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Level up your zoom backgrounds with images of Sarasota County!
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Take a virtual tour of area attractions like Marie Selby Botanical Gardens!
Order take-out or delivery from local restaurants!

How to Visit Sarasota County From Home

SARASOTA, Fla. (March 26, 2020) - Taking a virtual vacation requires far less planning and is something like window shopping – or is it more like online shopping, with far more #inspo? Either way, in trying times destinations must adapt. Whether this means offering experiences at the push of a button or creating authentic beach backgrounds for all those Zoom meetings, Sarasota County invites visitors to stop by 24/7.

Arriving at Your Destination

Right now, arriving to Sarasota County is the easiest it’ll ever be. Now available on are several articles highlighting how you can relax or explore, right from the confines of self-quarantine. That’s right, while you are away, local shops, restaurants and attractions are still working hard to make sure we can share some sunshine and help deliver R&R to your doorsteps. Check out these ideas to pass the time and show love to some of your favorite organizations while you wait for your next real escape from the daily routine.

  • Level Up Your Video Chats with a Beach BackgroundThe quickest way to feel like you’re on vacation while working from home is to update your desktop or Zoom background. This gallery includes photos of Siesta Key Beach, recently named the No. 1 Beach in the U.S. according to TripAdvisor, and several other Gulf Coast beaches. Though you won’t be able to bask in the sun or swim in the water, you will have an excuse to wear a tropical shirt to work!
  • How to Visit Sarasota County From HomeLocally-filmed movies, vision boards and recipes, oh my! Who knew there were so many ways to visit Sarasota County from your computer? While its true some of these options were always around, now is a great time to go for it, and try something new! Insiders tip: Start with the Florida Avocado Guacamole. It’s a tad spicy and will make you feel like you’re enjoying the warm Sarasota weather!
  • The Best of #MySarasotaHome to spectacular coastlines, sugary sand beaches, world-class cultural attractions and distinctive neighborhoods lined with boutiques and locally owned restaurants, Sarasota County boasts all the natural beauty you could want for a relaxing getaway, while also offering plenty of excitement. See this feed of social posts to get to know the businesses that make up this community.
  • Virtual Sarasota County Activities Want to check in on manatees or take a circus class online? For a variety of digital experiences like streaming cams and scavenger hunts, visit Sarasota County online and escape. Whether looking to unwind at sunset or learn something new, these attractions and organizations are helping keep us all entertained.
  • Sarasota Arts Online Florida’s Cultural Coast® has gone global! Join online and spark your sense of wonder. Sarasota County has roots in the circus, and arts experiences galore. The areas many arts organizations are working hard to bring those same entertaining experiences to visitors far and wide, and the roar of applause is now measured with likes and shares! 

About Sarasota County

Visit Sarasota County leads and supports the tourism industry in Sarasota County by providing the highest quality, and most innovative, marketing programs and promotions to ensure the continued growth of tourism and travel from visitors around the world. It is the mission of VSC is to make Sarasota County the must experience destination on Florida’s Gulf Coast. To learn more, visit