Fans of professional baseball can spend weekends watching their favorite teams during spring training. The Baltimore Orioles in Sarasota, the Pittsburg Pirates in nearby Bradenton, and the Atlanta Braves in South Sarasota County, all call the area home during springtime. When the MLB season opens, the Tampa Bay Rays is the region’s home team. Football fans have the chance to cheer on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the fall, and hockey aficionados are never disappointed to attend an exciting match for the Tampa Bay Lighting. The area’s 32 golf courses host a variety of tournaments and championships throughout the year. Each winter and spring the Sarasota Polo Club captivates thousands with the Game of Kings. The area is also home to the internationally acclaimed IMG Academy, hosting the annual Eddie Herr International Tennis Tournament. Nathan Benderson Park is a world-class, multi-use sports venue, host to National and World Rowing Championship competitions.
The Sunset Coast is a playground for outdoor recreation. Pristine waterways invite kayaking and paddleboarding. Tee times and court times can be arranged at area clubs. Whatever the game of choice for adults or children, from polo to golf, there are abundant opportunities to play and compete.
Each day, as the sun sinks below the horizon, the sky above the Gulf of Mexico is awash in spectacular color. Sunsets never cease to evoke an appreciative pause, whether one is beachside, poolside or perched in a private St. Regis residence.