Sarasota is an eclectic collection of culture, beach and circus! The area encompasses Sarasota Bay and several barrier islands between the bay and the Gulf of Mexico. The islands are referred to as keys and include the likes of Longboat, Lido and Siesta Key, all renowned for being amongst the best sandy beaches in the world.
Longboat Key is the most understated and considered one of quietest barrier islands on the Gulf Coast. Beautifully manicured landscaping, upscale boutiques and seriously fine dining offer the most discerning of travellers a luxury beach holiday.
After dusting off the sand, stroll the charming streets of St. Armand's Circle in Lido Key. Designed by John Ringling, yes the circus Ringling, this quirky area is known for the numerous Italian baroque statues dotted amongst an interesting mix of shops and restaurants. You'll find boutiques here you won't see anywhere else in the USA.
Sarasota’s rich performing arts scene makes it so much more than a typical beach community and it absolutely rivals bigger U.S. cities. Home to dozens of performing arts venues including opera, theatre, ballet, museums…..the list goes on. And the best bit, it’s there for locals and visitors alike, so worth seeing ‘what’s on’ whilst planning your holiday.
What was this talk of the circus? Well, John and Charles Ringling moved the winter quarters of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus from Connecticut, to Sarasota in 1927. The brothers’ influence on the area was epic and is still evident today. If you are looking for something different for a family holiday - ask us about circus camp!
One thing is for certain, a holiday along this Gulf Coast gem offers more than just magnificent sandy beaches.
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Where you stay is the heart of your holiday. Location reigns supreme but do you prefer resort facilities or unique and boutique? Historic and old world or modern and shiny?
We aim to present choices across the spectrum but there are many hundreds of places to stay and not room to feature them all. Do speak to your Bon Voyage travel consultant and click the video for our take on this important topic.
We would rate the Bellagio as one of the best hotels we have ever stayed in. Fabulous, glitzy, exciting. We loved having breakfast at the poolside café... one of our best experiences ever. If it hadn't been for you we wouldn't have had the suite or cabana and we loved them. We both agreed that the hotel was the best for us and you had suggested that so well done!Leonore & Mike Rumford