Life's a Beach
There's a beach for everyone along the gorgeous Gulf. From action-packed to family-friendly or deserted coves, you don't have to go far to find the one that's right for you. There's State-protected stretches with rustling pines and mesmeric birdlife; there's beaches with lifeguards where families gather; there's shell-studded shores for collectors; and there's surfing and watersports beaches for adrenaline addicts.
The courses that dot the coast like emeralds are top-class and perfect for working on your swing while the sea glitters in the distance. There's a wealth of public and semi-private courses to get to grips with and 30 in the Sarasota area alone - four of which have been voted among Florida's top ten.
There's fascinating wildlife and stunning State Parks all around this area. Dolphins, manatees, osprey and pelicans are par for the course, while kayaking through the wetlands of Myakka State Park and exploring the mangrove forests of the J. N. 'Ding' Darling National Wildlife Refuges are unforgettable experiences not to be missed.
Take To The Water
All sorts of watersports are in abundance along the coast, including surfing, paddle boarding, jet skis, windsurfing, paragliding, kayaking - even flying over the water with the help of a jet pack. And when the water's this warm and inviting, it seems a shame not to take advantage. There's also boating, island hopping, diving, snorkelling, and fabulous fishing for redfish and tarpon.
It doesn't have to be all about the beach, since there's a clutch of cultural gems to discover. There's the Dali museum in St Petersburg; the Edison and Ford winter estates in Fort Myers; a Historical Museum on Sanibel; plus the many delights of Florida's 'Capital of Culture' Sarasota, including world-class performing arts and the fascinating Ringling estate with its circus museum.