Lido Key

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Lido Beach, c. 1930

Lido Key is a barrier island off the coast of Sarasota, Florida in the United States. To its north is Longboat Key, to its east is Bird Key, and St. Armands Key and to its south is Siesta Key. It is part of the city of Sarasota.

The island features numerous sandy beaches facing the Gulf of Mexico, as well as a park called "South Lido Park", which has a beach and a woodland trail. As of Feb. 2, 2016, Lido Beach ranked No. 3 Outdoor activity in Sarasota on TripAdvisor and has a certificate of Excellence from the website.[1] The island is well developed with a wide variety of luxury hotels and beach houses and has a seasonal nightclub scene.

Lido Key opened to automobile traffic in 1926 and the Lido Beach Casino opened. That year, John Ringling, Samuel Gumpertz and Owen Burns built a $30,000 Pavilion, dock and bathhouses just south of where the Lido Beach park sits presently. By the 1950s poor management resulted in the deterioration of the casino. It was demolished in 1969, remodeled and modernized in by 1970.[2]

Lido Beach, 2015

Lido Key is connected to the mainland Sarasota by John Ringling Causeway.


  1. ^ "Lido Beach (Sarasota, FL): Address, Phone Number, Gear Rental Reviews - TripAdvisor". Retrieved 2016-02-02. 
  2. ^ "Pages - Lido". Retrieved 2016-02-02.  horizontal tab character in |title= at position 8 (help)
  • Florida, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides, 2004, pgs. 239 & 255

Coordinates: 27°19′01″N 82°34′53″W / 27.31694°N 82.58139°W / 27.31694; -82.58139