Lido Beach is very popular and attracts visitors from all over the world. There are a number of hotels, motels and private condos for rent on Lido Key. While the beach isn’t as large as nearby Siesta Key Beach, residents and visitors describe Sarasota’s Lido Beach as more relaxed and less crowded. Lido Beach is within the city limits of the City of Sarasota while Siesta Beach is in unincorporated Sarasota County. Sections of the beach can be reserved for large private parties and weddings.
The beach’s amenities include:
handicapped accessible observation deck
beach umbrella and chair rentals
parking for 400 cars
heated swimming pool
Pool open 10am-4:45pm Tues – Sun. $4/day for adults. $2/day children, ages 4-11 and seniors 55+ (tax included.)
(Available at the main Pavilion, beach walkovers and sidewalk entrances along Ben Franklin Drive north of the main public beach.)
The Seabreeze Concession or Lido Beach Restaurant at Lido Public Beach serves very good food. Not your typical beach concession or greasy spoon that you might expect. All food is cooked to order. Hot and cold sandwiches, burgers, dogs, fries, etc. are available. Pictured is one of their menu items. Prices are very reasonable on all food items. In addition to food the concession serves beer & wine. Prices are lower than you will find at nearby hotel restaurants and bars. The only restriction on alcohol on Sarasota beaches are no glass containers are permitted. Call in your food order ahead or from your beach chair 941-388-0400
The Lido Casino
Historical marker at the site for the former Lido Casino
For nearly 30 years the Lido Beach Casino attracted residents and tourists for pool and Gulf swimming, dining, dancing, shopping, and enjoying the beach. Activities such as swim meets, beauty pageants, and school and social events, were held here.
The exceptional Art Deco style casino, designed by renowned architect, Ralph Twitchell, was recognized in part for its cast concrete seahorses, glass block, and murals of tropical scenes.
The City of Sarasota acquired the necessary land from the John Ringling Estate and secured federal funds from the WPA for construction of the casino. More than 1,000 people attended the formal opening in December 1940. The city considered renovating the casino in the 1960’s, but unfortunately had it torn down in 1969 and replaced it with a smaller building.