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Beach Farmers Markets on Anna Maria and Nearby Towns

Anna Maria Island has long been heralded as one of the most relaxing destinations in Florida. You can experience all the sun and sand you’d like without fighting through huge crowds in more popular tourist cities. One of Anna Maria’s... Read more

Why Should You Visit Anna Maria Island?

If you’re planning a Florida vacation, some immediate destinations that come to mind may be Miami, Orlando, or Tampa. However, one of Florida’s most well-kept secrets is Anna Maria Island. This quaint getaway spot combines all the excitement and sun... Read more

The Sandbar Restaurant on Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island is an ideal vacation destination for any island-living enthusiast. The island retains that classic old world Florida charm, and you can see it at every historic side street, every small boutique, and every quiet beachside haven. The... Read more

Bike Rentals on Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island is a premiere Florida destination. What’s the best way to explore the island splendor? On a bike! You don’t have to be a pro-cyclist to enjoy pedaling your way around Anna Maria Island. Our beach homes, condos,... Read more

The Island Players and Other Theatrical Shows

If you’ve visited the Florida Gulf Coast many times, you might think you’ve seen and done all there is. But you would be surprised to know that there is more to Anna Maria and the surrounding coastal towns and cities... Read more

Kayaking on Anna Maria Island

Vacationing on the gulf coast of Florida virtually guarantees that you’ll be spending a ton of time in the beautiful waters. Undoubtedly, one of the most popular activities on Anna Maria Island is kayaking. There are a great number of... Read more

Bridge Street Shopping

Holiday Shopping and Events on Historic Bridge Street Historic Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach is one of Anna Maria Island’s favorite areas for shopping, dining, and poking around town. It’s a place where people gather to eat, shop, and play,... Read more

St. Armands Circle and Lido Key

If you’re looking for great day trips near Anna Maria Island, St. Armands Circle should be on your radar. St. Armands is a grassy, palm-filled island shopping center surrounded by a plaza divided into four quadrants of stores, boutiques, and... Read more

Sarasota Attraction: Big Cat Habitat

The Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary in Sarasota is a haven for wild animals, big and small, and an exciting family attraction for both locals and visitors to the city. Here’s a guide to the Big Cat Habitat,... Read more

Art Galleries & Events in Sarasota

Known as Florida’s Cultural Capital, the city of Sarasota is really good at bringing the arts to life. It has an active visual, performing, and musical arts scene that hosts both seasoned artists from around the world and supports up-and-coming... Read more

Marie Selby Gardens in Sarasota

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is Sarasota’s “living museum.” Housing about 5,000 species of plants, Selby Botanical Gardens is an education and research center, tourist attraction, and event venue all rolled into one. With workshops, kids’ activities, and seasonal events, this... Read more

How To Spend the Perfect 2 Days in Anna Maria Island

Whether you’re staying at Anna Maria Island rental properties, in nearby Bradenton, or in another mainland area, planning a two-day trip to the island is a great way to see all it has to offer in a short timeframe. Your... Read more

Tee Off Around Anna Maria Island At These 5 Great Golf Courses

Bask in the Florida sun and enjoy the summer air as you play your best game of golf ever. After all, isn’t that what vacation is all about? Picture this: waking up bright and early for a round of golf,... Read more

Visit Bayfront Park on Anna Maria Island

Bayfront Park and beach is located at the north end of Anna Maria Island, on the bay side. Bayfront Park offers impressive views of Tampa Bay and the famous Sunshine Skyway Bridge. It is one of the more popular Anna... Read more

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


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