The Lido Beach House Retro Studio made it into our top choices list for outstanding Sarasota Airbnbs.

The Lido Beach House Retro Studio made it into our top choices list for outstanding Sarasota Airbnbs.

Still considering where to stay in Sarasota for a great escape this year? We did some of the work for you and vetted dozens of Sarasota Airbnb listings to bring you our top picks for your sunny getaway, from homes with great back yards to country-inspired stays out east. 

What caught our eye? Super-cute decor; top guest ratings based on cleanliness, comfort and location; amenities like Wifi and free parking; and fast host response times, so you can count on the attention you need during your stay, all from the comfort of your phone when you download the Airbnb app.

The Lido Beach House-Retro Studio

The ultra retro bedroom is a time capsule.

The ultra retro bedroom is a time capsule.

  • One bedroom, one bathroom
  • Sleeps up to three guests
  • $218 a night

We’re utterly charmed by this cheerful mid-century modern gem right on Lido Key—check out the original turquoise bathroom tile! Take your morning coffee and head barefoot to the water's edge. It's minutes from mangroves, nature trails, kayak rentals and St. Armands Circle's shops and restaurants. 

The Lido Beach House Retro Studio is colorful and cheerful.

The Lido Beach House Retro Studio is colorful and cheerful.

Original bathroom tile and terrazzo floors keep it cool and old school.

Cozy Cottage by the Bay

The screened-in lanai is one of the main features of this adorable cottage.

The screened-in lanai is one of the main features of this adorable cottage.

  • Two bedrooms, one bathroom
  • Sleeps up to four guests
  • $88 a night

This charming and historic wood-frame cottage is in Indian Beach-Sapphire Shores, one of Sarasota's most historic, quaint neighborhoods, right by Sarasota Bay. Just minutes from downtown and the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, walk its tranquil streets shaded by old oak trees, or take a bike ride–the host offers two bikes to use during your stay.

Zen House in Downtown Sarasota

A cozy layout with wood floors and country style touches at the Zen House

A cozy layout with wood floors and country style touches at the Zen House

  • Two bedrooms, two bathrooms
  • Sleeps up to four
  • $220 a night

Towles Court is a magical neighborhood marked by artists' studios and unique front yards. Eat at locally owned restaurants and browse shops on foot. Just steps from downtown, this ultra-relaxing setup leads you right into the Sarasota scene. Two couples can take it easy in this historic community that locals adore. 

It's located on the second floor so windows frame views of old oak tree branches.

Design elements like darker colors, stone and bamboo put the "zen" in this listing's name.

Design elements like darker colors, stone and bamboo put the "zen" in this listing's name.

Heart of Siesta Key Village, Walk to Gulf/beach, WiFi, Heated Community Pool & Two Master Bedrooms

This beachy Siesta Key studio is located in the center of it all, in the Calle Minorga complex.

This beachy Siesta Key studio is located in the center of it all, in the Calle Minorga complex.

  • Two bedrooms, one bathroom
  • Sleeps up to six guests
  • $110 a night

Buy into the Siesta Key hype. With an award-winning beach and a reality TV show named after it to boot, you'll soak in all the fun of being minutes from the bustling Siesta Key Village packed with restaurants, shops and bars, and from the powder-fine sands of Siesta Beach that attract thousands of visitors annually. The space includes a heated community pool in case the seven-minute walk to the water's edge seems like too much. 

Guests can enjoy a heated pool and a private patio with a grill.

Exquisite Refurbished 1920s Bungalow, Central Sarasota

This historic home has a great front porch for people watching while relaxing on the hanging bench swing.

This historic home has a great front porch for people watching while relaxing on the hanging bench swing.

  • Two bedrooms, one bathroom
  • Sleeps up to five
  • $113 a night

With a wide front porch and private backyard, it's all about the outdoor chill. This home is within walking distance to Pinecraft, the quaint Amish and Mennonite community rich with bakeries, restaurants, homemade ice cream and fresh markets. And it’s just a couple of blocks from Arlington Park, with its scenic walking trail, outdoor gym and playground. Centrally located, both the beaches and downtown Sarasota core are close at hand.

The home is renovated with warm wood floors and new appliances. 

Casa Azul, Bayou Oaks

Dark wood floors and details with pops of bold color make Casa Azul fun and bright.

Dark wood floors and details with pops of bold color make Casa Azul fun and bright.

  • Two bedrooms, one bathroom
  • Sleeps up to four
  • $106 a night

Bayou Oaks is known for being a tranquil neighborhood with lots of old trees that shade the old-style homes there. The windows in this space look out onto the creek that leads into the Whitaker Bayou, so you may spy a turtle or two. A fenced-in back patio is a great morning coffee destination. It's just minutes from the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and downtown Sarasota.

Sit beneath the shade in a sunny, tranquil backyard in this historic neighborhood. 

Guests gush about the cute and thoughtful updates throughout this Bayou Oaks home.

The Guesthouse (Near Lakewood Ranch)

Check out east Sarasota, where quiet country living awaits in those front porch rockers at the Guesthouse.

Check out east Sarasota, where quiet country living awaits in those front porch rockers at the Guesthouse.

  • Two bedrooms, two bathrooms
  •  Sleeps up to four
  • $113 a night

Maybe proximity to the beach isn't all that. Enjoy solitude in a country setting with peaceful views of a pond on five acres of undisturbed pasture. It may be a little off the beaten track, but it's still just 15 minutes away from Lakewood Ranch, which has tons of shops and restaurants. Other fun, nearby destinations include Hunsader Farms, where you can pick your own produce depending on the season, and Celery Fields, which has great bird watching and a walking trail. Beaches are roughly a 40-minute drive away.

Warm wood floors and a fireplace make this quaint house feel like a cozy home.

Mid-Century Modern, Central Sarasota

If you love the look of midcentury-modern Florida homes, this area is loaded with them.

If you love the look of midcentury-modern Florida homes, this area is loaded with them.

  • Two bedrooms, one bathroom
  • Sleeps up to four
  • $124 a night

Centrally located by Tuttle Avenue and Bahia Vista Road, this freshly renovated 1962 bungalow-style home with terrazzo floors is adorable, and the original pink tile in the bathroom will make you grin. Find it close to the Pinecraft neighborhood, near Yoder’s market, which has fresh fruit, veggies and amazing baked goods. Beach bound? It's roughly a 15-minute drive to Lido and Siesta Key beaches.

Original pink tile and terrazzo floors are quintessenital midcentury-modern touches.

The remodel at his home makes it a bright and cheerful getaway.

Boho Chic in Arlington Park

This relaxing wallpaper pattern is pure eye candy in this Arlington Park home

This relaxing wallpaper pattern is pure eye candy in this Arlington Park home

  • Two bedrooms, one bathroom
  • Sleeps up to five
  • $233 a night

This stylish gem sits in Arlington Park, just one block from Sarasota Memorial Hospital and centrally located near Southside Village, which has its own mini-downtown strip with gourmet restaurants, neighborhood bars and boutiques. Take home-gawking walks in nearby Harbor Acres, or take a short drive to the downtown core and the beaches.

This boho-chic first floor apartment is redone in updated, fun style.

1935 Artist Cottage Close to Siesta Key Beach

We’re charmed by this hat-decorated wall, beachy color scheme and fun art pieces.

We’re charmed by this hat-decorated wall, beachy color scheme and fun art pieces.

  • Two bedrooms, two bathrooms
  • Sleeps up to six guests
  • $110 a night

The vibe of this cottage is all beach. We loved the extra touches that make this listing a standout. It's a charming 1935 updated cottage that’s just a walk, bike ride, or less than 10-minute drive to Siesta Key Beach. Get this: the backyard has a fire pit and volleyball net–and get a load of that wave mural!

The fenced-in backyard has a volleyball setup and fire pit.

Boho charm and colors pop against beachy backdrops.

Image: Courtesy Photo 

Wild Orchid Creek Cottage in Myakka

The 1,000-square-foot home is tucked back in a wooded area roughly one half mile off the private road.

The 1,000-square-foot home is tucked back in a wooded area roughly one half mile off the private road.

  • One bedroom, two bathrooms
  • Sleeps up to four guests
  • $114 a night

Sink into old Florida on seven acres. Spot alligators and otters in the creek and orchids in the oak trees. Guests are welcome to catch and release fish there–fishing poles are provided. Also be on the lookout for deer, owls, hawks, and eagles during your peaceful stay. The home is a short distance from Myakka State Park and the Interstate for easy travel.

 

The decor is all about relaxation and the homeowners are nearby for top-notch communication during your stay.

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