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Vacation Getaway Near Jacksonville: Anna Maria Island

When you live in a place like Jacksonville, you tend to forget that Florida has many other destinations to help you unwind and get away from the hustle and bustle of big city life. However, there are multiple destinations in Florida that are perfect for your getaway such as Anna Maria Island. The distance between the two is give or take five hours, but with such a picturesque drive, it will be over within no time.

Anna Maria Island has every accommodation you would need during your stay, no matter how long or short that may be. One of the most unforgettable things that Anna Maria Island has to offer you is their sunrises and sunsets. If you come to see only one thing, this is what it should be. Anna Maria Island has some of the most unparalleled scenic backdrops that when illuminated by dusk or dawn, captivates even its worst critic.

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Now what you plan to do during the day depends on your reasons for coming but we recommend the beaches. Take a walk along Anna Maria Island’s famous shoreline and you will see why so many claim this to be one of Florida’s hidden gems. If you get hungry mid-day, there is plenty of local hole in the walls that appease even the pickiest of eaters.

Some of you may choose to return to the beach after eating, but if you’re over the beach, you can always catch a trolley to explore the rest of the Island. You will find the Islands small town atmosphere to be welcoming to visitors. Each parlor, boutique, and shop has its own unique charm that helps create this overall atmosphere.

If you want to finish off your day with the locals, look no further than the iconic Sandbar Restaurant. Treat yourself to something cold to drink and something warm to eat. While you eat, you can watch the sky turn colors as the sun sets behind the Florida skyline. If you’re not quite ready to turn in for the night, you can always visit one of Anna Maria Island’s two piers and do some nighttime fishing. Whether you have come to the Island for an escape or to let loose, you will find Anna Maria Island offers sanctuary for both types of people and offers a little something for everyone!

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