I/we would like to go to I/we would like to go to Lido Key and St. Armands Circle with the BBC on October 16th.  Enclosed is my $35.00 check (pp). We are having to add a $5 surcharge per seat due to increased bus service costs.  

Print your name(s):   ______________________________________________________________________________

I/we wish to be on the bus with these friends (name up to four) _________________________________________________________________________________________


I/we still have a credit with the BBC and I would like to use that credit. ________

I/we live in the Village of ________________________________

During the trip, I can be reached at this phone number: ______________

Upon our 11:00am arrival you will find the necessary amenities available on Lido Beach. The amenities include restrooms, outdoor showers, and a changing room. There is also an observation deck.

NOTE: Lifeguards Will Not Be On Duty

Dessert Options: 

You may be disappointed if you depart St. Armand’s Circle without a visit to an ice cream or candy store. The products in these shops are all produced using only high-quality ingredients, superb craftsmanship, all while being offered up by genuinely friendly team members. A trip to only view the beautiful creams and candies is, in itself, a real delight!

Ben & Jerry’s: 372A St. Armand’s Circle; exclusive flavors of ice cream.

Big Olaf Creamery: 561 N. Washington Dr.; many flavors of ice cream.

Kilwins: 312 John Ringling Blvd; a visit to Kilwins provides an authentic sensory and taste experience like none other.

Le Macaron: 362 John Ringling Blvd; French pastries; a perfect delicacy that brings an elegance to these irresistible treats.

River Street Sweets: 318 John Ringling Blvd; featuring world famous pralines.

Settimi’s Gelato: 367 St. Armand’s Circle; offering gelato and espresso.

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Lunch Options:

There is a pavilion with a covered patio next to the beach access area. This is a great place to picnic in the shade. Of course, if you do not have time to prepare a bag lunch the pavilion has a concession, the Lido Island Grill, featuring their famous lobster roll plus alcoholic beverages.  Food at the Grill is prepared when you order it so it’s not quite your ordinary concession stand.  Menu:  https://www.lidoislandgrill.com/menu

Another lunch option for beachcombers is the TIKI BAR: (located in the Lido Beach Resort) 700 Benjamin Franklin Drive, right next to the beach. The Tiki Bar has a lovely atmosphere and offers delicious handcrafted sandwiches, salads, appetizers, and alcoholic beverages.

Tiki Bar: https://www.opalcollection.com/lido-beach/restaurants/poolside-tiki-bar/menu/tiki-bar/

To print a copy of this invitation, click on the Blue Button. 

Photo Credit: E. Tapscott

There is no better way to spend the day:

a beautiful beach, great shopping and a fine dinner!

Please join us while we bask in the autumn sun at Lido Beach, located approximately 2 1/4 hours south off the coast of Sarasota. You may enjoy strolling the shoreline, discovering beautiful shells, relaxing with a good book, or just engaging in an interesting conversation. Come have some fun on another beautiful beach in Florida. Our buses will depart at 8:30 am.

Dinner Restaurants: 

Blu Kouzina; 25 N. Boulevard of the Presidents: serving Greek specialties. https://blukouzina.com/qr/usa/Food.pdf

Cha Cha Coconuts; 417 St. Armands Circle. Featuring fried shrimp.


Cafe L ‘Europe; 431 St. Armands Circle; fine dining. htpps://cafeleurope.net

Cilantro Grill; 419A St. Armands Circle; Mexican

https://cilantrogrillsrq.com/(menu tabs do not work)

Columbia Restaurant; 411 St. Armands Circle; authentic Spanish dishes; https://www.columbiarestaurant.com/food-drink

Crab & Fin; 420 Armands Circle; unique seafood dishes;

Daiquiri Deck; 325 John Ringling Blvd.; specializing in daiquiris while offering a variety of seafood, burgers, and chicken. https://www.daiquirideckstarmands.com/menu/food-menu

Le Colonne; 22 S. Blvd of the Presidents; Italian dishes;

Lobster Craft; 28A S. Blvd of the Presidents; specialty-Lobster;

Lynches Pub & Grub; 19 N Blvd of the Presidents; specializing in whiskey & Irish dishes. https://lynches.pub/menu

Madison Avenue Cafe & Deli; 28 N. Blvd of the Presidents; sandwiches, wraps and salads; https://www.madisondelisrq.com/about-1

Pizzolo Pizza; 438 St. Armands Circle; Brazilian pizza; https://pizzolopizza.com/

Shore; 465 John Ringling Blvd #200; steak, seafood, vegan dishes; https://www.dineshore.com/menus-shore-st-armands-circle/#dinner-menu

Speaks Clam Bar; 29 N Blvd of Presidents; seafood;


Tommy Bahama; 300 John Ringling Blvd; fancy drinks and unique food items; htpps://tommybahama.com

Venezia; 373 St. Armands Circle; Italian dishes, pizza, pastas, salads.


To get in on the fun, print the reservation form by clicking on the green button above.  On October 3rd, we will conduct our lottery and you will be notified shortly thereafter of your seat confirmation or waitlist status.  We are having to add a $5 surcharge per seat due to increased bus service costs. Mail or drop the reservation form, along with your check (made out to the BBC) for $35.00 per person to:

Trip Details:

The bus will depart from the beach parking lot at 2:30 pm for St. Armand’s Circle Shopping Center, an island shopping experience unique in concept, history, and beauty. The shopping center is one-half mile from our beach.

St. Armand’s Circle provides an unforgettable experience. It is set amidst a tropical paradise.  St. Armand’s is an enchanting circle of fine shops and gourmet restaurants. Lush tropical plants adorn courtyards and patios. Antique statuary and contemporary architectural design skillfully contribute to an international atmosphere of friendly warmth, enduring elegance, and timeless style. Its circular shape and layout is inspired by its designer John Ringling, who is famous for shaping the modern day circus.

Explore the shops then relax over dinner…..from trinkets to treasures from gourmet snacks to candlelight feasts. There is something for everyone from casual to fine dining. There are sidewalk cafes, pubs, and ice cream shops with fudge dessert treats. You cannot go wrong but it is quite possible to go broke!

Follow this link for a map and directory of St. Armands Circle:  https://starmandscircleassoc.com/shop-%7C-dine-%7C-relax

For beachcombers that wish to relax and enjoy the beach all day, a bus will return at 4:30pm to pick you up to dine at the circle.

Return to The Villages: 

The buses will depart at 6:30pm for The Villages from a designated location on St. Armand’s shopping circle. The Villages arrival time will be approximately 8:30pm.

Beach Equipment Rentals:

Rental gear is available from an attendant on the beach. We were unable to negotiate a reasonable group rate, so are not collecting or prepaying beach equipment this trip.  The distance from the bus to the beach is not overwhelming.  However, if you wish to rent equipment, the fees will be single chairs $14 and single umbrellas $16. (Yes, that totals $44 + 7% tax and gratuity for a set)

Barefoot Beachcombers Club (‘BBC’ will also suffice)
333 Colony Blvd. #110
The Villages, FL 32162

You could instead hand your addressed envelope to a person at the counter at Safe Ship in Colony Plaza, saving you the stamp and ensure its timely arrival.

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If this is your FIRST EVER BBC tripThe BBC has a Liability Waiver specific to our club.  Please follow the link:  http://www.bbc32162.com/liability-waiver-1.html; click on the Blue Button to print the Liability Waiver and submit it with your reservation form.  If this is not your first trip,  please skip this step.

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Lido Beach &

St. Armand 's Circle

on Monday, October  16th

8:30am until 8:00pm