Anna Maria Island is nestled along the west coast of Florida in the Gulf of Mexico. Its long, slender shores boast the closeness of the mainland and yet the complete tranquillity of an Island paradise. Turquoise seas and white sandy beaches are the main attractions here and one of the main reasons for the Island fast becoming the ‘Beach Wedding Capital of Florida’. This growing industry is a large reason for visits to this Island, however there is so much more to the Island than just the beaches.
There is a lively and friendly community on the Island, which has its origins back in 1892 when George Emerson Bean became the first permanent resident on the Island, lending his name to the now well known Bean Point. Emerson, along with his son and Charles Roser, began the evolution of the Island from a hunting and fishing ground of American Indian tribes to the now well populated community and great facilities that the Island boasts today, making it the perfect ‘Island in the Sun’.
The list below contains 10 of the top places to visit and things to do on this wonderful Island:
1. Anna Maria Sailing Adventures, Bradenton Beach
This is an opportunity to experience the true beauty of Anna Maria Island and its coasts. A superb crew will, for a very reasonable price, take individuals, couples or families sailing on a variety of different trips, from the Sunset Getaway with a free meal included to the Captains Sailing Adventure which is exactly that, a fantastic day out for all ages.
2. Zegway by the Bay, Holmes Beach
An Island tour with a difference! The tour guides and routes are fabulous, with a chance to see the Island on wheels! Visitors ride around on Segways, two-wheeled Individual electric standing vehicles that are a lot of fun for older children and adults alike. They offer tours of differing lengths and to different areas of the Island, giving participants the chance to see many of the highlights, and the tour guide adds in all the historical information and fun facts to make this a truly extraordinary and memorable experience. Along the coast there is a very good chance of seeing dolphins, turtles and manatees along with some fantastic views. One not to miss!
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3. Bean Point, Anna Maria
Simply a perfect beach! Secluded and tranquil with awesome views and wildlife. The turtle’s nest on the beach during mating season, and with the turquoise sea and white sand, it doesn’t get much better.
4. AMI Paddleboard Adventures, Holmes Beach
For something quite different and exciting try the up and coming sport of paddle boarding. Accessible for everyone and easy to learn in a very short space of time, even for those who are not so confident. Paddle boarding offers a unique and fun way of seeing the abundant wildlife around the shores of Anna Maria Island, with an excellent chance of seeing turtles, sharks, manatees and dolphins as well as manta rays and some fabulous birds and other wildlife.
5. Body and Sol Day Spa, Anna Maria
A Spa with excellent service who make it their business to make customers look and feel fabulous. Highly recommended!
6. Bradenton Beach, Bradenton Beach
Yet another fabulous beach on this wonderful Island. White sand, turquoise sea, peace and tranquillity, yet boasting some of the Island’s best restaurants and shops within easy walking distance.
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7. The Fish Hole Miniature Golf, Bradenton Beach
A great 18-hole miniature golf course that is especially good for children, although adults would certainly enjoy it too thanks to the thoughtful and enchanting landscaping.
8. Coquina Bay walk, Anna Maria
A great relaxing walk on a small nature park on the Island. The whole walk lasts about 30 minutes and is perfect for seeing some lovely views and a wide variety of wildlife.
9. Village of the Arts, Bradenton
This is a real treat for art lovers. A village dedicated to art with artists living and working together in this delightful community. The locals host Art Walks on the first Friday and Saturday of each month, so aim to go along on these days to get the best out of the experience. Most of the galleries in the village are open on Fridays and Saturdays, so if you miss the walk then you can still catch up on the culture of this unique little village.
10. Bridge Street, Anna Maria
A variety of delightful shops selling gifts, clothes, jewellery, décor and lots more. The colourful shops, top eateries and bars alongside relaxed creperies and cafés give Bridge Street something to suit all tastes and budgets for a great day out.
Anna Maria Island is the perfect get away vacation destination for those seeking beautiful beaches, warm climate and a laid back life – with luxury Anna Maria Vacation rentals accommodation on offer.