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“Great resort on Longboat Key” 5 of 5 stars
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Sand Cay Beach Resort
4725 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228   |  
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Ranked #3 of 6 hotels in Longboat Key
Hanover, Massachusetts
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great resort on Longboat Key”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

We stayed at Sand Cay in unit 306 which was a beautiful unit and decorated extremely nice.
It had a great view of the Gulf from the deck as well as the livingroom picture window. It was
a very roomy and comfortable unit that made you feel at home. The beach in front of the unit was very large with lots of lounge chairs (bring a cushon they are plastic chairs) and offered
a great sunset. Terry, the front desk mgr. was very friendly and helpful. We would like to
come back again for a great vacation.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Detroit
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

We stayed at Sand Cay Beach resort unit #117 from October 20 - 27th with one other couple (no kids). This is the second year in a row we have stayed here. If you can rent this unit, you will be in for a treat as it is in a perfect location and very nicely appointed. This time of year the resort is very quit so this is a wonderful time to relax. The ocean and pool water temperature was nice, refreshing but not too cold. The ocean is 100% sand when you get past some the shells by the shore. Bring your fishing equipment as you can catch many fish wading out into the ocean. We saw a manatee and several dolphins. We also used the BBQ pits 3 different times to cook burgers, steaks and chicken which was very convenient. We used the washer and dryer a few times which was a plus. The unit had several flat screens which made it nice to watch TV in the evenings. We also used the sand chairs, beach towels cooler and umbrella provide in the room for most of the trip either on our beach or at Siesta Key Beach. The only thing to note is that the local grocery store Publix was still under construction and it was very hard to find a liquor store. We will come back again for SURE!!!!

Room Tip: Room #117 that is the closest too and faces the ocean would be my choice!!!!
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  • Stayed October 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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NYC
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

We visited as a 3 generation family and rented 2 units. There were activities for everyone within the resort as well as much to do and see in the greater community. We had a great time! There was so much to do at the resort, and we also explored the aqarium and museums in Sarasota. The local free bus allowed various family members to do their own thing if they didn't want to join the crowd. A terrific value!

Room Tip: The grandparents stayed in a beachfront unit on the ground floor with an exquisite view. My mother w...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

We stayed at Sand Cay during Labor Day weekend. We had two condos rented for our evergrowing family! Condo 120 was perfect for our 90+ year old grandfather as it had all the handicap amenities to meet his needs. Condo 303 had amazing views from every angle and it accomodated our 6 month baby, a 3 year old and a 5 year old and their parents perfectly. It even had a high chair and a pack n play for our convenience. We couldn't have asked for a better place to have the family all together.
Both condos had all the extras that one never thinks of, such as beach umbrellas, chairs, noodles for the pool, coolers.
Each condo is set seperately so we never felt that the resort was to crowded or congested.
Having two condos to compare, we noticed one condo could benefit from some upgrading but since each of these condos are individually owned, we understood why all weren't the same. But both offered the same "extras". I think this might become our new family vacation getaway.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 hotel reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

Sand Cay resort was an almost perfect getaway. We stayed a week with our two teenage girls in unit 312. The condo had nearly everything we needed, including beach umbrellas (with anchor which was very handy), cooler, cart to take everything to the beach, beach towels, drying rack for wet swimsuits. Nicely furnished and comfy. There were plenty of dishes and cooking supplies. We made use daily of the patio table for breakfast. The office staff was friendly and helpful. Free washer and dryer were handy. The girls enjoyed the free paddleboards, beach toys, movies, and popcorn. The area is beautiful. We enjoyed visiting some of the other beaches close by. Siesta Key is fantastic, but for quiet relaxation, Longboat was the best.
Very few complaints:
1. Nowhere on the island to buy groceries, as Publix was closed for remodeling (not the resorts fault of course). The one in Sarasota is quite nice.
2. It made no sense that the office staff could not check the condo before our arrival to check what items were supplied already. We purchased some things on our way from the airport unnecessarily that we ended up leaving there.
3. Of things that are supplied, I think they should take the length of booking into account. We stayed 7 nights and had to buy dishwasher soap, had to wash the 2 dish towels twice. It would be nice if some very basic items such as coffee filters, salt/pepper, etc. were there.

Overall, we enjoyed our visit to Sand Cay very much, and would recommend it to anyone.

Room Tip: 312 is very nice. In my opinion, it is not worth paying $300 extra for beachfront, as all condos her...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012 via mobile

Located mid island on LBK with beautiful beaches. If you love to sun, walk, enjoy great food options and shop - LBK / Sarasota is the perfect choice. On the beach and right next to the Hilton Hotel, location can not be better. The service is excellent and the time away is refreshing.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

I've been coming here for nearly 30 years and its in the best shape I've ever seen it in. The resort is beautiful, the staff is amazing and the beach is hard to describe if you haven't been to Longboat Key before. Imagine the best beach in the world (which the surrounding beaches are usually described as such, like Siesta Key, St. Pete Beach & Clearwater Beach) but way more private, clean and pure. Longboat Key is wonderfully pristine,with the nicest Publix you'll ever see and if you head to the South, Its St. Armands Circle, Lido Key and Sarasota. If you head to the north, its Coquina Beach, Holmes Beach, Bradenton beach and Anna Maria Island. Its 45 mins to St. Pete, 1-1:15 to Tampa, and 2:00 to Disney. A favorite non-beach day would be a walk around St. Armands Circle, then over to City Island for lunch at the Salty Dog, then walk across to Mote Marine Aquarium for a very cheap boat ride around Sarasota Bay, then back to Sand Cay to change, then out to Lido Key for a drink at the Lido Key Tiki Bar then dinner at Columbia's in the Circle. Its pretty awesome.

Room Tip: Third floor rooms have vaulted ceilings which is far better than 10 foot ceilings in other levels...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 4725 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228
Location: United States > Florida > Longboat Key
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
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Ranked #3 of 6 hotels in Longboat Key
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