We wanted to have a laid back beach wedding and this was the place for it! The owner helped us with any questions we had. We had to rent all of the cottages out for 4 days, which was great because all of our friends stayed there with us. It was the best, most beautiful beach wedding/party ever. I wouldn't attempt this unless you are very laid back about your wedding plans. It's too hard to coordinate every last detail when you have this much involvement by Mother Nature! There is also an ordinance to protect the sea turtles in which you can't have lights visible from the beach at certain times of the year. Check into that first. Also, this is not a place for a loud or late night reception. Longboat Key is a very peaceful, quiet community.
We have also stayed at the cottages just for a short getaway. They are great, very well appointed, and have kitchens and grills for easy cooking. The beach is absolutely gorgeous! This is the place to go with your family or significant other to relax, have a glass of wine, eat dinner, and enjoy each other's company. There is not much to do on Longboat Key so the beach and cottage atmosphere is the main attraction. To the south, there is St. Armand's Cirlce with lots of little shops. My favorite, Mote Aquarium, is also to the south. It is a great place to check out sea creatures and the organization contributes so much to conservation and animal rescue. It is definitely worth your support. Other than that, we found a few restaraunts (Sandbar) and dive bars (Drift Inn) to the north but we enjoyed hanging out at the cottages the most.
The only reason I am giving it 4 stars instead of 5 is the price. We would visit much more often if it were a little more affordable.
Tip: Depending on the time of year that you visit, bring lots of bug repellent and sunscreeen. And as always, please be kind to nature.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rolling Waves is a quaint Longboat Key getaway, where cozy cottages give way to the white sands of one of Florida's most picturesque private beaches. Each cottage has a full kitchen, separate bedroom, bathroom, sitting room, AC unit, and outdoor seating area with BBQ. The beach and ocean are only steps away from your front door. We also have a large beachside fire pit, lounge chairs and laundry. Enjoy your next vacation in your own private cottage at the beach! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Rolling Waves Cottages Hotel Longboat Key