Here is our list of five romantic Anna Maria Island beach rentals to visit this year. While Valentines day is still months away, these rentals are great for a romantic getaway anytime.
Romantic Anna Maria Island Beach Rentals
Sugaree is a stylish elevated duplex in Holmes Beach just a short walk to the beach. This is the perfect spot for a romantic island vacation. You’ll enjoy the private heated pool, outdoor space and updated amenities.
Sleep up to six guests at Sugaree! Not only is this rental close to the beach, but it’s also near the quiet Holmes Beach town center.
Cayman Bay is a lovely canal front rental just a short walk to Tampa Bay beaches. You’ll absolutely adore the master suite at Cayman Bay! Here you’ll find a private balcony with canal views, fireplace, wet bar and a stunning master bathroom. while this home offers spacious accommodations for up to eight you’ll feel like you have your own private getaway in the large master suite.
Enjoy the heated pool and spa in this gorgeous backyard. Guests have access to the boat dock, and the canal leads out to Bimini Bay and also Tampa Bay.
When you visit Sangria Sunrise you’ll have your very own strip of beach with amazing sunrise views. This is truly a romantic Florida vacation spot with the beach right at your feet. You’ll enjoy water views from the master bedroom too.
This Anna Maria beach rental sleeps up to seven guests with three bedrooms. You’ll be close to Pine Avenue shopping and dining while you visit Sangria Sunrise!
Bradenton Beach Club B
Bradenton Beach Club B has everything you’ll want for a romantic beach front vacation. During your stay you’ll have spectacular views in a well-appointed condominium in an amazing location.
This direct gulf front beach rental sleeps up to six guests with 2 bedrooms. Also enjoy the heated pool over looking the gulf of mexico and powder fine sand.
Vitamin Sea offers fantastic updated amenities and is just a block to the beach! You’ll love this destination for a romantic beach getaway. Enjoy the updated style, vibrant decor, and plenty of space for your entire group to spread out.
While you visit, you’ll fall in love with the view from the private master suite balcony.
Enjoy a romantic paradise vacation with your special someone when you visit these great Anna Maria Island beach rentals.
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.
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:
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
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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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Monday October 31st is the 9TH Annual Trail of Treats 2010. The Annual Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Trail of Treats on Anna Maria Island is a safe alternative for children of all ages to trick or treat. The Trail of Treats will take you on a Halloween adventure through Anna Maria Island, stopping at participating businesses in Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, and The City of Anna Maria.
The Trail of Treats kicks off at 3:30 with a kiddie costume contest at The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, located at 5313 Gulf Drive North, Holmes Beach. After the costume contest it’s time to hit the trail, visiting Merchants and Merchant communities throughout the Island for this special and safe event.
Join me for a short virtual tour on Anna Maria Island; create your own perfect paradise, take a look at the beach, and perfect weather that we have all year round. I can tell you first hand, that life is better at the beach, the many activities, and beautiful scenery that Anna Maria Island has to offer makes it very hard to resist. But the very best part about Anna Maria Island is that we do not have any snow here at all. Unlike most of the country that is covered in snow right now!
It’s just another Tuesday in January on Anna Maria Island, the sun is out, the weather is about 72 degrees and there is a slight sea breeze. I was out shooting some beach footage the other day and thought I would share with everyone. Especially all of the unfortunate people stuck in the snow, and cold up north, and would rather be somewhere else. Maybe this beach video on Anna Maria Island will warm you up just a little.
The Historical City Pier on Anna Maria Island is a very unique place, and has been a Anna Maria Island tourist attraction in Manatee County for a long time. “The City Pier is a special place that you can take 750 steps into the bay, go 30 years back in time, and really get that Old Florida Look and feel” said David Sork at the City Pier Restaurant on Monday. The City Pier has spectacular views of the Bay, great fishing, tasty food, and cold beer at the Restaurant.
Bay Front Park is located at the north end of the Island in the City Of Anna Maria and is one of the quieter beaches on Anna Maria Island. Bay Front Park is the perfect place for a picnic, with covered tables, grills, public restrooms, and a playground on the beach for children everyone is happy.
Bay Front Park offers quite beaches, and spectacular views of the Sky Way Bridge, if you are coming from Bradenton take Manatee Avenue West to the beach. Once you have gone over the bridge onto Anna Maria Island make a right onto Gulf Drive. Keep heading north on Gulf Drive, when you come to the stop light in Holmes Beach make a right onto Marina Drive. You will head north on Marina Drive through Holmes Beach to The City of Anna Maria and make a right onto Pine Avenue, take Pine Avenue all the way to the stop sign, make a left onto North Bay Blvd and the park is on your right.
If you are already on the island or are enjoying your Anna Maria Island Vacation and would like to go to Bay Front Park or any other Anna Maria Island beaches take the Anna Maria Island Trolley its free.
This Friday October 29TH is the 8TH Annual Trail of Treats on Anna Maria Island. Trail of Treats is a safe alternative for children of all ages to trick or treat. The Trail of Treats will take you on a Halloween adventure through Anna Maria Island, stopping at participating businesses in Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, and The City of Anna Maria.
The spring nesting season is upon us here on Anna Maria Island. At the north end of the island, near Bean Point, and also in mid-Anna Maria. Where the beach is extremely wide and covered with small dunes and patches of beach grass, the seabirds are nesting.
Terns, black skimmers and sanderlings are sitting on their nests. Little scrapes in the sand are shorebird nests. Additionally, nest scrapes are very difficult to see. Often the Audubon Society comes out and ‘ropes off’ the nesting areas with skinny stakes and string to keep curious beach goers out of the area.
It’s very easy to scare a bird off its nest without even noticing that there os a nest. So, if you’re out walking at the north end of Anna Maria Island, please be careful.
The Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird monitoring is an excellent Anna Maria Island shorebird resource. This non-profit organization is responsible for turtle monitoring. In addition to their turtle efforts, AMITW tracks shorebird development each spring.
For more information on the birds of the island, call John van Zandt, or email .
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