“Prestigious Coastal Living.”
The waters off the coast of Sarasota are home to a number of breathtaking barrier islands, including the stunning Longboat Key. Located just south of Anna Maria Island on Florida’s Gulf Coast, Longboat Key is a favorite vacation destination for sports enthusiasts, beach lovers, and boaters. Home to just 7,000 residents full-time, Longboat Key has long made a name for itself offering both short and long-term high-end vacation opportunities for visitors looking for a touch of luxury.
Photo by Andrew Kalat
Originally called Longbeach by early settlers, Longboat Key first sprung into life with the help of world-famous millionaire John Ringling in the 1920s. He planned the outlay of the small barrier island, and contributed the half mile of Australian Pines which still line Gulf of Mexico Drive today.
After a bright 20 years, Longboat Key was almost completely ignored after the onset of the Great Depression. The U.S. Military used the space as a target range during World War II, but the Key’s reputation as a prominent vacation destination seemed to be a thing of the past. Fortunately, a few brave travelers were able to bring the barrier island back into the public eye soon after the end of the war. Now, several decades later, Longboat Key is not only one of the most visited of the Florida coastal barrier islands, but also the most developed.
Attractions and Activities
The Resort at Longboat Key Club
Comprised of verdant golf courses, a busy marina, and world-class tennis courts, the Resort at Longboat Key Club is a celebrated treasure for lovers of recreation. Recognized as one of the Top Ten Tennis Resorts in America by Tennis Magazine, the resort is also the perfect place to get in a quick doubles match or work on your two-handed backhand with one of the resort’s professional coaches.
Fishing and Boating
With sun-kissed summers and mild winters, the Florida Gulf Coast is prime real estate for fisherman, boaters, and recreation-seekers. The region’s lengthy coastline, coupled with countless inlets, bays, and tidal creeks make a day on the water an appealing idea. Regardless of experience, visitors and residents can enjoy time on the open water fishing – game fish like spotted sea trout, snook, and tarpon are in abundance – snorkeling, diving, parasailing, and much more.