If you're ever in Florida, take some time to visit the Sun Coast -- Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Sarasota and so on. I can see why this area is so popular. This is my first visit and I'm really enjoying it. It's a wonderful place for fishing, swimming, just plain old relaxing in the Florida sunshine. The beaches are truly spectacular: the water is warm, the sand feels like talcum powder, and the breezes are soothing. Pelicans seem to be quite at home around humans on these beaches. They swoop low over the waves and pick out the fish surfing the swells.

In the evenings, the area offers many choices for visitors looking for a drink or a memorable dinner. Try out the Columbian Restaurant in St. Armands Circle, near Sarasota. Opened at the turn of the century by a Cuban emigre', the restaurant has been in the family for many years. Offering a spacious veranda and warm service, the restaurant offers fresh seafood, Spanish and Cuban dishes and unique salads in one of the trendiest shopping areas of Sarasota. The Columbian is a great meeting place.

It's easy to see why so many people choose to retire in Florida.


  1. Absolutely - St. Armands Circle is simply wonderful! Another great place to eat is the Mar Vista Restaurant on the northern tip of Longboat Key, worth the scenic drive but look for the sign BEFORE you cross to Ana Maria Island keys. Wonderful ambiance, outdoor dining and local.

  2. Hi, Ed.
    Thanks for the great advice. I'm back home now, but next time we're in the Tampa and St. Pete's area, we'll head out to the Mar Vista on Longboat key. It sounds wonderful.

    The whole Gulf Coast has much to offer. Too bad time is always so short !