Longboat Key is a barrier island on the western coast of Florida, near Sarasota. Longboat Key is noted for its wide, silky sand beaches, its central location along the Gulf of Mexico, its easy access to major roads and airports, close in to Tampa Bay and the Intercoastal Waterway.
Known for its relaxed, easy way of life and access to world-class shopping, restaurants, and the arts of all kinds, residents and visitors alike think of Longboat Key as PARADISE.
Longboat Key has a wonderful art center at its north end in the historical village of Long Beach. The art center is part of the Ringling College of Art and Design, housed in Sarasota. Residents and visitors alike avail themselves of classes in oils, pastels, watercolors, and acrylics, all of which are moderately priced and taught by enthusiastic teachers. The Center mounts several shows during the year for members and visitors and sponsors other events and activities that provide entertainment and camaraderie.
Longboat Key also is a bicycle rider's delight, since Gulf Drive, the only north/south drive on the Island, boasts bike lanes and a wide sidewalk with enough room for both walkers and bike riders.
All western religions are represented on the Key by facilities of their own.
Longboat Key also has its own police department and emergency fire department.
On a more prosaic level, Longboat Key has a Publix supermarket, several drug stores, beauty parlors, several Realtor offices, art framing shoppes, and many restaurants with national and international reputations.