Welcome to Beautiful Longboat Key in Sarasota
Paradise could not be better defined than the 10 mile long barrier island that is Longboat Key. From the historic original village at the north end to the palatial estates scattered up and down Gulf of Mexico Drive. With fabulous restaurants and shops, Longboat Key is surrounded by the bay to the east and the Gulf of Mexico to the west. Watching the sunset from any point on the miles of white sandy beaches is an unforgettable experience. Longboat Key is the most upscale of the islands to the north and south.
Anna Maria Island is the barrier key to the north. Boasting one of the area’s largest public beaches, it consists of many restaurants, shops, water sports and nightlife.
Siesta Key to the south is recognized for having the best sand in the world. It’s fine, white, cool to the touch and feels like powdered sugar between your toes. It was scientifically proven that Siesta Key has the whitest, softest sand in the world at the Great International White Sand Beach Challenge in 1987.
Our Center is easily reached from the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport. It is suggested that students take the southern route, over the bridges and north on Gulf of Mexico Drive. You may rent a car at the airport or take a taxi.
As described by the airport: “Everything about Sarasota Bradenton International Airport is designed for your convenience. Our spacious terminal allows you to move about smoothly and easily, without stress or hurry. Airline ticketing, baggage claim, and other services are steps away from the main concourse, and both the short and long-term parking lots are adjacent to the main terminal. Check-in lines at SRQ are much shorter than at mega-airports, and there are no long lines of planes stacked up for take-off or landing. You’ll appreciate these advantages as you fly right through our easy, convenient terminal.”
As you approach Longboat Key, you will pass through charming St. Armands Circle, a hub of elegant shopping and dining. Not only will you find contemporary architecture of distinction, you will enjoy superb exclusive shops, art galleries, exotic boutiques, sophisticated restaurants and nightlife. While you’re here, try to visit the center of St. Armand’s Circle to see The Circus Ring of Fame, a “sidewalk of circus stars.” A must for any kid at heart. Or, if you are more the romantic type, treat yourself to a special view by a horse-drawn carriage.
You will cross the bridge onto Longboat Key, proceeding north on Gulf of Mexico Drive. Driving approximately five miles past meticulously groomed and magnificent Gulf front estates, golf courses and Resorts, you will reach M. Weston Non-Surgical Hair Restoration Educational Center on the right hidden behind lush tropical landscaping in the Centre Shops.
For moderate priced lodging, we suggest the following two resorts. Most of our clients and students frequent these lodging establishments and they are both within walking distance; less than 500 feet! Our clients and students love these waterfront Island resorts.
BEACH CASTLE RESORT: From the Beach Castle Resort: “Between the azure blue of the Southwest Florida skies, and the turquoise Gulf of Mexico waters sits Beach Castle Resort on Longboat Key. A true beach-to-bay community, Beach Castle rests on one of the narrowest points of this prestigious island allowing the community to extend from the Gulf side to the bay side – a quality few have the privilege to carry. With various locations to choose from, including Gulf front, bay front, pool and garden views – this charming resort caters to even the most discerning traveler. Equipped with spacious one-, two-, and three-bedroom options, this 21-unit condominium resort offers a laid-back appeal.”
SANDPIPER INN: From the Sandpiper Inn: “One of the most secluded tropical beach settings on Longboat Key. Our spacious studios, one and two bedroom accommodations, come fully equipped with everything you will need to make your stay on Longboat Key exactly what you are looking for in a vacation. Overlooking tropical gardens and the beautiful beach on the Gulf of Mexico, each apartment has its own private patio. From our beach Cabana, come and watch the dolphins play as the sun sets off of beautiful Longboat Key.”