An easy seven-mile cruise north of Sarasota on the GIWW to Longboat Key Club Moorings (941-383-8383, longboatkeymarina.com), a full-service marina with concierge services awaits you. Located in Longboat Key Club’s gated resort community surrounded by lush green golf courses, as sidewalks meander through seaside neighborhoods, a heated pool and hot tub, tennis courts and an easy walk to gulf beaches gives the visiting mariner time to kick back and relax. Hop aboard the Longboat Key trolley to historic St. Armands Circle. Once owned by circus magnate John Ringling, his vision of the central rotary with streets extending like spokes from its hub remains vivid today. Over 130 boutiques, gourmet restaurants and ice cream and chocolatier parlors line the streets, and lavish tropical garden courtyards bound its perimeter. Each courtyard garden adorned by one of 40 Greek or Roman statues from Ringling’s personal art collection makes shopping and eating a cultural moment. For a spectacular sunset not to be missed, take a walk across Gulf Drive to Longboat Key beach. After a fulfilling day, who wants to cook? Dine dockside at Portofino Restaurant and Bar, which serves classic northern Italian fare. With a nightcap aboard, your day is complete.
Boating in Longboat Key, FL
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