Sarasota Is a Small City But Big in Fun


SARASOTA, FLORIDA, March 12th, 2014 – Sarasota is largely considered to be a retirement community, but it can compete with other U.S. cities of its size in terms of a lively lifestyle. This was stressed anew in a recent ranking of the website on “The 10 Most Exciting Small Cities in America” wherein Sarasota emerged tenth from among the 50 cities rated.

Despite the fact that seniors vastly outnumber young residents in the city, Sarasota was tops in the list in terms of nightlife and live music venues per capita, two of the benchmarks in the ranking.  The city’s lofty rating was also bolstered by its seventh-place ranking in active life options available to residents as measured by the number of parks and venues for outdoor activities.

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Siesta key beach

That active lifestyle venues thrive in Sarasota can be traced to the trend among retiring baby boomers to continue dynamic life pursuits even in their senior years. Certainly pulling weight for the city too are the pristine Gulf Coast beaches, such as those at Siesta Key,and the locality’s sunny tropical weather.

The factors which make Sarasota big in fun can also be gleaned from the 2013 listing of Sarasota Magazine on the best life and leisure venues in the city. Carmel Café is one notable take for its modern Mediterranean cuisine which customers can peruse over and select from via individual iPad menus. This eatery at Cooper Creek Blvd. won the “Best New Restaurant Tech” from the magazine.

Chic dining venues

In the downtown area, the State Street Eating + Cocktails immediately drew attention with its libations of craft cocktails and servings of tasty bar snacks. Featuring a modern mid-century, industrial-chic décor, it was named “Best New Urban-Chic Restaurant.”

Jack Dusty

The Ritz-Carlton has also added yet another excitement to lifestyle possibilities in Sarasota. Its formal Vernona Restaurant has been transformed into a hip seafood eatery, Jack Dusty. The dining experience here is enhanced by the venue’s open concept with its cool tones of blue and driftwood aptly complementing the striking nearby water views. For this, Jack Dusty was Sarasota Magazine’s choice as “Best Total Restaurant Reinvention.”

A similar dining and wining experience can be had at the new and ultra-chic Shore Diner. Located upstairs on St. Armands Circle at John Ringling Blvd, this restaurant has a design recalling the Sarasota School of Architecture which lends it with an open and airy ambience. Besides its elegant dining room and lively cocktail lounge, it also features a back patio to sit customers. Shore Diner is the 2013 choice for “Best New Stargazing.”

Enticing condo homes

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Sarasota condos for sale could provide attractive and wide-ranging options for prospective city residents who wish convenient access to these lifestyle offerings. Around the city’s downtown district, there are over 40 condo developments to choose from at varying price ranges.

These condos feature eclectic styles and architectural designs. Most offer impressive skyline and water views rivaling those on other metros in the west coast of Florida. The prices of the Sarasota condos residences typically start at the mid-$100s for a one-bedroom, one-bath unit. An impressive penthouse priced around the $6 million mark is usually the top choice among the luxury condo offerings.