Osprey is located on Floridas west coast at the Gulf of Mexico, south of Sarasota and north of Venice. Our house is located in a safe and quiet (non-gated) community. Only minutes away is Siesta Key (voted #1 Beach in the US 2011) and exclusive Casey Key and its beaches. The community is just off US-41 (Tamiami Trail) and therefore really close to the Gulf of Mexico.
You won't find high-rise buildings here, but lots of places with untouched nature. Start a tour with the Kanu or Kayak (2 kayaks are waiting for you in the garage) right in the backyard of our house: You have direct access to North Creek which leads into the Little Sarasota Bay and from there to Midnight Pass, where you just have to cross the dunes and you will find yourself on a pristine beach at the Gulf of Mexico.
Osprey is home to Historic Spanish Point, a 30-acre (120,000 m2) museum and environmental complex. Osprey is also the mailing address for Oscar Scherer State Park and its Blackburn Point Bridge (leading to Casey Key) is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Endless activities outside of Osprey are accessible within a few minutes by car: The museums and theatres of Sarasota, the old town and shops of Venice, the big malls and outlet centers, world class dining, golf courses, tennis courts, bike trails, boating and so much more.
To Tampa/St. Petersburg it takes you 1 hour by car. There you will find Bush Gardens and the water park named Adventure Island or you want to visit the Dali Museum or explore The Pier or are you more interested in the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)?
To Orlando you will drive 2 hours. All the theme parks are a highlight, but just to stroll through downtown is worth going there as well.
You will reach the Everglades to the south within a 2 hour-ride, passing e.g. Fort Myers with the opportunity to visit the Edison&Ford Winter Estates.
Contact us for more attractions, detailed information and personal insights around the area - we are happy to help.
1 hour 15 minutes: Tampa International Airport / TPA– (please note: Air Edelweiss has direct flights from Zürich since May 2012)
1 hour 15 minutes: Fort Myers International Airport / RSW – (please note: Air Berlin direct flights from Düsseldorf)
2 hours 30 minutes: Orlando International Airport
3 hours 30 minutes: Miami International Airport
Just some of the additional “things to do” – at the house we provide a detailed guide to the area:
-Legacy trail of Sarasota County: Take the bike just one street north into Preymore Street, follow till the end and you will have access to that 10 miles long biking and hiking trail (starts at South Sarasota ends at the old train station in Venice)
-South Shetty on Casey Key: 10 minutes by car to the south. Take your time and observe dolphins, manatees, ospreys, pelicans, sandpipers, egrets, blue herons and much more. We even saw a manta ray on one of our bike tours over the island of Casey Key!
-You love to visit theatres, musicals, concerts, the ballet, the opera or a museum? This is just a small bit of what the area has to offer: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Sarasota, Asolo Theatre Sarasota, Venice Little Theatre, The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art Sarasota, Asian Museum Sarasota, Salvador Dali Museum St. Peterburg, Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg, The Players Sarasota, Friday Evening Walk through the opened artist studios in Sarasota, Florida Studio Theatre Sarasota and of course all the open air concerts with all different styles of music.
-Golf: There are around 30 golf courses in the Sarasota area. The closest semi-private one is the Calusa Lakes Golf Club in Nokomis – 15 minutes by car.
-Tennis: The closest public tennis courts (with light) are at Pine View School (after school hours and on weekends) – 5 minutes by car.
-Grocery shopping at Publix or Walmart: 5 minutes by car