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South Lido Park

2201 Ben Franklin Dr., Lido Key, Sarasota, FL
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Ranked #17 of 88 Attractions in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Beaches, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Parks
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Marietta, Georgia
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64 reviews 64 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

To me, the West Coast of Florida has the best beaches in the world -- better than St. Bart's, Bermuda, Hawaii, Anguilla, everywhere else I've been. And South Lido Beach tops my list. White sugar-soft sand, few people, ibises feeding at the water's edge, curling around the tip of Lido Key with equal access to the Gulf and the bay... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Can I just say that I love this area? Sarasota is an underrated, amazing place to visit. Lido is gorgeous. It's less popular than Siesta Key but I like it much better. White sands, amazing sunset views and great shopping at St. Armand's Circle nearby. You should go!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Great place to catch the rays, or enjoy the mostly clear water, but watch out if you burn easily, because you will

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Jefferson, Maryland
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 via mobile

Beautiful park complete with beaches, nature trails and awesome paddling opportunities. We brought our kayaks and paddled the mangroves. Park has an easy area to launch your kayaks. You can also rent paddle boards there. Gorgeous way to spend a morning! We look forward to going back.

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Omaha, NE
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We like trying various beaches while on vacation, and while this wasn't the best (Siesta Key Beach was) it was out of the way, not as crowded, and great views of the shoreline unlike any other. And its a beach. How great is that. :-)

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

FREE parking ! Bring your picnic basket and your charcoal and have an awesome barbecue. A quick walk to the beach to cool down, then take a stroll on the nature trails (some boardwalk, some paths). You'll find fiddler crabs, egrets, cranes, you may even see an otter.

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Dallas, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This park was just down the road from our hotel. Everyday we saw many (12) people walking to that park until we decided to check it out for ourselves. It was an extension of our beach area.

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Sarasota, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This park is the hub for kayaking, paddle boarding, etc. Can be crowded in peak season but it's the best place to rent/launch a kayak for beautiful mangrove tunnel touring.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Very nice place for kayaking, you can see manatees, dolphins, and paddle through amazing mangroves tunnels, just a beautiful place, I would definitely comeback, very worth the trip, you won't be disappointed.

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Beautiful beach with white sand. The water was very calm for swimming. Lots of parking. Had a great time there and the kids really had fun.

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