“The World’s Best Shopping and Beaches”
Nestled between Longboat Key, Bird Key, and St. Armands Circle off the coast of Sarasota, FL, Lido Key is a small barrier island with so much to offer. Lido Key is home to one of the region’s most picturesque beaches, several world-class resorts, fine dining and shopping, and some of the Florida’s most sensational sunset landscapes. With only 1,500 full-time residents, Lido Key is a vacation-lovers paradise, and the perfect place to spend some extended time in the sun.
Photo by Joey Phoenix
Lido Key History
When John Ringling was developing the Sarasota/Bradenton region in the 1920s, he also took a vested interest in several of the barrier islands off the barrier coast. Lido Key was one of his favorites, and he made it his mission to transform the key, and the area which would eventually become St. Armands Circle, into a high-end living and recreational experience. Although Ringling eventually fell into financial ruin, the legacy he created would continue long into the 20th century.
One of the most notable aspects of the island was the presence of a large casino – the Lido Beach Casino – which stood from the 1930s to the 1960s. The casino pulled in tens of thousands of visitors each year, and became a favorite for celebrities, musicians, and wealthy vacationers alike. When the Casino was torn down in the late 1960s, new developments took its place. The Lido Pavilion now stands on the original site.
Lido Key Attractions and Activities
St. Armands Circle
Designed by John Ringling in the 1920s to draw the nouveau riche to the Sarasota region, St. Armands Circle remains one of the world’s most premiere shopping destinations. Dining, high-end shopping, and an exciting nightlife are the district’s most noteworthy trademarks.
Photo by Joey Phoenix
With pulverized white quartz as its base, the white sands of Lido Beach are something not to be missed. Coupled with the warm salubrious waters of the Gulf of Mexico, as well as the stunning sunset landscape the west-facing shore provides, and you’ve got the recipe for some of the best beach days you can hope for.
Fishing and Boating
With sun-kissed summers and mild winters, the Florida Gulf Coast is prime real estate for fisherman, boaters, and recreation-seekers. The region’s lengthy coastline, coupled with countless inlets, bays, and tidal creeks make a day on the water an appealing idea. Regardless of experience, visitors and residents can enjoy time on the open water fishing – game fish like spotted sea trout, snook, and tarpon are in abundance – snorkeling, diving, parasailing, and much more.