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!

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Bean Point make for the perfect Anna Maria vacation~

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