Attendees have choices.
1. Sarasota is located on the west coast of Florida (for those not familiar with the geography of Florida it’s the opposite coast from Miami, or the left side of the state).
We always recommend flying directly into Sarasota (SRQ airport code). While you can’t get here non-stop from anywhere other than Atlanta and Charlotte, it’s worth the extra money not to have to deal with an hour commute (longer if via shuttle service) from any other airport. Plus, if you come in around 5:00 pm, the wild parakeets are settling into the trees and singing their songs of welcome. It’s a pretty cool thing.
The Hyatt no longer has the shuttle but if you have an UBER account it’s only around $15 to get there.
2. Tampa (TPA), Fort Myers (RSW), and St Petersburg/Clearwater (PIE) airports are all other options. We’ve seen some pretty good flights on the St Pete airport for those coming in from the midwest, so check it out. Tampa and St Pete are approximately 66 miles north and about an hour’s ride if no stops along the way. Ft Myers is approximately 80 miles south and about a 90 minute ride to the hotel.
3. Rent a car or van if coming with a group. Couple your flight with a vehicle rental at the time you make your arrangements and you can often find a good deal if you don’t want to deal with the airport shuttle services.
4. If you have a group, it’s much less expensive to get the shuttle, and more likely they can take you right to the hotel without stopping along the way. Go online and Google “shuttle services” and see which one offers the best rate. We do not recommend any particular service but know these things: it’s less expensive to make and pay round trip up front; it’s less expensive to share the van with others but that has to be done at the time of the reservation; vans often make stops at other hotels on the way unless you fill up the van.
5. Driving from out of the area? I-75 is the main highway to use. You’d get off at the Sarasota exit called Fruitville Road (Exit 210). Take that all the way to the very end going in a westerly direction. You will come to a dead-end at US 41 (Tamiami Trail). Make a right at the light and then a left at the first light (Boulevard of the Arts) and left into the hotel’s parking lot. It’s free if you self park in the back by the marina.
Please stay at the Hyatt Regency on Sarasota Bay. We have a block of dedicated rooms to sell and must do so by midnight on October 8th. Our rate has been discounted until this date. After that the rate is significantly higher, so book early.