By Shaina Amienyi
Sarasota
Florida
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Get ready for sun and adventure in Sarasota, Florida and the surrounding islands. Sarasota and its islands—Longboat Key, Lido Key, Siesta Key, and Casey Key—are located on the Gulf of Mexico. This coastal city offers a scenic, relaxing atmosphere as well as plenty of activities for vacationers who want to explore the city.

The Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) serves as the gateway to the southwest Gulf coast of Florida. Book your flight to Sarasota by visiting the link (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php) to EscapeWizard.com. When you are ready to book accommodations, visit the hotel portion of our website. Click on the following link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to EscapeWizard.com for our selection of top hotels.

We at EscapeWizard.com assure vacationers that a trip to Sarasota would not be complete without visiting its beaches. Lido Beach is known for its white sands, green waters, and swimming pool. Yes, it has a swimming pool. The soft sand at Siesta Beach is perfect for beach volleyball. Turtle Beach Park provides a canoe and kayak launch point, a playground, and a campground. Vacationers can also bird watch or fish nearby. At the Quick Point Nature Reserve on Longboat Key you can follow a short nature trail through the mangroves or get up-close views of birds. Another popular beach is Venice Beach, a beautiful beach with a 1950s concession stand.

With its generally warm weather, Sarasota is a great place for outdoor fun. The Gulf waters may be too calm for surfing, but you can still take your board out in the water and skim board. You can also ride, roller blade, or stroll the Legacy Trail, over 10 miles of trails connecting Venice to Sarasota. If you like scenic trails, we at EscapeWizard.com also suggest exploring the Venetian Waterway Trail, which runs along the intercoastal waterway to Caspersen Beach. Golfers will love Sarasota, with its more than 50 public and private courses. Many of the city’s challenging courses weave through woods and lakes, so as golfers are teeing off they are surrounded by beautiful scenery.

Sarasota has a unique bit of history. It has served as the winter headquarters for the Ringling Brothers Circus since 1927. EscapeWizard.com recommends bringing the whole family to Circus Sarasota, PAL Sailor Circus, or St. Armand’s Circle Circus of Fame. John Ringling, who brought the circus to Sarasota, and his wife had an extensive collection of Baroque art, which is now housed in the John and Mable Ringling Art Museum. Vacationers can tour the museum as well as the 1920s Venetian Gothic mansion that the Ringlings built.

Downtown is the city’s entertainment hub. At night, the area pulsates with music coming from restaurants, pubs, karaoke bars, and nightclubs. Downtown is also home to shops and galleries, including Art Uptown, Sarasota’s oldest gallery. EscapeWizard.com guarantees that shoppers will enjoy the stylish boutiques along Main Street and the antique shops, specialty shops, and live performances along Palm Avenue.

Throughout the year, Sarasota has exciting events that EscapeWizard.com suggests attending. In October there is the Ringling International Arts Festival. In April you can take part in the Siesta Fiesta or the Venice Shark’s Tooth Festival, and in July you can have a laugh at the Sarasota Improv Festival.

Sarasota, Florida is a beautiful coastal city in south Florida; it is an ideal destination for romantic getaways, family vacations, and more. In this lovely city you can play a round of gulf, explore mangroves, relax by the water, etc. To book your next vacation to Sarasota, click on the above link to EscapeWizard.com.
Hotels in Sarasota
By D. Gregory Perrin
Homewood Suites by Hilton Sarasota
3470 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL
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During your next vacation in Sarasota, Florida, look no further than the Homewood Suites by Hilton® for your accommodation needs. The hotel is only 15 minutes from the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport which makes commuting a breeze.  Homewood is located just minutes from downtown which also makes its location superior to many other hotels in the city. Check-in at the hotel begins at 3 p.m. or after on the day of arrival into the city. If you arrive early into the city, guests can check their bags for safekeeping in order to start touring Sarasota. Vacationers with valuables can check them in at the front desk’s safe deposit box.

The Homewood Suites by Hilton® has various accommodations available including a studio suite with 2 double size beds or a 1 bedroom suite with 1 queen size bed. All suites have a pull out sofa for even more bedding options. There is a color television with standard cable. The hotel offers complimentary high speed internet service for guests to connect to the internet.

Business travelers can use the business center for all their needs. This center includes services such as printing, fax, express mail, meeting rooms and more. There is a fitness center in the hotel for guests to work out in. The pool is available for travelers to relax in under the warm Florida sun. Guests that need to wash clothes can utilize the coin laundry. And golf enthusiasts will just love the putting green on-site, where guests can practice before the big match.

All in all, the Homewood Suites by Hilton® is an amazing option in the city. Check-out is at 12 p.m. or before on the day of departure. EscapeWizard.com knows you will enjoy your stay. Vacationers can click this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to search from some of the internet’s best travel websites for great values today.
Hotels in Sarasota
By Rose Overbey
Hyatt Regency Sarasota
1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, FL
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The stunning Hyatt Regency Sarasota is a great place to stay for any guest looking for a luxurious stay with all the amenities discerning guests expect. The Hyatt Regency is located ideally along the bay and is merely minutes from all the Sarasota has to offer. You’ll enjoy views of the marina from the hotel. Guests will enjoy how close the Hyatt Regency is from town. The theatre, shops and restaurants are only a short walk away. The beach is nearby as are St. Armands Circle and Long Boat Key. The Hyatt’s concierge service is happy to assist you in planning your adventures while you visit Sarasota.

The AAA Four Diamond rated hotel aims to please their guests. Upon arrival guests will enjoy the service that guests have come to expect from a Hyatt Regency. Guests have the option of a variety of room choices. Depending on your needs you can stay in anything from a Hypo Allergenic Room, bi level suite, or even a basic room. Wherever you stay, you’ll enjoy the fine amenities associated with the Hyatt Regency.

No matter what room guests choose, they’ll have control over their own air conditioning, cable and satellite channels. Guests also will have access to an iron and ironing board, coffee maker, and hairdryer. Guests are free to access the state-of-the-art fitness center. The center features a variety of exercise machines – some featuring personal LCD televisions to enjoy while exercising.

If you must get work done on the road, guests are offered full 24 hour access to the business center. It features computers, a fax, printers and copying.

The luxurious pool is a paradise. The free form pool features waterfalls which exude a fine mist to refresh visitors. If guests are looking for a little exercise, the pool also features an area to swim laps. If you need a bite to eat, the Hurricane Hut is open during the day for snacks or drinks.

The Hyatt Regency Sarasota also features the Currents restaurant. The restaurant offers guests a variety of choices for any meal of the day. The location of the restaurant is ideal as it overlooks the bay. If you’re looking for a great place to stop in for a drink at the beginning or end of the night, the Currents Bar offers a variety of cocktails with the bay as a backdrop.

EscapeWizard.com highly recommends booking your hotel room at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota. You can do so by following this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).