Inside Sarasota: Home to Florida’s 105-Year-Old Fish Market and 35 Miles of Sandy beaches

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Nestled on the Gulf Coast of Florida, Sarasota stands as a haven for the discerning traveler seeking a harmonious blend of culture and sun-soaked beaches. The 105-year-old city boasts over 35 miles of pristine coastline, a plethora of outdoor pursuits, and a rich tapestry of historical wonders. Here’s everything you need to know!

Best Time to Visit

Fall emerges as the prime season for a Sarasota sojourn. While the hurricane season spans from June through November in Florida, the peak threat hovers around August and September.

November is the ideal month to head to Sarasota to enjoy warm days interspersed with refreshing breezes—and fewer crowds.

Best Hotels

Art Ovation Hotel, located in downtown, beckons art lovers with its vibrant gallery, live music, and a rooftop pool. For architecture enthusiasts, The Sarasota Modern, situated in the Rosemary District, pays homage to the city’s design heritage, offering complimentary bicycles and refreshing pool amenities. Nice!

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But if luxury is your preference, The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, hits the spot with its on-site spa, championship golf course, and access to the exclusive Beach Club on Lido Key. Double nice!

Things to Do

Sarasota is the cultural coast of Florida. Enjoy the pristine shores of Longboat Key, Lido Beach, and Siesta Key Beach. Dive into marine wonders at the Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium on City Island, offering a captivating experience with manatees, sharks, sea turtles, and various marine species.

Best Things to Do

If you prefer bushes to beaches, the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens sprawl across 45 acres, featuring a bay-front mangrove walkway. Uncover the city’s rich heritage at The Ringling, a 66-acre estate with a Venetian-inspired waterfront mansion.

Best Venues

Owen’s Fish Camp, housed in a quaint 1923 cottage, immerses patrons in the richness of fresh seafood and Southern classics. Or try Whitney’s—nestled in a transformed 1950s garage— beckons with modern design aesthetics, offering an all-day menu, weekend brunch, and live music for a complete and memorable dining experience.

CHAD SPENCER // Sarasota Magazine

At Walt’s Fish Market, an esteemed Sarasota institution, savor conch chowder, stone crab, and an array of freshly caught Gulf seafood.