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Lido Beach

Ben Franklin Drive, Lido Key, Sarasota, FL
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Ranked #12 of 80 Activities in Sarasota
Type: Beaches
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Tampa, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

What a nice little gem close to Sarasota and St. Armands but tucked just far enough away to still have some old Florida charm. Enjoy it while it lasts! Very nice park on the southern point, lots of birds and natural habitat. Water is surprising clean and clear. Beach is uncrowded with adequate parking and lots of nice sand. Good... More

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Livonia, Michigan
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43 reviews 43 reviews
18 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Nice sand, warm, calm waters, life guards, chairs & umbrellas for rent, lots of parking. St. Armand Circle has lots of nice restaurants and shops within easy walking distance.

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sarasota
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We had a great time at the beach today. The water temperature was 87, the visibility was great. We snorkeled amongst the bait fish, there was thousands of them. We saw Snook, Sheepshead, and Black drum. I would highly recommend snorkeling at the south end of Lido Beach by the rocks when you are here.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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127 reviews 127 reviews
11 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Nice clean beach that is walkable. Gulf water that is blue and clear. Less crowded then other beaches in the area and after you can enjoy an ice cream, lunch or dinner at the many restaurants on St. Armond's circle just a stone throw away.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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30 reviews 30 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Our favorite beach. Sand just like Siesta Key minus the crowds. Close to St. Armand's circle for lunch. Has lifeguards. Lots of parking which only became full late on Labor Day, showers/restrooms.

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Bradenton, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Beautiful white sand beach. Biggest problem here is there is very little parking. You need to get there early if you want to park. Course this is the problem with most of the Sarasota beaces

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Tampa, Florida
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46 reviews 46 reviews
15 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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
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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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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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