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Sarasota, Florida, United States of America

How much does it cost to travel to Sarasota?

You should plan to spend around $249 per day on your vacation in Sarasota. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $137 on meals

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  • $217 on hotels

A one week trip to Sarasota for two people costs, on average, $3,492. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Sarasota cost?

A one week trip to Sarasota usually costs around $1,746 for one person and $3,492 for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Sarasota on average costs around $3,492 for one person and $6,985 for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Sarasota will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Sarasota on average costs around $7,483 for one person and $14,967 for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Sarasota has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Sarasota expensive to visit?

Prices in Sarasota are reasonable and comparable to your average travel destination. Hotels, food, and sightseeing are generally within normal price ranges.

Within North America, which is known to be an expensive region, Sarasota is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Salt Lake City or Big Island of Hawaii.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Sarasota Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Sarasota?

The average Sarasota trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Sarasota travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

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Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) $217
Food 2 $137
Entertainment 1 $11
Accommodation Budget in Sarasota
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Sarasota is $108. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Sarasota is $217. This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Sarasota

Looking for a hotel in Sarasota? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options.

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Sarasota based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $189. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Food Budget in Sarasota
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • While meal prices in Sarasota can vary, the average cost of food in Sarasota is $137 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Sarasota should cost around $55 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Sarasota is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Entertainment Budget in Sarasota
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • Entertainment and activities in Sarasota typically cost an average of $11 per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Sarasota On a Budget
Sarasota Sarasota, Florida
Located on the Gulf Coast of southwest Florida, Sarasota is a popular city known for its thriving arts scene, selection of restaurants, plenty of shopping, and beautiful beaches. The metropolitan area is a hub of city culture, while the beaches offer escapes of fine white sand and aqua waters.
Once the winter home of the Ringling Brothers Circus, Sarasota houses the Ringling Estate which features Mable's Rose Garden, the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the Circus Museum, the Ca d'Zan Mansion, the Tibbals Learning Center, and the Historic Asolo Theater located in the Visitor's Pavilion. The Museum of Art, built by John Ringling to house his personal collection of masterpieces, today features pieces from some of the great Old Masters plus internationally renowned European, American, and Asian art with masterpieces from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. The Circus Museum exhibits the rich history of the circus with a collection of items from posters and art prints to costumes, props, and other performance equipment. As far as the Ca d'Zan Mansion goes, the architecture takes on the air of a Venetian palace, while the interior has 56 incredible rooms filled with art and original furnishings. Other attractions include the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, Sarasota National Cemetery, Myakka River State Park, and the Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary.
The best known hub of downtown Sarasota is the Historic Palm Avenue. Lined with palm trees, galleries, restaurants, antique and specialty shops, this street is known as the best walk in town. "Palm Avenue's First Friday Art Walks" are held the first Friday of every month from 6PM-9PM. Here visitors and locals alike enjoy gallery openings, live performances, and hors d'oeuvres served by the Palm Avenue Merchants. St. Armands Circle, located just across the John Ringling Causeway over Sarasota Bay, is a quieter hub removed from the bustling downtown. The charming circular landscape is lined with a selection of shops, galleries, and restaurants, and is a pleasant atmosphere for an afternoon walk by the air of the ocean.

The beaches are a major draw to the Sarasota area. Siesta Key Beach is consistently ranked among the most beautiful beaches on Earth, with some of the cleanest whitest sand in the world. Amenities on this beach include an athletic area equipped with volleyball courts, a cookout area complete with grills (bring your own charcoal), and life guards on duty all day. Crescent Beach, Turtle Beach, Lido Beach, and the beach running the 15 mile span of Longboat Key are just as beautiful and accessible to visitors.

For those seeking an experience closer to outdoor adventure, there is a vast wilderness area of more than 100,000 acres within driving distance from Sarasota. The beautiful wilderness of the Myakka River State Park can be explored via horseback, mountain bike, canoe or kayak, and on foot.
Food and Dining
Like any popular vacation destination, Sarasota has plenty of dining options to satisfy all tastes and budgets. There are a number of places serving anything from small bites to indulgent meals, especially in the downtown area. With its location along the gulf coast, Sarasota also has a number of great seafood restaurants to match. From rustic oyster bars and open-air cafes to candlelit restaurants, any eatery in in the city will offer a wide variety of fresh fish and seafood. Though the seafood is sure to please, you can also find familiar chain restaurants and other eateries serving just about anything you could crave - steak, sushi, wood-oven-fired pizzas, authentic Asian cuisine, or a hearty hamburger. Some of the top restaurants as rated on TripAdvisor include Antoine's Restaurant, Sofrito Mama's, Solorzanos Late Night Pizzeria, Dolce Italia, Mozzarella Fella, Duval's, KaCey's Seafood and More, Selva Grill, Clayton's Siesta Grille, Michael's On East, Shore Diner, and Toasted Mango, amongst others. Most dining options can be found in the downtown area or in the vicinity of St. Armand's Circle.

The nearest major airport is Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport, located three miles north of Sarasota and six miles south of Bradenton on the border between Sarasota and Manatee counties.

By car, Sarasota has one primary expressway, Interstate 75, which runs north to south. Other major roads include the Tamiami Trail (or US 41, between Tampa and Miami), US Route 301, Beneva Road, Tuttle Ave/Swift Road, Honore Avenue and Cattleman Road - all which run north-to-south. Those running east-to-west include Clark Road, Proctor Road, Bee Ridge Road, Fruitville Road, and University Parkway.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.