Sun, Sand & Shark Teeth on the Gulf Coast
- Arrive: Tampa International Airport
- 10 Days
- Depart: Miami International Airport
Sarastoa & Naples
Price from £1458
Along the south-west of Florida’s gorgeous Gulf Coast are the cities of Sarasota and Naples – and a wealth of attractions both man-made and natural. Some of the beaches here are truly heavenly and you will experience the best they have to offer on this itinerary, as well as some superlative shopping (as only Florida can) and the rapidly-growing profile for a foodie dining adventure. But Sarasota is also about a lot more than beaches and shopping. It has a unique heritage, as created by circus impresario John Ringling, who made this the winter home of The Greatest Show on Earth and brought an amazing array of circus-related features to the area, notably his own mansion – as befitting one of the richest men in the world at the time – and the stunning Museum of Art. Likewise, Naples has become the hub of chic art galleries, boutique shopping and eco-adventures. If you think you knew Florida, a trip to this part of the coast will open up whole new vistas of the Sunshine State, as well as some great places to eat.
The Virage Hotel is located just minutes drive from Sarasota in Osprey Florida. The hotel features brand new rooms, free Wi-Fi and a complimentary continental breakfast served daily. The hotel is situated close to Siesta Key Beach, Venice Main Street shopping and all of Sarasota’s well renowned attractions and restaurants.
Things to do...
Indulge in traditional Spanish cuisine at the historic Columbia Restaurant in the upscale St. Armands Circle area.
Have lunch or dinner at Crab & Fin for an epic journey into fine seafood, foodie style.
Check out the shops and restaurants of Ocean Boulevard in Siesta Key, and have a cocktail at the Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar
Spend the day exploring the St. Armands Circle shops and restaurants, set in a tropical paradise that was originally created by the Ringling Circus. The beaches of Lido Key are also just a short stroll away.
Take a shopping expedition to the upscale Mall at University Town Center, just north of Sarasota.
Drive eight miles south to beautiful Venice and head out into Gulf of Mexico with Sail Venice on their appointment-only yacht cruises.
Take time to walk the white sands of Venice Beach, ‘The shark-tooth Capital of the World,’ where hunting for fossilised shark teeth is the local pastime.
Take a day trip to Siesta Key, just 10 miles to the north, and relax by floating along among the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico and walking the sugar-fine sands.
Spend the afternoon at The Ringling and witness the the amazing collection of art, circus history, gardens and spectacular mansion created by John Ringling.
Experience a delightful evening watching a performance at the historic Asolo Repertory Theater, next to The Ringling.
Travel by car
- From: Tampa International Airport
- To: Virage Hotel
- 75 miles, 1 hour, 10 minutes
Stop off at Ellenton Premium Outlets en route to enjoy some shopping.
Naples Bay Resort
The Naples Bay Resort is located along the Naples Bay, surrounded by exotic wildlife and the beautiful landscape. The resort combines contemporary accommodation with southern comfort. The hotel is rated AAA Four Diamond and is situated near a picturesque marina that offers incredible views extending out over the Gulf of Mexico. During your stay you can make the most of the opportunities to enjoy life near and on the water. You will be guaranteed a luxurious and memorable stay in the Sunshine State.
Things to do...
Drive to Naples and check in to at the Naples Bay Resort, 100 miles to the south.
Head to the Old Naples Pub for dinner in historic old Naples, with live entertainment most evenings.
Stroll through the Waterside Shops for an upscale retail adventure, with various enticing lunch options, including Brio Tuscan Grille.
For dinner, head to La Playa Beach Resort and enjoy the fine dining of Baleen, overlooking the beautiful beach.
Continue south-east along the Tamiami Trail to Port of the Islands Hotel & Marina for live entertainment and delicious food at Angler’s Cove Restaurant and Bar.
Visit Fifth Avenue South for terrific shopping and dining, just minutes from the beach.
For afternoon activity, check out the nearby shops and restaurants of The Village on Venetian Bay.
Relax at Lowdermilk Beach Park, one of the city’s premier beachfront parks.
Watch the sunset while beachcombing along Vanderbilt Beach in north Naples.
Head south to Marco Island and enjoy an eco-cruise around the barrier islands aboard the Dolphin Explorer, identifying and tracking dolphins in the area, among other notable sealife
Travel by car
- From: Virage Hotel
- To: The Naples Bay Resort
- 103 miles, 1 hour, 40 minutes
Stretch your legs en route at the Babcock Ranch Preserve.
Last day of the holiday
Check out of the The Naples Bay Resort
Drive to Miami International Airport and depart.
Sarastoa & Naples Holiday from £1458
Price includes compact car hire and room only. Our team of Florida travel experts will endeavour to get you the best deal.
Travel by car
- To: Naples Bay Resort
- From: Miami International Airport
- 124 miles, 2 hours
Enjoy the scenic drive through Everglades National Park.