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Anna Maria Island is a pristine 7-mile barrier reef island located on the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico in between Tampa Bay and Sarasota Bay. Three small municipalities make up this old Florida gem: Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, and Anna Maria.
Truly maintaining the Old Florida lifestyle, this island can be accessed via three drawbridges from Bradenton, FL and Longboat Key, FL maintained by local bridgetenders. If you’re seeking a true “get away from it all” atmosphere, you’ll find no fast food chains or high rises here. As a flip flop and sandals environment, vehicular transportation is hardly needed, as free trolleys will take you all around Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key as needed. In addition to the free local trolleys, locals and visitors alike can travel up and down the island for exceptional quality seafood restaurants and coastal living shops via bike, golf cart, kayak, or boat.
The island acts as a natural exotic bird sanctuary for various species of: pelicans, cranes, sandpipers, osprey, parrots, spoonbills, egrets and storks. Additionally, one can find manatees and bottlenose dolphins at any time in the gulf, bay, or intracoastal waterways. Come visit during May-October to watch sea turtles nest their eggs on the beach during their nesting season or pick up a pound of Stone Crab claws for a delightful local delicacy.
Anna Maria Island is the perfect family getaway for outdoor activities, as you will find nature trails, kayaks tours, paddleboard tours, parasailing, and horseback riding on the beach for the whole family. As a hallmark fishing spot in southwest Florida, bring your fishing reel or charter a fishing trip with expert guides to catch fresh grouper, snapper, amberjack, wahoo, hogfish, sheepshead, triggerfish, tilefish, mahi, and plenty more.
From deluxe coastal condos, quaint beach cottages, or luxury homes on the water, on Anna Maria Island you can find peace and serenity on this island in the sun, the Best vacation experiences await your selection.