The beaches here are gorgeous, but I soon found out that, tempting as they were, there was much more to see and do. So I worked at three Sarasota-area museums, doing historical research, preparing exhibits on local history, and giving talks. The information I learned is now put to good use in sharing my beloved city with visitors like you.
I think Sarasota is a great place to live, partly because of the interesting personal stories that have shaped its wonderful scenery, both natural and man-made, and that continue to influence the area's artistic vibe. I've traveled many places in the world, and always try to create unique tours for myself wherever I go. How much more fun it is to create tours that provide the "inside scoop" about an area I know so well!
I've taught high school and college in the past, and more recently for adults. In my spare time I love to explore neighborhoods, buildings and landscapes that make my chosen home so special. I look forward to sharing the area's beauty and history with you.
All tours can be customized to your schedules and/or preferences. Please message me if you want something specific.
A Recent Review of this guide
Benita worked very hard to meet every need we expressed, and was able to make it happen even within the timeframe. She took us to places that were "not your usual tourist sites" and happily gave us the real stories and the fables. She clearly knows Sarasota and surrounding areas and even followed up with us afterwards to provide more resources. I would recommend her highly and if you have specific questions or needs, if you tell her ahead of time, she will definitely do lots of homework!
Bachelor's degree in American Studies
Master's and doctoral degrees
Research in local archives and libraries on local history
Experience in curatorial department of local museum
Itineraries may vary slightly due to construction or weather. Sunshine can be lovely, but please consider bringing a hat, sunscreen, and/or sunglasses. Also comfortable walking shoes and drinking water. All tours are undertaken at your own risk.