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Sarasota, Florida, United States of America

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How much money will you need for your trip to Sarasota? You should plan to spend around $200 per day on your vacation in Sarasota, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, $110 on meals for one day. Also, the average hotel price in Sarasota for a couple is $173. So, a trip to Sarasota for two people for one week costs on average $2,794. All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

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A vacation to Sarasota for one week usually costs around $1,397 for one person. So, a trip to Sarasota for two people costs around $2,794 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs $5,588 in Sarasota. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price 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 can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

How expensive is Sarasota? How much money do I need for Sarasota?

How much does a trip to Sarasota cost? Is Sarasota expensive? The average Sarasota trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Sarasota prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Accommodation Budget in Sarasota
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The average price for one person for accommodation in Sarasota is $87. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price for a hotel room in Sarasota is $173.

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

Hotels in Sarasota

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Food Budget in Sarasota
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Sarasota can vary, the average cost of food in Sarasota is $110 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Sarasota should cost around $44 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
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  • Entertainment and activities in Sarasota typically cost an average of $9.08 per person, per day. 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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Last Updated: Aug 28, 2022
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.

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