It’s not the biggest city in Florida, but book a cheap flight to Sarasota and you’ll soon see why it is the cultural hub of Western Florida. Oh, and it has spectacular beaches, too.
The weather is warm year-round, which helps make it a popular destination. Heavy rains come in July and August.
When to fly to Sarasota
Average high temperatures never dip below 70 degrees Fahrenheit, so it’s hard to go wrong. If you want to avoid the heat and hot sun of summer, come in late spring.
Getting around Sarasota
Renting a car is perhaps the best way to get around the city and back and forth between its three “keys,” or islands.
Sarasota insider information
Each spring, Major League Baseball gears up for its marathon seasons with a battery of spring games; many of these are centered in and around Sarasota. The city also has its own minor league team, the Sarasota Red Sox, an affiliate of the Major League Red Sox.