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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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

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) [...]

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: [...]

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 [...]

2021-03-29T21:37:43+00:00Day trips, Outdoor Activities|

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 [...]

2021-03-29T21:37:50+00:00Blog, 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 [...]

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 [...]

2021-03-29T21:38:03+00:00Blog, 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 [...]

2021-01-28T19:34:49+00:00Day trips, Outdoor Activities|
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