The beach lies just minutes away from the heart of Sarasota. From the air, it looks like a broken chain of sand that spreads north and south along the Gulf of Mexico coast; here you'll find Longboat Key, Lido Key, and Siesta Key.

Across the pass to the north, this strip of islands stretch past golf and tennis resorts, fine restaurants, distinctive shops and affluent waterfront residences. There are accommodations here to suit everyone, from deluxe suites in plush resorts and condominiums to beachfront cottages and modest hotel rooms.


Tennis in Longboat and Lido Keys Florida
Perfect weather affords tennis buffs
year-round enjoyment of their sport
on Longboat and Lido Keys.
Longboat Key, Lido Key, and Siesta Key provide an ideal beach and bay setting for the ultimate family vacation. Stretching between the Gulf and serene Sarasota Bay, these keys attract many visitors. The area is a wildlife paradise and home to manatee, dolphins, pelicans, osprey, and a variety of shorebirds. Visitors will find first-class facilities here, and there are several parks on the Keys for outdoor fun. Whether you like to spend your time shelling, biking, shopping, fishing, golfing, kayaking, jet skiing, parasailing or dining, opportunities for these activities are boundless.

The beaches of Siesta Key are world-renowned. The pure quartz, pulverized to a fine white powder, has a magical quality. There is no sand quite like Siesta's anywhere. South of Sarasota, two bridges deliver you to the world-famous soft, white sands of Siesta Key. Here you'll find lodging is as colorful and individual as the local population. So stay a while to shop and dine as casually or fine as you wish.

The Tropical Breeze Resort is home to Adventure Tiki, the areas premier concierge service with knowledable staff. From kayaking, jet skiing, paddleboarding, boat rentals, bike and scooter rentals, fishing charters, boat tours, parasailing, to any activity offered in the area, Adventure Tiki can help with the planning of your entire vacation itinerary.

The beautiful and expansive John Ringling Causeway Bridge leads from downtown Sarasota to St. Armands Circle. St. Armands is an island shopping center, unique in concept, history and beauty. This enchanting circle is home to Daiquiri Deck, a fun spot to relax, take in the sights from the balcony and enjoy casual food and drink. Among shops on "The Circle" is Tervis, offering an extensive choice of their signature fine tumblers and other Florida collectibles.

At the north end of Lido Key, Mote Aquarium conducts important research on marine life and their crucial habitat. Mote Aquarium features displays on sharks, dolphins, manatees and sea turtles. Exhibits highlight ecosystems of the Gulf and Caribbean. Touch tanks allow you to get up-close and personal with a large variety of the local fauna. The manatee and sea turtle facility let you see these magnificent creatures up close.

Sarasota Bay Explorers, located at the Mote Aquarium, offers visitors a daily sea life encounter cruise. You can design your own cruise . . . try shelling, looking for sharks' teeth, dolphin and manatee watching or even a picnic on a deserted island.


Shopping in Longboat and Lido Keys Florida
Shoppers will find ample opportunity
to unearth treasures in Siesta and
Lido Key shops and boutiques.
The Lobster Pot is a quaint New England style family owned restaurant with a view of Siesta Village. Enjoy old Cape Cod and Florida seafood specialties as well as other family preserved recipes served by a friendly staff in a cozy setting.

Daiquiri Deck is the perfect place to share a meal with friends. Situated on Ocean Blvd, enjoy live music, tasty treats and the best frozen daiquiris anywhere.

For shopping, FIN Island Company carries the leading name brands in outdoor sportswear for men and women, plus T-shirts and sandals for the whole family. So bring the family and stop by any of the two locations to see why FIN Island Company on Siesta Key has become one of Sarasota's must see landmarks since 1959, a leader in the sport fishing community.

The friendly owners and staff at Siesta Sports Rentals offer an opportunity to experience Siesta Key and surrounding areas by bicycle or scooter. Choose from a wide variety of bikes, scooters, scooter cars, surreys and accessories. Join an experienced and knowledgeable guide for a tranquil kayak tour around the Jim Neville Preserve. Here you will get to see unique Florida wildlife up close in natural surroundings.

A unique and exceptional dining choice on Longboat Key is Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub. Enjoy a delicious fresh Florida seafood meal in the quaint dining room or on the outdoor covered deck overlooking picturesque Sarasota Bay.

For complete information about these enchanting islands, contact the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce or the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce.
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Beautiful beaches in Longboat and Lido Keys Florida
The beauty and fascination of beaches at Longboat and Lido Keys are a joy to share with younger generations.
Wildlife in Longboat and Lido Keys Florida
Denizens of the area are myriad and exotic.
Parks and recreation in Longboat and Lido Keys Florida
Whether biking or hiking, Longboat and Lido Keys offer parks and recreation areas to explore and enjoy.
Fishing and outdoor activities in Longboat and Lido Keys Florida
Fishing is an ideal leisure activity by which to appreciate
the water vistas on Longboat and Lido Keys.