Anna Maria Public Parking – 6 Tips

Both commercial and residential streets offer Anna Maria Island Parking. When visiting the north end of the island by car often times drivers become frustrated looking for places to park. Avoid the frustration, and discover new little side streets and lesser known parking places in the city of Anna Maria. Lesser known spots may not be next to your destination, but a short walk away. Read our guide below for Anna Maria public parking tips.

Anna Maria Island Parking Guide

1. Follow Posted Signage

As you cruise through the city streets be on the lookout for parking signs. Along all the city streets you will see small white signs with either green letters or red letters. The signs with green lettering indicate where you may park, and the signs with red lettering indicate where you may not park. Anna Maria public Parking may be in unexpected places, so be on the look out for signs.

2. Be Willing to Walk

You will not find large public lots for parking in the small city of Anna Maria. Unlike many suburban communities, Anna Maria doesn’t have large businesses with large attached parking lots. First find your destination in Anna Maria. If there is no parking available immediately near the destination try driving around the block, and look for street parking. Anna Maria is a walkable community with many safe walkways for foot and bike traffic. When it comes to parking, you may just have to walk. Let go of the idea that parking should be next to a destination, and embrace a city dwellers approach to park and walk.

3. Relax

Don’t let yourself get stressed out finding the closest spot. Relax on island time, and go with the flow of this laid back community. If you are in the city of Anna Maria chances are you’re enjoying leisure time, so allow yourself to enjoy the paradise surrounding you. Why get upset over parking? Worst case scenario, you’ll have to park a few blocks away, and enjoy a walk through this quaint village community.

4. Use Alternative Transportation

Anna Maria is the perfect area for bicycles. There are many safe bike trails, and car traffic moves slower at 25 MPH. If you are staying on Anna Maria Island consider renting a bike to get you around. You won’t regret a beautiful bike ride in gorgeous Florida weather. Check out the Anna Maria Island Bicycle Guide.

In addition to bikes, hop on the free trolley for a great method of alternative transportation. There are trolley stops all along the island, so you can take the trolley to almost any destination. There are several trolleys circulating from Pine Avenue in Anna Maria all the way down to Coquina Beach in the city of Bradenton Beach. Typically the trolley will come by every 20 minutes, but occasionally the trolley schedules do change due to traffic flow.

If you get tired while bike riding you can always hop on the trolley, and use the bike rack located on the front of this great air conditioned public transport.

5. Avoid a Ticket

The city of Anna Maria strictly enforces parking laws. You WILL get a ticket if you don’t follow the basic rules of parking. The city enforces laws that are common to parking laws found in any city or town, so use common sense driving rules. When parking on the street be sure to keep your tires off of the road and sidewalk. This is the biggest rule to follow, and keep in mind when parking. Always park in the direction of street traffic, and never with your vehicle against the flow. Street parking is not allowed between 10pm and 6am. Always double check for signs. Anna Maria street parking signs are easy to read, and never provide conflicting information. Read this guide on Avoiding a ticket if you need further clarification, or receive a parking citation.

6. Be in the Know

Knowing the side streets and lesser know parking areas will be a tremendous help. This is especially true when looking for Public Beach Accesses. The best beaches on Anna Maria Island have the least amount of nearby parking. Click on the images below to see what street parking looks like around Anna Maria. Each image offers information about parking locations.

Anna Maria Public Parking Suggestions List

Streets List at a Glance:

Pine Avenue
Peppertree Lane
Park Avenue
Mangrove Avenue
Willow Avenue
Palmetto Avenue
Palm Avenue
Magnolia Avenue
North Shore Drive
Intersection of Fern Street and Jacaranda Road
South Bay Boulevard South of Anna Maria City Pier
Bay Front Park North Bay Boulevard
Limited Public Parking near the Rod and Reel Lot

Here is a google Street Map to assist you in finding your way around Anna Maria Island.

 

Anna Maria Island Vacation Rentals and Accommodations

Island Real Estate has the island’s largest selection of vacation rentals to choose from. Visit IslandReal.com first when looking to reserve the perfect Florida vacation destination on Anna Maria Island!

Anna Maria vacation rental
Mon AMI Beach House is a gorgeous Anna Maria vacation rental home accommodating 8 guests. When you visit this home you’ll never have to worry about finding parking in the City of Anna Maria. This Mon AMI Beach House is located directly on Pine Avenue, and offers parking for up to four vehicles. Walk everywhere while spending a Florida vacation in the heart of Anna Maria Shopping and dining! Click on the image above to reserve Mon AMI Beach House today!

 

7 Things To Know About The City of Anna Maria

Occupying the northern end of Anna Maria Island is the city of Anna Maria. A coveted portion of the island, it offers an old Florida coastal village feel with vibrant history, charming locals and beautiful sightseeing.

7 Things To Know About The City of Anna Maria

Before purchasing a home in the city of Anna Maria there are likely a few things you didn’t know about this gorgeous little walkable town.

City Pier
The Anna Maria City Pier is an island landmark

History

Anna Maria has a proud and interesting history as the “Town Fig Newtons Built“. Charles Roser and his wife started the Anna Maria Beach Company to develop the land on Anna Maria Island in the late 1800’s. Charles Roser invented the machine that fills Fig Newtons. He used the money from the sale of his patented machine to begin Anna Maria Beach Company. One of the first steps to building a community on the island was to build the city pier which celebrated it’s 100th Birthday in 2011. When visiting the Island be sure to stop by the Anna Maria Historical Society on Pine Avenue to learn all about the unique history of this town.

Shopping

All along the small commercial streets of Anna Maria there are several locally run boutiques with everything from hand made to high end wares and souvenirs. There are no big box, or chain store retailers in Anna Maria making for a shopping experience full of great finds. All of the shops listed below are within walking distance of one another as is just about everything in the small city of Anna Maria. While in town check out the following shops:

Ginny & Jane E’s

Bella by the Sea

Shiny Fish Emporium

Pink & Navy

Historic Green Village

Restaurants

There is no shortage of fabulous Restaurants in Anna Maria from casual to sophisticated, and from gulf views to bay views you’ll be pleased with Anna Maria Dining options.

Rod & Reel Pier

J Burns

Poppo’s Tacos

Slim’s Place

Anna Maria City Pier Restaurant

My AMI French Food

The Waterfront

Sandbar

Ocean Star Sushi

Beaches

Anna Maria offers gorgeous beaches all around the northern tip of the island. These beaches do not offer an abundance of parking making them more secluded and reachable by foot or bike. Enjoy beaches on the Gulf of Mexico, Bean Point and Tampa Bay beaches at Bay Front Park when you visit Anna Maria.

Sightseeing and Equipment Rentals

Sightseeing on the northern end is truly stunning with gorgeous beaches and marine wildlife. You’ll also find great views from Rod & Reel Pier and the Anna Maria City Pier. While you stay on Anna Maria you may want to rent a bicycle or other fun outdoor equipment from Beach Bums or Lux Carts.

Events

The city of Anna Maria hosts several events throughout the year happening on Pine Avenue. Anna Maria events are family friendly and also offer great food, vendors and live music.

Food and Wine on Pine

Sandbar Easter Egg Hunt

Bay Fest

Christmas on Pine

Activities

When you’ve had your fill of the beach, or need to take a break because you are too sunburned, there are a few activities to enjoy in the city of Anna Maria.

Little free Library

Players Theater

Community Center

Real Estate in the city of Anna Maria

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Walk to Anna Maria Restaurants

Anna Maria Island – Walk to Anna Maria Restaurants if you are in the mood for a dinner out. You don’t have to leave the island or WALK very far from any of our Anna Maria Island vacation rentals with the wide selection of restaurants our little paradise has to offer.

There are several ways to find out about all the good Island eateries on our website.  We have top ten lists from our local Island Real Estate rental team.  Find the best “Happy Hour” or click here for Waterfront Dining choices.

Let’s take a look at the North end or Anna Maria City.

This cluster of restaurants is on the bay side:

The Rod ‘n Reel Pier Restaurant, famous for its breakfast omelets and grouper sandwich
The Anna Maria City Pier Restaurant (lunch and dinner)
The Waterfront Restaurant (lunch and dinner)
Two Scoops in the Bayview Plaza (ice cream and other treats)
The newly opened Ocean Star on the very end of S Bay Blvd (Sushi bar)

Take a stroll to these restaurants from the following Anna Maria vacation homes:
838 South Bay Blvd
Sangria Sunrise
509 South Bay
Living the Dream
My Sisters Beach House
Grant’s View
Sassy Seahorse
Down by the Sea
801 Jacaranda Road
871 North Shore Drive
The Palms
Grande Haven

You will find more restaurants along the main streets of Pine Avenue and Gulf Drive:

Pine Ave Restaurants:

Vinny’s and Cheryl’s Italian Kitchen (lunch, dinner)
Poppo’s Taqueria (lunch, dinner)
The Donut Shop (breakfast – 1 pm)
General store (sandwiches, snacks)

Hop over from these rental properties in the Island Real Estate program:
Garden Cottage
405 Spring Avenue
414a Magnolia
414b Magnolia
Casa Calienta
209 Palm Avenue
215 Fir Ave
316 Harden Avenue

Gulf Drive Restaurants:

Rudy’s Subs
Ginny’s and Jane’s (coffee, sweets)
Harry’s  Grill
Sign of the Mermaid (lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch)
The SandBar  (lunch, dinner)
Slim’s  Sportsbar (lunch, dinner)
Bortell’s  (bar)
Dips Ice cream

 

Take a short stroll from any of the following vacation rentals:

Dolphin Watch
207 Coconut Avenue
Casa Campo Amor
118 Palmetto Avenue
Bungawillow
108 Willow Avenue
Honeywood House
105 Mangrove Avenue

 

Anna Maria Island Community Center Parrot Head Party! 2013

Anna Maria Island Community Center

Sorry, the 2013 Parrot Head party was the first and last of it’s kind.  Visit here for more information on Anna Maria Island Community Center events.

The Anna Maria Island Community Center will be hosting a Parrot Head Party. On April 6th from 6:00pm to 10:00pm come to the community center and enjoy the live island tunes of Mike Sales & Dan Mobley. Tickets are $30.00 each and include a “Buffet-themed” buffet with tables of 8 available. No alcohol will be served but you are more than welcome to bring your own! Call (941)778-1908 ext 0 before April 4th to reserve your spot and guarantee good seats. Proceeds benefit Scholarships for Youth Programs at the Anna Maria Island Community Center.

Anna Maria Island Community Center
407 Magnolia Avenue, Anna Maria City
(941)778-1908

Interested in staying in some Anna Maria vacation rentals close to the Anna Maria Island Community Center?  414 B Magnolia is RIGHT across the street from the community center.  316 B Hardin is on the South side of the Community Center but right across the street as well!  We have plenty of other options.  Call Island Real Estate for more information on our vacation rentals!

Anna Maria Island – The Sandbar Presents The 27th Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg HuntThe Sandbar presents The 27th Annual Anna Maria Island Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 30 2013 9:00am. Then follow the Easter Bunny Down Pine Avenue to The 4th Annual Easter Egg Roll for lots of activities, prizes and surprises! Snacks and refreshments will be served at the event by the Sandbar & Donut Experiment until 12 noon. Then the 3rd Annual Easter Bonnet Contest will be held in front of Anna Maria Accommodations  at 10:30am. The Grand Prize for the Adult winner is a weekend stay at an  Anna Maria Guest House. The Child’s prize is 4 kid’s lunches at The Sandbar including Ice Cream Sundaes for the winner and 3 of his or her best friends.

The event is sponsored by the Sandbar Restaurant, AMI Sun, and Pine Avenue Restoration.

Here is the most up to date post on Sandbar’s Easter Egg Hunt.  This is an annual event and best to visit the Sandbar restaurant for accurate information for this EASTER.

The Sandbar Restaurant
100 Spring Ave, Anna Maria, FL 34216
(941) 778-0444

Want more details on the holidays while visiting Anna Maria Island?  Worry no more, visit our Anna Maria Island Holiday information page.

Anna Maria Island Activities, Day Trips, and Things To Do

Sailing On Anna Maria IslandDiscover the old Florida charm of Anna Maria Island with a plethora of activities in a gorgeous natural setting.  Plan a day trip to go Parasailing, boating, paddle boarding, or take a guided SEGWAY tour of the island. You can rent just about anything on Anna Maria Island from bikes to beach toys.

Anna Maria Island has plenty of retail recreation as well; jump on the free Anna Maria Island Trolley for your perfect day of shopping, dining, looking for seashells or a quite walk on the beautiful sugar sand beaches.

Both Manatee Public Beach and Coquina Beach are excellent spots for an afternoon volleyball game with friends, family, or a cold draft beer. If you’re looking for the perfect picnic spot, check out Bean Point, or Bay Front Park in Anna Maria.

Anna Maria City PierOn the north end of Anna Maria Island, is the famous Anna Maria City Pier built in 1911 to accommodate steamers bringing the crème de la crème from Tampa and St. Petersburg to Anna Maria Island shops and restaurants before the first bridge was built to the island.

And on the other end of the Island, in Bradenton Beach is Bridge Street a great place for walking, Shopping, Dining, Family Activities, and breathtaking views of both the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay.

If you decide to venture off the Island, check out the activities and events in Bradenton, Sarasota, Tampa, or even a day trip to the theme parks in Orlando. Whatever you decide to do, slow down and savor it. You’re on island time.