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THE FLORIDA WEST COAST

The Florida West Coast market which stretches from Sarasota to Clearwater is a region of remarkable beauty and vibrant coastal communities lining the stunning Gulf of Mexico coastline. Known for its beautiful beaches, subtropical climate, and cultural appeal, the area offers a diverse range of activities attracting visitors from across the globe.

, Florida West Coast

Sarasota County – Sarasota, Lido Key & Siesta Key

Situated as the southernmost of the three counties, Sarasota is most famously recognized for Siesta Key Beach, renowned for its powdery white sand and crystal-clear waters. Siesta Key Beach is frequently ranked by TripAdvisor as the #1 beach in the country and among the top 10 beaches in the world. Sarasota County had just over 3 million visitors in 2022. Sarasota has a vibrant arts scene with numerous galleries, theaters, and museums including the world-famous Ringling Museum. Sarasota is home to spring training for the Baltimore Orioles and Atlanta Braves adding to its sports and cultural appeal. Sarasota’s diverse offerings make it an enticing destination for vacationers and real estate investors alike.

Manatee County – Anna Maria Island, Holmes Beach, Bradenton Beach & Bradenton

Nestled between Sarasota County and the South side of Tampa Bay, Manatee County was long known as a quiet beach town on Florida’s West Coast. In 2022 however, Manatee County welcomed an impressive 3.7 million overnight visitors illustrating how its wide-ranging appeal has resulted in an explosion in popularity. At the top of the list are the picturesque beaches and turquoise waters of Anna Maria Island. Known for its laid-back vibe, many people compare the experience on Anna Maria to that of a posh Caribbean Island, but with better amenities!

On the mainland, the town of Bradenton boasts numerous nature preserves, historic landmarks, and over 25 golf courses. Bradenton is also known for its thriving arts and culture scene featuring museums, galleries, theaters, and the vibrant Village of the Arts district. For sports enthusiasts, Bradenton hosts the Pittsburgh Pirates spring training and is home to the renowned IMG Academy, celebrated for its world-class facilities and comprehensive athletic development programs. Outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate world-class fishing opportunities and the charming commercial fishing village of Cortez.

, Florida West Coast
, Florida West Coast

Pinellas County – Clearwater, St Petersburg, Seminole, Largo & Gulfport

Just north of Manatee County over the iconic Sunshine Skyway Bridge is Pinellas County. Pinellas County stands out as one of Florida’s smallest counties with only 280 square miles of land, area but despite its small size, it attracts approximately 5.7 million overnight visitors annually. The draw? The fantastic climate, culture, and 35 miles of world-renowned beaches beckon visitors from across the globe. Moreover, Pinellas County is a sports hub, hosting Spring Training for the Phillies, Blue Jays, and home Tampa Bay Rays. Beyond the beaches, the county offers a variety of attractions, including museums, theaters, and vibrant arts scenes including The Salvador Dali Museum.

In summary, the Florida West Coast offers a rich tapestry of real estate opportunities, from the bustling tourist destinations of Pinellas County to the diverse attractions of Manatee County and the cultural and natural beauty of Sarasota County. Accessing the Florida West Coast is incredibly convenient, thanks to the presence of several major airports in the area, including the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SRQ), Tampa International Airport (TPA), and St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE). With an international airport within a 45-minute drive, traveling to any one of these stunning destinations couldn’t be easier.

Whether you’re interested in short-term rentals, long-term investments, or a place to call home, this region’s unique attributes ensure there’s something for every investor along its breathtaking Gulf of Mexico coastline.

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