Back in the 40's Longboat Key was still a remote area with few roads, and even fewer tourists. But in 1948 Dudley Mulholland saw the potential and purchased acreage of land mid-key, including the Sun ‘n Sea property. He immediately built five vacation cottages, presently known as our Cottages #3, #4, #5, #6 and #7. Over the next 8 years, Mulholland continued to construct additional vacation cottages and named the entire area Sun ‘n Sea.

In 1964 a dozen couples from a small town in Indiana joined together to buy a vacation spot on the Gulf of Mexico and purchased the Sun ‘n Sea property. They continued to construct additional beachside accommodations and made many improvements over the years. Now, 46 years later, Sun ‘n Sea - still under the same ownership - has survived countless hurricanes and economic downturns, yet the owners continues to lovingly oversee and expand this Longboat Key resort, always improving what vacationers have come to know as a haven in nature, a true Longboat Key treasure.

Sun ‘n Sea has played host to swarms of everyday couples and families from all over the world who take regular vacations, just to nestle down in the charming beachside cottages. Guests who loved the place as children now return with their children and grandchildren for family reunions and to have the time of their lives all over again.

Gracious managers, Lisa & Mark Gilford welcome you!