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What travelers to Sarasota are saying
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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Featured Sarasota Hotels
1000 Blvd of the Arts
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Located in downtown Sarasota, Florida, Hyatt Regency Sarasota impresses guests with its bay views, head-to-toe renovation and stunning features. Amenities such as a private 32-slip marina,...
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...
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...
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...
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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...
233 Ben Franklin Drive
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The 3-star Holiday Inn Sarasota Lido 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 beach with...
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5311 Ocean Blvd
Located on Sarasota's barrier island Siesta Key, the Siesta Beach Resorts & Suites offers comfortable 3-star rooms and fully-equipped suites. The hotel is steps from Siesta Key Beach, one of...
Great location, bad room
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”
1040 University Parkway
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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...
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1425 S Tamiami Trl
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The Best Western Midtown in central Sarasota offers pet-friendly lodging convenient to Florida's popular Siesta Key Beach. Attractions like the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and Mote...
reasonable place for the price
1540 Ben Franklin Drive
With 600 feet of white sandy beaches on Lido Key, Sandcastle Resort has lots to offer those looking for fun and relaxation in Sarasota, Florida. This 3-star resort overlooks the Gulf of Mexico and...
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...
1020 University Parkway
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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...
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4800 N. Tamiami Trail
Located close to the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport and a short walk from the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the Quality Inn & Suites Sarasota offers comfortable and quiet...
1111 Ritz-Carlton Drive
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The Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota, Florida is a luxury 5-star hotel located downtown. A private beach club flaunts numerous seaside amenities, including a swimming pool and Jacuzzi, dining and beach...
Service is Key
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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7150 N Tamiami Trl
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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...
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811 South Tamiami Trail
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5931 Fruitville Rd.
The AmericInn Hotel & Suites Sarasota is seven miles from the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport. Conveniently located in the arts haven of Sarasota, Fla., the property is within eight...
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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...