Longboat Key is a private and secure offshore barrier island enclosing the western boundary of the Sarasota Bay. Dense mangroves interspersed with canals and marinas seclude its eastern shore, while pristine white sand stretches along its west by the Gulf of Mexico. Deep water passes separate Longboat Key from neighboring islands on the north and south.
Longboat Key has historically attracted a mix of middle-aged professionals and retirees, augmented by a sizable population of families with children. Real estate options range from luxurious bayside estate homes to beachfront condos to reasonable single-family dwellings.