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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 of Florida with a small-town feel, meaning you can experience tons of relaxation with none of the crowds. Here’s an overview of why you should be vacationing on Anna Maria Island.

Location

Where is Anna Maria Island in Florida? Anna Maria Island is a seven-mile stretch of land just off the coast of Manatee County. It is surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico, Tampa Bay, and the Intracoastal Waterway. This convenient location means the island is close enough for fun day trips to cities like Tampa or Sarasota, while staying secluded enough to let you enjoy your privacy.

Beaches

No matter where you are on the island, there is a breathtaking beach not far away. Anna Maria Island’s beaches are consistently praised as some of the top spots in America. If you’re traveling with family, Manatee Public Beach is ideal with abundant facilities, tons of space for everyone, clear water, and clean sand. It’s easily accessible thanks to the free trolley, and you can spend your day relaxing on the shore, having a picnic, or playing volleyball.

Other popular beaches on the island include Bean Point, one of the quietest beaches on the island, Coquina Beach on the southern end, and Anna Maria Beach on the northern side. All of these areas provide relaxing shorelines for you to sunbathe, swim, or collect seashells.

Restaurants

You won’t have to sacrifice conveince or choice when you stay on the island. There are plenty of restuarnats to choose from with several kinds of food.

The Waterfront is a favorite of locals and tourists alike, with a commitment to fresh ingredients, unique specials, and delicious cocktails. Try Minnie’s Beach Café for breakfast or lunch, or try Hurricane Hanks for a casual meal and refreshing beer.

If you’re looking for a sweet tooth cure or a quick coffee, you’re in luck! The Donut Experiment is the quintessential bakery that is not to be missed. Stop by Ginny & Jane E’s Café and Gift Store to sip an espresso and browse the goodies, or try Gulf Drive Café to enjoy a relaxed eating experience. You truly can’t go wrong no matter where you stop.

Other Things to Do

Anna Maria Island has a little something for everyone in the family. Ready to shop until you drop? The island is home to lots of cute independent shops in areas like Bridge Street and the Beach Market at Coquina Beach. Is there a history buff in your group? The Anna Maria Island Historical Society features the city’s original jail and houses tons of pieces to explore.

For the nature lovers, be sure to walk through Leffis Key to witness the stunning plants, or go to Palma Sola Botanical Park to spend the day outdoors. Anna Maria Island also has lots of family friendly activities, like The Fish Hole Miniature Golf, Emerson Point Preserve, and Herb Dolan Park.

Places to Stay

Rentals on Anna Maria Island are perfect for giving you a quaint and cozy space that will make you feel right at home. We are proud to be the industry leader in Anna Maria rentals, offering unique and varied options for you and your family to take advantage of.

Ready to visit the island? Contact us today for more information and to begin booking your rental home. We are dedicated to crafting your dream getaway, and we can’t wait to have you here!


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