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Non US Visitors

General and Overseas Visitor Information

If you have not traveled to Florida before we have outlined a few pointers for your information. If you need to contact us by telephone from Europe please call us after 11.30 European time. Anna Maria Island is a small, friendly island community that welcomes and appreciates overseas visitors who come to the island for rest, relaxation sun and fun.

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Closest Airports to Anna Maria Island

Direct flights from the UK and the rest of Europe:

Travel Insurance

This covers you in case of cancellation of your trip. Choose one that covers both the cost of your flight and accommodation. Check out the policy carefully so you fully understand what you are covered for.

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Transportation Services

Blue Sky Airport Limo Service will pick up from Tampa or Sarasota Airports. Phone and pre-book this service before you leave home. If you are not renting a car then this is the way to travel down to the island. The drivers are local and know how to get you to your property efficiently and speedily with no fuss airport.

This service does not cover Orlando Airport.

Call 1-941-366-3500 to speak with this company directly.

Anna Maria Island Car Rentals

We refer international travelers to Neil at Paradise Car Service. Call 941-356-3758 to learn more.

We have a code with Enterprise/National for our guests to receive a discount: XZ35AMV.

Keep in mind that a small car in the USA is similar to a medium in Europe. All cars have air conditioning. Beware some companies try to sell you extra personal insurances. If you have travel insurance you may not need them.

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Other Ways of Getting Around Anna Maria Island

The free island trolley that runs up and down the island, passing by every 20 minutes. There are plenty of stops and it is a great way to explore. It also has a bike rack on the front so if you want to cycle out and ride back this is a fun way to travel.

The island is entirely flat and there are many cycle paths, so rent a bike and explore using pedal power from AMIAdventureRentals.com (1-941-254-2311 ). You can also book excursions, rent golf carts, paddleboards, kayaks and more from this buisness.

We have two excellent local taxi services who will take you anywhere on the island or over to the mainland, but you can also rent a golf cart and easily get anywhere you would like on the island.

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Anna Maria Island Lodging

We have the largest selection of Anna Maria Island vacation rentals ranging from 1 bedroom cottages to 5+ bedroom homes for large groups. With beachfront homes and luxury vacation rentals, we have something for everyone!

We recently launched the Anna Maria Beach Resort, which offers guests beachfront location with added amenities.

Visiting Orlando, Florida

Orlando is the world’s number one attraction which draws huge crowds. Lining up with children for hours in the Florida heat is extremely tiring, so make sure you have plenty to drink and wear comfortable shoes and clothes.

A whole week of theme parks is exhausting. Our suggestion for a really enjoyable vacation is to unwind after your flight on the island and enjoy the sun, sea, and sand, then make a one or two-day excursion to Disney during the course of your vacation. We are happy to advise you on obtaining inexpensive overnight accommodation in Orlando.

Travelling with Children

Cribs, cots, high chairs, and other baby equipment can be rented at
AMIAdventureRentals.com (1-941-254-2311 ).

They will deliver and set up the items and then collect them on the day you leave. Cribs come complete with set of sheets. Make sure small children wear sun hats, T-shirts and sunblock to prevent sunburn. Nearby shops sell them, plus a great range of beach toys, buckets & spades. Walgreens and Eckerd both pharmacies which sell many baby items plus prescription and non prescription drugs.

Best Local Shops

If you’re looking for local shops to purchase souvenirs or quick necessities, head to either Pine Avenue or Bridge Street. Both are easily located on a map and offer store-lined streets to walk and explore. Many of our favorite restaurants can also be found on these streets.

For really serious shoppers the nearby town of Bradenton is home to an incredible factory outlet mall where you can “shop till you drop”. Also really worth a visit is De Soto Mall just over on the mainland, with three large department stores, diverse small shops, coffee shops and restaurants.

What To Pack

Make your journey easy, travel light. You have a large washer and dryer in your vacation home – you can buy great beach hats & swimsuits here on the island. Bring a light jacket for cooler evenings in winter months (November – February) and cotton fabrics are great for more humid, hot months from May-August. If you are planning to take a trip up to Busch Gardens in Tampa or Disney in Orlando wear comfortable shoes.

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Island Information

We place a local information file in your vacation property with the answer to almost every question that has been asked of us by our guests. This contains emergency numbers, contact information, getting around, things to do and places to visit, info on your property, services, taxis, local restaurants, and general island info.

Our two local island newspapers can always be picked up at Publix Grocery store on the island and are a mine of information for visitors on local events, new restaurants to visit, fishing news and all the local gossip. The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce office also has a plethora of maps, brochures and leaflets plus info on local tennis courts, golf, water sports, boat & jetski rental, scuba diving, boat trips, fishing trips and area events.

We look forward to welcoming you to Anna Maria Island!

Medical & Emergency

Do not leave home without taking out a Travel Insurance that also covers medical emergencies. Make sure your insurance covers you for travel in America. The excellent Pinnacle Medical walk-in clinic 941-761-1616 (similar to UK GPs – General Practitioners) for minor accidents and ailments is just over on the mainland – approx 10 minutes drive.

Blake Hospital comes highly recommended by many island residents. It is a large, modern and extremely well-equipped hospital that offers a comprehensive range of medical services. Dr. Guy Yatros at Island Dental Spa offers emergency dental treatment for visitors.

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