Venture Beyond the Beaches in Sarasota County

written by | Posted on July 25th, 2013

Pergola at Spanish Point.

Pergola at Spanish Point.

Just off of Florida’s beautiful Gulf Coast is Sarasota County, a place where nature, culture and arts meet at the sea. From the Ringling Museum to the perfect white sands, travelers will discover an atmosphere like no other in a setting that makes anything possible.

With accommodations ranging from beachfront bungalows to upscale resorts and a variety of special events year-round, Sarasota County offers groups not only an ideal destination for business, but also for romance, family fun and exploration.

Though many travelers come to Sarasota County for the sugar-white sands and colorful Gulf sunsets, groups will also find a whole other world to enjoy beyond the beaches. Known as Florida’s “Cultural Coast,” Sarasota County offers visitors cultural amenities that rival major metropolitan centers. From exploring the history of the circus at the Ringling Museum, to the acoustic acclaims of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, or kayaking at Myakka River State Park, visitors can unwind in style in this authentic beach town.

From crab shacks to elegant piano bars, visitors will delight in the eclectic array of dining environments. Boasting one of the highest concentrations of Zagat-rated restaurants in all of Florida, Sarasota County restaurants are known for serving up creative menus that blend unique local ingredients with international flavor and taste bud-altering talent. Every year in June, Sarasota hosts the annual Savor Sarasota restaurant week, where participating restaurants offer prix-fixe menus for lunch and dinner.

Sarasota County is steeped in the colorful history that is “The Greatest Show on Earth.”  The vivid excitement of the circus that has inspired generations comes alive along the satin soft sands of Sarasota and encourages a new generation of travelers to experience the magic of the big top, master the flying trapeze and visit the Venetian “castle” that marks the legacy of Ringling.

Sarasota County is comprised of Sarasota, Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key, Manasota Key, Siesta Key, Casey Key, Englewood, Nokomis, North Port, Osprey and Venice. Nestled along Southwest Florida’s Gulf coast, Sarasota County is located between Tampa, 60 miles to the north; and Ft. Myers, 75 miles to the south.

Discover more about what makes this area the perfect place for any group at visitsarasota.org. To learn more, call Visit Sarasota County at (800) 233-5635.