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Plan the Perfect Bachelorette Party on Anna Maria Island

Two decades ago, bachelorette parties were nothing more than a rowdy pre-wedding party, usually the night before the big day. Now, they often consist of weekend – or even week – long girls trips to ski chalets, wineries, or the... Read more

Best Anna Maria Island Souvenirs to Take Home With You

When you make Anna Maria Island your summer vacation destination, one thing is for sure: you’re going to be creating lots of wonderful memories. From stunning white sand beaches to comfortable Florida Gulf front rentals, Anna Maria Island is everything... Read more

Cortez Fishing Village

Cortez, Florida is one of the last small coastal fishing villages in Florida, located right off Anna Maria Island across the Cortez Bridge. Founded in the 1880s by settlers from North Carolina, you will find that Cortez still has the... Read more

Best Restaurants on AMI for large group gatherings

Did you bring the whole family along for your vacation to Anna Maria Island? It might be a noisy and frantic vacation, but you know that already. You probably also know that finding a suitable restaurant for a large group... Read more

Fun Things to Do Near Anna Maria Island

If Florida is known for anything besides its brilliant beaches, it’s the theme parks. Some of the most iconic theme parks can be found in the direct heart of Florida, with some massive parks also along each of the state’s... Read more

Little Known Shipwrecks off the coast of Anna Maria Island

Regina Wreck The Regina Wreck is one of the most famous shipwrecks in Florida. Throughout centuries of pirate dominance, epic storms, and tumultuous territory fighting and protecting of the barrier islands of Florida, numerous ships fell victims to the waters.... Read more

Best Anna Maria Island Coffee Shops

No matter how exciting the attraction, how prepared you are for the vacation, and how well-behaved the kids are, you need a little pick-me-up. There’s no better way to indulge in an afternoon break than an espresso or cup of... Read more

Folk School at the Florida Maritime Museum

Just across the Cortez Street Bridge is the “Old Florida” style Historic Fishing Village of Cortez. Visitors to this area are invited to take a stroll through yesteryear. The Cortez Fishing Village has lots of unique shops and the best... Read more

Shelling on Anna Maria Island

The beaches you’ll find near your gorgeous Anna Maria Island rentals are known for their beauty, white sand, and of course shells. Spending day after day lounging or swimming at the beach can get old fast, but finding a great... Read more

Best Nail Salons on the Island

Pamper yourself and indulge in self-care while planning out your activities on the next Anna Maria Island vacation. Thankfully, you got plenty of choices. The below is a quick guide to the top five best Anna Maria Island nail salons... Read more

Best Place to Get a Bathing Suit on Anna Maria

Want something cute and adorable, or sassy and funky to wear on the beach during your Anna Maria island vacation? There are plenty of things to do on the island, but all that can wait until you are ready with... Read more

Best Restaurants to Take Your Valentine on Anna Maria

Away from the daily grind of work, you can find the quintessential romantic getaway on Anna Maria Island. The radiant views, the bouncing dolphins, and, perhaps most importantly, the fantastic sunset dining all help make Anna Maria a divine destination... Read more

The History of Anna Maria Island

The City of Anna Maria was the first community on Anna Maria Island, and to this day it is a central gathering area full of exciting destinations, things to do, and historical sites. Although the area attractions many tourists for... Read more

Eat Here – Anna Maria Island Restaurant

Eat Here Anna Maria is “casual, quicker, and lighter” than its big brother, The Beach Bistro. With the same great quality, Eat Here Anna Maria serves family-style classics, and is a must-visit on your Anna Maria Island vacation. About Eat... Read more

Best Anna Maria Island Shops to Take the Kids

Like most sunny vacation destinations, Anna Maria Island is full of souvenir and gift shops. While lots are full of expensive jewelry and home décor, many others have something for the whole family. From crafts, to souvenirs, to surf clothing,... Read more

Best Place to Go on Anna Maria for a Girls’ Night Out

At a bachelorette party, birthday party, or a vacation with your BFFs, you’re probably looking for great food, plenty of cocktails, and lively music to get your night started. Check out these great Anna Maria Island restaurants and bars that... Read more

Best Family Friendly Restaurants on Anna Maria Island

When on vacation you always want to make sure the kids are happy – and what better way to make that happen than by visiting some of Anna Maria Island’s top family-friendly restaurants? There are so many great options for... Read more

Best Restaurants on and Near Pine Avenue on Anna Maria Island

Stretching from one side of the island to the other, Pine Avenue is the heart of northern Anna Maria Island. Located near many vacation condos on Anna Maria Island or a short trolley ride away, Pine Avenue is an attraction-filled... Read more

What To Do at the Rod and Reel Pier

Anna Maria Island has become an easy traveler’s paradise. Tucked away from the vibrant urban sprawl of Sarasota and nearby Bradenton, it’s the perfect place for an off-the-beaten-path adventure. Anna Maria Island treasures quiet lunches, coastal wildlife, and wide stretches... Read more

Best Places to Eat a Thanksgiving Feast on Anna Maria Island

One thing Anna Maria Island does spectacularly well is locally sourced and expertly prepared food, especially during the holidays. Anna Maria Island restaurants along with those in Sarasota/Bradenton are exemplary all across the spectrum. From the beachside beauty of Anna... Read more


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