Longboat Key is north of St. Armands Key, with its circle of shopping and dining, and Lido Key, and south of Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, and Anna Maria, which are located on adjacent Anna Maria Island. The nearby cities of Sarasota and Bradenton and the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport round out Longboat Key's varied list of geographic amenities. Gulf of Mexico Drive runs the length of the island, with ancillary boulevards branching off to residential neighborhoods. From some locations one can see both Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. At other points the island widens and accommodates various homes owned both singly and in condominiums, hotels, and sports clubs.
Much of the land area of Longboat Key is occupied by either single family homes or condominium apartments. Most of the condominium associations co-own common elements which comprise pools, tennis courts, sites with water views and access to beaches.
Longboat Key is also home to the Longboat Key Club, developed by aluminum tycoon Arthur Vining Davis' Arvida Corp.. The Longboat Key Club is open to both visiting tourists and club members, and features indoor and outdoor restaurants, pool, resort buildings, golf courses, tennis courts and easy access to an adjacent gulfside beach.