Staying on Longboat Key is like taking a trip to paradise except this place has the heart of utopia without the noise and fuss of a big Florida city. Not far from our vacation rentals on Anna Maria Island, the salty breeze, the palm trees, and the tropical background make up some of the most breathtaking scenery this side of the coast. The best way to get out and experience Longboat Key is to get out there and just do it. Longboat Key’s real beauty lies in its surroundings, and you can only experience that by walking, biking, or boating.
Being between such a gorgeous location and all the modern-day events and attractions make staying on Longboat Key ideal. Sarasota is just a short trip over the bridge allows for adventure and splendor. A trip to Sarasota wouldn’t be complete without a stop at the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium. Everyone enjoys the aquatic life here, but the kids will find this place to be quite unique because very few places allow to you to have fun while learning. The Mote Marine Laboratory strives to understand and rescue marine life, which has been their mission since 1955. Children can take their education with them when they go home and spread their stories of touching starfish and feeding stingrays.
You will find that Sarasota has fantastic shopping, specially at St. Armand’s Circle. It is a magical place to shop and to enjoy quite a historical place. It is well worth the quick drive to Lido Key from Longboat Key. St. Armand’s Circle is probably the most famous shopping destinations in the area so if you are looking for a jeweler, upscale boutiques, spas, beauty salons, and even art galleries; you’ve found the right place. Another fun place to explore is Red Barn Flea Market in Bradenton, FL. This family owned and operated retail business has been running since 1981. If you find yourself wound tight after shopping, you might consider getting a massage at the many spas around Longboat Key.
Longboat Keys Beaches are an incredible place to visit while on vacation on this little barrier island. Secluded, private, and gorgeous are just some of the words people use to describe this area. Another great piece of the coast is Coquina Beach. Another great way to explore the Florida coast is with a boat tour or charter brought to you by Catherine’s Florida Charters or Liquid Limousine Charters. There is no better vantage point on Longboat Key than on the water.
If you are a land lover and love to get lost in nature, there is plenty of gardens, reserves, and mangroves for you to explore. You can enjoy a day outside at a variety of places like Joan M. Durante Community Park, Bodies of Water Gardens, and Quick Point Nature Reserve. You will find that Longboat also has many walking and biking trails scattered throughout the island. Some of you might want to dabble in golf while in the isle, and you’ve found the most ideal place to do it. Our golf courses are not only beautiful; they are quite vast. Longboat Key is a place that you will find something new to do each day you awake, even things you couldn’t imagine doing at home. This small barrier island has a lot to offer everyone; you just need to know where to look and be willing to explore!
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