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10 Things To Do While Vacationing On Lido Key

By Marc Rasmussen

Are you in need of a little rest and relaxation? Take a trip to a quaint barrier island off the coast of Sarasota, Florida. Lido Key is a small island roughly two miles to the west of the downtown area. People from all walks of life travel to this island oasis to escape things such as harsh northern winters, extreme boredom or the constant rat race of large cities.

There is plenty to do in Sarasota, Florida. You won’t get bored unless you really desire to be bored. Vacationing on Lido Key gives you quick convenient access to everything Sarasota has to offer. However, you really don’t need to leave the island to find activities. Here are ten fun things to do on Lido Key.

1) The first and most obvious one is to play at the pretty beach. Lido Key beach is long enough for a good walk or run along the beach. You can also do nothing if you wish. Grab a good beach chair, book and refreshments and just chill for awhile. What a great place to forget about the stresses of your daily life.

2) Swim in the Gulf of Mexico. This pretty much goes hand in hand with playing at the beach but relaxing or swimming in the calm, clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico is delightful.

3) Need a thrill? Go parasailing. You get strapped to a parachute and then get pulled by a boat attached to a rope. I have not done it but want to. This is a great way to get fabulous views of the water, beach, Sarasota and the barrier islands.

4) Take a bike ride around St. Armands Circle and Lido Key. Take a ride from south Lido Key Park, check out the nature preserve, the beach front condos and make your way north to St. Armands Circle and then to Lido Shores. There are some great views and real estate to check out.

5) Would you like to see some marine life up close? Visit the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium to get an up close and personal view of dolphins, manatees, sharks, sting rays and several other species. My kids love going to Mote Marine so much that we purchased season passes.

6) Need a little exercise? Take a kayak tour and get up close and personal with nature. Paddle through the mangroves of the nature preserve on Lido Key.

7) Cheat on your diet a little bit and buy a delicious ice cream on St. Armands Circle. Hit Ben and Jerry’s, Big Olafs, Kilwins or Scoop Daddy’s for a tasty ice cream cone and walk around doing some window shopping or walk down to the beach to catch a sunset.

8) Do you enjoy people watching? Run over to Starbucks on St. Armands Circle and enjoy a tasty beverage while you sit outside and observe all of the people walking by.

9) This is a vacation after all and to really relax you should get yourself a massage. Head over to The Met Spa and indulge in a nice deep tissue massage.

10) Enjoy a meal or drink on St. Armands Circle. There are so many wonderful places to enjoy a great meal. Some of these restaurants include – Crab and Fin, Columbia, Cha Cha Coconuts, Tommy Bahamas, 15 South and Hemingways.

Lido Key is a spectacular destination for a vacation. You may love it so much that you decide to move there or own a vacation residence. Real estate is made up of single family homes, condos and commercial property. With the recent correcting in the housing market prices have become much more affordable. You can now buy a nice condo on Lido Key for under $300,000. Not to shabby for a relaxing island location

Marc Rasmussen sells Lido Key condos

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