Lido Key Beach Guide

Beaches on Lido Key

Lido Key lies just south of Longboat Key and is approx. only 3 miles long. Lido Key beaches are divided into three public beaches.

Each section has its own attraction to visitors.

North Lido Beach

North Lido Beach is located just west of St. Armands Circle off of John Ringling Blvd.
The beach is easy to get to and very private. Please note that there are no lifeguards on duty at this beach and the currents are very swift. There are approx. 77 acres in the public beach with 3,000 feet on the Gulf of Mexico. There are nature trails. Activities include swimming and fishing. Parking is available.

Lido Beach
Lido Beach is 1/2 mile south of St. Armands Circle on Benjamin Franklin Dr. The public beach is 3,100 feet long, although, as seen in the photo above, the beach continues the length of Lido Key past a number of private properties. The beach located below the mean high tide mark (wet sand) is public property. There is an additional public beach access located just south of the Lido Beach Resort at the west end of Cleveland Drive on Lido Key.
The beach's amenities include:

  • Rest rooms
  • Concessions
  • Gift shop
  • Meeting room
  • Playground equipment
  • Handicapped accessible observation deck
  • Beach umbrella and chair rentals
  • Parking for 400 cars
  • Lifeguards on duty year-round
  • Heated public swimming pool
    Pool open 10am-4:45pm Tues - Sun. $4/day for adults. $2/day children, ages 4-11 and seniors 55+ (tax included.)
The Seabreeze concession at Lido Beach serves very good food. Not your typical beach concession or greasy spoon that you might expect. All food is cooked to order. Hot and cold sandwiches, burgers, dogs, fries, etc. are available. Here is their fish taco special served weekly that includes fresh made guacomole and pico de gallo. Prices are very reasonable on all food items. In addition to food the concession serves beer & wine. Prices are lower than you will find at nearby beachfront hotel bars. The only restriction on alcohol on Sarasota beaches are no glass containers are permitted. Call in your food order ahead or from your beach chair 941-388-0400
Lido Beach Casino

For nearly 30 years the Lido Beach Casino attracted residents and tourists for pool and Gulf swimming, dining, dancing, shopping, and enjoying the beach. Activities such as swim meets, beauty pageants, and school and social events, were held here.
The exceptional Art Deco style casino, designed by renowned architect, Ralph Twitchell, was recognized in part for its cast concrete seahorses, glass block, and murals of tropical scenes.
The City of Sarasota acquired the necessary land from the John Ringling Estate and secured federal funds from the WPA for construction of the casino. More than 1,000 people attended the formal opening in December 1940. The city considered renovating the casino in the 1960's, but unfortunately had it torn down in 1969 and replaced it with a smaller building.

South Lido Beach
Playground at South Lido 2002South Lido Park is located on Ben Franklin Drive at the southern tip of Lido Key. 2201 Ben Franklin Drive, Sarasota, FL 34236 The park is bordered by four bodies of water; The Gulf of Mexico, Big Pass, Sarasota Bay, and Brushy Bayou.
The southern beach portion of the park offers views of the skyline of downtown Sarasota and the Gulf. It features a picnic area shaded by Australian Pines.
At a separate facility at the north end of the park, visitors can enjoy a nature trail which includes scenic overlooks and boardwalks. Lifeguards are on duty during weekends from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

The park's amenities include:

Things to Remember!

At beaches where lifeguards are on duty you'll find information on water conditions and temperatures.
Be sure to pay attention to the flags flying and their color:

Good swimming conditions.
Green

Use caution
Yellow

Dangerous swimming conditions
Red

Beach is closed to swimming
Double Red

Hazardous Marine Life
Purple

Be careful with any food you have on the beach or at the concession area. Do not leave your food unattended. Gulls have very little fear of people and will swoop down from behind you and knock that burger or fries out of your hand.

All Sarasota County beaches are designated as non-smoking. Smoking is allowed in designated picnic areas, parking lots and at the pavilion on Lido Beach. Look for the sign on the left and other cigarette disposal containers that post non-smoking areas.