Enjoy a Romantic Beach Vacation on Lido Key, Sarasota, FL

With its sparkling blue beaches, its breathtaking sunset, and its impeccable restaurants and bars, it really is the perfect spot for a romantic getaway.

Here at Lido Key Vacations, we’ve compiled a potential itinerary for the ultimate romantic day in Lido Key. Whether you’re celebrating your anniversary, Valentine’s Day, or you’re planning on popping the question, this guide to Lido Key’s most romantic spots will keep you and your partner occupied all day long.

couple purchasing wine on romantic vacation

Spend a Slow Morning Enjoying Your Luxury Rental Home

No romantic trip to Lido Key beach is complete without a luxurious place to call home. Start off your romantic day on the island by enjoying a slow, relaxed morning in your rental home. Our Lido Key vacation rentals offer privacy and a wide range of amenities which means you will love lounging around your property all morning long.

Prepare your partner’s favorite breakfast and enjoy it in bed or outside next to the private pool. Maybe even take an early morning dip before getting ready for the rest of your day.

If you need to pop out to grab any supplies for your breakfast or top off your gas before venturing out for the day, use this handy guide to Lido Key’s amenities. 

evening view of lido key florida

Things to Do on Lido Key For Couples

After a lazy, romantic morning, head out onto the island for a romantic adventure. Here are some ideas of lovely romantic activities that can fill up your afternoon.

Head to the Beach

Nothing beats a lazy afternoon sun-tanning on the beach. The beaches on Lido Key are truly sublime. With perfect temperatures, miles of gorgeous white sand, and an endless horizon of blue water, spending a few hours on the beach will be a fabulous way to enjoy your romantic afternoon together.

Take a Kayaking Tour Through the Mangrove Tunnels

If you and your partner are up for a more active, hands-on activity, book a kayaking tour through the island’s famous mangrove tunnels. In a two-person kayak, you and your partner will be able to paddle through the magical mangrove trees that line the island’s shore.

This magical kayak ride passes through the otherworldly sloping trees and promises some exceptional wildlife-spotting. Look out for manatees and bottlenose dolphins!

Meander Through Marie Selby Botanical Garden

Nothing says romance like a blossoming botanical garden. Luckily, the Marie Selby Botanical Garden is located in Sarasota, right on the shore of Sarasota Bay. This tropical oasis is filled with lush flora, trickling ponds, gushing waterfalls as well as a few charming birds and butterflies. Stroll through the picturesque and peaceful sun-dappled garden with your partner for a memorable afternoon.

Explore St. Armands Circle

St. Armands Circle is the famous Sarasota European-style marketplace, where you’ll find some of the best shopping and culture in Florida. Our Lido Key rentals near St. Armands Circle will make it easy for you and partner to drive over to the renowned market and spend some of your afternoon pottering about the shops and grabbing a bit to eat for lunch. Here are some of the things to look out for on St. Armands Circle:

Jewelry Stores

The St. Armands Circle jewelry stores are home to some of the finest jewelry in the country. You’ll find a range of local jewelers in the marketplace who have called Sarasota home for years. Their one-of-a-kind pieces will make the perfect romantic gift. Take your partner to a few jewelry stores in St. Armands Circle and let her select a souvenir to take home with her or simply browse around these world-famous stores.

Art Galleries

If you feel like a bit of culture, why not wander through an extensive art gallery? St. Armands Circle has you covered. There are plenty of excellent galleries in the St. Armands Circle area that offering a range of artistic styles and exhibits. 

The Wyland gallery is one of the most well-known galleries in the area, where you’ll find a wide selection of art on sale. They also have a showroom where you’ll find an exhibit showcasing the work of an exciting modern artist.


If you and your partner feel like getting a massage, St. Armands Circle has plenty of salons to choose from. Nothing is quite as romantic as a couples’ massage! Whether you’re fans of Swedish massage, Thai massage, or therapeutic massage, you’re sure to find a massage parlor that offers exactly what you’re looking for.

Plan Your Visit

Your romantic day in Lido Key should start and end with the perfect spot to call home. Our vacation rentals are sophisticated, modernized homes where you and your partner will feel relaxed and comfortable for your entire stay. And, our exceptional, high-quality service means that you won’t have to worry about a thing during your trip.

Date Night Ideas in Sarasota

After a peaceful afternoon at the beach and wandering through St. Armands Circle, usher in the evening with dinner at one of Sarasota’s finest restaurants, and maybe catch an opera or ballet at The Opera House.

Dinner at The Columbia Restaurant In St. Armands Circle

The Columbia Restaurant is widely thought of as one of Sarasota’s best places for a luxurious meal. Its long list of rave reviews from notable publications like Southern Living, Wine Spectator, and USA Today speaks for itself. The original Columbia Restaurant opened in Tampa in 1905, making it Florida’s oldest restaurant. The Sarasota restaurant does not disappoint.

The interior design is nothing short of breathtaking. With massive windows, hand-painted tile walls, and a stunning covered patio, this oasis is perfect for a romantic dinner. The menu features Spanish classics made with fresh, local ingredients. Their signature drink, a Spanish sangria, is ideal for a warm summer evening. 

The Opera House

The Sarasota Opera House presents high-quality, professional performances all year round. The productions are staged in the Art Deco designed opera house and range from full-scale operatic productions to traveling plays and musicals. Take your partner to this legendary theater after a romantic dinner to soak up the atmosphere and the beautiful music of the Sarasota Opera.

Head to a Romantic Rooftop Bar

There are some truly amazing rooftop bars in Lido Key where you and your partner can enjoy a glass of wine and watch the sun slip beyond the horizon. Try one of these incredible spots where you can watch the evening slip into the night. Sarasota has a beautiful, ever-changing skyline, so head up to the roof to take in the area’s spectacular views over a glass of something special.

Embark on a Sunset Cruise

If a night at the opera isn’t up your alley, why not step aboard one of Lido Key’s amazing sunset cruises and watch the sun slip away from the vantage point of the open water? There’s nothing quite as peaceful as being out at sea on the serene blue waters of Florida. Some cruises even offer romantic dinners and dancing in addition to the scenic boat ride. 

Enjoy a Cozy Evening in Your Luxury Lido Key Rental

Finally, after your busy day in Sarasota and Lido Key, head back home to your dreamy luxury rental. In the privacy of your own villa, you and your partner can finish off the day however you choose.

Our Lido Key vacaton rentals come with a huge list of amenities that will make your romantic evening extra special. With access to HD flat-screen TVs, you could cuddle up on the sofa with a nightcap to enjoy a movie. Or, with our heated pools, you could take a late-night dip and float under the gorgeous waterfall. You could even mix your own cocktails and relax on the balcony or patio while gazing at the stars. 

Our property manager Jen would love to hear from you and begin discussing your vacation plans. For more information, call us now at 941 212 0396, or feel free to contact us online.