Longboat Key is a pristine barrier island wedged between Anna Maria Island on the north, and Lido Key on the south. Renowned for its year-round tropical vibes and immaculately maintained grounds, Longboat Key is the ultimate hideout for second-homeowners and retirees. The lifestyle here is best defined as a healthy mix of entertainment and activity. On any given day, if you drive down Gulf of Mexico Drive – the main road that connects condominiums and neighborhoods on the island – will yield active golf courses, bicyclists, runners, power walkers and more. Pair this laid-back agenda with delicious restaurants like Euphemia Haye and Maison Blanche, and you’ve got the ideal winter escape.The layout of Longboat Key is synonymous with Florida’s great wildlife. The barrier island runs north to south and is bordered by the Sarasota Bay. To the east of the island, there are mangroves and canals perfect for kayaking with the exception of some larger marinas. To the west of the island, there are white, powdery beaches overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.Longboat Key is the perfect mix of condominium living and single-family homes. However, the island is becoming more of a tourism hub as new hotels like the St. Regis and Zota Beach Resort develop, attracting out-of-towners. Everything you could ever want for a sleepy lifestyle flourishes on Longboat Key. Local grocery stores sit midway along the island, along with boutiques, breakfast spots, hole-in-the-wall restaurants and diners and more. For a faster pace of life, simply head north or south for more dining options and nightlife activities.Are you interested in moving to Longboat Key? Contact Davida McDonald for local recommendations and exclusive showings.