Longboat Key is a popular destination for vacationers on Florida's west coast. It's known for its beaches, golf courses, luxurious beachfront resorts, close proximity to nearby St. Armands Circle and is the perfect setting for those who seek outdoor recreation in the Florida sunshine. Longboat Key is a short 25-30 commute from the local Sarasota-Bradenton Int'l Airport (SRQ) or a just over an hour's commute from the larger Tampa Int'l Airport (TPA). To view information about planning your flight(s) and/or rental car, view our "Getting to the Area" page here.
Southernmost tip of Longboat Key (New Pass)
The main attraction of Longboat Key is the resort-like atmosphere you experience upon entering, either from the Longboat Pass bridge to north or New Pass Bridge to the south. As you stroll along the main Gulf of Mexico Drive, you'll see endless gated beachfront condos, large private estate homes, beachside resorts, golf courses with lush, tropical landscape, and entrances to small recreational parks. Popular resorts on the Key include The Resort at Longboat Key Club, Casa Del Mar, the Silver Sands Beach Resort and the Sandpiper Inn. For a listing of popular Longboat Key beachside resorts, click here.
If you're interested in outdoor activities while visiting the Key, there's many choices to pick from. If your fancy is to be on or near water, consider chartering a powerboat or a sailboat for the day where a captain and his crew handles and the navigation. If you want a more hands-on experience, consider renting a small powerboat boat or jet skis from Cannon's Marina. If you want more of a physical workout consider going for a kayak or paddleboarding adventure in the nearby Ted Sterling Park on South Lido Key. For your convenience, we've a complete listing of Longboat Key outdoor activities by water, land and air on our activities page here.
Southernmost tip of Longboat Key (New Pass)
History of Longboat Key, FL
Originally inhabited by Native Americans, Longboat Key is believed to have been first explored by Juan Anasco, a scout for Spanish explorer Hernando De Soto. Upon their arrival, legend has it that the Indians were hostile when they reached land and that Hernando and his men fled leaving their Spanish Longboat in the bayou. It's not until the late 1800's that the modern day barrier island was initially inhabited by settlers. These early settlers set up farms on the southern end of the Key and started growing fruits, limes, avocados and tomatoes and the agriculture industry had taken root. It wasn't until 1921 that the area was hit by a strong hurricane which destroyed early buildings and flooded the farm fields with saltwater and washed out roads.
The Town of Longboat Key was officially incorporated as a city in 1955 and records indicate that about a third of the land was developed at that time, and the population was only around 215 people. Since the 1960's, developers began setting their sights on the Key and large-scale development began to take place. Today, the Town has a population of 7,143 full- and part-time residents. On November 14, 2015, the town had officially celebrated its 60-year anniversary.
With an average of 256 sunny days per year and an average temperature of 73 degrees, Longboat Key has ideal yearound weather climate for vacationers. During the summer months, Longboat Key has an average high in the low 90's and in the winter months, the average high drops to the low 70s. Most importantly, the humidity or dew point of the air drops considerably in the winter months making for very enjoyable weather conditions to enjoy outdoor activities such as golfing or renting a boat for the day .
Annually, Longboat Key receives an average of 51.8 inches of rain (roughly 4 1/3 ft) and experiences 107 days with precipitation throughout the year. Unlike being up north, an intense rainstorm on Longboat Key can quickly turn back into bright sunshine and blue skies within minutes as the Gulf currents keep the weather in constant motion.
When looking at the demographics data for the Longboat Key area (based upon to 2014 & 2015 data), one gets a good overview of the area. We can clearly see that the majority of the population (97.5%) is white; the median age (71.6 years) is well above the Florida average of 41.5 years; the average household size of 1.8 persons is much less than the state of Florida average at 2.5 persons and that the median Longboat Key household income of $91,167 is well above the Florida average household income of $49,426. See exact breakdown of the statistics below.
Population & Household Data
Population Longboat Key Population (2014) * Sarasota County Population (2014)
* includes full & part-time residents
Population Density The number of residents per square mile of area.
Population Change The percent change in the city's population since 2000.
Household Size (2013 Data) Longboat Key, FL State of FL
1.8 people 2.5 people
Gender Ratio (2014 Data) Male Population Female Population
Median Age (2014 Data) Longboat Key, FL State of FL
71.6 years 41.5 years
Race & Ethnic Origin
Race (2010 Data) White 6,715 Hispanic 73 Asian 51 Two or more Races 24 Black 16 American Indian 7 Other 2
97.5% 1.1% 0.7% 0.3% 0.2% 0.1% .03%
Median Household Income (2015 Data) Longboat Key, FL State of FL
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