Sarasota is known for its stunning beaches with white sand and clear gulf waters. Enjoy a day of relaxation in the sun at two of the couple's favorite beaches, Lido or Siesta Key!
Lido Key is nestled between Longboat Key to the north and Siesta Key to the south. The key received its name when John Ringling, a fan of Italian culture, referred to its beaches by using the Italian word “lido,” which means “beach.”
Siesta Key is accessible by two bridges from the mainland. Comprised of Siesta Beach (regarded as one of the best beaches in the country), Crescent Beach, and Turtle Beach, the key attracts families and sunbathers by day and party-goers by night.
Arts & Culture
Sarasota is enriched by its Arts & Culture offerings. Known as Florida's Cultural Coast, it's where you can enjoy museums, art galleries and performing art venues all around town. The couple recommends checking out Selby Botanical Gardens or the Ringling Museums.
Selby Gardens is a living museum located on the shores of Sarasota Bay. It is the only botanical garden dedicated to the study and conservation of epiphytes - or air plants - like orchids, bromeliads and gesneriads. Activities include a children’s rainforest garden, tropical glass house conservatory and 15 acres of lush grounds with two historic homes, including the Museum of Botany & the Arts.
The Ringling is home to one of the preeminent art and cultural collections in the United States. Spend time exploring the estate of John and Mable Ringling which also includes the Circus Museum, Ca' d'Zan Mansion, The Historic Asolo Theater, Bayfront Gardens and more.
St. Armands Circle
St. Armands Circle is an island shopping center separated from the mainland by Sarasota Bay, just over the bridge from hotels located downtown. This enchanting circle of fine shops and restaurants is set in a tropical paradise. Check out some of the couple's recommended circle spots!
Dining Columbia for traditional Cuban-Spanish fare and the famous 1905 salad. Cha Cha Coconuts for Floribbean cuisine in a laid-back atmosphere. Crab and Fin for upscale seafood and an extensive wine list. Daquiri Deck for oysters and fruity adult beverages. Kilwins for sweet treats.
Pampering The Met for massages, facials, hair, and nails.
Shopping From flip flops to fine jewelry to the couple's favorite hot sauce spot, Pepper Palace, the circle offers everything you may need. Check out the list of shops!