The breezy mornings, vivid mid-day sunshine, and spectacular evening sunsets contribute to making Sarasota a travel destination of renowned stature. It is not entirely unheard of to wander to the pool in the dead of January to find a dozen students sunbathing. There are so many picturesque areas on campus that are perfectly supplemented by ripe sunshine. The lack of seasonal change can inspire a bit of nostalgia for home amongst the Northern-bred student population, but many have sacrificed the four seasons happily to avoid the bitter winter cold with which they grew up.
While the weather is typically gorgeous, it can often be unpredictable, as the area is sometimes plagued with intense rain and extreme heat. Hurricane warnings are dealt with swiftly and safely by the administration, though the less extreme rains prove to be a minor annoyance for students, as many parts of campus are particularly apt toward collecting deep pools of swamp-like water. This unfortunate circumstance can make the trek to class a very wet and uncomfortable experience. The heat is mostly an issue in the early fall (it seemingly is always a miserably sweaty time during move-in week) and in the late spring. But with sunblock, appropriate clothing, and some healthy mental and physical endurance, Sarasota can be the paradise that it is reputed to be.