St Armands Circle
St Armands Circle information
Lonely Planet review
Conceived by John Ringling in the 1920s, St Armands Circle is essentially an upscale outdoor shopping mall surrounded by posh residences on St Armands Key. Yet even more than downtown, this traffic circle is Sarasota's social center; it's where everyone strolls in the early evening, window shopping while enjoying a Kilwin's waffle cone. Numerous restaurants, from diners to fine dining, serve all day.
The circle is also an unavoidable traffic chokepoint; mid-morning and late-afternoon beach commutes are worst.