For a great family vacation, Sarasota, Florida is your perfect getaway. It’s white sandy beaches open to the vastness of the Gulf and amazing, breathtaking sunsets. The beauty of Sarasota will get your attention on your first visit. If you see Sarasota first from the window of an airplane, the colors of the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay, contrasting with the brilliant white sand of Longboat, Lido, and Siesta beaches, will make you anxious to see more. One of my favorite places is St. Armand's Key which has a lovely circle of shops and restaurants called St. Armand's Circle. The best in the area is called the COLUMBIA which prides itself on excellent Cuban dishes and delightful atmosphere. This is a laid back city that offers interesting homes such as that of John Ringling (of Ringling Brothers Circus fame) with unique Spanish architecture and lush jungle-like vegetation. European travel gave John Ringling a passion for art collecting. He has important works of Rubens and Titian among his collection which rivals the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In the area is the unique lavender seashell-design that makes the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall just incredible. With approximately 1/4 the population of Tampa, Sarasota has 9 colleges along with its dedication to water related sports. Have fun in a beautiful part of our United States by spending your vacation in spectacular Sarasota.