To me, the West Coast of Florida has the best beaches in the world -- better than St. Bart's, Bermuda, Hawaii, Anguilla, everywhere else I've been. And South Lido Beach tops my list. White sugar-soft sand, few people, ibises feeding at the water's edge, curling around the tip of Lido Key with equal access to the Gulf and the bay on the inland side. And did I mention: FEW PEOPLE! Unlike Siesta Beach, on the larger key just to the south, which is rated #1 in the world and always is so crowded. South Lido is peaceful, quiet, wonderful -- so you probably should not heed this recommendation to head there, lest you risk ruining its solitary charm for folks like me. TIP: The beach does not have its separate listing on Trip Advisor, so don't confuse it with South Lido Park and the kayaking area. From St. Armand's Circle, drive south all the way to the very end of Lido Key, passing the first turnoff with the South Lido Park signs, until you have reached the last parking area, with access to the beach on both sides, past where the beachside condo towers have ended, and you will have reached my personal slice of paradise.
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