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.
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.
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.
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.