If the arrival of spring has you dreaming of white sand beaches, outdoor adventures, or a relaxing family vacation, it may be time to book a trip to gorgeous Lido Key, Florida, where you can find all of these things and more. This small barrier island, just a short drive from downtown Sarasota, is the perfect blend of family-friendly getaway and upscale beach vibe. And our Destination Manager, Chelsea, is more than happy to create the perfect itinerary.
Day One: Hit the Beach
Ease into your first day of vacation by enjoying your morning coffee on the house’s rooftop deck. “This is one of my favorite features of the house,” says Chelsea. “From the rooftop deck, you can look in one direction and see downtown Sarasota, and in the other direction have an amazing view of the ocean. You may even get lucky and spot manatees in the canal down below.” After taking in the views, grab your towels and the picnic lunch waiting for you in the fridge from Morton’s Gourmet Market – arranged by your Local Host, of course – and head to the beach, just a short stroll away.
Lido Key Beach is known for its powder-soft sand and turquoise water. The waves here are calm and the beach relatively uncrowded, so it’s a great place to spend time hunting for shells and shark’s teeth, swimming, relaxing, or taking a walk along the shore. Beach chairs and umbrellas are available to make your day on the beach even more comfortable.
When you’ve had enough of sand and sun, head back to the house for a dip in the pool or an afternoon siesta on one of the covered patios, before getting cleaned up and heading out for dinner. “For great seafood and cocktails, you can’t go wrong with Crab and Fin or Shore,” recommends Chelsea. Both restaurants offer inside and outside dining, and your personal travel concierge will be happy to make reservations for you.
Day Two: Time for Adventure
While Day One was all about relaxing and settling in, Day Two’s focus is on outdoor adventure.
There are many year-round outdoor activities to choose from here, but our top eco-adventure recommendation – and a great way to start the day – is to take a two-hour morning kayak tour among Lido Key’s famed mangrove trees with Kayaking SRQ. “This is a must-do activity when you come to Lido Key,” says Chelsea. “The mangrove tunnels are absolutely beautiful and are home to a wide variety of birds and marine life. Kayakers often catch sight of dolphins, manatees, jellyfish, and other wildlife, so be sure to bring your camera.”
If the outdoors is calling, but kayaking isn’t for you, Chelsea also recommends the deep-sea fishing, golfing, boating, tennis, and snorkeling on Lido Key – all of which she can book for you in advance.
Whatever adventure you choose, after a morning of outdoor fun, you’ll want to head over to the Lido Key Tiki Bar at the Ritz-Carlton for a laid-back lunch. This rustic, open-air tropical beach bar is a Sarasota landmark and offers casual lunch fare and beachy cocktails right at the water’s edge.
To round out your day of outdoor adventure, let us arrange a second fresh-air activity for you in the afternoon or head over to the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens to stroll through their 15 acres of desert, rainforest, native Florida, and display gardens, located along the Sarasota Bay.
In the evening, a second dinner out at one of Lido Key’s many excellent restaurants can easily be arranged. Investors love the rooftop desk at Tommy Bahama which overlooks St. Armands Circle…plus they serve some of the best fish tacos around. If you feel like venturing 20 minutes up the coast to Longboat Key, you will be rewarded with an extraordinary meal and world-famous desserts at Euphemia Haye.
Day Three: Shop till You Drop
Wrap up your stay with a day of shopping at the renowned St. Armands Circle, just a short eight-minute walk from the house.
Here you’ll find high end shops offering everything from clothes, home goods, jewelry, specialty items and more, alongside cozy courtyards and shaded patios, perfect for people-watching. When you need a break from the retail therapy, you can grab an elegant lunch at Café L’Europe or more casual fare at the Blue Dolphin Café. Just be sure to save room for homemade ice cream from Big Olaf Creamery or French pastries and gelato from Le Macaron for dessert.
“There’s such a great mix of upscale shops, casual boutiques, sweet shops, daquiri bars, spas, and art galleries at St. Armands, it’s easy to spend an entire day here,” says Chelsea.
In addition to the amazing shopping and dining options, visitors can also enjoy community events and a lovely central greenspace featuring Italian statues and a “Circus Ring of Fame” memorial. As always, your personal travel concierge can let you know about any special events being hosted here during your stay.
In the afternoon, head back to the house for more time in the pool or jacuzzi, and let us arrange for a private chef to come in and prepare dinner for you.
“I always recommend Chef Richard Knowles,” says Chelsea. “He’s fantastic and our investors love him. Having him come in and cook for you is a great way to wrap up your Lido Key vacation.”
At Home In Lido Key with Equity Estates
Situated on the canal side of Lido Key, your Equity Estates home is an easy stroll from the esteemed St. Armands Circle and Lido Key Beach. This spacious and thoughtfully laid-out residence features five bedrooms, six bathrooms, and boasts more than 6,900 square feet of indoor/outdoor living space. With soaring tray ceilings, sustainable bamboo floors and gourmet kitchen, this home nestles you in the lap of luxury. The airy first floor includes a waterfront master suite and spa-style bath. The rooftop observation deck features views of downtown Sarasota and miles of Florida coastline.
Your visit to Lido Key with Equity Estates can be the beach vacation you’re dreaming of – whether you want a more laid-back trip or one that’s filled with activity; whether you’re traveling with friends and family or in need of a quiet, couple’s getaway. We can help you make it happen. If you would like more information about investing with Equity Estates, please reach out to our Investor Relations team at 404.445.8501 or tap this link to schedule a call.