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About Sarasota & The Barrier Islands

Island Living at it’s Finest

Surrounding Sarasota is a chain of small barrier islands, or “keys.” With the Gulf of Mexico on one side and Sarasota Bay on the other, these keys are the perfect place to vacation and live. Home to some of the state’s most magnificent homes and vacation lodgings that range from quaint cottages to ultra-modern luxury hotels, Sarasota is one of the premier destinations in the USA. The barrier islands have miles of beaches and a huge assortment of restaurants, shops and diversions, making them the perfect place to get away from it all!

Anna Maria

Three islands—Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach and Anna Maria, from south to north—are strung along seven miles of the sparkling Gulf of Mexico, making up the mellow community we call Anna Maria. That natural splendor coexists with man-made marvels—seaside shops, old-time Florida motels, hidden resorts, four-star restaurants and scenic fishing piers.

Lido | St. Armands | Longboat

Dig your toes into silky white sand. Soak in the Gulf’s clear blue-green waters. Kayak through mangrove-shaded bayous and lagoons. Celebrate the setting sun while dolphins frolic and water birds dive for fish. Far from the madding crowd, embrace the sensual pleasures of Florida living. Lido Key, St. Armands Key and Longboat Key draw people from around the world seeking sophisticated pleasures in a setting of natural bliss.

Siesta Key

Siesta Key is a neighborhood, a shopping destination, a nightlife spot—and home to the nation’s No. 1 beach, as judged by the famous “Dr. Beach,” Trip Advisor and more. Walk into this living postcard to swim, collect shells and soak up the sun. Spend some time exploring nearby Siesta Village with its beach-themed boutiques, bars and restaurants or driving around this lush, eight-mile-long barrier island dotted with beautiful homes.


Venice is a wonderful place to live and visit. Actually, it’s many great places. Venice island has a charming, historic downtown shopping and dining district, along with beautiful, uncrowded beaches and parks; and an amazing biking trail. Off the island you’ll find new luxury homes in pretty communities; and acres of wild Florida along a scenic river. There’s so much to see here, it’s hard to know where to start. Especially if all you’ve got is one perfect day. Allow us to make some suggestions.

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