There is no place better to be a tourist than on Anna Maria Island, especially in the summer time. The weather is hot, the water blue and the sand powder soft; everything you would expect from a tropical island vacation. You are sure to enjoy being an Anna Maria Island summer tourist with this Top Ten list!
1. Be a Tacky Anna Maria Island Summer Tourist
Smear zinc on your cheeks, wear socks under your flips flops, slip on that Hawaiian shirt, and grab one of those frozen drinks with the little umbrella in it. You have got to channel your inner tacky tourist, or you aren’t fully experiencing an Anna Maria Island vacation. Don’t be embarrassed. Undoubtedly you’ll find locals decked out in the same look, because many of them first came here as a tacky Anna Maria Island summer tourist.
2. Join a Turtle Talk
Anna Maria Island Turtle nesting season goes from May to October, and Tourists can learn all about these amazing critters. Every Tuesday in June and July the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch holds a Turtle Talk. Volunteers of the AMITW provide a 30 minute program with videos, pictures and fun stories from volunteers. A donation gets you AMITW branded stickers, T-shirts and fun Turtle swag. Tuesday Turtles Talks are held at CrossPoint Fellowship Church at 8605 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach at 10am.
3. Go Shelling
A trip to the island is not complete without an early morning shell hunt. Shells are a fantastic tourist souvenir, and the hunt is a relaxing experience. When shelling you need to make sure to never take living organisms. It is illegal in Florida to collect living shells including Sand Dollars, Starfish, Urchins, Conchs, or anything that wiggles. Beyond legal reasons it is ethically unsound to collect living things on the beach. Every critter plays and important role in the beach ecosystem, and are sensitive to human impact. Do not collect large amounts of dead shells, and limit yourself to less than a pint size bag.
4. Get Professional Beach Pictures
Anna Maria Island is one of the most picturesque vacation destinations you’ll find on the west coast of Florida. Assemble the family during sunset for a group photo, and hire a professional to capture your beach memories. The end result is sure to please you. There are many options for local photographers on Anna Maria Island to help you feel like the quintessential Anna Maria Island summer tourist.
5. Do The Stingray Shuffle
Stingrays and humans alike head to the shoreline during summer months, as a result, the number of ray stings increases at this time. Rays are extremely docile critters, and are typically looking to avoid humans. When you enter the water it is easy to avoid being stung by shuffling your feet along the sandy sea floor. Do the stingray shuffle, and you won’t end your trip doing the stingray hop!
6. Ride the Free Trolley
The Anna Maria Island free trolley is an amazing service! There are stops from Pine Avenue all the way down to Coquina Beach passing almost everything in between. The trolley runs from 6am to 10:30pm daily, and passes by approximately every 20 minutes. The free trolley is the best way for a stress free trip. You’ll never have to worry about parking, or designating a responsible driver when enjoying island bars and pubs. The free trolley is also a great way to sight see.
7. Catch the Sandbar 4th of July Fireworks
Every year the Sandbar restaurant has a wonderful fireworks display. An Anna Maria Island vacation during the 4th of July is not complete without catching the fireworks on the beach. Sparklers are the only consumer firework beach goers are permitted to use; therefore; the Sandbar display is very popular!
8. Have lunch on the Beach
Anna Maria Island has many restaurants that are located directly on beaches or waterfront. Lunch on the beach is a must during an Anna Maria Island summer vacation, and is the perfect time to be a tourist with umbrella drink in hand. An Anna Maria Island summer tourist will find great food, fast service and beautiful views at Island waterfront restaurants.
9. Bike to Local Shops
Any Anna Maria Island Summer Tourist must rent a bike and explore the shops, so why not do them at the same time? Bicycling on Anna Maria Island is a great way to get around because everything is nearby. Bike ride from shop to shop, and you’ll find great independently owned boutiques and art galleries. In addition, the added benefit of shopping by bike will make you feel less guilty about all the money you’ve spent on souvenirs! Anna Maria Island summer tourists must have the perfect souvenir!
10. Walk a Nature Trail or Charter a Boat Tour
Leffis Key is a stunningly beautiful nature trail an Anna Maria Island Summer Tourist should experience. Offering mangrove tunnel boardwalks, salt flats, marsh and views of Sarasota Bay, you’ll never experience anything like Leffis Key. Leffis Key is located on the south end of Anna Maria Island, and is just across the street from Coquina Beach. In addition to Leffis Key, Coquina Beach offers a gorgeous walking path along beautiful sand dunes and under old growth Australian Pines. The Coquina Beach path is great for walking, and is also friendly to bikes or segweys.
Anna Maria Island has more fishing charters, dolphin tours, sunset trips and boats for rent than you’ll likely find anywhere else in Florida. Boat tours are a great way to explore the island’s natural beauty, and get all the family involved in an Anna Maria Island summer tourist activity. Find a tour that is right for you, and get out on the water!
Read the guide, make the reservation, and be an Anna Maria Island summer tourist this year!
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