Truly a paradise on earth, visitors to the chain of Sarasota and the surrounding Gulf Beach communities arrive eager to relax on miles of cool, sugar-white quartz sands and swim in the clear, turquoise Gulf waters under waving palms. Tour the luxurious living of Longboat Key and spend the day among the glamorous at Lido Key’s famous European-style shopping center St. Armands Circle. Come see why over a million tourists come to world-famous Siesta Key, honored as one of the best beaches in the nation, or have fun shark-tooth hunting and snorkeling off the shores of Casey Key. In fact, the only Sarasota spectacle you won’t find on SunnyDayGuide.com is the breathtaking sunset of Anna Maria Island – you’ll just have to see that for yourself.
Sarasota activities and attractions immerse you in Sarasota’s natural splendor, whether it is kite flying on the beach, kayaking in Sarasota Bay or shooting 18 holes at one of the extraordinary golf courses. Many area parks and beaches have family-friendly amenities like concession stands, picnic shelters and restroom facilities, making for a carefree day. Home to exotic year-round birds and many migrating species you won’t see anywhere else in America, Sarasota sanctuaries display residents’ love of area wildlife. World-class museums and art galleries, awe-inspiring ballet and symphonic performances are part of Sarasota’s cultural offerings for residents and visitors alike.
Whenever you’re ready to indulge and pamper yourself a little, unwind at Sarasota’s luxurious spas and salons before hitting the shops and boutiques. Local merchants with an eye for cosmopolitan couture have scoured the globe to send you home in style! Whether you’re looking for a fun souvenir or a unique piece of shore décor, Sarasota shops stock the best selection of gifts and keepsakes. For a unique way to remember the white sand and blue waters of Sarasota, swing by a local jewelers and adorn yourself with a Sarasota charm bracelet, individually bejeweled with personality.
Cutting-edge cuisine and comforting down-home cooking are served year-round in Sarasota’s incredible restaurants. Dine in elegance overlooking the gorgeous Gulf Coast, enjoy a frozen daiquiri or margarita with friends, or grab a picnic and head down to the beach with the family. Award-winning clam chowder and perfectly grilled strip steaks are served year-round, and succulent oyster bars are ready to give you and your entire family a uniquely Sarasota dining experience!
At SunnyDayGuide.com, you’ll find all the detailed maps, entertaining articles and complete event schedules Sarasota visitors have found within the pages of their free Sunny Day Guide magazine for more than 15 years! Wherever you choose to stay, accommodation listings highlighting nearly every luxurious beach home, amenity-loaded hotel and quaint bayside cottage will help you locate your Sarasota vacation paradise. Like every issue of Sunny Day Guide magazine, the pages of your online Sarasota guide are filled with restaurants, activity listings, shopping locations and valuable Money-Saving Coupons.