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Happy New Year on the beach!

Amazing Day in January on the beach! Everbody in a great mood for New Year's Day! Kids cl imbing... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
onaimission
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Lido beach

This beach was destroyed with the hurricanes. It is now as beautiful as ever. Small waves for the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
kbauer414
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Lawrenceburg, Indiana
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Sadly, the red tide is back along Sarasota & Manatee beaches. The water looks like crap and if the wind blows from the west with any surf you will have trouble breathing. Sarasota just had a big sewage spill adding to this problem. When will...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank BT V
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing Day in January on the beach! Everbody in a great mood for New Year's Day! Kids cl imbing trees and people in the water. Honorable mention to Darlene and the Lido Beach Concession / Shop.....need a quick / emergency beach supply?! They have reef...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank onaimission
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This beach was destroyed with the hurricanes. It is now as beautiful as ever. Small waves for the beginner surfer. Beautiful water. Great place for shellingwalk out a short distance to the other side of the sand bar and find shell treasures.

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank kbauer414
Reviewed November 14, 2018

My first time at this beach and it will not be the last. We found a parking space close to Armands circle and we had a great day. We went to the beach before and after lunch, convenience for everything. The beach lovely we can...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Tomas C
Reviewed November 10, 2018 via mobile

We are always open to fun new adventure. Get out of the house and car..Go live a little ..Give Life A Chance!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Andrew M
Reviewed November 7, 2018 via mobile

This is one of the best beaches in Florida!!!!!! It is pretty quiet and clean and very nice!!!!! It is my wife’s favorite beach of all!!!!

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank Hillman213
Reviewed October 14, 2018 via mobile

Nice beach, lots of little shells to collect, sand bar offers a shallow place for little kids to swim/play in a protected area. There are showers spaced out periodically and small bath house, also a restaurant and surf shop.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 836sarahm
Reviewed October 5, 2018 via mobile

This beach would be great I’m sure but the days we visited it was the colour of pea green soup or if not green dark clouds of brown water. We went in but it was like sitting in a algae filled pond and once you...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank KittyKat66
Reviewed September 3, 2018

A beautiful beach with sand as fine as I've ever seen. Off season parking is easy but in season it can be a bit more challenging. Either way, the long crescent beach is fantastic. The sand is firm for walking or biking. The tide may...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Lydia G
Reviewed August 30, 2018

This is one of Florida's treasures. White sand, sea shells, birds, concession stand with good food, washrooms, picnic tables, and sunsets that beg for photographers.

Date of experience: March 2018
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DivaGma
January 10, 2019|
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Response from Hillman213 | Reviewed this property |
As far as I know, yes ma’am?? But if I remember right, they fill up pretty fast so I would suggest bringing your own chairs or blanket just in case?!! You can never be too careful?
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UncaD
September 4, 2018|
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Response from JBG1 | Reviewed this property |
They are pretty tight on everything in this area did not specifically see a sign but saw no dogs either.
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Rosalie P
August 9, 2018|
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Response from kingshearer080 | Reviewed this property |
As of now red tide is no more. City have done a fantastic job in clearing up the dead fish. Such a shame for the wildlife, but birds are returning which is a great sign.
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Always_An_Aventure
Ocala, Florida
Lido Beach (3 Replies)
My husband and I have been going to Lido Beach on a yearly basis since 2000. As the years have gone by we have seen erosion take its toll. Our most recent stay was in early June of 2017 and we were shocked at how bad conditions are getting. Has anyone been to Lido Beach since hurricane Irma back in September? If Irma has done a lot more damage to Lido Beach then I think it will be time for us to go to another beach. Any information that can be provided to help us decide will be greatly...More
January 30, 2018|
Response fromTraveller from UK|
Hi. I have no idea where in Florida Lido Beach is but I would post on the forum for the town/city it is in for local help.
Lizzytish013
Cornwall
Do we need a car? (11 Replies)
Nearly put off wanting to stay in Lido Beach, by emails on forum regarding the older persons taking over Sarasota, one day age will come to you, and I am sure the younger generation then, will be even less tolerant!! Would we need a car to get around this area, are there restaurants within walking distance, we want to stay a month in November and would like apartment with facilities, beach views and reasonable any recomendations please?
June 29, 2007|
Response fromLizzytish013|
Many thanks for advice re accomodation, will look that up. Have driven last year Madeira Beach area, but would love to be able to walk restaurants and shops on evening. We hate the driving from airports, specially being from the UK. Do the airports, including Orlando, have shuttle services or taxis to Lido Beach and what prices would they be please?
Tourmaline
The Bakery
Red Tide update 10-06-06 (3 Replies)
Well mostly good news. Other than a Very Low reading at Tarpon Beach, all other on shore locations read Not Present, even up at Redfish Pass and Captiva Pass. Off shore of Sanibel and Ft Myers Beach there is a Medium reading. The bad news is the red tide might be heading back south, so I will keep and eye on the results. If you are traveling to beaches in Sarasota and Charlotte counties, please ask your locak experts and residents about the current conditions. This includes, Siesta...More
October 06, 2006|
Response fromJake|
I just got back for a long weekend - Thursday to Monday - in Sanibel. The beach along Middle/West Gulf was fine except for sections with fairly heavy deposits of red algae that drifted on to the beach. I didn't experience any offensive odor from it though, which was good.