It may be a little long for a local motto, but “Where Urban Amenities Meet Small-Town Living!" is really a great way to describe Sarasota, Florida.
This city on the Gulf Coast prides itself on having a warm and welcoming community despite the way it allures travelers from the world over. There’s a reason the locals refer to it as “Paradise” with its incredible beaches and parks – yet sparing none of the comforts of the modern world as well as hosting museums an aquarium and more.
With a population of about 60,000, Sarasota is obviously no small hamlet. The Spanish knew about it as far back as the 18th century and the town itself was incorporated in 1902. Areas to explore include the Rosemary District, Gillespie Park, Indian Shores, Downtown, Bird Key and Lakewood Ranch. Stretching out from the city limits are other communities to visit such as Longboat Key, St. Petersburg, Clearwater and of course, Tampa. Nearby natural getaways are on hand as well. Check out Oscar Scherer State Park, Myakka River State Park and if you want to get your feet wet, the Terra Ceia Aquatic Preserve.