The Cultural Coast // White Quartz Sand Beaches // Circus Heritage // Ringling Museum // 350k people...
The 8 mile long Siesta Key Beach on The Gulf of Mexico was voted the Number One beach in America in May 2011 by Stephen P.
Leatherman (Dr. Beach).
The white sandy
beach is 99 percent pure quartz and in contrast to normal sand, stays cool even
in high temperatures, making it a delight to walk on.
Sarasota and her eight islands (Sarasota County) are located
along the Southwest coast of Florida between Tampa in the north and Ft. Myers
in the south and consist of Sarasota, Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key,
Manasota Key, Siesta Key, Casey Key, Englewood, Nokomis, North Port, Osprey and
Venice. Longboat Key is the largest key.
Perhaps the most famous resident of Sarasota was John Ringling
of The Ringling Circus fame, who invested in land and property and had a huge
influence on developing Sarasota in the early 1900s. Ringling Boulevard was
named for him leading to his winter circus headquarters. Their fabulous bay front retreat was built in
the early 1920s and is well worth a visit along with the Ringling Museum.
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