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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 Rated Sarasota Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota
4.6 / 5
29 reviews
5 stars $459
BEST WESTERN PLUS Siesta Key Gateway
3.8 / 5
78 reviews
3 stars $129
Days Inn Sarasota
2.8 / 5
30 reviews
2 stars $54
Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach
3.6 / 5
180 reviews
3 stars $108
Bradenton - Bradenton Beach and Vicinity
4.4 / 5
107 reviews
3 stars $93
Lido Beach Resort
3.9 / 5
33 reviews
4 stars $183
AmericInn Hotel & Suites - Sarasota
4.0 / 5
22 reviews
3 stars $89
Siesta Beach Resorts And Suites
3.0 / 5
137 reviews
3 stars $121
Americas Best Value Inn Sarasota
2.3 / 5
40 reviews
2 stars $64
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Sarasota Bradenton
3.6 / 5
16 reviews
3 stars $105

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From $96

1 Hyatt Place Sarasota Bradenton Arpt

3 stars
4.3 / 5 53 reviews

950 University Pkwy Map

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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

Last minute family visit
Location, price and service were good. Room was average.
Oct 21, 2014
From $108

2 Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach

3 stars
3.6 / 5 180 reviews

1540 Ben Franklin Drive Map

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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

Lovely Lido Beach
Even though it rained 3 out of the 4 days we were there, we had a wonderful time. We spent a lot of time on our deck looking at breathtaking sunsets. Room service hit the spot on those rainy...
Dec 8, 2014
From $121

3 Siesta Beach Resorts And Suites

3 stars
3.0 / 5 137 reviews

5311 Ocean Blvd Map

Three-star Siesta Key hotel across from the beach with a pool Located on Sarasota's barrier island Siesta Key, the Siesta Beach Resorts & Suites offers comfortable 3-star rooms and... More

Staff was extremely friendly and all was extremely clean! Couldn't ask for better location, a minute walk to city and a minute walk to ocean!
Nov 26, 2014
From $199

4 Hyatt Regency Sarasota

4 stars
4.1 / 5 64 reviews

1000 Blvd of the Arts Map

Free Valet Parking and Free Wireless Internet

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

September visit
Enjoyed the quiet and the staff was very attentive. Restaurant suggestions could have been better. Fitness room was excellent. Drinks were outrageously expensive.
Sep 22, 2014
From $84


3 stars
3.3 / 5 75 reviews

1425 S Tamiami Trl Map

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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

Comfortable stay
I found the staff to be helpful, the location perfect and generally adequate for my needs. They were doing some repairs and giving it a facelift at the time I was there. I was visiting family in...
Nov 17, 2014
From $183

6 Lido Beach Resort

4 stars
3.9 / 5 33 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

Perfect Getaway
We stayed for a night and had an amazing time, the hotel is what you need, is neat and clean, you walk to the pool and you are at the beach, the sunset is beautiful.
Dec 1, 2014
From $152


3 stars
3.8 / 5 107 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

Nice Hotel At Beach
nice clean room, Bay View. beach across the street - you can pick stop where to stay from you room.
Aug 26, 2014
From $198

8 Hotel Indigo SARASOTA

3 stars
4.3 / 5 38 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 stay
Really wonderful stay last New Years eve. We booked two rooms and asked for them to be together. The hotel staff upgraded one room to a suite to make sure we were on the same floor. Really great...
Nov 15, 2014
From $109

9 La Quinta Inn & Suites Sarasota

3 stars
3.7 / 5 123 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

keep coming back
Location is great. Enjoyed breakfast and pool. Same staff!
Nov 23, 2014
From $129

10 BEST WESTERN PLUS Siesta Key Gateway

3 stars
3.8 / 5 78 reviews

6600 S Tamiami Trl Map

Near Siesta Beach, hotel offers pool, free breakfast, free InternetBEST WESTERN PLUS Gateway Siesta Key Hotel is located in Sarasota, Florida just over a mile from the popular Siesta Beach and... More

Great one night preflight stay
Great place very friendly staff. Very comfortable bed and clean room.
Dec 16, 2014
From $90


3 stars
4.3 / 5 16 reviews

8009 15th St. East Map

Holiday Inn® Sarasota Airport – New Luxury Sarasota Florida Hotel with Moderate Prices The new Holiday Inn® Sarasota Airport hotel, with the stunning 6 story atrium, glass elevators, waterfall and... 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 $109

12 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 $129

13 Residence Inn by Marriott Sarasota Bradenton

3 stars
5.0 / 5 1 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

Excellent Stay Location
This is our second year in a row to stay at the Marriott Residence Inn located near the SRQ International Airport in Sarasota, Florida. Everything about the hotel, location, service, cleanliness,...
Mar 8, 2014
From $105

14 SpringHill Suites by Marriott Sarasota Bradenton

3 stars
3.6 / 5 16 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

low budget
hotel services were below average. did not have towels in the room and there was no staff member to bring any. i had to go down and get them myself. it was only 4pm. room was not clean and had dead...
Nov 24, 2014
From $459

15 The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota

5 stars
4.6 / 5 29 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

Terrific for couples and families
I was upgraded and the room was wonderful The staff friendly always remembering my name!
Dec 20, 2014
From $59

16 Sleep Inn Sarasota

2 stars
3.4 / 5 44 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

All was pretty good. except for the a/c being out in the main areas. but things happen:)
Sep 1, 2014
From $54

17 Days Inn Sarasota

2 stars
2.8 / 5 30 reviews

5000 N. Tamiami Trail Map

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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

Used to be a roadway inn, annoying house keeping staff
Dec 16, 2014
From $93

18 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 $64

19 Americas Best Value Inn Sarasota

2 stars
2.3 / 5 40 reviews

811 South Tamiami Trail Map

Holiday Sale - Save 20% on your stay

Americas Best Value Inn Sarasota/Downtown offers the most value for your money when staying for business- pleasure- or just passing through. We offer clean spacious rooms with complimentary Wi-Fi... More

Nice little place!
We (family) are repeat visitors to Americas Best Value Inn Sarasota. It's not by any means a big fancy resort --- more of a small, basic hotel --- but you cannot beat the price for the location,...
Nov 11, 2014
From $99

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

3 stars
4.2 / 5 40 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

Trip to Sarasota
My husband and myself came down to Sarasota this past weekend for the first time. The hotel was overall a very nice experience. The room was very clean. I didn't have to worry about bed bugs like I...
Jul 28, 2014