Bounded by Longboat Key to the north, St. Armands Key to the east, Siesta Key to the south, and the Gulf of Mexico to the west, Lido Key was developed by circus magnate John Ringling, who intended it to become the residential extension of nearby St. Armands Key. When the Lido Casino was built on the grounds of Lido Beach in 1940, the island was put on the map as it became the holiday playground of the rich and famous. Present day Lido Key is a well-developed barrier island with clearly defined residential, commercial, and recreational areas and has remained a popular vacation destination through the years.
A fine selection of homes can be found in Lido Key, with housing options that include single-family residences, expansive estates and luxury condos, with architecture styles ranging from classic to Sarasota Modern. High-end real estate is available around the Lido Beach area, like the Ritz-Carlton Beach Residences, The Beach Club on Lido Key, Lido Towers, Orchid Beach Club, L’Elegance, and more.
While the beachfront runs the length of Lido Key’s western coastline, it is divided into three areas: Lido Beach, considered as the main public beach, which is located on the center portion of the island; North Lido Beach, which is more private and secluded, but has swifter currents and no lifeguards; South Lido Park, which is found on the southernmost tip of Lido Key and offers picnic areas, grills, and nature trails.
Lido Key Quick Facts
- Main thoroughfares in Lido Key include John Ringling Blvd, which enters the island from St. Armands Key and becomes Benjamin Franklin Drive as it runs through the southern end of the island; and State Road 789, which enters from Longboat Key as Gulf of Mexico Drive and becomes John Ringling Parkway.
- The Lido Casino, which was a big attraction of Lido Key for almost three decades, was demolished in 1969; only the swimming pool remains.
- Access to the renowned shopping and dining district located on the beautiful central plaza of nearby St. Armands Key is within walking distance through John Ringling Blvd; other routes include the Boulevard of the Presidents and the longer John Ringling Parkway.
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