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Longboat Key

Longboat Key

Tropical Elegance

longboat key tropical eleganceJust south of Anna Maria, Longboat Key lies in both Manatee and Sarasota Counties. Offering a western shoreline of stunning white sand beach on the Gulf, and bordered to the east by spectacular shoreline on Sarasota Bay, Longboat Key was voted in the “Top 10 Island Destinations in the USA by Conde Nast Traveler in 2015.

With a long history as a peaceful resort destination, Longboat’s beaches include Beer Can Island, Whitney Beach and Longboat Key Beach. There are no cars or dogs allowed on Longboat Key’s Gulf beaches.

Primarily residential, the Island’s exclusivity is apparent with manicured landscapes and pristine playgrounds on land and water. Boasting a renowned marina at Longboat Key Moorings, this 10.8-mile barrier island provides an unmatched tropical sophistication. A favorite of boaters, anglers, golfers and tennis enthusiasts, Longboat Key is dotted with world-class resorts and fine dining.

You can explore all that Longboat Key has to offer via the local trolley. Take a CLOSER LOOK at the allure of Longboat Key.

This exceptional Island destination is not just for visitors. With stunning beach and bay residences, tranquil canals and abundant wildlife, historic neighborhood, or carefree condominium, find your perfect piece of tropical elegance on Longboat Key.

 

Beaches of Longboat Key

BEER CAN ISLAND

Beer Can Island, is not an actual island, but a striking sandbar. Located on the northern end of Longboat Key, the public beach offers majestically clear water. With public parking available, you can also arrive by boat, or foot during low tide from Neptune Avenue, Beach or Mayfield Street. Ideal for those in search of solitude, this is also a quiet beach favorite for fishing, beach picnics, sunset strolls and the occasional fashion shoot.

Make sure to follow the rules of the locals: Fish in the Pass; Wave at the Boats, and don’t forget the Beer.

WHITNEY BEACH

Located on the north end of Longboat Key, Whitney Beach offers well marked access points and public parking. There are no lifeguards, facilities or amenities. This quiet beach is perfect for walking and shelling, with sea oats that grace the sands and a treasure trove of sand dollars. Watch the boats travel through Longboat Pass, and always stay for the stunning sunset at days’ end.

Just across the street, a prolific peacock population has called the vintage neighborhood of Longbeach Village home for the past 60 years.

LONGBOAT KEY BEACH

Extending from about the 2800 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive north, eight public access points offer limited parking, so arrive early on peak days.  There are no lifeguards or public facilities.

Dog-Friendly on Longboat Key

JOAN DURANTE PARK

Providing a great place to take your pup for a walk, the 32-acres offers a boardwalk, botanical garden, gazebo, picnic tables and restrooms. 5550 Gulf of Mexico Drive.