Long Boat Key is tranquil paradise nestling between Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico with Anna Maria Island to the south and Lido Key to the north. It has the most perfect stretch of white sandy beaches running along its entire length. It is serene with crystal clear water and secluded enough for a romantic day in the sun. The temperature holds steady at an average of 73 degrees all year round and there are several free parking areas like Westfield Street, Neptune Avenue and Mayfield Street that let you access the beach easily. It is a true tropical haven with colorful flora like the golden sea oats sprinkled around the beach to the delicate pink oleander blooms that line Gulf of Mexico Drive. Long Boat key plays home to varied fauna like dolphins, manatee and birds like pelicans, osprey and other shore birds.
The area offers recreational activities for visitors of all ages. You can go for snorkeling, scuba diving or enjoy a round of golf at one of the championship golf courses. Another option is to take a dolphin viewing cruise and if you have children along they can enjoy a fun filled pirate cruise. If you are into something a little more adventurous you can rent a jet ski or go for something simpler like a bike rental and ride along Gulf Boulevard. If you have some extra time on your hands you can always visit the Estelle Harper Park which is adjacent to the Intracoastal Waterway. It has a playground, a full kitchen, tennis courts and a pavilion with barbeque grills.
The beaches abound in sand dollars and shells particularly near the sandbars so if you are interested in collecting these natural treasures you can't go wrong with Long Boat Key. Besides getting yourself a wonderful sun kissed look, you can indulge yourself in a host of activities ranging from biking along Gulf of Mexico Drive to water sports like parasailing, waterskiing, scuba diving or wakeboarding. If fishing is your thing you can head to the pier with your fishing gear or rent a boat, either way you won't have to worry about storing your catch because you could take it to one of the restaurants and ask them to turn your labor into a delicacy to be remembered. If you feel like working off your big meal or are just feeling a little adventurous you could rent a kayak or a jet ski. And then of course there is golf and tennis for sports enthusiast. With so many options Longboat Key is one of the most happening Florida Beach Vacation destinations.
Not to be left behind in culinary aspects the area has a myriad of restaurants satiating the taste buds of the most discerning tourists. You can take your pick from the juicy steak served at Mattison's Steakhouse to the Italian fare at Ciao Italia. You could also opt for the succulent crabs at Moore's Stone Crab Restaurants or visit Dry Dock Waterfront Grill. There are also others like Cafe on the Bay, Maison Blanche Restaurant, Harry's Continental Kitchen, Blue Dolphin Cafe, Euphemia Haye and Chart House Restaurant to name a few. So as you can see you are certainly not going hungry on this Florida Beach vacation.
The area also has a wide array of accommodations for tourist. Depending on your budget you could go for Gorgeous Beach Front homes which offer four spacious bedrooms, two bathrooms and the most gorgeous views of the beach at sunset. They can be yours for $1875 per week or $3800 per month.
Longboat Key has long been hailed as the private beach paradise for the rich and the famous now it's your turn to enjoy the bountiful luxuries that it has to offer.
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