With Siesta Key named the No. 1 beach in America in 2011 by Dr. Beach, the crystal white quartz sand and azure blue waters are reason enough to visit Sarasota County on Florida’s southwest coast. But more than just sand, surf and sun, Sarasota County is bustling with museums, art galleries, performing art venues, shopping, and exceptional dining.

This ultimate beach escape is one of Florida’s greatest cultural hubs. Whether it’s on to tour the Ringling Museum of Art, the Sarasota Opera House, or any number of art galleries, discover exceptional cultural outlets throughout this amazing destination.
From perusing one-of-a-kind specialty shops to bargain hunting in a major mall setting, Sarasota County shopping provides everything from premier outlets and upscale shopping to beachfront boutiques. For charming downtown shopping travellers visit Venice, picking up trinkets and treasures, including the areas famous collection of pre-historic sharks’ teeth. After working up an appetite, travelers satisfy their palate at a variety of independent and unique dining venues, from waterfront dining at Ophelia’s on the colourful Sarasota Bay to Michael’s on East and Bijou Café.

With accommodations ranging from beachfront bungalows to upscale resorts and a variety of special events year round, Sarasota County offers travellers an ideal destination for romance, business, family fun and exploration.

For more information on discovering Sarasota County, visit SarasotaGetaways.com or call 888-886-9267.