Lido Key is one of several barrier islands located west off the coast of Sarasota, nestled between Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Lido Key is easily accessible within minutes from downtown Sarasota via the John Ringling Causeway. This picturesque island features pristine, white sugary sand beaches with clear blue waters just like the famous neighboring Siesta Key beaches that are consistently ranked as America’s best beach destination. However, Lido Key offers the same beauty and tropical paradise vibes without the crowds! With its unhurried pace of life and upscale yet laid-back island ambience, Lido Key is the place to live and visit for young and old alike.
Lido Key has its roots in the early 1900s when the first property developer arrived and began attracting visitors to the beautiful and previously hidden spot. Later, Ringling Brother’s Circus magnate John Ringling acquired the island and began transforming Lido Key into the luxury destination it would become and continues to be today. Ringling was responsible for developing the island’s shopping and dining center, St. Armand’s Circle, and gifted several Italian statuary which still line the walkways of the Circle.
Lido Key is home to exceptional restaurants, upscale boutiques and unique shops, and multiple annual festivals that entertain residents and visitors in the warm Florida sunshine year-round. Lido Key also offers plenty of opportunities for leisure on immaculate and peaceful beaches and water recreation activities like boating, kayaking, sailing, spotting dolphins or watching the variety of seabirds that call the island home. Lido Key is a boater’s dream with many of the residential properties on Lido Key offer private deep-water dockage and the Sarasota Yacht Club located just off the bridge as you approach the island from Downtown Sarasota. Spacious tree-lined sidewalks making walking, jogging, cycling, or rollerblading a breeze.
Downtown Sarasota is just minutes from Lido Key with easy access to more restaurants, shops, and cultural attractions like The Ringling Museum of Art, Asolo Repertory Theater, or the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center. The exotic tropical flowers and plants of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens are just a quick jaunt away. Lido Key is within an hour of other popular Southwest Florida areas including St. Petersburg and Tampa with even more attractions and entertainment to explore.
Streets lined with flowering trees and beautiful homes offer a break from the hustle and bustle of life on this idyllic island. Lido Key has a variety of home styles, with a mix of mid-century ranch style homes, lavishly appointed luxury residences, and modern, upscale condominiums. After a day of outdoor fun, you can take in a spectacular, vividly saturated Florida sunset on your deck or the patio of one of the luxury beach clubs on Lido Key with a cold drink in your hand. With its unique blend of beachside relaxation and luxury lifestyle, it’s no wonder many visitors to Lido Key come for a vacation and find themselves staying for life.