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“Gorgeous beach, Family Fun” 5 of 5 stars
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2509 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228   |  
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Memphis, Tennessee
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“Gorgeous beach, Family Fun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

This was our first trip to Longboat Key, and we couldn't have asked for a better time. We visited with two other couples for an adults-only stay, but most of the other visitors were large family groups.

Arrival was seamless, and we found our unit in tip-top shape. We had the two-story penthouse model (with 3 bedrooms) on the front corner. There was a lovely "side" beach view from the balcony. The unit is HUGE with tons of space and sleeping room. The kitchen is full (actually larger than my kitchen at home...) and has everything you would need to cook, etc.

Beds were good, not perfect, but after a beach day perfect for sleeping. Bathroom space was fine.

The unit was very clean on arrival, and there is a washer/dryer which is really helpful for a longer stay.

The beach at VBC is amazing. Totally not crowded, with nice sand, clear water, and kayaks to check out. The pool is also great-half of it is shaded which is nice when you've been out in the sun all day!

Quick trip down the road to restaurants/shopping. Be forewarned, the Publix right across the street is closed right now for construction, but there is one just off the island, maybe 10 minutes away.

Stay here--you'll love it!

Room Tip: The front units have nice views down the beach, too, even though they're not right on the water!
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Macon, Georgia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2012

We have been to Longboat Key many times and we tried other places to stay only twice. We always come back to VBC. It's clean, comfortable, somewhat upscale, has all amenities and is centrally located. We prefer ocean front and the view is awesome. We love this place! Also there is a Publix across and just down the street...handy, handy. Last but not least, VBC provides beach lounges and umbrellas!!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2012

We did a timeshare swap in Nov, 2011. My wife and I had a wonderful experience. The location was great, with the Publix mkt almost across the st.nwe were able to stock up for breast and lunch. Dinner ay nite down @ St. Armand's Circle was tremendous. Our 2bed 2 bath was great kitchen done over and views even from side balcony super. Very clean with great pool and beach. We will return

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2011

We went to Longboat Key at the urging of friends from England who got a bayside place through their time share exchange. We were fortunate enough to get a week on the gulf side at Veranda. It was an incredible time! Our huge balcony faced east, so we had a view of tennis courts, the main thoroughfare, and a large pond - but that was no problem. The rooms were spacious and comfortable and we had plenty of room for entertaining our guests from England. During our stay we took advantage of the free bicycles and fishing rods (we caught flounder from the pier 50 yards down the beach - "quick, go get some butter from the Publix across the street!" Hubby was back in 10 minutes - talk about convenient - and delicious!) On the days when the wind and waves were not stirring up the ocean floor, you could see beautiful schools of fish. I did get hit by a sting ray on the foot when I was so excited to show my daughter some sea life that I wasn't paying attention - incredibly painful, so be careful and shuffle your feet. Our friends on the bayside did have manatees in their cove, which was really neat, but we all agreed that the Veranda was the place to be!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Apollo Beach, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2011

We visited friends staying at Veranda Beach Club for 1 week during June. 2/2 condo has a nice split layout, large balcony, plesant furnishings, plenty of kitchen space for entertaining. Second floor, mid section of the building was quiet & comfortable. Beach is nice, but not sugar white sand such as Anna Maria or Siesta Key. Certainly nice though with beach loungers & umbrellas provided. Loved the Hobie cat sailboats for guest use! Great Longboat location, close to shopping, walk to grocery, access to downtown, marinas, etc. The drawback: Pool area is partially covered at beachfront lower level, therefore can be very loud if lots of screaming kids are present with parents who ignore them.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2010

My wife and I decided to take our mothers on a week long vacation with our 1 year old. The two bedrooms and pullout sofa came in handy. The beach is beautiful and the sand is made up of fine grains. The beach club provides umbrellas and lounge chairs which made for comfortable days on the beach. The pool is also half under cover so you can retreat from the sun while swimming during the mid day. Furnishings are a little dated but accceptable. We liked having a kitchen to cook in and also liked having access to gas grill for grilling. The supermarket across the street was a plus as well.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Tampa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2010

This is a timeshare resort and dedicated owners so this place does not get a lot of reviews, so I'm writing this a year after my stay because I wish I was there right now! In one word I LOVE this place, and would highly recommend and stay there again in a second. We were in a 3rd floor front right 2/2 condo, the floors are approximately 3x3, so a block of 9 and the front corner units are the best for a view and large open verandas! The front and side corners were ALL windows / sliders that opened with the most amazing wind or breeze coming in, the unit was very open for the very nicely appointend living / dining room area. It is a very large unit - the master is huge, the other bedroom is on the other side of the unit with the bathroom right off the room. Would be perfect for 2 couples, you would not feel cramped. The verandas has plastic patio furniture - we used the placemats and had homemade breakfast every moning! The kitchen is very small however includes almost everything you would want for a week depending on how much you cook - we cooked alot and brought a lot of our own must haves (nice knives or tongs) but no complaints, except it was so small that a drawer had trouble coming all the way out. The fridge has an ice maker ;) We made our own drinks or bottle of wine and carried them out to the beach ... the beach at the Vernda Beach Club is the best appointed for as far as we could walk, North and South - they not only have really nice Cabana style lawnchairs, they also provide Kayaks and a Sailboat catamaran thing for no extra charge. It was also nice to have the pool and hot tub right there. The resort is small, mostly older adults, a few children where there during our stay but they really had to amuse themselves and were very respectful of adults etc. The Publix shopping center is right across the way, you could walk if you wanted and there is a liquor store in the plaza but not much else. The Wi-Fi was good, reception for our Verizon and AT&T cells was good. Oh and I called a local massage therapist and she came to our room, and gave us each an in unit massage. With the sliding doors open and the sounds of the ocean it was great! Very professional. We really didn't interact with the staff at the Veranda, we did attend the informational breakfast one morning and it was a nice way of meeting some of the fellow guests that week, having some really nice free donuts, cakes and fruit, juice and coffee. The information was NOT about the timeshare although I heard a rep was onsite with a list of available weeks but you would have to make the first move. The information was about things to do in the area. We did rent a boat from the local marina and explored the Bay side - we would recommend this activity too. During our stay, we enjoyed Longboat Key and the Sarasota area so much we even stopped in at a realtor to get info on available condo's. No purchases were made ;) Last but not least, parking was very convienent and using the BBQ(s, 2 of them) was easy too - just prep everything you need and take it and a cold drink out, maybe your cell incase you forget something and have your partner bring it down LOL

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2509 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228
Location: United States > Florida > Longboat Key
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Ranked #12 of 20 Specialty lodging in Longboat Key
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The Veranda Beach Club on Longboat Key offers a matchless location, directly on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. Warm hospitality, fun-filled activities and a casual relaxed island atmosphere await your arrival. ... more   less 
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Veranda Beach Club Hotel Longboat Key

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