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Lido Beach

Ben Franklin Drive, Lido Key, Sarasota, FL
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Ranked #11 of 80 Activities in Sarasota
Type: Beaches
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Tampa, Florida
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42 reviews 42 reviews
14 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Love this beach!! This is the best one that I go to. I used to visit Siesta Key quite a bit until a shopping trip one afternoon to St. Armonds Circle. What a find. It is alot quieter than Siesta and the sand is just as white, soft and cool on your feet. Alcohol is permitted on this beach but... More

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Bay Village, United States
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We were planning to go to Siesta Key Beach, but were advised by our SUP instructor Jesse that Lido was just as good but less crowded and more of a family friendly beach. He was right. We loved it. The day we visited, August 6th, there was a huge sandbar which allowed my kids, ages 12, 10 & 7, to... More

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North Carolina
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Love the quiet beach not a lot of beach goers other than those at the hotel and time shares next to it. The gulf seems much calmer here Vs Clearwater or St Pete

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Sarasota, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Lido Beach located on Lido Key is a great place to walk approximately a. 1.5 mile stretch, sunbathe, enjoy the sunset or an evening picnic. There is ample parking very close to the beach. Some of the boardwalks to the beach have foot showers to remove sand. Bathrooms are well maintained and there is an EMT squad housed in the... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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401 reviews 401 reviews
165 attraction reviews
268 helpful votes 268 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Lido Key and its white, powdery, sandy beach have stolen a lot of thunder from its more celebrated and publicized neighbor, Siesta Key, in recent years. There are several reasons why. First of all, location. From downtown Sarasota, drive across the Ringling Causeway past exclusvie Bird Key to Lido Key and St. Armands Circle, one of the most popular and... More

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Sarasota, Florida
12 reviews 12 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Fine white powdery sand!!! The water is sooooo beautiful and clean. Can get very crowded if you don't get there by noon. Had a great time! Bring an umbrella and lots of sun block! Enjoyed a gorgeous sunset there, too.

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Columbus, Ohio
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

I visited Lido Beach for the first time in June and it is a very nice, clean beach. Beautiful white sand, warm water, nice waves, a lot of seashells. St. Armands Cicle a cute shopping area is located less than five minutes from the beach and has some cute stores and some restaurants. I will definitely visit again the next... More

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Richmond, Virginia
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57 attraction reviews
248 helpful votes 248 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

My husband and I are not beach people we would usually prefer to sit at our hotels pool.But every now and again if some one recommends seeing a fantastic beach we will go and check it out. The beach is very clean and the sand seemed so white and soft to me? maybe I don't get to the beach as... More

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Sarasota, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

We moved to Sarasota a couple of months ago and while we are spending the Summer at Siesta Key (with closer access to the beach) we prefer Lido Beach most times because of how less crowded it is and how much closer parking to the shore is. The sand is soft and cool with little black flecks. You can find... More

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Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
5 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

This beach is my favorite in all of Florida. The location is hands down beautiful with many mansions (multi million dollar houses!) nearby. The water is so warm and the waves are little to nothing so it is very relaxing. The water is so clear you can even see small fish swimming around you on the bottom which really connects... More

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