Named one of North America’s top islands by Condé Nast Traveler’s readers, Longboat Key attracts visitors who want to dine on globally inspired cuisine, enjoy tranquil preserves like Joan M. Durante Park, walk along 12 miles of quiet white sandy beaches amid luxury homes and luxuriate in upscale luxury resorts. While you’re there, be sure to check out the Longboat Key Center for the Arts and the islands golf course & marinas, restaurants. With plenty of rentals and hotels for your vacation, the beaches and events are sure to keep you coming back.
Elegant & gorgeous Longboat Key combines serene seashore enjoyment with luxury shopping and dining choices. Families enjoy the many water sport activities from fishing, boating and kayaking to plucking perfect seashells along the shoreline. Couples and friends explore chic dining and shopping spots around St. Armand’s Circle. The aristocratic heritage of the St. Armand and Ringling families resonates through quiet gardens and plush Palm Beach-style shopping. Umbrella-draped cafes and handsome restaurants offer exceptional European fare and inventive coastal specialties. Work off that decadent dessert with a stroll around the circle for leather, jewelry, resort wear and art gallery browsing.
Venture just across the bridge over Sarasota Bay for unrivalled cultural treats such as The Ringling circus family bequeathed an elegant legacy of art and architecture. The estate includes the acclaimed John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the family’s winter Ca’ d’Zan mansion – a Venetian Gothic masterpiece – the Circus Museum and historic Asolo Repertory Theater. With elegant gardens and terraces spread over 20 bayside acres, the complex provides hours of enjoyment.