Native Americans once vacationed on Long Boat Key. They left remnants of their picnics and ceremonies. Today, people of all backgrounds call this bit of paradise off the West Coast of Florida home. Many more use the Long Boat Key vacation rentals for their go-to getaway.
Plush, lush, and gorgeous, it is just far enough from the shopping, sports, and schools in the Bradenton-Sarasota area on the mainland. You can shop upscale, dine at 5-star restaurants, and swim and boat in waters once plowed by explorers and pirates. Manicured lawns see no Spring Break visitors or drive-through tours.
Young families who visit, come back to retire among the best sunsets on the Gulf Coast for the peace, beauty, and low-key activities.
- Joan M. Durante Park is 32 acres on the bay with nature trails, arboretum, and bird watching locations.
- Abbotts a Family Charter takes families fishing along the Gulf Coast of the keys where you also may interact with dolphins, manatees, and other local wildlife. They provide all the tackle and gear, licenses, and lessons. They will even prepare the fish you catch for dinner that night. Along the way, you get to check out the beautiful homes that line the water.
- Rent one and two passenger motor scooters, golf carts, or bicycles to take you everywhere you want on the Key. You can take them to the shops, to the tennis court, and the golf courses.
- Harry’s Continental Kitchens started as a take-out place and now ranks Zagat 4-stars. Go there for weekend breakfasts or brunch for Old Fashioned German Pancakes with a lingonberries or Shirred Eggs with asparagus and ham.
- Go white tablecloth ambiance with windows on the water at Pattigeorges. PG’s menu pulls together tastes from around the globe to American palates. Start with Chef Tommy Klauber’s Crackling Five Spice Calamari and head towards a 16 ounce Myakka Ranch Steak and Warm Banana Bread Pudding in a crisp, bright white room.
- In your very best tropical dress, plan on dining at Maison Blanch (Michelin, James Beard Foundation, and Zagat and Sante Magazine awards). Menus feature Chef Martinez’s selection of seasonal and sustainable ingredients, the honor of the Chef’s Table at the head of the room, or a Prix Fixe menu. Try the Black Grouper or Crusted Swordfish. There is something very elegantly simple about the menu and the decor.
You can kayak through the swamps or take art lessons at the Ringling College of Art and Design at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts. Also, you can shop St. Armand’s Circle and visit fine museums in the Bradenton-Sarasota hub. But, you will be anxious and happy to return to rest at your place among the Long Boat Key vacation rentals.