Conveniently located near I-75, which connects Sarasota, FL to the Greater Bay Area which consists of larger metropolitan areas like Tampa and St. Petersburg.
The Greater Bay Area provides Sarasota residents with a larger city feel near to their own backyard. The close proximity to the city of Tampa is very convenient for the self-proclaimed sports fanatic or shopping guru.
GREATER BAY AREA SPORT TEAMS
Tampa has two major sports teams and a high octane college team as well. In just a short 45 minute drive to the Greater Bay Area, Sarasota residents can watch the Tampa Bay Rays live in action at Tropicana Field, while they take on their American League East competitors. Approximately one hour will get you to either Raymond James Stadium, which plays host to the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, or Tampa Bay Time Forum to see the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning. If you really like collegiate athletics, big-time college hoops and football are played in North Tampa by the University of South Florida’s Bulls. Top off your day of fun with a dinner at Hard Rock Cafe Tampa, located inside the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
GREATER BAY AREA SHOPPING
Tampa also provides Sarasota, FL residents with great shopping experiences like the International Plaza, Bay Street Plaza and Hyde Parke Village. These shopping complexes provide great shopping at shops like Hugo Boss, Cole Haan, Gucci, H&M, J. Crew, LOFT, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & CO., Brooks Brothers and Tommy Bahama and also offer a variety of cafés, restaurants and local eateries to fuel you while you shop. Downtown St. Petersburg, Florida is a shopper’s paradise with a huge array of specialty shops and unique boutiques awaiting you. Whether your quest is antiques, books, jewelry, fashion, or gifts from around the world, discover shopping in St. Pete!
GREATER BAY AREA AIRPORTS
Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg provide residents of Sarasota with two nearby international airports, Tampa International Airport and St. Petersburg-Clearwater International. These airports make travel convenient for friends, families or other loved ones that wish to visit the greater Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg area or need to travel outside of Florida for business.