Less commercialised and a lot more "human" than the east coast, paradise to sunshine and beach lovers, very relaxing
Hot in summer and helps to be 55+ Years Old!
A relaxation paradise, a golfers delight, but a nightlife-nightmare.
This was my 3rd trip to Marie Selby. It's a lovely, lovely place - respite against the heat (although not too much of that in Feb in Sarasota lately!), and great to walk around. It has an amazing collection of orchids and tons of epiphytes. It's completely lush and available to all - wonderful for going solo, in a couple, with elderly people as...more
If you have ever dreamed of running away to the circus this museum is for you. With the full scale model of the circus you will quickly realised whyit was the greatest show on Earth. The amount of people who were involved with setting up the circus was unbelivable. As well as the full scale model of the circus you will see rare posters and...more
A wonderful garden with lots of animals and little animal shows. We spent a wonderful afternoon here. The plants are amazing and I enjoyed the various animal shows. Incudes: + Birds of Prey exhibit and show features avian predators, Red Tail Hawk and Great Horned Owl and the Black Vulture. Shows 10:00 A.M. and 2:00 P.M. + Reptiles of The World...more
This is my second time staying at Hotel Indigo in Sarasota, and my FIRST time taking my dog Breezie...more
Absolutely fantastic! The staff had gone above and beyond anything I could imagine when it came to...more
the ritz carlton is a first class resort hotel. the amentities include a spa, private golf club and...more
We visited sarasota for days and tried some restaurants there. The most impressed me is SAKE HOUSE because of its delicious Japanese food. Actually we found it at downtown incidentally when we felt hungry and searched food. We had its house special roll, like three sisters, volcano, Mexican, fried lobster and others. I surprise found that they are...more
I have always liked this location.Patty's is the most recent incarnation of a favored Main Street location.Huge hamburgers, sweet potato fries, perfect ahi tuna, blackened tilapia and rack of lamb suggest an eclectic menu with new specials coming every day.I like an old favorite - the wedge salad and the calamari was as tasty as it could be.Very...more
A really great place. The beer they brew here is pretty good. They usually have a small assortment of lagers, lights, ales etc. My current favorite is a dark "Midnight Pass" Porter. The food is usually excellent, and there are lots of big screen TVs for watching sports events. Casualmore
Me and my girlfriend group went to Kroaky's Karaoke. We had thought it was a karaoke bar, but it was something I hadn't seen before -- private karaoke rooms. They don't have any public bar at all! The place has 14 clean rooms all different sizes and colors. After we had a quick tour we decided on one of the medium sized rooms. It was done out in...more
Sarasota has its own airport. Its a nice small airport and easy to get in and out of, however since its small flying into it may be quite expensive. Info on the airport is: http://www.srq-airport.com/A cheaper alternative may be to fly into Tampa - the airport code for Tampa is TIA. Flying into this airport may save you up to $200 per ticketmore
I used to work as a rental car agent in Sarasota and I cannot tell you how many car accidents are caused by the sheer insanity of US 41. First of all, this is a road with, like, eight different names: US 41, Tamiami Trail, Gulfstream Blvd, etc. It's crazy. Randomly, (or seemingly so to tourists) the signs change from one to the next, but end up...more
Since 1995, Captain's Landing luxury menswear has been offering only the finest men's resort fashions found under one roof anywhere. They currently offer an eclectic collection of smart and comfortable men's apparel and accessories featuring tailored resort and beach wear by exclusive brands such as Tori Richard, Kahala, Bamboo Cay, Southern Tide,...more
CEI is a large "kiosk" located in the Westfield Mall-Southgate in Sarasota and offers monetary exchanges at rates and fees that are better than banks and airports.I recently bought Euros or US Dollars and was pleased how efficient and effective the transaction occurred.With the rate at $1.36 to $1.00...I received $70 Euros for $100 US and a $3.00...more
From the moment you enter this shop (where the eponymous Robyn will greet you with a cup of tea of your choice from a large selection of green, black and herbal teas), you can feel the stress falling away with the tinkle of the fountains and wind chimes. A purveyor of garden-inspired goods, Robyn's also carries a wide range of gift items, including...more
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,...more
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...more
So you are on vacation and a hurricane is coming...or you are going to the Atlantic during hurricane season and want to know what to do. First and foremost don't panic...and listen to the authorities. The cone of uncertainty is big so it may not hit you....I’ve lived off the Atlantic Ocean for 20 years now and during that time have lived through...more
Florida beaches do sometimes have a rip tides.Rip tides can take you out further out into the ocean and keep even the strongest swimmer away from the shore.Florida also has a flag system that tell you about the water conditions. Green is good, yellow be careful, red bad rip currents keep out (purple is marine life that sings so keep out of the...more
Dear Dudes & Dudettes,Like, Florida is one of the greatest places to visit & live on the planet. I've surfed in the water, run down the beaches, hiked thru the parks & walked on the grass throughout the whole state everyday of my entire life. I am so lucky. There are no sharks, gators, bugs, skin cancer or anything else that will hurt you if you...more
Sarasota Jungle Gardens falls into the same pit of Florida attractions as Gatorland or DinoWorld. . . that is, it's not that great. But, if you are in the mood to see some birds and gators in captivity, this is your place. It's also one of the few truly kid-friendly places in Sarasota. I'd go to Mote Marine Aquarium and Pelican Man Bird Sanctuary...more
Jungle Gardens is "trashy" Florida and is a tacky, expensive display of limited bird and wildlife. Go to Myakka State Park for real wildlife, or if you have kids and want a guaranteed experience, head out to Mote Marine Laboratory on City Island. (Take them to the Salty Dog for hot dogs afterwards, they'll have a great time!) Try to go early. If...more
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Luggage and bags:
As someone who worked in the Sarasota / Bradenton airport for years, trust me when I say this: If your flying directly in, you do NOT want to check your bags.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Even though it's freakishly sunny 80% of the time, it can be horrible when it does rain. Bring a slicker. Other than that, it's sandals, shorts, bathing suits, and sunglasses. Don't worry about looking too tacky or touristy. It's "the look" here to be spotted in a palm-tree ladden swim suit with pink and blue flip-flops on.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: If you are trying to live a life free from poisons normally found in bug spray / sunscreen, I'd suggest bringing some from home. Organic / homeopathic products are very, very hard to find in Sarasota. If you do find them, they cost . . . a lot. Both are totally necessary.
Photo Equipment: Photo equipment, like everything else here, is crazy pricey. I'd stock up in Boise - or where ever you come from - where the prices are normal, if I were you.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Camping stores are not too plentiful here, either. Myakka River Outpost (inside the State Park) can rent you most anything, but if you are flying down here to camp, I'd bring my own supplies.
Miscellaneous: Everything on the islands is totally overpriced. If you forget something, it's very worth it to trek back to the mainland and buy it there.
A common thing to do when you're on vacation at a coastal destination, is collecting seashells; Charlotte beach, in Charlotte county, close to Siesta Key is worth the detour if you enjoy that hobby. You'll find a variety of exquisite seashells most of them in perfect condition, after the tides rolled back out... in the morning. Make sure to arrive...more
the myakka river state park is located 15 miles east of sarasota on SR 72. the wild and scenic myakka river runs through this 58 square mile state park. the state park offers hiking, canoeing, camping. fishing and airboat tours. this is one of the most interesting state parks in southwest florida. for those interested in seeing alligators in the...more
On Friday and Saturday nights beginning at the end of summer, Cock & Bull lights a fire in the beer garden. You must check it out. There is nothing like a crisp pumpkin beer sipped while watching a huge fire under the stars. When I leave town, I miss this place and not much else.more
Personally, I really don't like this event, so for people like-minded to me, this is more of a warning than a tip. Every year, thousands of power boat profiteers and their fans come to Sarasota Bay for a combination golf tournament / boat race. The traffic in town becomes ultra-congested (which is terrible, because it's pretty bad normally), the...more
Sarasota is an excellent place to go sailing. Besides having usually cooperative winds, Sarasota Bay is absolutely beautiful. Just don't drift off, or you just might find yourself waking up in Cuba. There are plenty of places to rent from, or you can check with New College of Florida to get in on one of their Saturday Sailing Clinics that are open...more
Hans and I spent Tuesday afternoon on LIDO KEY. Lido Beach was wonderful. Not far from where we set up our towels, beach umbrella and chairs, there was the public swimming pool for those who find the Gulf of Mexico too salty. Also there was rest rooms, change rooms and a little kiosk selling pop and hot dogs. If you forget to bring a picnic,...more
A wonderful bird is the PelicanHis bill will hold more than his belicanHe can take in his beakFood enough for a weekBut I'm darned if I see how the helicanThis humorous verse was by Dixon L. Merritt.The Pelican is among the most ancient of earth's living creatures. There are a number of Pelican species in the world, but there are two distinct types...more
Take a stroll on HISTORIC BRIDGE STREET and experience the feeling of walking on the Main Stret of a laid back Caribbean Island. Enjoy interesting boutiques and restaurants like the Sun House Restaurant & Bar. You'll find unique lodging on this historic street like the BridgeWalk Resort. You can view the intercoastal Waterway at one end of Bridge...more