Local Government, Serving the citizens of Sarasota County - About Sarasota Sarasota County, located on the Gulf of Mexico provides 35 miles of world-famous beaches and is host of the annual Offshore Grand Prix boat race. The county also is home of Oscar Scherer and Myakka State Parks and boasts more than 100 challenging golf courses. Sarasota is known as the cultural capital of Florida with museums of art, theaters, an aquarium, botanical gardens and the annual international film festival. There are a number of colleges and Money magazine ranked the Sarasota County Public Schools one of the top 100 school systems in the United States. Unsurpassed beauty… rich cultural offering…diverse educational opportunities…wide-ranging recreational possibilities…All of this makes Sarasota a great place to live and work!