Experience the natural beauty of Longboat Key, with its tropical foliage, white sandy beaches, and breath-taking sunsets. You and your family can sight-see by land or by sea, or enjoy active sports such as stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, and fishing. There are also many opportunities to learn about the history of the region as well as its birds, sea life, and marine habitats.
Nature/ Wildlife Charter Tour
Sailing from Marina Jack’s in Sarasota, the “Key Breeze” offers educational group and private charters for sightseeing or sunset cruises, as well as free sailing lessons for guests of all ages.
2 Marina Plaza, E-18, Sarasota 941-346-7345 opens in a new windowwww.siestakeysailing.com
Setting sail from Mar Vista on Longboat Key, voyagers aboard the classic sailing yacht “Catherine” can enjoy sunsets and marine wildlife on beautiful Sarasota Bay and beyond.
760 Broadway St, Longboat Key 941-893-9590 opens in a new windowwww.catherinesfloridacharters.com
Choice of cruises includes the morning Dolphin & Manatee Watch Cruise, afternoon Sightseeing & Nature Cruise, and a Tropical Sunset Cruise with live entertainment. All cruises feature a full bar and light food menu.
2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota 941-366-6116 opens in a new windowwww.lebargetropicalcruises.com
Enjoy fully narrated 90 minute tours of the intracoastal waterways on a 28 passenger power catamaran with covered and padded seating. All ages welcome and over 95% of tours see dolphins.
200 Bridge St. Bradenton Beach 941-465-8624 opens in a new windowwww.paradiseboattours.com
Capt. Greg specializes in bay fishing in Sarasota Bay, on the flats and near-shore, along the gulf waters of Bird Key, Siesta Key, Lido Key and Longboat Key. Visit the “Rookery” for bird watching or have a shore lunch with your catch of the day.
941-685-1333 opens in a new windowwww.abbottsfamilycharters.com
Book A Fishing Charter Tour
Outriggers specializes in half and full days of deep sea charter fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. Experienced anglers and first-timers of all ages can fish for grouper, snapper, cobia, tuna, amber jack, shark, and more.
2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota 941-809-2211 opens in a new windowwww.sarasotacharterfishing.com
Kayak & Paddleboard Tours
Owner/guides have a background in science and conservation and focus on small groups for the sake of both paddlers and sensitive ecosystems. Single and tandem Kayaks are offered for rental or for guided manatee, dolphin, mangrove tunnel, sunset, and full moon tours.
190 Taft Drive, Sarasota 941-400-2740 opens in a new windowwww.sealifekayak.com
Kayak rental and free delivery offered for fishing, exercise, or group outings. Wide range of kayak eco tours throughout Florida.
941-504-6296 opens in a new windowwww.kayakfl.com
Stand up paddleboards and sit on top kayaks for surf or bay rentals, lessons or excursions with free delivery.
941-650-2241 opens in a new windowwww.sarasotapaddleboardcompany.com
Kayaks, paddle boards, sail boats, boat trips and fishing charters in the Gulf of Mexico.
1301 Gulf Drive North, Anna Maria Island 941-778-4969 opens in a new windowwww.coastalwatersportsami.com
Longboat Key Boat Rental
Boat rental for fishing, sightseeing the Gulf waters, shelling off the barrier islands, waterskiing or relaxing on Sarasota Bay. Rentals by the half-day, full-day or multi-days.
6040 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key 941-383-1311 opens in a new windowwww.cannons.com
Full service marina and boatyard located just off the Intracoastal Waterway on Anna Maria Island. The marina can serve the needs of visiting boaters including inside storage or boat slips to rent.
402 Church Ave. Bradenton Beach 941-778-2288 opens in a new windowwww.bradentonbeachmarina.com
Scuba diving and spear fishing in waters near Sarasota, Bradenton, Longboat Key for over 30 years. Daily trips to offshore reefs, ledges and wrecks in the Gulf of Mexico.
12507 Cortez Road West, 941-798-3483 opens in a new windowwww.bluewaterexplorers.com
Other Longboat Key Outdoor Adventures
When tide and weather conditions permit, riders can ride on the beach and even in the water of Palma Sola Bay.
8400 Manatee Ave. W. Bradenton 941-907-7272 opens in a new windowwww.beachhorses.com
If golf is your game, you can find many public golf courses within a short distance of Longboat Key. A variety of courses are available, welcoming high and low handicap players alike. The Casa del Mar office will be glad to suggest options. opens in a new windowwww.sarasotagolfnet.com