Terry and I love being on beaches, whether they be on the wild Pacific Northwest coast, along the Texas Gulf Coast, or here in Florida. So when our friends John and Kathy Huggins from Living the RV Dream asked us if we wanted to go to Lido Beach in Sarasota to watch the sunset yesterday, it didn’t take us half a second to say yes.
Lido Beach is located on Lido Key, a half mile southwest of St. Armand’s Circle in Sarasota. For those not familiar with this upscale community on Florida’s Gulf Coast, St. Armand’s Circle is the shopping and dining hub where the elite of the elite like to hang out. Think Rodeo Drive with a Florida flavor.
Lido Beach is a long, wide stretch of beautiful sand that attracts visitors from all over the world. It’s one of the nicest beaches we have seen anywhere in Florida.
The Art Deco Lido Beach Casino, famous for its glass block walls, concrete seahorses, and tropical-themed murals, was the center of activity here for close to 30 years, hosting beauty pageants, swimming meets, and social events.
The city purchased the land where the casino sat from the John Ringling estate, and federal funds from the WPA paid for its construction. The casino’s opening in December of 1940 was a gala event attended by more than 1,000 people. People dined, danced, and partied at the casino through the 1960s, until it was torn down in 1969 in the name of progress. Today high-rise condos and hotels stand where the casino once was.
There were quite a few people on the beach, but we found a good place to set out our chairs and enjoy the scenery while we waited for the sun to go down. Here are John, me, and Kathy solving most of the troubles of the world.
There were even more birds than there were people.
These two were involved in an elaborate mating dance.
And I guess he must have won her heart, judging from the way things ended.
We were all amazed at how long this kite surfer stayed out in the water. For close to an hour he was tearing across the waves. He must be in very good physical shape, because those things give you a heck of a workout!
As the sun started to drop, the sky turned from blue to yellow to orange.
And finally it dipped below the horizon as everyone on the beach clapped in celebration.
All that fresh air must have worked up an appetite, because by the time we got back to Bradenton, we were all ready for a snack so we stopped at Culver’s for frozen custard. Yummy! We had a great time. Thanks for inviting us John and Kathy!
Thought For the Day – People say 60 is the new 40. The cop who pulled me over today didn’t seem to agree.