Sarasota County is a beautiful subtropical destination and cultural hot spot located on Florida’s Gulf Coast, 50 miles south of Tampa. Visitors can explore Sarasota’s 35 miles of white-sand beaches, two of Florida’s most pristine State Parks; Myakka River and Oscar Scherer, plus a dynamic mix of theatre, dance and art events in Sarasota.
Sarasota has a year round climate with an average 249 days of sunshine and highs of 33˚C in the summer. Perfect weather for taking a trip to Siesta Key Beach, awarded the ‘best beach in the US’ in 2011 by beach expert Stephen Leatherman (aka Dr. Beach), and famous for its sugar white sand of 99% quartz. The sand is ideal for designing and creating your very own sculptures.
As well as boasting stunning beaches and outdoor activities, Sarasota has been labelled as the ‘Cultural Coast®’ of Florida. There is the Sarasota Opera, Sarasota Orchestra, the Sarasota Ballet, architecture tours and several galleries and performance theatres.
The perfect location for lovers of both art and culture is The Ringling; the centre stone of Sarasota’s art scene and circus heritage. John and Mable Ringling brought the circus to Sarasota in 1927 and created a legacy that continues to this day. The estate houses their personal collection of Baroque masters, such as Reubens, the Ca d’Zan 1920s Venetian Gothic mansion and the Circus Museum.