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Top 5 Scenic Tours in Sarasota

Sarasota is unlike anywhere in the world. The scenic bay, wildlife, and activities are unparalleled, especially in sunny South Florida. The best way to capture the ultimate experience in the area is to take the tours. Let the city come to life in your eyes. Here are a few tours to make you and your family fall in love with Sarasota.

Marina Jack II Cruises


This 96 foot yacht is unlike any other in the area. Wine and dine you and your family along the bay on the Marina Jack II cruising yacht. The boat's amenities include salons, restrooms, full bar, and an open-air deck. Every seat available has a gorgeous view of the water (with a good chance of dolphins and manatees!).

The Ringling Cà d’Zan


Ca' d'Zan

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One major tenant of the “American Dream” has been the ability to buy your own home. However, in 2018 the vision of owning your own house laced with a white picket fence sometimes feels like a pipe dream. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The market is in full swing and people are buying more than ever. Renting is unaffordable and downright expensive. It makes more sense to put your monthly payment towards the total purchase of something you already own, does it not? Here are some reasons why you should buy in 2018 and stop wasting your money renting.

1. You can do what you want with your own space. It’s yours.

You can rip up the floor and add new ones. You can completely knock down a wall if you’d like. There are little restrictions when you

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Don't feel like slaving away in the kitchen this Thanksgiving? Not to worry--several restaurants around town are opening their kitchen doors for those who just don't feel like mirroring the Iron Chef all day.

The Ritz Carlton:1111 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Sarasota, 941-309-2000. If you want the best Dinner will be served buffet style in the grand ballroom from 11 AM-4 PM with live music and children’s activities too. This buffet-style Thanksgiving dinner will be sure to please. The meal plan wasn’t posted yet, but you can expect to be treated.

The Capital Grille: 180 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota, 941-256-3647. The Capital Grille just isn’t about their out of this world steak, they serve up a pretty delicious Thanksgiving dinner too. If

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Have you been told you can't find a Bayfront home in the Sarasota area for under $1 million?? Check out this beauty, and old Florida style cottage, with over 100 ft of bayfront on Little Sarasota Bay. Just listed at $925,000. 
Bayview Cottage
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Hurricanes can be an incredibly devastating natural disaster. Florida was just hit with its first and hopefully only hurricane of the season—Irma. While Irma was less devastating than initially expected in Florida, it still did damage and caused even more damage in the Caribbean islands. Fortunately, the sun is shining bright here in the Sunshine State, yet again.

Normality is setting in around the state that was met by an unwelcomed hurricane last month.  However, the debris is being cleaned up, the power is back on, and life is going on as usual down south. The job that was done by our first responders, lineman, FEMA, USCG, cleanup crews and our community was unlike no other we have ever seen. Everyone was lending a helping hand to quick relief

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An eclectic blend of boutique shops, eateries, bars and retail stores, St. Armand’s Circle is everything tourists and locals alike has to offer. Below I have listed several places that are must-sees and must-dos when on your Tour-de-Armand’s.

So, what is there to do on the circle? Well, to start may I recommend The Met –day spa and part fashion palace. If you enjoy getting pampered in a day spa, then this is the place for you. It caters to men and women of all ages and has multiple treatments for you and your family.  

For you smokers out there, Bennington Tobacconist an old-school smoke shop with a vast selection of cigars, pipes, humidors and other smoking accessories. These pipes and accessories are hand-crafted in shop and they are more than

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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

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4129 Higel Ave, Siesta KwyIf you are searching for a gorgeous waterfront home in a prestigious and private, yet casual, neighborhood the Sarasota Florida area with the added benefit of having a deep-water dock for your large yacht, you may want to investigate this private estate home on Cocoanut Bayou. 

Cocoanut Bayou is a charming and private waterfront neighborhood of 48 homes ranging in size from about 3,000 to 7,000 square feet on Siesta Key. Residents of Cocoanut Bayou have deeded access to a gorgeous private beach on Big Pass. The Cocoanut Bayou neighborhood includes homes on Higel Ave as this one is and four other private roads 

This luxurious 4,865 square foot home with 4 spacious bedrooms, 4 full baths and 2 half-baths is beautifully situated on a large waterfront

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  If arts and cultural experiences are an important parts of your lifestyle, there isn't a better place to live than Sarasota Florida.  Named the "#1 Small City in the Nation for the Arts," Sarasota is the center of Florida’s arts and cultural scene.  With its performing arts theatres, the Sarasota Opera, the Sarasota Ballet, the Sarasota Orchestra and too many art galleries and museums to mention, Sarasota rivals the arts environments of many of the nation's biggest cities.

   The genesis of the arts in Sarasota began with John and Mable Ringling when, in 19 24, their first Sarasota project was construction of their magnificent 56-room Venetian Gothic mansion, the Cà d’Zan.  Mr. Ringling collected a significant number of European paintings and art

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The 1st quarter of 2017 saw Sarasota Florida real estate continue to march closer and closer to a balanced market where the interests of buyers and sellers are in balance meaning neither buyers nor sellers have an advantage over the other. 

This more balanced market status follows the period in 2014 and 2015 when a shortage of inventory of available properties on the market meant prospective buyers faced what some called a "frenzy" of competing multiple offers sometimes above the asking price.

But, things changed in a positive way as 2016 ended and during the 1st quarter of 2017.  In Sarasota County, the inventory of properties for sale has risen to 5,135 up 15.7% over a year ago.  In Manatee County, the inventory of available properties rose to

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