Lido Beach Florida
Lido Key Sarasota has 3 fabulous beaches: North Lido Beach , Lido Key Public Beach , and South Lido Park. Of the three, only Lido Key Public Beach is a good swimming beach with gentle currents and lifeguards on duty.
North Lido Beach is great for taking a leisurely stroll on a very secluded beach and is the closest to St. Armand’s Circle, a treasure for shopping and dining.
South Lido Park is a wonderful spot for folks who want to enjoy sunbathing, kayaking through the mangroves, cooking out on the grills and letting the kids play on the playground equipment.
Lido Key is only a short drive from Sarasota where there is a wealth of cultural activities. You can take pleasure in the Sarasota Ballet, enjoy the opera at the Sarasota Opera House, discover the Ringling Museum and enjoy a show at the Van Wetzel Performing Arts Center.
Shopping and dining on elegant St. Armand’s Circle on Lido Key is a treat with its European market style. There are many galleries, wonderful boutiques, sophisticated restaurants, many with outdoor seating and a great nightlife, all on the circle.
While visiting Lido Key, make sure to take a little time away from the beach, and spend an afternoon at St. Armand’s. Have lunch in one of the great restaurants – my favorite is the Columbia Restaurant and I love browsing through the shops.
There are wonderful resorts, condos and single family homes available for vacation rentals. If you would be interested in renting a vacation spot or purchasing a vacation home, I’d love to help.
North Lido Beach
North Lido Beach is a stone’s throw from St. Armands, just off John Ringling Blvd. This beach is the most private of the three beaches on Lido Key. The currents here can be very swift and there are no lifeguards.
Lido Key Public Beach
Lido Key Beach is my personal favorite of the three beaches. It is located approximately 1/2 mile southwest of North Lido Beach on Ben Franklin Drive. This photo was taken from a room at the Lido Key Resort. It’s a great place to stay. The area has several amenities that make it especially attractive.
There are no shaded picnic areas here, other than the covered tables at the concession stand.
There are lots of areas between the sandy beach and parking lot that has sea oats and sea grapes growing to protect against erosion.
South Lido Park
South Lido Park is located at the southernmost tip of Lido Key on Ben Franklin Drive. Here you can see the skyline of downtown Sarasota and the Gulf of Mexico.
It is bordered by the Gulf of Mexico, Big Pass, Brushy Bayou and Sarasota Bay.
The amenities include:
- Restroom Facilities
- Picnic Tables
- Playground Equipment
- Grills for cooking
- Volleyball Court
- Nature Trails
- Canoe Trail
- A Large Parking Lot
Swimming is not recommended in the pass as the currents are extremely swift. Even swimming in the Gulf near the Pass can be very dangerous.
Where To Stay
There are several great beach hotels on Lido Key. They are the Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel, the Holiday Inn Lido Key and the Lido Beach Resort.
Where To Eat
Within walking distance of Lido Key is the fabulous St. Armand’s Circle. Here you’ll find many great restaurants. My personal favorite is the Columbia Restaurant, right in the middle of St. Armands. Don’t miss it!
Lido Key Sarasota Real Estate
Lido Key Sarasota is a tranquil, exquisite island where you can have the vacation of a lifetime – OR – you can decide to spend a lifetime here, like many others, and purchase one of the fabulous condos or homes available.
If, after seeing all the beautiful photos of Lido Key and it’s beaches, you’d like to experience the special lifestyle available here for a great vacation rental or to purchase Lido Beach Florida real estate I’ll be happy to help by connecting you with a wonderful Realtor who specializes in Lido Key Sarasota.
I’ve been a Realtor in Florida for 12 years, specifically in the Cape Coral and Fort Myers areas. I can help find the best Realtor in any Southwest Florida area and beyond.