Sarasota at a Glance… It may not be a big-name Florida city like Miami, Tampa, St. Petersburg or Orlando, but Sarasota, on Florida’s southwest coast, is the place to go for all the conveniences of a big city in a small package. Located about 40 miles south of the Tampa Bay area, Sarasota has a variety of attractions and events that attract the arts-minded tourist who’s interested in more than just riding some gussied-up roller coasters. Places to Stay in Sarasota There are literally hundreds of lodging accommodations in the Sarasota area, but what I-75 travelers really need are good accommodations close to Sarasota’s Interstate 75 exits. I-75 exit 213 serves the northern entrance of Sarasota, Exit 210 serves the center and Exit 207 serves the southern entrance. Each of these exits are will endowed with lodging properties, from the larges chains to independents. For a complete list of lodging at these exits, see: https://www.i75exitguide.com/lodging/florida-lodging/ Search and Save ..