Longboat Key is a far-reaching stretch of barrier island located along the central west coast of the U.S. state of Florida. South of Anna Maria Island, tucked in between Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, you’ll find there are plenty of things to do on this tropical getaway while staying in our vacation rentals in Longboat Key. Book our vacation rentals in Longboat Key here!
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Vacation Rentals in Longboat Key
If you’ve come for white sandy beaches, clear blue waters, and an eclectic flare of island culture, your first stop should be Coquina Beach. Located at the very south end of Anna Maria Island, this public beach as all the amenities you crave when it comes to making the most of your beach trip. The restrooms, outdoor showers, and changing cabanas are all regularly maintained provide a nice escape when you don’t want to give up your perfect spot on the beach. For some fun in the sun, kids and adults alike love the grills, game tables, sand volleyball courts, playgrounds, paved walking/biking trails, and multiple pavilions that are at your disposal. Lifeguards are on duty throughout the day, so you and your crew can enjoy a safe swimming environment. There are also great conveniences at the Coquina Beach Cafe which features more than just deli sandwiches. Here you can grab frozen treats on the go, perch at the Tiki Bar, get some essentials like sunscreen, and even rent some beach gear for the day.
The Joan M Durante Community Park is another favorite spot for visitors to explore. Check out the amazing water views and blooming tropical fauna as you stroll along the walking path under the shade of the mangroves. This is an excellent destination for escaping the crowds and slowing your pace. The playground is a great feature if you’ve got young ones. Best of all, this park is dog-friendly so whether you’ve got your own furry companion in tow or simply love watching dogs, this is great island destination.
Another popular park for families is the Bayfront Park. It has a playground for the smaller children, and the vistas over Sarasota Bay are always breathtaking. If you like sports, you can play pickleball, basketball, and others. For golfers, the Islandside Golf Club and Harborside Golf Courses are big favorites.
Need to get on the water? Well, that’s why many people come to Longboat Key. You can charter a boat—Florida Charters, Cannon Marina, and Longboat Bay Charters are great choices—and get out for sunset cruises or more adventurous trips. Watersports are one of the most popular activities here, so check out BouYah Watersports and SURFIT USA to go get wet doing everything from paddleboarding to kite surfing.
And, of course, you can always just hit the beach! Take a relaxing day of sun, surf, and sand. Push the tent pole into the sand and watch the sun go overhead.
Why a Vacation Home?
When you rent a vacation home, you are buying peace of mind. Why cram the fam into a hotel room, run around finding decent food, and deal with noisy people all around you? Why travel with friends and end up with a huge hospitality bill when you can rent a home and share it with others?
Vacation homes have lots of space, you can save time and aggravation by cooking meals if you like, and a large group can stay in one place rather than being scattered throughout a hotel—or several of them. You will also have lots of privacy. If you want to play a video game with lots of explosions on the boss fight, you can do it and not have the neighbors pound on the wall for quiet. And, your neighbors can be loud too, because they are an entire house away.
One of the biggest draws for vacation homes among people traveling for more than a few days is on-site laundry. No one wants to have a busy day of fun in the sun then have to dash out to a laundromat after you get back to the rental. This also means you don’t have to pack that third suitcase! Travel light. You also have more access to local amenities. Vacation home neighborhoods have lots of restaurants and activities that are away from the high-tourism areas that hotels cluster around. You can get a little more of the local atmosphere that way.
Island Living at Its Finest in Our Longboat Key Vacation Rentals
We understand that your vacation rental accommodations are quite possibly the most important decision you’ll make when it comes time to schedule your visit to the Florida Keys. You deserve a place to relax and we’ve got just the spot. Whether you’re looking for a beach bungalow that’s centrally located, a luxury villa with killer views, or a modern condo with all the built-in amenities you crave, we’ve got just the place. No matter where you land, you can rest assured that all of our Longboat Key vacation rentals come fully furnished with all the comforts of home, including a full-size kitchen, fresh linens, and built-in safety features.
Memories You Will Cherish
Our RentTheKeys vacation rentals on Longboat Key, just like your own home, are vessels designed to hold the memories of all who lived inside. Watching horror movies on the big screen televisions over Halloween doesn’t seem as scary when the experience is shared with your family or friends and when you are startled into a scream, you will laugh right along with everyone else, every time the memory is recalled. Recreating the kitchen scene in the Big Chill as you and your gang of college friends prepare a meal while singing along to the songs of your college days, and yes, you still know every word to Blurred Lines (Robin Thicke) and Wrecking Ball (Miley Cyrus). The beachfront condo you decided to make your own offers views that you will hold close to your heart and a balcony on which you can hear the waves crashing on the white sand beaches below, feel the sea breezes kissing your cheeks, and smell the salty air that tells you most clearly that you have reached your beachy destination. Sitting out on the balcony, toasting a gorgeous Florida sunset with a glass of wine poured from the bottle you purchased at Fiorelli Winery in Bradenton is a tradition that you will follow every evening of your stay.
We’ve talked a lot about the noise made when you play video games but during your friendship adventures in Florida, gathering around the dining room tables of our Longboat Key homes will bring you the happiest of memories! Choose the games from your childhood, there are sure to be more than a few hanging around on shelves throughout the space, or head out to Descent into Gaming (also in Bradenton) and pick out one of the board games that have only been recently released! (Oh, and if you happen to get lost in the Dungeons and Dragons game going on in the backroom, we don’t think anyone will really mind!) Even on vacation, the world can get too people-y and when you shut the door to your private retreat, turn on the TV and relax against the headboard of THE most comfortable bed you have ever slept in, you will forget the rest of the world exists! These moments of comfort and relaxation are brought to you by RentTheKeys and we definitely won’t blame you for wanting to stay in paradise forever!
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