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Florida Beaches - Siesta Key: South Lido Beach
South Lido Beach is a tropical paradise away from the constantly active Lido and North Lido Beaches. By far the best part about South Lido Beach is the four bodies of water surrounding this smaller beach located at the very southern tip of Lido Key near St. Armands Key. The Gulf of Mexico, Big Pass, Sarasota Bay, or Brushy Bayou offer an excellent selection of waters for dipping your toes into or taking a nice afternoon swim to cool off from the heat of the day. This park also offers lots of shade with the beautiful Australian pines towering over much of the park and creating a perfect place for a romantic picnic or an afternoon escape in the shade.
At the very southern end of South Lido Beach you can enjoy a picturesque skyline view of the city of Sarasota, while still remaining far away in your tropical paradise. You can also continue to escape the city life of Sarasota by drifting off into the nature trails or peeking into nature through the observation deck and even a canoe trail if you are feeling the need to beat the heat in the water. South Lido Beach is well known by local residents as a great place for a jog or brisk walk through the nature trails, so this is a great place to stay in shape during your vacation in Venice.
Once you get tired of relaxing at South Lido Beach you can head over to St. Armands Circle for shopping or a late afternoon lunch. To reach the invigorating South Lido Beach from Venice, take Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41) to SR 780 W to St. Armands Key.
Travel over the Ringling Causeway and Sarasota Bay. Take a left in the center of town and follow the signs out past North Lido Beach and you will come to the end of the island and the beautiful South Lido Beach.