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Living a Beach Lifestyle in Sarasota, Florida

Sarasota, Florida is a town of 52,000 (the Metro is much bigger) on Florida's Central West coast on the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay. Sarasota is unusual in that in that it not only offers great beaches on the Gulf of Mexico (and even more on the keys located just offshore), but unusually high high cultural development. In fact, this popular  community is considered by many to be the cultural capital of Florida. Sarasota has one of Florida's best downtowns with many interesting neighborhoods. An impressive array of cultural facilities are gathered there, along with high-rise, luxury hotels.

The Ringling Brothers located the winter quarters of their circus here. Their philanthropic legacy has made Sarasota a cultural powerhouse. The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, one of those institutions, is one of the most impressive museums in Florida. One of Sarasota's top attractions comes at the end of a bridge from the downtown harbor - St. Armand's Circle. This delightful circle is surrounded by elegant dining, shopping, and luxury housing. From there the various keys offer beachfront living. 

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Sarasota, one of the top cultural centers in Florida, is the home of Florida West Coast Symphony and its famous Sarasota Music Festival. It also hosts the Sarasota Ballet, Sarasota Opera, The Players, and numerous other musical, dance, artistic, and theatrical venues. John Ringling purchased an entire historic Italian theater, the Asolo;which he had broken down and shipped here. Later, Stuart Barger designed and oversaw the construction of another Asolo - a multi-theater complex. The new complex provides several other venues for students of Florida State University's theatre arts and film program. The beautiful Selby Library downtown (pictured at left) is built to mimic a circus tent and has great resources and programs.


The crime rate in Sarasota is above the national average. However, that does not report the entire picture, since there are big differences between the unincorporated and the incorporated areas of the city.  It is much lower in the unincorporated areas, and that is where most retirees would choose to live.

Medical Facilities

• Doctors Hospital Of Sarasota • Healthsouth Rehab Hospital Of Sarasota • Sarasota Memorial Hospital •  Sarasota has an enviable supply of doctors and medical resources.


Sarasota-Bradenton Airport (SRQ. Amtrak offers a bus service in Sarasota that takes you to the train station in Orlando. There is local bus service. Sarasota is about average in walkability when compared to other communities.

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