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About Longboat Key

With endless white sand beaches and unobstructed views of the Gulf of Mexico, it’s no surprise that Longboat Key is a vacation hotspot. Book the perfect seaside Longboat Key condos for you and your family, and get ready for a vacation you won’t forget.

Introduction to Longboat Key

Located just off the Gulf Coast of Florida, Longboat Key is a barrier island that includes just four square miles of land and about 12 square miles of water. With such an expansive waterfront, Longboat Key is a true beach community. Many residents live here only in the winter, which means there are numerous vacation homes available throughout the warmer months.

Longboat Key Climate

Like many Gulf Coast communities, Longboat Key welcomes hot, humid summers and warm winters. The highs in July and August average about 90 degrees, while December and January days typically top out around 60 degrees. Longboat Key welcomes over 250 sunny days, and though the area receives an above average amount of rain, it’s extremely rare to spot snow along the coast.

How to Get Around Longboat Key

West Florida is a car lover’s paradise, with Gulf of Mexico Drive as the single main road that extends along the length of the key. Most Longboat Key condos are just a short drive away from both the main drag and the waterfront, so be sure to rent a car if you’re flying into Sarasota Bradenton International Airport.

Hit the Beaches

Longboat Key Beach faces the Gulf of Mexico and boasts clear, calm water and soft, white sand. You won’t find buzzing boardwalks or massive crowds here, but you will find plenty of space to swim and sunbathe. There are several public beach access points along the key, but arrive early to take advantage of limited parking.
At the northern edge of the key, Beer Can Island offers a secluded spot to swim, fish, and gather with friends. Since this beach is only accessible by boat, plan to rent a boat or charter a boat trip.

Explore the Gulf

One of the most popular ways to explore offshore is renting a boat. Outfitters like Cannons Marina and CB’s Saltwater Outfitters rent boats by the half day, full day, or week. Depending on what you want to do and the size of your group, you can rent a three-person motorboat for fishing, a six-person speedboat for cruising along the coast, or a 14-person pontoon that’s perfect for spending the day at sea. Be sure your group’s driver has a driver’s license and some boating ...

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