Bradenton and Sarasota offer some of the very best of Floridian living. While many come as tourists to enjoy the highlights of these cities on vacation, our residents get to enjoy the beauty and bounty of the area year-round. Consider these compelling reasons to call this part of Florida home.
1. Delicious Dining
Sarasota made it onto the Conde Nast Traveler list of the 15 Best Food Cities in the U.S. Five Sarasota restaurants received Golden Spoon awards from Florida Trend, including Indigenous, Libby’s Café + Bar, Mozaic, Pomona Bistro & Wine Bar, and Shore Diner. You don’t have to dine out to enjoy some of the area’s outstanding flavors, either. The Sarasota Farmers’ Market at Main Street and Lemon Avenue offers local delights every Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
2. Fantastic Festivals
You don’t have to travel far to access world-class festivals when you live around here. The Sarasota Film Festival spans 10 days, bringing more than 200 films and 250 filmmakers to the area. In November, the Sarasota Chalk Festival draws about 200,000 visitors to see the chalk masterpieces of over 250 artists. The Bradenton Bluesfest in December brings top talent to the stage and fills the streets with outstanding vendors serving up local craft brews and specialty eats.
3. Outstanding Apartment Living
Our Springs apartment communities in Bradenton and Sarasota offer luxury living and flexible leases. A free coffee bar, outdoor kitchen and resort-style pool are sure to draw you out into the friendly community at Springs at Palma Sola, and you can pamper your pets with access to two leash-free fenced pet playgrounds and a pet spa area at Springs at Bee Ridge. In these communities, you’ll find all the comforts you’re looking for and then some!
4. Sunset Beaches
The beach life is always close at hand in Sarasota and Bradenton. Sarasota offers easy access to Lido Beach, Longboat Key Beaches and Siesta Beach, while you can hit Anna Maria Island and Manatee County Beach from Bradenton. These beaches are the perfect pick for a stunning sunset on the water, though you’ll find they can draw you in any time of the day…or year!
What are your favorite features of Bradenton and Sarasota? Share your top picks with us in the comments section below!