An island that spans two counties, Longboat Key has secured its status as one of the most exclusive destinations on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Twelve miles of gorgeous beaches beckon with gentle waves, turquoise water, and fine, white sugar sand. Mangroves along the eastern side of the island provide a habitat for manatee and other aquatic species. Passes to Sarasota Bay allow boating enthusiasts to quickly access the Gulf of Mexico, encouraging day trips for fishing, snorkeling, scuba, and water sports, all accompanied by warm breezes and plentiful sunshine.
The charm of this luxurious island comes from its scenic environment that offers the rare combination of breathtaking beaches and cultural activities. The sumptuous landscape, year-round tranquil sea breezes, breathtaking sunsets, and casual pace contribute to the appeal for residents and visitors who want to get away. A host of amenities, including 45 holes championship golf on two courses as well as tennis, spa and fine dining await guests at Sarasota’s only Four Diamond beachfront destination at the Resort at the Longboat Key Club. This luxurious destination also has a marina, making it the perfect stop for boaters who plan day-long excursions along the coastline.
Longboat Key is home to several eateries, from fine dining to casual al fresco cafes, along with a host of entertainment and cultural activities just minutes away. The southern part of the island is close to St. Armands Circle, the perfect place to enjoy a leisurely stroll exploring popular high-end boutiques, resort shops and outdoor cafes. Downtown Sarasota offers cultural and arts aficionados a blend of the world’s best performing arts, including the theater, orchestra, ballet and concerts, along with a host of museums and art galleries. At the northern end of Longboat Key into Manatee County, the historic Cortez Fishing Village is a popular spot. This is the one of the last remaining working fishing villages on Florida’s west coast.