Welcome to Lido Key
Hugging the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay is Lido Key, a small barrier island offering incredible amenities. Year-round sunshine, pristine beaches, and close proximity to waterfront bistros and premier shopping make this tropical destination a lifelong vacation getaway. Residential homes span a wide range of architectural styles in Lido Key, including contemporary, mid-century modern, and classic homes as well as renovated, historic properties from the ever-popular modernist Sarasota School of Architecture in Lido Shores.
What to Love
- Picturesque beaches comprised of white sand and turquoise waters
- Less than five minutes from top-tier shopping at St. Armands Circle
- Quiet, family-oriented neighborhoods
- Recreational opportunities like hiking, canoeing, and birdwatching at South Lido Park
In Lido Key, residents experience the best of both worlds—access to breathtaking beaches and the quaint, relaxing feel of mild suburbia. Walkable neighborhoods and a centralized location provide locals with short commutes to waterfront bistros serving seafood bites, St. Armands Circle's highly-acclaimed shopping, and downtown Sarasota.
Dining, Shopping & Entertainment
Lido Beach Resort’s premier restaurant, Drift Kitchen & Bar, mixes panoramic bay views with a contemporary design to create a sought-after dining experience that guests will remember forever. Take in a stunning sunrise while partaking in flavor-packed breakfast dishes like paninis, berry bowls, waffles, and customizable omelets. Sip on a mimosa or indulge in a handcrafted cocktail to start your morning off right. A sea breeze, relaxation, delicious cocktails, and a fresh spin on American classics can be found at Ridley’s Porch, located just a few steps away from the Gulf of Mexico’s sparkling waters at The Ritz-Carlton Beach Club. Choose from a menu full of cuisine favorites like chicken carbonara, Mahi Mahi, prime New York strip, and more. Be sure to grab a bottle of wine from the beverage list to pair with the stunning views on the restaurant’s open-air patio. Immerse yourself in what feels like a tropical vacation at Lido Beach Resort’s Tiki Bar. Perfect for sipping on cocktails, making new friends, and taking advantage of a menu offering fun appetizers and entrees, this poolside bar is a popular destination for locals and visitors alike. Their extensive beverage list is subjected to a daily happy hour, so be sure to take advantage of this special just steps away from the resort’s private beach.
Things to Do
Experience nature at its best by exploring Lido Key's sprawling mangroves on a guided kayak tour. Adventurers can often spot manatees and dolphins swimming below exotic, mangrove canopies, creating incredible memories to last a lifetime.
If catching a glimpse of marine life along the mangrove tunnels wasn't enough, head over to Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium to learn more about the marine life that calls Florida's coastal waters their home. With several touch tanks, an enormous sanctuary for sharks, and a wide range of educational programs, this aquarium provides enriching and interactive fun for all ages.
Spending a leisurely day at one of Lido Key's famous beaches is a no-brainer. Lido Key Beach's soft, quartz sand and clear waters make for an amazing day of sandcastle building, seashell picking, and swimming.
Lido Key is served by Sarasota County Public Schools. Exceptional schools include:
- Sarasota High School, a ninth through twelfth-grade secondary school, provides a vast array of student-led clubs and organizations, athletic sports, and volunteer programs for its students
- Sarasota School of Arts and Sciences, a public charter middle school serving grades sixth through eighth, offers more than 20 clubs, an enriching STEM program, and a highly-involved science fair