St. Armands Circle

Area Attractions: St. Armands District

St. Armands is an upscale shopping and dining district

An aerial view of St. Armands Circle, a one-of-a-kind place to shop and dine on St. Armands Key in Sarasota, Florida. More than 130 Boutiques, Specialty Shops, Galleries, and Restaurants.. File photo: Suncoast Aerials, Shutter Stock, licensed.

St. Armands is an upscale shopping and dining district located on St. Armands Key, a barrier island located off the coast of Sarasota, Florida. The district is named after its founder, circus magnate John Ringling, who purchased the island in 1917 and developed it as a residential area and shopping district.

Today, St. Armands is known for its high-end boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants, as well as its beautiful beaches and parks. The district features over 130 shops and restaurants, ranging from designer boutiques to fine dining establishments, making it a popular destination for visitors and residents alike.

In addition to its shopping and dining options, St. Armands is home to several parks and natural areas, including St. Armands Circle Park, which features a statue of John Ringling and a fountain, and is a popular spot for picnics and people-watching. The island is also home to several beaches, including Lido Beach and Longboat Key Beach, which offer beautiful white sand beaches and clear blue waters.

St. Armands is a unique destination that blends upscale shopping and dining with natural beauty and outdoor activities, making it a popular spot for tourists and residents alike. It is a great place to spend an afternoon shopping, strolling around the park, or relaxing on the beach.

The St. Armands Circle Association is a non-profit organization that represents the interests of businesses, property owners, and residents in the St. Armands Circle area of Sarasota, Florida. The association was established in 1953 to promote and maintain the business district of St. Armands Circle, and to ensure that the area remains a vibrant and attractive destination for visitors and residents.

The St. Armands Circle Association works to support and promote the businesses in the area, by hosting events and activities that draw visitors to the area and by providing marketing and advertising support to its members. The association also works to maintain the physical appearance of the area, by sponsoring beautification projects and providing support for public infrastructure improvements.

The St. Armands Circle Association is governed by a board of directors, which is made up of representatives from the association’s membership. The board meets regularly to discuss issues of concern to the association and to make decisions on behalf of its members.