These forums are so helpful!! I am heading to Florida for 10 days in November and am tentatively booked at two different hotels and am looking for help choosing areas. So far, I am booked at the Hampton Inn on Venetia Bay Blvd in Venice as well as the Hampton Inn on Cattleridge Blvd in Sarasota. We will be renting a car (a convertible, of course, extra sun time!!) so getting around will not be a problem. Venice looks like a prettier area, but I want to be close to beaches, shopping, and other things to do during my stay. We plan on going to Myakka State Park, Mote Aquarium, Marie Selby, Ringling Museum, and anything else that comes up!! Also, lots of shopping and beach time. If I stay in Venice, how far away from Sarasota will I be by car and should I reconsider the other Hampton?? Thanks for any advice!!