On Florida's west coast between Tampa to the north and Ft. Myers to the south, Sarasota County is located on the Gulf of Mexico and includes 35 miles of beaches and six barrier islands. The islands separating Sarasota Bay from the gulf near the city include Lido Key and Siesta Key, which are famous worldwide for their beautiful sandy beaches. Enjoy ... Read more
breathtaking sunsets, museums, operas, ballets, plays, golf tournaments, and boat races or water skiing, shell collecting, or bird watching. Sarasota is also rich in history: John Ringling moved to Sarasota in 1910 and left a lasting impression upon the city with his hotel, home and internationally recognized museum, The Ringling Museum of Art.
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Winter is when most visitors flock to this warm part of the United States, delightedly escaping the dismal weather conditions at home for sunny and gorgeous beach weather. If you’re one of these snowbirds, be ... Read more
sure to book your hotel far in advance since rooms go fast from February through April. The area’s mild climate attracts visitors during the rest of the year, too, but to a lesser degree. Visiting in the summer comes with its own recompense: higher temperatures, humidity and occasional rain in exchange for discounted hotel rates and fewer crowds on the beach. However, be sure to keep an eye on the local weather since hurricane season runs from June through November.

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Palm Coast, Florida, USA

Sarasota Beaches are a beautiful sight especially Siesta Key. Plenty of shopping available and a foodie’s paradise.

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The San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA

I visited Sarasota to go to Siesta Key, voted one of the best beaches. This area is really nice and this beach is totally worth a visit for its ultra soft, fine white sand that stays cool to the touch and the warm, clear blue waters.

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Dungarvan, Ireland

Lovely area within 1 and 1/2 hour drive from our lovely house. Fabulous restaurants and shops - pricey compared to Orlando. Lovely beach and you can watch the sun go down in the evening in the Gulf of Mexico - very romantic!!

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Grayson, Kentucky, USA

Beautiful statue a great reminder of our country's strength and resilience in hard times and war!

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The Lido Beach is one of the best places to go. In St. Armands Circle you can enjoy great restaurants and local shopping. Really good. Make Orlando vacation different !

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Melbourne, Florida

Sarasota is your door to world-class beaches, dining, shopping, and entertainment. And there are about fifty thousand permanent residents of Sarasota, but during the fall and winter that population ballons to almost a half-million people. I think this is the most beautiful city in Florida, and certainly one of the friendliest.

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Gdansk, Poland

White beaches , one of the best in the world .
.. and unforgettable sunsets.

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Sarasota is one of the cleanest cities I've ever seen. It's safe to walk any time and there are plenty of cultural attractions. If you bike or golf, this is just about paradise! I'll go back soon to enjoy the lovely warm weather and numerous points of interest.

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Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, USA

Really beautiful area of Florida. There's a bunch of cute restaurants and shops, and the day we were there, the beach was breath-taking. The water was perfect and crystal clear.

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Nantwich

great place to kick back & unwind
great beaches all very accessible, all types of transport available, bikes, cars etc
plenty of great restaurants, food good quality & not overpriced

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