By Deborah Beacham
Composed of approximately 12 miles of crystal-quartz beaches framed by lush landscape, Longboat Key is a magnificent, sun-drenched destination that hosts all of the wonderful pleasures one could imagine for an active or relaxed lifestyle.
Elegant, perfectly manicured, Longboat Key is Sarasota’s center for glamour. Fifth Avenue style penthouse apartments co-mingle with expansive estates, the renowned private Longboat Key Club with world class golf and tennis and six restaurants for members and hotel guests. During the winter season there are black tie events to support the many cultural arts in Sarasota almost every night. Reserve your limousine, and revel in the international lifestyle of Longboat Key’s residents. Or, if the nature lover in you beckons, you will find 32 acres to explore at the award winning nature preserve of Joan Durante Park where you can picnic in the gazebos, enjoy local varieties of plants, including a rose garden, or take a walk along the coastal hammock forest.
Just over the bridges, you can visit Mote Aquarium, Ringling Museum and Ca’d’Zan Mansion, Asolo Repertory Theater, Ringling College of Art and Design, New College, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, St. Armands Circle of shops and restaurants, Lido Beach, and nearby downtown Sarasota with boutique galleries, shops, restaurants, and much more. With convenient access to both private and international airports, Longboat Key and Sarasota attract the discerning world traveler who seeks the finest in beachfront living with amenities you would expect to find in cities much larger.