Families will LOVE Anna Maria Island! Lots to do, kid-friendly beaches, restaurants that welcome kids and adults alike, and we’re a day trip from Disney – Beach and Mouse in one house! Check out our Family Fun posts to get ideas for planning your visit to Anna Maria Island today!
If you’re looking for a family friendly restaurant try checking out one of the island’s waterfront restaurants featuring live entertainment and a comfortable inviting atmosphere.
Things To Do
If you’re getting tired of swimming or visiting the many beaches in the area there are plenty of public pools to visit as well. Take a trip to one of the area aquariums to get a close up look at the sea life! A short trip to the Florida Maritime Museum will be both educational and fun for the whole family.
If you’re visiting during the summer there are plenty of additional options, such as participating in the turtle watch which takes place between May 1st-October 31st. The kids can learn about the local turtles and see some of the nesting grounds that are penned off with stakes and tape right on the beaches. Kids can also learn to surf with the kid’s summer surfing camps!
Take a water shuttle trip on the Island Pearl to various locations and maybe even see some dolphins! Or for those who prefer solid ground the Anna Maria Island Trolley the Crown Jewel will take you around the island for free!
If you would like you can take a video tour of Anna Maria Island before you visit to get acquainted with some of the sights and locations!
Accommodations and Vacation Rental Properties on Anna Maria Island
Island Real Estate is the best choice when looking for the perfect family fun accommodations. With the largest inventory of vacation rental homes on Anna Maria Island, Island Real Estate is sure to please with great customer service and a knowledgeable staff.
Anna Maria Island Ethnic Restaurants are a great departure from everyday meals. While everyone loves a good burger, fries and the traditional “American” fare, why not try something different on your vacation?
Anna Maria Island Ethnic Restaurants
Anna Maria Island has more seafood and traditional American restaurants than you could try in just one vacation. However, there are a handful of eateries with international roots. This comes as no surprise since the island sees guests from all around the world.
Here are six restaurants to try if you are looking for something beyond the usual, yet still delicious.
French Cuisine at Island Creperie and French Table
Anna Maria Island has two French Restaurants to try! Visit Island Creperie for an out of this world French breakfast or French Table for a traditional south of France dinner.
The Island Creperie is open for breakfast and lunch until 2pm. You’ll find a extensive variety of crepes, french bread and Mimosas too. Find Island Creperie on Bridge Street in the purple store front.
The French table has a small menu of delicious cuisine focusing on fresh produce and baked bread. They offer both seafood, duck and beef options. You’ll find them at 103 Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach.
Indian Cuisine at The Island Spice
If you have a craving for Indian food The Island Spice is sure to please. They offer all the traditional Indian favorites Americans have grown to love. You’ll find Curry, Tikka Masala, Dosas, Vindaloo and more. Visit them at 3608 East Bay Drive in Holmes Beach.
Japanese Cuisine at Island Ocean Star
Island Ocean Star has some of the best Sushi you will find in Manatee County. They offer a few Hibachi tables, a fully stocked bar and outdoor waterfront seating too. Find everything you would expect on the extensive menus. Island Ocean Star is in the Galatti Marina 902 South Bay Boulevard in the City of Anna Maria.
German Cuisine at the Old Hamburg Schnitzel Haus
If you are looking for hearty comfort food, the Schnitzel Haus is for you. Here you’ll find great service, German beer and a relaxed cozy atmosphere. They offer both German and Austrian cuisine that is a mix of the traditional with new trends from back home. The Schnitzel Haus is in Holmes Beach at 3246 East Bay Drive.
Italian Cuisine at Vinny and Cheryl’s Italian Kitchen
While Vinny and Cheryl’s doesn’t offer a large dining room with the traditional restaurant service, they do offer authentic Italian Classics. Some of the best fresh baked Italian breads, rustic pizzas, family size meals and specialty items can be found at Vinny and Cheryl’s. Find Vinny and Cheryl on Pine Avenue in the city of Anna Maria.
During your next winter visit you have to try these top five Anna Maria Island January activities! This is a great time of year for a warm Florida vacation as northerners experience the cold, snow and ice.
Head over to the Fish Hole Miniature golf course on Bridge Street! A great place for family fun, the Fish Hole is a great cool weather activity. You’ll find 18 holes along this well-kept course. You can feed the beautiful Koi fish, and watch the pond of turtles sunning themselves on their logs. The Fish Hole also offers soda and Dippin’ Dots Ice Cream.
Bella by the Sea Boutique
Check out Bella by the Sea for a unique boutique shopping experience. This great shop offers women’s clothes, jewelry, handbags and more. This is a great place to visit during a January day on island time.
Star Gazing on the Beach
A clear January night on Anna Maria Island is perfect for star gazing. January 3rd, 2017 is the peak of the Quadrantid Meteor shower, and the Full Moon is on January 12th, 2017. Bundle up and head to the beach for beautiful skies and sounds of the tides. Check out this helpful Star Gazing Guide too!
Cocktails at The Doctor’s Office
You must visit Anna Maria Island’s newest night spot, The Doctor’s Office! Here you’ll find the island’s hottest craft cocktails and delicious chef inspired small plates. The Doctor’s Office is the newest establishment owned by Sean Murphy of the Beach Bistro.
Bike over the Bridge
Rent a bike or snag one from the new Bike sharing racks, and go for a ride over the Manatee Bridge! You’ll enjoy the fresh bay air, sights of the Skyway and tons of sea birds flying overhead. January is the perfect time for a brisk bike ride.
This is our list of 5 new Anna Maria Island activities you might not have tried yet! While the sunset tours, dolphin cruises and kayak trips are always great here are some new suggestions.
Top 5 New Anna Maria Island Activities to Try
There is always something new and fun to try on Anna Maria Island!
Horseback on the Beach
When you come to Anna Maria Island over the Manatee bridge you will see people on horseback. This is a fun way to spend a morning for all ages of the family. The horses love being in the water, and so will you! There are two different companies that offers “Horse Surfing” C Ponies and Beach Horses. Tickets will run you about $130 to $150 per a rider. Book your trip online first then meet at the Palma Sola Causeway just before the Bradenton mainland.
Top Gun FlyBoards are one of the hottest new activities in the area. Also located on the Palma Sola Causeway this is a fun activity for teens and adults. Flyboards attach to your feet and propel you up and into the air. Most learn to flyboard in about 10 minutes of practice. Top Gun offers 30 minute, 60 minute, four hour and all day experiences. Prices range from $99 up to $1199. Riders must be 18, or between 15-17 with a parent waiver. Additionally riders must be between 100 and 300 pounds. Book a Top Gun Flyboard session online.
YOLO Adventures offers parasailing among their list of services. You’ll soar above the island and enjoy stunning aerial views. YOLO offers group excursion, tandem flights, water dips and great fun. They offer two different locations to leave from. Find them at 127th Street in Cortez Village or at the end of Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach. Tickets cost $79 per a person and riders must be under 300 pounds.
Snorkel trips at Egmont Key
Coastline Excursions offer snorkel trips off of Egmont Key State Park. This unique island is only accessible by boat and offers a light house, sunken ruins and a nature preserve. When you snorkel here you’ll find tropical fish and ruins from the Dade Fort. Snorkel excursions will run anywhere from $75 per person to $426 for private tours. In addition to their Egmont snorkel tour Coastline Excursions offers dolphin trips and a sand bar snorkel trip for a little as $53.25 per person. Book online!
Jet surfing is the latest activity to come to Anna Maria Island. Surfs Up Jet Surfing is great for days when the water is too calm for traditional surfing. Prior to use a half hour lesson is required to get users acclimated. Your first 45 minute trip with lesson will cost $100. After that it’s $50 for a half hour. Surfs up Jet Surfing Boards can be found at AMI Beach Rentals in Holmes Beach.
There are tons of great Bradenton Activities to explore while visiting Anna Maria Island. Just a short drive over the Manatee Bridge, Bradenton is on the mainland of Manatee County. This area has a quaint downtown with both family friendly things to do along with a great night life.
Top 11 Bradenton Activities
When you visit Anna Maria Island it’s totally worth driving inland for Bradenton activities!
Downtown Bradenton Old Main Street
If you want to shop, dine, and unwind then Old Main Street is the perfect spot. This is truly the heart of Bradenton. Here you’ll find boutiques, tons of bars and restaurants too. Old Main Street offers quaint old architecture reminiscent of a small southern town, and fewer modern structures. It’s really a pleasant place to relax while taking in the scenes and window shopping.
Wander down the street to the Riverfront and you’ll find the Pier and Twin Dolphin Marina. The pier not only offers great views of the Manatee River, but also has a very nice restaurant called Pier 22.
If you are looking for a night spot this is the best place for a bar crawl. You’ll find many different bars, pubs and lounges all along Old Main Street. Each bar is unique and draws a different crowd. Just be sure to drink responsibly!
Riverwalk – Free outdoors entertainment.
The Bradenton Riverwalk is a great place to stroll along the Manatee River and enjoy Florida’s year round perfect weather. This strip of public space offers a splash park, playground, day docks, picnic areas, skate park and butterfly garden. Enjoy sights of the river while relaxing too.
Mixon Fruit Farms
Mixon Fruit Farm is a short drive east of downtown. Here you’ll find many fun family attractions including farm tours, wildlife refuge, and a large gift shop too. Be sure to try a free sample of fresh squeezed orange juice and grab a piece of fudge from the gift shop.
While visiting Anna Maria Island in the Spring, you can catch the Pittsburg Pirates Spring training games at Mckechnie Field. Check out their schedule to see all the different activities happening at this amazing facility.
Village of the Arts
The Village of the Arts is a commercial-residential community on the southern side of the downtown area. Here you’ll find art galleries, specialty shops and restaurants. The first Friday of each month the Village holds an artwalk, however, some of the shops are open Tuesday-Saturday weekly.
Manatee Performing Arts Center
The Manatee Performing Arts Center has a long history of producing plays and entertaining Bradentonians since the late 1940’s. First started by the Bradenton Junior Women’s Club, the troupe became known as the Manatee Players. Now with a new large facility and location the thespian tradition continues. Check their calendar to see what is happening!
Red Barn Flea Market
The Red Barn Flea Market is a Bradenton tradition. Here you’ll find the areas best Flea Market with produce, restaurants, and a unique assortment of vendors. Open Tuesday through Sunday.
South Florida Museum
The South Florida Museum offers a great look at prehistoric Florida. From Dinosaurs to early native inhabitants, this museum is an impressive facility. You’ll find Paleontology and Archaeology featured in addition to local history too. See the oldest living Manatee in Captivity in their aquarium and also learn about outer space in their planetarium.
The Bradenton Ghost Tours are a newer feature to the downtown area. Learn about encounters and documented stories from locals. While taking you through areas with unusual encounters you’ll also learn about Bradenton History. Not only are the tours offered in Bradenton, but you can catch a tour on Anna Maria Island’s Bradenton Beach too.
Manatee Village Historic Park
Learn about Bradenton’s past when you visit Manatee Village Historic Park. Here you’ll find relics from the past including Fogarty Boat Works, The Baldwin Steam Locomotive and the old school house.
Visit Bradenton Breweries for a nice local cold one. Motorworks and Darwin’s Brewers are both on the south side of Downtown on 9th Street West. While the local handcrafted beer movement takes off, Bradenton has hopped on the trend.
During your next visit to Anna Maria Island be sure to head into the Mainland and try these Bradenton Activities!
Bradenton Vacation Rentals
Looking for a vacation rental in Bradenton? Island Real Estate has several rentals here just a short drive to gulf beaches. These units are on Perico Island just between the Mainland and Anna Maria Island. Check out these Perico Bay Club homes.
There are several great Anna Maria Island Holiday Events this year! Throughout December there will be celebrations across the island’s three cities.
Anna Maria Island Holiday Events 2016
Get into the spirit of the holiday with these fun family events.
Holmes Beach Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting
December 2nd will be the Annual Holiday Open House. This event is organized by the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by local businesses. From 5-8pm walk around the Holmes Beach Shopping District for snacks and libations while local businesses stay open late. These businesses will have specials going on too!
At 6pm watch the annual lighting of the tree in front of the Chamber at 5313 Gulf Drive. Santa and his sleigh will also make an appearance, so everyone better be on their best behavior.
The Chamber will provide lite snacks, coffee and wine. Next door, Eat Here restaurant will be showing the movie “A Miracle on 34th Street” in addition to serving mulled wine.
Bring a toy to donate to Toys for Tots. There will be a donation box at the Chamber of Commerce.
Anna Maria Pine Avenue Holiday Treasure Walk
Celebrate the holiday in Anna Maria on December 9th with the Holiday Treasure Walk. Pine Avenue and Gulf Drive Merchants will be open late from 5-8pm with special sales and tasty treats.
Stop by The Studio at Gulf and Pine for refreshments from the Sandbar Restaurant. Additionally, Roser Church Joyful Noise Children’s Choir will be performing at the Historical Society at 6pm.
There may even be an appearance from Santa too!
Bradenton Beach Christmas on Bridge Street
Christmas on Bridge Street is an annual family friendly event with tons of entertainment and holiday fun. The event will take place December 17 from 4:30-8:30pm.
Enjoy music from Russ Adams Project, The Dickens Carolers, and more!
There will be a kids crafts and cookie bazaar where children will be selling their baked goods and handmade gifts.
In addition to the gift market, you’ll find a wreath raffle, and gift basket silent auction.
You’ll also find a Hot Chocolate Bar, Snow and Santa.
Enjoy Christmas on Anna Maria Island with these fun events for the whole family!
Island Real Estate has what you need for an Anna Maria Island Mediterranean style vacation! Why travel across the world for beautiful beaches when they are waiting right here on the Florida Gulf Coast?
Anna Maria Island Mediterranean Style Vacation for Less
A Mediterranean vacation is full of relaxation, blue seas, and beautiful sunshine. The countries around the Mediterranean offer great sight seeing and interesting history too. All of these things are on Anna Maria Island! An exotic destination, with perfect weather and fun leisure activities is waiting for you. All you need is the quintessential Mediterranean style beach rental to set the tone for your Anna Maria Island vacation. Best of all, you won’t break the bank during your coastal siesta to Anna Maria Island!
This beach rental is about two-three blocks from gulf beaches, and one of the island’s most popular public accesses. Under the Tuscan Sun offers 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms with plenty of space for up to 9 guests. Not only will you be close to the beach, but you’ll be able to walk to shops, restaurants and free trolley stops! Enjoy the private heated pool too.
Beach Escape is three blocks from Gulf beaches and also centrally located to Anna Maria Island activities and attractions. This 3 bedroom, 3 bath rental offers accommodations for up to 8 guests. Inside you’ll find an updated style with the cool blues and whites characteristic of Mediterranean decor. Enjoy the heated pool and spa, or open air balconies at this fantastic Anna Maria Island beach rental!
Located in Anna Maria, Blue Waters is a platinum rated rental on direct canal front. This 4 bedroom, 4 bath home sleeps 8 guests, and is a few blocks from coveted Anna Maria gulf beaches. You’ll find luxury amenities including a large heated pool and spa, boat dock and a lovely Mediterranean style. You’ll truly love this one of a kind destination.
Casa Sierra Rentals
Casa Sierra is a small 4 unit condo complex just a short two blocks from gulf beaches. These great Mediterranean style condos offer 2 bedrooms and 2 baths with accommodations for up to 6 guests. These rentals are relaxed, however, they do have all the great amenities that come with their gold rating. Enjoy the community heated pool along with a fabulous location too. Casa Sierra Unit 205 A, Unit 205 B, Unit 203 A.
The L’Plage complex is on direct gulf front in Holmes Beach. This luxury condo offers everything you’ll need for the perfect Mediterranean style holiday. Enjoy the community heated pool and spa just steps from the powder white sands of the Gulf of Mexico. Inside this unit you’ll find 3 bedrooms and 3 baths with room for up to 8 guests too!
Beach House on 5th is a great spot for up to 10 guests! This 3 bedroom 3 bath rental is less than 3 blocks to gulf beaches, shopping, dining and free trolley stops too. You’ll love the heated pool and the fun coastal decor in this Mediterranean style home.
You’ll enjoy direct gulf front views when you spend a holiday at Vista Grande. This lovely platinum rated villa sleeps 6 guests with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Not only does this beach rental have million dollar views, but also luxurious amenities fit for a Mediterranean style vacation.
Perfect for a family getaway, The Oasis has accommodations for up to 6 guests with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. You’ll be 3 blocks from pristine Gulf of Mexico beaches, and centrally located on Anna Maria Island. Enjoy the heated pool during your stay!
The La Casa Costiera is a gorgeous luxury condo complex right on the Gulf of Mexico. Here you’ll find many well-appointed rentals to pick from. These units sleep 6 or 8 guests, and each has unique tropical decor. They have 3 bedrooms and either 2, 2.5 or 3 bathroom. Enjoy the heated pool and spa or relax all day long on the beach.
This canal front Anna Maria rental is just a short walk to Tampa Bay beaches. You’ll love the fantastic style and amenities at Cayman Bay. Sleep up to 8 guests with 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. Each of the bedrooms at this home have a great luxury feel. Enjoy the beautiful backyard with a heated pool and spa. Dock your boat in the canal too!
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
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.
Sign up to be added to the Island Real Estate news letter list. We are always sending out promotions and specials via email!
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.
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.
A great way to save money on vacation is to avoid paying for transportation when possible.
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.
Anna Maria Island is full of free or inexpensive activities! While the beach is always free, there are many other areas to explore too!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
An Anna Maria Island Winter is absolutely wonderful! While temperatures vary, typically you won’t see day time cold weather below 50 degrees Fahrenheit during island winters.
Anna Maria Island Winter Fun Activities
Follow our list of cold weather activities and you’re sure to have a great time for your Anna Maria Island Winter vacation!
Sand Angel and Sand Men too!
We don’t have snow in Florida, but we do have sand. Tons of it! On Anna Maria Island there is over seven miles of powder fine sand coastline ready for you to play in. Instead of the traditional snow angels and snow men try your hand at a sand man or sand angel.
Dining and Shopping
Naturally, when visiting even warm winter climates, you’ll want to have indoor activities. Luckily, Anna Maria Island has tons of great dining and shopping spots! You’ll find shopping and dining spots peppered across the island, but there are a few hubs to keep in mind. Pine Avenue in the City of Anna Maria offers great boutiques and restaurants. The Central city of Holmes Beach has a commercial district at the corner of Marina and Gulf Drive. Then a second spot on East Bay Drive and Manatee Avenue. Bradenton Beach, the southern island city, offers great shopping and dining on Bridge Street.
Since there are fewer people on the beach in the winter, your chances of finding the best seashells increases. Beach combing is a relaxing pass time. Bundle up with a thick sweater and head out to the beach for some great winter shelling!
Hot Chocolate with an Island Twist
Cold winter months were made for curling up with a blanket and a cup of hot chocolate! This is a great way to relax at an Anna Maria Island beach rental during the cold months. Try this recipe for Toasted Coconut Hot Chocolate and you’ll have an island twist for an old standby.
Winter is a lovely time for kayak trips around Anna Maria Island. Since the Gulf may be too cold for your liking, you can still get out and not get wet with a kayak. Often, during winter, you will find the Gulf is flat like glass. This makes kayaking fun, safe and relaxing. You could also head over to the Intracoastal side of the island to find Mangroves and diverse wildlife.
Dolphins are not hard to find around Anna Maria Island. This is especially true when you book a boat tour. Many of the local charter captains know where to find pods of Dolphins jumping and playing around the island. A trip to the island isn’t complete without spotting a dolphin.
Fishing is great anytime of year in Florida, and winter is no exception! Head to a pier, or book a fishing charter. Either way you’re sure to catch something good!
Winter Beach Rentals
While visiting Anna Maria Island in the summer is fun, the cooler months still bring a great opportunity to visit the gulf coast. You will find great economy options on beach rentals during the winter. Especially during January, rental prices are at some of their lowest! You won’t have to break the bank to escape the winter snow and ice.
Salt a Margarita instead of your driveway!
Don’t spend winter salting your driveway, come to Anna Maria Island and salt a Margarita instead!
A New Years Anna Maria Island style is full of relaxation and fun. What’s a better way to transition from one year to the next than doing it on the beach? Here is our suggestions of fun things to do on New Years Eve and Day on Anna Maria Island!
New Years Anna Maria Island
Anna Maria Island might be a little chilly in the winter, but it sure beats spending winter up north. Even with the cooler weather, there’s plenty of things to do on Anna Maria Island around New Years. Typically new years on the island is very laid back. You won’t find lots of loud crazy shenanigans. People enjoy time with family and friends while relaxing in paradise.
New Years Eve
Sunset. When visiting the island on New Years Eve, be sure to catch the last sunset of the year. Anna Maria Island always has a beautiful sunset, and the last one of the year is always special.
Go for a swim! If you visit an Anna Maria Island beach rental with a heated pool or spa, you can totally swim in January. How many of your northern friends can do that? If you are from the north, you may even be brave enough to jump in the gulf!
Party. Traditionally, people love a party on New Years Eve. While the island doesn’t have a local ball drop, there are many places to celebrate. Just about all island restaurants and bars are open on New Years Eve. Even better, the free trolley passes by almost all of them! You can have fun, and drink responsibly too! Many of the restaurants will close before 11pm, but all the bars will be open until midnight or 2pm.
Eat. If you plan on staying in for New Years Eve try out some fun tropical recipes for an island twist on a New Years Eve party! Instead of a traditional champagne toast, try out pineapple mimosas. These Hawaiian sliders are a great twist on a pulled pork sandwich, and make great finger food for a party. Grouper and Shrimp are both caught locally. Get some local seafood and make seafood tacos!
New Years Day
Sandbar Jazz Brunch.Sunday Jazz Brunches at the Sandbar Restaurant have become very popular on Anna Maria Island. This year January 1st falls on a Sunday, and therefore, coincides with this event. Enjoy a special menu while listening to local Jazz performers in paradise. This is a fantastic way to start the new year!
Beach Photos. Start the new year off with pictures on the beach! Gather all your family and friends and get a great shot to remember the day.
Try a new Island Activity. Begin the new year with an island style activity you never tried before. A new year is for new experiences. See the Ultimate Anna Maria Island Bucket List for inspiration and activities that you’ve never tried before.
New Years Anna Maria Island Beach Rentals
Anna Maria Island beach rentals are a great option for any size group spending New Years in paradise! Book your stay with Island Real Estate, and find the perfect accommodations for you.
Beach Comber is a great direct gulf front beach rental. Enjoy accommodations for up to 6 guests with 2 bedrooms.
Bay View Inn 201 sleeps 4 guests with 1 bedroom. You’ll love this location just a couple blocks from gulf beaches, dining, shopping and trolley stops.
Sea Palm Cottage is a charming rental just a block from gulf beaches in Holmes Beach. Sleep up to 6 guests with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths.
Runaway Bay 272 sleeps 6 guests with 2 bedrooms. This condo rental is just across Gulf Drive from the beach. Enjoy the heated community pool and Bay viewing dock.
This is the ultimate Anna Maria Island Bucket List! There are tons of great activities to enjoy during your visit, however, there are some must dos. Follow this great list and you’ll be sure to have a blast on Anna Maria Island!
The Ultimate Anna Maria Island Bucket List
Visit an Anna Maria Island vacation rental on the beach. – This is the best way to visit Anna Maria Island!
Eat a burger from both Duffy’s and Skinny’s. Locals are divided about the best burger on island, so find out for yourself.