Lido Key Beach

Lido Key Beach

This past Sunday, my husband and I ditched the kids and pups to enjoy some alone time at Lido Key Beach. Normally we try and get to the beach at least once a week. We like to switch between many of the area beaches but Lido is my husband’s favorite! We had not enjoyed a full beach day at Lido since May with red tide being in the area. Missing the beach as much as we did and with red tide gone, we couldn’t wait to get there.

Driving to Lido Key Beach, we pass through beautiful and elegant Saint Armand’s Circle and begin looking for parking at that point. Lido Key Beach is located at 400 Benjamin Franklin Drive in Sarasota. It does offer a decent sized public parking lot but we rarely use it as we like to sit closer to the northern side of the beach. This time of year tends to have less crowds so we found an on the street parking spot right away.

The first thing we did after finding our spot and putting our chairs down was hit the sparkling clear gorgeous blue/green water. I was grinning ear to ear! We lounged and sunned ourselves for a while and then decided to take a walk. Normally we explore walking towards the mermaid wall. For most, when walking to the northern end of the beach, the mermaid wall tends to be the turn around point. This end of the beach is where friends meet up by boat, anchor, and chill boat-side. However, this time we decided to walk the other way.

The last time we attempted to walk going south, you couldn’t walk much past the public parking lot or beach concession area. There was no beach, it just ran out. But since the beach renourishment, the beach is wide and you can walk for miles in that direction. In fact, we had went so far that I actually saw the back of the Ritz Carlton for the first time and you know what that means? We found the Lido Key Tiki Bar!

Lido Beach suffered from terrible beach erosion and back in May the renourishment had finally been completed. Roughly 700,000 cubic yards of sand were pumped onto Lido Key, extending the beach’s width by an average of about 300 feet. It was unbelievable to see an area that was previously unpassable to now be able to walk miles and have so much width. Needless to say, it was amazing and next time we will start our walk earlier so we can go even further. We want to see where it ends. However, the tiki bar is a great turn around point, sip sip!

Amenities that can be found at Lido Key Beach:

  • rest rooms (accessible restroom)
  • concessions
  • accessible observation deck
  • beach umbrella and chair rentals
  • parking for 400 cars
  • heated swimming pool
    Pool open 10am-4:45pm Tues – Sun. $4/day for adults. $2/day children, ages 4-11 and seniors 55+ (tax included.)
  • Outdoor showers
    (Available at the main Pavilion, beach walkovers and sidewalk entrances along Ben Franklin Drive north of the main public beach.)

Eventually the end of the day came and it was time to go. I was sad to leave but so grateful that it is right here to do over and over again. There is nothing like the relaxed feeling you have at the end of a long beautiful day at the beach. For a less crowded and more relaxed vibe, check out Lido Key Beach. To compliment a perfect beach day, pack something nice to change in to and end your evening with a stroll and bite to eat in Saint Armand’s Circle.