Sarasota Travel Guide

Otherwise known as ‘Circus-town’ (as the winter home of the Ringling Brothers), this is another Florida treasure of unique fun. Boasting such original items as the Ringling Estates ( a museum, gardens, and state-of-the-art theatre) and the Towles Court Artist Colony (full of galleries and other artistic outlets), this is where many local performers hang out.

With great shopping (check out St Armands Circle for fine clothes and book shops) and the family-friendly Mote Aquarium (a major shark and manatee research center), you won’t be short of things to do – in addition to enjoying the great beaches which spread north and south in places like Anna Maria Island and Bradenton.