Sarasota outranks all other cities on overall happiness of its residents, US News & World Report.

Sarasota is a favorite city of mine 45 minutes south east of St. Petersburg. It was once the winter home of the Ringling Brothers Circus founder, John Ringling and his wife, Mable. Today, it hosts a number of cultural institutions, notably the Ringling Museum, which showcases John Ringling's mansion, massive modern art collection, and circus memorabilia. It’s also the gateway to miles of beaches with fine sand and shallow waters, such as Lido Beach and Siesta Key Beach. Nearby are two of my favorite places to visit for great dining, shopping, and people watching: St. Armand's Circle and Anna Maria Island. 

Sarasota is a great place for those who enjoy the outdoors. There are a number of parks in downtown Sarasota, not to mention the massive Myakka River State Park. Golf courses also abound. And then, of course, there are the beaches. Siesta Beach has earned acclaim for its white sand and clear water. Lido Beach, just south of St. Armands Circle, is another wide stretch of shoreline that's easy to access. If those get crowded (as they often do), beachgoers opt for Longboat Beach, Venice Beach, Bradenton Beach or the beaches of Anna Maria Island, all of which are a short drive from Sarasota.

Meanwhile, locals take advantage of the booming restaurant scene around town, which serves up everything from fresh seafood to farm-to-table specialties. There are also a handful of farmers markets open in the fall, winter and spring, with the Sarasota Farmers Market open all year.

Sarasota is the best place to live as a retiree, according to US News & World Report. It has something for everyone! 

About the Neighborhood

There are community events
Neighbors are friendly
Great schools
Great for retirees
Car is needed
It's walkable to restaurant
Easy commutes
Good transit
Parking is easy
There are sidewalks
Yards are well-kept
Streets are well-lit
Great hospitals
Parks and playgrounds
Lots of wildlife
It's quiet
It's dog friendly
Kids play outside
Great nightlife
Beach life
Walking / Hiking trails
Ringling Museum, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens,
Lido Beach, Siesta Key Beach, Myakka River State Park
Pristine white fine sand beaches, boating
World renowned Sarasota Opera House, St. Armand's Circle, Anna Maria Island
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