Longboat Key is the ideal destination for a seaside getaway. This picturesque township offers plenty to see and do without the crowds of Florida’s tourist traps. Planning ahead is the key to making the most of your Longboat Key getaway. Make plans for the following experiences before you depart to make memories to last a lifetime.
See Sea Turtles
Sarasota has the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, but you don’t need to travel outside Longboat Key to meet some marine life. Sea turtles visit the Gulf of Mexico during nesting time every year. Book a Longboat Key hotel between May and October for your best chance of sharing the shore with these fascinating sea creatures.
If you’re lucky enough to spot a sea turtle, keep your distance and stay quiet to avoid startling it. If turtles become scared, they may return to the water without laying their eggs. If you’re lucky enough to spot a hatchling, the same rules apply. While you might think you’re helping to take it to the water, the first trip to the water helps sea turtles remember their beach. This is so important, as they’ll want to return when it’s time to lay their own eggs.
Camera flashes can also disorientate turtles, so file the time you spent with these beautiful creatures away in your memory bank rather than taking photos — or make sure the flash is set to not go off.
Get a Massage
A massage is the perfect way to ease yourself into your vacation. As the massage therapists at Longboat Massage work on your body, you’ll find your mind letting go of all the stress of your every day. Its massage therapists have more than 20 years of experience and will work you to make sure the treatment is just what you need. Sessions start at just 30 minutes, but for the ultimate indulgence, book yourself a leisurely 90-minute appointment.
Dine at Maison Blanche
With Jose Martinez at the helm, you know you’re in for a treat dining at Maison Blanche. His Longboat Key restaurant shares its name with his premiere Paris eatery, which earned a coveted Michelin star. The Florida offering has a similar French flair with dishes showcasing U.S. ingredients like Colorado lamb and natural prime ribeye. Discover why Maison Blanche is praised by food lovers and culinary critics alike.
Charter a Sailing Boat
Why just admire the Gulf of Mexico when you could spend time sailing on it? Catherine Florida Charters will take you out on the original Catherine, an awe-inspiring 53-foot ketch. Choose from one of many exciting private itineraries like a sunset cruise or an excursion to historic Egmont Key. You’ll sail from North Longboat Key underneath the Longboat Pass Bridge to enter the tranquil Gulf waters. All tour groups enjoy complimentary sodas and water, but for real luxury, bring some bubbly and book one of the food packages. A shrimp platter or sushi tray will pair perfectly with your champagne.
The memories you make on vacation are precious, so don’t leave your Longboat Key plans to chance. Make your bookings early to ensure you don’t miss out on these memorable local experiences.