Take a break from Disney, Busch Gardens and Islands of Adventure and head over to Sarasota for a cultural resort experience. Sarasota’s warm climate, excellent beach and incredible sunsets are waiting for you to unwind. Whether you are looking for your next vacation destination, a real estate investment or a location to purchase a second home or condo, come discover why so many people flock to this slice of paradise.
Watch dolphins, shark, stingrays, crabs and starfish. Mote Marine’s Aquarium is waiting for you to tour its world renowned lab and will teach you about Florida’s estuaries. Mote Marine is located on City Island just a short drive from downtown Sarasota.
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Just off Mound, you’ll find the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. See one of the country’s most outstanding collections of orchids. The Gardens a situated on Sarasota Bay and boast more than 6,000 orchids as well as more than 20,000 tropical plants. Follow the winding paths through magnificent banyan trees. This is a must see.
Sarasota Jungle Gardens
The kids will love the bird show at Sarasota Jungle Gardens, and probably the exotic snakes too. You’ll find parrots, parakeets, flamingos, ducks, crane as well as a huge reptile collection. There are daily shows too. Wander through lush gardens before you are captivated by the enchanting chatter of the bird show.
St. Armands Circle Shopping
Step up the pace a bit and hit the streets to shop at St Armands Circle. It is a charming circle of 130 fine shops, art galleries, restaurants and cafes. St. Armands is similar to Worth Avenue in Palm Beach. You’ll find designer shoes and “digs” on this famous Circle. Sip a hot java or concoct your favorite cone at one of the coffee houses or ice cream parlors. People watching is top notch here! The international atmosphere provides and unforgettable experience.
This is a “must-see” destination. Directions: Take 1-75 to Frutville Road (Exit 210), the West to US 41. Go South 2 blocks then West over the John Ringling Causeway to St Armands Circle.
Stroll along the waterfront sidewalk at Sarasota’s Bayfront Park. The view of the sailboard moored in the Bay will take your breath away. There’s a fun frolicking fountain for children as well as an adjacent playground. Visit the Dolphin Fountain. Watch boats and yachts arriving and departing the Marina. Book a reservation on LeBarge, the party boat, for a guided tour of Sarasota’s coastline or watch dolphins. The evening cruises offer incredible sunsets!
Invest in Real Estate
If you are interested in a vacation home or condo, Sarasota has options to suite almost every budget and lifestyle. Prices have come down to very reasonable levels making investments even more attractive. Condos on the beach can be acquired at price levels not seen since the 1990’s. Many investors are picking up homes and condos to hold for their long term investment potential.
There are so many wonderful things to do in this town; it is no wonder why so many people consider Sarasota to be paradise on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Sarasota has all of the big city amenities, but still retains the small town atmosphere and charm.
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