Lido Key, Sarasota, FL, USA

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Lido Key, Sarasota, FL, USA

Lido Key vacation rentals

Let Lido Key be your key to coastal paradise

Lovely little Lido Key is a barrier island and part of the city of Sarasota. In fact, it's only a 15-minute drive from downtown Sarasota, although you might decide that leaving the immediate area of your Lido Key vacation rental is a silly idea. With long stretches of white, sandy beaches, sun-dappled nature trails, and serene mangrove forests, the island is a relaxing getaway that families, friends, and honeymooners can all appreciate. Come for the hospitable coastline, complete with picnic areas, barbecues, and easy access to local restaurants, and stay for the magnificent marine life splashing nearby.

Let's peruse your options: beach, beach, or beach

As you yawn, stretch, and greet the day from a window of your Lido Beach vacation rental, you'll likely be considering which stretch of sand deserves your company this morning. North Lido Beach is a little quieter than the rest, with its sparkling sand dunes and nearby nature trails. Lido Beach has free parking and a pavilion with snacks and restrooms, and South Lido Beach offers comfortable grassy lawns and barbecues. The strong current at South Lido makes swimming a no-no, but it's a popular picnic spot for families.

Wander a research aquarium hand-in-fin with local animals

When you're tuckered out from the sun and sand, head to the Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, a research facility that studies sharks and allows visitors a glimpse of the action in its labs. The kids will be thrilled by the opportunity to get up close and personal with sea turtles, manatees, and sea otters. Next door to Motes is the Save Our Seabirds Wild Bird Learning Center, which houses over 120 birds in outdoor habitats. Your Lido Key vacation rental will likely be in walking distance of St. Armand's Circle, featuring the picturesque Harding Circle Historic District.

Spring down to the beach or fall into balmy autumn weather

Lido Key's weather is at its loveliest from March to May and from October to late November. Average temps are in the 70s, and rain is rare. Of course, you won't be the only one enjoying the beautiful sunshine and miles of white sand, so if you'd like to avoid the crowds and don't mind the heat, travel in summer, when afternoons are sweltering and thunderstorms provide rainy relief. Floridians are hurricane experts (the hurricane season lasts from June to November), so listen for official warnings and advice if the forecast gets stormy.

Commune with nature under a mangrove archway

Set between Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, this tiny barrier island is a haven for marine animals. Take a stroll on the sand during the early-morning hours to spot shorebirds congregating around tidal pools and sand spits. At the southern tip of the island, South Lido County Park offers beaches full of sand dollars and plenty of places to fish. On its border is Ted Sperling Nature Park, where visitors can paddle their kayaks through tunnels formed by the arching branches of red mangrove trees and look for West Indian manatees and black-winged cormorants.