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Sarasota - Florida - USA

The 'Cultural Capital of Florida', Sarasota has over the years become a magnet to artists and musicians and writers. So if you wish to take in the arts along with sun, sea and sand, Sarasota is a must. Dedicated shoppers will find St.Armands Circle a treat. Set in St.Armands Key, attached to the mainland by two bridges over Sarasota Bay, St.Armands Circle offers a unique 'island shopping' experience. With 145 elite shops and boutiques, plus several fine restaurants and ice cream parlours providing a break for lunch, shopping has never been such a pleasure. Finish the day with a horse-drawn carriage ride around the Circle.

Siesta Key, connected to the Sarasota mainland by two bridges, is best known for its powdery white sand beach, plus Siesta Village offers vibrant beachwear shops, art galleries and eateries. Approx. driving time:Sarasota Airport (4 miles); Tampa Airport (55 miles); Orlando (131 miles). Watersports:Sailing; fishing; windsurfing; waterskiing; jet skiing; kayaking; canoeing and waverunning. Activities:shopping in St.Armand's Circle; Golf; tennis; horse riding; rollerblading; greyhound racing(Dec-Jun).

Attractions & Entertainment:
Ringling Estate & Museum of Art John and Mable Ringling's magnificent art collection is housed within beautiful Italianate gardens together with a Museum of the Circus, John and Mable's glittering bayfront mansion, Ca' d'Zan.

Sarasota Jungle Gardens is one of Southwest Florida's favorite family attractions, with acres of beautiful tropical gardens and nature trails. Bird & Reptile shows 4 times a day. The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens specializes in exquisite orchids and bromeliads. Asolo Center for the Performing Arts; Visual Art Center; Myakka River State Park; Florida West Coast Symphony; Sarasota Opera, ballet & theatres.

St.Armands Circle has many fine restaurants. Points of Interest: Since the 1987 'Great International White Sand Challenge', the sugar fine sand of Siesta Key has been officially top-rated above over 29 other entries including the Bahamas and Grand Cayman, as the whitest and most powdery sand in the world.