We enjoyed our stay in Sarasota. We especially enjoyed some of the restaurants at St Armand's circle. We also enjoyed the restaurants on Main Street at Lakewood Ranch, also the movie theatre. There is a large shopping center, UTC, and other stores, Publix, Walgreen, etc. nearby. Unfortunately, we did not have the opportunity to enjoy the beaches, due to red tide. Our host was excellent if we had an issue, she solved it immediately. She is a very good person.