The Longbeach Cottage is just a short walk away from the beach, bay and dining. There are seven parks and preserves within ten miles as well as Mote Marine Laboratory (a world class institution) with aquarium, touch tanks, manatees and sea turtles. Shop in the “Old Florida” ambiance of Anna Maria’s Pine Street or experience the luxury boutiques, shops and dinning on St. Armand’s Circle. Sarasota is nearby with its own restaurants and shops as well as the Ringling Museum, Asolo Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, Selby Gardens and much more. Myakka River State Park, Florida’s first and largest park, is a jewel and less than an hour away.