Sarasota as a metropolitan area got started in the 19th century. It was not until the 20th century that word "got out" about this idyllic area with its beautiful beaches, barrier island and pleasant weather. More City of Sarasota.
An attractive mid-size city, Sarasota offers a nice blend of business, shopping, entertainment and activities. Cultural opportunities abound. Sarasota is also a family-friendly city. More Downtown Sarasota.