Barrier island with upscale amenities and undeveloped beach
Lido Key is a barrier island just off the coast and within the boundaries of the city of Sarasota. This island has several white sand beaches on the serene turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico. South Lido Park spans 100 acres at the southern end of the island with a beautiful coastal stretch touching the waters of the Gulf, Big Sarasota Pass, Sarasota Bay, and Brushy Bayou. Other unique features include tunnels of mangrove roots that can be navigated by kayak or stand-up paddleboards. St Armands Circle offers first-class shopping and dining on a separate island connected to Lido Key by several bridges.
Lido Key’s real estate mix includes stunning single-family homes in both classically-inspired and striking contemporary styles. Some of the island’s most notable properties include stunning examples of mid-century modern architecture. Other housing options include oceanview condominiums with access to upscale private amenities.
Lido Key is a blissful island getaway with an abundance of upscale amenities. From the refined European-style shopping streets of St. Armands Circle to the undeveloped beachfront of North Lido Park, Lido Key has an atmosphere unlike anywhere else.
St. Armands Circle is a European-inspired shopping and dining destination located on its own island and connected by a bridge to Lido Key. It features 145 businesses, including stylish boutiques, unique specialty shops, art galleries, and outstanding restaurants. Café L’Europe is a refined restaurant pairing sophisticated European cuisine with award-winning wines. Cha Cha Coconuts has a relaxed island vibe with a menu of flavorful Caribbean eats and tropical drinks. Family-run Columbia Restaurant is the oldest restaurant in Sarasota. This charming eatery combines Spanish and Cuban cooking with fine Spanish wines. Crab & Fin is another longtime favorite at St. Armands Circle that has been delighting diners with delicious fresh seafood since the 1970s. Daiquiri Deck is a laid-back spot serving raw bar seafood and frozen daiquiris in a space with wonderful waterfront views. Satiate your sweet tooth at Kilwin’s with tempting treats, such as handmade ice cream, chocolate, and Mackinac Island fudge. Convivial Lynches Pub & Grub has 16 beers on tap, daily happy hour drinks specials, and authentic Irish cooking. Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar elegantly combines a relaxed beachy atmosphere with sophisticated dining and cocktails. It’s also a great place to sample Florida’s famous Key West lime pie. Venezia offers authentic Italian dining with homemade pasta and brick oven pizza. Finish your meal with homemade gelato and Italian-style espresso.
At the northern end of Lido Key, Mote Marine Aquarium is a popular tourist attraction featuring marine creatures such as manatees, sea turtles, and stingrays. Ken Thompson Park is a scenic green space at Lido Key’s northwestern tip with a fishing pier and a boat ramp. Make sure you head to this part of the island on Sundays to see the talented Sarasota Ski-A-Rees water ski team put on a free show on the Sarasota Bay. North Lido Beach Park is a beautiful sandy stretch that has been left entirely undeveloped. The pristine coastal habitat of North Lido Beach includes 22.5 acres of beach and mangroves and a 49-acre upland area with walking trails surrounded by Australian pine woods and grassy savannas. South Lido Park covers 100 acres along the island’s southern tip with diverse coastal habitats shaped by the surrounding waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Big Sarasota Pass, Sarasota Bay, and Brushy Bayou. Ringling Bridge connects Lido Key to the mainland. Walk across the bridge at night to enjoy stunning views of Sarasota.
Lido Key is served by the Sarasota Public School District.