Sarasota Vacation Rentals Guide

South West FL / Sarasota

Sarasota Vacation Rentals Guide 

Found in Central West Florida, Sarasota is the perfect vacation spot for families, snowbirds, golfers, fishermen, beachgoers, with world-class arts, culture, dining, and shopping. 

Sarasota is a vibrant destination location south of Tampa on Florida's west coast. With a population of 56,000, the Sarasota boundary also includes Lido Key, St. Armands Key, Bird Key, Otter Key, Coon Key and some of Siesta Key. These keys give access to white sandy beaches and clear water, complimented by the prosperity and culture of the city.

The City of Sarasota, Florida


The City of Sarasota boasts its beautiful beaches, diverse dining, and arts & culture. There is not many cities in Florida comparable to the cultural and artistic offerings Sarasota provides. The city was formerly the winter home for the Ringling Brothers Circus and built up profoundly by Charles Ringling, which is still evident today. It was also home to acclaimed author Stephen King. Without the inconveniences of a big city, there are great beaches, stores, restaurants, golfing and fishing. There is never an idle moment in this paradise!

Highlights of Sarasota

  • Pristine white sandy beaches: Lido Key Beach and Siesta Beach, voted the best beach in America 
  • Kayak through the Sarasota mangroves
  • Cultural attractions including Sarasota Ballet, Sarasota Opera, and Asolo Repertory Theatre
  • Myakka River State Park

Things to Do in Sarasota

Sarasota is one of the most popular vacation destinations on Florida's Gulf Coast, the perfect Florida getaway for relaxing beach escapes as well as sophisticated snowbirds. Here’s a great list of things to do to help you find out if it’s the perfect fit for your next vacation. 

  • Visit the Mote Aquarium (marine laboratory) to see some of Florida's rescued wildlife including manatees, turtles, and dolphins
  • Big cat habitat
  • Visit the John and Marble Ringling Museum of Art 
  • Take a walk in the Sarasota Jungle Gardens to feed flamingos
  • Water Activities: boat rentals, parasailing, beaching, swimming, shelling
  • Visit St. Armands Circle for shopping, restaurants, and beach access
  • Fishing & charter boat tours
  • Golfing
  • Shopping (University Town Centre)
  • Fine dining and casual restaurants

Annual Events

Be sure to book your vacation during one of these fun and exciting events.

  • Sarasota County Fair; great for all ages (March)
  • Sarasota Jazz Festival (March)
  • Florida International Air Show (April)
  • The Sarasota Music Festival hosted by the Florida West Coast Symphony (June)
  • Sarasota Film Festival (March)
  • Sarasota Chalk Festival (the first international street painting festival in the US) (November)
  • The Sarasota Marathon (October)


Search, find and book your Sarasota, Florida vacation rental on Florida Rental By Owners website (FLARBO). Exclusively for travelers wishing to communicate and book directly with the owner. There are no traveler fees for using Florida Rental By Owners website. Owners are screened and verified for ownership. All transactions occur directly with the owner. Read reviews and guest experiences to ensure your vacation rental will meet your goals.  We have many homes to meet the demands of over a million travelers and you can find accommodations of every kind to suit many visitor types. Singles, couples, small and large families, reunions, sports groups, and business visitors. Bring Fido too, we have lots of pet-friendly homes to offer in addition to other niche vacation types such as boat-friendly, large groups, budget-friendly and more!

Statistics about Sarasota

Use the search filters on Florida Rental By Owners website to look for accommodations meeting your criteria. There are currently over 163 properties in the Sarasota area listed for rent. There are 90 condos advertised out of 163 properties. The majority of properties listed have heated pools - 124 rentals which make this an ideal year-round destination. Many winter travelers are looking for long-term rental options, choosing the long term suitability filter renders 66 rental options for snowbirds. People loving traveling with their family members. In the Sarasota area, there are 130 rentals that are family-friendly vacation rentals.

Vacation Rental Price information pertaining to the Sarasota, Florida area

Currently, prices range from 825$ per week during the low season which typically runs from the end of August to the month of November. January is also considered a low season month. You can expect to pay the highest rates during the high-season running from February through to the first or second week of April where prices of larger homes can cost over $5,600 per week. The summer months, June and July are also favorite times for local travelers from the state of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina to escape to the coast for cooler breezes and boating. There are 27 vacation rentals with docks available in the Sarasota area.

Accommodation Types in Sarasota, Florida

There is an abundance of vacation rental dwelling types, the majority ranging from condos to private homes: 

  • 53 rentals are listed as "house" rentals, accounting for 32.5% of the housing types
  • 90 rentals are listed as "condo" rentals, are another popular rental type accounting for 55.2% of the short term rental housing types
  • 1 rental is listed as "townhouses"
  • 3 rentals are listed as "bungalows"

Good Times to Sarasota, Florida

With the fabulous weather patterns year-round, any time and month of the year are good times to visit Sarasota. Peak seasons follow the school year and holiday periods with peaks from February to mid-April and the summer months of June and July are great times for the whole family to visit. Off-season from mid-August to the third week in November offers the least expensive and quietest times of the year to rent a Sarasota property. During the month of March, there is an abundance of events and festivals such as the Sarasota Film Festival, Sarasota Jazz Festival, Sarasota County Fair that are always fun to attend.

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Traveling to Sarasota

Sarasota has a major airport within 30 minutes of the downtown core as well as other larger airports close by. Whether you live in the United States, Canada, Europe and beyond you are sure to find a final destination close by. 

Traveling to Sarasota by Car from Major U.S. Cities

For those driving in, Hwy. I-75 is a direct route to Sarasota, but the I-10 or Hwy. 20 can be taken westbound to Hwys. 77, 79, 231. Consider driving these distances from major cities to Sarasota;

  • Birmingham, AL - 624 miles

  • Atlanta, GA - 509 miles

  • New Orleans, LA - 711 miles

  • Nashville, TN - 758 miles

  • Little Rock, AR - 984 miles

  • Louisville, KY - 930 miles

Traveling to Sarasota by Plane

There is an abundance of airports to choose from all within 1 hour's drive of Sarasota, Florida. Whether you live in the United States, Canada, Europe and beyond you are sure to find a final destination close by. Below are some statistics in relation to driving distance that Sarasota, Florida is from some major airports in the area. 

Sarasota - Bradenton International Airport (SRQ)

The Sarasota - Bradenton International Airport is the closest airport to the city, approximately 3 miles. This airport is serviced by seven major carriers - 2 Canadian: Air Canada & West Jet. U.S. carriers: United, American, Delta, Elite, and Jet Blue Flights (not offered year-round since it is considered a tourist destination check with each carrier)

St Petersburg-Clearwater Airport (PIE)

St. Pete-Clearwater Airport is located approximately an hour's drive from Sarasota. It is a destination for low-cost carriers. The main airline carrier is Allegiant Air. PIE is less busy than Tampa International Airport and is frequently used by pilots of private planes and executive jets.

Southwest Florida Airport (RSW)

Southwest Florida Airport is located in Fort Myers, Florida. A little over an hour's drive from Sarasota, it's also a great choice for flying into to get to this vacation destination

Tampa International Airport (TPA)

Tampa International Airport is also approximately an hour's drive from Sarasota (56 miles). This airport is served by over 20 major airline carriers.

Transportation in Sarasota

There is an abundance of transportation options at the major airports including Uber, taxis, shuttles and limousine services. Most are open 24 hours a day but we highly suggest booking transportation in advance.  There are lots of transportation shuttles available, but your own vehicle will give you much more freedom to come and go as you please. There are also lots of local restaurants to explore, not to mention the endless attractions and shopping! 

Sarasota Monthly Average Weather Chart

Weather Statistics for Sarasota, Florida

Looking at our average weather climate chart above. July and August are the warmest months for Sarasota, Florida with average maximum temperatures of 90°F highs. Cooler temperatures prevail in the month of January, where minimum average temperatures at night average 52° lows. The wet season occurs in August. Most people travel to the Sarasota area for the beaches of Siesta Key, Lido Key and Longboat Key and the Gulf of Mexico temperatures range in the hottest months of May, June, July, August, and September between 81°F to a steamy 88°F.

Food and Drinks in Sarasota, Florida

Sarasota is full of great restaurants. It is a truly rich cultural area with an abundance of funky drinking establishments and a fabulous selection of award-winning dining establishments with a large variety of epicurean options. Some favorite restaurants include:

  • Owner's Fish Camp hits all the boxes for an eclectic ambiance and imaginative seafood dishes. 
  • Columbia found in St Armand's Circle is one of the area's oldest restaurants known for its famous Cuban cuisine.
  • The Indigenous Restaurant serves up New American-style cuisine in a funky historic cottage
  • First Watch Cafe is a great chain restaurant option for "health-minded breakfast, brunch & lunch options" think omelets, soups & salads.
  • Yoder's Amish Restaurant is known for its old-fashioned locale and hearty American & Amish cuisine. Don't leave without one of their homemade pies.

Partner Guide

Sunshine Concierge

Serving local residents, visitors, and travelers Sunshine Concierge Partners offers something for everyone! insured, dependable and well-known throughout Manatee County. Sunshine Concierge Partners has helped hundreds of clients achieve their home and vacation goals! Handling everything from rental turns to home watch services for property owners who need boots on the ground while they're away.  Sunshine Concierge can take care of your renters needs from groceries to shuttle rides to the airport, property owners, and seasonal residents needs as well. Bonded and insured. Anna Maria Island's dependable services company for years. Servicing Anna Maria, Bradenton, Longboat Key, Parrish and surrounding areas. Sunshine Concierge - 941-500-3368

Sarasota, Florida FAQ's 

What types of property can I rent in the Sarasota, Florida area?

Florida Rental By Owners has a wide range of vacation rentals in Sarasota, Florida including condos, cottages, townhouses, duplexes, holiday villas and private homes. The FlaRBO property selection is filled with many properties in Sarasota. We recommend selecting a property based on your needs such as proximity to downtown, cultural areas, beach areas, waterfront dock properties, parking, wheelchair accessible, nearby attractions, and whether or not the property is pet-friendly or boat-friendly.

Should I rent a Beach Cottage in the Sarasota, Florida area?

Yes, if a cottage is right for you! Most houses in Sarasota offer amazing backyard amenities like heated pools and hot tubs! Some include fun amenities such as pools, hot tubs, outdoor plush seating areas, fitness rooms, billiards, and ping pong tables. If this is what you are looking for, then you should rent a beach cottage in Sarasota.

Should I rent a Condo in the Sarasota, Florida area?

Of course! Sarasota accommodations include condominiums that often offer unique amenities and the perfect space rather than a Sarasota cottage or large private home for example. House rentals are often great for family vacations, larger groups or those who prefer having an entire house and outdoor property to themselves. Sarasota condo rentals are perfect for smaller families and couples. 

Can I rent a pet-friendly rental in the Sarasota, Florida area?

Yes! We love our pets and we are sure you do too! has many pet-friendly Sarasota rentals. You can use our search feature to narrow down our Anna Maria Island rental properties to just show those that are pet-friendly.

Can I rent a boat-friendly rental in the Sarasota, Florida area?

Sarasota is perched on the Intercoastal Waterway and the perfect place to bring your boat or rent one from a local vendor! (Florida Rental By Owners) has many boat-friendly rentals in Sarasota Use our search feature to narrow down our Sarasota rental properties to just show those that are boat-friendly.

Is Sarasota a good place for Snowbirds looking for a monthly vacation rental?

Yes, there are many homes and condos that rent monthly stays in Sarasota Florida that would be perfect for snowbirds and longer stay guests.

Will I pay any fees to book a property on Florida Rental By Owners?

Never! We never charge any fees to book a property on Florida Rental By Owners. And we never take a commission from an owner.  If you are looking for VRBO or Airbnb type rental or lodging accommodation why pay the extra fees? Use! We put you in direct contact with the owner or manager of the property or cottage rental in Anna Maria Island so you always get the best price.

I am a Vacation Rental Property Owner Can I List My Home for Rent on Florida Rental By Owners?

Yes! We have a multitude of subscription levels to advertise your vacation rental for any budget. Our Book Direct, No Commission Fee Subscription Model suits the majority of short term owners. You can view the details located on our List Your Property page here.

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