Sarasota Lifestyle

Sarasota activities are abundant! It is a community that truly lives up to its world renowned reputation. Contemporary yet classic; relaxed yet elegant; European richness with American accessibility. Capturing the complete essence of the Sarasota lifestyle requires one to think far beyond location, amenities, and the multitude of attractive real estate options.

All in one day, Sarasota and its surrounding neighbors offer residents the chance to view spectacular sunsets over the glistening Gulf of Mexico; visit educational venues and world-class museums; enjoy live theater, the ballet, opera; play tennis or golf at one of the many wonderful locations; bird watch at some of the most remarkable beaches, waterways or parks; visit one of the nation’s oldest zoological parks; learn about growing your own exotic plants; go boating or paddle-boarding; dine at one of the renowned collection of restaurants; or do nothing at all! We encourage you to peruse our website to learn more about the many special assets of our beautiful area.

Clean air, majestic water, abundant natural beauty, arts and culture, recreation, a casual elegance, and plenty of sunshine offer residents a superb quality of life no matter your taste or budget, there truly are Sarasota activities for everyone. It is no wonder that the Sarasota area is consistently ranked at the top of virtually every list when best places to live and work are announced. Sarasota is a place with big city amenities and a small town way of living with an extraordinary variety of waterfront real estate, golf course community and neighborhoods to choose from.

Beautiful Beaches

Sun, sand and water are three things you will find in abundance in Sarasota. Several of our magnificent beaches are consistently ranked as the finest beaches in the world…and rightly so! Sarasota’s 35 miles of Gulf front landscape, six islands, and 14 fabulous public beaches, all with their own personality, unique amenities and natural beauty, welcome you with crystal white sand, collectable shells, sparkling waters, and breathtaking sunsets. Enjoy the beauty and warmth of the Gulf of Mexico any time of day at popular, trendy beaches like the award-winning Siesta Key Public Beach, or retreat to secluded Caspersen Beach and search the shore for pre-historic sharks’ teeth and fossilized shells.

Because of Sarasota’s location on the West Coast of the state, the area enjoys spectacular sunsets daily. The clean turquoise waters are home to bottlenose dolphins, manatees, pelicans and other interesting fish and birds. The Gulf waters are warm and comfortable for swimming or simply floating along the softly rolling waves. The gentle slope of the beaches makes walking for miles an extraordinary experience.

Finding Sarasota waterfront real estate is easy – with the beach stretching from the northern environs of Longboat Key to the southern end of the county on Manasota Key, there are myriad Sarasota homes for sale along the Gulf beaches.

World-Class Shopping

From Florida-style fun to chic elegance, you’ll find what you’re looking for in Sarasota’s eclectic collection of specialty shops. Find the treasures you’re looking for among the 130 shops and gourmet restaurants of St. Armand’s Circle, a world famous shopping destination full of continental flavor. And, if you favor galleries, working studios, and open air cafes, you won’t want to miss Towles Court Arts District.  The newest addition to shopping in Sarasota is The Mall at University Town Center with shops including Saks Fifth Avenue, Robert Graham, Lulu Lemon and many others, along with a wide variety of restaurants to choose from.

Arts & Culture

Commonly referred to as the Culture Coast of Florida, Sarasota is home to a number of professional theaters, symphonies, ballet and opera, over 30 art galleries, artist communities, the Ringling Museum of Art, and the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Sarasota and nearby island residents enjoy the best of metropolitan art, music, and live theatre just minutes away.

Sarasota Restaurants and Night Life

Sarasota is known for having some of the finest dining in all of the Southeast U.S.  Virtually every cuisine imaginable is represented among the hundreds of full service restaurants in the area. A good place to start to find a list of options for your lunch or dinner plans is to try one of the members of The Sarasota Originals, a group of independently owned local restaurants. There are a number of regional and national chain offerings, and your favorites are likely among them. Sarasota is also home to several farming operations providing regional restaurants locally grown products ranging from Caviar, dairy and meats to organic fruits and vegetables.

Sports and Recreation

With an average annual temperature of 72 degrees, Sarasota is the place for outdoor recreation. Sarasota Golf is a dream come true for enthusiasts, with over 30 courses throughout the county. The courses meander through lakes and woods or along the coastal settings, always with rich greens, and picturesque backdrops.

Nature enthusiasts can begin exploring Florida’s natural beauty by visiting internationally recognized Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, an open-air and under-glass museum of more than 20,000 colorful plants, tropical displays, and gardens. Sarasota County is home to more than 200 parks, 16 recreation centers and has more than 2000 acres of open space parkland to consider launching a kayak, spend an afternoon watching spectacular indigenous birds, or enjoy a hike through forests. Consider a tree-top stroll in a magnificent canopy or canoe through and over the 57 miles of wetlands, prairies and woodlands at the pristine Myakka River State Park.

Biking enthusiasts have myriad of options including the lovely trip along the Legacy Trail, a round-trip ride out to Longboat Key’s 10 mile island path and back, or bicycle along the ranches at Lakewood Ranch to see the Polo Ponies and Clydesdales at home.

If you are a fishing enthusiast, the Sarasota area offers some of the best waters for flats, surfside or deep water fishing. With some of the State’s finest guides, you are sure to have a day to remember. If getting in the water is your preference, check out the Saturday morning group that Paddle-boards off Bird Key, or join one of the area’s scuba or snorkeling clubs.

Being a sports spectator in Sarasota brings countless options – take in the Oriole’s Spring Training, sculling at Benderson Park, get in on the action at The Sarasota Polo Club, take in a game at the Sarasota Cricket Club or enjoy one of Sarasota’s lawn bowling tournaments.

On the water or off, the mild temperatures and sunny skies of the region beckon you outdoors from your Sarasota home.