Longboat Key's charms divided between Sarasota and Manatee counties, Longboat Key offers waterfront golf, fine dining and luxury resorts. In fact, its 12 miles of white sand beaches have helped to make this a luxury Gulf Coast resort community. A large number of Longboat Key's nearly 6,000 residents are retirees who enjoy the island's championship golf course and tennis club, and its dining and shopping. Longboat Key brings you an elegant and scenic environment that offers the rare combination of breathtaking beaches and cultural activities – all within a relaxed and elegant lifestyle.
What to Love:
Traditionally a winter retreat for retired Midwestern CEOs, this barrier island boomed once younger one-percenters found they could conduct business anywhere from their laptop computers. Among recent head-turning sales, fashion designer Michael Kors caused a commotion in 2014 when he snapped up two big Gulf-front lots for $6 million for his vacation retreat. Ohana, a Polynesian-inspired family compound that had been on the market for six years, sold in 2019 for $11.4 million. And this summer, the $13 million plus $1 sale of a Gulf-front estate on the north end of the key broke Sarasota County’s all-time residential MLS sale record—by that dollar. Toward year’s end, the record will be broken when “Serenissima,” listed at $19.75 million, closes. Up next: The Residences at St. Regis, a 69-condo complex on the site of the late, beloved Colony Beach and Tennis Resort, pre-construction priced at $2 million to $10 million.
People & Lifestyle:
Dining, Shopping & Entertainment
- The Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant 760 Broadway Street Longboat Key, (941) 383-2391
The Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub, is located on the bayside of North Longboat Key. Enjoy delicious fresh Florida seafood inside the quaint dining room, on the outdoor covered deck or under the canopy of 100 year old Buttonwood trees overlooking picturesque Sarasota Bay. Dock and Dine! It's waterfront dining with a unique atmosphere. Leave a dollar bill on the wall and a little bit of your heart to find on your return visit. Voted #1 place to come by boat, #1 romantic restaurant and #1 Key Lime Pie. There is no place quite like the Mar Vista.
Since 1980, Chef Raymond and D’Arcy Arpke have operated this excellent restaurant set inside a charming island cottage. Considered one of the “most romantic restaurants in the country,” Euphemia Haye is also well known for its creative cuisine, impeccable service and intimate atmosphere. Featuring a diverse and satisfying menu, the eclectic menu “wows” diners with favorites including Euphemia Haye’s Famous Roast Duckling with seasonal sauces, Prime Peppered Steak with Chef Raymond’s Famous Steak Sauce, Sweetbreads, nightly Veal and fresh, local Fish specials.
The Dry Dock Waterfront Grill features casual indoor & outdoor dining overlooking Sarasota Bay. Best known for serving fresh local seafood from the Gulf of Mexico. Popular with both locals and visitors to the Sarasota-Bradenton area.
- Shore 800 Broadway St., Longboat Key, (941) 259-4600, dineshore.com
A stylish yet approachable waterside hangout, Shore serves well-balanced dishes from around the globe that are dreamed up by the talented chef Dylan Elhajoui, plus terrific cocktails. The tables are tiered, meaning every seat in the house offers a view of the water.
Things to Do:
Take a closer look at our wondrous oceans by visiting Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium – home to more than 100 marine species and to interactive exhibits featuring the lab’s world-class marine research. Located on Sarasota’s City Island just north of St. Armands Circle, the Aquarium offers plenty to “sea” for locals and visitors alike. Mote Aquarium is a unique Informal Science Education Center that brings the research of Mote Marine Laboratory to life. Guests can peek into working labs and enjoy exhibits about real Mote science. In addition to visiting the Aquarium, people of all ages can sign up for education programs for an even closer look at marine research and ocean ecosystems.