Sarasota Area Travel Guide

  • The best beach in Florida is on Siesta Key

    The best beach in Florida is on Siesta Key

    Moms with baby strollers race over smooth sand as if it were asphalt. Dads disappear under sugar-white sand, heaped on them by kids. And children jump in and out of the shallow water, shouting "Watch me, Mommy. Watch me!" Kids ... and moms ... and dads — everywhere you look. You don't need an expert...

  • Exploring Cortez, Fla., a real old-time fishing village

    Town looks and feels like a museum but here they still fish, and that's the hook.

  • Slow down and smile: Anna Maria Island is a friendly slice of paradise

    Slow down and smile: Anna Maria Island is a friendly slice of paradise

    Anna Maria Island -- a slender 7-mile slip of Gulf sand balanced atop the crooked crab claw of north Longboat Key -- is a slow-motion kind of place. Sit a spell and taste the brine of the sea air as it bites softly at the back of your throat. Kick off your shoes and feel the sand sucked from under...

  • Manasota guests wear clothes these days

    For a trip back to a time before super-deluxe resort hotels and towering condominiums captured Florida's prime waterfront real estate, head for the Gulf Coast's Manasota Key, a 15-mile-long island near Englewood, south of Venice. Half of the key is in Charlotte County and half in Sarasota County,...

  • Giant trees guard Sarasota's Cypress

    Giant trees guard Sarasota's Cypress

    To the many marvels that make Sarasota, I've recently added another: The Cypress, a tin-roofed, two-story, vintage 1940 structure tucked among giant mangos, towering palms, moss-laden live oaks and two condominiums a couple of hundred yards from the city marina. This throwback to an earlier era...

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