Top 10 Anna Maria Island Beaches – Things to Know!

It’s no secret that some of the most beautiful Gulf of Mexico coastline can be found on Anna Maria Island beaches. Powder white quartz sand, clear blue waters, exotic wildlife and endless sunshine make for the perfect place to relax all day and let your cares wash away.

Anna Maria Island Beaches

There are several things to keep in mind when visiting Island beaches. So, Island Real Estate has come up with our top ten list of things to know about Anna Maria Island beaches. From deciding which beach to visit to where to find parking, Here’s everything you need to know for fun in the sun.

Anna Maria Island beaches
Anna Maria Island has some of the Gulf of Mexico’s most beautiful powder sand beaches.

1. Sunblock

If you are a Floridian you have a complete understanding and respect for the necessity of sunblock. It only takes one really bad sunburn to learn your lesson, and no one should suffer from this mistake on vacation. Even on an overcast day it’s possible to get sunburned! It is extremely important to slather on the sunblock at least 20 minutes prior to heading to the beach to allow your skin to properly absorb sunblock. Be sure to reapply sunblock every few hours, especially on the kids. Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are safe from the sun in the water; you still need to use every precaution to avoid a bad burn. In addition to sunblock consider a hat, sunglasses, lots of water for keeping hydrated and a loose fitting shirt to cover bare skin.

 

2. Places to Beach

Sunset on Anna Maria Island
Be sure to catch one of Anna Maria Island’s beautiful sunsets!

 

Anna Maria Island has over seven miles of beaches to explore, but finding the perfect beach for you is important for having the ultimate island experience. One great thing about Anna Maria Island is the abundance of public beach accesses all along the gulf and bay sides of the island; however, not all public accesses have available parking. With each beach offering a little something different, here are four options to better curate your beach excursion.

Manatee Beach

Manatee Public Beach Access is perhaps the island’s most popular, and therefore, busiest of beach spots. With just about all the amenities you could want for the beach, Manatee Public Beach is an island hot spot. Located at the very end of west Manatee Avenue, this public beach offers tons of free parking, lifeguards, bathrooms, showers, gift shops, concessions, changing rooms, free trolley and public bus stop, volley ball nets, tourist information, picnic tables under shady Australian Pines and a fabulously sandy playground for the kids. This Beach Access is truly the heart of the island beach scene.

Coquina Beach

Coquina Beach Access is located along the south end of Anna Maria Island running up the gulf side. This popular beach has tons of parking, grill and picnic areas, playground, lifeguard, bathrooms, trolley stop, concessions, and an absolutely gorgeous walking/bike path running along the sea oat sand dunes.

Bay Front Park

Bay Front Park Beach Access is located on the northern end of Anna Maria Island south of Bean Point running along Tampa Bay. This park has an updated playground, picnic grills and shelters, bathrooms, some parking, and nearby Trolley stop at the Anna Maria City Pier. The beaches are narrow along the bay side, but there are views of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, Tampa bay and gorgeous sunrises.

Bean Point

Bean Point Beach Access is one of the most secluded and sought after beach destinations on Anna Maria Island. Parking is extremely limited making this beach more accessible by foot or via bicycle.  Bean Point beaches are mostly deep and expansive with powder sand, sea oats, dunes and wildlife. Enjoy great views of Egmont key, Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.

3. Beach Safety

Beach Safety is an important thing to keep in mind when swimming and enjoying a day at the beach on Anna Maria Island. Be sure to observe all signs regarding swimming conditions including rip tide warnings. Look for one of the five colored flags posted to understand current swimming precautions.

4. Shells

Anna Maria Island seashell
Shelling and Beach Combing on Anna Maria Island is fun for all ages!

Beach Combing and shelling are a fun beach activity for the entire family when visiting Anna Maria Island. With so many different species of shells and wildlife you never know what you’ll come across when strolling the powder white sand beaches of the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay. There are plenty of places to find shells on the island with some of the best finds washing up after stormy weather.

5. Beach toys

No matter how young or old beach toys are a must for the beach. Making sand castles with bucket and shovel, throwing around a Frisbee or clinging to a noodle; beach toys are always a fun addition to your beach trip.

6. Temperatures

Regardless of when you visit Anna Maria Island the weather and water temperature are almost always gorgeous. In the summer expect seasonal afternoon showers, and bath like water temperatures. Some visitors even swim in the winter, but we’ll leave that up to your judgement.

7. Turtle Season, Birds, Dolphins, and Wildlife.

Black Skimmer and baby
Black Skimmer feeding baby during nesting season on Anna Maria Island.

Anna Maria Island is fortunate to be the year round, and seasonal home of many different species of wildlife. Each year between May 1st and October 31st we find several species of Sea Turtles coming ashore to lay eggs. In the spring and winter months Anna Maria Island is home to many birds nesting on the beaches including the stoic Black Skimmers and Least Terns. Sea mammals like dolphin and manatee can be spotted around Anna Maria Island at various times throughout the year. With so much wildlife it is important to respect these beautiful inhabitants.

8. Respect the beach – Clean up

The beach is a beautiful public place that must be cherished and protected. There are wrong and right ways to utilize this resource. When visiting the beach follow all posted rules, avoid feeding the seagulls and be sure to clean up all your trash and debris when you leave. It only takes two minutes to keep trash and litter off our pristine beaches!

9. Surfing

Anna Maria Island may not be the first place that surfers flock to for huge waves, but the locals still enjoy our laid back surf culture and climate none the less. White Avenue in the city of Anna Maria is one popular surfing spot. If you aren’t into surfing try out wake boarding during your stay!

10. Day Trip to Egmont and Fishing

Egmont Key Florida
Egmont Key Light house

If you are looking for a great place to bring your boat and go for a swim Egmont Key is always fun and beautiful. Located just off the northern tip of Anna Maria Island, Egmont is a great short day trip into bay waters.

Stay up to date with everything about fishing on Anna Maria Island on the Island Real Estate local scene blog page Fishing Report. From the Intracoastal waterway to the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay there are plenty of great fishing opportunities.

When visiting Anna Maria Island be sure to stay safe, have fun, put on your sunscreen and enjoy lounging on beautiful Florida beaches!

Anna Maria Island Vacation Rental Homes and Accommodations

If you are looking for the perfect vacation rental home visit IslandReal.com today! Enjoy the largest selection of vacation rental accommodations to choose from on the island along with great customer service!

Anna Maria Island Club vacation rental and accommodations
Anna Maria Island Club is a picturesque direct beach front condominium complex located in Bradenton Beach. Anna Maria Island Club 44 offers accommodations for up to 6 guests with balcony views of the gulf from both the living room and master bedroom. Click on the image above to reserve your stay at Anna Maria Island Club 44 today!

 

Anna Maria Island National Random Acts of Kindness Day

National Random Acts of Kindness Day is a fantastic opportunity to spread love and happiness in your community. Even the smallest of kind gestures can have an impact on the world around you. While visiting Anna Maria Island on February 17th be sure to share and celebrate kindness island style!

National Random Acts of Kindness Day
Celebrate National Random Acts of Kindness Day on Anna Maria Island by taking your loved ones to watch the sunset!

 

National Random Acts of Kindness Day

While kindness is something many practice everyday, here’s some fun and easy suggestions too! Try these out while visiting Anna Maria Island.

  • Hold the door for someone.
  • Give a stranger a compliment.
  • Buy the person in line behind you at the Coffee Haus their morning cup of Joe.
  • Find a pretty shell and give it to a little kid.
  • Give up your seat on the trolley to someone.
  • Make a donation to Wildlife Inc.
  • Give someone a hug.
  • While vacationing send your friends a text, and tell them you wish they were with you.
  • Pick up garbage from the beach.
  • Go to Rod & Reel Pier and buy a stranger a beer.
  • Offer to let someone cut you in line at the Publix.
  • Buy your friend a scratch off ticket just for fun.
  • Smile at every stranger you see.
  • Call a family member and tell them you love them.
  • Tell people you are grateful when they help you.
  • Give your server at the Sandbar a big fat tip.
  • Take your family to the beach.
  • Donate to the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch.
  • Buy a piece of local art and send it to a friend back home.
  • Make your spouse breakfast in bed.
  • Be a good listener.
  • Tell your kids they are awesome.
  • Be kind to yourself.
  • Let go of negative thoughts.
  • Don’t stereotype people you don’t know.
  • Take a friend to lunch.
  • Treat someone to a bike rental and take them on a ride around Anna Maria.
  • Bring cup cakes to the family in the vacation rental next to yours.
  • Donate any unopened leftover food in your beach rental before you go back home.
  • Surprise a loved one with an Anna Maria Island Vacation!
  • Use #RAKWeek2017 when posting kind words on social media to encourage others to do the same.

Take the challenge

So you think you’re kind? Challenge yourself today, and go out of your way to spread love, understanding and kindness on February 17th! There’s no easier place to practice kindness than on Anna Maria Island.

For more ways to celebrate national random acts of kindness day visit RandomActsof.US

Book your next Anna Maria Island vacation beach rental today with Island Real Estate!

 

A Perfect Anna Maria Vacation – The Beach Life

A perfect Anna Maria vacation is full of endless sunshine, island activities and pristine beaches. While Anna Maria is small, there are tons of great ways to make your vacation both fun and relaxing. Follow our guide for a perfect stay!

A Perfect Anna Maria Vacation

The city of Anna Maria takes of up the northern tip of the island. Anna Maria is north of the city of Holmes Beach then Bradenton Beach is the southern tip. We encourage you to explore all the island, but you can make a trip of just visiting one of the island’s three cities.

The best Anna Maria vacation rentals for the best stay.

An amazing Anna Maria vacation starts with equally amazing accommodations. On the north end of the island you won’t find many condos. This is the best area to search for those charming beach cottages and single family rentals.

For small groups of four or less we recommend something like Holly Hideaway. This two bed, two bath rental is just a couple short blocks from north end gulf beaches. It also offers a heated pool and welcomes pets up to 25 pounds.

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Anna Maria Vacation Rental Holly Hideaway is a great north end rental for up to four guests.

For medium sized groups of 6-8 we would recommend a rental like Rest a Shore. This home not only offers a heated pool and spa, but it’s right on Tampa Bay beaches. This four bedroom home is stylish and spaciously accommodating.

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Rest a Shore is a great direct Tampa Bay front beach rental in Anna Maria.

For large groups Grande Haven is an amazing option. This rental is just across the street from coveted Bean Point Beaches and sleeps up to 16 guests. While Grande Haven offers six bedrooms, it also offers a luxury stay with no amenity left out.

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Grande Haven is the best rental for a Luxury Anna Maria vacation with a large group.

Once you have settled into the perfect Anna Maria vacation rental the fun and relaxation is sure to start.

Anna Maria Restaurants are sure to please.

While visiting you won’t have to go far to find great restaurants in the city of Anna Maria. From breakfast to dinner and high end to quick convenient, you’ll find great eats on the north end of the island.

For breakfast try out Sign of the Mermaid for a more formal sit down meal. They have great morning offerings all in a cute old bungalow. Find Sign of the Mermaid at the corner of Gulf Drive and Palm Avenue. If you want a quick breakfast, try Ginny and Jane’s just a few blocks down the street from Sign of the Mermaid. They have a more casual selection of breakfast items along with specialty coffee drinks.

For Lunch or dinner in Anna Maria we suggest Poppo’s Taqueria for casual Tex-Mex, The Waterfront Restaurant for high-end and Rod & Reel Pier for Seafood. Find Poppo’s on Pine Avenue, and both Waterfront and Rod & Reel on Bay Boulevard.

Great restaurants are a sure way to make a perfect Anna Maria vacation!

Shopping and Sightseeing make fun activities.

The perfect Anna Maria vacation must include shopping and sightseeing. lucky enough for you, there are several places for both on north island. Find boutiques along Pine Avenue with some on Gulf Drive and Bay Boulevard too. Anna Maria doesn’t have chains or big box retailers, so you know island shopping will yield unique finds. For sightseeing you must stop at the Anna Maria Historical society Museum on Pine Avenue, and take a walk on the City Pier. You’ll learn a great deal about the island’s interesting past at the museum. Before bridges connected the island to the main land steam ships would drop visitors off at the City Pier. View the island like the first vacationers did and walk the pier.

Anna Maria Beaches are the best.

Some say that Anna Maria beaches are some of the best on the island, and the West coast of Florida. Bean Point is the very tip of the island where you’ll find more secluded public beaches. There aren’t many parking spaces in this area making these public accesses just a tad harder to reach. the perfect Anna Maria vacation  includes day long relaxation on the coast. while listening to the waves crash and the gulls cry you can’t help but relax.

Follow this guide and you are sure to enjoy the perfect Anna Maria vacation!

Anna Maria vacation on the beach
Bean Point make for the perfect Anna Maria vacation~

Reasons Why an Anna Maria Island Vacation is Addictive

Once you visit, you’re sure to understand why an Anna Maria Island vacation is addictive! Even Floridians will tell you that you’ll be hooked on the island life immediately.

Anna Maria Island Vacation
Once you visit Anna Maria Island you’ll be hooked!

Addictive Anna Maria Island Vacation

While Florida offers miles of gorgeous coastline, not all are as amazing as those on Anna Maria Island. You’ll find the beaches are stunning with powder fine sand and clear blue water similar to the Caribbean. There are over seven miles of public beach to explore with accesses peppered along both gulf and bay sides. Once you spend a day on these beaches you’re sure to come back!

The Real Florida

Anna Maria Island is popular with tourists, but its a more authentic real Florida experience then you’ll find in the states bigger vacation spots. You won’t find high rises or many chain stores and restaurants. This really lends to a feeling from decades past.

Everyone is welcome to enjoy the island life too! Here you’ll find family friendly activities along with a night life and things to do for all ages. Folks just have a different attitude while on Anna Maria Island. Infrequently are people in a big hurry. Locals and vacationers alike want to chat and get to know those also enjoying the island life. People love to reminisce and almost feel a connection because everyone can find common ground in their love of the area.

Always the same, but always changing.

Every time you visit you’ll find some things are new, but some things always stay the same. The beaches are always pretty, and the sand always white, but there are always new services and activities to explore. Find new vacation rentals to stay in, and new things happening in the cities surrounding the island.

Sunsets, weather and wildlife.

Anna Maria Island sunsets are both addictive and always serene. As the sun sinks into the gulf you can just feel all your stress melting away. This special time is great for gathering with the ones you love while simply relaxing. You’ll want to enjoy the hypnotic sunset every night you visit Anna Maria Island.

Fantastic year round weather also makes an Anna Maria Island vacation addictive. Even the winter months are easy here.  Usually the temperature doesn’t dip below the 60’s most winter days, and typically the gulf breezes make summers more bearable than non-coastal Florida cities.

During your visit you’ll surly fall in love with the local wildlife. Nothing says exotic tropical vacation more than a pandemonium of raucous wild parrots flying over head. When visiting from May to October you’ll enjoy seeing Loggerhead Sea Turtle nests and shorebirds rearing their young all along our beaches.

What are you waiting for? Plan you Anna Maria Island vacation today!

Best Anna Maria Island Roof Top View Rentals

Anna Maria Island roof top view rentals are great when looking to see the beach without paying gulf front prices! It’s always amazing when you can simply head to the roof for sunshine or nightly sunsets.

Anna Maria Island Roof Top View Rentals

Here is our list of the best Anna Maria Island beach rentals with roof top views!

Seashell Sunsets

While this Platinum rental offers stunning gulf views from the roof, it’s also less than a block to the beach! Access the spiral staircase leading to the roof from the upper living level balcony.

Anna Maria Island Roof Top View Rentals
Seashell Sunset in Holmes Beach.

Seashell Sunsets offers four bedrooms with accommodations for up to eight guests. This recently built beach rental also has a heated pool and spa along with a modern style.

Anna Maria Island Beach Rental
Seashell Sunsets

Palm Isle Village 3210

Palm Isle Village is among the island’s most popular cottage beach rental complexes. This Holmes Beach rental is just across the street from gulf beaches and offers a roof top view.

Holmes Beach roof top view rental
Palm Isle Village 3210 

Gold rated, Palm Isle 3210 sleeps up to four guests with one bedroom. Enjoy the community heated pool and a central island location too.

Holmes Beach Rental
Palm Isle Village 3210

Island Oasis

Island Oasis is a great platinum beach rental with roof top views of the Gulf of Mexico. This Holmes Beach rental sleeps 10 guests with five bedrooms.

Anna Maria Island Gulf view Beach Rental
Island Oasis

While visiting enjoy the heated pool and spa, outdoor kitchen lounge and pool table too.

Anna Maria Island Roof Top View Rentals
Island Oasis

 

Heron Heaven

While the deck at Heron Heaven only offers partial roof top views, it’s still good enough to make the list! This lovely outdoor space is just off the living room and offers plenty of seats for relaxing beach side.

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Heron Heaven

This spacious two bedroom is just across the street from gulf beaches, and offers a great old Florida style. Find the nearest beach access just steps away!

Anna Maria Island Beach Rental
Heron Heaven

 

Water Colors

When you visit Water Colors you are sure to fall in love with roof top island views.

Anna Maria Island beach rental with a view
Water Colors

This platinum Anna Maria rental has all the amenities you could ever want! Enjoy the heated pool/spa and a gorgeous sophisticated beach style. Sleep up to eight guests with four bedrooms.

Anna Maria vacation rental
Water Colors

Beach on a Budget Anna Maria Island Travel for Less

Enjoy the beach on a budget when you travel to sunny Anna Maria Island! We have some of the best powder fine coastline on the gulf coast, and the best deals too! Find affordable accommodations, cheap eats, and tons of free activities to make your vacation fun and easy on the wallet.

Beach on a Budget
Beach Volleyball is a great free Anna Maria Island Activity! Find nets at the Manatee Public Beach Access!

Beach on a Budget

Anna Maria Island is a fantastic place to beach on a budget for any size group and all ages too. You will find a large selection of economical accommodations with Island Real Estate.

Below is our list of money saving ideas to try out on your next Anna Maria Island beach vacation. Not only do we have tips for finding affordable accommodations, but a guide to assist you in an authentic Florida vacation.

Finding Affordable Anna Maria Island Beach Rentals

Travel in the off season

When looking for the best rates on accommodations you should avoid traveling in the high season. Off season travel yields the best deals on accommodations, and this is especially true of Anna Maria Island. The peak busy season on the island is March. For off season deals book your stay August through October or January.

How to find online specials

Once you pick a time of year to visit look for specials at IslandReal.com. Each individual beach rental will offer different types of specials through the year in both high and low season. Those booking last minute stays can find great deals on beach rentals that are looking to fill dates. Also check for seasonal sales. Typically promotions you come across will not apply to big holiday weeks.

Check our Sunshine Specials Page too!

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Social Media

Island Real Estate regularly offers promotions and specials through our social media too! Be sure to find us on your favorite social media platform for regular updates on deals. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest.

Cheap Eats

Eat like a local!

Locals places are not only the best way to save money, but they are the most authentic version local culture. Sure, Anna Maria Island has tons of places that attract tourists for a good time. However, there are a few places you just may overlook.

Mr. Bones BBQ is a great locals spot with large portions and reasonable prices. Not only do they have the areas best BBQ, but they have vegan options, burgers, and a large beer selection. You’ll find just something for just about everyone when you visit Mr.Bones BBQ in Holmes Beach.

Starfish and Tide Tables restaurants are owned by the same fishing family out of Cortez. You only have to ride just over the bridge into Cortez Fishing Village for the best seafood on the gulf coast. Both of these restaurants are the spot for fresh seafood that won’t cost you too much. Be sure to bring cash when visiting Starfish.

Danny’s Pizza is also just off island. Head over the Manatee bridge into Bradenton and you’ll find the best New York style pizza the area has to offer, The prices are always reasonable, the service is great, and the food is consistently a crowd pleaser.

Poppo’s Taqueria is on the north end of the island in the city of Anna Maria’s Pine Avenue. The portions here are huge, the food is conscientiously sourced and prices are fair for the quality. Poppo’s is some of the best Tex-Mex style food you’ll find. One taco and you’ll be hooked like the island locals.

Duffy’s Burgers has the best the island can offer. They have been in business for years. The locals can tell you this authentic burger and beer joint has a reputation. Must bring cash too!

Dine in for a Penny Pincher Beach vacation

One of the nice things about getting an Anna Maria Island beach rental is the benefit of a full kitchen. All of the Island Real Estate beach rentals come with fully equipped kitchens to accommodate all your basic needs. If you are looking to dine on a budget then prepare meals at your rental. Many of the beach rentals you’ll find will even come with an outdoor grill to make cooking easy while enjoying the beautiful tropical climates. Check out the information here for cooking in a beach rental.

Free Transportation

A great way to save money on vacation is to avoid paying for transportation when possible.

Free Trolley

Anna Maria Island has a free trolley to help. The trolley runs almost the entire length of the island from morning until night. This is a great way to get around for free!

Additionally, there are many local transportation services that are free, but accept tips only. You can set an appointment or flag down services such as The Monkey Bus with little cost.

Rent a bike

Occasionally beach rentals homes may be equipped with beach bikes, but you can rent one for very little. This is a great way to get around the island for very little money. Anna Maria Island also has bike paths. This is a great way to sight see, stay active and do it all on a budget.

Be sure to check out this list of alternative transportation for more ideas!

Activities that won’t break the bank

Anna Maria Island is full of free or inexpensive activities! While the beach is always free, there are many other areas to explore too!

The Beach

Anna Maria Island has plenty of beaches to visit, and it won’t cost you a dime! There are over seven miles of coastline, so you can find just the perfect beach spot. Additionally, parking is free at just about any beach you can find. As long as you follow all parking signs, parking is free.

Nature Trails

Anna Maria Island has interesting local wildlife, and all our local parks and preservers are free! Check out Leffis Key on the south end of Anna Maria Island or Robinson Preserve in Bradenton. Nearby Perico Island offers Neal Preserve, Perico Preserve and an access to Robinson Preserve. This area is fantastic for exploring both wetlands and upland Florida environments. Best of all, it’s free!

Visit Piers

All three of the Anna Maria Island piers are free to the public. Visit the shops, enjoy the sights and maybe even go fishing too!

Book a fishing Charter for fresh fish

If you are looking to book a fishing charter this is a great way to pay for both the cost of a meal and an excursion around island waters. Nothing tastes better than fresh fish you caught and cooked!

Island History

Learn about Anna Maria Island history at the Historical Society. This free activity will give you some insight into how the island came to be, and who lived here. Find out how Fig Newtons built the island! See like the old city jail, and much more.

Come Prepared

When looking for an affordable island vacation be sure to come prepared. While Anna Maria Island is not an expensive destination, there are some things you can avoid buying to save money. Bring all the clothes, toiletries and accessories you’ll need with you. This is especially true if you are traveling by car. Buying a bathing suite and touristy accessories on island can drive your spending up. Think about the things you can fit in your travel bag or car before you come. You don’t want to spend extra money on things you left at home.

Enjoy the Beach on a Budget during your next Anna Maria Island vacation in Florida!

 

 

 

Anna Maria Island Beach Picnic Guide

An Anna Maria Island beach picnic is the perfect way to enjoy beautiful weather, powder beaches and turquoise waters. Follow our picnic guide for great ideas too! Find the best picnic spots, get recipes and fun hacks to inspire your island style picnic in paradise.

Anna Maria Island Beach Picnic Guide

A day at the beach just isn’t compete without picnic snacks!

Anna Maria Island beach picnic
Head to Anna Maria Island for a beach picnic!

Finding perfect picnic spots

There are tons of fantastic spots to picnic on the island. However, the perfect spot depends on your specific needs.

Family picnics. When gathering the entire family, Manatee Public Beach access is a great destination. This access also offers all the amenities you could want and more. Find plenty of parking, picnic tables, concessions, shops, life guard, changing facilities, restrooms, volley ball, play ground and trolley stops too.

Picnic spots with grills. There are a few places that offer public grilling. This is a great idea for beach picnics! Anna Maria Island beaches do not allow open fires, or private grilling. However, you will find public use charcoal grills at Coquina Beach, Manatee Beach and Bay Front Park.

Romantic picnics. When planning a romantic picnic for two, we recommend Bean Point on north island. These beaches are more secluded, and also offer beautiful views.

Sunrise Picnics. The bay side of the island offers really great sunrises. However, a breakfast picnic at Robinson Preserve, just off island, is also lovely.

Sunset Picnics. Sunset is a gorgeous time to enjoy an Anna Maria Island beach picnic. Head to just about any gulf beach access, and you will find a stunning spot for a meal outdoors.

Island Style Picnic Recipes

Keep it easy. These Antipasto skewers would be a great option for an easy and beautiful picnic snack. Also, they would be very transportable.

Anna Maria Island beach picnic
Antipasto Skewers

Something for the kids. Try a twist on an old standby with Monster Sandwiches!

Anna Maria Island beach picnic
Monster Sandwiches

A foodie feast. When planning a more upscale picnic, try out cheese and charcuterie. This is really nice way to dress up a picnic for foodies.

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Charcuterie

Breakfast on the go. Try these egg muffins for a hearty and easy breakfast! Follow the recipe exactly, or experiment with other ingredients. You could even bake these off the night before!

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Breakfast Egg Muffins

Lemonade in a bag. These lemonade bags are a great picnic hack! Simply make an old fashioned lemonade recipe and put it in a plastic bag for a very transportable beverage.

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Lemonade in a bag!

Sweet and treats. Finally, you have to have something sweet for a picnic. Try a Pineapple upside down cake. This would be a great tropical island dessert.

Anna Maria Island beach picnic guide
Pineapple upside down cake

Anna Maria Island beach picnic accessories

Grab a picnic beach blanket from West Coast Surf Shop! These are super cute and trendy too!

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Super cute beach picnic blanket from West Coast Surf Shop in Holmes Beach

Fill up a S’well bottle from Pink & Navy Boutique. Not only do they keep your drink cold, but they also help reduce plastics on the beach!

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S’well bottles from Pink & Navy Boutique in Anna Maria.

Head over to Salt Air Boutique and get a super cute tote for all you beach gear, or snacks that don’t go in the cooler. A tote would also be a great alternative to a bulky picnic basket.

Anna Maria Island beach picnic
Beach totes from Salt Air Boutique in Holmes Beach

Skip the food prep

For the lazy beach picnic, order food from one of the many restaurants on the island. Also, don’t underestimate the selection of prepared foods from Publix super market. For a quick option swing through for sushi, sweet tea, fried chicken or subs. Any Floridians know Publix subs can’t be beat!

Publix subs picnic
Publix Subs

Once you enjoy an Anna Maria Island beach picnic, you won’t want to picnic anywhere else!

Anna Maria Island Beach Rentals

Casa Sierra A is the perfect beach rental for picnics! This 2 bedroom villa is just a short walk from the gulf for relaxed beach picnics. Additionally, Casa Sierra 205 A offers a poolside pergola, and a covered area on the lawn too!

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Book your stay for up to 6 guests at Casa Sierra 205 A. Click on the image to learn more about this great beach rental!

Anna Maria Island Fall Tourist Guide

The Anna Maria Island fall tourist guide is a great resources for visitors and locals alike! After a hot summer, fall welcomes cooler weather and fun activities! Along with these great activities, also check out suggested Fall family beach rentals.

Anna Maria Island Fall Tourist Guide

Here are our top eight things to do, and know during Fall on Anna Maria Island. Furthermore, find out why this is a fantastic time of year to plan an Anna Maria Island beach vacation!

Anna Maria Island Fall Tourist Guide
Fall is a lovely time of year for an Anna Maria Island Vacation! Enjoy the Anna Maria Island Fall Tourist Guide, and plan your stay today!

Morning Beach Walk

Fall is an amazing time for a quiet walk on the beach with the sunrise. This is also a great time to catch up on some beach combing. Early morning temperatures are beautiful in Autumn. However, you will find that fall doesn’t necessarily mean it won’t be hot by mid day. For this reason, it’s nice to get up early while there is a crisp morning breeze off the gulf. Grab a cup of coffee, slip on your flip flops, and enjoy the peace of the beach at day break!

Beach Markets

Mid Fall, usually in November, is when all the beach markets begin their season. With the produce growing season underway, and weather that’s a tad less hot, markets are a great fall attraction. The Coquina Beach Market and Bridge Street Market are the two most popular on Anna Maria Island. However, here is a list of local markets to visit off island as well.

Wildlife Viewing, fall migration and local parks

As early as late summer you will notice an increase in local wildlife. For the expert wildlife viewers, it’s no secret that fall is the height of migration in Florida. This is when both the human and feathered snow birds make their early descent to Anna Maria Island.

Fall is an amazing time of year to get out to our local parks and preserves. Again, the weather is starting to cool, so enjoying the outdoors is more bearable than the summer months. During your visit check this list of parks and preserves on or around the island. These great locations give you the opportunity to get up close with Florida wildlife!

Go Swimming!

That’s right, you can still go for a swim in the Autumn months! Gulf of Mexico temperatures hang around 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit between September and December. This is not to say we don’t occasionally get below the 70’s, but these water temperatures are still swimable. Especially if you are visiting from the north, you will find Gulf temperatures very nice. On the other hand, locals tend to stop swimming a bit earlier. Really personal preference plays a big part in Fall island swimming.

Stone Crabs and Fishing

Stone Crab season starts mid October for the Florida gulf coast. While one of the countries oldest fishing villages lies just inland from Anna Maria Island; this is an anticipated time of year. Cortez fishing village is a great place to find fresh off the boat seafood. You’ll find Stone Crab so fresh it goes from the boat, to the boiling pot to your mouth! Going on in early November, check out the Cortez Stone Crab Festival too!

Anytime of year is great for Florida fishing, and Fall isn’t too bad either! Florida boasts the title “Fishing Capital of the World” because of great year round weather and angling. Fishing charters are just as popular in the fall as any time of year on the island!

Fall Festivals

This is the time of year when festival season starts for Islanders. There are several annual events that happen as the weather starts to change. You’ll find the Fall Festival, The Trail O Treats, Arts Hop and Bay Fest all going on throughout Autumn.

Find Fall colors with a sunset

While the trees and leaves may not turn to the striking hues of ocher, umber and rust orange, the sunsets surly do! Experience the turning of the season with one of the sunsets the Florida west coast is know for. Gather your family and friends to enjoy the peace of a sunset. This is one of the best times of day for beach photography too!

Anna Maria Island Fall Tourist Guide Beach Rentals

Autumn is a lovely time of year to gather the family at a beach rental! What Anna Maria Island Fall tourist guide would be complete without suggested accommodations? Island Real Estate has the island’s largest selection of homes to choose from, so plan your vacation today!

Anna Maria Island beach rentals

Casa Sierra 205 B is an excellent beach rental just a short walk from the gulf. This condo style home sleeps up to 6 guests with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Fall family beach trips were never so relaxed!

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Casa Sierra 205 B 36th Street in Holmes Beach. 2 Bedroom.

A Mermaid Crossing is a lovely family gathering place for up to 6 guests with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. This spacious home offers a heated pool and decor with a designer look. Less than a block to the beach!

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A Mermaid Crossing 120 50th Street in Holmes Beach. 3 Bedroom.

Beachy Blue is just down the street from gulf beaches, and offers lovely accommodations. Enjoy the heated pool and spa with great coastal decor! Sleep up to 8 guests with 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms.

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Beachy Blue 129 52nd Street in Holmes Beach. 4 Bedroom.

My Sisters Beach House sleeps up to 10 guests with 5 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. This fun house offers a gorgeous heated pool and spa along with canal views and a short walk to Tampa Bay beaches! You’re family will love the game room and outdoor balconies too!

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My Sisters Beach House 520 Bay view Place in Anna Maria. 5 Bedroom.

Waterfront Retreat is a unique canal front home made for entertaining large groups! This 6 bedroom house offers accommodations for 14 guests with 3 full bath and 2 half baths. Enjoy the heated pool, canal views and fantastic bar area!

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Waterfront Retreat 5132 Loquat in Anna Maria. 6 Bedroom.

Hurricane Hermine Anna Maria Island

Hurricane Hermine blew across Anna Maria Island leaving tons of rain, but minimal damage. The first hurricane to make landfall in Florida in over 10 years, Hermine was a category one storm.

Prior to storm landfall

The day prior to Hermine making landfall seven inches of rain fell on Anna Maria Island. The mixture of the high tide and rain created flooding in the streets. Some vehicles struggled to make it through however most made it to their destination safely. All the rain made for one soggy island.

Hurricane Hermine Landfall

There was continued rainfall the day the storm passed to the north of Anna Maria Island. Some neighborhoods experienced black outs, however this was not the case across the island. Manatee County Schools closed along with many of the local businesses.

Anna Maria Island experienced minimal damage. Flooding was worst on north island. A few ground level homes did take on water.

Hurricane Hermine
Hurricane Hermine dumped a lot of sand on the beaches of Anna Maria Island. You can see the bottom of the beach bench is buried in several inches.

 

Hurricane Hermine
Exploring the beach during the storm! An Island Real Estate staff member found a lost crab trap buoy among other debris. There were still shore birds scurrying about, and just a few washed out sea turtle eggs. 
Hurricane Hermine
This is what the beaches looked like as the storm passed to the north. Tides were very high.

After the storm

After the storm cleared the beaches looked great! The Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch reported minimal loss of turtle nests. Overall, Hermine left the island unscathed with no permanent damages.

Hurricane Hermine
This picture is from one week after Hurricane Hermine passed the island. Gulf of Mexico waters were a little murky from all the fresh rain water, but still beautiful. Rain water also cools down the gulf temperatures. In the hot late summer it is very refreshing hopping into cool water!

Anna Maria Island Labor Day Activities

Relax with a beach break and Anna Maria Island Labor Day activities. A quiet island holiday, Labor Day is a time to enjoy beaches, family and friends, and an extra long weekend.

September is off the off season on Anna Maria Island. Generally speaking, Islanders love this time of year. Visitors to the island will not find many events happening, but will enjoy fewer crowds. End of summer things to do are the focus of Labor day. Grilling food, enjoying cold drinks and relaxing on the beach with friends are among popular things to do.

Anna Maria Island Labor Day Activities on the beach

Everyone loves a Labor Day beach break! Additionally,  beach games are a fun way to relax during the holiday. Frisbee, corn hole, tag football and volleyball are good old beach game standbys.

Many people also enjoy beach combing during labor day. Anna Maria Island has lots of pretty shells to collect. When searching for shells remember to never take living shells.

Labor Day Eats

Labor day is a fantastic time to enjoy grilled foods and tasty drinks. A Labor day gathering of family and friends just isn’t complete without firing up the grill! Open fires, grilling and alcohol are not allowed on the beaches of Anna Maria Island. However, the large public beach accesses offer designated grilling areas. Additionally, many Anna Maria Island vacation rentals do offer propane or charcoal grills.

Anna Maria Island Labor day activities
Labor Day is a great time to visit Anna Maria Island

Labor Day Business Openings

Many of the restaurants and shops are open Labor day weekend on Anna Maria Island. When you visit you are sure to find open businesses. The free trolley also runs on Labor day, so you can get around the island easily.

Labor Day Beach House Rentals Anna Maria Island

Island Real Estate offers Anna Maria Island’s largest selection of beach house rentals. Finding the perfect Labor day rental is easy when you rent through Island Real Estate!

Beach House Rentals Holmes Beach
North Beach Village 72 would make for a lovely Labor Day Anna Maria Island beach house rental. Located in Holmes Beach this rental accommodates up to 6 guests! Click on the image above to reserve your stay today!

Summer’s End Beach House Rentals Anna Maria Island

It’s not too late to enjoy end of summer beach house rentals Anna Maria Island style! Pumpkin spice latte is back on the Starbucks menu, kids are in school again, and Fall is less than a month away. Now is the time to plan that last minute summer getaway!

Summer Beach House Rentals Anna Maria Island in September

September is a fantastic time of year to visit Anna Maria Island. This is the off season, so the beaches are far less busy. During a September visit you’ll also notice there are fewer cars on the streets. The entire Island has a different vibe in the late summer. People are a little calmer as locals enjoy the respite from busy high season.

End of Summer beach Scene

Anna Maria Island beaches are as beautiful as ever in the late summer. The weather is hot and rainy during September in Florida, however, beaches are still very nice. Lots of rain may make the water a tad less blue than the normal, but it also cools the water temperature down. Gulf beaches are bathtub like in July and August, so a little rain makes them more refreshing.

End of Summer Island Activities

When you visit the island at the end of summer you may notice a few of the island’s restaurants are closed. This is when operators make improvements, and also have a little summer vacation before seasons starts again. However, there are still plenty of places to dine that are open year round. Closures are typically no more than a week long, or even just a few days.

Summer is also an excellent time to visit activities off island. With less congested roads, getting on and off the island is much easier in late summer. This is a fantastic time to drive down to Sarasota, or head into Bradenton to try new activities. You will find museums, shopping and sightseeing in both Sarasota and Bradenton.

Summer’s End Beach House Rentals Anna Maria Island have lowest rates.

The end of summer is one of the most affordable times to visit Anna Maria Island. September is when many beach houses lower their rates. These lower rates continue through to mid December when visitors from the north start to come down again. These lower rates don’t always include Labor Day weekend as this is the last busy weekend of the season. Rates for beach house rentals typically fluctuate to coincide with demand or popular seasons.

Direct Beach House Rentals Anna Maria Island

September is also the perfect time of year to reserve a direct beach front rental!

Hidden Cove is a fantastic direct gulf Front beach rental Anna Maria Island style. This is a great example of the type of rentals available in September.

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Beach House Rentals Anna Maria Island style! Click on the image to learn more about this great condo!

Hidden Cove unit 1 offers accommodations for up to four guests with two bedrooms and two and half bathrooms. During your stay, enjoy direct gulf views from the master bedroom and main living space. You will love spending time on the open balcony watching sunsets, and relaxing. The quiet Hidden Cove complex also offers a community pool, and is located near free trolley stops, shopping and dining.

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Click on the image to reserve Hidden Cove unit 1 for your next Beach house rental Anna Maria Island Holmes Beach.

Island Real Estate has the largest selection of Anna Maria Island beach rentals you’ll find in the area! When searching for a summer’s end beach rental be sure to check out the Sunshine Specials page for great deals.

Enjoy an Anna Maria Island paradise vacation and reserve the perfect beach rental today at IslandReal.com!