Tourists go to Siesta Beaches, the locals go to Lido. You'll find Lido has ample parking and walking room when Siesta is packed full of people.
Avoid the wildlife, (see my other tip about the birds), walk in the water, enjoy the sand and sun!
I worked at the airport for a long time, and I was always totally amazed at how many people did not tip the sky caps (the people that carry your luggage from your rental car to check in or vice-versa). At first, I just thought they were being rude. I mean, Florida is a "Right to Work" State, so these guys generally (depending on the airline that "books" them) get paid under minimum wage. All their earnings are tips. However, a sky cap once told me that in other parts of the world tipping like that isn't done, and considered a little rude because they are paid well.
Well, not in Sarasota, people! So, if you're getting your bags carried, please tip at least a dollar a large suitcase. It's the nice thing to do. It's not rude - its how they earn their living!
Sarasota is a very cultural town and great galleries, art and restaurants are available.
There are allot of local events that are fantastic - Jazz events, circus events, large charities, top opera, film festivals....
To find out the best events see the Sarasota Magazine
Beach for us means sand, sea, sunshine and relaxing. The beach is also a habitat for many animals; we must respect the beach and protect the animals. We saw this Yellow Crab at the beach of the Helmsley Sandcastle in Sarasota (Lido Beach). During the day, when the sun is too hot, a crab hides itself in the sand or shadow. If a crab is in the sun, too long he won’t survive and die. When you see a crab or other animal; don’t touch it and leave the crab alone!
We must keep the beach clean. So many people enjoy a day at the beach. At the end of the day, they leave their trash behind. Is it too much to ask to clean up? It’s a shame to see all the trash, like plastic cups, newspapers, food, on the beach. The animals didn’t ask for it. They do nothing wrong to us, so why should we do it to them and mess up there environment.
Not only birds and crabs are frequent visitors of the beach; turtles use Lido beach (and other areas) as a nesting habitat. Sea turtles come to the shoreline, make a nest and lay their eggs. After two months (this is the time the eggs incubate,) the newborn turtle wants to go to the waters. They wait instinctively when the sand is cooled off before leaving the nest. That’s why the sea turtles scramble to the water at night. Only a few will survive this journey. Luckily, there are many volunteers to help this process a little bit to give all the baby turtle a change.
The Helmsley Sandcastle in Sarasota has yellow-orange light at the main building that faces the beach. This is just for the sea turtles. If the lights are too strong, they won’t leave the nest. With the special lights, they will try to make their way to the water.
A Sea Turtle nesting area is marked. It is illegal to disturb the nests!
It’s important to respect the beautiful flora and fauna that Florida has to offer.
For the sea turtles, sometimes a helping hand from a human is making a difference!
For the best interest of the animals; do something if you see that they need some help, otherwise leave the animals alone!
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art ________________________________________________________The Museum complex is the legacy of John Ringling (1866-1936), and his wife, Mable (1875-1929). John Ringling bequeathed his Art Museum and its art collection, Cà d'Zan (Venetian dialect for 'House of John', the Ringling winter residence), garden and extensive grounds overlooking Sarasota Bay to the people of Florida. The State took possesion of the estate in 1946. A. Everett Austin Jr., the first director of the Museum, added theRingling Museum of the Circus in 1948 and the 19th-century Asolo Theater from Asolo, Italy, in 1950.
www.ringling.org / www.asolo.org
Built in 1925 and modeled after a Venetian palace, the Ringlings’ 30-room winter residence Ca’d’Zan (House of John) is filled with personal mementos (closed for restoration till April 27). The Ringling Museum grounds also include the historic Asolo Theater (temporary closed) and Circus Galleries, a building devoted to circus memorabilia including parade wagons, costumes, calliopes, and colorful posters.
Sarasota is packed with museums, art galleries, theatres, it even has it's own ballet. A lot of the museums, roads, buildings etc. are named after John Ringling of the Ringling Bros Circus. Sarasota is where the Circus people hang out in the winter, apparently!