The greatest attraction of Longboat Key is its private, quiet and peaceful waterside living. Imagine your own sequestered oasis: white sandy beaches offered only to residents and renting guests of Longboat Key. There are just enough conveniences, including grocery stores, banks and dry cleaners to allow you to never leave the confines of this paradise, but not so much activity that the tranquility of the island is disturbed. Should you choose to explore off the island, the surrounding cities of Sarasota and Bradenton provide Longboat Key with a vast and varied list of amenities. Almost the entire land area of Longboat Key is now occupied by either single-family homes or condominiums. Most of the condominium communities offer pools, tennis courts, water views and private beach accesses.