Best Western Plus Siesta Key Gateway
Hotel Indigo
Hyatt Regency Sarasota
Lido Key
Holiday Inn Lido Beach

Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach
Longboat Key

The Resort at Longboat Key Club

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.

Top 5 Experiences

  • The Ringling is the centre stone of Sarasota’s art scene and circus heritage. The estate comprises of an impressive art collection, the Ca d’Zan 1920s Venetian Gothic mansion and the Circus Museum.
  • Buzzy St Armand’s Circle is an easy walk from the hotels on Lido Key Beach. For evenings it is a lively area of shops, restaurants and bars and by day the perfect place for window-shopping, people watching and ice cream!
  • Farmers Market Sarasota on Main Street and Lemon Avenue is a must see to take in Sarasota’s local produce, plants, prepared food and artisans.
  • Architecture tours are available to explore the minimalist and modern architecture in Sarasota, such as the Sarasota School of Architecture designed from 1940 to 1970.
  • Kayak through the mangrove tunnels of Lido Key and spot dolphins, manatees and other native Florida wildlife.

Sightseeing & Tours

  • Sarasota Jungle Gardens – A tropical adventure awaits you in Sarasota's popular jungle park. Payable locally from £10pp.
  • Discover natural Sarasota – wetlands, lakes and a river interconnect throughout Myakka River State Park, one of the state’s oldest and largest parks. Payable locally from £10 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle.

Key Attractions

  • The beach and entertainment of Lido Key (St. Almond's Circle)
  • Siesta Village and Siesta Key Beach
  • John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art
  • Mote Marina Aquarium