I love this drive! It happens to be the most convenient way for us to get to Sarasota, and it's a beautiful stretch of road. For those driving down from the Tampa airport, it's certainly the route to take. If you catch it right (usually late afternoon) you might even catch one of the cruise ships leaving Tampa and passing under the bridge. Views get better and better, with long views over the blue-green water back toward Tampa Bay and then out toward the Gulf. While on the lower portions, you'll get a nice view of boats, sail and powerboats heading out for a day on the water. And if the view weren't enough, the bridge is physically a pretty bridge with it's long span hung by steel cables. It's a dollar each way, but worth that dollar in entertainment value alone, let alone the convenience of travel to or from Sarasota.
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