Best of buds, sea turtle and manatee. We found this beautiful #sunset in Sarasota, Florida.
This location is easy to find as you walk along the waterfront and marina area. We loved this little row boat during low tide.
#travel #boat #water #ocean #goldenhour Beautiful Sarasota #sunset
Florida's west coast has amazing #goldenhour sunsets. Definitely make time to enjoy the view!
#florida #amazing A close up of some colorful underwater critters at the aquarium at Mote Marine Laboratory.
Mote Aquarium is the public outreach arm of Mote Marine Laboratory, displaying more than 100 marine species with a focus on local marine life. The Aquarium opened in 1980 on City Island in Sarasota Bay. Visitors can see sharks, manatees, sea turtles, seahorses, rays, skates, seahorses, and invertebrates including cuttlefish, jellyfish, and sea anemones. The Sea-Grape is widely used as a landscape plant in Florida because it has a high tolerance to salt and wind. I have one in my yard as a specimen tree but it is commonly used as a screen or hedge. Produces a fruit that can be made into jellies, jams, or wine ( never seen the stuff though and ....sceptical ), or right of the limb.
This one is in the little park under the South-West side of the Ringling Cuasway bridge.
#treetrove Look at this guy balancing an air bubble on his nose!
Mote Aquarium is the public outreach arm of Mote Marine Laboratory, displaying more than 100 marine species with a focus on local marine life. The Aquarium opened in 1980 on City Island in Sarasota Bay. Visitors can see sharks, manatees, sea turtles, seahorses, rays, skates, seahorses, and invertebrates including cuttlefish, jellyfish, and sea anemones. A clown-fish hiding amongst a glowing underwater backdrop.
Mote Aquarium is the public outreach arm of Mote Marine Laboratory, displaying more than 100 marine species with a focus on local marine life. The Aquarium opened in 1980 on City Island in Sarasota Bay. Visitors can see sharks, manatees, sea turtles, seahorses, rays, skates, seahorses, and invertebrates including cuttlefish, jellyfish, and sea anemones. A close up of a bottom dwelling jellyfish. The shade of blue and the gold fringe make this jelly quite elegant and photographic.
Mote Aquarium is the public outreach arm of Mote Marine Laboratory, displaying more than 100 marine species with a focus on local marine life. The Aquarium opened in 1980 on City Island in Sarasota Bay. Visitors can see sharks, manatees, sea turtles, seahorses, rays, skates, seahorses, and invertebrates including cuttlefish, jellyfish, and sea anemones. A colorful orange shrimp stands out against the white.
Mote Aquarium is the public outreach arm of Mote Marine Laboratory, displaying more than 100 marine species with a focus on local marine life. The Aquarium opened in 1980 on City Island in Sarasota Bay. Visitors can see sharks, manatees, sea turtles, seahorses, rays, skates, seahorses, and invertebrates including cuttlefish, jellyfish, and sea anemones. Poker Runs America has many regional events throughout Florida each year including one in my hometown, Sarasota. This is a helicopter shot taken while shooting a documentary on one of the boats.
This event delivers lots of Boats, Business, and Beautiful Bodies each year and the party never ends !
Next run is the Season Opener Poker Run, Tampa / St. Petersburg / Sarasota , FL March 15-16, 2013
#localgem A lion-fish. Invasive? Very. Yet quite a striking creature.
Mote Aquarium is the public outreach arm of Mote Marine Laboratory, displaying more than 100 marine species with a focus on local marine life. The Aquarium opened in 1980 on City Island in Sarasota Bay. Visitors can see sharks, manatees, sea turtles, seahorses, rays, skates, seahorses, and invertebrates including cuttlefish, jellyfish, and sea anemones. A tank full of illuminated jelly fish floating listlessly can be very hypnotizing.
Mote Aquarium is the public outreach arm of Mote Marine Laboratory, displaying more than 100 marine species with a focus on local marine life. The Aquarium opened in 1980 on City Island in Sarasota Bay. Visitors can see sharks, manatees, sea turtles, seahorses, rays, skates, seahorses, and invertebrates including cuttlefish, jellyfish, and sea anemones. Dollar Dollar Bill$ Y'all. The SKOB as the locals call it, has thousands of dollar bills stapled/taped all over the walls and ceiling of the bar. Great food and beer. The Mote is such an interesting aquarium and research center. Thank you to my fellow Trovers for posting pics. Exploring the drink menu... This Mojito was exquisite ! A cute little restaurant with some unique dishes on the menu. They have table service but I think the best experience is sitting up at the bar.
TIP = for cool drink pics get someone to light the drink from behind with their cell phone flashlight app.
#cocktail #localgem Many, many, many turtles at the aquarium of Mote Marine Laboratory!
Mote Aquarium is the public outreach arm of Mote Marine Laboratory, displaying more than 100 marine species with a focus on local marine life. The Aquarium opened in 1980 on City Island in Sarasota Bay. Visitors can see sharks, manatees, sea turtles, seahorses, rays, skates, seahorses, and invertebrates including cuttlefish, jellyfish, and sea anemones. We loved visiting The Donut Experiment on Anna Maria Island where you can create your own hot cake donut dipped in the icing of your choice and finished off with an amazing topping.
From left to right - TOP: coconut flaked chocolate glazed, Reese's Piece chocolate glazed, salted caramel BOTTOM: Oreo crumble chocolate glazed, Fruity Pebbles strawberry glazed, Reese's Puff peanut butter drizzle chocolate glazed.
#donut #donuts #florida #foodie #foodietravel #travelblog #foodblog #traveling #colorful #island #vacation #bestof5 Fluffy ricotta pancakes topped with Meyer lemon curd, fresh blackberries that looked like mini clusters of grapes and a serving of vanilla bean syrup with a side of hash browns topped with cheese and onions.
In addition to delectable cuisine, the location of Station 400 has a great backstory. The restaurant is located inside a train station the was built in 1852 in Kentwood, Indiana. The building was dismantled, moved and reassembled in the Rosemary District of Sarasota, Florida. Sea turtle training! Through positive reinforcement, these loggerhead turtles are trained to recognize colors and shapes.
Shelley and Montego, two adult female loggerhead sea turtles were born in North Carolina in 1977. They are not equipped for survival in the wild and now permanently reside at More Marine.
Mote Aquarium is the public outreach arm of Mote Marine Laboratory, displaying more than 100 marine species with a focus on local marine life. The Aquarium opened in 1980 on City Island in Sarasota Bay. Visitors can see sharks, manatees, sea turtles, seahorses, rays, skates, seahorses, and invertebrates including cuttlefish, jellyfish, and sea anemones. Another exotic plant that captures insects Sea turtle training! Through positive reinforcement, these loggerhead turtles are trained to recognize colors and shapes.
Shelley and Montego, two adult female loggerhead sea turtles were born in North Carolina in 1977. They are not equipped for survival in the wild and now permanently reside at More Marine.
Mote Aquarium is the public outreach arm of Mote Marine Laboratory, displaying more than 100 marine species with a focus on local marine life. The Aquarium opened in 1980 on City Island in Sarasota Bay. Visitors can see sharks, manatees, sea turtles, seahorses, rays, skates, seahorses, and invertebrates including cuttlefish, jellyfish, and sea anemones. The Mote is such an interesting aquarium and research center. Thank you to my fellow Trovers for posting pics. Shelley and Montego, two adult female loggerhead sea turtles were born in North Carolina in 1977. They are not equipped for survival in the wild and now permanently reside at More Marine.
Mote Aquarium is the public outreach arm of Mote Marine Laboratory, displaying more than 100 marine species with a focus on local marine life. The Aquarium opened in 1980 on City Island in Sarasota Bay. Visitors can see sharks, manatees, sea turtles, seahorses, rays, skates, seahorses, and invertebrates including cuttlefish, jellyfish, and sea anemones. In an area of dining and shopping St. Armand circle has drawn visitors since the turn of the century. Maybe one of the early visitors is still hanging around . Today I learned that sea urchins will devour zucchini! I'm not sure how the aquarium curators stumbled upon that discovery.
Mote Aquarium is the public outreach arm of Mote Marine Laboratory, displaying more than 100 marine species with a focus on local marine life. The Aquarium opened in 1980 on City Island in Sarasota Bay. Visitors can see sharks, manatees, sea turtles, seahorses, rays, skates, seahorses, and invertebrates including cuttlefish, jellyfish, and sea anemones. Exotic plant life at this Botanical gardens. This one can trap insects
#red flowers are special Not the bridge I grew up looking at but they did a nice job on this new one! There are manicured running paths and a little park on both ends. I suggest parking on the Can see why this never-ending white sand beach gets such accolades! Too chilly to swim today but a must-go even for just a long walk. A slice of Provence in Sarasota Outside the East food court entrance they have painted the Head here for white powder sand Sunset on Lido Beach The Mote is such an interesting aquarium and research center. Thank you to my fellow Trovers for posting pics. Awesome beaches ! Sand squeaks when you walk on it.
#localgem Nice park in Sarasota Florida, including water jets and playground, kids had a blast!
There's also a tiki bar next door for a cheeky cocktail.
#kidsfun Great place to enjoy a walk and beautiful flowers! The north end of Siesta Key Beach is an awesome spot to scope sunsets, as groups of people tend to gather here in the evening. An easy walk from the village, it's a blend of the beautiful white sand, craggy rocks and emerald water. In Florida the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens (15 acres, including 9 acres of display gardens) is the only botanical garden in the world dedicated to the display and study of epiphytes, especially orchids and bromeliads, and their canopy ecosystems, with a focus on botany, horticulture and environmental education. Ongoing research and exploration for tropical plants attracts worldwide attention of international scholars and plant enthusiasts. #springfun Sarasota sunset. This exotic plant looks the fall kids treat Candy Corn Beautiful sunset today (again) at Siesta beach. This paddle boarder and his dog are a pretty regular site in the area when the sea is calm, the dog seems to love it.
#sunset #florida #mananddog Lunch and a beer on the beach: watch birds, people, and the working drawbridge. Fish & chips are really good! Exotic plant life Cuttlefish are just one of the awesome finds @ the Mote Aquarium My Bride and I took a sunset cruise on Sarasota Bay with some new friends and some old friends Stuart Dickson and Margarette Hixon. Beautiful weather, great music, food and gorgeous sunset. One of the most beautiful gardens to visit in Sarasota Florida. A photographers botanical dream. Powdery white sand and some of the calmest water I've ever seen in Florida. It was nice to relax, in the crystal clear water, and not be pummeled to death by the waves. #blue Holiday lights at Selby Gardens tonight in Sarasota, Florida, USA. Sunset at Seista Key, Florida Show up at the Sea Shanty early in the morning for piping hot doughnut holes. Lido Key in Sarasota ,FL. Tranquil beach with beautiful sunsets. Perfect for friends to share the view in lounge chairs
#lifeatexpedia One of the finest examples of Japanese horticulture Beautiful run along the bay. Beautiful... This place is Fantastic !
The sidecar was yummy. Great place for a special dinner and one of Sarasota's finest restaurants.
If I was going to tell a visitor to the area to visit our city's best dining experience... this is it!
#localgem Jellies @aquarium
Mote Aquarium Dolphin Fountain Silent cruiser @ Mote Aquarium Little lizard tempting fate in an owl exhibit View of Sarasota Bay Bridge leading into downtown Sarasota, Florida. Looking from Bird Key Island Park. Stopped by for a drink. Cool beer. Inside, there's a wide variety of different coffees. Up on entering, the essence of coffee aroma would hit your nostrils. Great taste also. Cheeseburger on sourdough and fries. Rainy morning@ Lido Beach Marine and nurse statue in Sarasota port , huge !! Very festive and fun place to drink or dine near the world famous Siesta Key sugar sand beach. Dollars bills signed and dated must exceed $10,000 hanging from the walls and ceilings.
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Get an overview of this hotelFamily-friendly oceanfront resort on Lido Key

Popular property highlights

Beach
Pets allowed
Free WiFi
Restaurant
Swimming pools

Soft sugar sands

Arrayed along a private beach of fine white sand on the Gulf of Mexico, this island resort is on Lido Key, a half-mile from Saint Armands Circle shops and cafés and three miles from downtown Sarasota.

Two beachfront pools

Two large freeform pools overlook the expansive shore. The Lido Beach Resort's main restaurant faces the Sarasota skyline, while a poolside tiki bar offers tropical drinks and views of Gulf Coast sunsets.

Cooking convenience

Suites and rooms at Lido Beach Resort offer kitchens or kitchenettes, complimentary high-speed Internet access, and cable TV with HBO and video games. Suites have private balconies, while room balconies are shared.

Languages Spoken

Property Amenities

Property Amenities

The beachfront Lido Beach Resort is a half-mile from St. Armands Circle shops, cafes, and galleries. Downtown Sarasota, one of Florida's most culturally vibrant cities, is three miles away.

An on-site fitness center offers a wide array of cardio and weight equipment, two TVs, and showers. A 24-hour business center includes computers with high-speed Internet access. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in various public areas, including the lobby and pool deck (all included in resort fee).

Lido Beach Grille serves seafood and New American cuisine; Cafe Lido offers indoor and patio dining; and a poolside tiki bar is available. Pets are welcome.

  • Bar/lounge 
  • Coffee/tea in common areas 
  • Number of outdoor pools - 2 
  • Elevator/lift 
  • Fitness facilities 
  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Poolside bar 
  • Beach umbrellas 
  • Business center 
  • Conference space 
  • Porter/bellhop 
  • Beach cabanas (surcharge) 
  • Restaurant 
  • Coffee shop or café 
  • Beach sun loungers 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Pool sun loungers 
  • Self parking (surcharge) 
  • Free wired Internet 
  • On private beach 
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk 
  • Free area shuttle 
  • Luggage storage 
  • Breakfast available (surcharge) 
  • ATM/banking 
  • Concierge services 
  • Gift shops or newsstand 
  • Laundry facilities 
  • Spa tub 
  • Beach towels 
  • Wedding services 
  • Free newspapers in lobby 
  • Not available: Air conditioning 
  • Not available: Smoke-free 
  • Not available: Kitchen 
  • Not available: Towels 
  • Not available: Linens 
  • Not available: Washer 
  • Not available: Fireplace 
  • Not available: Kitchenware 
  • Not available: TV 
  • Not available: Toiletries 
  • Not available: Oven 
  • Not available: Iron 
  • Not available: Dining area 
  • Not available: Pet-friendly 
  • Not available: Clothes dryer 
  • Not available: Outdoor space 
  • Not available: Stove 
  • Not available: Refrigerator 
  • Not available: Microwave 
  • Not available: Hair dryer 

Family Friendly Amenities

  • On private beach  
  • Outdoor pools  
  • Free Wi-Fi  
  • Kitchenette  
  • Area shuttle (complimentary)  
  • Laundry facilities  
  • Refrigerator  
  • Microwave  

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Parking

Self parking (surcharge)

Room Amenities

  • Premium TV channels 
  • Premium bedding 
  • Room service (limited hours) 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Free newspaper 
  • Ceiling fan 
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning) 
  • Blackout drapes/curtains 
  • Free local calls 
  • Kitchenette 
  • Free bottled water 
  • Microwave 
  • Refrigerator 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Iron/ironing board 
  • In-room safe 
  • Desk 
  • Cable TV service 
  • Flat-panel TV 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Cribs/infant beds (surcharge) 
  • Rollaway/extra beds (surcharge) 

Where to Eat

Lido Beach Grille - New American cuisine with focus on fresh seafood. International wine list. Panoramic views of Sarasota skyline. Dinner nightly, Sunday buffet brunch.

Café Lido - Casual indoor and patio dining. Breakfast, lunch, dinner daily. Poolside menu also available.

Tiki bar - Poolside bar with island ambience. Cool tropical drinks. Sunset views.

Nearby Things to Do

The Lido Beach Resort faces its own private stretch of a five-mile, sugar-sand beach along the Gulf of Mexico. Activities include swimming, surfing, sea kayaking, and snorkeling (equipment for rent on mainland).

Two freeform pools overlook the beach. Located in the South Tower, the fitness center is open from early morning until late night and offers a wide array of cardio and weight equipment, two TVs, and showers.

  • Snorkeling on site 
  • Bicycle rentals nearby 
  • Water skiing nearby 
  • Golfing nearby 
  • Surfing/boogie boarding on site 
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby 
  • Kayaking nearby 
  • Windsurfing nearby 
  • Sailing nearby 
  • Scooter/moped rentals nearby 

Accessibility

If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

  • Accessible bathroom 
  • Roll-in shower 
  • In-room accessibility 

Property Policies

Check-in

Check-in time starts at 4 PM

Check-in time ends at midnight

Check-out

Check-out time is 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 20 per night.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are available.

Pets

  • Pets allowed for an extra charge of USD 75 per pet, per night
  • Dogs only
  • 2 per room (up to 30 lb)

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.
Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.
Service animals exempt from fees/restrictions
No cribs (infant beds) available

Fees

You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:
  • Resort fee: USD 32.50 per accommodation, per night
The resort fee includes:
  • Pool access
  • Beach access
  • Beach towels
  • Fitness center access
  • Shuttle service
  • Business center/computer access
  • Internet access
  • Newspaper
  • Phone calls
  • In-room safe
  • In-room bottled water
  • Laundry facilities
  • Concierge/valet service
We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
  • Breakfast fee: between USD 6 and USD 20 per person (approximately)
  • Self parking fee: USD 15.00 per night
  • Pet fee: USD 75 per pet, per night
  • Cribs (infant beds) are available for an additional fee
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 20 per night
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Property Name

  • Beach Lido
  • Lido Beach
  • Lido Beach Resort
  • Lido Beach Resort Sarasota
  • Lido Beach Sarasota
  • Lido Resort
  • Lido Beach Hotel Sarasota
  • Lido Beach Resort Florida

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