Welcome to Longboat Key

Longboat Key is located on Florida’s Gulf Coast just south of the Tampa beckoning beach goers and vacationers with miles and miles of white sugar sand beach. If you and your family are searching for the unique upscale Florida vacation, Longboat Key is your destination.

Stretching between the gorgeous Gulf of Mexico and serene Sarasota Bay, locals and visitors enjoy beautiful Longboat Key sunrises and spectacular Longboat Key sunsets. The waters that surround Longboat Key are home to manatee, dolphins, fish, pelicans, osprey, and a variety of shorebirds. Click Here for the best deals on Longboat Key Hotels!

Longboat Key offers a wide variety of activities such as shelling, biking, shopping, fishing, and golfing on Longboat Key’s two championship golf courses with over 50 more golf courses in surrounding Tampa Bay area.

If deep sea fishing is part of your Longboat Key vacation fishing boat charters, with or without a captain, are available as are boat and wave runner rentals. The Gulf waters offer plenty of opportunities for scuba diving, snorkeling or just relaxing while floating on an air mattress.

Longboat Key shops and restaurants are mainly located on the north end of the island. The Sarasota area offers a wide variety of shopping opportunities from national retail chains to upscale local shops and stores.

The Longboat Key Vacation Guide has a wealth of information to help you plan your Longboat Key visit. The Longboat Key Hotel and Resort Page lists Longboat Key’s and the surrounding area’s most popular accommodations with links to the best prices on the internet.

The Longboat Key Restaurant and Bars Page is an easy to use guide to the best and most popular places to eat and drink in and around Longboat Key. A handy interactive map is included to help you navigate to the establishments you’d like to visit.

Longboat Key Things to Do Page lists deep sea fishing charters, golf courses and more.

What kind of vacation would it be without getting some shopping in. The Longboat Key Shopping Page is a handy references to the area’s shopping centers, stores and shops.

To help you make your vacation planning a little easier we have added a Longboat Key Information Page where you find some basic information about Longboat Key, weather and an interactive Google map.

Make Longboat Key your next vacation destination and enjoy the Southern architecture, crystal waters, great shopping and dining in the tropical paradise and understated elegance that is Longboat Key.

Remember, don’t forget the sunscreen!

Longboat Key Events
July 10 – Turtle Walk
5570 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Sarasota
The Manatee-Sarasota will sponsor a 2-mile Turtle Walk with Longboat Key’s Turtle Watch 6:30 a.m. July 10 to search for new turtle nests. Participants are welcome to join the group for breakfast afterwards. Donation: $5. Reservations are required by July 8. Information: 752-3200.

Kayak Trip – Thursday, July 21 9:00a to 12:00p
at Sister Keys launch, Longboat Key, FL
Enjoy a quiet-water kayak trip around the Sister Keys at Longboat Key. All kayak equipment is provided and is included in the cost of the trip, which will be led by John Sarkozy. On this paddle, we’ll explore this area and check out the bird and marine life. Bring sunscreen and drinking water. Call for required reservations and launch location.
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Longobat Key News
Website lets you rate other drivers by tag number and state
From the “what will they think of next file” comes a website that lets you rate your fellow driver’s skills and driving habits for the entire world to see. Driver-Ratings.com is designed to let you vent your anger by posting on their website the license plate number, comments, pictures and even videos of other drivers who cut you off, run stop signs, park poorly and so on.
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New rules on sunscreen and how they apply to you
Attention, sun lovers (and yes, that includes all who think they are adequately protected against the sun’s damaging rays): Nearly four years after announcing its intention to improve the labeling of sunscreens, the Food and Drug Administration has finally issued new rules that should help reduce the confusion that currently prevails when consumers confront the aisle-long array of products in most pharmacies.
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Sarasota may outlaw all tobacco at city parks
A proposed smoking ban at city parks now seeks to outlaw all tobacco products, even smokeless products such as chewing tobacco.
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First hatchlings of 2011 emerge on Longboat, Siesta Key
The first sea turtle hatchlings of the year emerged this week from nests on Longboat and Siesta keys, according to scientists at Mote Marine Laboratory, who say the nests hatched right on time.
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Million Mile Monday – SWFL Motorcyclists ride from Ft. Myers to LongBoat and Lunch at St. Armands Circle
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Sarasota Summer Guide: Paradise is right here
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Island Trolley ridership up first quarter
Any doubts that tourism for Anna Maria Island’s 2011 season was lower than last year were likely dispelled last week, when Manatee County Area Transit released passenger figures for the Island Trolley.
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Longboat Key Trolley prevails, but loses frequency
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Longboat Key ranked No. 2 among North American islands in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2010 Readers’ Choice Awards. The ranking, slated to appear in the travel magazine’s November issue, was based on a survey of 25,916 readers. Respondents evaluated island destinations for activities, atmosphere/ambience, beaches, friendliness, lodging, restaurants and scenery. Longboat Key scored 80.3 out of a possible 100 points.