Longboat Key is an 11 mile long barrier island just north of St. Armand's Circle that reaches up into Manatee County just south of Anna Maria Island, with beautiful, clean and quiet beaches. If Siesta Key it too busy, loud and crazy, LBK, as the locals refer to it, could be for you. Personally, I love taking the drive up Gulf of Mexico Drive to Harry's Continental Kitchen for brunch and then driving through Longboat Key Village to catch a glimpse of the peacocks! The vibe is more upscale yet laid back. The landscaping is lush but manicured. It's where you hope to be lucky enough to retire someday!