Spanning Manatee and Sarasota counties, the narrow barrier island of Longboat Key lies between Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico on the western coast of South Florida. This 11-mile strip of land has become a highly-desired destination for vacationers and residents, most of which are snowbirds who stay on the island during the winter months.
Housing options on Longboat Key include single-family residences, townhouses, luxury mansions, Mediterranean villas, and turnkey condos located on tree-lined streets or landscaped cul-de-sacs. Most homes have private boat docks and provide magnificent views of the Gulf Coast, bay areas, bayous or canals – this is waterfront living at its finest.
Longboat Key also offers resort living that is second to none, courtesy of the Resort at Longboat Key Club. This AAA Four-Diamond Sarasota resort that’s considered an official environmentally-friendly Florida “Green Lodging” encompasses 410 acres of lush lawns and pristine beachfront where guests can enjoy privacy and exclusivity along with a host of amenities, including 20 tennis courts and two golf courses.
Longboat Key Quick Facts
- Longboat Key was incorporated as a town in 1955.
- State Road 789 runs the length of the island as Gulf of Mexico Drive.
- Access to Longboat Key is via the Longboat Pass Bridge from Anna Maria Island to the north, or the John Ringling Causeway Bridge from Sarasota, which winds its way through Bird Key, Coon Key, St. Armand’s Key, and Lido Key, before entering Longboat Key on the southern end as Gulf of Mexico Drive.
- The Rufus P. Jordan House, built in 1920 and that became the Mar Vista Restaurant during the 1980s, is now a historic site included in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
- The Resort at Longboat Key Club has two golf courses: the award-winning Harbourside Golf Course with its 27 holes, and the Links on Longboat Islandside course with its 18 holes and more than 5,000 palm trees and oleander plants.
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