resort, Sarasota's "In-town resort.". Nestled among five acres of palm trees, hibiscus and native tropical...
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1020 University Parkway
At our newly renovated SpringHill Suites by Marriott, youll discover a hotel experience infused with space and style. Inspired surroundings allow you to escape from routine and still achieve just...
700 Ben Franklin Drive
The Lido Beach Resort is a beachfront hotel on one of Sarasota's most popular beaches. With its own private strip of pristine white sandy beach -- complete with Tiki bar and cabana rental --the...
Nice Labor Day Vacation
1040 University Parkway
Once you fly to Sarasota, Florida, you won't have far to go to begin your stay at the Residence Inn by Marriott Sarasota Bradenton Sarasota, located across the street from the Sarasota Bradenton...
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900 University Pkwy.
The property is adjacent to the airport. We are located in a quiet, park setting. Our friendly staff, always ready to assist you. Free deluxe continental breakfast which includes fresh baked...
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233 Ben Franklin Drive
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The 3-star Holiday Inn SARASOTA-LIDO BEACH-@THE BEACH is situated on the beaches of Lido Key, overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Guests relax at the outdoor heated pool or enjoy some time on the...
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1803 North Tamiami Trail
La Quinta Inn & Suites Sarasota offers friendly 3-star accommodations close to downtown Sarasota, Florida. The hotel overlooks the bay and Long Boat Key and a short drive to the area's fabulous...
4450 47th Street West
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The Holiday Inn Express Bradenton West is a 3-star hotel located a short drive north of Sarasota, Florida. Guests enjoy a location convenient to area attractions including Longboat Key and...
8305 Tourist Center Drive
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One of the most refreshing hotels in Sarasota, FL, the Courtyard by Marriott® Sarasota University Park/Lakewood Ranch Area brings greater flexibility and choices for guests. Located a quick walk to...
5730 Gantt Road
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The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Sarasota I-75 is conveniently located a short drive from the worlds #1 ranked beach, Siesta Key and easily accessible from I-75 exit 205 & the Sarasota-Bradenton...
5000 N. Tamiami Trail
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The Comfort Inn Sarasota is a 2-star hotel located minutes from the airport and within walking distance of the popular Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota's Classic Car Museum and the University of...
425 US 41 Bypass N
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Welcome to Ramada Venice Hotel Venezia, located minutes from award winning white sandy beaches on the gulf coast of Florida, and the best golf courses in the state. Rest and relax in well-appointed...
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