Welcome to Longboat Key
A tranquil barrier island with stunning beaches and luxurious living.
Longboat Key is a laid-back barrier island along Florida’s Gulf Coast, 20 minutes from downtown Sarasota and 1.5 hours south of Tampa Bay. Narrow and 11 miles long, Longboat Key has several pristine, white-sand beaches to choose from. Beachfront and bayfront property options include luxury homes and condos with concierge services to please any resident. Great temperatures year-round make it a sought-after tropical island to call home, with an inviting, cool sea breeze and swaying palm trees.
Locals are drawn to the slow-paced island life yet also enjoy being only minutes from all the big-city amenities of Sarasota. On the Longboat Key Trolley, passengers can conveniently move to and from Longboat Key, St. Armands Circle, and downtown Sarasota. Outdoor spaces for enjoying nature are abundant with parks, a preserve, and miles of beaches. Each February, art, food, and community come together at the Longboat Key Festival of the Arts. In May, the St. Armands Seafood & Music Festival features live musical performances and seafood prepared fresh on-site by local Sarasota restaurants.
What to Love
- Tranquil and luxurious island-life living
- Stunning white-sand beaches that can be used year-round
- Access to top restaurants and upscale shopping
- Quick commute into Sarasota via the Longboat Key Trolley
Longboat Key residents live in a mix of luxury homes and condominiums, many with beachfront or bayfront views. Island life encourages many outdoor activities for locals all year long.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
With access to a wide assortment of fresh catch from the nearby Gulf Coast, seafood is abundant in Longboat. Depending on your mood, you can find rustic casual to fine dining seafood restaurants, many of which offer an ocean or bay view. The Lazy Lobster Longboat Key is a town favorite, serving anything from lobster and shrimp to clam chowder and fish tacos indoors or on the outdoor patio. Enjoy a delicious seafood meal at the casual Dry Dock Waterfront Grill with a beautiful view of the bay and Sarasota in the distance. Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub has a beachy, vintage ambiance perfect for a relaxed seafood lunch right on the water.
The Greek taverna Blu Kouzina on St. Armands Circle has exceptional traditional Greek food and an expansive wine list for more global cuisine choices. Feast on homemade Cuban and Spanish dishes at Columbia, biting into tasty tapas, paella, and entrees served with hot Cuban bread. Dine on sophisticated French flavors at Maison Blanche, an upscale, modern French restaurant. Select from a variety of global-inspired flavors at Euphemia Haye, set in a charming historic cottage.
There is no shortage of places to shop on Longboat Key, and the added retail stores of Sarasota are minutes away. Residents can enjoy shopping at high-end stores located on St. Armands Circle and The Chart House, which has a variety of stores, an art gallery, and restaurants on the water. The Shoppes of Bay Isles has everything from groceries to a pharmacy and more.
Things to Do
One of the top reasons to live on Longboat Key is the array of outdoor activities residents can enjoy at any time of the year. There are several beaches to choose from, but Longboat Beach and Whitney Beach are the top two. On the southern section of the island, the public beaches of Longboat Key are accessible, with multiple points of entry. On the opposite end of the island, Whitney Beach is a tranquil and pristine beach that is less frequented and perfect for lounging, shelling, or enjoying the views of the mesmerizing turquoise water.
Walking, running, and cycling are popular ways to stay fit on the island, but so are playing tennis, golfing, paddle boarding, and kayaking. Avid tennis players can enjoy playing on top-quality courts at the Longboat Key Tennis Center. Kayakers and paddleboarders can take to the water from Bayfront Park with access to Sarasota Bay. For golfers, The Longboat Key Golf Club is the premier location for golfing in both Longboat Key and all of Sarasota County. For a hike or bird watching, jump on a trail at the Quick Point Nature Preserve with views of Sarasota Bay.
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