10 Days in Sarasota for beach goers, sports fans, and history fanatics

Take a tour through the history of Florida’s Gulf Coast on this 10-day itinerary that takes in much of the heritage, both modern and ancient, of the area. Along the way, you will discover a whole new side to the Sunshine State, including its prehistory, archaeology, plant life, sports and much more. From your base at the gorgeous Ritz-Carlton Sarasota, you can branch out to nearby Bradenton for the superb IMG sports academy and Manatee Village Historic Park; in Sarasota, there is the dazzling Ringling Estate, Historic Spanish Point and the intriguing Classic Car Museum. As well as all the history, your tour will include a chance to sample many of the great locations that now make up the Gulf Coast’s rapidly-growing foodie scene, which includes more Zagat-rated restaurants than anywhere else in the state. Finally, it will all be topped off with visits to some of the best beach experiences in the state, ensuring your visit ticks all the essential boxes for any holiday in this glorious part of the world.

Example Holiday Itinerary for Saratosa FL and Area

Day 1
  • Arrive at the Orlando International Airport
  • Drive to Sarasota, FL
  • Check-in at the Ritz Carlton
  • Settle in and acquaint yourselves with all of the hotel’s luxurious amenities
  • Stroll on to Lido Beach and watch the sun set, a spectacular Sarasota show and tradition
Day 2
  • Tour the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, featuring a waterfront mansion, the Circus Museums and Mable Ringling’s Rose Garden
  • Rest
  • Dine in at The Ritz-Carlton’s very own Jack Dusty, a waterfront restaurant serving up fresh local seafood and specialty cocktails
Day 3
  • Have a morning swim in the Gulf Of Mexico’s crystal clear waters off Lido Beach; stop by The Lido Tiki Bar for refreshments
  • Tour Oriole Park at Camden Yards, home of the Baltimore Orioles, or catch a spring training game
  • Taste the incredible flavors of The Table Creekside restaurant and take advantage of the view of historic Phillippi Creek from the outside rustic deck
Day 4
  • Train in a full-day adult performance camp program at IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL; you will have access to a state-of-the-art Performance Center and a Gatorade Sports Science Institute. Programs are led by certified nutritionists and lifestyle coaches


Day 5
  • Following a full day of athletic training, reserve a poolside cabana and relax while enjoying all of the wonderful pool amenities
  • Indulge in Italian-American cuisine served up at Social Eatery & Bar, a unique restaurant that will make for a spectacular social dining experience
Day 6
  • Explore and discover the history of the “4 Ps of Historic Spanish Point.” Prehistory, Pioneers, Palmers and Plants
  • Rest
  • Join the Gulf-front gathering at The Ritz-Carlton Beach Club to celebrate the sun set, don’t forget to search for the Green Flash
Day 7
  • Spend the day watching public Polo matches at The Sarasota Polo Club at Lakewood Ranch, a first-class residential polo community
Day 8
  • Experience The Beach Club to its entirety;  explore the beach by foot, bike or kayaking
  • Enjoy lunch at the Sunset Terrace of The Beach Club Grill
  • Watch a renowned performance at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, built in 1968 and 1969, Van Wezel holds a vital place in the history of 20th Century American architecture
Day 9
  • Travel back in time and explore the second oldest continuously operating antique care museum in the Nation, The Sarasota Classic Car Museum
  • Discover the pioneer life in Florida at the Manatee Village Historic Park, with 14 points of interesting, presenting to guests the history of Manatee County and Old Florida
  • Enjoy fresh seafood, fine wine and creative cocktails at Duval’s Fresh Local Seafood, sourcing the highest quality ingredients from both local fisherman and farmers
Day 10
  • Check out of The Ritz-Carlton
  • Depart from the Orlando International Airport


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