A New Years Anna Maria Island style is full of relaxation and fun. What’s a better way to transition from one year to the next than doing it on the beach? Here is our suggestions of fun things to do on New Years Eve and Day on Anna Maria Island!
New Years Anna Maria Island
Anna Maria Island might be a little chilly in the winter, but it sure beats spending winter up north. Even with the cooler weather, there’s plenty of things to do on Anna Maria Island around New Years. Typically new years on the island is very laid back. You won’t find lots of loud crazy shenanigans. People enjoy time with family and friends while relaxing in paradise.
New Years Eve
Sunset. When visiting the island on New Years Eve, be sure to catch the last sunset of the year. Anna Maria Island always has a beautiful sunset, and the last one of the year is always special.
Go for a swim! If you visit an Anna Maria Island beach rental with a heated pool or spa, you can totally swim in January. How many of your northern friends can do that? If you are from the north, you may even be brave enough to jump in the gulf!
Party. Traditionally, people love a party on New Years Eve. While the island doesn’t have a local ball drop, there are many places to celebrate. Just about all island restaurants and bars are open on New Years Eve. Even better, the free trolley passes by almost all of them! You can have fun, and drink responsibly too! Many of the restaurants will close before 11pm, but all the bars will be open until midnight or 2pm.
Eat. If you plan on staying in for New Years Eve try out some fun tropical recipes for an island twist on a New Years Eve party! Instead of a traditional champagne toast, try out pineapple mimosas. These Hawaiian sliders are a great twist on a pulled pork sandwich, and make great finger food for a party. Grouper and Shrimp are both caught locally. Get some local seafood and make seafood tacos!
New Years Day
Sandbar Jazz Brunch. Sunday Jazz Brunches at the Sandbar Restaurant have become very popular on Anna Maria Island. This year January 1st falls on a Sunday, and therefore, coincides with this event. Enjoy a special menu while listening to local Jazz performers in paradise. This is a fantastic way to start the new year!
Beach Photos. Start the new year off with pictures on the beach! Gather all your family and friends and get a great shot to remember the day.
Try a new Island Activity. Begin the new year with an island style activity you never tried before. A new year is for new experiences. See the Ultimate Anna Maria Island Bucket List for inspiration and activities that you’ve never tried before.
New Years Anna Maria Island Beach Rentals
Anna Maria Island beach rentals are a great option for any size group spending New Years in paradise! Book your stay with Island Real Estate, and find the perfect accommodations for you.
Beach Comber is a great direct gulf front beach rental. Enjoy accommodations for up to 6 guests with 2 bedrooms.
Bay View Inn 201 sleeps 4 guests with 1 bedroom. You’ll love this location just a couple blocks from gulf beaches, dining, shopping and trolley stops.
Sea Palm Cottage is a charming rental just a block from gulf beaches in Holmes Beach. Sleep up to 6 guests with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths.
Runaway Bay 272 sleeps 6 guests with 2 bedrooms. This condo rental is just across Gulf Drive from the beach. Enjoy the heated community pool and Bay viewing dock.