Anna Maria Island is a 7-mile-long barrier island on Florida’s Gulf Coast that is a true hidden gem! Major travel publications including Travel +Leisure, The Wall Street Journal, Herald-Tribune, and Thrillist, have recently recognized Anna Maria Island as a must-visit destination. Let’s explore what makes Anna Maria Island stand out as a travel destination!
Modern Florida Charm
Cultivated by a loyal following, thanks to its no-high-rises shoreline, incredible sunsets, and small-town feel, Anna Maria Island has become increasingly popular amongst vacationers who want to feel like they’ve escaped (Thrillist and Travel + Leisure). Rich in historic landmarks, visitors can check out the AMI City Pier, Anna Maria City Jail, Cortez Fishing Village, and the Anna Maria Historical Society for more information on how this island came to be (Thrillist and Herald-Tribune).
Activities, Restaurants, and Shops
Thrillist suggests the best way to explore the blue waters and to catch a view of our local manatees and dolphins is atop a kayak or paddleboard, or you can book a boat cruise from Bradenton Beach Marina. The restaurants are spread across the charming island and include great spots, including The Doctor’s Office and The Beach Bistro for beachfront dining, and the Rod N Reel Pier is an Instagram-worthy spot to visit and boasts Tampa Bay views. (Herald-Tribune and Thrillist). You cannot forget about Pine Avenue; it offers a unique variety of boutiques locally made, restaurants, and cute coffee and donut shops (Thrillist).
Pristine Gulf of Mexico Beaches
Anna Maria Island has six award-winning beaches with easy access that are the biggest draw for locals and visitors alike according to the Wall Street Journal. Some beaches feature ice cream shops and beachside seafood shacks (Herald-Tribune!) Visitors can enjoy the white sandy beaches and calm waters from the comfort of their vacation rental home‘s backyard or take short walks to the sparkling beaches.
We are so happy to be recognized by major publications and cannot wait to share our charming beach town. Whether you are searching for a beachfront condo, dog-friendly rentals, water access homes, or inviting three-bedroom homes, we have something for everyone!
Start booking your dream Anna Maria Island Vacation today!