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Excitement in Sarasota vacation home rentals

Sarasota is a Florida hot spot in more ways than one. Literally, it's steamy in summer. The city's beautiful barrier islands separate Sarasota Bay from the Gulf of Mexico and feature white, sandy beaches that attract families, friends, spring breakers, and senior citizens. Figuratively, its cultural scene is sizzling as well. Surrounded by sophisticated art museums, theater venues, and concert halls, a Sarasota vacation rental is in the center of the best Southwest Florida has to offer. Grab your kayak, your opera glasses, and your love of tropical landscapes and have the time of your life.

Things to do

Tourist attractions near Sarasota vacation rentals

You can't talk about Sarasota without talking about the Ringling Museum Complex. It's a 66-acre estate—the former home of the circus baron—that features the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the Circus Museum complete with a stunning re-creation (at 1/12th scale) of the entire Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and Ca d'Zan, Ringling's extravagant winter home. Then, take a break from the circus of life at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Your inner florist will be dazzled by the largest scientific collection of orchids and bromeliads in the world.

Activities

Things to do near Sarasota vacation homes

Sure, Sarasota is bright and beachy, but there's enough here to keep you occupied even if you're allergic to sand. Book a Sarasota vacation rental near the city center and you'll have easy access to fine restaurants, bustling bars, and boutique shops. In the evening, you'll find visitors and locals alike taking in concerts, theater, and comedy shows at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and the Asolo Repertory Theatre. When it's time to give your beach towel a workout, make your way to the beaches on Lido Key and Siesta Key and soak up some sun.

Weather

Climate for your stay in Sarasota vacation homes

Situated in a humid subtropical climate with hot, humid summers and warm, dry winters, Sarasota has a little something for everyone, weather-wise. In winter, expect clear skies and temps in the 60s and 70s. In summer, things get dramatic in more ways than one. High temperatures hang around the 90s in July and August, the city is filled with beach-loving visitors, and it's hurricane season. Look for a Sarasota vacation rental with air conditioning, get ready to make friends, and check local forecasts. In spring and fall, the streets are less crowded and the weather is still fine.

Natural features

If it's not flying overhead, you can probably paddle to it

Your Sarasota vacation rental is in a city that's almost 50% water, so take advantage of the wetland wildlife all around you. Nature cruises depart from the coast or the keys and take you toward the manatees and dolphins gliding by in Sarasota Bay. Self-guided nature lovers can pilot their kayaks through the bays, estuaries, and narrow rivers shaded by mangrove trees. Southeast of Sarasota is Myakka River State Park, where a kayak tour can bring you within sight of sea birds and close (but not too close!) to hundreds of alligators.

How to get there

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.

Family friendly

Family fun near Sarasota vacation rentals

Sarasota is filled with unique attractions for children of all ages. Vacation rentals are available near places like Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, an aquatic animal park with a stingray touch tank and shark tank, and Sarasota Jungle Gardens, a historic attraction with diverse wildlife in tropical habitats. Kids will also like Big Cat Habitat Gulf Coast Sanctuary, an animal sanctuary with big cats and other species with seasonal tours.

Good for couples

Couple's activities near Sarasota vacation homes

The tranquil atmosphere and beautiful locations in Sarasota make it perfect for a couple’s retreat. Vacation homes can be found near romantic locations like the Sarasota Opera House, an ornate performance venue with rare opera shows, and Bayfront Park, a waterfront parkland with a promenade, tiki bar, and dramatic views of the water. You'll also enjoy the Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy, a cheerful gallery with contemporary paintings, sculptures, and other artwork.

Can I find a vacation rental around Sarasota?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 7,174 vacation rentals near Sarasota. From 2,261 Houses to 3,823 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Sarasota for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

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

Whether you're traveling 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: 1,944 vacation rentals
  • Palmer Ranch: 349 vacation rentals
  • Indian Beach Sapphire Shores: 70 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 121 vacation rentals
  • Saint Armands Key: 3,585 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, 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 traveling to Sarasota?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals 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:

  • St. Armands Circle: 8,421 vacation rentals
  • Heritage Oaks Golf and Country Club: 5,887 vacation rentals
  • Stoneybrook Golf & Country Club: 5,753 vacation rentals
  • Myakka River State Park: 5,052 vacation rentals
  • Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary: 6,182 vacation 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 2,261 Houses in Sarasota. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Sarasota include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 3,823 rentals available
  • Villas: 425 rentals available
  • Cottages: 241 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals 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 5,363 vacation rentals with pool available in Sarasota. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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