Sarasota is a city that offers something for everyone: pristine beaches, world-class shopping, international cuisine, renowned museums and galleries, Florida's signature water sports and outdoor activities, the serenity of aquariums and botanical gardens, and the excitement of friendly street festivals. From sophisticated to leisurely, Sarasota's array of amenities makes it an unparalleled vacation destination.
Sarasota is a tropical paradise on the Gulf of Mexico that offers abundant natural beauty, cultural tradition, and plenty of sunshine. Sarasota offers residents a superb quality of life leading to CNN Magazine choosing Sarasota as America's Best Small City, 2011 America’s Best Beach and one of the nation's top eight Best Places to Retire.
Sarasota's clean air, sparkling beaches and sunny climate have made us world famous as a center for the good life. Our vibrant recreational and cultural scene offers activities for every taste and budget. Sarasota offers big city amenities with a small town way of living.
Sarasota's natural beauty has also made it into an international golf destination, with dozens of courses in the area designed by some of the biggest names in the sport.
As you travel across Sarasota you'll find historic neighborhoods that invite sightseeing, like the colorful old-Florida houses of downtown Sarasota's historic Towles Court art district. You'll also find areas of independent shops, restaurants and bars that make for an easy and exciting nighttime destination.