Gorgeous white sand beaches, spectacular sunsets, azure blue waters… Longboat Key, with its luxurious lifestyle, near-perfect weather and natural beauty is the perfect beach getaway. Located just off of the coast from the city of Sarasota, Florida, this barrier island is the biggest of the Sarasota Keys. Measuring about 11 miles in length, the island is home to slightly more than 10,000 permanent residents, though the number swells to more than 20,000 during the tourist season from December through May. With so much to offer to its residents and its visitors, it is no surprise that so many people decide to call Longboat Key home or choose to visit the tropical island on vacation.
Halfway in Manatee County and halfway in Sarasota County, Longboat Key is home to numerous quiet and peaceful beaches. Whitney Beach, for example, is located across from Whitney Plaza and is hardly ever crowded. The same is true of the main beach, which stretches the length of the island and is a great place to collect shells. On the other end of the spectrum, Beer Can Island is a favorite among locals as well as tourists who are looking to have a little fun at one of the many parties that regularly take place at the beach.
In addition to its lovely beaches, there are also several miles of luxury apartments, hotels and condos for visitors to select from, including the 5 Star Hotel found at Longboat Key Club and Resort. The resort itself features 45 holes of championship golf, including two courses on the harbor side and an 18 hole course on the island side. It also offers a tennis center, a large gym and a spa. All of these amenities are available to the public, including tourists. The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort, which has been named the number one tennis resort in the United States for eight years in a row, is also located on the island. In addition to the outstanding tennis facilities found at the resort, it also features indoor and outdoor pools, golf courses, a full service spa and salon, a fitness center, world class dining opportunities and private beaches.
For those who are looking to get out and do some shopping, Gulf of Mexico Drive and its side streets is home to numerous shopping plazas featuring upscale shopping and fine dining opportunities. This main road, which runs the length of the island, also passes by lush parks, greenways, yacht basins and two championship golf courses located at The Longboat Key Club and Resort. Numerous restaurants can also be found throughout the island, including Longboat Key Club Restaurant, The Dry Dock, Euphemia Haye, Caf,� on the Bay, Columbia, Harry’s, The Bottle Shop, Cork and The Old Salty Dog.
With housing ranging from simple homes to large gated estates, homes in Longboat Key range in price from in the low $100,000 range to more than $6 million. From luxurious single family homes to beautiful condos, there is certain to be a home on the island to suit just about anyone’s lifestyle and budget. Regardless of the property one chooses to purchase or to rent at Longboat Key, however, they can be certain to enjoy the peace and serenity that only a lovely tropical island like Longboat Key can provide.