Some people come for a week, a month or half a year. But the true lucky ones are the people who call Sarasota home twelve months out of the year. From January to December, our hometown is one of the most desirable places in the country to enjoy life.
Of course, we have our tropical temperatures and stunning white-sand beaches that attract people from all over the world. In fact, the famous “Dr. Beach” ranked our Siesta Beach No. 2 this year. (He’s also ranked this sun-seeker’s paradise No. 1 in previous years!)
One of the most thrilling events each year in Sarasota is Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival. These boat races take place on July 2 and 3, over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Plus, don’t miss the “Boats on Main” downtown block party on July 1 when you can get a close look at all of your favorite race boats. Sarasotans pride themselves on their charitable contributions, and this Festival is no different – it benefits Suncoast Charities for Children.
If you love fireworks (and who doesn’t, except some of our frightened pooches), you’ll have to head to downtown Sarasota for the city’s Fourth of July fireworks display. And if you’re lucky enough to call a downtown condo facing the water home, you’re in for a shimmering treat.
But the fun doesn’t have to end because the holiday weekend is over. No! We’ve got 52 weeks’ worth of fun in Sarasota. Whether your sunny day activity of choice is paddle boarding, kayaking, water skiing, boating, sailing or fishing, you can enjoy it to your heart’s content here. And if you’d rather enjoy the water from the comfort of a dinner table, just remember, we’ve got a long, delicious stone crab season, plus an equally delectable red snapper season.
Your biggest dilemma really will be which fabulous restaurant you should patronize. Did you know Sarasota has the highest concentration of Zagat-rated restaurants in Florida? It’s true and it’s yummy.
After a long day on the water and a good meal, there’s no better way to cap off the day than with a world-class performance. And you have big choices in this department, too. Will you take in some Puccini at the Sarasota Opera or enjoy a suburb stage production at the Asolo Repertory Theatre? (Get out your dice – I hear they’re doing “Guys and Dolls” this fall!)
As you can tell, if you don’t live in Sarasota, you’re really missing out. But if I still haven’t convinced you, here are a few more clinchers:
We have one of the top-performing school districts in the state. Sarasota County Schools is one of only five Florida district to receive an ‘A’ grade every year since the grading system was introduced over a decade ago.
Love baseball? We’ve got you covered with America’s Pastime here, too. The Baltimore Orioles make Sarasota their Spring Training home, and the Atlanta Braves are also considering a Spring Training more to Sarasota.
Our downtown is vibrant. Unfortunately, the fate of the downtown areas of many small and mid-sized cities is not a good one. But Sarasota’s downtown is bucking that trend. Hundreds of people flock to Lemon Avenue and State Street every Saturday morning for the Sarasota Farmer’s Market. And it’s lots of fun to make a downtown day of it and explore the boutiques, art galleries and restaurants in areas like Burns Court, Towles Court, the Rosemary District and Palm Avenue.
I could go on and on. Really. This post about why Sarasota is the perfect place to call home could be miles and miles long. But instead of continuing, I’ve got a better idea. Let’s head out and explore this beautiful city for ourselves. Enjoy!