Gorgeous white sand beaches run for 12 miles along Longboat Key’s enchanting coastline.
Idyllic island community with Gulf and Sarasota Bay views
Longboat Key (zip code 34228) is a waterfront community on a barrier island between the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay. Both bodies of water are visible from many points around this long, narrow island. Gorgeous white sand beaches run for 12 miles along Longboat Key’s enchanting coastline. This idyllic island community also offers an excellent variety of waterfront restaurants.
Longboat Key’s real estate mix includes stunning waterfront estates with sprawling Gulf and Bay views. Other residential options include condominiums with exceptional private amenities and single-family homes in a range of styles.
Longboat Key allows residents the opportunity to experience wonderful resort-style living. The gorgeous waters surrounding the island provide endless recreation opportunities. From unwinding on the island’s white-sand beaches to boating adventures in the turquoise Gulf, living on Longboat Key makes every day feel like a vacation.
Longboat Key is home to a fantastic array of restaurants that combine sublime cuisine with mesmerizing waterfront views. The Shore serves seafood specialties such as Key West shrimp, scallop risotto, and lump crab cake alongside mouthwatering steaks, burgers, ribs, and fried chicken. The Shore’s delectable meals are paired with signature cocktails. The Drydock Waterfront Grill overlooks the Boathouse marina and Sarasota Bay at the southern end of Longboat Key. Drydock serves ocean-fresh seafood and unique tropical cocktails in a delightful setting, which was called one of the 100 best al fresco dining experiences in the United States named by OpenTable.
Chart House is a refined steakhouse with a terrace perched above the Gulf waters of Sarasota Bay. Menu highlights here include slow-roasted prime rib and the day’s freshest catch. Harry’s Continental Kitchen combines a deli and bakery with a restaurant serving sophisticated breakfast, brunch, and lunch plates. The Old Salty Dog has an eclectic surf ‘n’ turf menu with delicious fried seafood platters and steam pots loaded with fresh ocean delights.
Longboat Key’s shopping options are just as plentiful. Centre Shops of Longboat Key features a great selection of stylish boutiques, restaurants, and art galleries. A short drive south of Longboat Key, St. Armands Circle is a premier island shopping and dining destination with more than 130 businesses. J. McLaughlin on Longboat Key sells fashionable menswear and womenswear with an elegant sense of classic style. Island Adventure Outfitters is stocked with all the equipment you need to enjoy kayaking, rafting, and other water-based activities on Longboat Key’s beautiful surrounding bodies of water.
Bayfront Park is a waterfront hub of recreation with multipurpose sports fields and courts for tennis and basketball. Many classes, sports teams, and special cultural events are organized at the Bayfront Park Recreation Center. Bicentennial Park is a relaxing one-acre greenspace featuring landscaped shrubs, trees, and flower beds.
Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium is a major attraction on Longboat Key. More than 100 marine animal species are on display here at the Mote Marine Aquarium. The aquarium’s recreated habitats include a 135,000-gallon shark tank and a coral reef teeming with diverse fish, crustaceans, and sea jellies. Other popular exhibits include alligators, caimans, manatees, river otters, and sea turtles.
Close to the aquarium, Ken Thompson Park is a great place to begin your adventure on the waters surrounding Longboat Key. The park has a launch for boats, canoes, and kayaks alongside a fishing pier and a mangrove boardwalk.
Longboat Key is served by Sarasota County Public Schools.