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!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Veranda Beach Club Hotel Longboat Key