Sarasota is a city located in Sarasota County on the south western coast of the US state of Florida. It is south of the Tampa Bay Area and north of Fort Myers. Its current official limits include Sarasota Bay and several barrier islands between the bay and the Gulf of Mexico.
These islands separating Sarasota Bay from the gulf near the city, known as keys, include Lido Key and Siesta Key, which are famous worldwide for the quality of their sandy beaches.More
The major airport in the area is Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport which is shared by Sarasota and Manatee counties. Nine airlines offer service out of the airport to locations primarily in the eastern United States and Canada. The airport serves more than 750,000 passengers per year. The airport holds full Port of entry status providing U.S. Customs inspections for international travelers. Tampa International Airport is located about an hour away from Sarasota offering a wider range of national and international flights.
Sarasota County Area Transit has a bus service called SCAT which offers service throughout the county and also offers limited connections with Manatee County Area Transit. Sarasota County has joined the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority to plan and build future transportation infrastructure including light rail, commuter rail and longer range bus service. A key issue is providing Sarasota with access to the Florida High Speed Rail. There is no Amtrak train which stops in Sarasota, but Amtrak provides through bus service at Sarasota Station to the nearest Amtrak terminal in Tampa.More