Anna Maria Island – 7 Miles of Paradise
One of the best white sandy beaches in Florida can be found on Anna Maria Island, the perfect Florida destination to relax and unwind. Visitors fall in love with Island Life and return year after year. There is lots of marine life to be found around the island. Kids love finding sand dollars on the sand bars and the whole family will enjoy spotting dolphins and manatees.
January through to March along with October are popular months to visit if you prefer the cooler weather. But AMI is an amazing place to experience all year round, if you love to swim in the emerald green ocean then the summer months are a great time to stay. Anna Maria is more laid back than some other near by beach destinations such as Siesta Key or Clearwater Beach. There are no high rise buildings or chain restaurants on the island, experience real Florida charm.
There are many boutique shops on the island, you can also drive to Sarasota for lunch and more shopping. Often described as paradise, you will know why once you visit. Some months when out on a boat trip to popular spots such as passage key or jewfish key, the water can be a crystal clear and blue, you would think you were in the Bahamas.
International visitors can fly into Tampa airport.
City of Anna Maria
To the north of the island is Anna Maria. Bean Point is the large beach at the end of the island, if you’re renting a home within walking distance this is a great spot to visit. Make sure you watch a sunset while you dine at the Sand Bar restaurant, get there early for the best spots. Pine Avenue is lined with shops and restaurants, so you have lots of great options to choose from.
Many stretches of the stunning beach here are not as busy when there isn’t public parking near by. When you’re staying in a vacation home close by you can take a stroll to the beach for a day of soaking up the sun and cooling off in the ocean. There are many fun bars located in Holmes beach such as the Feckled Fin, The Doctors Office Cocktail Bar, D’Coy Ducks and The Ugly Grouper. You can use the Monkey Bus for a fun journey back and forth from your vacation home. There are also lots of restaurants to choose from in Holmes Beach too. The Chateau located inside waterline marina is one of our favorites and one that not all visitors to the island are aware of. There is also many others such as The Feast and a popular ice cream shop. Several breakfast cafes too such as Breakfast at Victoria’s, Fifty Three Fifty Pour House and Minnies Beach Cafe. There are many great activities in Holmes Beach such as the tennis, pickle ball, shuffle board and basketball courts. Along with a soccer field, baseball field and skate park.
Bridge Street is another good spot to take the monkey bus or the free trolley to if you’re staying in another part of the island. If you’re looking to enjoy some nightlife, fun evenings can be head with several bars to choose from such as Island Time Bar & Grill or the Daiquiri Deck. On the pier, a popular fishing spot, there is the Anna Maria Oyster bar (AMOB).
On The Water
You haven’t fully experienced the magic of Anna Maria Island if you’ve not been out on the water. Be sure to do one of the many boat trips, spots to visit include Passage Key, Egmont Key, Beer Can Island, Jewfish Key at Long boat Key.