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Lido Key

Traverse a winding woodland path and spend the afternoon on this island’s secluded beaches before ending at a beachside bar to enjoy a spectacular sunset.

Lido Key is a barrier island off the coast of Sarasota. The narrow natural reef features pristine sandy beaches along the western coast looking out into the Gulf of Mexico. The island contains a scenic woodland park and rolling dunes. Enjoy panoramic views of the Gulf and Sarasota Bay from the lively beachside bars and restaurants along the waterfront.

Lido Key is split into three beach sections. The North Lido Beach and its fine white sand is a tranquil spot to walk or relax in the sun. Its beaches are far less busy than other beaches around Sarasota, so come here for a peaceful getaway in front of the secluded dunes. This area has no lifeguards and may have rough currents. 

The south side contains South Lido Park and a shady pine forest. Explore the wooded shoreline and walk along the park’s woodland nature trail. Look for some of the luxury yachts that drop their anchors near Big Pass, the area of water that connects Sarasota Bay to the Gulf of Mexico.

The central Lido Beach lies between north and south and features a wide family-friendly shore with a concession stand for snacks and drinks, washrooms, swimming pool and lifeguard service. Bring a cooler and enjoy a picnic on the Lido Beach picnic tables and visit the wheelchair-accessible observation tower.

See a clear view of the sun setting over the Gulf of Mexico from one of the casual bars on the shoreline. Treat yourself to an upscale dining experience at a restaurant located on the top floor of the tall resort buildings. Panoramic views of the golden Gulf of Mexico sunset to the west and sparkling city lights to the east will highlight an unforgettable night out.

Lido Key is located west of downtown Sarasota and is connected to the mainland by the John Ringling Causeway through the lively St. Armands shopping and dining neighborhood. Free parking is available near the central Lido Beach area. Shoreline access is free, but use of the pool requires payment of a small fee.


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Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach

Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach

1540 Ben Franklin Dr, Sarasota
3.8
of 5, from 943 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Facing the Gulf of Mexico on Lido Beach, this quiet, family-friendly Sarasota resort features 600 feet of private white-sand beach; upscale shops and restaurants of St Armands Circle are 1 mile away.

£80
Gulf Beach Resort Motel

Gulf Beach Resort Motel

930 BEN FRANKLIN DRIVE, Sarasota
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Lido Key, this condominium resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Coolidge Park and St. Armands Circle. Mote Marine Aquarium is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) away.

£165
Lido Beach Resort

Lido Beach Resort

700 Benjamin Franklin Dr, Sarasota
4.1
of 5, from 568 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Arrayed along a private beach of fine white sand on the Gulf of Mexico, this island resort is on Lido Key, a half-mile from Saint Armands Circle shops and cafés and three miles from downtown Sarasota.

Coquina On The Beach

Coquina On The Beach

1008 Ben Franklin Drive, Sarasota
3.8
of 5, from 101 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Lido Key, this beachfront aparthotel is in a shopping district and within 1 mi (2 km) of South Lido Park and St. Armands Circle. Mote Marine Aquarium and Marie Selby Botanical Gardens are also within 6 mi (10 km).

£53
Lido Islander Inn

Lido Islander Inn

528 South Polk Drive, Sarasota
3.5
of 5, from 355 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

These condos are located throughout the area in Sarasota.

£115
Holiday Inn Lido Beach, Sarasota

Holiday Inn Lido Beach, Sarasota

233 Ben Franklin Dr, Sarasota
4.0
of 5, from 286 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Lido Key hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Coolidge Park and St. Armands Circle. Mote Marine Aquarium is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) away.

Gulfside Motel

Gulfside Motel

138 Garfield Dr, Sarasota
2.4
of 5, from 18 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in Lido Key, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Coolidge Park and St. Armands Circle. Mote Marine Aquarium is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) away.

Playalido Unit #4, Lido Beach

Playalido Unit #4, Lido Beach

135 Cleveland Dr, Sarasota
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in Lido Key, this cottage is within a 15-minute walk of Coolidge Park and St. Armands Circle. Mote Marine Aquarium is 1.9 mi (3 km) away.

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