Sarasota has so much to offer in terms of a relaxing vacation, but still has everything you could want from a city standpoint too. From incredible museums (take a peek at the gorgeous Ringling Museum, it’s seriously out of this world and unexpectedly beautiful), to a tropical paradise at the Selby Botanical Gardens, a funky little downtown core with great shopping, eats and drinks. Throw in the fact that you’re just minutes away from the softest sand ever at Siesta Key Beach and we’re not sure why you wouldn’t have booked yourself a trip here already (especially after reading our fave spots to soak up the sun in Sarasota).
Bradenton/Anna Maria Island
Not far up the coastline from Sarasota is the charming Bradenton and gulf islands. A few days here will totally get you to unwind, chill out and relax. Whether you spend some time in the downtown area of Bradenton (you can’t miss their artsy district, the Village of the Arts) or you choose to stay on Anna Maria Island (where renting a biking for long rides along the coastline and trips to the beach for sunset are a must), this part of Florida is unlike any other. See our total guide to Bradenton and Anna Maria Islands here.
All you have to do is say The Don CeSar Hotel and you’ll have us sold on going back to the St. Pete area of Florida. Staying at this luxe hotel, rich with history puts you right on St. Pete Beach and all its glorious sand and gentle warm waves. It’s also not too far from the downtown area of St. Petersburg, where you can get your dose of all things eclectic and artsy. From the incredible Dali museum to the street art that be found in the Central Arts District of the city, there’s a never ending supply of inspiration in this part of Florida (you can see our top picks for where to spot art in St. Pete here).