Bird Key

Bird Key is a community nestled on a barrier island in the tranquil Sarasota Bay, right between St. Armands Key and mainland Sarasota. Located just minutes away from Downtown Sarasota, this exclusive island community is surrounded by panoramic views of the bayfront and the city skyline, which makes it a picturesque place to call home.

Known as “The Jewel in Sarasota Bay,” Bird Key offers a relaxing lifestyle in a prime location where great destinations like St. Armands Circle, the pristine beaches of Longboat Key and Lido Key, and the attractions of Downtown Sarasota are all a short drive away.


Southside Elementary School
Brookside Middle School
Sarasota High School
Suncoast Polytechnical School


Sarasota Opera
Asolo Theater
Marina Jacks
Sarasota Yacht Club


Lido Beach
Biking and Jogging
Ringling Bridge
St. Armands Circle

Bird Key


In the early 1900s, Bird Key was a small, unoccupied island that elevated just several feet above surrounding grass flats in Sarasota Bay. The first development in the island started in 1911 after Thomas Martin Worcester dredged a channel through the island towards his dock and made use of the dredged material in order to increase the land’s elevation.

In 1959, Arvida Realty, Inc. purchased holdings on Bird Key from its previous developer, Ringling Interests. Arvida positioned the key as a luxury residential area in Sarasota, highlighting its underground electric utility system, a unique feature that was ahead of its time.



Bird Key Yacht Club

Bird Key residents who avail of membership at the private Bird Key Yacht Club can get access to a 42-slip marina, along with exclusive dining facilities, a full social calendar, fitness center, tennis courts, a waterfront swimming pool, and other amenities.

The Sarasota Yacht Club

Nestled in a scenic campus in Lido Key, right between St. Armands Circle and Bird Key, the Sarasota Yacht Club is one of the few distinguished “Elite and Platinum Clubs” in the world. Established in 1925, the prestigious yacht club features a range of exclusive top-quality amenities such as a 110-slip marina, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a grand dining room, a heated swimming pool with a poolside bar, a diverse array of watersports offerings, and more.

Shopping & Dining

Bird Key Park is the perfect place to soak in majestic sunset views or enjoy activities like kayaking, biking, fishing, or jogging.

Lido Beach

Looking forward to a day at the beach? The nearby Lido Beach is a terrific place to relax, soak in the sun, and spend time with friends and family. Although it’s not as big as the nearby Siesta Key Beach, Lido Beach does not usually attract large crowds, which gives it a more relaxed and laid-back vibe. Some of the beach’s amenities include a heated swimming pool, beach chair and umbrella rentals, an observation deck, and a playground.


Things To Do In Sarasotaby John Brink

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