Step inside Lido Beach Resort, and you’re enveloped by coastal cool: a seaside motif, weathered wood floors reminiscent of a ship’s deck, oars as wall decor, ocean tones, and plenty of natural texture. A 300-foot stretch of powder-soft white sand beach runs along the Gulf of Mexico, with private cabanas at the ready for some serious beach relaxation. Sarasota – known as Florida’s “cultural coast” – is then directly across the John Ringling Causeway.
STAY: Million Dollar Views
Many of the 222 guest rooms at the Lido Beach Resort include private balconies with a view of the Gulf of Mexico or the Sarasota skyline – either way, it’s a spectacular panorama. The rooms are comfortable and relaxed, with a modern, Florida-inspired vibe. Kitchenettes or full kitchens are in many rooms, outfitted with refrigerators, microwaves, dual stove tops, and dishwashers.
EAT: Beach, Eat, Drink, Repeat
When you need a momentary break from the beach, head to the charming outdoor patio at Café Lido, for a casual bite. Afternoon is the right time for a check-in at the resort’s own Tiki Bar for a handcrafted cocktail or a tropical frozen treat. For dinner, Lido Beach Grille has the floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Gulf and Sarasota skyline to make it a special occasion, paired nicely with a fresh fish dish from its modern American menu. Be sure to reserve your seat at the Grille for their Sunday Brunch, featured in Southern Living as one of “Florida’s best brunches.”
PLAY: A Cocktail of Beach and Culture
You don’t come to a Florida resort with “Beach” in the name to not do some sunbathing, either on the white-sand or pool-side. For those too antsy to stay on the 3oo feet of private beach, take advantage of the warm Gulf waters with kayaking, paddleboarding, or a fishing excursion. Sarasota is an easy jump away – check out some of our recommendations within its art and culture scene, including the Mote Marine Aquarium or the Towles Court Art District.
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Not far from the resort, you’ll find The Ringling (yes, THAT Ringling – Sarasota has deep circus roots), which is home to the Ringling Museum of Art, the Circus Museum, and Ca’ d’Zan, Ringling’s 56-room mansion on Sarasota Bay.