Sarasota County is located on the West Coast of Florida, about 60 miles south of Tampa and 70 miles north of Fort Myers. Sarasota County’s 600 square miles extend west from the ranch land to the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. Residents are within a 15-minute drive of more than 35 miles of gulf shoreline containing the world’s most spectacular white sand beaches.
In 1902, a serious railroad reached Sarasota County, connecting it to Tampa and to the outside world for the first time. The railroad brought a few settlers to Sarasota County including John Ringling, head of a circus family. Ringling bought property all around Sarasota County and moved his circus’ winter home here. His mansion, art museum, circus museum are part of Sarasota County’s cultural attractions.
Known as Florida's "Cultural Coast", Sarasota County is home to many professional theaters, art galleries, symphonies, ballets and operas. Attractions include the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Asolo Theatre Company, Florida West Coast Symphony, Jazz Club of Sarasota, Sarasota Ballet of Florida, Sarasota Film Festival and Towles Court Art Association.
Sarasota County enjoys an average year-round temperature is a 72 degrees and the waters in the Gulf will rise to a high of 89 degrees in the month of August. The winter low in Gulf waters averages about 70 degrees. Most of the year's average rainfall of 60 inches comes in the summer months. With Sarasota County’s beautiful weather year-round there are many recreational activities available such as boating, fishing, hiking, golf, swimming and biking to name a few.