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10 Things to LOVE about Sarasota in the Summer

15 Apr 2015, Posted by Drew Russell in Sarasota Homes for Sale, Sarasota Luxury Homes

With mid April now upon us, it seems as though we skipped spring and have gone right into summer with near record daytime highs becoming a regular occurrence. Now that backyard pools and the Gulf of Mexico are warming up and many of our beloved seasonal residents have returned to the north, the attention of the locals is starting to turn to summer. As a lifetime Sarasotan, I have a special place in my heart for Sarasota summers, so to help you understand what is so great about our long, hot summers, here is a list of my Top 10 Reasons to LOVE Summertime In Sarasota:

1.) Little or Much Less Traffic! Year round residents long for the times when open road appears on US41 or Gulf of Mexico Drive. In the summer you can drive from the south end of Sarasota to the north end in less than 15 minutes- a feat that sometimes exceeds 45 minutes in the winter!

2.) Two Words: Prix Fixe.  Besides the refreshing experience of actually being able to get a table without a reservation, most restaurants offer fixed price menus in the summer that offer a three course dinner in the $25 range.  One of the favorites spots for my wife and I is Tommy Bahama’s on St. Armands Circle.  You can have a top quality inexpensive dinner and then stroll to Lido Beach in time to watch the sun dip into the Gulf.

3.) Summer Siesta Key Beach Runs- A long standing tradition and Sarasota staple are the Beach Runs put on by the Manasota Track Club.  There is a group that swims in the open waters of the Gulf at 6pm, a family fun run at 6:30, and the adult race is at 7:00.  The atmosphere is laid back and fun. All abilities are welcome and hundreds of runners show up each week for a different challenge. This is a great place to meet young families in Sarasota.

4.) The Return of Boating Season- As the water warms up, boating season is kicking into full swing. You haven’t fully experienced Sarasota until you have explored all her little islands, sandbars, and places to meet up with other boats. There is nothing better than a full day on the water with friends. Some of my favorite places to drop an anchor are the Cove in New Pass and Snake Island by the Venice Jetties.

5.) Summer Afternoon Rainstorms- You are not a true Sarasotan until you have shown up for an afternoon appointment in the Summer completely drenched.  Umbrellas do not stand a chance in our summertime downpours.  These rainstorms signal the season, but also provide a break from the heat in the evenings.  The summer sunsets after it has rained are spectacular.

6.) Tampa Bay Rays Baseball and the Summer Concert Series-Summer is a great season to cheer on our beloved small market MLB team. If you time it right you can catch the summer concert series at the Trop which features a free concert after the game. Acts such as Weezer, Kenny Loggins, and Martina McBride have been featured in recent years.

7.) Tarpon Fishing!  Summer brings in Tarpon Fever, in which locals face up to the monster challenge of catching these monster fish. The fishing action is hot all the way from the tip of Anna Maria Island to Boca Grande.  For best results catching these elusive fish, try booking one of our many local charters.

8.) The Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix- This offshore speed boat race is a true sight to behold- the best of the best racing each other with helicopters in tow. The beaches are packed and the waterways even busier, but nothing says summer in Sarasota more than the boat races.

9.) First Friday- Although this outdoor festival goes on year round in Lakewood Ranch, the summertime is a wonderful time and very family oriented. There is live music, outdoor dining, beverage sales in the streets, and an overall very nice atmosphere. Check out a First Friday in Lakewood Ranch for a nice surprise.

10.) Beach it Up!  Number 10 is no surprise, if you are in Sarasota all Summer, you must visit her #1 rated beaches.  Try to venture off the beaten path. Try Casperson Beach in Venice to find some sharks teeth or go see the saltwater-worn trees on the water’s edge near Beer Can Island on north Longboat Key.  No, matter what, make sure to spend some time outdoors and enjoy the natural beauty that Sarasota has to offer!

  I hope this information is interesting to you.  As you know, I work almost entirely by referral. If you know of anyone thinking of buying or selling real estate in the Sarasota market, I would greatly appreciate your referral.

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