St. Armands Circle on Lido Key is the perfect place to relax, unwind, and let your cares fade away. “The Circle,” as it is affectionately called by locals, is less than ten minutes from The DeSOTA and is truly a feast for the senses. Stroll the palm-lined streets and courtyards and visit over 130 shops, restaurants, art galleries, salons, and boutiques. With so much to see and do, it can be hard to decide where to start. Here are some of the absolute best ways to spend your time at St. Armands Circle.
One of the main reasons to visit St. Armands Circle is the top-notch shopping. You’ll find brand name stores alongside more niche shops like Bennington Tobacconist, an old-school smoke shop that offers a vast selection of cigars, pipes, humidors, and accessories. Stop by Jewelry by Cole for a personalized diamond dolphin – the perfect souvenir for the day! Whatever and whoever you’re shopping for, St. Armands Circle has just what you’re looking for.
The food at St. Armands Circle is reason enough to visit the area! The restaurants range from Cuban to seafood to old-fashioned diners. Each of the restaurants has some form of live music or entertainment to keep things interesting while you dine. Start with breakfast before a full day of shopping at the Blue Dolphin Cafe. Enjoy fine seafood at the Shore Diner, where the retractable roof pulls back so you can take in the clear night sky. Don’t leave The Circle without grabbing a scoop of Kilwins ice cream in a fresh-made waffle cone!
You don’t have to look hard to find a great watering hole at The Circle, whether you’re meeting friends after work or a date for a romantic night out. Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar has live music and frozen daiquiris, plus some of the best oysters in the area. Tommy Bahama is a popular happy hour spot with sweeping sunset views. Lynches Pub & Grub offers an authentic Irish pub experience, complete with Guinness, delicious bar food, and a lively atmosphere.
The nightlife at St. Armands Circle is some of the best in Sarasota. If you’re feeling the need to put on your dancing shoes, 15 South Ristorante Enoteca has you covered! The nightclub is sizzling with Latin, Caribbean, and jazz music until 2 a.m. on most nights. Dance the night away on the granite dance floor, and when you need a break, the large open balcony overlooking The Circle is the perfect pit stop.
St. Armands Circle attracts people of all ages and types, so it’s a fantastic place to sit and people-watch. Take a break between stores at the conveniently-placed park benches along the sidewalks and take in the surrounding. There are also a number of cafes and outdoor patios where you can watch passers-by while enjoying a quick bite or a delicious drink. Lose yourself in the carefree island atmosphere of Cha Cha Coconuts with a margarita and a seat on the patio. Madison Avenue Cafe and Deli is the perfect spot to savor a pastry with a great view of The Circle.
Enjoy The Outdoors
In addition to its world-class shops, restaurants, and bars, St. Armands Circle also offers the perfect escape from city life so that you can reconnect with nature. Ted Sperling Park is a quick drive from The Circle, and it’s a popular place for hiking and kayaking. The 100-acre wildlife preserve presents countless nature photo ops thanks to the mangrove-lined canals and shaded trails. Keep an eye out for manatees – they sometimes approach kayaks with curiosity! If you want to swim, Lido Beach is the perfect spot to dip your toes in the sand and take a dive in an Olympic-sized pool. The public beach offers showers and dressing rooms in case you want to freshen up before you leave.
Have you visited St. Armands Circle? What were your favorite places and things to do there? If you’re looking for a new home in Sarasota, we’d love to have you stop by so we can show you around our brand new community! You can also take a virtual tour of our luxury apartment homes online. Give us a call at (941) 217-1315 to schedule a tour.
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