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Known for tasteful luxury and manicured surroundings, Longboat Key is rich in gorgeous beaches, upscale amenities and championship golf. High-end boutiques and five-star Longboat Key restaurants make it an ideal destination for vacationers who like their beach getaways on the swankier side.
Ignored by Spring Breakers and devoid of the garish attractions that characterize many Florida beach towns, Longboat Key is one of quietest barrier islands on the Gulf Coast - and all the more beloved for it. Scores of retirees and young families visit each year to take advantage of the uncrowded beaches, premier golf and tennis facilities, and luxury accommodations that dot its 12-mile stretch of shoreline. Just minutes away from the cultural attractions of Sarasota, it is an ideal base from which to explore the area.
Lido Key, FL
Just minutes from Sarasota's dazzling array of cultural attractions lie the gorgeous beaches and lush tropical scenery of Lido Key. With the world-famous shopping at St. Armand's Circle, a fascinating aquarium and some of the finest restaurants in the area, Lido Key is a little island with big bragging rights.
Just across the bridge from downtown Sarasota, the barrier island of Lido Key lures visitors with gorgeous beaches, upscale shopping, and family-friendly accommodations. When circus magnate and ambitious developer John Ringling moved to Sarasota in the 1920’s, he saw Lido Key's huge potential, and proceeded to use his elephants to haul materials from the mainland to construct the world famous St. Armands Circle. Today the rotary and Italian-style garden is peppered with high-end boutiques, gourmet restaurants, and fine art galleries that spill out into the streets.