Anna Maria Island Florida

Anna Maria Island Florida!

Close to Tampa and Orlando Florida Attractions For Families

Anna Maria Island Florida, like most barrier islands on the southwest coast of Florida, is a natural, pristine treasure, and it’s just a short drive to Tampa and Orlando Florida attractions for families.  To make the most of your day at the beach, you’ll want to bring all of your beach gear.

Turtle Beach

Turtle Beach

Holmes Beach

Anna Maria Pelicans

Anna Maria Pelicans


Enjoy the sugary white beaches, yummy restaurants, great shopping and first-class accommodations of all types. This island’s beaches definitely rank up there with the best beaches in Florida!

This wonderful island is bordered by Tampa Bay to the north, the Gulf of Mexico to the west, Anna Maria Sound and Palma Sola Bay to the east, and Longboat Pass to the south.


The Cities of Anna Maria Island

There are 3 distinct cities on Anna Maria Island Florida:

Anna Maria on the northern end, which is primarily residential, Holmes Beach in the middle of the island, which is residential and business oriented, and Bradenton Beach at the southern end, which is residential and tourist oriented.

To see lots of photos of each area, click on the town links above.

Anna Maria IslandFlorida is connected to Bradenton, on the Florida mainland, by the Manatee and Cortez bridges.


Of course, the beaches are the main attraction on this tropical island. But there’s lots more…

Fishing On Anna Maria

Fishing on Anna Maria is as good as it gets. Some love surf fishing and others like to fish from one of the three Anna Maria piers. Some thoroughly enjoy renting a boat to fish from and others prefer to go out on a party boat. Whatever your preference, it is available on Anna Maria Island.

To learn the best land fishing spots and for a list of boat rental facilities, take a look here.

More Fun Things To Do on Anna Maria

There are lots of fun things to do while on Anna Maria Island Florida. Of course, there’s swimming in the crystal clear, turquoise water of the Gulf of Mexico, shelling, hunting for shark’s teeth. There are many local companies offering tours and rentals. Just make sure you bring your

And, there are many more activities to choose from for fun on land and in the water:

  • Dinner Cruises,
  • Snorkeling and Shelling Tours,
  • Eco Tours,
  • Kayak Rentals,
  • Paddle Board and Boogie BoardRentals,
  • Parasailing,
  • Bike Rentals, and
  • Scooter Rentals.

For a list of tour operators, fishing charters and equipment rental companies in Anna Maria Island Florida, take a look here.

Also, there are lots of other fun things to do here. Click on any of the links in the table below to learn about each activity in this area.

Fishing Shelling Shark Tooth Gathering
Camping Hiking Golfing
Shopping Bicycling Kayaking

Going To the Beach

The beaches on the island are Anna Maria Beach, Manatee County Public Beachin the city of Holmes Beach, Cortez Beach and Coquina Beach at the southern end in the city of Bradenton Beach. They are widely considered to be some of the most beautiful beaches in Florida.

Where To Stay?

Anna Maria Island Hotels

There are several great Anna Maria hotels, bed & breakfasts, and rental homesand condos to choose from. Click the link to view the  Bradenton Beach hotels page.

Anna Maria Island Restaurants

Anna Maria Island restaurants in each of the three main areas of the island: Anna Maria to the north, Holmes Beach in the middle, and Bradenton Beach to the south are wonderful.

Some of the Anna Maria Island restaurants are sensational.  There are Anna Maria restaurants, Holmes Beach restaurants and Bradenton Beach restaurants.

Of all the great Anna Maria Island restaurants, I’d like to mention a few of my favorites. For a special occasion, or as a treat while on the island, the Beach Bistro in Holmes Beach, is rated by Zagats as one of the top restaurants in America and describes the food as the best on the Gulf coast.

They are pricey, but worth it. The sunset views over the Gulf are spectacular and their Bouillabaisse is to die for.

Next, on my list of favorites is the Island Creperie located in Bradenton Beach near the Bradenton Beach Pier. They are a little expensive, but they serve a fabulous brunch with delicious crepes, fabulous French toast and wonderful salads.

 They are open for lunch and dinner.If you’re interested in saving a few dollars, and who isn’t today, try them for their Early Bird dinners with prices no more than $15 for shrimp entrees, which are among my favorites. This is a tremendous value.

Also, while you’re exploring the island, you’ll notice the 3 piers with seafood restaurants on them.

Spend a Day at Disney World or Busch Gardens Tampa!

While you’re here on vacation, spending a day at Disney World in Orlando, Busch Gardens in Tampa, or other Tampa or Orlando Florida attractions is a must for a truly memorable trip.

From Anna Maria you can be at Disney in about 2-3 hours, and Busch Gardens in about an hour, depending on your starting location.

Are You Planning on Visiting Anna Maria Island?

If you’re thinking of vising Anna Maria Island and are considering staying at a local hotel, I’d suggest strongly that you use Trivago to compare prices from different services.  This way you’ll be sure to get the best price.

If you’ve been to Anna Maria Island before, you might be thinking of renting a home for a couple of weeks, or, maybe spending the entire winter season.  If that’s the case, why not let me help you find a Realtor in the area, who’s  familiar with the best deals on Anna Maria Island.  I belong to a Real Estate Referral Company and have my Florida Real Estate license, so I know and can highly recommend the best Realtors in the area.  If this sounds good to you, please fill out our contact form.  I’ll forward this information to a great Anna Maria Island Realtor, who will contact you. There will be no pressure, just great service.

When you experience the beauty and laid back atmosphere of Anna Maria Island, you might even decide to live here.  Whether retiring or just making a change, you’ll need a good Realtor to help you purchase the home of your dreams or connect you with a fine builder on Anna Maria Island.  If this interests you, please provide your information in the contact form. Your information will be kept confidential and will not be posted for others to see.

Do You Have a Story About Anna Maria Island?

Take a look at what others have to say about Anna Maria Island. Please share your own story about your trip to Anna Maria Island Florida in the Comments Section below. Your comments will add a tremendous amount to the website.

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