Lido Key Real Estate

Lido Key Real Estate

If you're looking for a spot to help you relax and forget about everything around you, Lido Key real estate is a must see. This find will truly amaze you and help you melt away all your sorrows as you enjoy the most stunning views that you could ever imagine.

Imagine a day filled with lying on the beach and listening to the sounds of waves as it lulls you into a state of utter relaxation. In your very own Lido Key condo or home, you can find this and much more. Not only can you enjoy the serenity of this beautiful island oasis, you will also discover that Lido Key real estate offers hidden treasures for the avid shoppers, sports enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike.

The amenities offered here are nothing short of remarkable. With the famous St. Armands Circle within easy reach, how could you expect anything less? Come see first hand why this little island is second to none when it comes to fine living. Once you're here, you will soon find yourself looking for Lido Key real estate to make your stay permanent.


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1300 Benjamin Franklin Dr # 401, Sarasota $3,150,000

  • 3 Beds
  • 4.0 Baths
  • 4,189 SqFt

Offering A Sophisticated Blend Of Casual Gulf Coast Living And Cosmopolitan Excitement, This Ritz-carlton Property Sits Directly On The White, Sandy Beaches Of Lido Key Overlooking The Gulf As Well As Close In Proximity To All That Sarasota (the “cultural C...

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1 Ben Franklin Dr # 21, Sarasota $535,000

  • 2 Beds
  • 2.0 Baths
  • 1,389 SqFt

Renowned And Highly Desirable St Armands Towers North Is Just One Block From St Armands Circle And Directly Across The Street From Lido Beach. Soak Up Gulf Views From Every Room Of This 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath Unit, Complete With Washer & Dryer Hook-ups. Recently...

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1336 Benjamin Franklin Dr # 2b, Sarasota $625,000

  • 2 Beds
  • 2.0 Baths
  • 1,520 SqFt

Savor Sensational Sunsets On Your Private Beach At This Intimate Community Of 14 Condominium Homes Nestled Between The Ritz-carlton Beach Resort And The Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel. This Unit Has Been Totally Updated With 18-inch Ceramic Tile And New Windows....

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1410 John Ringling Pkwy, Sarasota $3,500,000

  • 3 Beds
  • 2.0 Baths
  • 2,148 SqFt
  • 0.28 Acres

!!this Property Is All About The Land!!"tear Down"this Lot Has Spectacular Views Of The City Of Sarasota Skyline And The John Ringling Causeway Bridge. The Lot Is 75'x 170'which Is Comparable To The Neighbor's.. This Home Is Part Of Lido Shores Delightful N...

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1100 Benjamin Franklin Dr # 605, Sarasota $429,000

  • 1 Beds
  • 2.0 Baths
  • 918 SqFt

White Quartz Sand On Lido Beach In Sarasota That You Can Walk Out To From This Beautiful Complex. Close To St. Armand's Circle For Your Evening Strolls In The Circle And To Enjoy Great Dining At The Many Restaurants. Hrd To Find 1 Bedroom, 1.5 Baths Unit In...

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1102 Benjamin Franklin Dr # 308, Sarasota $630,000

  • 2 Beds
  • 2.0 Baths
  • 1,379 SqFt

Behold This Rare And Updated Residence! Priceless Is This Expanded Units Southern Exposure - Enjoy The Gulf Views While You Bask In The Warm Tropical Sun On Your Private Oversized Patio, Shielded From The Winters Prevailing Northeast Winds. Of 107 Units In ...

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1770 Benjamin Franklin Dr # 402, Sarasota $545,000

  • 2 Beds
  • 2.0 Baths
  • 1,207 SqFt

Gorgeous Gulf Views Await You The Moment You Step Inside This Beachfront Property. This Two Bedroom, Two Bathroom Residence Is Well Maintained With Beautiful Wood Laminate Floors, Newer Renovated Bathrooms Featuring Travertine Stone And Granite Countertops....

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1104 Benjamin Franklin Dr # 318, Sarasota $399,900

  • 2 Beds
  • 2.0 Baths
  • 1,494 SqFt

Wonderful Beach Complex On Lido Beach! Corner Unit Facing Ben Franklin Drive With Parks Views To The East. This Condo Is In Its Original Condition And Ready For New Owners Renovation And Idea's. Unique Building With Pool & Spa Directly On The Beac...

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1100 Benjamin Franklin Dr # 301, Sarasota $700,000

  • 2 Beds
  • 2.0 Baths
  • 1,456 SqFt

Modern Beachfront Condo With Gulf Views! The Voice Of The Sea Speaks To The Soul When You Relax At This Beachfront Residence. A Great Room Floor Plan That Has Living And Dining Space, An Open Kitchen, Two Full Bedrooms, Two Baths And A Private Balcony. I...

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1700 Benjamin Franklin Dr # 2f, Sarasota $396,000

  • 1 Beds
  • 2.0 Baths
  • 981 SqFt

Rare Chance To Own A Completely Renovated Condo On Lido Key Beach!! Relax By The Heated Pool/spa & Enjoy Beautiful Sunsets Right On The Beach! Being Sold Turn-key Furnished! In 2014, New A/c, Water Heater, Electrical & Plumbing. Jenn-air Black Glass-front...

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1750 Benjamin Franklin Dr # 10d, Sarasota $699,000

  • 2 Beds
  • 2.0 Baths
  • 1,403 SqFt

The Amazing Sweeping Views Of Lido Beach And The Gulf Of Mexico Await You! Upon Entering This 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath Corner Unit Situated On The Tenth Floor, You Will Appreciate The Unique Opportunity Offered With This Property. The Possibilities Are Endless And...

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475 Benjamin Franklin Dr # 201, Sarasota $450,000

  • 2 Beds
  • 2.0 Baths
  • 988 SqFt

Enjoy Sunset Views In This Gulf View 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath Condo Directly Across From Lido Beach. Updated Kitchen And Baths, Tile Floors, Plantation Shutters, In Unit Washer And Dryer, And Beautifully Turnkey Furnished. One Of Only Four 2-bedroom Units At Lido ...

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1212 Benjamin Franklin Dr # 709, Sarasota $849,900

  • 2 Beds
  • 2.0 Baths
  • 1,812 SqFt

Rare Opportunity To Live Directly On The Gulf Of Mexico In This Seventh Floor Two Bedroom, Two Bath Condominium At The Lido Beach Club. This Unit Is Spacious - Over 1800 Square Feet - With Stunning Beach And Bay Views From Several Balconies! Updating Includ...

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350 S Polk Dr # 506, Sarasota $489,900

  • 2 Beds
  • 2.0 Baths
  • 1,036 SqFt

Fantastic Location! Gulf And City Views. Walk To The Beach And St Armands Circle. Minutes From Downtown Sarasota. This Two Bedroom Condo Is In Great Condition And Has Updated Baths And Kitchen, You Can Sit On The Lanai And Watch The Sunset, Separate Storage...

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1102 Benjamin Franklin Dr # 606, Sarasota $629,000

  • 2 Beds
  • 2.0 Baths
  • 1,379 SqFt

Right On Lido Beach! This Southern Exposure Residence Offers Expansive Views Of The Gulf Of Mexico And Sarasota Bay. This Split Bedroom Floor Plan Has Been Beautifully Remodeled In A Coastal Casual Style, The Kitchen Has New Granite Counter Tops And Is Open...

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Lido Key News

November 2, 2015 - Last Week's Sales and New Listings on Lido Key

October 26, 2015 - Last Week's Sales and New Listings on Lido Key

October 12, 2015 - Lido Key real estate market update

October 12, 2015 - Is it time to buy or sell on Lido Key?

October 2, 2015 - Fortunate again - Sold Beach Residences on Lido Key

July 31, 2015 - Sarasota waterfront prices - What do Lido Key waterfront homes and condos sell for?

July 27, 2015 - Sarasota average home prices - What will you pay to live on Lido Key?

July 6, 2015 - Today's Sarasota real estate boom vs the 2003-2005 boom

February 25, 2017 - Guess the sales price - Waterfront Condos

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Lido Key Homes

Located just off the glistening coast of Sarasota, Lido Key real estate offers beachfront properties and a vast array of attractions and activities to enjoy throughout the year. Known for its stunning white-sand beaches, perfect weather year round and laid back lifestyle, Properties on Lido Key is ideal for all sorts of home buyers looking to relocate to the Sarasota area, including retirees, vacationers and families alike. In addition to its close proximity to Downtown Sarasota, world-class beaches and charming homes for sale, Lido Key real estate offers several unique neighborhoods for home buyers to discover. Each community offers its own distinct identity and things to see and do throughout the year.

Lido Shores is one of those communities, offering quaint mid century homes built in the stylish Sarasota School of Architecture. Homes in Lido Shores offer upscale designs and prime beachfront access, not to mention one of Florida’s most acclaimed beaches just steps away. A posh yet friendly community, Lido Shores offers activities throughout the year such as swimming, boating, fishing, diving and much more.

Lido Key Homes

Situated at the southern tip of the island is South Lido Key, an upscale community that seamlessly blends quality real estate options within an idyllic natural setting. Offering lush scenery and direct access to world-famous beaches, South Lido Key hosts a coveted mix of leisure, luxury and location. Lido Key homes for sale offer something for everyone, including beachfront homes with scenic views, luxury condos, quaint bungalows and even more to choose from. South Lido Key also boasts a wealth of activities throughout the year, including fishing, surfing and swimming. Its quality homes and laid back appeal are highly coveted among Sarasota home buyers.

St. Armands Circle is yet another great community near Lido Key. This exquisite, stately community offers beautiful homes for sale as well as a trove of upscale shops, restaurants, boutiques and galleries to discover. Just steps from Lido Key’s acclaimed beaches and a short drive from Downtown Sarasota, St. Armands Circle offers plenty of attractions and activities to enjoy, from fine dining and shopping to enjoying a leisurely afternoon on some of Florida’s most breathtaking beaches.

With its prime waterfront location, quality home and condominium options and charming neighborhoods, Lido Key is perfect for home buyers in the Sarasota area. When it comes to beautiful homes in a striking location, Lido Key real estate is the place to beat.


Lido Key Condos For Sale

Lido Key has a variety of condo options available. Most of Lido Key's condos are either situated on the beach, or are just a short walk to it. Many condominiums on the north side of Lido Key are also within walking distance to St. Armands Circle. This allows owners to visit the beach, eat a meal, shop for clothes, or grab a tasty ice cream cone or coffee without having to jump in a car.  

Condo Community Address Year Built Number of Units Minimum Lease Lease per year Waterfront?
The Beach Residences  1300 Ben Franklin Drive  2005   88  1 month   3   Beach 
Key Tower South  1750 Ben Franklin Drive  1970  87   1 month  3  Beach
Kingston Arms  500 S. Washington Drive  1963  49  1 month  12  Not on the water 
L' Elegance  1800 Ben Franklin Drive  1996  105  3 months  2  Beach
Lido Beach Club  1212 Ben Franklin Drive  1974  106   3 months  4  Beach
Lido Ambassador  800 Ben Franklin Drive  1978  74  6 months  2  Beach
Lido Harbor  1900 Ben Franklin Drive  1967  56  3 months  2  Beach
Lido Harbor South  2100 & 2110 Ben Franklin Drive   1968  69  2 months  2  Beach
Lido Shores condos  350 South Polk Drive  1977  32  1 month  12  Not on the water
Lido Surf & Sand   1100 Ben Franklin Drive  1976  105  2 months  2  Beach
Lido Harbour Towers  1770 Ben Franklin Drive  1970  42  1 month  2  Beach
Lido Regency  1700 Ben Franklin Drive  1968  84  2 months  2  Beach
Lido Presidential   845 Ben Franklin Drive  1974  40  1 month  3  Not on the water
Lido Towers  1001 Ben Franklin Drive  1980  84  1 month  12  Not on the water
Mark Twain  1336 Ben Franklin Drive  1966  14  1 month  4  Beach
Orchid Beach Club  2050 & 2052 Ben Franklin Drive  2005  54  3 months  2  Beach
Park Residences  129 Taft Drive  2015  18  1 month  12  Not on the water
Sand Dollar  555 Ben Franklin Drive  1984  9  1 month  3  Not on the water
St. Armands Towers  1 and 101 Ben Franklin Drive  1968  121  3 months  1  Not on the water
Sarasota Harbor East & West  765 John Ringling Blvd.   1963  180  1 year  1  Bay

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New Lido Key Homes For Sale

There are a variety of new homes on Lido Key. Many of the older and tired structures have been torn down to make way for newer homes with more modern designs and features. Lido Shores neighborhood offers some of the highest concentration of contemporary style homes in Sarasota, Florida. The kind you might see on the cover of a "dwell" magazine. Many of these are waterfront homes making them some of the most expensive Lido Key homes for sale.

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New Lido Key Condos For Sale

New Lido Key Condos

A beachfront getaway with spectacular views and cool, gentle breezes from the Gulf of Mexico, this small island is located near Longboat Key and Siesta Key. While a smaller island than Longboat Key or Siesta Key, it nevertheless offers residents plenty of room to relax. Long strolls along the beach, fishing in the crystal blue waters of the Gulf and doing some shopping at many of the area's most unique and interesting stores all add up to fun in the sun on Lido Key. For those who decide to call this area home, it's all about the condos. More specifically, new condos on Lido Key. Considered some of the most inviting in the state, they offer the perfect blend of convenience, modern living and recreation to make them the first choice of any buyer. 

New Lido Key condos offer owners many features and amenities that older condo buildings do not. Some of them include higher ceilings, floor to ceiling windows, fitness centers equipped with the latest in exercise equipment, large swimming pool with spa and spacious terraces. Many of the condos in Sarasota were built during the real estate booms of the 1960's and 1970's. Many prefer a new condo over an old one but they can be quite a bit more expensive. Below are the only four new condos on Lido Key built after 1995.

The Beach Residences L' Elegance  Orchid Beach Club  Park Residences

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Waterfront Lido Key Homes For Sale

Living on Lido Key waterfront home is like being on vacation every day of the year. Waking up to lovely water views is not the worst thing that could happen, and it happens on a daily basis. 

Swimming, fishing, boating and lazing on the beach or in the swimming pool are just a few of the activities that residents of Lido Key waterfront homes enjoy whenever they want sun, sand and sea time. Visitors travel from afar to do these things for even a week's time. Parasailing and deep-water fishing are usually available year round. 

Your dog may love Lido Key waterfront home living as much as his or her family. Romp in the waves with Fido; both dog and human have fun while exercising. See Lido Key and find a home for your dog. 

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Waterfront Lido Key Condos For Sale

Imagine waking every morning to the wonderful views of the clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico in your own Lido Key waterfront condo. These properties are in high demand because of the wonderful lifestyle they provide. 

Lido Key condos on the beach include Beach ResidencesKey Tower SouthL’EleganceLido AmbassadorLido Beach ClubLido HarborLido Harbor SouthLido Surf and SandLido Harbour TowersLido RegencyMark Twain, and Orchid Beach Club. Just click on the preceding links to see what is currently for sale in these Lido Key waterfront condo communities. 

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Five Things You Should Know About Lido Key Real Estate 

Lido Key real estate offers a broad range of properties and prices. You can find studios around $200,000 and gulf front estates above $10 million. 

Lido Key is smaller than Siesta and Longboat Keys so there are fewer properties to choose from. 

Lido Shores offers some of the most lavish and expensive beach homes in Sarasota.

Residents are close to restaurants, shops and fun of St. Armands Circle and downtown.

St. Armands Circle is actually located on St. Armands Key, not Lido Key.  




Reviews for Lido Key Real Estate

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, Resident

The beaches are wonderful. St. Armands Circle is fun. Great boating. All of it close to Sarasota.


Prices and Insurance


I loved living on Lido Key. One of the prettiest islands you will find in Florida. I just wish it were a bit more affordable. But then again....I understand why people pay a lot to live there.

, Resident

Where else do you have so much within a small concentrated area - gorgeous beaches, shopping, bars, restaurants, nice people, boating? Access to Sarasota is just a few minutes. Super convenient.


Real estate is not cheap.It prices many people out of living here....but that could be a good thing. ;-)


I love Lido Key.

, Resident

One of the most unique islands in Florida. Sophisticated, close to downtown, beaches and shopping.


Homes are too expensive now. Insurance is expensive.


I love Lido Key. Lived there about 15 years ago. I ended up leaving because I wanted to cash out of my house. I would love to live there again.

, Resident

A unique mix of convenience to Sarasota, gorgeous beaches, stunning homes and condos and destination shopping and dining spot in St. Armands Circle nearby. The beaches are gorgeous. The waterfront homes are some of the finest you will find in the area.


Real estate on Lido Key is too expensive for many people.


If you budget allows for living here and you like the beach you should definitely check out Lido Key.

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Where is Lido Key?

This beautiful barrier island is located north of Siesta Key and south of Longboat Key. The Gulf of Mexico lies west of Lido Key and Sarasota Bay lies to its east. Bridges connect Lido Key with surrounding islands of St. Armands Key and Longboat Key. Lido Key home and condo owners are only minutes away from many of the amenities that Sarasota has to offer. The Sarasota Bradenton International Airport, dining and entertainment options downtown, beaches of other barriers islands and the myriad of shopping destinations. The main roads in Lido Key are Ben Franklin Drive, Boulevard of the Presidents and John Ringling Boulevard.



Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the starting price for a home on Lido Key?
The real estate market changes daily so today's starting price could be different next week. Today, the least expensive home has an asking price of $705,000. So far in 2015 the least expensive sales was $550,000. That was for 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom 1,078 square foot and built in 1947. It is safe to assume that homes don't get much cheaper than this on Lido Key. 


  • What is the starting price for a condo on Lido Key?
Condos are less expensive than single family homes on Lido Key. You can actually get a studio in the $100k's. In 2015, the least expensive studio sold for $112,000. It had 343 square feet. The least expensive 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom condo sold for $262,000. Currently, there is a 294 square foot condo for sale with an asking price of $189,000. The least expensive 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom condo currently for sale $365,000. These are good starting points for a Lido Key condo. 

  • Aren't there a lot of foreclosures and short sales on Lido Key?
No, from January 1 to October 22nd in 2015 there have only been 2 distressed sales on Lido Key. They sold for $350,000 and $580,000. Currently, there are no bank owned or short sale properties for sale on Lido Key. 

  • What are the school districts for Lido Key?
Elementary - Southside, Middle - Booker Middle, High - Booker High

  • What is the closest golf course to Bird Key?
You could play at the private Longboat Key Club. It offers 45 holes of golf - 18 on the islandside and 27 on the harbourside. Click Longboat Key Club to learn more.
  • Isn't St. Armands Circle on Lido Key?
No, actually St. Armands Circle is located on St. Armands Key. See the map below. Although, you wouldn't really know it when you cross from one island to the other there are actually two islands - St. Armands Key and Lido Key.




The Lido Key Lifestyle

One of a chain of barrier islands located on Florida's Gulf Coast and connected to Sarasota via causeway, Lido Key's many vibrant offerings attract young and old alike to its shores. Wide, tree-lined sidewalks welcome cyclists, roller-bladers, and joggers as well as those who simply like to take in the sights on a leisurely walk. The casual, laid-back ambiance of Lido Key combined with the nearby amenities of cultural and educational centers have been cause for many of the current residents who came for a weekend to decide to stay for life. With Sarasota's circus history, how serious can life really be; entertainment and enjoyment are the orders of the day, everyday.Lido Key, Florida

Both residents and visitors alike can enjoy one of the three main beaches at Lido Key, each with a personality all its own. For some quiet solitude, North Lido Beach is the ideal spot for an easy stroll or just soaking up some sun with a favorite novel. The pristine white sands and sparkling Gulf waters at Lido Beach plays host to plenty of water and beach activity and offers ample parking, picnic tables, public restrooms, and lifeguards. With a 100-acre park and nature preserve, lots of shade trees, grills, and picnic areas, South Lido Beach is a favorite with families. Canoeing and kayaking among the mangroves is a popular pastime.

For shopping, St. Armand's Circle is world-renowned for its upscale shops, restaurants, and casual cafes. With over 130 unique shops and eateries from which to choose, there is something for everyone at this location. This family-friendly area has much to offer besides shopping. Or just a short hours' drive north is the bustling Tampa Bay area with its many attractions.

Warm Gulf waters, flirty breezes, and amazing sunsets blended with luxury single-family homes, spacious modern condos, and gorgeous waterfront estates make Lido Key real estate a must-see for anyone seeking a permanent leisurely lifestyle.



Lido Key Attractions

After that much needed rest that you enjoyed on the beach, you may need to replenish your energy with some fine dining. Lido Key homes and condos are within minutes to some of the best cuisine from around the globe. Downtown Sarasota and St. Armands Circle offers delectable treats at many restaurant. A few choice awards go to Lido Beach Grille at the Lido Beach Resort for its outstanding "Panko-Dusted Crab Roll" and "Paella Valencia". After your energy is revived, you can enjoy a day of shopping at some of the best boutiques found worldwide at St. Armands Circle. Lido Key Beach

If you're looking for a little more adventure, you can enjoy one of the many museums or wander along the trails that let you sight see along the way. Lido Key is close to museums, galleries and fun places to visit for the entire family. Spending a few hours at the John Ringling Museum can be an experience that you won't want to miss. If these are not enough to keep you busy, try your hand at all the other things offered here. Favorite pastimes include: sailing, deep-sea fishing, scuba diving, kayaking, jet skiing, water-sports, golfing, shopping, dining, and many more. With an average temperature of 73 degrees, you are sure to have a pleasant experience with any outdoor activity that comes along. Whatever you decide to do, you will find the fabulous lifestyle that you've always dreamed of in Lido Key.

Lido Key has numerous attractions for residents and visitors to enjoy. From beaches to entertainment events, residents and visitors will not be without something to keep them occupied. A few of the most desirable Lido Key attractions will be described to help readers understand what this area has to offer.

Sarasota Ski-A-Rees have been entertaining the residents and visitors of Sarasota since 1957. This team not only entertains the public but is instrumental in teaching residents and youth about water safety and water skiing. The adults of Sarasota Ski-A-Rees educate and coaches youth about water sports. 

Sarasota County Pageant was one of the landmark shows that gave the Sarasota Ski-A-Rees recognition in 1958. After this show, many people began to request the Ski-A-Rees for different events around the area. The Ski-A-Rees performers became known for their talent and skill in water sports. The team brought in significant revenue for Lido Key. 

Ski-A-Rees present weekly water shows for visitors and residents. The shows are full of stunting and acrobatics on skis. Many human pyramids consist of three levels or more of people. Female acrobats perform arabesques while their partners glide on the water on skis. The show is phenomenal. This forty-year old tradition is a “do-not-miss” event in Sarasota. The primary performance location is located behind Mote Marine Laboratory.

Mote Marine Aquarium is a marine research center and laboratory. At the Mote Marine, visitors get an up-close and personal look at sea life. Mote Marine was originally founded by Eugenie Clark in 1955 in Placida, Florida. This laboratory was later renamed after William R. Mote and Betty Mote Rose to focus on shark research. The founder was recognized in 2010 by the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame. 

Mote Marine Lido KeyOver 200 staff members are researching sharks and other environmental toxins that may affect marine life. Sharks are not the only marine life studied. These scientists also study turtles, coral reef and fisheries. The marine center is expansive and covers 10.5 acres. 

Mote Aquarium displays more than 100 marine species. The aquarium has been receiving visitors since 1980. Visitors can view sharks, dolphins, manatees, seahorses, sea turtles, rays, skates, seahorses and invertebrates. Group tours are available to show visitors how staff tends to the animals and exhibits. Many residents of Sarasota select Mote Aquarium to host their birthdays, weddings and other corporate events.

In 2009, Mote Aquarium features the Seahorse Conservation Laboratory. Sea turtle conservation and research is also growing in popularity. Visitors also get to witness how large sharks are trained to find food sources in natural environments. This is an event that many people enjoy at the Mote Aquarium. Many people flock to Lido Key for this popular aquarium.

St. Armands Circle offers visitors and residents of Lido Key world class shopping. The area is full of shops and boutiques with unique clothing, accessories and other items. Art galleries are also popular in this area. Local artists are often featured in the art galleries. The area is beautiful. As residents and visitors walk in area, they will notice walkways lined with palm trees and tropical plants. Flowering plants are also indigenous to the area.



Parks on Lido Key

South Lido Key Park

South Lido Key Park is surrounded by The Gulf of Mexico, Sarasota Bay, Brushy Bayou and Big Pass. The beach portion of the park allows visitors to enjoy the Sarasota skyline. Views of the Gulf of Mexico are also present from this location. Wildlife and birds are popular in the area. Visitors can view manatee, fish, dolphins and pelicans in a replicated habitat. 

Picnics are often enjoyed in the covered areas of the park. Families can play in the area at the playgrounds and in the green spaces while waiting for the food to finish on the grill. These areas are shaded by Australian Pines. Even though the sun may be shining brightly, there is still refuge from the sun under the Australian Pines. 

Guests of the park also enjoy walking along the nature trails. Many trails feature scenic overlooks and boardwalks. Restrooms, grills, picnic tables, volleyball courts, playgrounds and nature trails are available for the guests. Visitors are often seen in the park playing volleyball and playing with kids on the playground. The park is full of recreational activity. 

Lido Key ParksCanoeing and kayaking are also popular in the South Lido Key Beach Park. On these trips, residents enjoy paddling through mangrove tunnels. This is exciting for many visitors. Many of the canoeing or kayaking routes are along protected routes. Tour rental companies are available to assist visitors with kayak rentals and other equipment. Some visitors simply launch their own kayaks for free. 

Guests of the park are also often seen at the tip of Lido Key. This is the location where residents will gaze out at the “Big Pass.” This channel is located between south Lido Key and north Siesta Key. Swimming is not recommended in this area because the undercurrents are extremely strong. Many romantic people find the Lido Key area as a place to walk hand-in-hand and enjoy the sunset. 

The park is known for raccoons. Visitors should not feed or play with the raccoons. The animals have been known to bite unsuspecting visitors who try to feed the animals. Since the animals have hurt people, it is against the law to feed raccoons to protect guests. Lido Key considers feeding raccoons a serious violation. 

This encourages animals’ behavior and attracts the animals to the area. The park rangers want the park experience to be safe for all people. Since the nature trail is expansive with plenty of vegetation along the way, raccoons typically feed on the natural food along the trail. Please respect the laws of the park and refrain from feeding human food to raccoons.

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Lido Key Beaches

Lido Key beaches are some of the most gorgeous beaches in Florida and the world. The atmosphere is beautiful and peaceful. The best beaches of Lido Key will be described to help people determine what to do and where to go while in Lido Key.

Main Beach

Lido Key’s main beach is located centrally on the island. The main beach is approximately a half mile from St. Armands Circle. In this area, visitors will have access to concessions, watercraft, lifeguards, showers and restrooms. Many visitors are often found walking along the white sand beaches at sunset hand-in-hand. The beach is expansive and wide. Visitors of main beach are impressed by its offerings. lidokey_640

North Lido Beach

North Lido Beach is more secluded and private for guests who value the solitude and relaxation. Many people enjoy this beach because it is the least populated and is located in a residential community. North Lido Beach is perfect for couples and easy to find. The currents are swift, and there are no lifeguards on duty. Guests must be cognizant and careful while on this beach to keep from being swept under by the undertow. Australian pines are common on this half-mile stretch of beach.

South Lido Park

Picnic tables, grills, playgrounds and volleyball courts are accessible to the public in South Lido Park. This beach area is located along the shoreline of Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Visitors enjoy gazing at the osprey and other wildlife as they walk along the wooden walkways. There are nearly 100 acres of Australian pines and beach area encompassed in this park area.



History of Lido Key

The earliest settlers of Lido Key were natives of Calusa and Paleo. For 4,000 years, the settlers lived in Lido Key. The early settlers were known for sun worshipping. In the 1500s, notable explorers were found searching the area for precious metals such as gold and silver, but no precious metals were found. Spanish explorers vacated the island quickly when they learned no gold or silver existed in the area. Despite its natural beauty, it was not until centuries later that Lido Key, Florida got its first permanent residents. 

Most of the early inhabitants of Lido Key fished and hunted for food sources. They lived in small groups and hunted and gathered to survive. The first settlers were allowed to own land in 1824 after the United States acquired the territory of Florida. These settlers made their home here after fighting pests, wild animals and Indians. 

Later, the area grew in population when businesses were established. The Florida Mortgage and Investment Company helped to generate revenue in the area. John and Mabel Ringling and Bertha Potter Palmer were also large developers in the area. Each investment group bought land on Lido Key because they recognized the area’s potential.

John Ringling's Investments in Lido Key

John Ringling was the mastermind behind the Ringling Brothers and Barnum Bailey Circus. They saw an opportunity on Lido Key and developed a world-renowned shopping mall known as St. Armands Circle. Many real estate developments have formed around this area and is a beautiful place to shop for exclusive items or walk around. History of Lido Key

John Ringling also had a vision to build a mansion for President Warren G. Harding. Mr. Ringling hoped his Bird Key investment would increase revenue and sales for Ringling Isles, a new development and partnership. Mr. Ringling also built bridges in the Longboat Key area. In honor of the presidents, streets were named after them. 

John Ringling worked together with Owen Burns to form the partnership, Ringling Isles Estates. Through this corporation, Burns managed to buy nearly every property in Lido Key. With his partner, he built bridges to all of his major islands. Bridges were also donated to the government to be maintained. The donated bridge was named John Ringling Boulevard for his contribution to Lido Key. 

Later, he built a Ritz Carlton on Longboat Key. In the winter, he vacationed in Sarasota where he built his winter home for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum Bailey Circus. Many “snowbirds” or affluent northerners flock to the area in the winter to avoid the harsh cold weather. He also built a pool near the Radisson Hotel.

Charles Ringling's Investments in Lido Key and Sarasota

Charles Ringling also contributed to Sarasota area. He developed property and founded a bank. His bank loaned money to other people in the area to start businesses. He built government offices and a courthouse as a gift to the community. Ringling Boulevard begins on Tamiami Trail, which is the location of the winter circus headquarters. The Charles Ringling Boulevard crosses Washington Boulevard where guests will find Sarasota Terrace Hotel. This hotel was built by Charles Ringling and is reminiscent of Chicago-style architecture. Charles Ringling’s wife, Edith Ringling, developed the Edith Ringling Estate in the center of campus at New College of Florida.

Florida Mortgage and Investment Company Investments in Lido Key

A Scottish group was responsible for the Florida Mortgage and Investment Company. They purchased 50,000 acres of land in the Sarasota area. When settlers arrived from Scotland and England in 1885, they were disappointed. The settlers did not have access to any quality homes, fruit gardens or vegetable gardens. Since they did not have access to these items, they chose not to stay. 

John Hamilton Gillespie was a Scottish lawyer and aristocrat who helped Florida Mortgage and Investment Company develop and shape the Lido Key area into a viable and inhabitable area. He began by building the DeSoto Hotel on Main Street. 

Florida Mortgage and Investment Company developed the first golf course in Sarasota. The golf course was beautiful and patronized by numerous people in the area. In addition to the first golf course, they also built some of the first homes and city buildings in the area. Because of his contributions, Gillespie Park was named after him. The Scottish influences are still in the area. Scottish band members play bagpipes and dance to Scottish music to commemorate the Scottish heritage and influences in the area.

Bertha Potter Palmer Investment in Lido Key

Bertha Potter Palmer purchased 30,000 acres after arriving in Sarasota in 1910. She employed 200 workers on the farm and ranch and resided in a beautiful home on the beach.



Lido Key Resources

  • Gas: (941) 926-9397
  • Water: (941) 955-2325
  • Electric: (941) 955-2325
  • Phone, Internet, Cable: 1 800 COMCAST
  • Trash Collection: (941) 861-5000
  • Sarasota School District: 941-927-9000
  • Police Department: (941) 366-8000
  • Fire Department: (941) 316-1217
  • Parks and Recreation: (941) 861-7275
  • Post Office: (941) 349-1111

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Listing information last updated on November 27th, 2015 at 4:34pm EST.