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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.

Cultural attractions

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.

Special events

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.”

Travel information

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.

Recently booked Sarasota hotels

Hotel Last booked Stars Price from
Ramada Sarasota 9 minutes ago 3 stars $94
Holiday Inn SARASOTA-LIDO BEACH-@THE BEACH 12 hours ago 3 stars $234
Holiday Inn SARASOTA-AIRPORT 13 hours ago 3 stars $102
Days Inn Sarasota - Siesta Key 14 hours ago 2 stars $119
BEST WESTERN Midtown 15 hours ago 3 stars $75
Hampton Inn & Suites Sarasota/Lakewood Ranch 15 hours ago 2 stars $164
Days Inn Sarasota 16 hours ago 2 stars $63
BEST WESTERN PLUS Siesta Key Gateway 17 hours ago 3 stars $149
Hyatt Regency Sarasota 21 hours ago 4 stars $259
Hyatt Siesta Key Beach 1 day ago 4 stars $485

Recently Rated Sarasota Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach
3.6 / 5
183 reviews
3 stars $213
La Quinta Inn & Suites Sarasota
3.7 / 5
127 reviews
3 stars $92
3.3 / 5
77 reviews
3 stars $75
Days Inn Sarasota
2.7 / 5
31 reviews
2 stars $63
Hotel Indigo SARASOTA
4.4 / 5
39 reviews
3 stars $210
Days Inn Sarasota - Siesta Key
3.4 / 5
49 reviews
2 stars $119
BEST WESTERN PLUS Siesta Key Gateway
3.9 / 5
83 reviews
3 stars $149
3.8 / 5
109 reviews
3 stars $234
Sleep Inn Sarasota
3.4 / 5
48 reviews
2 stars $89
AmericInn Hotel & Suites - Sarasota
4.1 / 5
24 reviews
3 stars $124

Featured Sarasota Hotels

From $92

1 La Quinta Inn & Suites Sarasota

3 stars
3.7 / 5 127 reviews

1803 North Tamiami Trail Map

Sarasota hotel with pool, free Wi-Fi and free breakfast La Quinta Inn & Suites Sarasota offers friendly 3-star accommodations close to downtown Sarasota, Florida. The hotel overlooks the bay... More

Very nice place
This hotel was what you'd expect in this category.
Mar 24, 2015
From $259

2 Hyatt Regency Sarasota

4 stars
4.2 / 5 65 reviews

1000 Blvd of the Arts Map

Every 4th night is free

Relax and play at 4-star Sarasota Bay hotel with tropical pool, marinaLocated in downtown Sarasota, Florida, Hyatt Regency Sarasota impresses guests with its bay views, head-to-toe renovation and... More

we have stayed during the last 5 years 4th of July weekend. We have also been there for boat racing week. Carmel in the pool bar was the most friendly and helpful bar tender we have ever had at any...
Jan 22, 2015
From $75


3 stars
3.3 / 5 77 reviews

1425 S Tamiami Trl Map

Save 15% on your stay

Pet-friendly Sarasota hotel has free breakfast, Internet, poolThe Best Western Midtown in central Sarasota offers pet-friendly lodging convenient to Florida's popular Siesta Key Beach. Attractions... More

reasonable place for the price
This place was ok, but it was in a strip mall. The parking lot was noisy right outside the door.
Mar 10, 2015
From $213

4 Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach

3 stars
3.6 / 5 183 reviews

1540 Ben Franklin Drive Map

Lido Key resort with great views and a private beachWith 600 feet of white sandy beaches on Lido Key, Sandcastle Resort has lots to offer those looking for fun and relaxation in Sarasota, Florida.... More

Great place
My husband and I came here for our honeymoon and sadly we were hit by a tropical storm and could not go out of the hotel much. It's definitely an older hotel, not the cleanest or most updated, but...
Mar 16, 2015
From $231

5 Lido Beach Resort

4 stars
3.8 / 5 35 reviews

700 Ben Franklin Drive Map

Lido Beach hotel with private beach, pools, gym, dining 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... More

This place is tired
The housekeeping was great, but not the front desk. Location is fabulous. that is all I have to say
Jan 22, 2015
From $102


3 stars
4.3 / 5 16 reviews

8009 15th St. East Map

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... More

Great experience
I have a great experience, from the check in , the room atmosphere, and the amenities. The café is nice place to have breakfast, lunch or diner.
Oct 17, 2014
From $143

7 Hyatt Place Sarasota Bradenton Arpt

3 stars
4.3 / 5 54 reviews

950 University Pkwy Map

Save 10% on your stay

Sarasota airport hotel with pool and free breakfast Conveniently located by the airport, the Hyatt Place Sarasota Bradenton Airport offers an excellent Sarasota location close to Siesta and Lido... More

Great Hotel To Relax In
The Staff were very nice and courteous. I had a quick check in. I was there to recouperate after my surgery and the staff were very nice and kind to my every needs. I recommend this hotel to anyone...
Dec 30, 2014
From $210

8 Hotel Indigo SARASOTA

3 stars
4.4 / 5 39 reviews

1223 Boulevard Of The Arts Map

Charming downtown hotel with dining and business facilities The Hotel Indigo Sarasota is a charming downtown hotel featuring bright, airy rooms decorated in Floridian style. Guests are ideally... More

great location,service, clean , pleasant staff were very helpful. Good restaurant.
Feb 23, 2015
From $234


3 stars
3.8 / 5 109 reviews

233 Ben Franklin Drive Map

Lido Beach hotel with Gulf views, dining, pool, gym, free Internet The 3-star Holiday Inn Sarasota Lido Beach is situated on the beaches of Lido Key, overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Guests relax... More

Pleasant stay
I had reserved an oceanfront king room and asked for one that was renovated. I was put in a renovated room which was very nice, however it was directly over the entrance, so I looked at the roof of...
Feb 17, 2015
From $94

10 Ramada Sarasota

3 stars
2.9 / 5 63 reviews

7150 N Tamiami Trl Map

Stay 3, Save 20%

Enjoy the splendor of warm tropical breezes, sparkling waters and dazzling sunsets of the Ramada Sarasota located on Sarasota Bay in Sarasota, Florida. The hotel, banquet rooms, restaurant, Tiki... More

Great time
Warm pool good staff good restaurant need microwaves in rooms.
Jan 9, 2015
From $179

11 Courtyard by Marriott Sarasota Bradenton

3 stars
3.9 / 5 7 reviews

850 University Parkway Map

Rate includes breakfast

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... More

Great place to stay!
we stayed at the Courtyard Marriott by the Bradenton airport and I must say the experience was great! We were only planning on staying one night but ended up staying an additional night at the...
Jan 24, 2014
From $189

12 Residence Inn by Marriott Sarasota Bradenton

3 stars
5.0 / 5 2 reviews

1040 University Parkway Map

Welcome to the Residence Inn Sarasota Bradenton! Our Sarasota airport hotel is located across the street from the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport. We are a pet friendly hotel in Sarasota... More

Wonderful Spring Break!
This hotel did a very good job. The pool was amazing and the free breakfast in the morning was a definite plus! We did not realize how far this hotel was from Siesta Key which is where we wanted to...
Feb 11, 2015
From $134

13 SpringHill Suites by Marriott Sarasota Bradenton

3 stars
3.5 / 5 17 reviews

1020 University Parkway Map

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... More

Family trip X-mas thru New Years 2014
This hotel was great for the location, price, and quality. However, this was a busy hotel. In the evening, there was not enough parking and the breakfast area each morning was chaotic. The...
Jan 6, 2015
From $89

14 Sleep Inn Sarasota

2 stars
3.4 / 5 48 reviews

900 University Pkwy. Map

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... More

Great value for what you get
Overall a very nice hotel for what I paid (less than 60 night). Its very clean, well kept, comfortable room. The pool area is very nice and private. Its close to the airport, but you definitly need...
Jan 19, 2015
From $63

15 Days Inn Sarasota

2 stars
2.7 / 5 31 reviews

5000 N. Tamiami Trail Map

Save 15% Off

Central Sarasota hotel with pool, gym, free breakfast and Internet The Comfort Inn Sarasota is a 2-star hotel located minutes from the airport and within walking distance of the popular Ringling... More

Friendly Staff
Staff was very friendly but the hotel is old and in need of updates. Room smelled as did the pillows.
Mar 3, 2015
From $329

16 The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota

5 stars
4.5 / 5 33 reviews

1111 Ritz-Carlton Drive Map

Rate includes breakfast

5-star Sarasota Bay hotel with private beach club, golf course, dining The Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota, Florida is a luxury 5-star hotel located downtown. A private beach club flaunts numerous... More

great for business trip
excellent service and facilities at the Ritz. Would definitely come back for both business and pleasure.
Jan 6, 2015
From $75

17 Super 8 Sarasota/Bradenton Area

2 stars
2.3 / 5 30 reviews

4309 North Tamiami Trail Map

Stay 2, Save 15%

Budget-friendly central Sarasota hotel with free breakfast, pool Located in central Sarasota, Florida, the budget-friendly Super 8 Sarasota offers comfortable accommodations near major... More

Good never better. Always good. Enjoyed. B back soon
Jan 14, 2015
From $77

18 Golden Host Resort

2 stars
2.6 / 5 39 reviews

4675 N. Tamiami Trail Map

Limited Time Offer: Take 20% Off

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... More

double awesome
Feb 9, 2015
From $127

19 Holiday Inn Express & Suites BRADENTON EAST-LAKEWOOD RANCH

3 stars
4.4 / 5 107 reviews

5464 Lena Road Map

Sarasota/Bradenton area hotel has pool, free breakfast and InternetHoliday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Bradenton East-Lakewood Ranch is located close to both Sarasota and Bradenton, and a... More

Clean rooms
Needed a room on a road trip, this place was very nice and clean
Dec 4, 2014
From $131

20 Holiday Inn Express & Suites SARASOTA EAST - I-75

3 stars
4.1 / 5 41 reviews

5730 Gantt Road Map

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... More

Business trip
Hotel was comfortable & convenient, staff was very friendly. Would stay at this facility again.
Jan 24, 2015