Sarasota – Jewel of the Gulf Coast

In between Fort Myers and Tampa Bay, on the Gulf Coast of Florida, you’ll find Sarasota County’s sparkling shoreline. Whether you’re looking for a simple day in the sun, relaxing on the beach, or the amazing experience of floating on air in a parasail, there are thousands of things to do in Sarasota for everyone with a heart for travel.

The Amazing Beaches of Sarasota County

With shimmering sands that sparkle like diamonds and sapphire-blue waters that dazzle and amaze, Siesta Key Beach is the true jewel of the gulf coast. Even “Dr. Beach” agrees, when he rates Siesta Key Beach as the #2 beach in the world. If you’re coming down to Siesta Key Beach, whatever your reason, you’ll want to make an early day of it, though, because the free parking fills up fast!

Floating on Air

It’s one thing to sit on the beach and have the warm gulf winds brushing across your face, but did you know those same gulf winds can make you fly?! Parasailing is an incredible new watersport that’s both fun and very safe. The idea is simple: Parachute + Cable + Moving Boat = Flying Person. Safe for travelers of all ages, it is the absolute best way to see Sarasota County and one you’ll remember for the rest of your life.

Balance your Life with some Culture

Sarasota isn’t just crisp, warm beaches and cool, refreshing waves, though! No! One of the best places to spend your time in Sarasota is at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, offering year-round shows, from the sights and sounds of Broadway and Classical concerts to the dazzle and flash of Rock Stars, Pop Concerts, and more!

For those who want to take a bit more time examining their art, John Ringling, of the Greatest Show on Earth, has set up the Ringling Museum of Art right in downtown Sarasota. So if you want to see masterpieces by Rubens, Gainsborough, Velazquez, Tintoretto, El Greco, Van Dyck and more, come on down to Sarasota and shake the sand off your feet for a while.

Sarasota: Sapphire Waters and Diamond Beaches

Whatever you want from your Florida getaway, Sarasota’s got you covered. We’ve got everything your heart desires, from a relaxing stay on the beach to the thrill of flying over the coastline, all the way to a cultural experience in the comfort of a climate-controlled Arts Center. Come on down and live the good life, live the life of leisure.