Destination guide

Travel to artsy Sarasota

Come and experience Sarasota and its art galleries, museums and theater scene. This city's gardens, beaches and bird watching draw many visitors. Take in top local attractions like Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and Mote Marine Aquarium. Many of our vacation rentals offer full kitchens, spacious living quarters and sometimes even a hot tub—perfect for a relaxing getaway.


Activities and attractions in Sarasota

Are you looking for attractions to visit in the city? Venture out of your cozy vacation rental and experience everything that makes Sarasota a fun spot to vacation. These are some of the most popular attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Mote Marine Aquarium (2.2 mi / 3.6 km)
  • Coconuts Family Entertainment Center (2.8 mi / 4.5 km)
  • Rolling Green Golf Club (3.1 mi / 4.9 km)
  • Bobby Jones Golf Complex (3.4 mi / 5.5 km)
  • Evie's Golf Center (4.9 mi / 8 km)
  • Gulf Gate Golf Club (6 mi / 9.7 km)

Seasonal weather in Sarasota

If warm-weather activities are high on your list, August, July, June and September are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 91°F.

Natural features

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Sarasota

Whether you're looking for adventure or just want to take in the scenery, Sarasota is a great place to spend some time outside. Here are a few of the area's most eye-catching natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Venice Beach (17.5 mi / 28.2 km)
  • Marie Selby Botanical Gardens (0.6 mi / 0.9 km)
  • Sarasota Jungle Gardens (2.3 mi / 3.6 km)
  • Siesta Key Public Beach (5 mi / 8 km)
  • Island Park (0.3 mi / 0.5 km)
  • Sarasota Childrens Garden (0.7 mi / 1.1 km)

Traveling to and around Sarasota

Fly into Sarasota, FL (SRQ-Sarasota-Bradenton Intl.), the closest airport, located 3.6 mi (5.8 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into St. Petersburg, FL (SPG-Albert Whitted), which is 30.1 mi (48.5 km) away.

Where to stay near Sarasota?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 6,405 house rentals near Sarasota. From 2,016 Houses to 3,370 Condos/Apartments, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Sarasota is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Sarasota?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Sarasota:

  • Lido Key: 1,713 vacation rentals
  • St. Armands: 151 vacation rentals
  • Indian Beach Sapphire Shores: 72 vacation rentals
  • Meadows C C: 66 vacation rentals
  • Palmer Ranch: 332 vacation rentals

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when travelling to Sarasota?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Sarasota. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary: 5,282 home rentals
  • St. Armands Circle: 7,451 home rentals
  • Heritage Oaks Golf and Country Club: 4,975 home rentals
  • Sarasota BayWalk: 7,393 home rentals
  • Serenoa Golf Club: 4,994 home rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Sarasota listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Sarasota?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 2,016 Houses in Sarasota. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Sarasota include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 3,370 lodging choices
  • Villas: 391 lodging choices
  • Cottages: 237 lodging choices

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation homes including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Sarasota?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 4,792 vacation homes with pool available in Sarasota.

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