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Postcards: Sarasota History

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Bay Island Hotel Walkway to Dock

A glimpse of the Bay Island Hotel grounds with boats in the background.

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Belle Haven Inn

Originally known as the DeSoto Hotel, the Belle Haven Inn for many years was the only suitable accomodations for visitors to Sarasota in the early 1900s.

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Belle Haven Inn Northern View

A glimpse of the Belle Haven Inn and Sarasota Bay.

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Belle Haven Inn on lower Main Street

The Belle Haven Inn was located near the foot of Main Street within yards of where the Landing of the Scots took place.

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Belle Haven Inn Viewed from Dock

A view of the private dock extending into Sarasota Bay at the Belle Haven Inn.

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Belle Haven Inn Viewed from Municipal Pier

A view of the Belle Haven Inn overlooking Sarasota Bay from the first city dock.

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Bench Warmers

This postcard states that this is the favorite outdoor sport in St. Petersburg. Being a bench-warmer must have been a big thing back in the 1920s

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Bobby Jones Golf Course

The 18-hole Bobby Jones Golf Course, designed by Donald J. Ross, was formally opened on February 13, 1927 before a gallery of 1,500 golfers with Bobby Jones as the star attraction.

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