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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

4 Best Day Trips from Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island is known for being one of the more laid-back areas of Florida, where you can experience the warm sunshine and gorgeous Gulf views without being bombarded by crowds. Anna Maria Island hotels and rentals tend to have... Read more

Visit Bradenton Near Anna Maria Island

Bradenton Beach, Florida is a beautiful place to spend the day while staying on Anna Maria Island. Just a short 20-minute drive over the bridge takes you where you can experience all that Florida has to offer. You most likely... Read more

Drum Circle Distilling in Sarasota

Anna Maria Island is an extraordinary vacation destination. The Island has seven miles of white sand beaches and clear, turquoise water. In this laid-back atmosphere, you can shop, cycle, and sightsee, or just lay on the beach and enjoy sun... Read more

De Soto National Memorial in Bradenton

Spanish conquistador Hernando de Soto’s pursuit of glory and riches brought him to the New World in 1539, one of the first Europeans credited with discovering America. De Soto was significant in shaping the history of the United States as... 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

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

Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

Sure, you could stay at your beachfront rentals on Anna Maria Island and enjoy the wind through your hair, the cascading waves, and the turquoise glow of the waters. But at some point, even for just an afternoon, you may... 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

The History of the Anna Maria Island City Pier

It took a long time for Anna Maria Island to be “put on the map.” The island was hardly populated at the turn of the 20th century, with access only available by boat. But after the development of a bridge... 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

5 Incredible Historic Must-See Sites on Anna Maria Island

Historic Attractions on Anna Maria Island When you think Anna Maria Island, chances are that beaches, blue waters, spectacular sunsets and unbeatable eateries all come immediately to mind. Maybe you think about scuba diving, fishing or parasailing. The island is... Read more

5 Popular Live Music Destinations on Anna Maria Island

Lie back and listen to the sounds of beautiful Anna Maria Island: the crash of the waves on the white sand beaches; the cry of seagulls in the air; the laughter of families. But when you want to hit the... Read more

Manatee Public Beach on Anna Maria Island

If you’re hoping to get out in the sun with some of the best ocean scenery and clear turquoise waters that you can find on Anna Maria Island, there’s no better place than Manatee Public Beach. At 4000 Gulf Drive,... Read more

Coquina Baywalk

The Coquina Baywalk at Leffis Key is one of the top free attractions in the Bradenton Beach area on the south end of Anna Maria Island at 2651 Gulf Drive South Bradenton Beach, FL. This incredible nature walk is located... Read more

Visit Bean Point on Anna Maria Island

Bean Point is now known for being one of the most exclusive and private beach areas on Anna Maria Island. For many years, this area was a bit of a hidden gem, but it is now considered one of the... Read more

Coquina Beach on Anna Maria Island

Coquina Beach is located on the southern tip of Anna Maria Island in a pristine natural setting in the Bradenton Beach area. Surrounded by looming Australian pine trees that provide plenty of shade, this beach is great for couples and... Read more

Visit Leffis Key near Anna Maria Island

Location: 2350 Gulf Dr. S Bradenton Beach, FL Leffis Key on Anna Maria Island is one of the most scenic, exotic and pristine nature preserves in all of Florida. Although it is small, you can see an impressive range of... Read more

Historic Bridge Street Pier

The historic Bridge Street pier on Anna Maria Island is located at 200 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach, Florida. It is certainly worth spending a few hours here whenever you’re in the Bradenton Beach community on the southern end of the... Read more


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