Welcome to the Florida Gulf Coast!

Enjoy the World Rowing Under 23 Championships in our sun-soaked, white beach, tropical climate destination.

Before, during and after the competition, treat yourself to our diverse dining, enriching arts and culture, shopping districts of all sorts and natural Florida fun. We hope this guide proves to be a valuable resource to help you plan your stay on the Florida Gulf Coast.

Big city amenities. Small town charm.

Sarasota and Bradenton have a plethora of arts and entertainment options. Both cities offer vibrant downtowns, endless waterfront views and gorgeous sunsets.

Sarasota was recently designated a Best Food City by Conde Nast Traveler (2016) and has a high-concentration of highly-rated restaurants. Visitors can enjoy a diverse array of nature, arts and attractions.

For golfers, the area has courses for every taste, from private ocean-front clubs to easily accessible public options such as the Bobby Jones Public Golf Course.


Siesta Beach: Ranked by TripAdvisor reviewers and by Dr. Beach as the No. 1 beach in the USA in 2017. Siesta Beach is known globally for its sugary white sand, turquoise water, great amenities and gorgeous sunsets.

Also Check Out: Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key, Lido Key, Manasota Key, Casey Key, Venice

Shopping, Dining and Entertainment

St. Armand’s Circle: An island shopping and dining center located on Lido Key, this enchanting circle of fine shops and restaurants is set in a tropical paradise. Renowned for its continental flavor, the circle is a graceful blend of past and present.

Also Check Out: Downtown Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch Main Street, Ellenton Premium Outlets, Siesta Key Village, Westfield Mall at Siesta Key, Westfield Mall Sarasota Square, Venice Main Street, Historic Dearborn Street, Englewood

Adjacent to NBP

The Mall at University Town Center: A world-class fashion and dining destination featuring more than 125 stores and restaurants.

Lakewood Ranch: Everything from fine dining to lush hiking trails, and some of the best golf in Florida.

South of NBP: Hike around the Celery Fields, see lions and tigers at Big Cat Habitat and make a splash at Sun-N-Fun’s water park.