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!

 

Top 5 Anna Maria Island Spring Break Beach Rentals

Anna Maria Island Spring Break Beach Rentals make for unforgettable vacation! Find perfect weather, great activities and a lovely spot to gather friends for an awesome beach rental experience!

Anna Maria Island Spring Break Beach Rentals

It’s not too late to plan your Spring Break! When booking last minute March dates be sure to ask about special promotions!

Runaway Bay 272

Runaway Bay 272 is a fantastic Bradenton Beach vacation spot for six guests! This condo is just a short walk from the beach, free trolley stops, and local attractions. Inside you’ll find two bedrooms and two bathrooms with an updated casual style. Enjoy the community heated pool, fishing dock on the bay and tennis courts. 2017 Spring base rates start as low as $1300/week.

Anna Maria Island Spring Break Beach Rentals
Runaway Bay 272

 

La Casa Marie

La Casa Marie is a great spot for a luxury beach rental right on the beach. This three bedroom, two and a half bath rental condo sleeps six. You’ll have peeks of the gulf from the balcony along with updated amenities. Enjoy the fun wetbar with wine chiller and ice maker too! When you aren’t at the beach relax in the heated community pool and spa! 2017 Spring base rates start as low as $3150/week.

Anna Maria Island Spring Break Beach Rental
La Casa Marie

 

Under the Tuscan Sun

Under the Tuscan Sun is a fun Mediterranean style beach rental just a few short blocks to the most popular Anna Maria Island beaches. This three bedroom three bath rental sleeps up to six guests. You’ll love the private heated pool along with lovely balcony views. Pets under 25 pounds welcome with pet fee! 2017 Spring base rates start as low as $2000/week.

Anna Maria Island Spring Break
Under the Tuscan Sun

 

A Mermaid Crossing

A Mermaid Crossing offers stylish decor and a location just a short walk from the beach. This three bedroom three bathroom rental sleeps six guests with an extra touch of luxury. You’ll love the heated pool and sundeck too. The layout of this house is great for entertaining, and the master bathroom is stunning! 2017 Spring base rates start as low as $3325/week.

Anna Maria Island Spring Break Vacation Rentals
A Mermaid Crossing

 

Waterfront Retreat

Waterfront Retreat is the ultimate destination for a large family Spring Break vacation. Here you’ll find six bedrooms three full bathrooms and two powder rooms. This rental was truly designed for entertaining. Enjoy a well equipped kitchen with bar area, a living room with excellent seating, fun games and heated pool. The rental is on canal front with a dock, so you can even bring your boat. 2017 Spring base rates start as low as $3325/week!

Anna Maria Spring Break Beach Rental
Waterfront Retreat

Anna Maria Island Spring Break Beach Rentals are the best way to enjoy a memorable Florida Vacation!

Top 7 Reasons Anna Maria Island is the Best Family Friendly Florida Vacation

Once you visit, you’re sure to understand why Anna Maria Island is the best family friendly Florida vacation destination! From affordable group accommodations, to pristine beaches you’ll make life lasting memories on island time.

Family Friendly Florida Vacation
Pack your bathing suits and head to Anna Maria Island for a truly relaxing Family Friendly Florida Vacation!

Anna Maria Island is the best Family Friendly Florida Vacation!

While other Florida cities may offer family friendly vacations, none will make your group happier than a relaxing visit to Anna Maria Island! Here’s our Top seven reasons why.

Anna Maria Island Beaches are pristine.

Anna Maria Island has some of the most beautiful Gulf of Mexico beaches you’ll find in Florida. The sand is powdery and the water is typically blue like the Caribbean. Not only are these beaches pretty, but they are great for families.

When you visit the large public beach accesses on the island you’ll find amenities that make beach trips easier. Things like bathrooms, changing stations, concessions, and play grounds make beach time a breeze.

Great family accommodations and beach rentals on Anna Maria Island.

Since Anna Maria Island is only a mile across at it’s widest section, all accommodations are near beach accesses. In fact, most are with in walking distance. If your group ends up too far to walk then rent a golf cart or bikes to get your group back and forth.

Anna Maria Island has a great selection of accommodations for larger groups and families too. You are sure to find the perfect beach rental to suit the needs of your party. From beach front luxury to laid back and budget friendly, AMI has it all.

Check out the Top 9 Family Friendly vacation rentals to visit in 2017!

Beach on a Budget

While the island does offer high-end luxury, Anna Maria Island is a great vacation destination for those on a budget. Find affordable lodging, restaurants and shopping for a vacation that won’t break the bank.

You won’t find entrance fees to any of the beaches on Anna Maria Island. Parking is also free!

Almost all of the family style rentals on Anna Maria Island have fully stocked kitchens, so you’ll save a great deal of money by making meals yourself.

You’ll find many activities that don’t require spending money on your vacation. Visit the public parks, walk on the Piers, and enjoy sightseeing without spending a dime.

Transportation and free trolley service.

There are many options for getting around the area. The free trolley is a very popular mode of transportation with stops from Pine Avenue on north end to Coquina beach on south end. Kids have lots of fun riding the trolley, and it’s air conditioned too.

Catch a ride with The Monkey Bus or Ride AMI golf carts. These services can be hailed on the street or called to pick you up. Both are a gratuity only service. Water Taxi’s are a newer way to get around the island. You’ll love riding to your destination by boat.

Island Activities are Family Fun.

Beyond the beach you’ll find fun island activities for your family. Enjoy miniature golf at the Fish Hole on Bridge Street, or climb the Pirate Ship play ground at Coquina Beach. Families love fishing on the Anna Maria City Pier, or enjoy a walk with an ice cream cone from Two Scoops.

There are many local equipment rental companies that offer bicycles, surrey bikes, tandem bikes and kid seat attachments. No matter what the age of your group, you can rent bikes for sightseeing.

There are many options for boat and fishing tours around the island. Take the kids dolphin watching, kayaking or snorkeling. For the more adventurous try fly boarding or horse surfing!

Anna Maria Island offers a central location.

While you may not want to leave the island during your stay, you’ll find AMI is nearby to many big Florida attractions. There are tons of things to do within a two hour driving distance.

Get from Anna Maria Island to Orlando is just two hours. Planning a Disney trip? You can stay on Anna Maria Island! Meet Mickey and see the best Florida beaches in the same vacation.

You’ll find things to do in Sarasota, St. Petersburg and Tampa all an hour drive or less. Enjoy Mote Marine Aquarium, The Dali Museum, Busch Gardens and plenty of attractions in these nearby cities.

Even Bradenton has fun things to do, and is just a short ride inland. The Downtown Bradenton area has the wonderful Riverfront park, or go see Snooty the Manatee at South Florida Museum.

You’ll feel like you’re in a tropical oasis in the middle of all the best Florida Attractions!

Anna Maria Island will have you feeling relaxed.

A Family friendly Florida vacation is not always relaxing, especially for parents. Some family trips can be so exhausting you don’t even feel rested when its over. Change all that with an Anna Maria Island vacation. Everything about AMI is laid back; life is just slower on island time. No one in a hurry, no long lines, no obligations or deadlines. All you need for a good day on AMI is a bathing suit, sun block, a cold beverage and your loved ones. There’s nothing like a day on the beach to get your family into relaxation mode.

Enjoy the perfect family friendly Florida vacation with a tropical getaway to Anna Maria Island.

Anna Maria Island March Activities Guide

Anna Maria Island March activities are a fantastic way to stay entertained when you aren’t too busy relaxing on the beach! Spring is a very popular time of year to visit the island, so you’ll find plenty of happenings. From art to the outdoors, check out our list of Anna Maria Island March activities.

Anna Maria Island March Activities
March is the BEST time of year to visit Anna Maria Island!

Anna Maria Island March Activities

The weather is perfect and Florida is the place to be!

Art Slam 2017

Head off island March 4th for an immersive art experience in Downtown Bradenton. Art Slam is an annual event where local creatives come together to celebrate art, youth and the creative process. Every year this event brings a unique experience to attendees. Visit Old Main Street in Downtown Bradenton from 9am-4pm.

Explore Waif Gopher Tortoises at Perico Preserve.

Perico Preserve is a gorgeous new park just a short drive over the Manatee Bridge from Anna Maria Island. While these animals are native, the park is developing a special interest for their habitat.

Waif Gopher tortoise refers to animals ready to be released back into the wild, but don’t have a known specific area of origin. This can happen for a variety of reasons.

Manatee County has developed Perico Preserve into the perfect habitat for these homeless Waif Gopher Tortoises. While on Anna Maria Island, be sure to visit Perico Preserve for a chance to see them in person!

Island Gallery West March Feature

Check out the March featured Student Artist at the Island Gallery West. Olivia Sabo is a student at Lakewood Ranch High School. Her work “Spuds” will be on display at the gallery for the month of March. Her acrylic painting on display was inspired by her fathers Chris Sabo was inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame in 2010.

Treat Yourself at Cupcake Delights!

Head over to Capcake Delights in Holmes Beach and grab yourself one or a dozen. Because, why not? You don’t need a reason to enjoy a sweet treat when vacationing on Anna Maria Island!

Lionfish Lecture at FMM

The Florida Maritime Museum is hosting a Lecture March 15th at 3pm. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Lionfish Control Team will talk about this invasive species and how people can help combat their proliferation of Florida waterways.

Nap on the Beach

March 13 is National Napping Day which follows Day Light Savings on March 12. Celebrate with a nap on the beaches of Anna Maria Island! The sun will be warm and the sand soft! Grab a towel and an umbrella and get comfy! Just don’t forget your sunblock!

Beach Bistro Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

This year the Beach Bistro’s St. Patricks Day Parade will be on Sunday the 19th. The Parade begins at the corner of Marina and Gulf Drive the proceeds north toward Anna Maria.

Anna Maria Island Seagulls – Don’t Feed Us

Anna Maria Island Seagulls are so cute and friendly, but don’t feed them! While it may seem fun, feeding gulls is harmful to both people and birds.

Don’t Feed Anna Maria Island Seagulls

Just about everyone is guilty of feeding birds. However, few know the real impact of the action. When you are sitting on the beach relaxing, and a gull stops by, it’s easy to toss a piece of snack at them. They will beg you. They will stand on the sand and look you straight in the face, but don’t give in!

Feeding Gulls makes them ill.

Naturally gulls forage, hunt and scavenge for food. They have a diverse diet consisting of fish, mollusks, insects, reptiles, rodents and just about anything meaty they can get their beak on. Typically when people feed gulls, they offer up human food like french fries and potato chips. These types of food aren’t even good for humans, so you can be sure they are harmful to sea birds. Without proper nutrition, Gulls can become sick and weak. A people diet can actually kill these feathered friends.

Anna Maria Island Seagulls.
Don’t feed Anna Maria Island Seagulls.

Feeding Gulls changes their natural instinct.

Gulls play an important part in their environment by cleaning up bits of detritus from beaches. They won’t do their job if they are given handouts of people food.

Instinctively birds tend to be afraid of humans, but become too friendly when hand fed. Not only do they loose their fear of humans, but they become aggressive toward us. Gulls will dive bomb people and steal food right out of their hand. This is a direct consequence of human interaction. There is nothing worse than a family trip to the beach spoiled by a gull nabbing the ice cream out of a kids hand.

In some instances these birds become extremely aggressive causing people to throw rocks and objects at the birds to scare them away. Obviously this is animal abuse, and could have been avoided completely. Birds that are not scared of people also run a higher risk of being injured by cars, fishing gear, boats and other human made obstacles.

Birds fed human food have a tougher time differentiating between real food and objects. Subsequently, gulls will try to eat plastics, garbage and other non-food items.

Anna Maria Island Seagulls
They might be cute, but feeding Seagulls is harmful to their health.

Feeding Seagulls has a negative impact on ALL species of birds.

When birds become accustomed to hand feeding they will congregate in larger groups than they naturally would do. This has an impact on increasing the spread of bird diseases. Populations of all birds are vulnerable to disease. Avian Pox is spread by an increase in birds having direct physical contact, especially when competing for food.

Additionally, these inflated groups of Gulls can have a harmful impact on all nesting shorebirds. Gulls prey on eggs and baby birds. It’s natural for a few eggs and baby birds to fall prey to a Seagull. However, these large swarms of gulls, attracted by people, can take out entire nesting colonies of birds such as Terns, Plovers and Skimmmers. A large group of Seagulls can also take out an entire nest of hatchling Sea Turtles making their way to the water’s edge.

Anna Maria Island Seagulls
Never chase groups of birds on the beach. It causes them great stress especially during nesting season.

What to do if you get swarmed?

If you encounter a swarm of aggressive gulls, first, hide all food. Seagulls even know what a potato chip bag looks like! Get all food out of sight. Any food that falls on the ground needs to be picked up or buried under sand. Once all food is away, stand up and slowly start walking towards the birds in an attempt to disburse them. Chasing birds stresses them out, so move slowly and confidently. Do not wave your hands around as they may think you are offering them food. Once the gulls move on you can bring your food back out.

Anna Maria Island Seagulls.
Feeding Seagulls makes them aggressive.

Feeding Gulls – It’s just plain rude!

While feeding Seagulls is not illegal in the state of Florida, it is extremely rude. Gull feeding frenzies are disruptive to beach goers and is inconsiderate to both humans and birds.

On your next trip to the beach, don’t feed Anna Maria Island Seagulls! Don’t just take our word! Read what the University of Florida has to say about feeding wildlife!

Anna Maria Island Seagulls
People who feed Seagulls are RUDE!

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.

Anna Maria Vacation
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.

Anna Maria Bay rental
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.

Anna Maria Vacations
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.

beach rental with a view
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

Sideways

Sideways is truly a gem, and a unique find for it’s Bradenton Beach location. Accommodating up to six guest this two bedroom, two bathroom home is gold rated.

Bradenton Beach roof top beach rental
Sideways

While you visit this great rental you’ll be just a short walk to gulf beaches, shopping, dining and free trolley stops. You will absolutely love the heated pool and spa during your stay!

Bradenton Beach rental roof top view
Sideways

 

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!

News letter sign up

Sign up to be added to the Island Real Estate news letter list. We are always sending out promotions and specials via email!

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.

beach picnic food
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!

breakfast picnic
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.

Anna Maria Island beach picnic
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!

beach picnic
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!

beach picnic accessories
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!

Anna Maria Island beach rental holmes beach
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!