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Just off the coast of Sarasota, the barrier island of Longboat Key is anchored in the calm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, with almost year-round sunshine and long sandy beaches drawing in vacationers. This small island has excellent links with the mainland, yet manages to feel isolated and peaceful, with palm tree lined streets and beachside shacks selling freshly caught lobsters. It's also a popular spot for golfers, with enthusiasts arriving for long weekends so that they can try different challenges in the Florida sunshine.

Things to see

Cannons Marina has boats to rent or buy, allowing you to enjoy the freedom of the open water, and this is a great spot to go out into the Gulf of Mexico for fishing or relaxing. Bring a picnic and a cooler and you can enjoy a full day out on the water, with zippy center console boats, or larger deck and pontoon boats which have space for you to stretch out and sunbathe. Back on dry land the Longboat Key Club has 2 separate golf courses so that you can enjoy a relaxed and quiet tee time. The Islandside Course has 18 holes with water features in each hole, and its setting within a bird sanctuary means you can spot rare, colorful species along the course, with tall palm trees where you can take a break from the sunshine. The Harbourside Course is an award-winning 27-hole course with 2 signature holes, and its location on the coast means it offers fresh sea air, and sweeping views as you work your way through the fairways.

Hotels in Longboat Key

Along the seafront you'll find charming Longboat Key hotels overlooking the calm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Many hotels have outdoor pools, with well-kept gardens covered in flowers, barbecue grills, and picnic areas so that you can enjoy outdoor dining. You'll enjoy a choice of guestrooms, from standard cozy double rooms, to condos with 2 bedrooms for families traveling together. In your guestroom you can enjoy amenities such as air conditioning, ceiling fans, and blackout drapes to ensure a comfortable night's sleep, as well as flat-screen televisions and DVD players to keep you entertained.

Where to stay

The island is well-connected, with a large freeway that can easy take you from one end of Longboat Key to the other. Along this road you'll find many of the large grocery stores and family-friendly restaurants that are popular with people vacationing on the island. Take one of the smaller roads that branch off from the freeway and you'll soon be in much quieter territory, and you can either take the short drive around or enjoy walking along the coastal areas to get the best views. Stop at one of the seafront shacks and enjoy a cold beer, or visit around mealtimes when fresh lobsters and other seafood caught that morning is cooked to perfection and served to hungry explorers.

How to get to Longboat Key

Sarasota–Bradenton International Airport is situated just across Sarasota Bay, with a quick drive across the FL-789 bridge taking you to Longboat Key with the transfer taking around half an hour. Flights arrive here from across the USA and Canada, and those who prefer not to drive can pick up a bus from outside the terminal to Sarasota, then take one of the vintage teal colored trolley buses to Longboat Keys, with the journey to your hotel taking about 90 minutes. Sarasota also has an Amtrak Thruway service which offers shuttle buses to major train hubs such as Union Station in Tampa, and from here you can take the Silver Star line to Miami or New York City.

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