September 21, 2010

Tuesday’s Travel Tips – Sarasota, Florida

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This week’s Tuesday’s Travel Tips takes us to Sarasota. This Floridian BlueCity turns four today. Located south of Tampa and north of Fort Myers, Sarasota rests on the Gulf of Mexico and offers some of Florida’s most lovely beaches.

Sarasota has small-town charm with a population of just over 50,000, but has all of cultural destinations of a city. Whether you like to golf, fish, or just lay on the beach, this western Floridian city is a great vacation spot.

Be sure to check out Longboat, Lido, and Siesta beaches, known for their white sand.

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If you’re not into traditional golf or sports fishing, there’s always lawn bowling, a great way to enjoy a classic sport, minus the poorly-lit bowling alleys.

If you’re into art, The Ringling College of Art and Design produces new and interesting exhibits and Art Center Sarasota considers itself the “hub of local culture” offering interactive elements like workshops where you can participate in creating your own art.

A walk around Selby Botanical Gardens allows you to take in the tropical beauty while enjoying the breezes and the view of the nearby Sarasota Bay.

You’ll find just about every type of eat in Sarasota, but some of the most savory are The Old

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Salty Dog, Voocaray, Yoder’s, Owen’s Fish Camp, Sand Dollar Rooftop Restaurant and First Street Chop House.

Do you have some good Sarasota travel tips? Leave them in the comments below, or Tweet them using the hashtag #TTSRQ.


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3 Comments on “Tuesday’s Travel Tips – Sarasota, Florida”

  • Posted by Lori on September 21, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Don’t miss the beautiful drum circle on Siesta Key beach on Sunday’s a little before sundown! It is a wonderful group of people consisting of all ages, races and religions. Just bring a chair and enjoy one of the most spectacular sites!

  • Posted by Neil F on September 21, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Best place to eat in Sarasota: a no-name shack on the road to the Mote Marine Biology Lab. Come right from the beach wearing your flip flops and bathing suit. Order a burger or sandwich (homemade tuna salad is my favorite) and eat your lunch on a picnic bench watching seagulls diving into Sarasota Bay. They serve breakfast too!

  • Posted by Jack on October 27, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    For some excellent shopping, visit St. Armand’s Circle – it’s got over 120 shops and restaurants in an open setting. My favorite place to be when I’m not on the beach in Sarasota.

    http://www.starmandscircleassoc.com/about.cfm

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