Welcome to Sarasota
A centrally-located city with lots of sunshine & style
Sarasota is a great place to experience a coastal Florida lifestyle. The resort-style atmosphere benefits from a central location that allows residents to reach larger metropolitan areas like Tampa and Clearwater easily. The quality of life is enhanced by year-round sunshine providing ample outdoor recreation to enjoy golfing, boating, or splashing in the warm Gulf-water waves. Sarasota's rich cultural heritage is celebrated in the area's many museums, art galleries, and performing arts venues. You'll get a taste of the classic Florida lifestyle while enjoying all the modern amenities you'd want in a walkable suburban community.
The weather, location, and strong job market have made Sarasota an in-demand area for those looking to move to a warmer climate. There is a beautiful range of homes and communities to suit every lifestyle. Whether you want to be close to the excellent schools, the sparkling beaches, or the buzzing downtown area, there is a home for everyone in Sarasota.
What to Love
- A friendly resort-like community that's laid-back and welcoming
- Year-round sunshine with plenty of outdoor recreational opportunities
- Incredible white sandy beaches and warm Gulf waters make Sarasota feel like paradise
The Sarasota lifestyle embraces the Florida coastal ideal. Residents here enjoy year-round sunshine, participating in activities like golfing, boating, and outdoor dining. You'll find plenty of outdoor recreation on your doorstep here, from parasailing to spotting manatees from the shoreline. Sarasota is far from a sleepy small town, though, as it offers all the modern amenities you want in a thriving Florida community. Ample shopping, dining, and entertainment venues cater to everything from big family gatherings to intimate nights out for two. It's a place where you can settle in, relax, and enjoy the best life offers on the Gulf coast.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
For an authentic Sarasota experience, head to Shore Longboat Key for stunning views over the water. You'll also want to try Columbia Restaurant, a beloved chain of Spanish-style restaurants that started in 1905. Make the most of your time in downtown Sarasota with a visit to Indigenous, a cozy venue serving American cuisine from a farm-to-table menu. For great seafood, go to Owen's Fish Camp, where you'll enjoy beautifully presented dishes in a quirky seaside ambiance.
Things to Do
There is plenty to do in Sarasota, but one can't-miss annual event is the Chalk Festival. Artists from around the world create incredible chalk drawings on the pavement, displaying amazing techniques in temporary chalk displays. When you've taken in the art displays, head to Main Street at Lakewood Ranch. This space feels like your hometown's main street, and you can try new food, play some put-put, or watch a movie here. For a unique shopping experience, head to St. Armands Circle. This outdoor shopping venue has gorgeous upscale boutiques and excellent fine dining options. You'll find more upscale shopping options at the University Town Center mall. End your day by snagging a bargain at the Ellenton Premium Outlets, where you'll find deals from top brands like Coach, Ralph Lauren, and Ann Taylor.
Sarasota is served by the A-rated Sarasota County Schools district.
- Sarasota Academy of the Arts, grades K-8
- Sarasota High School, grades 9-12
- Elevation Preparatory Academy, grades 6-12
- Suncoast School for Innovative Studies, grades PK-8