Lido Key is located between Longboat Key and Siesta Key on the Gulf of Mexico, just across the John Ringling Bridge to Sarasota. Lido Key lures visitors with gorgeous white beaches, upscale shopping, and family-friendly accommodations.
Lido Key is divided into three beaches: North Lido Key, Lido Key, and South Lido Key Beaches. When it comes time for the beach, Lido Key is central to the group and features lifeguards, watercraft and umbrella rentals, an outdoor swimming pool, showers, restrooms, and food facilities. The beach is deep and wide and from here one can walk along the shoreline to North Lido Beach, a natural area of sand, water, and trees. South Lido Key Beach is a natural setting of pine trees and picnic tables surrounded by the sandy beaches of Sarasota Bay, the inlet at Big Sarasota Pass and the Gulf of Mexico.
Locate in the heart of Lido Key is St. Armands Circle, perhaps one of the most charming shopping areas in Florida. Featuring many of the areas “best of the best,” the Circle provides an unforgettable experience for visitors from all over the world with over 130 exclusive shops, galleries, exotic boutiques, sophisticated restaurants and nightlife.
Just across the bridge from Lido Key in nearby Sarasota, you can visit Sarasota Jungle Gardens, one of the oldest attractions in the State of Florida. Sarasota Jungle Gardens has 10 acres of tropical vegetation, winding jungle trails and entertaining, educational bird and reptile shows. Many of the animals at Sarasota Jungle Gardens were rescued from adverse or inhumane conditions, and others were donated by pet owners who could no longer take care of them.
Another famous attraction in nearby Sarasota is the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens where you can explore the world’s most spectacular display of rare orchids, bromeliads and tropical plants in this 9.5-acre oasis on the shores of Sarasota Bay. The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota is a non-profit institution that fosters understanding and appreciation of tropical plants through programs of research, conservation, education and display. Selby Gardens is best known for its living collection of more than 6,000 orchids. View all Sarasota Area Attractions»
The restaurants in Lido Key are some of the finest in the Sarasota area. St. Armands Circle is the place to go for bistros, cafes, and pubs with tables that spill out onto the street. Here you will find The Columbia Restaurant at St. Armands Circle in Lido Key, that offers up authentic Cuban cuisine and atmosphere. This elegant restaurant is famous for their salad that is made fresh at your table. You can enjoy their sangria or coffee on the patio while listening to live Cuban bands. Café L’Europe in St. Armands Circle is an award winning upscale restaurant that brands its food as New European, a blend of French, Caribbean, and Spanish traditions. This restaurant also prepares made-to-order dessert soufflés right at your table. Downtown Sarasota also has many well-known restaurants with a style and flavor. The city’s Southside Village is the best place for trendy upscale restaurants. View all Lido Key Restaurants»
Like just about everything else in Lido Key, there are some great places to stay on the beach to make your vacation feel like home. The Lido Beach Resort has a prime beachfront location with suites that feature full kitchens, separate bedrooms and private balconies. The resort offers fine dining overlooking the Sarasota skyline at the Lido Beach Grille. Casual indoor and outdoor dining can be enjoyed at the Resort’s Café Lido, while the favorite gathering spot for watching the sunset is the beachside Tiki Bar. The Holiday Inn at Lido Key offers comfortable facilities and is set in a relaxing atmosphere of a beach resort. The Holiday Inn is within walking distance to Lido Beach and is only two blocks away from restaurants, shops, and galleries. The Holiday Inn at Lido Key has breathtaking views of the Gulf, a restaurant, and a large outdoor swimming pool and whirlpool. View all Lido Key Hotels»
With Sarasota’s glittering array of cultural attractions just minutes away, the world-famous shopping at St. Armands Circle, and some of the finest restaurants in the area, Lido Key is a perfect vacation destination.