Jan 3rd, 2012 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Urban Amenities and Small-Town Pleasures

Sarasota…where urban amenities meet small-town living.  Sounds like a place I would love. Florida’s Gulf Coast beckons seniors to come and enjoy the beaches, the sun, her islands and the many amenities that are available. The islands separating Sarasota Bay from the gulf near the city, known as keys, include Lido Key and Siesta Key, which are famous worldwide for the quality of their sandy beaches. Today the keys that are included in the boundary of Sarasota are Lido Key, St. Armands Key, Otter Key, Coon Key, Bird Key, and portions of Siesta Key. Previously, Siesta Key was named Sarasota Key. At one time, it and all of Longboat Key were considered part of Sarasota and confusing contemporaneous references may be found discussing them.

Many Activities for Seniors

For many people, planning a Sarasota vacation is as simple as getting away from it all, amidst the splendor of sun, sand and beautiful weather that are the Gulf Coast’s greatest natural resources. For them, doing nothing is the whole point. But mere relaxation is not enough for everyone. Thankfully, Sarasota has action-packed activities, attractions and sightseeing that can fill the vacation calendar of even the most devoted senior traveler.  And golfers… Sarasota’s mild climate has also made it into an international golf destination, with dozens of courses in the area designed by some of the biggest names in the sport. Make your plans via this site and find the most popular trip vacations for Sarasota.

What to See and Do in Sarasota

TripAdvisor has 76 things for seniors to check out while they spend time in this attractive city. Perhaps you would like to simply rent an apartment as you will have a plethora of choices. 10Best weeds out a lot of the regular visitor sites and advises that seniors take a closer look at these popular destinations. Circus mogul John Ringling anticipated Sarasota’s potential when he chose to move to the quiet town in 1910. The great showman left an indelible mark on this city via the Ringling Museum of Art, which contains a unique collection of Baroque art by the likes of Hals and Velázquez, as well as Ca’ d’Zan, his former home. Still known as the home of the Greatest Show on Earth, Sarasota is now an affluent waterside town and the cultural capital of Florida. Much of Main Street has been restored to its early twentieth-century splendor, and Sarasota Quay boasts some of the Gulf Coast’s top dining and nightlife destinations.

More Resources for Sarasota has a nice listing for seniors including a map view of Sarasota, a popularity rating and a grouping of attractions according to senior interests. Simply Sarasota chimes in with their choices that include “catching a wave”, “tuning in” to one of the Free Summer Concerts, listening to the drummers on Siesta Key Public Beach.  Island communities are culturally elegant, yet have adventure for those who seek it; however, at the same time, they are laid back and tranquil. Also rich in history, this sun-drenched island community offers the chance for you to make unlimited discoveries of natural treasures, starting with the 35 miles of white, silky beaches, and an unlimited number of trails, both in and out of the water. Plus there are many water birds, as well as land and water mammals to watch. So grab some suntan lotion and a comfortable pair of shoes because you’re about to experience the best of Florida’s west coast in Sarasota. Do enjoy the Gulf.  jeb

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