Lido Beaches

Lido Key is located in the municipal limits of the City of Sarasota. Sarasota County, a separate government, operates and maintains the beaches on Lido Key. There are several hotels on Lido Key and a number of smaller motels and condominiums that offer vacation rentals.
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North Lido Beach

North Lido Beach is located on Lido Key, one quarter mile northwest of St. Armands Circle, off of John Ringling Blvd. at the intersection Ben Franklin Drive. There is parking for fewer than 20 cars.

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.

Years ago, North Lido was known as allowing topless sunbathing. Although, that is no longer the case as nude sunbathing is prohibited by Sarasota city ordinance.

The beach's amenities include:

  • Small parking lot
  • Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Nature Trails
  • dune walkovers
There are no lifeguards on duty.

Lido Beach

Lido Beach Restaurant offers daily food specials including sandiches, hot dogs, burgers, lobster rolls and more. Live entertainment is featured every Sunday.More »

Lido Beach, the main public beach on Lido Key, is one half mile southwest of St. Armand's Circle, on Ben Franklin Drive.

The beach's amenities include:

  • Fest rooms
  • Food and ice cream concessions
  • Gift shop
  • Picnic tables
  • Playground equipment
  • Heated swimming pool
  • Handicapped accessible observation deck
  • Chair and beach umbrella rentals
  • Parking for 400 cars
  • Sunsets

    Lido Beach sunset
    Lido Key Public Beach is a favorite stop for pepole looking to enjoy the sunset view.


    Lido Casino Beach Concession Area
    The Seabreeze Concession operates the Lido Beach Restaurant at the public beach pavilion. Open daily from 9 AM weather depending.

    South Lido Park

    South Lido Park is located on Ben Franklin Drive at the southern tip of Lido Key. The park is bordered by four bodies of water; The Gulf of Mexico, Big Pass, Sarasota Bay, and Brushy Bayou.
    At a separate facility at the north end of the park, visitors can enjoy a nature trail which includes scenic overlooks.

    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.

    South Lido picnic overlooking Sarasota

    The beach's amenities include:

    • Rest Rooms
    • Showers
    • Picnic Tables
    • Cooking Grills
    • Playground Equipment
    • Nature Trails
    • Canoe Trail

    There are no lifeguards on duty.

    For information on shelter rentals, call 941-861-5000.