- Beaches, Natural Wonders Type
- 2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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Though visitors have access to several beaches in Sarasota County, one of the easiest to reach from downtown is Lido Key Beach. Situated less than 5 miles southwest of the city center, Lido Key Beach offers more than 3,000 feet of white sand. Several recreation areas, with amenities like picnic tables and a pool (which can be enjoyed for a fee), are also available.
If you like hunting for seashells, visitors say you'll love Lido Key Beach. (But if you want to swim, plan on wearing shoes; the shells will likely hurt exposed feet.) Additionally, families will appreciate this beach's calm water and ample space. What's more, Lido Key Beach sits within walking distance of St. Armands Circle, where various shops and eateries reside.
Complimentary street and lot parking is offered at this beach, as well as restrooms and water spigots for washing off sand. A gift shop is also available by Lido Key Beach's main parking lot. Travelers are welcome to bring food and beverages to the beach to enjoy on the sand or at one of the provided picnic tables. The beach itself is free to visit and can be accessed between 5 a.m. and 11 p.m. daily, but keep in mind that lifeguards are only on duty from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. For visitors without a car, the No. 4 SCAT bus makes several stops nearby. Visit Sarasota County's website for more information.
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