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Planning Your Trip

While Sarasota’s siren song may be its white-sand beaches, visitors from around the world stay on for the wealth of cultural attractions, outdoor activities and diverse day trips. From romantic getaways to family vacations, here is what to bring with you so you are prepared to see it all.

John Ringling Bridge
John Ringling Bridge
What to Pack
The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota

Pack something colorful. Locals don’t shy away from bright hues and big prints, and neither should you.

Exploring the City
Sarasota’s main attractions are all relatively close together, making long walks an enjoyable way to experience all the city has to offer.

In winter, temperatures can be in the 70s during the day and dip into the 50s at night, so it’s wise to pack layers.

Bring a pair of sensible shoes for your walk around town. You’ll likely trek a few miles taking in the shops, galleries and restaurants along Main and First streets.

If you’re a shopper, don’t miss The Mall at University Town Center located just 10 miles east of the resort. A closer alternative is St. Armands Circle located just 2.5 miles from the resort and features over 140 shops, boutiques and restaurants.

Keep it casual. You may want one more buttoned-up outfit for a night out, but most of Sarasota is quite relaxed, so focus on comfort.
Day Trips
  • There are lots of things to do just beyond Sarasota, from outdoor adventures to kid-friendly activities. While Sarasota is very walkable, you will need to rent a car to venture farther out.

  • Bring a tote bag and head to Sanibel Island for a day of shelling — the island is famed for its shells and is just about two hours away.

  • Be sure to pack comfortable shoes if you’re planning to bring the kids to Walt Disney World or Universal Studios in Orlando, both a two-hour drive from Sarasota.

  • Head to Myakka River State Park, about a 45-minute drive, for bike riding, birding, canoeing and more. If you’re planning to take one of the fantastic airboat tours, be sure to bring a light jacket or sweater. Even on a warm day the breeze can be intense.
Weekend Getaway
  • Sometimes the best way to spend your time in Sarasota is to just relax and take in all the resort has to offer: a stunning pool, a top golf resort, delicious restaurants and stunning ocean views.

  • Keep it casual. All you need is a bathing suit for enjoying the pool and a couple of breezy pieces for wearing around the resort. Even at the property’s buzzed-about waterfront restaurant, Jack Dusty, the dress code is far from formal.

  • The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club is only a short drive away, so pack your clubs and golf gear for a day on the award-winning links.

  • You’ll want to spend the day on the beach and then linger for the nightly sunset celebration to try to catch a glimpse of the famed “green flash.” Bring a light layer or two to ward off any evening chill.
Ritz Carlton Hotel image
Ritz Carlton Hotel image
What To Reserve
The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota

Even a day at the beach benefits from a little planning ahead. Ensure your Florida vacation is pure sunshine by reserving necessities like tee times, spa appointments and even cabana rentals ahead of time.

The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota

Looking to lounge on some of Florida's most desirable beaches during your getaway? Eager to savor the city's vibrant culinary scene, play a round of golf and check out the galleries? When it comes to organizing your Sarasota vacation, these sample itineraries hit all the highlights.