Naples Day Trips Part 7: Sarasota

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Naples, Florida, with its sun-drenched beaches and vibrant downtown, is a fantastic destination. But if you, like so many of our luxury Naples Florida rental guests, are looking to expand your horizons and explore more of Florida's Gulf Coast, a day trip to Sarasota is an excellent choice. Just a couple of hours away by car, Sarasota offers a different vibe, with its rich cultural scene, stunning beaches, and unique attractions. Here's a guide to making the most of your day trip from Naples to Sarasota.

Morning: A Leisurely Start and Exploring Downtown Sarasota

Start your day early to make the most of your time in Sarasota. Grab breakfast at one of Naples' charming cafes before hitting the road. The drive to Sarasota along the I-75 is smooth, with scenic views of the Gulf Coast.

Once you arrive in Sarasota, head straight to downtown. Park your car and take a stroll along Main Street. You'll find a mix of boutiques, art galleries, and cafes. Don't miss out on exploring the historic Sarasota Opera House, a beautiful architectural gem.

Mid-Morning: Visit The Ringling Museum

A trip to Sarasota wouldn't be complete without a visit to The Ringling. This sprawling estate, once home to circus magnate John Ringling, features an art museum, circus museum, beautiful gardens, and the historic Ca' d'Zan mansion.

Spend a couple of hours exploring the art museum, which houses an impressive collection of European and American art. Then, head to the Circus Museum to learn about the rich history of the Ringling Brothers Circus. Take a walk through the meticulously maintained gardens, which offer breathtaking views of Sarasota Bay.

Lunch: Enjoy Local Flavors

After working up an appetite, head to St. Armands Circle for lunch. This charming shopping and dining district is just a short drive from downtown Sarasota. Choose from a variety of restaurants serving everything from fresh seafood to international cuisine.

For a true taste of Sarasota, try some locally caught seafood at one of the waterfront restaurants. Sit back, relax, and enjoy your meal while soaking in the beautiful views of the bay.

Afternoon: Beach Time at Siesta Key

No trip to Sarasota would be complete without a visit to Siesta Key Beach. Voted one of the best beaches in the United States, Siesta Key boasts powdery white sand and clear turquoise waters.

Spend the afternoon lounging on the beach, swimming in the Gulf of Mexico, or simply strolling along the shore. If you're feeling adventurous, you can rent paddleboards, kayaks, or jet skis from one of the rental shops nearby.

Evening: Sunset and Dinner on the Waterfront

As the day winds down, make your way to one of Sarasota's waterfront restaurants like Marina Jack’s for dinner. Whether you're in the mood for fresh seafood, Italian cuisine, or a juicy steak, you'll find plenty of options to choose from.

For a memorable end to your day trip, catch the sunset at one of Sarasota's picturesque waterfront spots. Whether you choose to watch the sunset from the beach or from a waterfront restaurant, it's sure to be a magical experience.

A day trip from Naples to Sarasota offers the perfect opportunity to explore another side of Florida's Gulf Coast. From cultural attractions to stunning beaches and delicious dining options, Sarasota has something for everyone. So pack your sunscreen, hit the road, and get ready for a day of adventure in Sarasota!


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