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Why People Love Visiting Sarasota, Florida

When people think of an ideal vacation, they think of laying on the beach with the hot sun beaming down on them as they develop a tan. They think of swimming in the ocean and enjoying the cool breeze, listening to birds and exploring the city to see what amenities it has to offer. Sarasota, Florida is the archetypical beach sight, hosting some of the most beautiful spring break getaways in the country and capturing the Floridian atmosphere people seek after when they vacation. Visitors often opt for one of Sarasota's five star hotels overlooking the beach that often feature Jacuzzis.

Big Attractions

Siesta Key Beach

This eight mile stretch of shining white sand is what attracts so many spring breakers. People come down to Siesta Key and enjoy watching and listening to the waves, feeling the hot sun penetrating their skin, playing volleyball and building artistic sandcastles. They might even choose to go snorkeling, to explore the depths of the ocean and to see the marine life and organisms that many people will never get to see in their natural habitat. People come to Siesta Key beach to get the most out of their Florida vacation.

Mote Marine Laboratory

While one might want to encounter certain forms of marine life while snorkeling, there are others that might leave you panicking if you saw them at the beach, such as sharks and stingrays. While these dangerous creatures may be alarming if found swimming in the ocean, they are a source of intellectual intrigue in other contexts. The Mote Marine Laboratory is an aquarium that puts these creatures on display. Learn about their behavior, how they relate to one another, what they are fed, and more. Most people will never get to see a shark and really stand back to observe it.

Ed Smith Stadium

While Florida is in the south, many of the inhabitants are northerners. They are people who migrated down south for the beautiful weather. These northerners much appreciate that their beloved New York Yankees have their spring training camp in Sarasota at Ed Smith Stadium. They can go and see the icons that will propel this established dynasty forward to the World Series. They might even get an opportunity to meet the players and to tell them how much they have appreciated their talent.

The South Florida Museum

People go on vacation in search of a number of different things. A spring breaker might want to go to the beach, bar hopping, the mingle with the locals and to take in the sun. But they will also want intellectual intrigue and stimulation. This is why many tourists have decided to visit the South Florida Museum in Bradenton while they are in town. At the museum, they have the opportunity to visit a planetarium, to learn about the distant cosmos from experts in the field. They have the opportunity to learn about marine life and the history of Florida's gulf coast.

Weather

The summer months can get up to almost 100 degrees, often brutally hot even for the natives. Air conditioning does not always help in that weather. The spring has a bit too much rain. But October is the month that it has really cooled down, yet the weather is still beach-worthy.

How To Get There

Once you get to Sarasota, you would be wise to rent a car or a private car. You might also consider using services such as Uber or Lyft. Alternatively, if you need it, it has a bus and train system.

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                                                                                                      Fabulous visit!

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                                                                                                      We very much enjoyed our stay in this house with all its amenities. The house was clean and well stocked with beach chairs, plenty of towels, and even a bike for us to use. The hosts were always available to answer questions, mainly about how to work the TV and Netflix. My kids loved the outdoor pool which was very clean and bug free (thanks to the lanai). Traffic to the beach was non-existent since this was the middle of summer, so it took us about five minutes to drive to Siesta Key and there was plenty of parking. The kitchen was nearly new and had all of the appliances I needed, included a Keuring coffee machine. The bedrooms were all filled with great mattresses and nice furniture, though one was missing a chest of drawers to store clothes. Bathrooms were impeccable along with the rest of the house. Added plus: this is located on a very quiet street. I would highly recommend staying here.
                                                                                                      • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
                                                                                                      • Stayed: Aug 2016

                                                                                                      We've found our forever vacation home in Sarasota!

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                                                                                                      We can't say enough positive things about our stay at this beautiful villa in Crescent Arms. The photos don't lie - it is spacious, clean, and well-appointed. The kitchen is so well-stocked that you'd think the owners WANT you to throw a party while there! We loved having our own "house" at the beach as opposed to being in a high-rise and having to deal with elevators. And no detail was left unturned...from the easy check-in and check out and great communication from Ayla throughout the whole process, to the ample beach towels, beach wagon, and nice beach chairs and umbrellas that were provided (and easily accessible through the man cave/garage). What a relief to not have to haul all of this gear with us on our vacation. The villa is the closest one to the beach...just a 30-second walk through a small parking lot, and you're on the white powdered sands of Siesta Key beach. We will most definitely be staying here again the next time we plan a beach vacation in Sarasota. This villa is a model for how rentals should be run!
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                                                                                                      • Stayed: Jul 2016

                                                                                                      A Week in Paradise!!

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                                                                                                      If you are looking for a beautiful home with a pool, close to the beach where you can relax and have fun, Goldeneye is the home for you. We spent a week in July and would have loved to been there longer. The home was clean, well-decorated, and very spacious for the five of us. The master bedroom with the ensuite was incredible-huge-with two huge closets, a jetted tub and very large, beautiful shower. It was so convenient to be able to step from the bathroom onto the pool deck. The other two bedrooms and bath were nice, also. The den had plenty of seating for the five of us and we loved the leather sofa! We had all we needed in the kitchen. It was well-equipped for cooking meals at the house. We loved the open floor plan. The bar stools were a plus, also. The pool was amazing! It was nice to be in at any time of the day. How relaxing it was to be in the pool and enjoying time with family. We loved the fact that that the beach was a quick drive away. Bikes were provided which proved to be very nice for those of us that wanted to ride bikes. Beach chairs and other items were provided. We were very impressed with the owner's quick response time to any message that we sent him. He was willing to answer any questions before our trip and even checked in with us while we were there to make sure everything was up to par. We hope to return to Goldeneye again. Thanks for sharing your home with us! The Pratts
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                                                                                                      • Stayed: Jul 2016