Longboat Key is a serene barrier island on the west coast of Florida, surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay. Known for its sandy white beaches and breath taking views of the Gulf of Mexico, Longboat Key offers 12 miles of white sand beaches with many water sport activities.
Take a stroll around the exclusive St. Armand’s Circle to experience Longboat Key’s excellent and diverse dining with sidewalk cafes and award winning upmarket restaurants. Browse the many luxury shops and art galleries. The Longboat Key Center for the Arts hosts many performances and jazz concerts throughout the year.
Golfing enthusiasts will find 23 golf courses in close proximity to Longboat Key. Harbourside Golf Course at Longboat Key Club is an award winning course with an old time Florida look and feel, a stones throw from the ocean.
Escape to Nature
With 10 miles of paved bike paths and 32 acres of wetland and forests, Longboat Key is a nature lovers dream. Joan Durante Park is the perfect setting to do some bird watching. Quick Point Nature Reserve has a short walk through wetlands and mangroves with beautiful views of Sarasota Bay. Just off the bike path is Bicentennial Park, a small shady park. The beaches of Longboat Key are the perfect place to find beautiful shells and spot dolphins. Venice Beach is famous for shark teeth findings. Sea Turtle Nesting Season begins in May and hatchings can be viewed from August to October. Visit one of the many fishing piers for some onshore fishing or charter a deep sea fishing boat to explore the depths of the oceans.
Across the bridge to Sarasota
A short drive across the beautiful Sarasota Bay lies Sarasota rich in culture, art and architecture. Sarasota is known as Florida’s Cultural Coast with many attractions, shops and restaurants.
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota is a beautiful 66 acre estate, home to the State Art Museum of Florida, The Ringling Museum of Art, the Ca d’Zan Mansion, the Circus Museum and the historic Asolo Theatre. With beautiful parklands, gardens and a restaurant it is worth a visit. The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens sits on 9.5 acres of bayfront and has some of the world’s rarest plants with over 20,000 tropical plants. The Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium in Sarasota is a private marine research facility with an aquarium. Enjoy interactive exhibits and numerous displays of fish, turtles and over 100 species of marine life. Watch the sharks circling the Shark tank. Myakka River State Park is Florida’s largest state park. Take an airboat ride and experience the natural wonder of alligators, bobcats, bald eagles and many other animals. For a fun family day visit Sarasota Jungle Gardens, one of Florida’s oldest attractions or G.Wiz, a hands on science museum. The Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary offers a safe haven for big cats, bears, primates and other animals in need. Don’t miss the annual Sarasota Chalk Festival in November, where pavement artists come from around the world to create breath taking traditional and 3D artwork.