Golden sand beaches, lush tropical gold courses, a modern city plan and cheap cost of living all add up to one thing in south Florida – Sarasota. Aptly named Paradise, this city is one of the beautiful gems of Florida that not many people know about. With a population of just 52,000, Sarasota plays host to a number of beachcombers, Spring Breakers, and general warm weather seekers during the winter months. The rest of the year it has a small town feel, but with access to the comforts and amenities of a larger urban city.
Perched on the southwestern portion of Florida, getting around Sarasota wouldn’t be possible without any number of major roads and highways running to and through this coastal town. Most people have cars and prefer to drive since the local bus service, awkwardly titled SCAT, only operated in the main county area. Another interesting fact about transportation here is the fact that Sarasota is connected to the Atlantic Ocean via a 3,000 mile waterway that cuts through the peninsula itself. Leisure boats and barges have no problems getting to this beautiful city on the coast.