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But don’t worry! There are tons of exciting activities and events taking place on Anna Maria Island all year long, every year!
But don’t worry! There are tons of exciting activities and events taking place on Anna Maria Island all year long, every year!
There are a few medical centers within a 20 minute drive of Anna Maria Island.
Blake Medical Center is closest to the island, and is located at 2020 59th Street West
Bradenton, FL 34209
Blake offers an ER with short wait times, and any emergency service you will need.
Manatee Memorial Hospital is located in the heart of Bradenton at
206 Second Street East
Bradenton, FL 34208
Manatee Memorial Hospital is farther from the island, but does have a full facility and services available.
Manatee Urgent Care walk in clinic is located on Manatee Avenue at 4647 in Bradenton, FL 34209.
If you find yourself in an emergency while on Anna Maria Island call 911. Island emergency services also have quick response times.
If you need information about pharmacies on Anna Maria Island visit our Pharmacy information page.
If you need to fly to the area the choices are Tampa Airport or Sarasota Bradenton International airport. The Tampa airport is about an hour and a half drive from Anna Maria Island. Sarasota Bradenton Airport is about 45 minutes away.
Some less used airports to fly into are the St Petersburg/Clearwater airport. This one is about the same distance as the Tampa Airport. For international flights another alternative is one of two Orlando airports. Orlando also offers some very competitive airfares. The one way car trip takes about 2 hours in light traffic. Many guests also enjoy visiting Orlando for the theme parks.
Click the link for more information on transport services to Anna Maria Island from the Tampa International Airport or Sarasota/Bradenton Airports.
Traveling to an Anna Maria Island rental by vehicle is also a choice. Many guests come from with in Florida. Anna Maria Island also has many guest from Ohio, Indiana and Michigan. Many of these guests also travel by car. See below for estimated mileage from a few major North American cities.
Montreal, Quebec – 1550 Miles : Toronto, Ontario – 1400 Miles
Milwaukee, WI – 1300 Miles : Chicago, IL – 1220 Miles
Syracuse, NY – 1325 Miles : New York, NY – 1175 Miles
Boston, MA – 1420 Miles : Pittsburgh, PA – 1075 Miles
Orlando, FL – 122 Miles : Atlanta, GA – 500 Miles
Nearly all Anna Maria Island beach rentals offer wireless internet. Find information on Wireless Internet Hot-Spots on Anna Maria Island
Anna Maria Island Newspapers are a great way to see what is going on in the community. There is nothing more fun than a small town newspaper! The island is fortunate to have two local papers and one covering Bradenton and Manatee county.
The Bradenton Herald is the largest local newspaper and primarily focuses on the mainland (Bradenton). Anna Maria Island is covered within the newspaper, however Bradenton normally overshadows the events on the island.
We have two local newspapers that primarily cover Anna Maria Island. The first local newspaper is the Anna Maria Island Sun which covers island life as well as news and events. Courtesy of Island Real Estate, we will arrange for a copy of the Sun to be mailed to any address in the United States for six months, free of charge. Please send your postal mail address as well as “I want the Sun!” to Island Real Estate. The second local newspaper, the Islander also covers Anna Maria Island news, etc. Both approach news on the island with different philosophies so you choose which best suits your needs to keep abreast of island events.
The Longboat Key and News covers primarily Long Boat Key however it does cover some news on Anna Maria.
Anna Maria Island gulf water temperatures are gorgeous. Northern visitors may even swim all year long! The Gulf of Mexico as well as the Tampa Bay offer warmer swimming temperatures amazingly early in our Spring season. On warm days you can usually see a child or even adult taking a dip in our gulf waters any month of year. However, the length of time you might want to swim in the Gulf or Bay has much to do with the month of the year.
As usual we suggest all the same common sense safety practices while swimming with children. Keep younger children in a water height that will easily allow them to get their head above water. They will also need to gather their footing quickly if they are knocked over by a large wave. Normally the Gulf is very calm and a toddler can play in the Gulf with little to no effort. If you are concerned about a toddlers swimming safety purchase some arm floater’s at anyone of the local shopping centers on Anna Maria Island or in Bradenton. Take a look below at the AVERAGE sea temperatures to give you an idea of what time of year you find swimming in the Gulf acceptable.
High Season Low
85 Spring 77
89 Summer 80
86 Fall 68
77 Winter 65
Some of the most relaxing moments in an Anna Maria Island beach rental vacation can be searching for the shells. Family in toe, it sometimes seems all too easy to get the entire group focused on a fun task that everyone can participate in. Thankfully shells don’t get you stopped in the airport security lines as you are sure to bring back the best of the best shells to help you remember a more relaxing time while vacationing on Anna Maria Island. Below are some tips regarding shelling however don’t make the scavenger hunt too serious. Remember the shells themselves are not the reward but the journey with your family to find the shells is the true once in a lifetime treasure! Also, here’s more on shelling.
You typically find the best shells after a good storm. Even better, if you visit Anna Maria Island during a re-nourishment project you are sure to find fabulous shells. Florida and Manatee county laws strictly forbid taking of live shells, shells with a living organism, starfish, Queen conchs or sand dollars. A Florida Fishing License is required to take living shells, and has a bag limit of two of any species per person per day. Collect shells in a bucket or “green” container, and be sure not to take too many. Shells, dead or alive, play a vital role in the Florida ecosystem. Perhaps limiting yourself to less than a pint sized bucket is a good ethical measure. If necessary use a mixture of 50/50 bleach and water to rinse your shells. If you are searching in water be sure to shuffle your feet to disturb resting sting rays.
Anna Maria Island three cities; Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, and Anna Maria City all offer a unique vacation. Anna Maria Island is approximately 7 miles long and 8 blocks wide. There are three access points to the island all requiring you to pass over drawbridges. Typically the bridges open twice per hour and require only a five minute wait. Traveling South to North the access points to Anna Maria Island are Longboat Key (Gulf Drive), Cortez Bridge (State Road 684), and Manatee Avenue Bridge (State Road 64). The entire island is in Manatee County and we have two zip codes of 34216 and 34217.
ALL the Gulf of Mexico beaches on Anna Maria Island are open to the public. Some prefer one cities’ beach over another, however, the difference between beaches are the amount of visitors on each. The softness of the sand, number of seashells, color of the sand, etc are similar if not the same for all gulf beaches.
There are public access points all along the island. We always suggest you ask how far the closest beach access is compared to where you are staying. In addition, if you have congestion expectations for the beach you visit, be sure to ask the vacation rental office for area suggestions on where to reserve. Try to get a definition in number of blocks, number of homes you have to walk past, or does it require a bicycle ride? It’s safe to say that you can bicycle to the Gulf of Mexico beach from anywhere on the island without much difficulty.
Anna Maria Island’s uniqueness revolves around its gorgeous white powdery beaches and zoning guidelines for both commercial and residential properties. No drive thru’s are allowed on the island. The maximum height for all buildings on the island is 37 feet. There are two buildings on the island taller than the 37 foot moratorium built prior. Zoning has ensured that no enormous buildings enter the island’s skyline. The miscellaneous zoning laws as well as the current City boards will ensure that Anna Maria Island continues to be considered “old Florida”. A quiet place families come to enjoy. The beach and a simpler life we all aspire to attain full time in our lives is here!
There are gift shops, pharmacy shops, restaurants, deli’s, hardware, lumber, and one large grocery store all located on the Anna Maria Island. Everything is within a short 5-10 minute drive. If you don’t want to leave the island during your stay we have plenty of choices to satisfy your needs. There are many accommodations on the island including Hotels, Bed and Breakfast’s, and of course vacation rentals. If a Vacation Rental does not fit your needs we strongly recommend the Harrington House which is a Bed and Breakfast right on the Gulf of Mexico. The Bed and Breakfast receives rave reviews and we promise you won’t be disappointed. http://www.harringtonhouse.com/
High season is Feb 1st to end of April. Mid-Season is June 1st to Middle August. Outside of holiday’s, last minute stays can be found outside of the high season. See the below city descriptions to view specifics of each city within Anna Maria Island.
Bradenton Beach is the most Southern city on the island, and is the most congested of all three cities. Gulf Drive runs North/South and offers the only access from Longboat Key or Cortez Road (Route 684). So, two of the three access points on the island must travel on Gulf Drive which is one of the reasons Bradenton Beach is a bit busier.
In addition, Bradenton Beach has the highest density of condominiums on the island and has a bit higher population per square mile. Of course everything is relative. It’s like asking a person from New York City what is busy and then asking a person from Honeoye Falls, New York what is busy. Relatively speaking, their definitions are correct but it’s difficult to define “busy.” The best way to explain it is if you stay on Gulf Drive you will hear some road noise. I have never had anyone complain that Bradenton Beach was too busy if they stayed off Gulf Drive. In fact, complaints of guests that stay on Gulf drive are few and far between. Many visitors choose Bradenton Beach because the rental rates can be a little less expensive and gift shops, restaurants and other shops are generally within a walk away.
Holmes Beach is in the middle of the island and is extremely popular due to the large public beach at the end of Manatee Avenue (Route 64). The middle city starts around 29th street and ends at Peppertree, about 55 blocks. This area is considered quieter than Bradenton Beach and has many gift shops, restaurants, and the only major grocery store on the island. Holmes Beach is considered quieter for several reasons. Firstly, Holmes Beach has a mixture of condominium complexes and homes. The mixture is about 30% condominiums and 70% homes. Secondly, most of Holmes Beach allows for several routes that allow access North and South. This provides for a lot less traffic congestion. Holmes Beach has the widest section of the island and allows most of the East side of the island to view the Tampa Bay as well as the Skyway Bridge.
Key Royale is a more exclusive area of Anna Maria Island three cities. All properties on Key Royale have varying degrees of water views, either canal or Tampa Bay views. In addition, the area offers the only golfing on the island with a 9 hole par 3 Golf Course. It is a private golf course and requires some significant networking to find a member to allow you to be their guest. Don’t worry, there are plenty of public golf courses nearby. For shopping, East Bay Drive offers the newest plaza’s on the island and the ¼ mile stretch gives you access to several restaurants, gift shops, pharmacy, grocery store, hardware store, etc
Anna Maria City is the most Northern area of the island. It is very popular for those that desire extreme quiet. Anna Maria City starts at Peppertree up to the most Northern tip of the island. Anna Maria city also has shops and restaurants. The city is populated with homes rather than condos so the population density is much less as compared to Holmes Beach or Bradenton Beach. Walking or bicycling in Anna Maria City is fantastic as there is very little traffic and home watching is spectacular. Anna Maria City has two piers that you must visit while on vacation. Grab an ice cream at Two Scoops and walk the public pier at the end of pine and take in the million dollar view of Tampa Bay.
We have hurricane information for those planning their Anna Maria Island vacation during season. Hurricane Season is from June 1st until November 1st with the statistics showing us that the months of September and October offer the most intense activity.
Since 1950 Anna Maria Island has not seen a hurricane make landfall within 50 miles. There are many theories regarding the many years without a strong windy season. Many say that the Tampa Bay currents “kick” hurricanes to the North. The obvious path of hurricanes generally track to the North or South of the city of Tampa and Anna Maria Island. We strongly suggest purchasing travel insurance which will cover your rental fees in the case of an evacuation. If the vacation rental that you are scheduled to stay in is uninhabitable we will find a similar accommodation on Anna Maria Island. Why worry? Take a look at the historical map below…
Anna Maria Island weather is beautiful year round!
Climate: If you are looking for up to the minute weather information about Anna Maria Island you can visit any weather web site and enter our zip code of 34216 for Anna Maria City or 34217 for Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach. For a link to Anna Maria weather – WEATHER
The average year around temperature of Anna Maria Island weather is a perfect 75 degrees F. The Summer is perfect for dipping into the Gulf of Mexico where many consider it to be bath water since the Gulf waters average 84-86 degrees F. The Summer average temperature on the island is 80 degrees while the Winter temperatures are a bit cooler but perfect for a strong rigorous walk along the beach. Average Anna Marie Island winter temperature is 69 degrees F. If the perfect temperatures have not convinced you then visiting will.
Average Temperatures: (High) – [Low] degrees F
JAN : 72-50 // FEB : 73 – 51 // MARCH : 77 – 56 // APRIL : 82 – 60
MAY : 87 – 65 // JUNE : 90 – 70 // JULY : 91 – 72 // AUG : 91 – 72
SEPT : 89 – 72 // OCT : 84 – 65 // NOV : 78 – 57 // DEC : 73 – 51
You can see below that rainfall can be dramatically different from month to month however for most natives of the island we do not recognize much of difference between months. The summer late afternoons are cooled down by a quick 30 – 60 minute afternoon shower. If you are considering visiting Anna Maria Island during the summer and the rainfall bothers you don’t let it. The majority of the rain occurs in the late afternoon and frankly most of the time its a nice change of pace to the strong sunny mornings found on Anna Maria.
Average Rainfall : inches
JAN 2.8 : FEB 3.0 : MAR 3.0 : APRIL : 2.0 : MAY 3.2 : JUNE 7.4
JULY 8.8 : AUG 9.6 : SEPT 8.5 : OCT 3.1 : NOV 2.0 : DEC 2.4
The Waterfront Restaurant in Anna Maria City is a great dining experience just South of Pine Avenue.
The Waterfront Restaurant is a fabulous for both lunch and dinner. Located across the road from white sandy beaches and turquoise waters, this restaurant has a whole lot more to offer than just a view. They have a fabulous selection of salads, seafood, steaks and just about anything that will satisfy the pickiest eater. Dine inside and relax at the bar while watching salt water fish in their large aquarium. In appropriate climate conditions dine outside on the patio and enjoy the breeze off the Tampa Bay. Oh, and aside from the delicious food, their cocktails are just as amazing . If you’re on Anna Maria Island, make The Waterfront your next date night destination, you wont be disappointed.
Plus, they take reservations!
Address: 111 S Bay Blvd, Anna Maria, FL 34216
Phone Number: (941) 778-1515
Hours: Open everyday of the week at 11:30am until 9pm (Except Fridays & Saturdays when they close at 10pm)