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Siesta Key Beach

Siesta Key Beach

LONGBOAT KEY

Longboat Key is a narrow 10 mile long barrier island that separates Sarasota Bay from the Gulf of Mexico. The Key is divided with the southern portion of the island in Sarasota County and the northern portion in Manatee County. Longboat Key is one of the only barrier islands in the area without a direct access to the Mainland with Lido Key to the south and Bradenton Beach to the north. This separation reflects in the Longboat Key atmosphere of Seclusion and that laid back beach feeling blended with an upscale environment.

In addition to world-class Tennis facilities, Longboat Key is the only island in the area with 45 holes of Championship Golf. But the activities don’t stop there. Longboat Key is both home to year-round residents and a world-class vacation destination so the activities and amenities are extensive. The Key boasts some of the finest restaurants anywhere in Florida. If you enjoy walking along unspoiled beaches or taking a photography class at a branch of the Ringling College of Art and Design or just watching the Sun Set into the beautiful blue-green water of the Gulf of Mexico you will love it here.

Longboat Key Real Estate is about evenly divided between Condominiums and Single Family Homes and prices range from the 200’s to in excess of 10 Million Dollars.

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 LIDO KEY

sailboats at lido key florida

Lido Key Sailboats At Dusk

Lido Key is the site of St. Armands Circle, perhaps the finest shopping district on the west coast of Florida. “The Circle” is a circular city park surrounded by dozens of shops and restaurants housed in quaint two-story facilities and highlighted by lush tropical landscaping and marble statuary.

You don’t walk on the Circle, you stroll. This is a great family destination where the kids can follow along, ice cream cone in hand, while mom shops for fine jewelry, fashion clothing or home-made fudge. You have your choice of everything from Pizza to Japanese Cuisine for a nice family lunch. Eat on one of the second story balconies and enjoy some of the best people watching in the area. When the sun goes down however the scene becomes more romantic. The Circle is lined with elegant restaurants and the night hints at a much more formal ambiance where the diners can relax with a glass of wine and enjoy a fine meal.

St. Armands Circle Restaurant on Lido Key Florida

Lunch on The Circle

South of St. Armands Circle at the end of the island is a large city park that sits on a point of land with Big Pass on one side and The Gulf of Mexico on the other. The Pine Trees shade the beach and with a tropical breeze blowing this can be a delightful place to sit and watch the water. Keep an eye out for the Raccoons that seem to feel that the park belongs to them.

At the northern end of Lido Key and just across the pass from neighboring Longboat Key lays City Island. Here you will find the world-renowned Mote Marine Laboratory and its public aquarium where you can see and experience Florida’s Sea Life in a hands-on setting.

Real Estate on Lido Key is decidedly upscale with estate style homes on the streets named after United States Presidents and High-Rise Condo’s along the beach.

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SIESTA KEY 

Estate Home at Roberts Point on Siesta Key Florida

Siesta Key Estate Home

Most first time visitors to the area are surprised to find that each of Sarasota’s barrier islands have their own unique personality and ambiance. The locals know and our visitors soon realize that Siesta Key is the most eclectic and arguably the most fun. Traveling just short distances on the island can result in dramatic changes in sights, sounds and environment. Siesta Key Real Estate ranges from one bedroom Condominiums to Elegant Waterfront Estate Homes.

The north end of Siesta Key is predominantly made up of single family homes in private settings dominated by lush tropical foliage. Many of the homes are on canals and offer boating access to the bay and of course The Gulf of Mexico. Some of the most magnificent homes in the Sarasota area are located here but you might not know it because they are so beautifully secluded.Just a short distance south brings you to the Siesta Key Village and here the fun begins.

Lunch at Siesta Village

Lunch at Siesta Village

This area of the island is the Florida Beach Community that the Snow Birds love to flock to during “The Season”. From the first of January thru March the Village is crowded with people happy to have escaped the frozen north if only for a few weeks. This is where you see people in Flip-Flops and beach wear shopping for Florida keep-sakes and enjoying a frozen daiquiri or a Salty Dog at the open-air tables in front of all the great Village Restaurants. The Real Estate in this area of the island is a mix of quaint beach cottages and Condominiums of all price ranges. Continuing south and just around the bend brings you to the “Number One Beach in The World” Siesta Key Beach. Here you will find sand so white it is blinding. The sand is the consistency of baby powder and squeaks when you walk on it just like snow. The public beach is a huge draw for not just visitors but the locals as well. There is always something going on at Siesta Beach from world-class beach sculptures to lively drum circles at dusk.

lifeguard stand at siesta beach on siesta key

Siesta Key Beach View

South to the end of the island, the Condominiums begin to make way for single family homes again and the excitement of the central island once again calms to quiet neighborhoods. This end of the island is home to the exclusive Sanderling Club and the Turtle Beach public beach and camp-ground.

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