Conde Naste is a travel magazine devoted to finding the best of the best when it comes to vacation destinations around the world. Recently, they polled their readers to find out which islands in the U.S. deserved some special attention. Among the winners were Hilton Head, SC, and four islands in Hawaii. No surprise that Hawaii nabbed the hearts of travelers and the top spots on the list, however, there were a couple of lesser known islands included. Florida had two islands rank. opens in a new windowThe first featured is the barrier island along the Gulf Coast, Longboat Key. If you want a relaxing escape, this is the perfect place for families, couples, and retirees.
Longboat Key ranked #9 on the list for the assortment of seashells that wash up on the beautiful beaches. With much of Florida being crowded and overly marketed to tourists around the globe, Longboat Key features all the great scenic views and entertainment that vacation goers love without the noise and city traffic of the larger cities in the state. Located only 30 minutes northwest of downtown Sarasota, Longboat Key is a great place to stay if you want a central location without the masses of Florida visitors.
But it is time that this island got the attention it deserved. The Conde Naste article features the 10 miles of pristine sand on the island paradise, but also suggests staying in a resort because so much of the beach is limited to private access by hotels. Casa Del Mar is one such accommodation with oceanfront views with ideal positioning along the famed beaches. opens in a new windowStay in a vacation condo that you choose using our interactive map, and enjoy unlimited access to the surf and sun. The condo complex also boasts a heated pool, BBQ grills and two tennis courts.