Beginner’s Guide to Your Lido Key Vacation

Dreaming of white sandy beaches, tropical climate, and romantic sunsets? Look no further than Lido Key, one of the most exemplary places to experience the isolated beaches of Florida’s Gulf Coast. 

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About the Island

Lido Key offers a wide variety of attractions – even the pickiest member of the family won’t want to miss out! The beaches are naturally Lido Key’s most notable attraction. Take a few days to unwind, soaking in the sun and enjoying the tranquility of the ocean without the stress of large crowds. 

If the beach is not enough to keep you occupied, Lido Key is also known for its sunset cruises and eco-tours. Dolphin watching and deep-sea fishing are popular activities that will be sure to delight the kids. Ted Sperling Park at South Lido Beach is a renowned kayaking destination. Strong currents make it a no-swim zone, but kayaking tours travel through the calm, shallow waters of mangrove forests, an enchanting ride that is completely safe. 

Wildlife and birdwatching tours, hiking trails, picnic facilities, and bicycle trails are available at Ken Thompson Park, located on City Island just adjacent to Lido Key. The park is situated on 92 acres of land, giving any vacationer plenty of opportunity to explore. Nearby, Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium provides close encounters will a host of marine wildlife you might not encounter in the wild. 

If you hope to stay a little closer to civilization, St. Armand’s Circle, the cultural center of Lido Key, provides plenty of options for fine dining and shopping. Sample local cuisine or a variety of international options, from French baked goods to Mediterranean meals. St. Armand’s Circle is also the perfect place to find go window shopping or find a souvenir. You’ll find plenty of popular chain stores and local boutiques to meet all your shopping needs. 

St. Armand’s is also home to the Circus Ring of Fame, which commemorates history’s most notable circus performers. While strolling the circle, you’ll encounter the famed statue walk, which is filled with many Greek and Roman-styled art. Why not take advantage of the local décor for a photo op with the family?

Getting Around 

Lido Key is located just one hour south of Tampa, two hours north of Fort Myers, and two and half hours southwest of Orlando. Four international and municipal airports are located within an hour and a half’s driving distance, the closest being Sarasota International Airport, which is only 15 minutes away. 

John Ringling Causeway, a 3,100-foot bridge that provides spectacular gulf views, connects Lido Key to the mainland, joining St. Armand’s Circle to downtown Sarasota. Just south of Lido Key is Siesta Key, renowned worldwide for its gorgeous – although more crowded – Siesta Beach. 

All major attractions are within easy driving distance: downtown Sarasota to St. Armand’s Circle is only four miles, and from there, Lido Key’s southernmost beach is another two. Follow North Boulevard of the Presidents from St. Armand’s Circle, and it will take you to City Island’s park and aquarium. There are plenty of things to do right in all of these top local areas.

Where to Stay

Siesta Key Luxury Rental Properties provides vacation rentals to meet all your needs. Whether you are looking for a townhouse or condo, a rental with a view, or a space that caters to pets, you are sure to find what you’re looking for.

Rentals include parking, WiFi, pools, covered patio, entertaining area, and more. All properties are located within easy walking or biking distance from the beach and the many St. Armand’s Circle restaurants. Additionally, your vacation will come with preferred vendor discounts for bike, kayak, paddle boards, and boat tours. 

Contact us for more info about Lido Key vacation rentals and/or Siesta Key vacation homes for rent. 


Siesta Key Luxury Rental Properties
5111 Ocean Blvd. Suite B, C & D
Siesta Key, Florida USA 34242
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