Sarasota, Florida is a paradise for retirees and families alike. With its year-round sunshine, stunning beaches, and modern amenities, it's no wonder why this city is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live in the United States. From its beautiful beaches and warm weather to its enviable recreational and cultural amenities, Sarasota has something for everyone. The city is located on the southwest side of the peninsula, where the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico are located.
It's 60 miles south of Tampa and 75 miles north of Fort Meyers. The beaches are beautiful, including one of the best in the United States, Siesta Key. Siesta Key consistently lands on the list of the best beaches because of its powdery white sand that stretches for miles. Sarasota is also known as the “Cultural Coast” thanks to the legacy of John Ringling's circus.
Here you can enjoy a professional symphony, ballet, opera and a thriving art scene in the city center. With a variety of dining options and natural attractions, there is something for everyone. The city has a calm and relaxed atmosphere that is not common in a city its size, partly due to its mature population. Despite its small-town atmosphere, Sarasota boasts a wealth of modern amenities, quality services, housing options and recreational opportunities to ensure a high quality of life for its residents.
A few days ago, Sarasota was ranked No. 1 on U. S. News & World Report's annual list of the 125 most important cities in the country.
A week later, SmartAsset ranked Sarasota as No. 1 on its list of best places to live in Florida. Of course, Sarasota will never be as modern a place to live as Portland, Oregon which tied for No. 1 on SmartAsset's list. As more and more people flee the Florida heat for their summer homes, it's worth checking out why Sarasota is so special.
A couple of years ago I prepared a list of seven reasons why Sarasota is one of the best places to live in Florida and across the country. Looking back each one holds up very well. The first reason is its beautiful beaches and warm weather. With year-round sunshine and stunning beaches like Siesta Key, it's no wonder why Sarasota is considered a paradise for retirees and families alike. The second reason is its cultural attractions. From professional symphonies and ballets to thriving art scenes in the city center, there's something for everyone in Sarasota. The third reason is its modern amenities and quality services.
Despite its small-town atmosphere, Sarasota boasts a wealth of modern amenities, quality services, housing options and recreational opportunities to ensure a high quality of life for its residents. The fourth reason is its historic legacy. In 1885 a large number of Scottish settlers arrived in Sarasota after an Edinburgh company purchased 60,000 acres of land in the area and chose the settlement as the key point for its development project. The fifth reason is its comfortable winter climate. Winter is the most comfortable time in Sarasota with average temperatures ranging from the 50s to mid-70s. The sixth reason is its vibrant nightlife. From local kayak tours to sunset dolphin cruises to jet ski rentals there's never a shortage of ways to get out in Sarasota. The seventh reason is its proximity to other cities like Miami which is about four hours southeast of Sarasota and offers an interesting mix of housing options from renovated bungalows from the 1920s to ranch-style homes from the 1950s. With all these reasons combined it's no wonder why Sarasota continues to be named one of the best places to live in Florida and across the country.