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Sarasota, FL, United States
24 Oct — 31 Oct
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Sarasota, FL, United States
Sun 24/10
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Pick-up locationSarasota
Hire locations18
Airport locations11

Sarasota car hire reviews and directory

Rated no. 1
Hertz
Best rated
7.9 Good (143 reviews)
2 locations in Sarasota
Hertz
Locations in Sarasota
  • 8.1
  • 8.2
  • 7.9
  • 7.9
  • 7.8
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent12 Oct. 2021
Feel $500 for two nights super expensive
1.9 Horrible21 Sep. 2021
Worst experience ever…will never rent again! Customer service was if no help when you finally get through to a human to speak too! Awful experience
10.0 Excellent15 Aug. 2021
Every thing was great will recommend to everyone
1.9 Horrible8 Aug. 2021
We had made a reservation with Hertz via Kayak. When we wanted to pick up the car, Hertz didn't have one for us. We had to go to a different location on our own and rent a car for the daily Hertz rate and ended up paying more than double. It was an extremely frustrating experience and we will write a letter to Kayak and to Hertz and try to get our money back!
5.9 Okay28 Jul. 2021
Vehicle was value for the money. Customer service was not so good.
1.9 Horrible20 Jul. 2021
Dealt with customer service representative at Sarasota Airport and off airport location in Sarasota. Both gentlemen were completely rude and unhelpful. The location closed before we were able to get our car and we could not call to speak to a representative without paying a 5% fee. Absolutely ridiculous, will absolutely never rent from Hertz again. Some of the worst customer service I’ve ever experienced in my life
4.0 Okay11 Jun. 2021
Cheap on gasThe car was filthy. The seats were stained and smelled like urine . The car was all banged up and dented. It was overall nasty! There was no one around when I picked it up. They handed me the key and that was it! When I dropped it off no one was around either . It was like a ghost town . The car drove rough like it was going to stall.
10.0 Excellent7 Jun. 2021
Car was clean, no mechanical issues, nice size trunk, Staff on pick-up and return were pleasant and efficient.Nothing
8.0 Excellent27 Apr. 2021
It was a good value! It beat the overpriced rates of Enterprise that are taking advantage of the tourists and locals in Venice, Florida. I drove 40 miles to get this Rental, and it was worth it.Staff was Great, but you need to get a drop box for rental keys for after hours and weekends.
4.0 Okay17 Apr. 2021
Original price was good but the tire went flat and had to call a wrecking service ($65). When he came he found that the spare was flat. Had to take tire to be fixed ($21). Had to take a taxi from airport to rental location and from rental location back to the airport ($35 + tip each way=$80). Extra $165. We lost a day of vacation when tire was flat and 2 1/2 hours waiting for tire to be repaired plus time getting to and from rental location which was approx. 10 miles in the opposite direction of where we were staying when we passed a Hertz location about 5 min. from where we were staying on the way to the place our reservation was made for us. Was told when I made reservation that we could be picked up from the airport.All of the above was a dislike PLUS the guy who was there was NOT personable or professional.
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Rated no. 2
Dollar
7.8 Good (119 reviews)
1 location in Sarasota
Dollar
Locations in Sarasota
  • 7.9
  • 8
  • 7.7
  • 7.7
  • 7.6
Recent reviews
3.9 Mediocre20 Sep. 2021
The inside agent was helpful. There was some confusion so it took quite a bit longer than it should have. He did a great job and offered me a free upgrade and told me I didn’t have to fill the car up with gas when I brought it back. I went out to the lot to get the car and the car broke down as they were bringing it to me. They only had 1 other car and it was tiny and uncomfortable. The agent outside was less than helpful. I was left standing there with no idea if I was being helped or not. She addressed me but then went and helped a bunch of other people so I was just left standing there. The communication was lacking greatly.
1.9 Horrible22 Aug. 2021
There were minor dings and scratches on the car that look old and starting to rust when we picked it up. I didn't want to get screwed so I took a few photos on my phone of the damage. The car was reasonable during use. When I returned the car the attendant called me out of the minor dings and scratches, accusing me of causing them. I showed the photos and the attendant wanted to see the timestamp of the photos, which I also showed and the attendant let it go at that and stopped accusing me. Why am I responsible for proving the condition of their vehicle before I used it? Can't they keep their own records and notes of their property and not blame their customers?
10.0 Excellent26 Jul. 2021
Excelente attention
10.0 Excellent30 Jun. 2021
HelpfulNeeded more customer people
4.0 Okay11 May 2021
The car drove niceThe pickup experience was a disaster. There was no organization or communication. The car was also filthy. My wife and I had to clean it with Clorox wipes before getting in.
4.0 Okay2 May 2021
The car was nice and the pick up was fineThere was no one there for drop off and then, even though I prepaid through kayak I had an additional charge of $195 and since I couldn’t talk to anyone and didn’t get an emailed receipt, I have NO IDEA why
6.0 Good2 May 2021
The car was old and the tires were almost bald in addition the brakes were poor ! For what we paid I do not believe it was a good value
6.0 Good19 Apr. 2021
Waited in line over an hour to get to the counter to get our car. There was garbage in our vehicle when we got in and it didn’t appear to have been cleaned.
6.0 Good10 Apr. 2021
Interior windows were filthy. Our “full size” SUV was not full size.
8.0 Excellent26 Mar. 2021
Pick up was easy. Very personable desk agentMore secure drop off. No ability to get a receipt without going back in the terminal. I still have not received a receipt from Dollar
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Rated no. 3
Budget
7.8 Good (190 reviews)
2 locations in Sarasota
Budget
Locations in Sarasota
  • 7.9
  • 8
  • 7.9
  • 7.6
  • 7.7
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent26 Aug. 2021
One of the best rental experiences I’ve had in years. Great customer service, fast, and a clean car. What else could you ask for?
1.9 Horrible22 Aug. 2021
I never even took the rental because they said the rental that was confirmed was not available. Then they offered a much smaller vehicle and tried to charge me the same price, except the rental insurance was vastly higher. The rep then gave me some ridiculous excuse about how bad things were with the rental car business because of COVID. I voided the rental and got EXACTLY the vehicle I wanted from Alamo. I wouldn’t rent a vehicle from Budget if they were the only rental company available.
7.9 Good10 Aug. 2021
Had some questions about rental at drop off - no agents working the desk at 6:30am.
7.9 Good10 Aug. 2021
The service was easy. The car could have been a little cleaner. Also, it would be nice to have the car ready at the door instead of having us look for it.
10.0 Excellent5 Aug. 2021
The service was awesome
10.0 Excellent22 Jul. 2021
Easy and fast pick up process and great value...
7.9 Good20 Jul. 2021
Vehicle was dirty inside and out
10.0 Excellent6 Jul. 2021
We loved the Jeep upgradeOur flight got in a little earlier and the computer wanted to charge $200 more for that extra hour! Our agent did get it taken care of
8.0 Excellent26 Jun. 2021
When someone finaly came he was super nice and extremely helpful but even though it was supposed to be open to return the car there were four of us trying to return carsthere could have been someone there until closing time
10.0 Excellent23 Jun. 2021
Filed a loss item report ( cell phone ) that was left in car and have not heard back from Budget by call, text message or email.
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Rated no. 4
Alamo
8.7 Excellent (90 reviews)
1 location in Sarasota
Alamo
Locations in Sarasota
  • 8.7
  • 8.7
  • 8.7
  • 8.7
  • 8.5
Recent reviews
8.0 Excellent21 May 2017
No automatic locks. I had to use a key to open the car door.
8.8 Excellent10 May 2017
Car was clean and new. Pickup and drop off were easy.Charged me for 7 gallons of gas after I returned it with a full tank. They refunded the charge after I complained, but I don't see how it was applied in the first place. I had filled up 2 minutes from the drop off location.
9.6 Excellent4 May 2017
Car was in second lot and hard to find - some specific directions about the space numbers would have been helpful, maybe even a map.
10.0 Excellent1 May 2017
Great service!We upgraded and extended our rental. The guy at the airport couldn't have been more pleasant or helpful. Upgraded us to a 2026 Suburban and only charges us for a regular minivan. Being a family of 5 this was very helpful.
5.6 Okay1 May 2017
Watch out for unexpected chargesCar was fine. Very small gas tank, though.According to Kayak, I was supposed to be charged an agreed-upon amount from March 29 through April 30. However, Alamo charged me for a one-month rental at the rate I had been quoted for the entire period and then tacked on an additional fee for the remaining 2 days.
10.0 Excellent28 Apr. 2017
Very easy drop off.
10.0 Excellent26 Apr. 2017
Great new car. Hybrid with great gas mileage. Easy drop-off and pick up.
9.6 Excellent23 Apr. 2017
Drop off was amazingly easy
10.0 Excellent19 Apr. 2017
They gave us a free up-grade!
8.0 Excellent8 Mar. 2017
Easy drop off with parking lot check out.
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Rated no. 5
Thrifty
7.9 Good (67 reviews)
1 location in Sarasota
Thrifty
Locations in Sarasota
  • 8
  • 8
  • 7.7
  • 7.8
  • 7.6
Recent reviews
8.0 Excellent28 Jun. 2021
It was easy to pick up. We were given a little bigger car than we originally requested for the same price, which was great.Our counter agent was good and friendly but talked too fast and with a mask, plexiglass divider, and accent it was hard to hear him. We knew about what the cost would be but it still was much more expensive than it should be.
10.0 Excellent1 May 2021
Reasonably priced. The Drop off was very quick and easy.Long wait to pick up the car.
6.0 Good25 Feb. 2021
The pickup was a two hour wait just to get the car. Other than that, it went fine.
10.0 Excellent7 Dec. 2020
yesSirius didn't work despite it being part of the paid for package
9.6 Excellent11 Feb. 2020
Friendly staff. Easy pick up and drop off.
2.0 Mediocre28 Jan. 2020
The car smelled of so much smoke that it was almost unbearable.
4.0 Okay25 Jan. 2020
Jose at the counter was not very professional.Service at the counter and drop off at Miami Airport was not much better.
10.0 Excellent5 Nov. 2019
Very helpful when there was a glitch in price and days and hours of rental.Nothing
10.0 Excellent3 May 2019
Drop-off was excellent--very friendly and professional agent took care of me.
10.0 Excellent22 Sep. 2018
new truckexcellent new ram trucktry to sell you unnecessary add ons at pick up
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Rated no. 6
Enterprise
7.6 Good (76 reviews)
5 locations in Sarasota
Enterprise
Locations in Sarasota
  • 8
  • 7.9
  • 7.4
  • 7.6
  • 7.7
Recent reviews
5.9 Okay20 Jul. 2021
When we picked up the car it wasn't vacuumed. It smelt like weed and the tire pressure was at 27 pounds, which was very low. We needed to buy an air freshener, put in air and then when we returned it, they tried charging us for 5 gallons of fuel.we didn't replace, though the odometer was at the 1/2 mark when we got it and when we returned it. They ultimately refunded us after complaining but the experience wasn't great.
3.9 Mediocre17 Jun. 2021
confusion about pick up location meant I had to uber from airport to a distant suburban location and wait for more than an hour to pick up my car. return was not much better since no one ever answered the phone when I needed to extend the rental or change the drop off. the staff at the airport was not helpful but when we were finally assisted at Clark Road, the lady there was very nice.
10.0 Excellent14 Jun. 2021
Representative was not pushy about buying insurance coverage, or prepayment for fuel.
4.0 Okay10 Jun. 2021
Waited 1 hour 15 minutes, place is shabby and not clean
2.0 Mediocre25 Apr. 2021
Booked a convertible it confirmed. Got there and they didn't have a convertible because on was returned earlier that day with damage. They could have called or emailed before I paid to Uber to the dealership. The woman that was helping was insanely abrasive and rude about it instead of apologetic. I understand things happen but I absolutely should have been notified before my reservation time plus she did not need to be so abrasive about it. Apologetic and calm if the way she should have approached it. I am extremely unsatisfied and will not book again.
2.0 Mediocre11 Apr. 2021
Do not be late! This store closes at 5:00PM. Our daily rental rate increased dramatically when we picked up the next morning.
4.0 Okay10 Feb. 2021
The staff member at the pickup was rude in trying to sell additional collision insurance which was unnecessary as my credit card includes such coverage. He was condescending and aggressive.After speaking with rental agency customer support for over 45 minutes, no one could tell me what the cost would be to drop the car off early at a different location. They advised me to drop the vehicle and that they would waive any fees if they were charged. No invoice has been received in over 48 hours since dropping off the vehicle.
2.0 Mediocre1 Dec. 2020
The check out process was quick and easy at the airport terminal. Car was comfortable.It took over an hour to pickup rental even though I had already done all paperwork and just needed to pickup vehicle. There was a lot of chaos, 2 people doing rentals and only 4 people in front of me. They were struggling with order, cleaning and checkout process. Won’t rent from that location again.
7.6 Good18 Nov. 2020
Staff very friendly and helpfulThe car was just returned when I picked it up. So they did not have a chance to wash it. I would have waited for them to wash it.
10.0 Excellent16 Jul. 2020
Staff was great. Drop off was a breeze.Not one thing!
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Rated no. 7
Payless
7.1 Good (61 reviews)
1 location in Sarasota
Payless
Locations in Sarasota
  • 7.2
  • 7.4
  • 7.1
  • 6.9
  • 7.2
Recent reviews
4.0 Okay14 Jun. 2021
The pickup time a d experience was awful.
4.0 Okay15 Mar. 2021
I really liked the upgrade to the minivan.We waited one hour and 45 minutes in line at SRQ for the rental car. Only one attendant there. I also got a ticket for an expired tag that I had no control over.
8.0 Excellent18 Feb. 2021
YesClean vehicle Somebody available to do a walk around with prior to exiting facility
9.2 Excellent2 Jun. 2020
easy drop off, nice clean carOnly one agent working for 3 different rental car companies at the time of pick-up and caused very long lines
10.0 Excellent1 Apr. 2020
Everyone was efficient and friendly, the car was fine and the price was right.Nothing, we will definitely consider Kayak again.
4.4 Okay16 Feb. 2020
That eventually I got a small car.Had reserved a small car -- but only a truck was available. Was told to come back the next day, when there would be plenty of cars, and swap it out for a small car. Did that -- told us that no cars were available (all cars reserved -- tho of course my car was reserved too). Told to come back the next day between 8-10am -- when there would surely be plenty of cars. Did...and after 30 minutes (first saying there were no cars) they found a small car. Incidentally, had tried to call ahead each time but the main office didn't know the local car situation and no one answered the phone at the local office. Local office told me that they don't have anyone available to answer the phone. This isn't a problem that can be solved without people driving all the way to the airport to find out if there are cars available?
9.2 Excellent5 Nov. 2019
Staff very friendly but had to cover three different rental agencies with two people and a long line. I felt very bad for them as some of the crowd were nasty and it was not their fault.More staffing at the pickup counter.
6.0 Good27 Oct. 2019
price was decentno one available at drop off
6.8 Good14 Oct. 2019
No lines, even though only one employee covering several companies, he worked hard and got to everyone as fast as possible.No cars in the size I reserved and really very little inventory. Asked if I would mind taking a 4 door pick up truck. A bit hard for me as I was visiting an elderly relative, but wanted to help him out as he really didn’t have any cars. Didn’t realize when I agreed that the gas cost would be so much more with a vehicle that size. Probably cost me an extra 10-15 dollars and I was the one inconvenienced. Would have been nice to have been offered a credit for that.
8.8 Excellent30 Sep. 2019
Very easy and fast pick up/drop off.Vehicle had a strong cigarette smoke smell. Might need ozone treatment.
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Rated no. 8
Avis
6.9 Good (55 reviews)
2 locations in Sarasota
Avis
Locations in Sarasota
  • 6.9
  • 7.2
  • 6.8
  • 6.9
  • 6.8
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent9 Aug. 2021
Fast efficient, Claire who checked us in was kind and helpful answered questions, explained rental contract in detail. Car was clean did not smell. Pick up and drop off helpful no line but plenty of space to sit.
10.0 Excellent22 Jun. 2021
The car was comfortable. Pick up and drop off were quick and considerate.
2.0 Mediocre20 Jun. 2021
We will not use Avis again. #1 - we reserved a minivan and they didn’t have one when we arrived. Instead we were given a smaller vehicle which made our 8 hour drive a nightmare with our kids. #2 - the car looked like it hadn’t been cleaned. #3 - we were charged for a full tank of gas and after we drove away realized it only had a quarter tank.
2.0 Mediocre27 May 2021
One of the worst car rental experiences
2.0 Mediocre22 May 2021
When we got there they did not have our truck. Two others had reservations for trucks as well. The lady said she didn't know when they might get any trucks...why was the reservation allowed to be booked if no trucks? Bait and switch at its finest. Never renting from Avis again.
6.0 Good7 Apr. 2021
The 2nd car was clean & in good working condition. Try’s car w/ cracked windshield & followed all instructions when I called in & got case #, did follow up before returning car. Simple “incident report” done upon return, easy, 15 min to do paperwork so was impressed they gave outside service, avoiding lines inside terminal.Initial car had obvious front end or alignment problem that should have never been rented out. Caused me to return next day for replacement. Eating my valuable vacation time.
6.0 Good31 Mar. 2021
Easy pickup and drop off!Car was not as clean as I expected it to be. Windshield was dirty on the inside and it wasn’t vacuumed very good. Kind of felt funny turning it in in that condition even though I only rented it for 2 days and only drove it on of them.
8.0 Excellent20 Mar. 2021
Staff goodCar not cleaned well. No bathroom at pickup location
3.2 Mediocre12 Mar. 2020
Car was filthy. Pickup was a $30 cab ride from airport, not at airport. Car had damaged windshield and no washer fluid.
2.0 Mediocre10 Feb. 2020
yes drop off was easyI picked up the car no service just sign here . The car was not dirity but smell like a horse lived in it after driving with the windows open is when I relised why they were open when I picked up the car
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Rated no. 9
National
10 Excellent (1 review)
1 location in Sarasota
National
Locations in Sarasota
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent17 Jan. 2017
Bill was extremely helpful in adjusting the amount overcharged. Paul was also a pleasure. Everything about our encounter was very very nice. The drop off process was very easy. if I was not overcharged I would have been out of there in 5 minutes.When i dropped off the car I was overcharged. Had I not looked at my receipt I would not have known. I had to go inside and go to the counter to have the charge adjusted.
Rated no. 10
Economy Rent a Car
7.3 Good (3 reviews)
1 location in Sarasota
Economy Rent a Car
Locations in Sarasota
  • 7.3
  • 7.3
  • 7.3
  • 7.3
  • 7.3
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre30 Apr. 2017
The car was nice.I called to let them know I needed the car two days earlier. Had to leave a voice mail and got no return call. Didn't know where to find the shuttle. Took forever to process paper work. When we went to return the car, there was no one there. We had to call two different numbers to get someone there to check the car in and give us a ride to the airport. HORRIBLE!!!! And it wasn't cheap either.
10.0 Excellent21 Apr. 2017
Was great! Would def use you again!Service was great!That the rental was not at the airport. It it wasn't terribly inconvenient :)
Sunnycars
1 location in Sarasota
Sunnycars
Locations in Sarasota
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805 travellers who hired a car in Sarasota gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.8

Car hire locations in or near Sarasota

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Most popular car type

Mini

When to book a car hire in Sarasota

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Car hire excess insurance in Sarasota

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) & Theft Protection Waiver

Collision damage waiver and theft protection are insurance options that cover renters from paying high penalty fees if the car is stolen or returned damaged. Some Sarasota car providers already include Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and Theft Protection Waiver into the rental price but not all of them. We recommend always be aware of your coverage when renting a car in in Sarasota.

Deductible

Keep in mind that car hire excess insurances often have a deductible clause, which is the amount you’ll have to pay if something happens during the time of your rental. If you want to avoid unwanted surprises, you should consider adding a no-deductible option to your Sarasota car rental.

Top tips for hiring a car in Sarasota

  • As a tourist in Sarasota, there’s lots to discover with the help of a car. Rather than relying on public transport, embrace the comfort of a hire a car to explore Sarasota Bay and beyond in your own time. From the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens to Siesta Key Beach, you’ll have the freedom take in all of Sarasota’s sights.
  • Ready to rent a car on your vacation in Sarasota? If you are landing at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, you will find that the main terminal offers several on-site car hire facilities. Conveniently, the hire car counters can be found in the baggage claim wing just after you leave the Arrivals Hall.
  • Travelers new to Sarasota must remember to keep headlights on from dusk to dawn, as well as in rain or fog, as this is a requirement across the whole state. When you stop at a red light, you may turn right unless a sign indicating “no right on red” is posted. You are likely to encounter several toll roads on the outskirts of Sarasota, so always carry cash in your car.
  • Morning rush hour in Sarasota begins at 7:00 am and lasts until 9:00 am, and in the afternoon it goes from 3:00 pm until 7:30 pm. Try to avoid US 41 and I-75 highways during these peak times. During the summer months, Sarasota’s roads are practically traffic free, but come winter when everyone is escaping colder climates, the roads can become congested.
  • Book your car hire in Sarasota at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Mini car hires in Sarasota are around 31% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Sarasota

  • Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire companies in Sarasota are Alamo (8.9, 317 reviews), Enterprise (8.2, 167 reviews), and Dollar (7.9, 124 reviews).

  • The average price of fuel in Sarasota is $4.79 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between $57 and $77, depending on the car size.

  • Mini (Fiat 500 or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Sarasota.

  • Car hire companies onsite at Tampa airport include Alamo, Budget, Thrifty, Dollar, Enterprise and Hertz.

  • Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Tampa airport to off-airport locations include Alamo, Budget, Thrifty, Dollar, Enterprise and Hertz.

  • Take a look at our extensive car hire location map to find the best car hire deals near you.

  • A Mini car hire in Sarasota costs $58 per day, on average.

  • A Compact car hire in Sarasota costs $62 per day, on average.

  • A Economy car hire in Sarasota costs $66 per day, on average.

  • Sarasota mainly features large streets and highways that are suitable for a wide range of vehicle sizes. If you are planning to visit the coast and all that the Gulf of Mexico has to offer, you shouldn’t have any issues renting an SUV or minivan. If you decide to drive around and park in the city center, then it may be worth renting a smaller car.

  • Generally, across Florida, the legal speed limit is 55 mph. On rural interstate highways the speed limits is 70 mph, while on four-lane highways the limit is 65 mph. Driving on other state highways means a maximum speed of 60 mph. In urban areas of Sarasota, the speed limit is 30 mph, with just 10-20 mph allowed in school zones.

  • Across the US, petrol prices are, on average, $3.06 per gallon, whereas the cost of petrol is around $2.27 per gallon in Florida. Buying petrol in Sarasota is reasonably cheap, compared to the rest of the state, with petrol priced at $2.23 per gallon.

  • Parking in Sarasota is easy as the city boasts over 3000 public parking spaces in its downtown area, as well as curbside parking, parking lots, and parking garages. Street parking is free while parking lots and garages charge from Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. If you’re heading to the coast, both Siesta and Lido Beaches have a free public parking lot.