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Sarasota is Famous for Sunshine and Romantic Sunsets on the Gulf Coast 

By Greg Mattson, ERV Editor - Updated: Sep 18, 2013

Romantic Sarasota Florida is blessed with tropical gardens, an eclectic feel, and some of the best white sand beaches in Florida. It’s a great spot for a romantic weekend or Florida vacation.

Let’s tell you some more about attractions and romantic spots in Sarasota, Florida as well as some of the romantic islands around this part of Florida’s Gulf Coast, including Longboat, Lido and Siesta Key.

Best Time to Visit Sarasota, Florida: You can expect warm weather and less humidity if you travel to Sarasota from January to April.

Romantic Things to Do in Sarasota, FL

  • St. Armand's Circle – We really enjoyed our stop here in this quaint round-about of shops, restaurants and cafes. You'll notice few chain stores, and a lot of local shops - a refreshing change from other cities in Florida. You'll love the window shopping, stepping into a book store, or just sipping a cappuccino on a sidewalk table.
  • Art & Antiques - Spend a relaxing afternoon with the galleries of Palm Avenue, or hop over to the antique shops in downtown Venice, Florida.
  • Sarasota Dinner Cruises – Lebarge Tropical Cruises offer a variety of departures, including sightseeing and dolphin-watching cruises, as well as romantic sunset cruises.
  • Best Beaches in Sarasota, FL – Siesta Key Beach has some of Florida’s whitest sand! A find choice for relaxing by the calm Gulf waters.
Couple on the Beach near Sarasota, FL

Other options for a romantic beach getaway in Sarasota include Lido Key (South Lido Beach Park which has some of the best swimming on Florida's Gulf Coast) and Longboat Key with it's beautiful soft white sand.

Sarasota's Most Romantic Hotels & Resorts

Hotel Ranola - Room
Hotel Ranola - Chairs

Hotel Ranola - in a city as laid back and cool as Sarasota, a small boutique inn like the Ranola fits your romantic holiday nicely. Hardwood floors, modern furnishings, full kitchens, plasma TV's and a sunny rooftop lounge await. 2013 *Rating for Romantic Sarasota Hotels: 92% of Couples Rated it Excellent/Very Good. (118 Indian Place, Sarasota, FL  866-951-0111)

Lido Beach Resort - one of the most romantic resorts on Sarasota. Beachfront location on Lido Key, within walking distance to St. Armand's Circle shopping and restaurants. Amenities include Jacuzzi suites, beachfront pools, and a relaxing Tiki bar. 2013 *Rating for Romantic Sarasota Resorts: 74% of Couples Rated it Excellent/Very Good. (700 Ben Franklin Dr, Sarasota, FL  800-441-2113) 

Sarasota Wedding Packages – the Colony Beach Resort specializes in romantic weddings in Sarasota, FL. They have beachfront wedding packages available at their resort on Longboat Key, FL. (1620 Gulf of Mexico Dr, Longboat Key, FL  941-383-6464)  

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Romantic Dining

Euphemia Haye - some of the finest romantic dining in Sarasota is here in this romantic cottage on Longboat Key. Famous for it's crispy roast duck, and if you love dessert, they make a great Florida Key Lime pie. (5540 Gulf Of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 941-383-3633)

Ophelia's on the Bay - this romantic Siesta Key waterfront restaurant serves up delicious crab cakes and memorable views of the bay. (9105 Midnight Pass Road, Sarasota, FL 941-349-2212)

Getting to Sarasota, FL:

  • Distance from Miami to Sarasota, Florida: 180 miles (290 km)
  • Distance from Orlando to Sarasota, FL: 110 miles (175 km)
  • Distance from Tampa/St.Petersburg to Sarasota: 45 miles (70 km)

The 3-letter code for Sarasota-Bradenton Airport is SRQ. Airlines that fly into Sarasota include Delta, Air Tran, US Airways and JetBlue.

Currently, there are non-stop flights to Sarasota from Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago-Midway, Charlotte, NC, New York (JFK) and Washington DC. Air Canada has Toronto-Sarasota flights during the winter months.

*Based on Rating and Reviews from Couples as of Sept 2013.