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Downtown Sarasota or Beach ?

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Downtown Sarasota or Beach ?

Just trying to decide whether to get something that's right on the beach or something closer to downtown. Is it worth spending a few hundred extra or just drive about 22 minutes to the siesta beach? We are a young couple so it seems if downtown has some stuff then may be it's better to get that but if beach areas have everything then that might be the way to go.

The place I am looking at is on the 7th St in downtown.

Thank you for all for your helpful replies. :)

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1. Re: Downtown Sarasota or Beach ?

If you get a place near/on the beach that is in walking distance to Siesta Village, that will be the best of both worlds.

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2. Re: Downtown Sarasota or Beach ?

Thank you for the reply. I see - unfortunately Siesta Key places seem to be all booked up or a little too expensive. Do people really use the SCAT (not sure who came up with this name) to go to the beach from downtown?

Edited: 12:44 pm, June 23, 2014
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3. Re: Downtown Sarasota or Beach ?

How much did you want to spend per night? How many nights?

Where on 7th Street?

SCAT Sarasota County Area Transit..

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4. Re: Downtown Sarasota or Beach ?

Trying to keep it under 1000-1100 for a week's stay of June 7-14th. I don't have the exact address for the 7th street property as it just says 7th Street, Sarasota FL on it. It has great reviews but seems a bit far from downtown:

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/2723698…

Thank you guys for all the help thus far.

Edited: 2:06 pm, June 23, 2014
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5. Re: Downtown Sarasota or Beach ?

Correction, it should be July 7 - 14th.

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6. Re: Downtown Sarasota or Beach ?

Yes, a nightly accommodation budget would be most helpful....in order to make some specific recommendations.

It almost sounds like you aren't planning to rent a vehicle??

Personally , we stay on Siesta. Key directly gulfront....on the fabulous beach for the amazing sand and sunsets....

The amazing dining scene in Sarasota is located both on and off the Key, and easily accessed by rental vehicle or taxi.

Public TransportIon in Sarasota is somewhat lacking IMO from a visitor's perspective, especially if one is wanting to navigate a good deal of the area, and various Keys.

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7. Re: Downtown Sarasota or Beach ?

Have you looked at the Hotel Ranola? It is close to the downtown.

You can check rates on all these.

There is a Holiday Inn on Lido Key.

There are places on Siesta Key:

Bay Oaks

Midnight Cove- Bayside

Tropical Shores

The Capri

Crescent Towers

Sea Crest Apartments

Ringling Beach House (you can walk to Siesta Village)

Island House

www.siestakeychamber.com

www.vrbo.com

www.vacationrentals.com

I don't think 7th Street is a great place for a vacation.

Will you have a car or are you depending on public transportation??

There are others.

www.visitsarasota.org

www.see-sarasota.com

Do you live in CA? long flight.

The dates you have picked are close to July 4...hence the lack of availability.

~SRQgirl

Edited: 2:20 pm, June 23, 2014
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8. Re: Downtown Sarasota or Beach ?

As for SCAT, no; most visitors do not use busses to get around or to go from downtown to the beaches. The busses are infrequent and usually involve a change at some place downtown to get where you really want to go.

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9. Re: Downtown Sarasota or Beach ?

Wow! went with crescent towers! Looking forward to the trip! first time in florida! Thank you for your help SRQGirl!

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