Destination guide

Travel to artsy Sarasota

Come and experience Sarasota and its art galleries, museums and theater scene. This city's gardens, beaches and bird watching draw many visitors. Take in top local attractions like Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and Mote Marine Aquarium. Many of our vacation rentals offer full kitchens, spacious living quarters and sometimes even a hot tub—perfect for a relaxing getaway.

Activities

Activities and attractions in Sarasota

Are you looking for attractions to visit in the city? Venture out of your cozy vacation rental and experience everything that makes Sarasota a fun spot to vacation. These are some of the most popular attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Mote Marine Aquarium (2.2 mi / 3.6 km)
  • Coconuts Family Entertainment Center (2.8 mi / 4.5 km)
  • Rolling Green Golf Club (3.1 mi / 4.9 km)
  • Bobby Jones Golf Complex (3.4 mi / 5.5 km)
  • Evie's Golf Center (4.9 mi / 8 km)
  • Gulf Gate Golf Club (6 mi / 9.7 km)
Weather

Seasonal weather in Sarasota

If warm-weather activities are high on your list, August, July, June and September are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 91°F.

Natural highlights

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Sarasota

Whether you're looking for adventure or just want to take in the scenery, Sarasota is a great place to spend some time outside. Here are a few of the area's most eye-catching natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Venice Beach (17.5 mi / 28.2 km)
  • Marie Selby Botanical Gardens (0.6 mi / 0.9 km)
  • Sarasota Jungle Gardens (2.3 mi / 3.6 km)
  • Siesta Key Public Beach (5 mi / 8 km)
  • Island Park (0.3 mi / 0.5 km)
  • Sarasota Childrens Garden (0.7 mi / 1.1 km)
Transport

Traveling to and around Sarasota

Fly into Sarasota, FL (SRQ-Sarasota-Bradenton Intl.), the closest airport, located 3.6 mi (5.8 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into St. Petersburg, FL (SPG-Albert Whitted), which is 30.1 mi (48.5 km) away.

Where to stay around Sarasota?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 6,401 holiday lettings near Sarasota. From 2,020 Houses to 3,361 Condos/Apartments, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Sarasota is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Sarasota?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday accommodations for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Sarasota:

  • Lido Key: 1,841 holiday homes
  • Palmer Ranch: 338 holiday homes
  • North Trail: 95 holiday homes
  • Southgate: 3,894 holiday homes
  • Gulf Gate: 302 holiday homes

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Sarasota?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Sarasota. From HomeAway travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Bent Tree Country Club: 5,521 holiday lettings
  • Ringling College of Art and Design: 7,772 holiday lettings
  • St. Armands Circle: 7,840 holiday lettings
  • Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary: 5,729 holiday lettings
  • Serenoa Golf Club: 5,171 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Sarasota listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Sarasota?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 2,020 Houses in Sarasota. Our other popular types of Sarasota holiday rentals include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 3,361 self catering accommodations
  • Villas: 389 self catering accommodations
  • Cottages: 240 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Sarasota?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 4,798 holiday homes with pool available in Sarasota. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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