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Dst In Travel+Leisure Magazine – November 14, 2023

Tracee Ellis Ross holding a sign

This Florida City Is Home to a 105-year-old Fish Market, White-sand Beaches, and a Beautiful Opera House

Sarasota sits on Florida’s Cultural Coast — here’s how to plan the perfect visit.


With more than 35 miles of coastline, ample outdoor activities, and a variety of historical attractions, Sarasota is ideal for the traveler who wants both culture and white-sand beaches. Those who visit the city on Florida’s Gulf Coast will enjoy world-class aquariums, botanical gardens, and even a museum dedicated to acrobatics. No wonder it’s one of the best place to retire in the U.S.

Erin Duggan, CEO and president of Visit Sarasota County, explains, “I love the year-round arts and culture scene. There’s always a performance, festival, special exhibition, or new museum or gallery to explore. Beyond that, I love walking around the various districts and shopping, stopping for a bite, and enjoying the weather and lovely people.”

Tammy Hauser, founder and CEO of Discover Sarasota Tours, adds, “We have a remarkable number of professional theaters, dance companies, music organizations, performing arts halls, museums, circuses, and even an opera company. Recently, I learned there are more professional arts offerings per capita here in Sarasota than there are in NYC.”

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