Manatee, Sarasota, and Charlotte County
What does the term "Tri-County" stand for?
It stands for white sandy beaches, scenic nature parks, and tranquil waterways. If you enjoy boating, golfing, sailing, fishing, snorkeling, sunbathing, the arts, and entertainment, you will love it here. But before you saddle your horses for a house hunt, you need to understand that the three counties of the Tri-County area are all a little different. Get a little acquainted with the area first.
Are you new to the Manatee, Sarasota, and Charlotte County area and aren’t sure about which neighborhood might be best for you? You're absolutely right before you are spending all your hard earned money you need to know the communities first. You don’t want to end up with the “right home” in the “wrong” neighborhood. That would be a stupid mistake hard to correct. But you would not be the first one doing that. Unfortunately, there are always buyers who do not do their homework first.
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Manatee County, which is located north of Sarasota County, fills the gap between the busy tri-county area and the even busier greater St Petersburg/Tampa metropolitan area. The beautiful Sunshine Skyway Bridge is actually the link between the two busy places.
Manatee County is a business-friendly area, and top-rated tourist destination, featuring white sandy beaches, fine dining, and an exciting nightlife. Read more here...
Sarasota and Sarasota County
Sarasota County, which is bordering Manatee County to the south and Charlotte County to the north, is the center of the tri-county area. The City of Sarasota itself occupies by far the smallest area, the County is by far the bigger portion of land. The county also includes other cities like Venice, part of Englewood, and North Port as well. The city of Sarasota itself has only a little over 50,000 residents; the county has almost 400,000 happy residents. Read more here..
Charlotte County links the tri-counties to the Cape Coral/Fort Myers area further south. The Charlotte Harbor estuary, which covers almost 270 sq mi, is the second largest bay in Florida. It is clearly the focal point of the county, and it is also boater's paradise. The community names North "Port", which actually belongs to Sarasota County, and "Port" Charlotte are a little misleading. There is no active port for seagoing vessels in the area. Read more here...
Coasts, Coasts, and more Coasts. Where is Florida's Cultural Coast Located?
East Coast, Atlantic Coast, West Coast and Gulf Coast - those are the easy ones. You do not even need a map to figure out which one is what, but what about all the other coasts that we refer to in Florida? Where is the Space Coast, Gold Coast, Forgotten Coast, or the Cultural Coast? A mystery for many Floridians and Non-Floridians alike.
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An Overview of Florida's Coastline
The "First Coast" runs from Georgia to Ormond Beach. Because of St Augustine, which was founded in 1565 as the nation's "First City," this stretch of coast along the Atlantic Ocean is called "First Coast." There is always one who was there first. The "Palm Coast," which refers to a city in Flagler County, is a part of this coastline.
The Kennedy Space Center is a part of the Florida coastline that runs from Ormond Beach down to Vero Beach. So? There is a space center? Why not call this section "Space Coast"? Done deal. That is an easy one.
The "Treasure Coast" begins at Fort Pierce and ends with Boca Raton. The famous Palm Beach (not Palm Coast) is part of the Treasure Coast. Quite a few Spanish galleons did not make it home, and their treasures are still buried in the sand. The Atlantic Ocean does not release those treasures voluntarily, but once in a while can lucky divers dig some gold up. Therefore, the name "Treasure Coast" makes sense.
"Gold Coast," which is the coastline from Palm Beach through Miami, refers to the property investments made by some of the wealthiest people on earth. Some of those mansions seem to consist of solid gold. At least it seems so when looking up the sales prices. So, there is no gold in the sand, the gold sits on top of the sand.
Florida's West Coast
The Gulf of Mexico also has a few unique coasts. The "Forgotten Coast" includes Port St. Joe, Cape San Blas, Mexico Beach, Gulf County, Apalachicola, and St. George Island. Yeah, it seems to be a little far out and remote, however, "forgotten" is a little far stretched, but it is what it is.
The "Sun Coast" includes the coastline along St. Petersburg and Clearwater, and stretches all the way down to Fort Myers. The keys, which are lined up along the coastline and which are referred to as "Florida's Beach," are also included. Does the sun shine more often on this stretch of coast? We don't know. Probably not, but that was obviously the best name they could come up with.
You have probably heard the term "Cultural Coast" as well. This one refers to the Manasota/Sarasota County area with Sarasota as the Cultural Capital. Charlotte County belongs, at least partially, to the cultural coast as well. Once you know what is going on in Sarasota, you will probably agree to the name. There is a lot of culture and art "going on" in Sarasota and that is one of the reasons why everybody likes the area so much. The barrier islands of Anna Maria Island, Siesta Key and Lido Key are also part of this coastline. The "Cultural Coast" is overlapping with the "Sun Coast."
"Lee Island Coast" is the coastline of Lee County. At least that is an easy one again, however, not a really impressive one. They could have done better, but it is okay.