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Parasailing Guide to Anna Maria Island

Parasailing offers a unique and unforgettable sightseeing experience of Anna Maria Island. From hundreds of feet in the air, parasailers can get a bird's-eye view of Anna Maria Island's natural beauty and native wildlife. Soar over gemlike blue-green waters while coasting past white-sand beaches. Catch a glimpse of all sorts of local wildlife, from manatees and turtles to fish and dolphins. Appropriate for any age, parasailing can be lots of fun for the whole family. What to Expect Parasailing Anna Maria Island Parasailing is generally very easy to learn. It's one of just a few watersports that don't require any [...]

December 2nd, 2021|Categories: Blog, Outdoor Activities|

What’s the Best Time of Year to Visit Anna Maria Island?

Located on the gulf coast in Manatee County in western, central Florida, the beauty of Anna Maria Island, or AMI to the locals, would seem to be an idyllic place to visit any time of the year. Local building code prohibits the high-rises you may see at other beach locals, which helps to maintain the "old Florida" feel that is a pride of AMI. With nearby Bradenton Beach and just a short drive away from Tampa Bay, there is so much available to visitors at AMI. There are beautiful beaches, lively nightlife at unique bars, ocean activities, and amazing sunsets [...]

December 2nd, 2021|Categories: Blog, Seasonal Guides|

Anna Maria Island Bike Trails & Paths To Explore

Florida is a state known for its warm weather and beaches. This makes it a great state to spend time outside. In particular, there are many islands around Florida that are incredible to discover and explore. One of the best is Anna Maria Island, on the Gulf Coast south of Tampa Bay. Anna Maria Island has a gorgeous coastline, fascinating history, and some of the best bike paths in the country to enjoy. Locals know all the best Anna Maria Island bike trails, but tourists need help finding the best trails. Coquina Beach Bike Path Photo Credit: VISIT FLORIDA [...]

October 18th, 2021|Categories: Blog, Day trips, Outdoor Activities|

Anna Maria Island Boat Rentals

Anna Maria Island boat rentals are a great way to explore the island and the gorgeous green and blue waters surrounding it. Over 20 boat rental companies service Anna Maria Island, making it possible to rent various watercraft at competitive rates. Anna Maria Island Kayak and Paddleboard Rentals Kayaks and paddleboards allow for an intimate adventure through Anna Maria Island's waters and provide great opportunities to spot manatees and other Florida wildlife. Several businesses offer kayak and paddleboard rentals in the Anna Maria Island area. AMI Paddleboard Adventures AMI Paddleboard Adventures in Holmes Beach offers kayak and paddleboard rentals for [...]

October 16th, 2021|Categories: Blog, Day trips, Outdoor Activities|

The Guide to Anna Maria Island Snorkeling

You don't need to be a professionally trained diver to see some amazing underwater sights. Snorkelers can spy everything from shipwrecks to starfish, especially if they're swimming in clear tropical waters. Anna Maria Island attracts beachcombers, snorkelers, and divers from all over the world with its brilliant blue-green coastal waters and abundant natural wildlife. If you're interested in exploring this unique island off the Florida coast and some Anna Maria island snorkeling, be sure to check out this guide! How to Start Snorkeling Off the Shores of Anna Maria Island Photo Credit: juanemanphotography via Instagram If you've snorkeled [...]

September 22nd, 2021|Categories: Blog, Day trips, Outdoor Activities|

Relax at Our Favorite Anna Maria Island Spas

One of the most striking and best-known features of Anna Maria Island (AMI) is its velvety, white sand. The sand (which is made of fine quartz crystal) stretches for almost 8 miles along the aquamarine waterfront. Located between the Gulf of Mexico and peninsular Florida, Anna Maria Island is also known for its magical, romantic sunsets. The island comprises three cities -Anna Maria, Holmes Beach, and Bradenton- and is packed with excitement for nature lovers. From manatees to scenic biking trails to yoga on the beach, it is one of the best destinations to check out when you want the [...]

September 2nd, 2021|Categories: Blog|

Celebrating an Anna Maria Island Labor Day

Labor Day is coming soon, and so is fun in the sun! Whether you’re interested in a great escape or a laid-back vacation, look no further than the beautiful Anna Maria Island!  We’ll give you insights on the top events and activities for the ultimate Anna Maria Island Labor Day for couples, families, groups, or singles.  Since COVID-related closures and restrictions are still in place and changing often, and lodgings book fast, your best bet to ensure peace of mind is to secure one of our stunning beach house properties.  Things to Do on Labor Day Weekend Known as the [...]

August 23rd, 2021|Categories: Day trips, Outdoor Activities, Seasonal Guides|

Anna Maria Island Vacations: What to Expect & Not to Expect

There are hundreds of beaches in Florida, and picking the best one for your preferences and budget can be challenging. Additionally, Florida beaches and beachside cities come in a variety of styles. Miami, for example, offers more shopping and nightlife, but its beaches aren't exactly pristine.    On the opposite end of the spectrum, Anastasia Island State Park is a spit of beach that's virtually untouched. Of course, you'll need to pack a lunch or plan ahead if you visit this relatively remote spot, as you won't find any shoreside restaurants in the park.    Anna Maria Island is a [...]

June 30th, 2021|Categories: Blog, Day trips, Outdoor Activities|

Celebrating the 4th of July on Anna Maria Island

Celebrating the 4th of July in Anna Maria Island is a memorable experience for the whole family. There are plenty of things to do during this particular time of year. Anna Maria Island boasts a beautiful beach that stretches seven miles long. Every part of the beach has a unique offering that will delight you and your family.    This handy guide will tell you everything you need to know about spending the 4th of July in Anna Maria Island. Independence Day Parade Photo Credit: lstuvik via Flickr CC2.0 When you think about the 4th of July, the [...]

June 29th, 2021|Categories: Blog, Day trips, Outdoor Activities, Seasonal Guides|

Roadtripping from Anna Maria Island to Orlando

Anna Maria Island is a beautiful and relaxing beach town on the west coast of Florida with plenty to offer any road trip. Vacationers often make the two-hour trek to Orlando to enjoy the city life and amusement parks. Rather than heading straight for Orlando, you can stop at a few notable locations along the way.    Grab Food To-Go and Visit the Riverwalk Photo Credit: val_nesh via Instagram When leaving Anna Maria Island, stop at the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe for a to-go meal on the road before heading out on Florida-64 to US-41 in Bradenton. [...]

May 20th, 2021|Categories: Blog, Day trips, Outdoor Activities|

Anna Maria Island Weddings

When you think of your dream wedding, a beautiful beach with stunning palm trees, a gorgeous ocean, and luxurious amenities come to mind. Anna Maria Island is one of the world's most incredible destination wedding spots, complete with everything you need to make your wedding day as perfect as you have always dreamed of.  Anna Maria Island has become the “beach wedding capital” of Florida, as couples from all around the world come to the island for their magical day alongside dolphins, tropical birds, sea turtles, and more. No matter what your theme, size, or type of wedding, they accommodate [...]

April 30th, 2021|Categories: Dining, Reviews|

Where to See Manatees in Anna Maria Island

Searching for Anna Maria Island manatees is a real adventure for anyone interested in sea life.  To see a manatee around Anna Maria Island (AMI) in Florida, you might want to get a boat since the animal never leaves the water. Fortunately, being mammals, manatees have to resurface every 3 minutes to breathe air. It’s the perfect time to see a lone manatee swimming around or even a group during mating season.   Here’s some valuable information to help you out on your adventure.  What is a Manatee? Photo Credit: alittlesliceofadventure via Instagram Manatees (also known as sea cows) [...]

April 30th, 2021|Categories: Blog, Day trips, Outdoor Activities|

Exploring Anna Maria Island’s Bean Point

Anna Maria Island is located near Tampa Bay and has become one of Florida's premier barrier islands. People flock to the white sand beaches and unique shopping and dining experiences. Anna Maria Island Bean Point has become a hidden gem loved by everyone.    Bean Point is the northernmost beach on Anna Maria Island. It can be a little challenging to get to and find parking, but the beautiful scenery and views make it well worth the effort. You have to experience this incredible destination yourself to understand why locals love Bean Point.  What Is Bean Point? Photo Credit: [...]

March 29th, 2021|Categories: Day trips, Outdoor Activities|

Cruising Anna Maria Island

Take a break from your busy everyday life to visit Anna Maria Island. Several people recognize Anna Maria Island, Florida, for its vast and unique beaches, like Bradenton Beach and Sarasota.  Anna Maria Island is known for its fantastic parasailing opportunities and adorable gift shops and eateries with fantastic food.  The island is also renowned for its charming, restored beach cottages near the shoreline. But this is not the only experience that vacationers can have on the island. There are several boat trips and cruises on Anna Maria Island. The cruises have provided a tranquil experience for those who desire [...]

March 29th, 2021|Categories: Day trips, Outdoor Activities|

15 Best Things For Kids To Do On Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island Florida is a popular vacation spot for families. The island has a little over 8,000 inhabitants and attracts thousands of tourists each summer with its beaches and warm weather. Here are some of the top things with kids on Anna Maria Island for the perfect family vacation. 1. Anna Maria Island Beaches The beaches are incontestably one of the main draws of the island. Popular beaches include Coquina Beach, Palmetto Avenue Beach, Manatee Beach, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, and Bean Point. Spending an afternoon at the beach is the perfect opportunity to relax and sunbathe. Your children [...]

March 24th, 2021|Categories: Blog, Dining, Outdoor Activities, Uncategorized|

Retail Therapy On Anna Maria Island

Whether you are on a mission or just window shopping around town, Anna Maria Island and Cortez Village offer the perfect shops to visit as you begin your retail therapy. They have one-of-a-kind boutiques that cater to a wide range of people so there is a place for everyone to find the perfect souvenir. Stop by a few shell shops or visit a handmade clothing store, no matter what you are looking for they have it. You can't forget to take your friends back home a trinket, so stop by one of the many beachwear stores to find the perfect [...]

February 24th, 2021|Categories: Blog, Day trips|

Golf Cart Rentals On Anna Maria Island

Nothing screams a beach vacation quite like a golf-cart ride around town and to the beach. You can pack your family, friends, and even your beach gear on the golf cart and take on the adventurous day. Explore the seven-mile stretch of land from a drive on the beach. Drive to the beautiful, white-sand beaches, delicious restaurants, and spectacular shopping. The island is so small that you can rent a golf cart and never even have to drive a car around once you arrive. To experience Anna Maria Island in the best way possible, renting a golf cart is definitely [...]

February 23rd, 2021|Categories: Blog, Day trips, Outdoor Activities|

Guide To The Best Bars on Anna Maria Island

You’re on vacation in Florida, and you set your sights on Anna Maria Island — a short drive from Bradenton Beach — with its beautiful white-sand beaches, some of the most fantastic fishing spots in the Gulf, and unforgettable dining experiences. But let’s not forget the Anna Maria Island bars and all they have to offer. Which one do you visit on your first day to take your mind off things and settle into the island vibe? The Doctor’s Office Photo Credit: doctorsofficeami via Instagram Don’t let the name fool you; this is not your general practitioner’s office [...]

January 28th, 2021|Categories: Blog, Day trips, Dining|

Visit The Best Piers on Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island is home to three prominent, public piers. Ideal for everything from people watching to fishing, the piers also make for prime spots to catch a breathtaking Gulf Coast sunset. Anglers will revel in the ample supply of snapper, jack crevalle, sheepshead, and black drum that linger near the Anna Maria Island piers, bridges, and other structures. Each of the piers in this area is worth a visit to sample its unique offerings and views. Don't forget your camera, because you're sure to capture plenty of epic sights to share with friends and family back home!    Rod [...]

January 22nd, 2021|Categories: Day trips, Outdoor Activities|

A Reflective Place for Contemplation

I booked this property on a whim to extend a writing retreat into a working holiday. I am so glad I did! I got to catch up on grading sitting on a porch overlooking one of the most beautiful views I’ve ever seen! The property itself is so quiet and peaceful you feel as if you are in another world. Rain or shine, I walked and ran the trail below the pool every day. The waterfall is gorgeous, but even more so the overlooks on the planned development. You are also centrally located for Panther Valley, Gorges, and other nearby [...]

December 27th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

A Wonderful Stay!!!

A clean, spacious facility. Well equipped. A wonderful heated pool (which we needed as the weather was a little cooler than we expected.) A short walk across the street to the beach! A short walk to bars and restaurants! All in all, we were very, very happy with our choice! 12/12/2020 at 8:03 PM Joseph Fornal     You responded on 12/20/2020 at 5:50 PM   Hi Joseph, Thank you for your awesome five star review and thank you again for being our guests. It has been a pleasure working with you and we hope you will be our guests [...]

December 20th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Review|

Would Definitely Stay Here Again!

Would definitely stay here again! We had a great time at the Anna Maria Island Bay Watch Bungalow. The communication was quick, easy and the place looks exactly like it does in the pictures. It's large, bright and clean. It had everything we expected except handsoap in the bathrooms. It's a 1-minute walk to their dock on the Intercostal and a 5-minute walk to the Gulf. The pool was heated and clean. Plenty of restaurants with bars within walking distance. Free Trolley transportation up and down Gulf Drive. I have recommended to a few friends already! 12/19/2020 at 11:59 AM [...]

December 19th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Review, Reviews|

Top Ten Things To Do On Anna Maria Island

Just south of St. Petersburg lies one of Florida's small barrier islands, Anna Maria, which gleams with seven miles of far-reaching white beaches and features picturesque beach town shops and eateries.  Local Floridians gained access to Anna Maria Island in 1921 when the wooden Cortez bridge was built to connect the islet to the mainland, and it's been a well-kept secret amongst natives ever since. Anna Maria Island maintains quintessential seaside features: it's lined with reduced-speed roads that bustle with golf carts and bicycles. Islanders also offer a free trolley service that runs up and down the island all day.  [...]

December 17th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

Guide To Christmas On Anna Maria Island

Spending the most magical time of year on an island getaway in Florida might seem a little unconventional. Fortunately, there’s plenty of holiday cheer to go around and things to do on Anna Maria Island.  Whether you’re a new resident or a first-time visitor, we share Anna Maria Island Christmas activities suitable for holidaymakers of all ages. What this balmy vacation hotspot lacks in snow, it more than makes up for in Christmas spirit.  Enjoy Christmas on Bridge Street with the AMI Privateers  Photo Credit: aparadiseonami via Instagram Every year, the Anna Maria Island Privateers host a Christmas [...]

December 16th, 2020|Categories: Dining, Outdoor Activities, Seasonal Guides|

Property was perfect with excellent communication prior, during and after our stay.

Property was perfect with excellent communication prior , during and after our stay. Perfectly positioned property on AMI. We enjoyed the easy access to the beach as well as central location to all amenities. Property was clean and accurately described with several additional features making our beach time more enjoyable. Highly recommend! 11/28/2020 at 12:44 PM   My Response:   Hi Lance,   Thank you for your nice five star review and thank you again for being out guests. It has been a pleasure working with you and we hope you will be our guests again on Anna Maria Island. [...]

December 1st, 2020|Categories: Reviews|

Review – Anna Maria Island Beach Palms 5B

Marilee Collins: We loved the condo and really enjoyed the deck view . Of the beautiful in Intra-coastal Waterway. We were a minute walk from the beach. The condo is extremely well furnished . And most of all ver, very clean! 11/26/2020 at 8:12 PM   My Response: Hi Marilee, Thank you for your five star review and thank you again for being our guests. We work very hard on our cleaning standards and thank you for your acknowledgment.. It has been a pleasure working with you and we hope you will be our guests again on Anna Maria Island. [...]

November 29th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Anna Maria Island Kayaking Guide

Anyone visiting Florida's Gulf Coast is surely going to be spending a fair amount of time enjoying the white sandy beaches and fabulous blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Water sports like kayaking and paddleboarding offer a unique way to explore this breathtaking environment from a new perspective. Anna Maria Island is home to numerous kayak rental companies providing everything you'll need, including single kayaks, tandem kayaks, paddleboards, life jackets, guided kayak tours, quick pickup, and even free delivery to your Anna Maria Island vacation rental. While last minute rentals are generally available, it is always preferable to have [...]

November 25th, 2020|Categories: Day trips, Outdoor Activities|

Anna Maria Island Fishing Guide

Located in Florida's Tampa Bay, there's a good reason why Anna Maria Island is one the nation's hottest fishing spots. Surrounded by the crystal clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico and hosting seven miles of pristine white sand beaches, not to mention Florida's famous subtropical climate, Anna Maria Island elevates your saltwater fishing trip to the next level. Options abound, from pier and shore fishing to deep sea excursions from numerous fishing charters, so there is no end to the options for getting your line in the water. The range of methods is only outnumbered by the types of [...]

November 9th, 2020|Categories: Outdoor Activities|

Beach Palms 2B “Paradise”

Review #25960550 5 Stars We will definitely be returning to Anna Maria Island for a vacation, hopefully to this very same property. The property manager, Terry, has a wealth of knowledge about the island from attractions to restaurants. He is a polite and timely individual. As soon as payment was received he communicated everything we needed, there was no waiting or asking him to provide anything. The rental unit was immaculate. Everything inside was brand new, from appliances to flooring to bedding. Everything was fresh and new! The view of the bay was first rate. We watched the sunrise every [...]

April 26th, 2019|Categories: Reviews|

Guest Review

Oct 24, 2017 A Special Thank You To The Novak Family For Their Nice Review!!! “The location of this small condo was spectacular! You are steps away from the pool and only a 2 minute walk to pristine white sand beach! The complex is small and quiet. We were able to sleep in when we wanted. Sunrises on the balcony were picture perfect and sunsets on the ocean, memorable. Anna Maria Island/Bradenton Beach is one of my favorite places to visit in Florida. Terry’s condo helped make it affordable!

October 24th, 2017|Categories: Reviews|
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