Sarasota Area Information

One of America’s best places to live, work and play, Sarasota is world-famous for its award-winning beaches, blue-green Gulf waters and enviable lifestyle. This Southwest Florida community combines big-city amenities with a small-town ease of living to give residents the best of all worlds.

The arts capital of the region, Sarasota serves up an intoxicating cocktail of culture. In addition to the Ringling Museum of Art, internationally recognized for its important collection of Baroque paintings, this creative community boasts its own opera, ballet and symphonies, as well as numerous art galleries and playhouses.

Its natural endowments invite a wealth of leisure activities, from water sports and deep-sea fishing to golftennis and eco-activities. Plenty of opportunities await the sports enthusiast, from professional volleyball and hockey to major-league baseball spring training games. A thriving economy, nationally ranked public schools and medical facilities, and world-class shopping and dining round out the list of amenities.

Among the fastest appreciating counties in Florida, Sarasota offers numerous residential options for every lifestyle and price range. You can wake up every morning to endless views of the Gulf of Mexico, walk to theaters and restaurants from your downtown condominium, or enjoy the recreational amenities of an active country club lifestyle. Sarasota has it all.

Find your perfect piece of paradise in the  Greater Sarasota Area including Sarasota, Nokomis, Osprey, Venice, Englewood, Bradenton, Anna Maria Island, North Port, Longboat Key, Lido Key, Bird Key, Siesta Key, Casey Key and Manasota Key.

Beaches, boating, golfdiningshoppingtheater -- there's always something exciting going on in Sarasota. Sophisticated or casual, upscale or economical, it's all just minutes away. 

Each area of Sarasota County has its own personality, and our visitors are delighted to find more vacation variety here than they ever expected. The City of Sarasota, with its active downtown and arts and theater district, still has a friendly, small town feel. Luxurious Longboat Key's manicured beach resorts and condos also offer world-class tennis, golf and dining. Laid-back Siesta Key has the feel of a tropical island, with sugar white sand officially designated "the whitest, finest beach sand in the world." St. Armand's Circle is home to gourmet restaurants and chic shops featuring the best items from around the world. Visit my area attractions map.

Once known primarily as a vacation or retirement destination, today's Sarasota is home to diversity. A great year-round climate, expanding employment opportunities, abundant leisure time activities and excellent schools attract creative entrepreneurs, skilled workers and professionals who want to thrive in a community where life is fun. Almost half of Sarasota County's population is in the prime working age range of 25 to 64. No matter what your age or stage, there's always something interesting to do in Sarasota.

Located on the Florida Gulf Coast, about 60 miles south of Tampa, Sarasota combines a leisurely coastal lifestyle with a worldly sophistication. No longer just a tourist destination and retirement haven, Sarasota has become a diversified community with an expanding economic base, skilled workers and professionals, and one of the best school systems in the state. The cultural capital of Florida, it is known for its intoxicating cocktail of culture, from the Ringling Museum of Art, the state museum of Florida, to its own symphony, opera and ballet. 

Sarasota County consists of Sarasota, Venice, Englewood and North Port and the barrier islands of Longboat Key, Lido Key, Siesta Key, Casey Key and Manasota Key.