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sarasota was originally called zara zota by the spanish. in 1819 when the spanish ceded florida to the united states and fort armistead was built in the sarasota area. the first white settler to the sarasota area was william whitaker in the 1840's. sarasota was a small fishing village until the end of the civil war. after the civil war many people from georgia settled in the area. sarasota's population grew significantly during the 1920's florida land boom. sarasota is the county seat of sarasota county and the town of sarasota was incorporated in 1902. the famous circus owner and land developer john ringling made sarasota his winter home in 1911. in 1925 he built ca d' zan which today is one of america's best museums of italian art.

today sarasota is the cultural center of southwest florida. sarasota is home to the florida west coast symphony, the sarasota music festival, the sarasota ballet and opera as well as the ringling museum and the van wezel performing arts center. this upscale winter resort town has beautiful resorts, excellent restaurants, and shopping. like most southwest florida coastal resort towns prices are much higher during the winter tourist season.

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  • Pros:arts, culture, and beautiful beaches.
  • Cons:expensive and crowded during the winter tourist season.
  • Last visit to Sarasota: Jun 2010
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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