From fun in the sun at the beach to a luxurious nightlife with the finest waterfront dining, Sarasota is the perfect location for all of your fun-filled activities. Situated along Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, Sarasota is truly a boater's paradise. And with the calm warm waters filled with sea life, activities such as water skiing, fishing, and boating are plentiful.
The beaches of Sarasota stretch over 35 miles along the west coast of Florida on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. With warm emerald waters in the Gulf, warm climate, and quartz sand, Sarasota has not only the best beaches, but the healthiestones to live at as well. Long Boat Key is an eleven-mile paradise located between the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay while Lido Key is a European-style island bordered by four bodies of water?the Gulf of Mexico, Big Pass, Sarasota Bay, and Brushy Bayou. Many celebrities reside in the small island of Bird Key, while Casey Key offers tranquility and unspoiled beauty. Finally, Siesta Key is known as one of the most beautiful beaches anywhere in the world with its sand 99% quartz pulverized to fine powder. At the "Great International White Sand Beach Challenge" held in 1987, it was recognized as having the "Whitest and Finest Sand in the world". Siesta Key has also been named as one of "America's Best Beaches," "Third Best Walking Beach in the USA" by USA Today International Edition; and "The Best of the Best Sand" by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine. Sarasota is packed with great fishing. You will certainly find a perfect spot whether you are interested in fresh or salt water, fishing from a boat, land or pier. The Gulf of Mexico, Sarasota Bay, Little Sarasota Bay, Intercostal Waterway as well as wealth of lakes and tributaries provide endless possibilities for great spots. Three of the most popular spots are the Tony Saprito Pier from the pier and along the seawall, Siesta Bridge, and Island Park with fishing along the seawall in a beautiful park atmosphere. Sarasota is a golfer's dream come true with 32 beautiful golf courses, including the first golf course in Florida. Check out the possibilities by finding the golf courses for every level of ability. Foxfire Golf Club is definitely a great way to spend the day by hacking that little white ball with varying degrees of proficiency. Or tee off at University Park Country Club, which was recognized as the "Number 1 Golf Course in Southwest Florida" and "Number 7 in the Top 100 Golf Courses in the State" by the Florida Golf News reader poll.
If you are a nature lover, you will certainly enjoy the natural beauty of year-round foliage that can only be found in this sub-tropical climate. Take a leisurely stroll through beautiful gardens and nature trails at Sarasota Jungle Gardens, and see exotic plants and animals from around the world. Walk through a tropical oasis on the shores of Sarasota Bay at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, and explore the world's most spectacular display of rare orchids and bromeliads. Sarasota is known as Florida's Cultural coast and is considered by some to be the cultural center of the southeastern US. Explore through the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the official state art museum of Florida, and find galleries of European and American art with paintings by Rubens, Van Dyck, Poussin and other baroque masters. See 100 beautiful cars representing 100 years at the Sarasota Classic Car Museum with a 4,000 square foot garden atrium for dining and dancing at night.
Theater, music and film are also important venues of creativity in Sarasota and there is an abundance of theaters and performing halls to enjoy here. Watch a play at the Asolo Theater, an eighteenth century "theater-in-the-round" in Italy that was dismantled, moved here piece by piece, and reassembled on the grounds of the Ringling estate in the early 1950s. Attend a Broadway musical or world renowned symphony orchestra performance at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, whose entertainers included Luciano Pavarotti, Leonard Bernstein, Bob Dylan, The Boston Pops, The Chicago Symphony, Willie Nelson, and The Temptations.