Longboat Key Beach Guide

Longboat Key

Over its 10 miles of beaches on the Gulf of Mexico, Longboat Key has just a few public beach access points and a very limited number of public beach parking spaces. While Florida law provides that the beach below the mean high tide line is public property, it does not guarantee access to the beach. Longboat Key is lined for almost its entire length with private homes, condominiums and hotels. Those properties do not offer public parking or beach access, so the public must rely on only 11 points along the Gulf to visit the beach. Because access is limited and there are no public bathrooms, lifeguards or other public facilities on the beach, visitors can find some more private areas for beachfront relaxation than is available at the more crowded public beaches on Siesta Key and Lido Key.

Unlike public beaches in Sarasota County, the town of Longboat Key prohibits alcohol on the beach.

Look for the blue and white "Beach Access - Town of Longboat Key" signs along Gulf of Mexico Drive (GMD as it's known on LBK) to find an access point. Here is a list and you should be able to click the addresses on most mobile devices to get a map.

  • 2825 Gulf of Mexico Dr. Longboat Key, FL
    Parking available at Town Hall (501 Bay Isles Rd.)
  • 3175 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key, FL
    Parking available on site
  • 3355 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key, FL
    Parking available on site
  • 3495 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key, FL
    Handicap Accessible on site, also parking across street
  • 4001 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key, FL
    Parking available at Bayfront Park (4052 GMD)
  • 4711 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key, FL
    Handicap Accessible parking on site
  • 4795 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key, FL
    Handicap Accessible parking on site
  • 6399 Gulfside Road, Longboat Key, FL
    Parking available at General Harris Street
  • 6847 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key, FL
    Parking available at Broadway Access
  • 100 Broadway St., Longboat Key, FL
    Handicap Accessible parking on site
  • 7055 Seabreeze Ave., Longboat Key, FL
    No parking available