Island Driving for City Slickers

Anna Maria Island – For most folks, all it takes is crossing over the causeway for the stresses of the real world to be washed away by sunshine and salty air; others may need a reminder or two. Once you see that beautiful “Welcome to Anna Maria Island” sign, you can relax, you should relax, you paid good money to relax, you came here to relax, that should include when you are behind the wheel of your car.

You work hard all year, meet deadlines, crunch numbers, pay bills, raise kids, fight traffic so that you can come here and chill. There are no hurries or traffic jams in our magical paradise.

So, during your stay here take a deep breath and ‘cruise’. Try to remember what it was like to actually enjoy a scenic drive. Because you will be hard pressed to find better scenery than this.

To help you transition into ‘Zen Island Driving’ here are some handy tips:

#1 You must stop at a designated crosswalks WHEN pedestrians are present.

#2 You DON’T stop at every designated crosswalk when there are no pedestrians present and I am behind you on my way to work!

#3 The trolley is NOT a school bus. If you are in oncoming lanes, you don’t need to stop. (unless you are at a crosswalk and there are pedestrians present.)((Or unless it  isn’t a trolley and it IS a school bus!))

#4 It is easy to get distracted by all of the palm trees swaying in the breeze, but keep an eye out for unexpected stop signs, bicyclists,  club cars, golf carts, segways, beachgoers and most of all, other distracted drivers!

#5 There is no rush on Anna Maria. PERIOD! So slow down! Our speed limits are set to protect our residents and guests and they are    STRICTLY  enforced!

#6 Forget your car has a  horn– they upset our wild parrots and whoever you are beeping at is probably lost or doesn’t care.

#7 Take the FREE trolley! There are trolley stops up and down the island    and you can hop on and off as much as you like all day, every day!

The whole point of being here for visitors and residents alike is to be in paradise. As a guest on Anna Maria Island, we welcome you and hope you enjoy every ray of sunshine and every wave dancing up to the beach. We also want you to be safe and happy, so go do it.!

 

 

Anna Maria Island Trolley – Chamber of Commerce Giving Back

If you’ve been to the Island before, then you probably have seen The Anna Maria Island trolley driving around. Available to ride free of charge, the trolley takes you from north to south across Anna Maria Island. On January 9th, the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce is holding an event to celebrate keeping the trolley free. While also recognizing local island non-profits.

Save the Anna Maria Island Trolley

Taking place from 5:00pm-7:00pm at the Tortuga Inn at 115 3rd Street South in Holmes Beach. There will be music by Chuck Caudill Island DJ, food prepared by The Feast Restaurant, beverages provided by Timesaver and more. We look forward to seeing you there!

Send an email to info@amichamber.org for any questions or information.

Tami the Turtle from Island Real Estate riding the Anna Maria Island Trolley

 

Anna Maria Island’s Crown Jewel The AMI Free Trolley

Anna Maria Island Free Trolley is a great way to get to your favorite places on Anna Maria Island. The best part is that it’s FREE!!!  The Trolleys is air conditioned and service runs from 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. about every 20 minutes from the north end of the Island at Anna Maria City Pier south to Coquina Beach, in Bradenton Beach.

Free Trolley offers stops along the entire island

Trolley Stops are two to four blocks apart along the route and there are three main stops: Anna Maria City Pier, Manatee Public Beach, and Coquina Beach where the trolley will wait approximately three minutes before continuing the route.  All Anna Maria Island Trolley stops have a green sign with a trolley on it and most of them have a covered seating area while you wait.

In Holmes Beach the Trolley runs north on Marina Drive and South on Gulf Drive. So depending on where you are in Holmes Beach, you may have to walk a block or two. The Anna Maria Island Trolley is run by MCAT (Manatee County Area Transit) who partners with SCAT (Sarasota County Area Transit). So this is great for all of us because for just $.75 you can catch the Longboat Key Trolley from Coquina Beach on Anna Maria Island to downtown Sarasota, with stops on Longboat Key and St. Armand’s Circle. Daily service runs from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. every 30 minutes.

It doesn’t matter if you live here or are here enjoying your Anna Maria Island Vacation; remember the Trolley runs on “Island Time” so no need to be in a hurry. Enjoy the exquisite weather and beautiful views on your free Anna Maria Island Trolley adventure. I know I do!

View the: map and schedule for the Anna Maria Island Trolley.

View the: map and schedule for the LongBoat Key Trolley.