When John Ringling moved to Sarasota in the 1920’s, he saw the beauty of St Armands Key and used his elephants to haul materials from the mainland to create St Armands Circle. World famous for its fine shops, quaint local galleries and decadent eating establishments, St. Armands Circle demands its place as one of the wonders of the Florida’s West Coast. Shop yourself dizzy at Dreamweaver, Foxy Lady West or the Spice and Tea Exchange. Then, relax with a glass of wine at Crab & Fin, people watch as you nosh on the allusive 1905 salad at the Columbia or nibble on a salted caramel ice cream cone at Kilwin’s. The outer ring of “The Circle” - as it is affectionately called by locals - is peppered with lovely, historic Florida homes that have been lovingly restored to their former glory as well as modern, sleek houses that have tucked themselves into the landscape allowing the future to meet the past. This marriage of old and new is what makes St. Armand’s Key a unique and beautiful tropical setting.