Sarasota Tourism

Sarasota is one of the most popular cities of Florida. It is the cultural center of West Central Florida and is known worldwide for its colorful art culture, yummy food, cheerful people, fantastic shopping and of course most importantly are the mesmerizing beaches that attract most of the tourists to the place again and again. These are known as the beaches of extraordinary beauty and the whitest sand on Earth.

A Sarasota holiday is a mixture of everything with the perfect combination of urban as well as country life. In other words it is where urban life merges with the simple country people. The city is like a party and the theme is culture. Wherever you go you see colors, art and history enriching your mind and souls. The number of theatres such as the Asolo Theatre, Florida West Coast Theatre Company, Sarasota Opera, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and so many more make it a prime place for artists as well as art enthusiasts come here often.

One part of the city is filled with sky scrapers, large spick and span offices, multiple shopping arenas with the most modern infrastructure and upscale collections, posh restaurants, art galleries for the pioneers and many such pictures of extreme urbanity. On the other hand you find the simple people still in touch with yesteryear styles and traditions keeping history alive here. The shops selling local stuffs, the traditional cuisines, the culture, the art all are so lively. The best part that is common to people of both the groups is the blessings of nature on this city in the form of the beautiful beaches with silvery sands and clear blue water. It is so good to see that people here are very much aware of cleanliness and they realize the importance of their natural heritage. The Siesta Beach is ranked as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

Essential travel information and Sarasota tips for your visit

  • Make sure you have a lot of easy breezy close as you set out to explore this hot city.
  • Keep away from Newtown area especially by foot or at late evening and night as it is known as a hideout area for drug activists and criminals. 

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Sarasota

  • Save 4% Mangrove Tunnel Kayak Ecotour
    Mangrove Tunnel Kayak Ecotour30 Reviews

    Duration: 2 Hrs

    Come along on one of Sarasota's most popular outdoor activities, a guided eco-tour by kayak, which introduces you to these Fl...

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  • Save 7% Anna Maria Island Segway Tour
    Anna Maria Island Segway Tour1 Reviews

    Duration: 1 Hrs

    Coquina Trail Segway Tour - 1 HourOn this breathtaking one-hour tour, gliders will get to experience the beauty of Anna Maria...

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  • Save 1% Sarasota Inshore Fishing Charter
    Sarasota Inshore Fishing CharterNew on TripHobo

    Duration: Flexible

    Experience and explore backwaters of the Sarasota Bay! Always a short distant and boat ride to great fishing in Sarasota Inle...

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  • Save 4% TreeUmph Adventure Course
    TreeUmph Adventure Course1 Reviews

    Duration: Flexible

    Are you a Ninja Warrior or just looking for a fun family adventure? TreeUmph! offers half day adventures like no other. You w...

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  • Know the pollution level of Sarasota before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 11.11 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 22.22 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 19.44 (Very Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 13.89 (Very Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 19.44 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 2.78 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 2.78 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 19.44 (Very Low)
  • How safe is Sarasota for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Sarasota.

    • Burglary and Theft 28.57 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 19.64 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Car Stealing 10.71 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 32.14 (Low)
    • Attacks 15 (Very Low)
    • Drug offense 33.33 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 95 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 75 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 21.67 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 6.67 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 35.71 (Low)
    • Safety Index 79.47 (High)
    • Climate Index 89.22 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 15.33 (Very Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 24.57 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 58.61 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 4.21 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Sarasota

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.1 USD
    • International Movie per seat 11.5 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 34.67 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 70.6 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 40 USD

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