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Getting Here:

The closest airport to the heart of the city of Sarasota and the beaches of Lido Key and Siesta Key is the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport. Other nearby airports include St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport, Tampa International Airport, and Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers .

The easiest route to drive into Sarasota County is along Interstate 75, which connects visitors to Sarasota, Venice and North Port while remaining far enough away from the heart of those cities to avoid significant traffic. Other options include US Highway 41. 

Planning your Stay:

To make the most of your stay, plan your accommodations early. Peak season starts in January and ends in April. During these months arts and culture offerings are in full swing, multiple festivals and events are occuring and the beaches are buzzing with activity. Great value months, however, are after the Fourth of July through the end of September. Many hotels during this period may offer additional incentives, traffic is less congested and the beaches are less crowded. 

Whenever you stay, be sure to check out the deals and events going on around town!

Visitor Services:

Stop by one of our Visitor Center locations for expert advice by our volunteers and staff:

Downtown Sarasota (inside the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce)
Address: 1945 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota, FL 34236
Phone: 941-706-1253
Hours: Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Venice Center (inside the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce):
Address: 597 S Tamiami Trail, Venice, FL 34285 
Phone: 941-706-1253
Hours: Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sarasota Bradenton International Welcome Center (Located at Baggage Claim):
Address: 6000 Airport Circle, Sarasota, Fl 34243
Hours: accessible 24/7; staffed daily 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

So Much to See

Sarasota's beaches await an hour south of Tampa, and each offers something a little different. The best part? You don't have to choose just one.
Sarsota Beaches Map