Beach photo courtesy of the Sarasota Convention & Visitors Bureau

arasota's 361 days a year of Florida sunshine and 35 miles of soft, white-sand beaches might already be sufficient reason for most people to head to this charming, Gulf Coast town. But add a vibrant arts community with a full calendar of theater, dance and opera performances, plus museum and gallery exhibits and Sarasota becomes all the more enticing.

Drawn to its crystal clear blue waters and dazzling sunsets, visitors also discover Sarasota's lush tropical gardens, historic landmarks, and architectural beauty.

Sarasota beckons to all those who want to relax and soak up some culture. Click the links to explore some of the great opportunities which await you when visiting this gorgeous part of Sunshine State.

Photos courtesy of the Sarasota Convention & Visitors Bureau