Well known as a private island paradise, there are accommodations to suit everyone, from deluxe suites in plush resorts and condominiums to beachfront cottages and modest hotel rooms. The white sandy beaches stretch for 11 miles with three public access points from one of the most beautiful beach roads, Gulf of Mexico Drive. If you are not staying on the island, be sure to bring all that you require, as there are no modern conveniences.
PLEASE NOTE: Longboat Key Beach Access Points
Heading north from Lido Key:
2800 block @ Neptune Avenue – there’s limited parking with a rack for bikes.
3200 block – Across from a strip shopping center is a small mulched parking area adjoining lush tropical foliage with path to the beach. Amenities include benches, picnic table and bike rack.
3355 block – Sea grapes, palms and sea oats adorn the pathway with nearby picnic table.
3495 block – A large mulched parking lot in wooded area provides access to a stroller/wheelchair friendly ramped boardwalk. Tall Australian pines shade the bike rack, benches, and picnic table. Public parking is available across the street with a kayak/canoe launch into Sarasota Bay.
4000 block – A path leads to the beach with public parking across the street.
4100 block – Beach access only with public parking across the street.
4795 block – Public parking with a boardwalk crossing dunes to the beach.
Gulfside Dr. – A narrow path between homes with no parking available. (Park on General Harris St.)