7 Fun Things to do on Anna Maria Island [Complete Guide]

Just off the shore of Florida’s west coast, one of the sunshine state’s best kept secrets awaits.

With warm translucent turquoise waters, soft sands and stunning wildlife, Anna Maria Island truly is one of Florida’s hidden gems.

It is the perfect place to get away from the stresses of everyday life.

If you’re planning your next trip to Anna Maria Island, here are some of the most fun things to do.

1. Manatee Beach

Lively, dynamic, and filled with plenty to do, Manatee beach is the perfect place for those who want to be surrounded by lots of amenities.

Plenty of food choices are available at the beach cafe and bar.

Also, Manatee is just a short walk away from the town of Holmes beach.

2. Anna Maria Beach

For those who want to have a tropical paradise virtually to themselves, we recommend heading down to Anna Maria Beach.

This is the perfect place to relax without feeling disturbed by other vacationers.

Enjoy the scenery or escape the sun under the plentiful shade offered by this stunning palm tree lined beach.

3. Coquina Beach

Coquina beach offers the best of both worlds and is essentially divided into two halves.

The vibrant, bustling south sector is the place to be if you want to grab a beverage or a bite to eat while enjoying the sun’s rays.

If you’re looking for some much needed R&R, head up to the quiet northern part of the beach.

Coquina also offers a nice beach walk if you want to stretch your legs.

4. Bean Point

Bean point is a picture perfect beach that is almost like something straight out of a movie.

Relatively uncrowded with lush green foliage and powdery white sand, Bean Point has a real desert island feel to it.

You may even spot dolphins, manatees and other wildlife.

5. The City Of Anna Maria

When you’re not topping up your tan and relaxing by the beach, you will find plenty to do in the city of Anna Maria.

With picture perfect colourful buildings, and plenty of quirky boutique stores, we recommend taking a walk down Pine Avenue for shopping and dining.

For dinner with a view, check out one of the plentiful waterfront dining choices available.

We love The Waterfront Restaurant, which can be found a few paces away from The Anna Maria print and is adored for its fantastic food menu, particularly its fresh seafood options.

If you prefer to cook for a portion of your time at Anna Maria Island, then why not pick up some fresh fruit and vegetables from the Anna Maria beach farmers market?

There are numerous fresh food markets dotted around the island so that you can select the freshest ingredients.

6. Bayfront Park

On the north end of Anna Maria Island lies Bayfront Park.

Offering fun for all the family, at Bayfront Park you can really get up close and personal with the island’s wildlife.

The park also makes for a lovely walking route on a sunny day.

By day, you can go fishing off the infamous Anna Maria pier, and by night, the park also offers shark fishing.

The historic pier features a cafe which is a great place to go for lunch.

There is also a bait shop to ensure you are prepared for your fishing escapades.

7. Bradenton Beach

One of the southernmost towns on Anna Maria Island, Bradenton Beach also offers plenty of opportunity for shopping, dining and fishing.

Coquina beach is nearby so you can take a rest there after a day of exploration.

Adrenaline junkies and wild child’s will love the sporting activities that they can participate in from Bradenton beach.

From parasailing, renting jet skis or kayaking, there is plenty to keep you occupied.

Acommodation

There are plentiful rental options available during your stay at Anna Maria Island.

Whether you are looking for a small one bedroom rental, or a luxury rental with over five bedrooms, you can be sure to find it here.

Many rentals are also dog friendly so if you are travelling with your furry friend, you don’t have to worry about finding suitable accommodation.

Of course, the price varies depending on factors such as location, and whether you are looking for a four person rental, or an eight person rental.

However, you can find luxurious condos and rental homes available to fit four people with prices starting from $700 a week.

Tips

  • There are two bridges that connect the island to the mainland of Bradenton – Cortez Bridge and Manatee Bridge. There is also a bridge to the next island south of Anna Maria Island.
  • All usual amenities can be found on the island – from supermarkets, to laundry services.
  • All rental properties on Anna Maria Island are less than five minutes away from the beach.
  • There are plenty of attractions on mainland Florida which are relatively easy to get to from the island in a day. For example, Bush Gardens in Tampa, or the many theme parks in Orlando.
  • It is possible to bring pets to some properties for a small, non-refundable fee of $20 per day.
  • If the property that you are renting has a boat dock to tie up to, then you can by all means bring your own boat.

Transport

  • To help you get around, there is a turquoise trolley which runs across the entire length of the island. The trolley runs every twenty minutes from 6am to 10.30pm daily and is completely free to use.
  • Sarasota airport is just 20 minutes away, Tampa is a 60 minute drive, and Orlando is just over 2 hours away.
  • Taxis on the island are able to transport you around locally or even take you as far as Orlando! The local brands are Island Sedan or AMI taxis.

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