“Where Urban Amenities Meet Small Town Living”
With a celebrated arts district, some of the world’s best beaches, and a few of the most up and coming residential areas – Sarasota, FL has it all. Situated approximately 60 miles south of Tampa, FL and 70 miles north of Fort Myers, Sarasota is one of Florida’s most beautiful and exciting places to live, work, and play. Home to 53,000 residents year round, Sarasota has all the offerings of a large city in a small town package.
Photo by Joey Phoenix
Originally called “Zara Zote” by native Floridian populations, a cross between the modified version of Sahara (for the white sands) and the indigenous term meaning blue waters, Sarasota has existed as a settlement on the Florida Gulf Coast since the 16th century. However, it didn’t gain its official name until 1878, when the nation’s first post office opened on August 16th in the area now known as Harbor Acres.
Over the next 30 years, the population began to increase along the Gulf Coast, which caught the attention of the Ringling Brothers and many other local businessmen and women. Focused investments and ambitious land development in the 1920s and 30s established Sarasota as a promising metropolitan area and cultural epicenter, a title which it still holds today.
Sarasota Attractions and Activities
Home to some of the world’s best beaches, with countless other award winning sandy spots within driving distance, Sarasota is the place to be if you’re looking for some fun in the sun. One of the most enticing aspects of Sarasota beaches is the trademark white sand, comprised of pulverized pure white quartz, which is soft and cool to the touch.
Fishing and Boating
With sun-kissed summers and mild winters, the Florida Gulf Coast is prime real estate for fisherman, boaters, and recreation-seekers. The region’s lengthy coastline, coupled with countless inlets, bays, and tidal creeks make a day on the water an appealing idea. Regardless of experience, visitors and residents can enjoy time on the open water fishing – game fish like spotted sea trout, snook, and tarpon are in abundance – snorkeling, diving, parasailing, and much more.
Photo by Joey Phoenix
Sarasota Bayfront Park and Marina
Situated between Sarasota’s bustling downtown arts and entertainment district and Sarasota Bay, the Sarasota Bayfront Park and Marina is a picture-perfect local favorite. Kids and adults alike can enjoy this quintessential aspect of the Sarasota experience. Some of the park offerings include scenic pathways – showcasing some of the region’s best local sculpture, a large playground area with interactive fountain, dining options – Marina Jack’s and O’Leary’s, and boat tours from the marina.