Sarasota sits on the southwestern coast of Florida in a warm enclave of the Gulf of Mexico. The city offers visitors an eclectic blend of culture and fine dining, circus thrills, internationally acclaimed pristine beaches, and a wide array of shopping opportunities. Once a well-kept secret gem, Sarasota is now a major hot spot for savvy travelers. More than just sand, surf and sun, Sarasota County is bustling with museums, art galleries, performing arts venues, and exceptional dining. This ultimate beach escape is also one of Florida`s great cultural hubs.