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A Guide to St. Armands Circle

by Sarasota Bay Club

Looking for a day out for shopping, touring, and dining at fine restaurants? Consider a drive down John Ringling Blvd. to explore historic St. Armands Circle!

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Just 7 minutes from Sarasota Bay Club, St. Armands Circle offers a mix of shops, markets, restaurants, and beautiful natural scenery. One day just isn’t enough to see it all, you’ll find yourself returning time and again!



Finding Your Way around:

The shops and restaurants are split into four quadrants, each marked by its own color: Purple, Pink, Aqua, and Gold. At the heart of St. Armands Circle lies Center Park, a perfect spot to enjoy the beautiful views of the Ringling collection’s botanical wonders and Italian sculptures.

As for things to do, with boutiques, ethnic markets, car shows, ice cream shops, and craft beer breweries, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. You'll also find fun seasonal events, like their craft festivals, auto shows, boat exhibitions, and Ladies' nights.

St. Armand's Fascinating History

Did you know this charming shopping and dining district has roots stretching back to 1893? Originally purchased by a Frenchman named Charles St. Amand for just $27.71, a clerical error added an "r" to his name, and it's been St. Armands ever since!

In 1917, the famous circus owner John Ringling turned the area into a luxury destination, even using his circus elephants for construction! Despite the challenges of the Great Depression, St. Armands Circle has grown into a lively spot with more than 140 shops, restaurants, and galleries, attracting visitors from around the world.


Easy Transit & Parking at St. armands circle

Parking at St. Armands Circle is effortlessly convenient. Visitors can access complimentary 3-hour parking and street side parking as well as several free parking lots close to shopping areas.

Whether you're a resident or a visitor, Sarasota's public transportation options make exploring key destinations including downtown Sarasota, St. Armands, Longboat Key, and Lido Key hassle-free. Call a reliable taxi service, like Yellow Cab or catch Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) buses any time from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 


Let's Go Explore!

Sarasota Bay Club is only a 7-minute drive from the lively St. Armands Circle. With our concierge service and easy transportation, our residents have hassle-free access to leisurely visits there. Schedule a tour of Sarasota Bay Club to see how easy it is to get around.New Call-to-action

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