Located along Florida’s southern coast, at the southern tip of Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, Anna Maria Island and its vacation rentals lie scattered amongst sea oats and Australian pines, in “Old Florida” neighborhoods close to the water’s edge.
The towns of Anna Maria, Brandenton Beach, and Holmes Beach line the eleven-kilometre long barrier island, famed for its sugar-white sand beaches and emerald waters. Several beaches provide areas for sunbathing, swimming, and beachcombing. Boating, sea kayaking, and windsurfing are possible in bays and on the Gulf. Fishing is another popular island-wide activity, from one’s boat or any one of the three piers. Several parks and trails provide opportunities to catch glimpses of manatees, sea turtles, and dolphins, as well as egrets, herons, and pelicans.
Anna Maria Island is home to a variety of boutiques, galleries, restaurants, cafés, and ice cream shops, including Mama Lo’s and Dips Ice Cream & Candy Store. While most of the island can be explored on foot or by bike, there is also a free trolley service that takes you wherever you want to go. Anna Maria Island offers natural and outdoors attractions, as well as a variety of amenities and rental accommodation options, and is less than a thirty minutes’ drive northwest of Sarasota+ More