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The sun seems to move a little slower on these barrier islands, where you will discover a life that’s as calm and care-free as the gentle ebb and flow of the tide.

While the laid-back lifestyle is a quality shared by all, each island reveals its own distinct personality. On Anna Maria Island, sailboats skim azure waters as locals savor seafood at a beachfront cafe.

On the tranquil north end of Longboat Key, an easy going beach atmosphere prevails amidst relaxed cottages and opulent waterfront estates.

From sunrise to sunset, the world-famous island destinations of Florida’s Gulf Coast certainly live up to their glowing acclaim.

Adored by sunbathers, volleyball players and sandcastle creators, Siesta Key is where you will find some of the finest beaches on the planet. As the sun sets, island activity spills into the streets of Siesta Village, for al-fresco oysters and laid-back live music.

For a sophisticated change of pace, Lido, St. Armands and Bird Key blend island casual and coastal luxury – with distinctive waterfront retreats that are never too far away from stylish shops and gourmet restaurants.

If you’re looking to truly get away from it all, we know just the place. The islands of Florida’s Gulf Coast are where the sense of a bygone era greets you like an old friend and swaying palms set the tempo for a leisurely life at the water’s edge.

On Gasparilla Island, Boca Grande captures the true essence of “Old Florida”. Serene, elegant and utterly captivating, the island’s authentic tranquility gives way each spring to one of the richest tarpon fishing tournaments in the world. For residents of Casey and Manasota Key, Gulf front seclusion and iconic sunsets are a part of daily life.

The meandering, pink coquina shelled paths of Useppa Island connect the intimate community of classic Florida homes, where genuine caring and sharing are a part of life. Meanwhile, a tropical, sun-washed aesthetic characterizes the residences of Palm Island where daily ferry service to Placida / Cape Haze connects residents to the mainland. Another beloved barrier island is Little Gasparilla Island in Charlotte County. Pristine and private, this tropical paradise that can only be reached by boat.