Embrace the Sunshine State lifestyle in Longboat Key, a barrier island set between Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. This slice of paradise is fringed by powder-soft white sand, crystalline water and towering pine trees. Bask on the gorgeous beaches, paddle in the bay and devour your fair share of freshly-caught seafood.
Things to do in Longboat Key
Waterfront dining is the order of the day in Longboat Key. Snag a table on an outdoor patio and enjoy ocean-fresh Florida grouper and red snapper. Menus are also loaded with dishes like crispy calamari, coconut-crusted shrimp, lobster bites and oysters. Pair your meal with a tropical-inspired cocktail.
Sugar-white sand and turquoise water make Coquina Beach the ideal place to swim, sunbathe and enjoy a bite to eat. You’ll often see dolphins splashing in the shallows, while manatees also love to frolic in the warm, tropical waters around Longboat Key. You can stroll the beach and stop to pick up shells and sand dollars or picnic under the shade of a pine tree. Visit the twice-weekly market to stock up on fresh produce and baked goods, as well as arts, crafts and jewellery.
Leffis Key Preserve faces Sarasota Bay and is laced with trails and boardwalks. Explore the marshlands and mangroves before hiking up to the scenic lookout, and look for crabs and sea urchins along the way. Give your arms a workout on a scenic kayaking or paddleboarding tour. You’ll enjoy fantastic views of the bay and have a good chance to spot dolphins, manatees and sea turtles.
Getting around Longboat Key
Longboat Key is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot, while rental cars offer the freedom to explore the island at your own pace. Free trolleys travel between Longboat Key and neighbouring Anna Maria Island. Sarasota Bradenton International Airport is a 30-minute drive away.