Located approximately 55 miles south of Tampa on Florida's west coast, Longboat Key is a 10-mile long barrier island connected to the mainland by two bridges (Longboat Pass Bridge to the north and New Pass Bridge to the South). Upon entering the Key, the meandering Gulf of Mexico Drive, which spans end-to-end, is lined with endless beachfront resorts, condos and estate homes, tall palm trees and an abundance of lush, tropical landscape year-round making for a magical oasis.
Founded in 1955, the Town of Longboat Key now has approximately 7,143 full- and part-time residents and this number increases considerably in season (November thru April) when the many northerners, also known as "snowbirds" as well as vacationers from up north flock south to enjoy the warmer winter climate. Boasting warm tropical waters and fresh gulf breezes, Longboat Key offers tourists and locals alike the perfect mix of warm Florida sunshine and fun outdoor recreation. Whether playing a round of golf, going for a boat ride, or simply enjoying a nice casual meal at one of the area's open-air restaurants, a Longboat Key vacation is the perfect place to get away from life's busy hustle and bustle.
While staying on Longboat Key, there are many beachside hotels and resorts to choose from. For your convenience, we have listed many of the popular Longboat Key resorts on this site. You may also choose to rental an available beachfront condo or house from a private owner while in town. To see what's available, visit our Longboat Key rentals by owner page.
Longboat Key, FL - Vacation in Paradise!
While staying on Longboat Key, there are many beachside hotels, resorts to choose from. For your convenience, we have listed many of Longboat Key's top resorts. You may also choose to rental an available beachfront condo or house from a private owner while in town. To view available Longboat Key Rentals by owner, visit our Longboat Key vacation rentals page.
Experience the sights and sounds of Longboat Key and its white sandy beaches in this amazing HD quality video. See Longboat Key and its unique beauty from a bird's eye view via aerial drone photography. Make sure your volume is on to experience the full effect! To view all videos of Longboat Key and its offerings, visit our videos page.
When looking at the various beach sands of the Suncoast area, we can easily see that there is quite a variance in color, size and texture. The lightest sand is Siesta Key Beach which is almost pure quartz giving it a snow-like appearance and a cool temperature even on the hottest of Florida days. The nearby beaches of Turtle, Lido and Venice are darker in color and have a good mixture of sand and crushed shell which are a bit warmer to the touch on a sunny day.
Close up view comparing size and texture of the various Suncoast beach sands including Venice Beach, Turtle Beach, Siesta Key Beach, Lido Key Beach and Longboat Key.
Venice Beach Sand
Turtle Beach Sand
Siesta Beach Sand
Lido Beach Sand
Longboat Key Sand
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