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While Tampa draws the mega crowds and Clearwater touts its postcard-perfect beaches, Sarasota is proud of its own tag as the cultural capital of the region. That's not to say the town hasn't got the same shimmering white sands and lapping Gulf waters as its neighbour to the north, or a rich history to tell through the Spanish Point museum complex and handsome Ringling Estate. It’s just that the pursuits here are more cerebral and off-beat, ranging from enthralling Asian art showcases to exhibitions of classic cars to rollicking vaudeville theatre houses and circus tents. Holiday rentals in Sarasota are your chance to experience all the family delights and heritage treasures of this fascinating corner of the sunshine state.
Whether you're searching for a luxurious villa with an infinity pool stretching out to meet the sparkling waters of the Mexican Gulf, or a stylish condo with easy access to the cultural attractions, ebookers has plenty of holiday apartments in Sarasota to choose from. But the benefits of booking your own private pad go beyond just the eclectic mix of places that's on offer. You’ll also be able to look forward to a lot more room than you'd get in a traditional hotel – great news for family travellers or folk who need space to drop all their ocean gear in the evenings. And you'll often get large kitchens, bigger bathrooms, and even gardens or terraces for eating under the Floridian sunset.
Sarasota is teeming with top things to do. Those who've been enticed by the town's reputation as the circus capital of America should be sure to make a beeline straight for the Ringling Estate. It's got the carnivalesque attractions of the Circus Museum, and the elegant Venetian rises of the Ca d’Zan – the onetime home of iconic showbiz pioneer John Ringling. You can also delve into the wild deserts and mist-topped peaks of China with a visit to the Museum of Asian Art, or unravel tales of adventuring galleons at Spanish Point. The beaches beckon too, shimmering and scintillating like a strip of magnesium at Siesta Key – home to what some say is the whitest sand on the entire globe.
Downtown Sarasota and the area around the Ringling Museum are both well served by local transportation routes, while the restaurants and theatres, shops and cafés that pepper Main Street can all usually be reached on foot – providing your Sarasota holiday rentals aren't too far from the centre. A bike is one of the top choices of locals looking to hop from place to place in their city, and can even be used to reach the key islands that dot the shoreline of Sarasota on the far side of the causeways. Hiring a car is a great idea if you want to get from your door to the beach quickly, or if you're planning excursions further out along the Gulf Coast.