Sarasota Florida and her Islands on the Gulf of Mexico with expansive sandy beaches, lodging, vacation rentals, condominiums, cottages, homes, hotels and motels, offering fun eco-friendly activities, nearby attractions, restaurants, shopping, nightlife and trolley.

Sarasota Florida and her Islands on the Gulf of Mexico with expansive sandy beaches, lodging, vacation rentals, condominiums, cottages, homes, hotels and motels, offering fun eco-friendly activities, nearby attractions, restaurants, shopping, nightlife and trolley.


Sarasota Florida Boats, Kayaks, Jet Skis & Parasailing


  Accommodations
  Arts/Entertainment
  Arts Festival
  Baseball
  Beaches
  Biking & Hiking
  Birding
  Boats & Kayaks
  Botanical Gardens
  Chalk Festival
  Cheap Eats
  Circuses / Animal Acts
  Cultural Events
  Dining
  Dog Parks / Beaches
  Drum Circle
  Entertainment
  Family Fun
  Film Festival
  Fishing
  Free, Cheap & Chic
  Nightlife
  Off-shore Racing
  Polo
  Real Estate
  Relocate & Reinvent
  Retirement
  Sand Sculpting
  Sculling
  Shelling
  Shopping
  Snorkeling / Scuba
  Sports
  Tennis Events
  Things To Do


Sarasota has so many wonderful things to enjoy – award winning beaches, cultural events and Zagat rated dining but... let’s not forget... the beautiful traversable tranquil bay waters.

We highly recommend you rent a watercraft from the downtown area and make friends with our dolphins, be amazed by our magnificent manatees, nesting shore birds and mega mansions.


See Ringling’s Mansion by Water

Cruise by John and Mable Ringling’s mansion, the Ca d’Zan, on Sarasota Bay. The afternoon sun has a way of glancing off its Venetian-style architecture in a magical way. If you look toward the museum, you can also see the bronze copy of Michelangelo’s David. It is absolutely stunning!

Explore the Islands...

Travel across the bay to one of "the most upscale" resort retreats in the U.S.; Longboat Key. Head to the most northern point and go under a bridge linking Longboat to Anna Maria Island. There, a spit of sand called Beer Can Island appears on the gulf side. It is here that boaters drop anchor, swim, picnic and scour the shore for sand dollars, horseshoe crabs, starfish and sea urchins.

If you prefer dining in comfort there are plenty of locations offering docking facilities. Just around the corner and back on the bay side is Mar Vista. After a relaxing bite to eat, take some time to stroll the residential side streets and view wild peacocks strutting their stuff. Another popular eatery is the Dry Dock Waterfront Grill which is due south.

Continue in a southern direction under the Ringling Bridge to Bird and Siesta Keys and take a tour of the beautiful waterfront homes including... the celebrity dwellings of Jerry Springer and Brian Johnson (AC/DC). Over the years - Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Tom Selleck, Michael Jordan and the late Lucille Ball -- have drifted in and out.

For even more...viewing...

Head to Casey Key where Stephen King and Martina Navratilova enjoy palatial retreats with their own private beaches.

For wild life viewing...

The waters around South Lido Park are very calm with excellent visibility as kayakers glide through tranquil red and black mangrove tunnels. The bays’ sea grasses attract manatees, dolphins and cormorants dive below your boat for a seafood feast and where mangrove islands house a plethora of squawking cackling nesting birds.





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Attn. Intl. Visitors


Nearby Communities
  (north to south)
  Anna Maria Is.
  Bradenton
  Longboat Key
  St Armands
  Lido Key
  Siesta Key
  Casey Key
  Venice
  North Port
  Englewood
  Manasota Key
  Port Charlotte
  Punta Gorda
The hidden lagoons, beaches and hiking trails of the Jim Neville Marine Preserve are located offshore from Siesta Key.

These islands in Little Sarasota Bay are accessible only by water. This 35-acre preserve provides opportunities for great bird watching while exploring a maze of waterways. The rookeries, (baby nurseries), are home to roseate spoonbill, great blue heron, great egret, brown pelican, osprey and many other birds. The beds of sea grass are home to marine animals...that include the manatee. The islands make for a wet hike during high tides, but the variety of coastal birds, plants and wildlife make a visit here well worth it!

Go to Bay and Gulf Adventures guided tours and kayak rentals.

For the not so nautical adventurer...

Our Sarasota waterways are even more spectacular at sunset. Just leave the driving to us! Key Sailing or Le Barge are excellent options and... you’ll only need your camera!

Boat Rentals & Jet Skis

    Chitwood Charters – Hyatt Regency Downtown, Sarasota
    Enticer Watersports – Bayfront Drive, Sarasota
    Economy Tackle - Sarasota
    Siesta Key Watersports – Siesta Key
    CB’s Boat Rental – Siesta Key
    Cannons Marina – Longboat Key
Sarasota Florida on the Gulf of Mexico with expansive sandy beaches, lodging, vacation rentals, condominiums, cottages, homes, hotels and motels, offering fun eco-friendly activities, nearby attractions, restaurants, shopping and nightlife.


Planning to sail or motor to Saraosta… in your own boat?

Boaters can moor at Marina Jacks, right in the heart of downtown. It offers a full-service fuel dock, berths to 200 feet, good food and complete amenities.

For a bit more exclusivity, try the Sarasota Yacht Club, which can accommodate transient yachts up to 120 feet.

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Sarasota Florida on the Gulf of Mexico with expansive sandy beaches, lodging, vacation rentals, condominiums, cottages, homes, hotels and motels, offering fun eco-friendly activities, nearby attractions, restaurants, shopping and nightlife. Sarasota Florida on the Gulf of Mexico with expansive sandy beaches, lodging, vacation rentals, condominiums, cottages, homes, hotels and motels, offering fun eco-friendly activities, nearby attractions, restaurants, shopping and nightlife. Sarasota Florida on the Gulf of Mexico with expansive sandy beaches, lodging, vacation rentals, condominiums, cottages, homes, hotels and motels, offering fun eco-friendly activities, nearby attractions, restaurants, shopping and nightlife.

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