Looking for recommendations on where to stay in the Sarasota area.
We are a couple in our mid-fifties; we like to stay in an area with nice beaches, and within walking distance of shops, restaurants, bars etc. We like lively places, but do not like crowds.
We just returned from a 10 day stay in the Clearwater Beach area and had a fabulous time; we found the weekends to be very busy, however it was nice and quiet during the week. We particularly liked the fact that there was so much to see in the area and enjoyed many day trips up and down to coast. We drove to Anna Maria Island and loved it, and may consider staying there, however we think that the evenings may be a little on the quiet side for us. It’s not that we are looking for lots of nightlife, we just like to take a stroll in the evening, have a nice casual dinner then wander back to the hotel.
Considering Siesta Key Village or the waterfront area of Sarasota mainland. We would prefer to stay in a hotel with an oceanview, but this is not a must. Can anyone help with recommendations for May 2010? Thanks so much.