No vacation on Anna Maria Island is complete without visiting beautiful St. Armand’s Circle in Sarasota. A beautiful twenty five minute drive straight south along Gulf of Mexico Dr. Along the way you will pass million dollar luxury homes on Longboat Key, pass n=beautifully manicured golf courses and witness beautiful views of the Gulf of Mexico. Renowned for it’s high end shopping and fine dining and the stroll along the Circus Ring of Fame – a sidewalk of circus stars. St. Armand’s Circle offers over 140 merchants all committed to the highest quality whether you are shopping for gifts and goods or dining out in this beautiful area. Shops include niche gift stores such as the Naples Soap Company, the Florida Olive Oil Company, and Bennington Tobacconist for a range of fine hand-rolled cigars and hand-mixed tobacco blends. Our favourite restaurant in St. Armand’s is the world famous Columbia Restaurant and the Tommy Bahama Restaurant is a close second.
Parking is free and convenient. There are 2 parking lots a short walk from the Circle and accessible from Adams Drive as you come onto the Circle from the Ringling Bridge. St. Armands also offers valet parking from 4:30 to 11 p.m. between Cafe L’Europe and Cha Cha Coconuts.