Sarasota, FL
Florida
By Shaina Amienyi

Sarasota, Florida and its islands—Longboat Key, Lido Key, Siesta Key, and Casey Key—provide a fun, warm atmosphere. Visitors are drawn to this charming coastal city, located on the Gulf of Mexico, for its beaches, museums, cuisine, and water sports.

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Sarasota is a family-friendly destination with plenty of free or cheap things to do. Vacationers who do not want to spend a lot of money can relax on the beach, take in a free live show every Sunday night at Siesta beach, enjoy free art and live music at one of the city’s art walks, and more. WhatsCheaper.com also suggests camping at Myakka River State Park, one of Florida’s oldest parks. With 57 square miles of wetlands, woodlands, and prairies, Myakka is a popular destination for viewing wildlife, hiking, fishing, camping, canoeing, and kayaking.

We at WhatsCheaper.com urge visitors to visit the area beaches. At Caspersen Beach vacationers can find shade in the dunes, hunt for shells and prehistoric shark teeth, or snorkel near rock formations. Blind Pass Beach has nature trails, fishing spots, a canoe launch, a playground, and access to both the Gulf of Mexico and Lemon Bay. Another good fishing spot is Nokomis Beach, with its picturesque boardwalk that crosses over the dunes. Nokomis also has an area to launch boats in the intercoastal.

WhatsCheaper.com recommends visiting the John and Mable Ringling Art Museum, a world-class museum housing the Ringlings’ original collection of Baroque art. The museum complex also includes a 1920s Gothic mansion, the Circus Museums, and Mable Ringling’s rose garden. When Ringling brought moved the headquarters of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus to Sarasota, he created a legacy, from St. Armand’s Circle Circus of Fame to the PAL Sailor Circus to Circus Sarasota.

Sarasota has a variety of shopping destinations sure to please vacationers. The Westfield Southgate Shopping Mall features national department stores and independent, trendy retail stores. The Westfield Sarasota Square Shopping Mall is a larger mall on the same street as Westfield Southgate. It also offers a movie theater and restaurants. For a more unique shopping destination, WhatsCheaper.com suggests that you venture to St. Armand’s Circle, an upscale shopping and dining area with music playing throughout the day and into the evening.

Downtown is another shopping area that vacationers should visit, with its souvenir shops, antique stores, boutiques, galleries, and more. It is also where Sarasota’s nightlife is concentrated. Most of the restaurants sports bars, pubs, karaoke bars, and dance clubs are located on Main Street and Palm Avenue.

Sarasota, Florida is a city with perfect beaches, water sports, lively festivals, renowned museums and galleries, and more. Its mix of urban amenities and small town charm will leave vacationers wanting to return for a second vacation. Click on the link above to visit WhatsCheaper.com and book your next vacation to Sarasota.

MUST SEE IN Sarasota, FL LIST:

  • 1. Siesta Key Beach
  • 2. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
  • 3. Myakka River State Park
  • 4. Sarasota Jungle Gardens
  • 5. Marina Jack II
  • 6. Ca d'Zan Mansion
  • 7. Mote Marine Aquarium
  • 8. Sarasota Classic Car Museum
  • 9. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
  • 10. Sarasota Opera

Sarasota, FL EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. Winterfest at the Mansion - February
  • 2. Sarasota Comedy Festival - March
  • 3. Sarasota Jazz Festival - April
  • 4. Sarasota Sky Pilots Open - May
  • 5. Sarasota Music Festival - June
  • 6. Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix - July
  • 7. Gymboree Play and Music - September
  • 8. Taste of Sarasota - October
  • 9. Sarasota Season of Sculpture - November
  • 10. Christmas Boat Parade - December

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Hilton Garden Inn Sarasota-Bradenton Airport
8270 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL
By Shaina Amienyi

The Hilton Garden Inn Sarasota is one mile from the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SRQ), convenient for business and leisure vacationers. Even more convenient is the hotel’s complimentary shuttle that will take guests anywhere within 5 miles of the hotel. You can explore areas such as the Downtown Sarasota Historic District, Powel Crosely Estate, Selby Gardens, Ringling Museum, and much more. Check-in is at 3pm on your arrival day, and checkout is by 11am on your last day in town.

You can choose from several room types, including suites, king singles, queen doubles, and hypoallergenic PURE® rooms. All room types include the same standard amenities. You can watch HD DirecTV with movie channels on 37-inch LCD TVs with jack packs. Get some work done at the large work desk while sitting in the ergonomic desk chair. You can use the Print-On service to print directly from your room to the business center. Rooms also come with a microwave, fridge, and coffee maker with complimentary coffee.

This is a great hotel for business guests, with its 24-hour business center and six meeting rooms. The business center features a photo copy service and complimentary printing service. Guests have access to a fax, printer, and express mail. Meeting rooms can accommodate small groups to groups of up to 164 members. The hotel provides everything you need to run a successful meeting, including audio/visual equipment, video messaging capabilities, catering services, and free high speed internet access.

All guests can make use of the on-site fitness center, pool, and dining facilities. The hotel provides one full-service restaurant open for breakfast and dinner and a convenience store open 24/7. From 5pm-7pm everyday, the restaurant’s lounge area offers great deals on domestic beers, house wine, well liquors, and appetizers. Also, room service is available from 5pm-10pm if you want to eat dinner in your room.

The Hilton Garden Inn Sarasota provides guests wit all the comforts of being at home, but with some added bonuses. The business, fitness, and family amenities make it a great choice for all types of vacationers. To book your stay at this hotel, click on the (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) to WhatsCheaper.com.

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Homewood Suites by Hilton Sarasota
3470 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL
By Molly M. Watson

Homewood Suites by Hilton provides ideal accommodations for your next trip to Sarasota.  Its centrally located, putting guests walking distance from restaurants and shopping and only a short drive from sightseeing, and beaches.  Sarasota/Bradenton airport is only seven miles away and the staff at Homewood Suites is more than happy to assist you with a taxi, rental car or limo.  Check-in time is 12pm and you can get straight to enjoying this truly full service hotel in beautiful Sarasota.

Homewood Suites provides their guests with studio, one or two bedroom options as well as a choice between a king or two queen beds.  Smoking suites are available and pets under 75 pounds are welcome with a deposit.  Every suite comes with a fully equipped kitchen including a full size refrigerator, twin burner stove, microwave and coffeemaker.  The suites each have a separate work/dining area and come equipped with a flat screen tv, dvd player, and programming including HD and premium channels.  A complimentary grocery service is available to stock your personal kitchen as well.  

Should you not feel like cooking in your room, Homewood Suites offers a delicious hot breakfast seven mornings a week, as well as drinks and dinner Monday through Thursday evenings.  You can enjoy a wide array of options from steak to sushi and burgers to salad at these sumptuous “Welcome Home Receptions.”  

Homewood Suites provides guests a wealth of entertainment without even leaving the premises.  Whether you want to relax or work up a sweat, there’s something for you here.  The hotel has an outdoor heated pool, hot tub, sports court, 24 hour fitness center, and even a four hole putting green.  Also on-site is a convenience store, should you need to pick up any snacks or essentials.  

Checkout time is a reasonable 12pm so you won’t be rushing around on your final morning here.  Follow the link (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) and let WhatsCheaper.com assist you with making your reservation at Homewood Suites by Hilton in Sarasota.

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