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Sarasota, Florida, USA

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Sarasota Overview

Just about everything that the great state of Florida has to offer can be found in Sarasota. With a population slightly over 50,000, Sarasota is not too big or too small to cater to your every need. With its exotic flora and fauna, warm sunshine, unspoiled beaches, sophisticated dining, unique game parks and museums, it’s no wonder why Sarasota remains a top destination for the thousands of tourists visiting its shores.

First explored by the Europeans over 500 years ago, the name Sarasota derives from 18th century maps which identified Sarasota as “Zara Zote,” a name given to it by some of the local native peoples including the Seminole, Tocobaga and Caloosa Indians. In the 1840's a significant number of European settlers began arriving and out of their development Sarasota evolved into the thriving city that it is today.

Sarasota attracts visitors from all over the world seeking to enjoy the year-round warm climate of the Gulf of Mexico. The opportunity for a picture-perfect day of swimming, loafing or simply collecting shells are unequalled. For those of you who want to spend even more quality time by the shoreline, visit Sarasota’s nearby barrier islands, located within the city’s official limits between the bay and the Gulf. These islands are known as “keys”, and are famous worldwide for the quality of their pristine, sandy beaches. The sheer fun that Sarasota provides with its Longboat, Lido and Sunset beaches are apt to satisfy and enthrall even the most experienced of world travelers.

In Sarasota, there are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy such as water skiing, snorkelling, swimming, beach volleyball, and even jogging or strolling with your feet in the surf. The opportunities to dine at some of the best restaurants while overlooking the amazing blue waters of Sarasota are seemingly endless. You can even visit an island that is devoted totally to satisfying your every shopping need. Take out a Charter Boat and bring the family along for an offshore fishing adventure. The waters around Sarasota are known for their clear waters and abundance of marine life.

And when you’ve had your fill of beach life there are a number of attractions to keep you busy in Sarasota. From the world renowned Sarasota Opera House to the award winning Banyan Theatre Company of Sarasota, this city features some of the most talented artists in America. You can also check out the Crowley Museum & Nature Center and the John and Mable Ringling Museum –both truly one of a kind institutions great for the whole family. In Sarasota, there's every kind of fun and entertainment imaginable – and then some.

When the day is done and the sun is setting, many tourists seek out their own quiet nook in order to unwind. Listening to nothing but the gentle lapping of waves, smelling the verdant, jungle-like vegetation, and spotting indigenous life forms can act as a kind of therapy that brings visitors back year after year. Simply put, Sarasota is a top destination for those in need of rest and relaxation.

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