Walking down main street in Sarasota can be a bit overwhelming your first time. There is a lot to take in and a lot of options. Restaurants populate most of the real estate. There is: First Watch, Patrick’s, Two Senoritas, Cafe Epicure and many other options along the roughly mile and a half long street.
Just a short walk from this, lies the beautiful bay front, at Marina Jacks. Here you can enjoy a picnic in the park, walk your dog, take your kids to the water park, or grab a bite to eat. Also located here is O’Leary’s Tiki Bar, to grab a drink and a bite to eat. Next door to O’Leary’s there’s a spot to rent boats, sailboats, water bikes, and jet-skis.
Located a few miles from the downtown area is Siesta Key Beach, the number one beach in the country and one of the top ten beaches in the world. The weather, while warm in the summer is usually just right, ensuring you will get the tan you want. The sand is some of the nicest, softest sand you will ever feel. The water is usually a great temperature and also pretty clear. There are plenty of places to set up for the day and grill out at.
A short walk or drive from the beach is Siesta Key Village. Here, some of the best nightlife occurs. Bar goers old and young go to the key and enjoy bars for their respective age groups. Daiquiri Deck is the best spot for the younger crowd.
Nightlife across the city is moderate. It is easy to find, but doesn’t consume the city for the resident who just wants a quiet evening at home.
I definitely enjoyed my time in Sarasota.
P.S. The beach is quite spectacular.