Sarasota has been made famous by Siesta Key—one of the world’s most famous beaches. However, what exactly does this great city have to offer those looking to vacation or move here besides from sugar white sand?
Beaches: I’m sure you have probably heard of Siesta Key—if not from its consistent #1 rating from Dr. Beach in U.S. News, then maybe from the new hit MTV series "Siesta Key." Whether you’re an MTV fan or not, you’ve heard of Siesta Key and it is getting more and more recognition every single year. There are miles of gorgeous beaches such as Lido key, Longboat Key, Turtle Beach and of course Siesta.
Weather: With an average of high of 73°F in the dead of winter, there is no wonder why northerners flock to the Sunshine State every winter (and year-round). While there are blistering cold fronts moving in from the artic in the northern part of the U.S., Floridians are enjoying their feet in the sand without the worry of shoveling snow and scraping ice off of their windshield.
Food: When people think of Florida they may think of delicious fresh caught Gulf shrimp or grouper. However, Sarasota is home to some of Florida’s most mouth-watering French, Amish, Caribbean, Italian and other ethnic foods. If you’re new in town then you must check out The Table, Marina Jack’s, Louies Modern, Libby’s and Phillippi Creek. Of course, there are dozens of more restaurants I could name. However, you can’t go wrong with these. Trust me.
Arts scene: Sarasota is enriched by its Arts & Culture. It is a mere melting pot of artistic diversity in many forms. Known as Florida's Cultural Coast, it provides enjoyment with museums, art galleries and performing art venues all across the county. Throughout the year there are a myriad of events and attractions harboring all of Sarasota’s top artsy events.
Attractions: Where do I even begin? If you want to explore the history and art of the beautiful city, explore the Ringling Museum and the Ca d’Zan. You’ll be taken aback by the breathtaking architecture, art, history and culture. If you want to explore the outdoors in the city then check out Marie Selby Gardens which is actually the only garden in the U.S. display and study epiphytes. There is also Mote Marine Lab which has a world-renowned marine science display hosting hundreds of exhibits studies by the world’s best marine scientists. The list certainly doesn’t end there.
Parks and preserves: Ah, yes—nature. Oscar Sheerer State Park and Myakka River State Park offer over 1,400 square miles of beautiful landscape and wildlife. Oscar Scherer offers one of the best places in Southwest Florida to view Florida scrub-jays (an endangered species in FL). In addition to the Jay the park offers nature trails, wildlife viewing, water activities and much more. Myakka River offers 58 square miles of wetlands, prairies and pinelands for scenic river tours, boating and some R&R.
Education: Sarasota County has some of the best k-12 school systems in the entire state. It is only one of three school districts in the state graded A by the Florida Department of Education. Plus, the county offers several collegiate options for technical, arts and science education. If you’re aspiring to become an actor, actress or engage in the world of Arts—Ringling College of Art & Design is where you want to be. Sarasota also offers New College of Florida, University of South Florida-Sarasota and technical school options.
Sarasota offers a relaxing getaway and fruitful home to those looking to venture here. It is without a doubt one of the finest cities around. There are endless possibilities for those looking to further their career, start/raise a family, get a quality education, and spend out their retirement years. What are you waiting for?
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