Sarasota County is on southwest Florida's coast. People who buy homes in the city of Sarasota can enjoy a variety of attractions, a mild climate and an affluent lifestyle.
The beaches are one of the city's main attractions. Lido Beach is less than five miles from downtown Sarasota. Visitors to this beach can rent beach chairs and umbrellas. The beach has a playground, outdoor showers and a heated swimming pool. Siesta Key Beach is approximately seven miles from downtown Sarasota. Sunbathers will enjoy the expanse of white sand. Those who want to get some exercise while they are at the beach can swim and snorkel in the aquamarine water.
Sarasota's warm weather offers people plenty of opportunities to enjoy outdoor recreation. The average high temperature in January is 72 degrees. August is the hottest month with an average temperature of 91 degrees. The city's parks have hiking trails, bike trails and boat ramps.
Outdoor attractions in Sarasota include Sarasota Jungle Gardens and the Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary. Visitors can see birds and reptiles in the gardens. The sanctuary has lions and tigers.
The Sarasota Children's Garden, the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium are some of the places in Sarasota for family outings.
Sarasota has plenty of things to do for those who enjoy culture and the arts. Operas are performed at the Sarasota Opera House, and the Sarasota Orchestra plays at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center. Sarasota also has a ballet company. Sarasota residents and visitors can see Broadway musicals at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.
The city's museums have a variety of exhibits. Art lovers will enjoy wandering through 31 galleries of artwork in the Ringling Museum of Art. People who like antique cars will have a good time at the Sarasota Classic Car Museum.
Those who want to enjoy life in Sarasota can buy luxury condos or large houses on the waterfront. Sarasota residents can enjoy a variety of amenities when they join a country club in the area. Laurel Oak Country Club has two golf courses, tennis courts and a pool. There are two golf courses, a pool, tennis courts and a fitness center at the Palm Aire Country Club. This club also has a restaurant and a cocktail lounge.