Top 5 Reasons to Choose Anna Maria Island for Your Memorial Day Getaway

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Did you know Memorial Day weekend is the perfect opportunity to take a break from the hustle and bustle of life at home and enjoy quality time with your family and friends? Anna Maria Island offers an idyllic setting, a charming atmosphere, and enticing beaches for an escape. Here are the top five reasons to consider Anna Maria Island for your Memorial getaway, especially when staying in one of our luxurious AMI Locals vacation rentals.

1. Stunning Beaches

That feeling you get when you see the beach for the first time on vacation. White sands, beautiful, crystal-clear water

Anna Maria Island boasts seven miles of white sandy beaches, offering breathtaking views and various activities. There’s something for everyone, from swimming and soaking up the sun to playing beach volleyball and building ultimate sandcastles. The beaches here are also known for their safety and cleanliness, making them perfect for all family outings.

2. Exceptional Vacation Rentals

AMI Locals provides a selection of premium vacation rentals that help enhance your holiday experience, whether you’re looking for a cozy villa or a spacious beachfront home with a private pool. Accommodations that fit every need and budget, all our homes are fully equipped with all the comforts of home. Plus, some luxurious extras make your stay as comfortable and convenient as possible. Think of the memories you’ll unlock on your next stay with us.

3. Family-Friendly Activities: Dolphin Tours

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The dolphin tour is one of the most unique and must-do activities on Anna Maria Island. Many families love participating in this tour and seeing dolphins up close and personally from the water. Watch as they swim next to your boat or jump up for a little more excitement. Not only is this a fun and unique activity, but it’s also one everyone will remember for years. The area has many different tour operators to pick from, and many include other options.

4. Learn the History of Anna Maria Island at the Historical Society Museum

Take a trip to Anna Maria Island’s Historical Society Museum to learn a little more about the history of our island. The museum is in an old icehouse built in the 1920s. You’ll find items that showcase our island’s rich history through photographs, artifacts, and stories. Many say this is a short visit, but it offers an insight into how the island developed and what life was like for the early settlers. The best part of visiting this museum is that it’s free, which makes it budget-friendly for all our guests.

5. Vibrant Local Events

Customers pick fresh red peppers at the local farmers market.

Memorial Day weekend on Anna Maria Island bursts with vibrant events, from local parades honoring veterans to beachside cookouts, craft fairs, and lively farmers markets. There is always something happening on Anna Maria Island for this exciting holiday to help start the summer. Experiencing these events is a great way to engage with the community and the island’s culture and hospitality.

Whether you’re looking for adventure or relaxation, Anna Maria Island offers a perfect blend of both for your Memorial Day getaway. Staying in a vacation rental from AMI Locals allows you to enjoy the island like a local but with all the conveniences of home. Book your getaway today and plan an unforgettable holiday filled with sun, sand, and memories.

Exploring 3 Unique Anna Maria Island Experiences this Spring

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Welcome to the springtime splendor of Anna Maria Island, a jewel nestled in the Gulf of Mexico, where the promise of adventure and relaxation awaits. The season breathes new life into the islands’ stunning landscapes; there’s no better time to explore its unique charms. Imagine waking up in a luxurious Anna Maria Island vacation rental where every detail is tailored for comfort. As your home away from home, these rentals are the perfect starting point for a journey filled with exclusive island experiences. Join us as we uncover three unique experiences that make a spring visit to Anna Maria Island an unforgettable escape into paradise.


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Embark on a magical underwater journey by snorkeling in the warm, crystal-clear waters of Anna Maria Island. Offering more than just a refreshing escape from spring’s warmth. It opens a doorway to an underwater wonderland filled with vibrant coral and colorful marine life. From darting fish that shimmer like living jewels to the swaying seagrass beds that house an array of sea life, the snorkeling experiences are mesmerizing. You may even see a dolphin or a manatee on your snorkeling adventure. Some of the best places to snorkel around the island are Egmont Key, Holmes Beach, and Bradenton Beach.

Explore Historic Pine Avenue

If you want something different, take a stroll down Pine Avenue. This area, known as the “Greenest Little Mainstreet in America,” offers a charming street lined with boutique shops, art galleries, and quaint eateries. Spring is the perfect season to explore its vibrant flora and fauna, making each shop visit or dining experience even more delightful.

Sunrise Yoga on the Beach

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Greet the day with peace and serenity and experience a sunrise yoga session on the beaches of Anna Maria Island. Picture the sound of the waves and the soft, warm white sand beneath your feet, creating a natural yoga studio. Whether you’re new to yoga or a seasoned yogi, the experienced instructors will guide you through each pose. Starting your day this way ensures relaxation and rejuvenates your spirit.

Choosing AMI Locals for your stay places these unique experiences at your doorstep and wraps you in comfort and luxury. Turn a simple vacation into an unforgettable escape this spring. Let Anna Maria Island enchant you with its wonders now. AMI Locals will be your guide to a truly extraordinary adventure!

Explore Anna Maria Island Like a Local from Your Vacation Rental

Beautiful sunset at Anna Maria Island, Florida.

Welcome to Anna Maria Island, where stunning beaches, vibrant culture, and a laid-back charm await you. While this tropical paradise is a tourist favorite, there’s a secret to genuinely unlocking its essence: experiencing it like a local. And what better way to do so than by immersing yourself in the comfort and convenience of an Anna Maria Island vacation rental? Here’s your guide below to exploring Anna Maria Island like a local, right from the doorstep of your vacation rental.

Rise and Shine with Local Flavors

Start your day the island way by savoring the flavors of local cuisine. Skip the crowded breakfast spots and opt for a relaxed morning in your vacation rental’s kitchen. Head to one of the island’s farmer’s markets to pick up fresh produce, locally sourced coffee, and artisanal treats. Whip a delicious breakfast while soaking in the island views from your rental’s balcony or patio.

Discover Hidden Gems

Beautiful Sand Dunes and Sea Oats on the Coastline of Anna Maria Island, Florida a Hidden Gem

Anna Maria Island is dotted with hidden gems waiting to be discovered. Grab your bike or wear your most comfortable walking shoes and explore the island’s lesser-known spots. From secluded beaches and tranquil nature trails to quaint shops and art galleries tucked away in charming neighborhoods. There’s always something new to uncover off the beaten path.

Dine Like a Local

Anna Maria Island boasts a vibrant culinary scene, with many restaurants, cafes, and eateries offering anything from fresh seafood to international cuisine. Explore the lesser-known areas and discover the beloved hidden treasures the island’s residents cherish. From waterfront seafood shacks serving the day’s catch to family-owned bistros dishing out comfort food classics, dining like a local promises a feast for the senses.

Sunset Rituals

No visit to Anna Maria Island is complete without witnessing its legendary sunsets. Join locals and visitors as they gather along the shoreline to watch the sky transform into a canvas of vibrant hues. Whether you enjoy the sunset from the comfort of your vacation rental’s private beach access or venture to one of the island’s popular sunset spots, experiencing this daily ritual will leave you in awe.

Live Music and Local Culture

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Immerse yourself in the island’s vibrant cultural scene by seeking live music performances, art exhibitions, and community events. Check out our local calendar to see what’s happening during your stay. There’s something for everyone, from weekly farmers’ markets and art walks to outdoor concerts and festivals. Engaging with the local community is the perfect way to gain insight into Anna Maria Island’s unique spirit.

End the Day with Relaxation

After a day of adventure and exploration, return to your vacation rental for a night of relaxation and rejuvenation. Whether you prefer to unwind with a soak in the hot tub, cozy up with a book in the living room, or stargaze from the comfort of your balcony. Your vacation rental provides the perfect sanctuary to end the day on a tranquil note.

By immersing yourself in the island’s local culture, cuisine, and community, you’ll uncover the true essence of Anna Maria Island. Capture unforgettable moments during your stay in our Anna Maria Island vacation rentals, crafting memories to cherish forever. So go ahead, explore like a local, and let the magic of this tropical paradise capture your heart.

Valentine’s Day Adventures for Families on Anna Maria Island

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Valentine’s Day isn’t just for couples. It’s a day to celebrate all kinds of love, including the love within families. This year, why not take your family to Anna Maria Island, a hidden gem on Florida’s Gulf Coast, for a Valentine’s adventure everyone will cherish? Staying in one of our AMI rentals will keep you and your family close to some of the action-packed fun. Here’s how you can spend this special day soaking up the sun, sea, and togetherness on this idyllic island.

Morning: Breakfast and Beach Time

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Start your day with a hearty breakfast at one of the island’s cozy cafes, or make your family a memorable meal in your AMI rental. Many places offer unique Valentine’s Day treats, so indulge in heart-shaped pancakes or red velvet waffles. After breakfast, head to one of Anna Maria Island’s pristine beaches. Build sandcastles, collect seashells, or enjoy the gentle waves and warm sun. Remember to capture a family snapshot with the stunning Gulf of Mexico, providing the perfect backdrop!

Midday: Explore the Island

Rent bikes and explore the island’s charming neighborhoods. Stop by the local shops for unique souvenirs, and don’t miss out on tasting some delicious homemade ice cream. If your family loves adventure, you might consider a dolphin tour or a kayaking excursion through the mangroves. These activities are fun and offer an opportunity to learn about the local marine life and ecosystems.

Afternoon: A Picnic with a View

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Pack a picnic and head to one of the island’s parks for lunch. Bayfront Park offers stunning views and an excellent playground for the kids. Enjoy your meal with the sight of the sparkling and perhaps a glimpse of dolphins playing in the distance.

Evening: Sunset Celebration

As the day winds down, find a spot on the beach for the main event: a spectacular Anna Maria Island sunset. Bring blankets and a light dinner, like sandwiches or a pizza from a local pizzeria. Observe as the sky transforms into a tapestry adorned with hues of oranges, pinks, and purples. This peaceful moment is perfect for reflecting on the love and bond your family shares.

Night: Stargazing and Sweet Dreams

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If your little ones still have energy, end your night with stargazing on the beach. The island’s low light pollution means you can see various stars twinkling above. Finally, head back to your AMI rental, whether it’s a beachfront home or a home with a pool, and tuck into bed with hearts full of love and memories to last a lifetime.

Celebrating Valentine’s Day on Anna Maria Island with your family is an excellent way to escape from the everyday routine and create memorable moments together. Whether through shared adventures, relaxing on the beach, or simply enjoying each other’s company in a beautiful setting. These shared moments will deepen the bonds of the family and remind everyone that love comes in many forms.

Why Winter is the Best Time to Explore Anna Maria Island

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When the chill of winter begins to bite in many places around the United States, Anna Maria Island off Florida’s Gulf Coast offers a warm and inviting escape. Renowned for its idyllic landscapes and pleasant climate, winter here is the season of beauty and outdoor adventure. As your guides to this island paradise, we at AMI Locals are excited to share why winter is the ideal time to explore our beautiful island.

Ideal Weather for Outdoor Enthusiasts

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Anna Maria Island is a haven of sunny skies and moderate temperatures during the winter. The cooler weather is perfect for a range of outdoor activities. Enjoy biking along scenic trails, kayaking through calm waters, or simply indulging in a relaxing day of fishing. The mild winter climate ensures your outdoor adventures are comfortable and enjoyable for the whole family.

Peaceful & Less Crowded

Winter on Anna Maria Island is a time of tranquility. The usual crowds thin out, leaving the beaches and attractions less populated. This quieter atmosphere allows for a more laid-back and personalized experience. The island’s serene beaches offer the perfect backdrop for peaceful walks, relaxation, or just basking in the soothing sounds of the waves. Plus, you can take advantage of the crystal-clear blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico and search for those perfect shells as a souvenir.

Unique Wildlife Sightings

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The island’s cooler months attract migratory birds, turning it into a birdwatcher’s paradise. Some of the birds that you may happen to see are the Osprey, Cormorants, Spoonbills, and a Laughing Gull. The surrounding waters are also home to various marine life, including dolphins and manatees. They are often more visible and active during the winter season.

Comfortable and Cozy Accommodations

AMI Locals provides a range of accommodations to suit any winter getaway. From cozy beach cottages to luxurious villas, each property is designed to offer comfort and warmth. Enjoy a coffee with a stunning Gulf view or relax on a beachfront property – all within reach this winter. No matter the size of your family, we have a vacation rental just for you to enjoy.

Delectable Dining Experiences

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The island’s dining scene remains vibrant in the winter, with the added advantage of less crowded restaurants. This is the perfect time to enjoy the best tables at top-rated restaurants and charming beachside cafes. Now is the time to sample fresh seafood and local specialties as you dine in some of the best places you can find along the West Coast of Florida!

In essence, Anna Maria Island in winter transcends the typical winter experience. It’s where cool breezes, gentle waves, and stunning natural beauty create that peaceful winter haven. With AMI Locals, your winter escape to Anna Maria Island promises a memorable and enriching experience. Book your stay with us and discover the unique charm of our island this winter.

Savor the Season with these 4 Unforgettable Holiday Events on AMI

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Holiday magic takes a whole new meaning this year on the sun-kissed shores of Anna Maria Island. Imagine celebrating the festive season surrounded by white sandy beaches, a gentle breeze off the Gulf, and a calendar filled with unforgettable events. Get ready to create those cherished memories in one of our AMI Locals vacation rentals this December. Let’s explore the top four holiday events happening on Anna Maria Island, all while enjoying the comforts of home.

Festive Lights & Sparkling Nights

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Kick off your holiday vacation with the mesmerizing spectacle of twinkling lights. Anna Maria Island transforms into a winter wonderland adorned with festive decorations. Head to Holms Beach for the Tree Lighting on Friday, December 1st, from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. After the tree has been lit at 6:00 pm, shop at the Holiday Market for a little while. Grab a few gifts to give to those in your life who mean the most. Your family will delight in strolling through the luminous streets, soaking in the spirit of the holiday.

Christmas Extravaganza with Santa

Experience the season’s joy with a Christmas extravaganza with Santa and his helpers. Mark your calendars for a jolly time on Saturday, December 2nd, from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Pier Circle on Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach. The AMI Privateers are set to make the season merry & bright by bringing Santa and his sleigh to the beach. Families can enjoy the festive atmosphere with various activities, from joyful caroling to delightful season treats. As the sun sets, gather at the Post Office for an enchanting outdoor movie with the family. Create the perfect ambiance of holiday cheer under the starlit skies, all while making new memories together.

 Unwrap the Magic at the Holiday Faire & Boat Parade

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Get ready to kick off the festive season in style at the Bradenton Beach Holiday Faire & Boat Parade on Saturday, December 2nd, from 3:00 – 9:00 pm on Bridge Street. Immerse yourself in the festive spirit as the street comes alive with holiday cheer. Explore the array of stalls featuring local crafts, delectable treats, and unique treasures of the coast. This is the perfect place to find those special gifts for ones at home. As the sun sets in the west, be enchanted by the dazzling Boat Parade, a spectacle of lights leaving you in awe. It’s a holiday soiree your family won’t want to miss!

A Joyful Island Tradition with the Privateers

Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 9th, as Anna Maria Island transforms into a winter wonderland for the Privateers Christmas Parade & Gifts from Santa. From 10:00 am until 1:00 pm, the island will come alive with festive floats, marching bands, and the jolly presence of Santa himself. Join the community in welcoming the holiday season with open arms as the parade winds through the picturesque streets. Little ones will be delighted as Santa hands out unique gifts, helping spread joy and creating those cherished memories. It’s a heartwarming tradition that promises to spread cheer among locals and visitors alike.

Between these enchanting events, your family can relax and recharge in the privacy of your AMI Locals vacation rental. Whether a charming beachfront or a spacious rental with panoramic views, these accommodations offer the perfect blend of comfort and convenience for a holiday getaway. We can’t wait to hear which event was your favorite this holiday season!

A Tropical Thanksgiving Getaway to Anna Maria Island

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Are you tired of celebrating Thanksgiving at home each year and ready for a change? This year, why not embrace the idea of a tropical Thanksgiving getaway to Anna Maria Island? This beautiful destination on Florida’s Gulf Coasts offers a unique and unforgettable way to celebrate this year. When you stay in one of our AMI Locals vacation rentals, you’ll get to explore why spending Thanksgiving on this stunning island is a great idea.

Escape the Cold, Embrace the Sun

That feeling you get when you see the beach for the first time on vacation on Anna Maria Island, Getaway Tropical Thanksgiving

One of the most enticing aspects of a Thanksgiving getaway to Anna Maria Island is the opportunity to leave the cold weather behind and embrace the sun. Instead of bundling up in sweatshirts and coats, you can enjoy the island’s mild, sunny weather. With temperatures typically in the 70s, it’s the perfect setting for all outdoor activities. From beach strolls to a dip in the waters of the Gulf to enjoying your pool at your vacation rental. Say goodbye to winter and hello to Thanksgiving in paradise.

Dinner with a View

Thanksgiving is all about spending time with your family and delicious food. Anna Maria Island offers unique dining experiences with local restaurants serving special Thanksgiving menus. Would you rather cook for the whole family? Have no fear, as your vacation rental will come with a fully equipped kitchen with state-of-the-art appliances. Imagine indulging in a traditional turkey dinner with all the sides while enjoying the breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico. It’s a memorable way to savor the holiday meal while creating lasting memories.

Thanksgiving Activities in Paradise

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A tropical Thanksgiving doesn’t mean missing out on the holiday spirit. The island offers a range of activities to make your getaway a little extra special. Start your day with a sunrise beach walk or rent a kayak for an adventure on the water. Enjoy a leisurely bike ride with the family or a swim in your pool at your vacation rental in the afternoon. Anna Maria Island’s natural beauty and friendly community make it easy to appreciate the things you’re thankful for.

So, this year, break from tradition and embark on an unforgettable getaway to Anna Maria Island. Celebrate Thanksgiving with the family in a new way by enjoying the warm weather, dinner with a view, and embracing gratitude in a tropical setting. It’s soon to be a holiday you won’t forget with the family in your AMI Locals vacation rental! What are you waiting for? Book this year’s Thanksgiving getaway today!

Chasing Sunsets: Anna Maria Island’s Mesmerizing Evening Strolls

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Anna Maria Island, a gem on Florida’s Gulf Coast, is renowned for its pristine beaches, turquoise waters, and unforgettable sunsets. One of the island’s most cherished traditions is taking leisurely walks along the show, toes in the water while witnessing the breathtaking spectacle of the sun setting over the Gulf of Mexico. We at AMI Locals wanted to share our favorite tips on capturing these stunning sunsets as you experience this daily phenomenon.

The Golden Hour

A very romantic shoreside sunset with orange and blue cloudy sky in Anna Maria Key

Each evening, as the sun descends towards the horizon, it paints the sky with warm hues. This magical time, known as the “Golden Hour,” casts a soft golden light over the island, creating a picture-perfect setting for your sunset stroll. The island’s western side is the perfect spot to witness this fantastic golden light with the family.

Pack Your Camera

One thing that we have to say is to pack your camera or smartphone to capture the magic of Anna Maria Island sunsets. We promise you that the changing colors and stunning reflections on the water make for some of the most Instagram-worthy photos you’ll ever take. You can also capture your family pictures as you watch their faces with awe as they, too, watch the sunset on the horizon.

Prime Sunset Spots

With every inch of Anna Maria Island’s shoreline offering stunning views, there are a few spots that are particularly renowned for their sunset vistas:

  • Bean Point: Located at the island’s northern tip, Bean Point offers unobstructed views of the Gulf. The backdrop of lush vegetation and tranquil waters makes for a serene sunset.
  • Coquina Beach: This famous beach park is an excellent choice for those looking for a livelier atmosphere during the sunset. The contrast of colorful beach umbrellas against the setting sun is a sight.
  • Holmes Beach: The central part of the island boasts vast sandy shores, making it a fantastic place to take a leisurely sunset walk. The iconic wooden pier here adds a touch of charm to your sunset experience.

Plan Ahead

Plan to make the most of your sunset stroll and arrive about 30 minutes before the sunset. Doing this lets you find the perfect spot, set up your camera, and soak in the pre-sunset ambiance. Bring a towel, beach chair, or blanket, and let the kids sit as they watch this beautiful masterpiece happen.

Stay for the Twilight

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While the sunset is stunning, don’t rush off once the sun dips below the horizon. Stay a little longer to enjoy the twilight moments with a canvas of deep blues and purples. You may even see a few stars peek through those stunning colors before returning to your vacation rental.

Anna Maria Island’s sunsets are nothing short of enchanting. With every step you take along its shores, you’ll be immersed in a world of natural beauty and serenity. Whether you’re a seasoned photographer or simply seeking a tranquil escape, include a sunset stroll on Anna Maria Island vacation. Witnessing the sun’s daily descent into the Gulf of Mexico is an experience you’ll treasure forever!

How to Explore Anna Maria Island without a Car

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Do you have a vacation planned to Anna Maria Island soon, but you don’t want to drive your car after you arrive at your vacation rental? No worries, we know the best ways to get around our island without needing a car. Anna Maria Island is only 7 miles long so you can explore our beautiful island differently. Let’s look at some options for exploring Anna Maria Island without a car below.

Golf Cart Rentals

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Exploring with a Golf Cart Rental is a great way to get around Anna Maria Island. Depending on how many people you have in your party will determine the size cart you will need. Take your pick between a 4-passenger or 6-passenger golf cart and whether you want it to be electric or gas-powered. Another great thing about the golf carts is that they are street-legal and can be driven on most of the roads on the island. Which one would you choose?


Another great option that is available to explore the island is bike riding. Even if you’re traveling to AMI with the family in your car, bringing bikes can be an excellent option for anyone. If you don’t have room to bring the bikes, you may want to check out several of the local places on the island to rent a bike or one for the whole family. Bean Point, City Pier, and Coquina Beach Bike Path are some places you can check out on bikes. Pack a picnic lunch and explore what our beautiful island has to offer. We promise you won’t be disappointed!

Boats, Tours & Jet Skis

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The final option we wanted to share with you is exploring the open waters around our beautiful island. A favorite for many of our guests is booking a dolphin tour that will allow you to see these beautiful animals glide through the water during the day. For something a little different, check out the Sunset Dolphin Cruise or book a private tour the family will discuss for years to come. Boat and Jet Ski rentals are also available to check out!

There are many other ways to explore the island without a car, but we wanted to share some of our favorites. If you are ready to book your next stay in one of our Anna Maria Island vacation rentals, now is the time. We can’t wait to hear how your next visit was and be sure to tag us in your pictures and videos on social media as you explore the island!

Must Have Items for Your Beach Bag

Must Have Items for Your Beach Bag

Are you headed to the white sandy beaches of Anna Maria Island this spring for your vacation? Nothing says vacation like spending a few days sitting on the beach, soaking up the rays. When staying in one of our Beach and Golf View vacation rentals, having the right items in your beach bag will help enjoy your vacation a little better. We have compiled a small list to be sure that you will be ready for your next vacation to Anna Maria Island.

Must Have Items

Beach Bag

Must Have Items for Your Beach Bag

Having the right beach bag can make ALL the difference in the world. Sure, you can throw all of your items into any old bag, but did you know that all beach bags were not created equal. We suggest looking at the size, water and sand resistance, security and stylish when searching for your bag. We have found that even using a backpack, diaper bag or a large utility tote bag works perfect for a beach bag.

Beach Towels

Pack a towel for everyone in your family whether you are going to sit in the sun or swim in the ocean. Bringing an extra towel with you is always a good idea especially if you have little ones with you. Having a beach towel with a different design can help each member in your group remember which one theirs is. This can help with the upset that the little ones will get because someone else is using their towel.


Must Have Items for Your Beach Bag

With the hot southern sun on Anna Maria Island, sunscreen is a must for any beach bag. Use a sunscreen that is designed for your beach activities such as waterproof, sport, high SPF, etc.). Dermatologists recommend that you use a sunscreen with at least 30 SPF while you are enjoying the sunshine. And don’t forget to reapply throughout your day as we don’t want you to ruin your vacation here with a sunburn. If you happen to get a little too much sun, pack a bottle of aloe and stick it in the fridge. This can help soothe the burn so you can enjoy your vacation a little more.

Mesh Bag for Sand Toys

When you go on vacation with kids, bringing toys to play in the sand is a must. But we understand that bringing back the sand into your car or vacation rental can be a hassle. If you pack in your beach bag a mesh bag such as a laundry bag or a bag specifically for beach toys can help eliminate the mess. Just throw the sandy toys into the bag, give it a good shake and leave the sand behind at the beach. You can purchase these online or in a local store to bring with you on your vacation.

Baby Powder

This is a must when you go on vacation whether you have the kids with you or not. Whether you are staying in a vacation rental or you decided to drive your car to the beach access, sand will be all over you when you leave the beach. So, bringing baby powder in your beach bag will magically get the sand off of your body without irritation and leave a nice scent too.

Hat & Sunglasses

Bringing both of these items can be very useful for anyone who visits the beach. The sun in the south is a lot warmer than it would be up north, and so we want to make sure you are protected. Having sunglasses will protect your eyes from the sun bright rays and will offer you some relief when trying to keep an eye on your little ones playing. Whether you have a floppy hot or a baseball cap, you will be happy that you brought these along with you. Be sure to pack one for each member of your family.

Beach Blanket

This is an item that is often overlooked when packing your beach bag for many families. With all the excitement of spending your days on the beach that you forget to pack one. One beach blanket that we recommend you try and grab is sand-proof beach blanket. This is made to make it easier to keep the sand off the food, little hands of the kids and all the clothes. Another beach blanket alternative is using a full-size fitted sheet especially if you have young kids. Put something heavy in each of the corners and you can have a sand-free zone for your babies. Now we can’t guarantee that the kids won’t bring back sand to your vacation rental, but know that while you’re sitting on the sand your belongings will be safe.

There are many other items that you can pack into your beach bag for your next trip to Anna Maria Island, but these are the must have items we thought you should have with you. If you are still looking for a place to stay for your next getaway, then check out our Beach and Gulf View vacation rentals today. We can’t wait to see you and your family as you enjoy the white sandy beaches of Anna Maria Island!