Sarasota, FL, USA

Sarasota, FL, USA

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Our 2018 property listings offer a large selection of 5,800 vacation rentals near Sarasota. From 2,633 condos to 1,828 houses, 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.

Big city sophistication just steps from the beach

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.

The mainland or the keys? A little of both, please

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.

Enjoy a three-ring circus of art, culture, and history

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.

Sultry, wet summers and winters made for snowbirds

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.

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.