My family began staying at The Beachcomber in the '80's while I was in high school. We took yearly vacations (last week of May) to Longboat Key for over 15 years, staying at The Beachcomber every time. It is a small 5 story complex with 20 (two bedroom-one bath, shared tub/shower but separate vanities and toilets) gulf facing condos and 20 (one bedroom, one bath) bay facing condos. We always stayed in a 2 bedroom end unit on the gulf side.
The only thing you need to bring is your swimsuit. The condos are indivdually owned and very well appointed. They differ greatly in design, some owners have remodeled, others haven't, so checkout the pictures of each condo on The Beachcomber's website. We always stayed in one of the end units because of the added light, and view, from the side window. The balconies are HUGE and offer spectacular views of the gulf. The gulf front pool has more than enough space for the kids to swim and for you to cool off. Now, the beach......When I went there as a teenager, the beach was tiny and at high tide it was non existent. The village (?) did a beach restoration years ago that made the beach plenty wide enough to play, sunbathe and stroll......it's fantastic.
I will fill you in on the only thing that may negatively affect your vacation. In recent years the "lovebugs" have taken over this area of Florida. They look a bit like fireflies and won't bite. During the late spring/early summer they swarm to mate and then die. I am not talking about a few here and there.........I'm talking hundreds of thousands. We swept our balcony a couple times a day to get rid of the "lovebug" bodies. They are quite a nuisance, but we are an easy going bunch and in no way did this event ruin our vacation(s), but if you are more "rigid" or have a fear of bugs you will not enjoy the beach during "lovebug season".
The location of the Beachcomber is fabulous! It is directly across the street from Avenue of the Flowers shopping area which contains a Publix, CVS, a few restaurants and specialty shops. Very easily walkable if you need to grab a few items.
If you are the type of person who is "go go go" on vacation there are many local things to do and see. The Ringling Museum, shopping on St. Armand's Circle and the outlet malls, deep sea and pier fishing, Busch Gardens in Tampa, jet ski rentals, Mote Marine Aquarium......we've done them all over the years. Management lives on site and keeps the place clean and organized. Choose The Beachcomber and you won't be disappointed, it's a good value and great location.
- Also Known As:
- The Beachcomber Hotel Longboat Key