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Lido Key is not all about the St. Armand’s Circle – although it seems as if the big roundabout is dominating the island. This island, located just two miles west of downtown Sarasota, is connected to the mainland with the new and impressive John Ringling Causeway bridge. It is not entirely correct to put the St. Armand’s Circle on Lido Key because it sits on its own key – the St. Armand’s Key. But because nobody can determine where one island ends and the other one begins, therefore, everybody is referring to this beautiful piece of land as “Lido Key.” That’s good enough.

Once the visitor hits the roundabout, he has four choices to make. When he takes the first exit, he can continue further to Longboat Key. The second exit will get him to Lido Beach; the third exit will get him to the south tip of the island where the Mangrove tunnels are. There he can rent a kayak or canoe and explore Lido Key’s nature. 

St. Armand’s Circle with” a special” European Flair

When entering the Key, there is also a huge parking lot right after the exit. There you can park your car and explore St. Armand’s Circle first. It is fun. Even if you don’t buy anything. Everybody who lives in Sarasota or Sarasota County goes to the Circle once in a while. 

The big circle in the center of St. Armand’s Key, called “St. Armand’s Circle”, is home to more than 120 stores, art galleries, ice cream, chocolate shops, upscale boutiques, night clubs and a huge variety of European or International Style Restaurants. South American and French cuisine add to the international flair of the St. Armand’s Circle. Ice cream parlors give you 10,000 calories per scoop and pizza places offer their help for hip advancement, too.

Popular events take place throughout the year, including art and craft fairs, luxury car shows and outdoor markets.

We pity Mr. Ringling. He would be so proud of himself. But everybody knows how that works, it is not always easy to harvest the fruits of your success. 

Lido Key Real Estate

The single-family residences on the key represent a wide variety of architecture. Mediterranean style homes from the 1920s, modern mansions, cottages, and Florida ranch-style homes are on Lido Key and St Armand’s Key. Traditional styles dominate the luxury homes that line the Saltwater Canals and the bay front. High rise condos stretch on the beach at South Lido Key and there is your chance to snap up your beach getaway. 

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