There are lots of condos and beachfront rentals in the greater Sarasota area, but most of these rent only by the week. If that's your time frame, the weeklong rentals often are a more financially prudent choice. There are also golf resort condo communities that rent by the week.
If you're only in for a few days, hotels and motels run the gamut from moderately priced and no-frills to truly luxurious. Generally speaking, beachside places are pricier than mainland or downtown accommodations, and winter rates are highest, dropping down usually by a third for summer rates. Accommodations in Sarasota proper and Longboat Key tend to be lavish and pricey. To find something more affordable, the casual, low-rise barrier island of Siesta Key may be better.
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