Luxurious Lifestyle On The Water In Sarasota, By Moriah Taliaferro

Moriah Taliaferro

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One of the most magical elements of the Sarasota lifestyle is our exceptional coastal culture. Even along Florida’s renowned coastlines, there are few places that combine such incredible waterfront living with year-round cosmopolitan amenities. Enjoying the water is a privilege of living in Sarasota, and there’s no better way to do so than by boat. Whether you are a marine enthusiast with your own boat or just getting used to your sea legs, there are fabulous opportunities to enjoy Sarasota Bay, the Gulf of Mexico, and our many inlets and coves.

Freedom Boat Club is one of the best ways to combine time on the water with total convenience. Launched in Sarasota in 1989 and now with more than 350 locations worldwide, Freedom is a ‘boat share’ concept that allows you to charter and pilot a vessel without having to own or maintain it. You could choose a small boat to get to and from Downtown to a dinner date on Longboat Key, or you could select a large boat to accommodate guests for a cruise on the open water. Joining Freedom Boat Club includes inshore and offshore training and certification so that you feel comfortable and safe using the boats in your membership, plus there are great social events to enjoy with club members in Sarasota and around the globe.

Beyond boating, there are a lot of ways to enjoy Sarasota’s waterways. Recreational activities on the water range from standup paddleboarding to kayak tours of our mangroves, canoeing, and more. There is a magnificent and massive public park – The Bay – extending along the gorgeous shoreline just north of our Downtown core. The Bay park offers free access for everyone to enjoy the shoreline and its scenic vistas of the water, with plenty of direct access points to Sarasota Bay.

Sarasota’s exceptional real estate is the perfect complement to the beauties of the Bay and Gulf since so many of our homes enjoy private water access or stunning water views. One of my favorite enclaves is the Golden Gate Point community which is surrounded by water on three sides and is within a few steps of Downtown Sarasota’s shops and restaurants. In luxury homes on Golden Gate Point, like the ONE88 penthouse residence I just sold, you can enjoy the convenience of maintenance-free living with the ultimate amenity of a private dock for your own boat.

If you’re interested in learning about the exceptional waterfront life that Sarasota offers, please feel free to reach out to me at or explore my resources at

Moriah Taliaferro is one of the exclusive agents representing the Sarasota, FL real estate market as a member of the Haute Residence Real Estate Network. View all of her listings here.

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