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Overview of Lido Key

You will find Lido Key on the Gulf Coast of Florida, an hour south of Tampa.  Lido Key is  connected to Sarasota mainland by St. Armands Key with a bridge, and to Longboat Key on the north with a bridge. There are homes, condos, hotels, shops, restaurants and great beaches on Lido Key. St. Armands Circle is a key is often thought of as a part of Lido Key, but it is actually its own key. Condos and homes on Lido Key are bay front, beach front and a short walk to the beach or bay.

 Lido Key Beach, with St. Armands Key and Bird Key

Lido Key Florida Beaches


Lido Key Homes and Condos

Currently, homes on Lido Key range from $995,000 for a 2600 square foot pool home built in 1957 on Morningside Drive with deeded beach access to $3,850,000 for an elegant, dramatic European estate with a dock, full bay view and nanny's quarters on Washington Drive. 

Condos start at $149,000 for a one bedroom 300 square foot on Roosevelt Drive to a new luxury 6,000 square foot Orchid Bay penthouse with valet parking, concierge desk, fireplace, caterer's kitchen and the best marble and granite for  $4,675,000. The zip code for Lido Key is 34236.

History of Lido Key

In the early 1920's John Ringling purchased Bird Key, St. Armands Key and Lido Key. His first project was to connect them to the mainland with a bridge. Bird Key came with an existing mansion that he hoped  would serve as the winter White House for President Warren G. Harding. He believed this would help advertise his development, Ringling Isles, and boost sales there. Ringling named the streets on adjoining Lido Key in honor of American presidents. The pool below is still there, next to the Radisson. Plans are being drawn up to repair the pool and re-open it.

The island charm, shopping, restaurants and unhurried tropical lifestyle on Lido Key and St. Armands is appealing. Are you interested in viewing properties or do you have specific questions about Lido Key? 

Lido Key Property


The ambiance of the island, the old Florida flavor is protected by laws that limit the size and number of buildings. Learn about properties and neighborhoods. Are you interested in a private island, large estate, penthouse condo, gated neighborhood, extra security or a unique property? Need a deep water dock? Prefer a penthouse with your boat across the street at a full service marina?

has an excellent public beach on the west side of the key. Located mid-key, Lido Public Beach offers a wide beach with cabana rentals, large parking lot, concessions, restrooms and lifeguards. 

The beach's amenities include:

  • restrooms

  • concessions

  • gift shop

  • meeting room

  • playground equipment

  • heated swimming pool (closed)

  • handicapped accessible observation deck

  • cabana beach rentals

  • parking for 400 cars

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