Historic Lido Beach is located on sunny Lido Key, one-half mile southwest of St. Armand's Circle, mid-Key on Ben Franklin Drive. It's one of Florida's famous, fabulous powdery white-sand beaches, set directly on the shimmering Gulf of Mexico. Lido Beach is perfect for soaking up the sun, moonlight strolls, and unforgettable panoramic sunsets.
Location of Lido Beach
Visitors to Lido Beach are impressed by the many delightful amenities
You'll find parking for 400 cars; a children's playground; a community meeting room and heated community pool; beach umbrella, chair, and cabana rentals; a handicapped-accessible observation deck; a gift shop, concession stand, and convenient restrooms. The pool is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, and admission to the pool is $4 for adults, $2 for children 12 or under and seniors 55 and over. (Sorry, pets are not allowed on Lido Beach.) There's always plenty of free parking.
It all Started With a Casino
For nearly three decades Lido Beach was also the setting for the historic Lido Casino, which attracted residents and tourists for swimming, dining, dancing, and shopping. Swim competitions, beauty pageants, and school and social events were conducted there. The extraordinary Art Deco-style casino, designed by renowned architect Ralph Twitchell, was recognized for its cast concrete seahorses, its beautiful glass block, and its detailed murals depicting tropical scenes. More than 1,000 attended the grand opening in December 1940; the Lido Casino was leveled in 1969 and replaced by a smaller building. A historic marker and the Lido Beach pool remain today.