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by Alextenglish

Sarasota is the first stop on the Southwest Florida Gulf Coast, after Tampa. What was once a sleepy retirement community, popular for its beaches and European flair, is now a bustling mid-size city with imported sophistication.

I spent four years there as a student at New College, and though I missed the cosmopolitan experience of Manhattan or Seattle, I could appreciate the history of this resort town, its numerous renowned restaurants, and fabulous powder-white coastline.

Today, the city offers far more for young professionals than ever before.

“Heaven’s waiting room no more!”

*last trip: October 2014

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