Top 5 Anna Maria Island Wedding Venues

When planning your big day there are many options for Anna Maria Island wedding venues. Have your perfect dream destination ceremony and reception with toes in the sand.

Top 5 Anna Maria Island Wedding Venues

While there are tons of places throughout Manatee and Sarasota counties for weddings, this list offers some of the most popular on both Anna Maria Island and the mainland. All five locations can accommodate both a ceremony and reception.

Harrington House Beach Front Bed & Breakfast – Holmes Beach

Anna Maria Island Wedding Venues Harrington House
The Harrington House Gazebo is a lovely spot for a beach destination wedding.

The Harrington House is a wonderful spot for a more intimate wedding experience. This quaint B&B was built in 1925 of Coquina-block shell walls and pecky cypress floors. It’s old Florida charm and direct beach front location make it an amazing destination wedding venue.

You’ll find three unique wedding packages offering an all inclusive experience for up to 24 guests. Enjoy a ceremony on a private section of beach, or in the beach front gazebo.

The Harrington House is also a lovely spot for a honeymoon and can accommodate guests over the age of 12 in their many lovely suites.

The Sandbar Restaurant – Anna Maria

The Sandbar Restaurant Anna Maria Island Wedding Venues
Enjoy a toes in the sand ceremony followed by a memorable reception under the Sandbar wedding pavilion

The Sandbar offers one of the most popular Anna Maria Island wedding venues in the area. Their event coordinator and staff will assist you in every aspect of your ceremony and reception, and they have a top of the line selection of vendors.

Their beach front pavilion can hold well over 100 guests for a magical event rain or shine! Choose from a large selection of services, menu items, decor and more from this award winning venue.

The Beach House Restaurant – Bradenton Beach

The Beach House Anna Maria Island Wedding Venues
Let the Beach House Restaurant take care of all your wedding day needs!

The Beach House is the sister restaurant of The Sandbar, so you know you can expect the same great service!

They offer a separate wedding area from the main facility. As of Spring 2017 The Beach House added a new bridal suite where the bride to be can prepare to walk down the isle.

Expect all the same great options from this beach front venue that you’ll find at the Sandbar.

Gulf Drive Tiki Bar – Bradenton Beach

Gulf Drive Tiki Bar Anna Maria Island wedding venues
Exchange your vows under the Tiki Hut at Gulf Drive Cafe!

Enjoy a fun Tiki style wedding at Gulf Drive Cafe and Tiki bar. There are four different spots on site to choose from for your event accommodating groups of 20 to 175 guests.

You’ll find a variety of individual packages for both the ceremony and reception. This location is super fun with the largest Tiki hut on the island and gulf views.

Peruse their helpful list of wedding vendors covering every aspect of the day from bridal services to florists, steel drum musicians and more. You can have the quintessential beach wedding at Gulf Drive Tiki Bar!

The Seafood Shack – Cortez Village

Anna Maria Island Wedding Venues Seafood Shack and Neptune Room
The staff at Seafood Shack will make your wedding day perfect!

The Seafood Shack restaurant is where new Florida flavors meet that charming old Florida feel. Here you’ll find a professional staff dedicated to making your wedding perfect.

There are three unique spaces at this facility with two banquet rooms, and a Marina Pavilion all overlooking the beautiful Intracoastal Waterway. They can accommodate groups of up to 425 guests, so this is truly the spot for those large weddings.

Every detail of your special day will be taken care of when you let The Seafood Shack host your wedding!

Anna Maria Island Honeymoon beach rentals

When planning your perfect wedding destination plan your honeymoon too! Book a luxury gulf front Anna Maria Island beach rental with Island Real Estate!

Anna Maria Island honeymoon and wedding
Plan a romantic Anna Maria Island Honeymoon!

Top 10 Anna Maria Island 4th of July Beach Rentals

An Anna Maria Island 4th of July Beach Rental makes for a fabulous summer vacation! There is no better way to celebrate American independence than relaxing on the beach.

Top 10 Anna Maria Island 4th of July Beach Rentals

While the island is fun and relaxing year round, 4th of July is a great time to visit. During your stay you’ll find the small town Independence Day Parade starting in the morning. Then at night enjoy the fireworks display at the Sandbar Restaurant too!

It’s not too late to book your Anna Maria Island 4th of July Beach Rental. We have put together this fantastic list of the best places to stay for the holiday July 1-8. You’ll find a variety of options to fit any size group. From direct gulf front luxury to laid back old Florida cottages these 10 Anna Maria Island beach rentals are fun and relaxing!

Top 10 Anna Maria Island 4th of July Beach Rentals

North Beach Village 54 – Sleeps 6

North Beach Village 54 is new to the Island Real Estate vacation rental program. This lovely town home is about two blocks from gulf beaches, and offers a heated community pool. The three bedrooms offer plenty of space for everyone to spread out plus much of the furnishings and decor are brand new. Dogs up to 25 pounds welcome with pet fee.

North Beach Village 54
North Beach Village 54 in Holmes Beach. July 1-8 base rate $1350

 

Palm Isle Village 3201 – Sleeps 6

The adorable Palm Isle Village 3201 was recently remodeled with a fun pastel coastal style. It’s just across the street from gulf beaches and offers a central location near free trolley stops, shopping, dining and the popular Manatee Public Beach Access. This two bedroom unit offers a heated community pool, roof top views and two bathrooms. Your family will love this Holmes Beach rental!

Holmes Beach rental
Palm Isle Village 3201 in Holmes Beach. July 1-8 base rate $1600

 

Island Oasis – Sleeps 10 – 20% Off base rate!

Island Oasis is a large family home with 5 bedrooms. This Holmes Beach rental is where island luxury and family time collide for an unforgettable experience. During your stay you’ll be 5 houses from the beach, but you still have amazing gulf views from the roof top balcony. The backyard offers a heated pool and spa with waterfall feature. You’ll love the covered lounge area complete with propane grill, flat screen television and pool table. Pets under 25 pounds welcome with pet fee.

 

Anna Maria Island July 4th Beach rental
Island Oasis in Holmes Beach. July 1-8 base rate $6000

 

Heron – Dolphin – Sleeps 8 – 20% Off base rate!

Heron – Dolphin is a laid back duplex less than two blocks from coveted Bean Point beaches. Sleeping 8 guests total, each unit offers 2 bedrooms and 2 baths. The backyard has a shared heated pool and spa, two propane grills and plenty of seating. These units are great for two smaller families looking to enjoy paradise together. You can also rent just one individual unit for groups of four or less.

Anna Maria 4th of July rentals
Heron- Dolphin in the city of Anna Maria. July 1-8 base rate $3200.

 

Sunset Beach 204 – Sleeps 4

Sunset Beach 204 is a lovely condo in south Holmes Beach. Here you’ll enjoy direct beach views in a quiet gulf front setting. This unit offers a screened lanai balcony looking over the heated community pool and the beach too! During your stay you’ll feel right at home. Gulf front rentals are highly sought after for 4th of July weekend making this a popular spot for the holiday. You’ll find this unit extremely accommodating for four guests with two bedrooms and two baths.

Holmes beach 4th of July vacation rental
Sunset Beach 204 in Holmes Beach. July 1-8 base rate $1800.

 

 Captain’s House – Sleeps 6

Captain’s House is a fun three bedroom rental with a touch of that old Florida charm visitors love. Here you’ll find many recently updated amenities perfectly mixing with a classic Florida style of architecture. The backyard is a nice area to relax around the sparkling pool while cooking a 4th of July barbecue on the grill. This Holmes Beach location is just a short walk from shopping, dining and free trolley stops too.

Central Holmes Beach Vacation rental
Captain’s House in Holmes Beach. July 1-8 base rate $2128.

 

Water’s Edge 105 S – Sleeps 4

Water’s Edge 105 S is just steps away from beautiful Gulf of Mexico beaches. This updated one bedroom unit sleeps up to four guests comfortably with one king bed and a queen Murphy bed. The community heated pool looks directly over the beach for a perfectly peaceful spot to relax during the holiday. This complex also offers elevators to make moving luggage a breeze.

4th of July beach rental
Water’s Edge 105 S in Holmes Beach. July 1-8 base rate $1750.

 

La Casa Marie – Sleeps 6

La Casa Marie is located in the exclusive La Casa Costiera complex on direct gulf front. You’ll be steps from the beach! This luxury condo offers a fun colorful style, wet bar with wine chiller and many high-end finishes. Your balcony offers glimpses of the gulf and those amazing salty breezes. You’ll be able to see the Sandbar fireworks display from the beach front of La Casa Marie during your stay.

La Casa Costiera
La Casa Marie in Holmes Beach. July 1-8 base rate $3850.

 

East Winds – West Winds Sleeps 16

East Winds and West Winds are both lovely single family home just a few blocks walk from gulf beaches. Everything you look for in a family vacation destination is waiting at these homes. Everyone can really spread out here and enjoy a comfortable getaway. East Winds is perfect for those groups that have lots of kids because one guest room offers two sets of bunks and the den has a bunk bed too!West Winds is equally accommodating to families. Relax in the backyards with the pool and fire up the grill. Reserve one of these units for smaller groups of 8 or both to sleep 16!

Holmes Beach Vacation Rental
East and West Winds in Holmes Beach. July 1-8 base rate $5500

 

Enjoy the holiday like you’ve never before and reserve the perfect beach destination with Island Real Estate! An Anna Maria Island 4th of July beach rental is the ultimate way to bring family together while celebrating American freedom!

 

Anna Maria Island May Activities

There are some really great Anna Maria Island May Activities going on this year! From Mother’s day to Cinco de Mayo, and new shopping spots to live music, May is great for island time!

Anna Maria Island May Activities

Check out what’s happening on and around Anna Maria Island this May with our top activities guide.

Cinco De Mayo

Florida’s biggest Cinco de Mayo celebration will be going on Saturday, May 6th at Sutton Park in Palmetto. While the holiday falls on a Friday this year, event organizers planned the celebration for Saturday to allow families to join in on the fun.

The Gulf Coast Latin Chamber of Commerce is organizing the event with tons of amazing sponsors. Expect to find vendors, food, music and more during this amazing community event.

The event is free to attend. Find Sutton park at 6th Street West in Palmetto from 2-8pm.

Cinco De Mayo Anna Maria Island May Activities

DIY work shops at Makers Market

While visiting the area enjoy a little DIY fun at the new Makers Market shop. Learn new skills, and make something beautiful too! Flex your creativity and come home with a lovely wall hanging, tote bag and more. There are a variety of projects to pick from, and you can even make it into a party with friends and family.

Find the Makers Market Workshop at 6650 Cortez Road in Bradenton.

Anna Maria Island May Activities
Island Real Estate Staff members tried there hand at DIY crafts! They had a blast!

Pickin’ Picnic

Pickin’ Picnic will also be Saturday, May 6th. Find this event happening in Downtown Bradenton’s Riverwalk Park from 1-9pm.

The event showcases local music, craft beers, top-rated food trucks, vendors and Bradenton’s millennial culture at its finest.

Bring a blanket or chair and sit on the green lawn at this family friendly annual event. Organized in collaboration between Realize Bradenton and Independent Jones this event is free to attend.

 

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is a fantastic time for a visit to the beach, or brunch at one of many great local restaurants. Treat Mom to both this year, and reserve her a beach rental on Anna Maria Island!

Mother’s Day brunch will be in full swing at several local restaurants across the area.

Anna Maria Island – The Sandbar and Sign of the Mermaid

Cortez – Neptune Room at Seafood Shack

Bradenton – Pier 22 and Motorworks Brewery

Palmetto – Riverhouse Reef and Grill

Sarasota – Powell Crosley Estate

Mother's Day Brunch
Treat your mom to brunch for Mother’s Day

Go Pier Fishing!

May is a fantastic time of year to do a little Pier fishing on one of Anna Maria Island’s three piers. With mild morning weather still swirling around the island, take the family out for a day of angling. All three island piers have blanket fishing licenses, so you won’t have to hold your own. You can rent fishing gear at each location.

Anna Maria Island May Things to do
Pier Fishing is always a fun activity on Anna Maria Island.

Manatee Rare Fruit Council Tree Sale

Sunday May 21st the Manatee Rare Fruit Council will be selling trees at the Bradenton Area Convention Center. Enjoy over 5000 plants from 22 reputable vendors. Parking and admission are free, and the event runs from 10am-4pm.

Find the Convention Center at 1 Haben Boulevard in Palmetto.

Manatee County Rare Fruit Council Tree Sale

Memorial Day Beach fun and Cook Outs

While Memorial Day falls in the Spring, this event really signals the kick-off of summer fun on Anna Maria Island. There is nothing better than a grilled hot dog on the beach with family and friends enjoying a day off. The water will be warm and the sun will be shining!

None of the public beaches allow personal grills, but you will find charcoal public grilling facilities at Coquina Beach, Manatee Public Beach and Bay Front Park.

Anna Maria Island May Activities
Enjoy May Activities on Anna Maria Island.

Enjoy family fun with these great Anna Maria Island May Activities!

 

Mother’s Day Beach Rental Anna Maria Island

There is no better way to celebrate your mom than with a Mother’s Day Beach Rental on Anna Maria Island! Show the special Mom in your life that you care with a week of island style relaxation!

Mother’s Day Beach Rental

We have some really great spots for your mom to get into full on relaxation mode this Mom’s Day! Whether you’re sending her with a friend, or joining her for the fun we have the perfect Anna Maria Island Beach Rental!

Villa 1- Sleeps 4

Villa 1 is the perfect one bedroom rental for your Mom. She will absolutely love this location and the laid back decor. She’ll be just a short walk from gulf beaches, shopping, dining, trolley stops and Historic Bridge Street night life too! Inside this unit there is a king bed and queen sleeper sofa along with a full kitchen and bathroom. There is a heated community pool perfect for relaxing on a warm May day with a cold drink.

Mother's Day Beach Rental
Villa 1 is in a fantastic location within walking distance of everything in Bradenton Beach! May 13-20 base rate $700.

 

Anna Maria Island Club 44 – Sleeps 4

If you want to really treat your mom, this direct gulf front rental is the way to go! Anna Maria Island Club 44 offers gorgeous views from both the living room and master bedroom. Your mom will be so close to the beach, she won’t even need her flip flops! This unit offers two bedrooms with 1 king bed, 2 twins and a sleeper sofa. The heated community pool overlooks the gulf making this the ultimate beach side getaway.

Anna Maria Island Club Mothers Day
Your Mother will love waking up to the sounds of the beach at this amazing Bradenton Beach rental! May 13-20 base rate $1837.

 

Blue Lagoon 2 – Sleeps 6

Blue Lagoon 2 is a great spot for a family getaway celebrating mom. Just two blocks from gulf beaches, this unit is well-appointed, yet still laid back. This quiet complex of cottage like condos offers an amazing community heated pool with a fun waterfall feature. Inside you’ll find two bedrooms with a king, queen and sleeper sofa. This central island location offers nearby shopping, dining and free trolley stops too.

Mother's Day Beach Rental
Treat Mom to a great Holmes beach getaway with a heated pool. May 13-20 base rate $1300.

 

Vista Grande 3 Penthouse

This is the ultimate luxury rental for Mother’s Day on the beach. Vista Grande 3 Penthouse offers direct gulf front views in an exclusive location. From the decor to the amenities nothing will be left to want at this condo. Each of the three bedrooms has its own bathroom and balcony access. There is even a lovely heated pool and downstairs covered lounge area for spending time with family.

Mothers Day beach rental
You’ll be Mom’s favorite when you rent her a luxury vacation home like this one in Holmes Beach! May 13-20 base rate $5593.

 

Banyan Breeze – Sleeps 12

If you are looking to gather the entire family for Mother’s Day Banyan Breeze is the vacation spot for your group. This lovely 5 bedroom home comfortably sleeps up to 12 guests with an updated style. Mom will have a short walk to the beach with no major roads to cross. The backyard offers a peaceful oasis with a private heated pool, grill and covered lounge. Mom will always remember the time the whole family got together to celebrate her!

Mothers Day Beach Rental
For Moms who like to be fussed over, bring the ENTIRE family to Banyan Breeze in Anna Maria. May 13-20 base rate $3326.

 

Tell Mom how much you really love her this year, and reserve her a Mother’s Day Beach Rental on Anna Maria Island!

Easter 2017 – Anna Maria Island Beach Rental SPECIALS!

Anna Maria Island Beach Rental Specials are a fantastic way to gather the family for the holiday. You won’t have to break the bank while enjoying Easter on Anna Maria Island!

Easter Special

Anna Maria Island Beach Rental SPECIALS!

Island Real Estate has some terrific specials going on. All of these deals cover Easter week from April 15-22. Most of these are 25% off your base rental fee, but some are offering 40%. Additionally, some of these beach rentals are also offering discounts now through May. Check out the list below, or head over to our Sunshine Special Page for more details on current promotions.

You’ll find a variety of homes to pick from to perfectly suite your vacation crew. These 8 beach rentals are spread across the island and include bungalows, villas and large single family homes too. You’ll find occupancy accommodating for groups as small as 6 all the way up to 14!

Peruse these deals and click on the name of the homes to view the full listing. This list is organized by occupancy from smallest to largest.

Key Lime Cottages East and West – 25% off

The Key Lime Cottage is a duplex accommodating 6 guests in each with 6 bedrooms and 4 baths total. Rent a single side or both for a fun island getaway. Both side have separate heated pools, and are less than 2 blocks to gulf beaches.

Anna Maria Island Beach Rental SPECIALS
Key Lime Cottages in Holmes Beach.

Blue Heron Beach House – 25% off

This 4 bedroom 2 bath bungalow is just a short walk to the beach with no major roads to cross! Blue Heron Beach House is great for families with a bunk bed, 2 twins and 2 king beds. You’ll love the heated lagoon style pool.

Blue Heron Beach House
Blue Heron Beach Housein the city of Anna Maria

Living the Dream – 25% off

Living the Dream is a gorgeous canal front luxury rental sleeping 8 guests. Recently updated, you’ll find an amazing outdoor bar and lounge, heated pool and your very own private patch of sand too! 4 bedroom 3 bath just a short walk to Tampa Bay beaches.

Easter beach rental
Living the Dream in the city of Anna Maria

Beachy Villa Vista – 25% off

This rental is less than a block from gulf beaches with well-appointed amenities. You’ll find everything for a luxury vacation for a large group or family. Enjoy the heated pool and spa and great outdoor entertainment area too.

Beachy Villa Vista
Beachy Villa Vista in Holmes Beach

Gulf Breeze – 40% off

Gulf Breeze is less than 2 blocks to gulf beaches and offers a great spot to relax in style. Enjoy the heated pool and spa with a lovely waterfall feature. The backyard pool table and entertainment area will have your entire family enjoying island life. Sleeps 12 with 6 bedrooms and 4.5 baths.

Gulf Breeze
Gulf Breeze in Holmes Beach

Coral Escape – 30% off

Coral Escape accommodates up to 12 guests comfortably with 6 bedrooms and 4 baths. You’ll be just a short walk to gulf beaches and free trolley stops. Enjoy the heated pool and spa plus pets welcome with pet fee.

Coral Escape
Coral Escape in Holmes Beach.

AMI Beach House – 25% off

This great beach house is well-appointed for a perfect vacation. You’ll love relaxing by the heated pool and spa, or walk over to the free trolley stops for sightseeing. No detail was overlooked in this home. Sleeps 12 with 6 bedrooms and 4.5 baths.

AMI Beach House
AMI Beach House in Holmes Beach

Waterfront Retreat – 25% off

Waterfront Retreat was made for entertaining a large group! This lovely canal front rental is just a short walk to Tampa Bay beaches. Enjoy the large kitchen, and bar over looking the canal. Sleeps 14 with 6 bedrooms 3 full baths and 2 half baths.

Waterfront Retreat
Waterfront Retreat in the city of Anna Maria.

Top 5 Anna Maria Island Spring Break Beach Rentals

Anna Maria Island Spring Break Beach Rentals make for unforgettable vacation! Find perfect weather, great activities and a lovely spot to gather friends for an awesome beach rental experience!

Anna Maria Island Spring Break Beach Rentals

It’s not too late to plan your Spring Break! When booking last minute March dates be sure to ask about special promotions!

Runaway Bay 272

Runaway Bay 272 is a fantastic Bradenton Beach vacation spot for six guests! This condo is just a short walk from the beach, free trolley stops, and local attractions. Inside you’ll find two bedrooms and two bathrooms with an updated casual style. Enjoy the community heated pool, fishing dock on the bay and tennis courts. 2017 Spring base rates start as low as $1300/week.

Anna Maria Island Spring Break Beach Rentals
Runaway Bay 272

 

La Casa Marie

La Casa Marie is a great spot for a luxury beach rental right on the beach. This three bedroom, two and a half bath rental condo sleeps six. You’ll have peeks of the gulf from the balcony along with updated amenities. Enjoy the fun wetbar with wine chiller and ice maker too! When you aren’t at the beach relax in the heated community pool and spa! 2017 Spring base rates start as low as $3150/week.

Anna Maria Island Spring Break Beach Rental
La Casa Marie

 

Under the Tuscan Sun

Under the Tuscan Sun is a fun Mediterranean style beach rental just a few short blocks to the most popular Anna Maria Island beaches. This three bedroom three bath rental sleeps up to six guests. You’ll love the private heated pool along with lovely balcony views. Pets under 25 pounds welcome with pet fee! 2017 Spring base rates start as low as $2000/week.

Anna Maria Island Spring Break
Under the Tuscan Sun

 

A Mermaid Crossing

A Mermaid Crossing offers stylish decor and a location just a short walk from the beach. This three bedroom three bathroom rental sleeps six guests with an extra touch of luxury. You’ll love the heated pool and sundeck too. The layout of this house is great for entertaining, and the master bathroom is stunning! 2017 Spring base rates start as low as $3325/week.

Anna Maria Island Spring Break Vacation Rentals
A Mermaid Crossing

 

Waterfront Retreat

Waterfront Retreat is the ultimate destination for a large family Spring Break vacation. Here you’ll find six bedrooms three full bathrooms and two powder rooms. This rental was truly designed for entertaining. Enjoy a well equipped kitchen with bar area, a living room with excellent seating, fun games and heated pool. The rental is on canal front with a dock, so you can even bring your boat. 2017 Spring base rates start as low as $3325/week!

Anna Maria Spring Break Beach Rental
Waterfront Retreat

Anna Maria Island Spring Break Beach Rentals are the best way to enjoy a memorable Florida Vacation!

Anna Maria Island Beach Bar Life

While Florida is notorious for its beach bar scene, the Anna Maria Island beach bar life offers some unique must see spots! AMI beach bars have a vibe that meshes well with that authentic old Florida charm that visitors adore.

Anna Maria Island Beach Bar
Anna Maria Island offers a great Beach Bar Vibe!

Anna Maria Island Beach Bar Life

Below is our list of six Anna Maria Island Beach Bars. A few on our list have also been featured on BeachBarLife.com, so you know they are great!

These watering holes really have a laid back beach vibe, and the added bonus of being family friendly too. While these are fun spots, don’t expect an exact Key West style. Anna Maria Island has an atmosphere unlike any other Florida city. Come see for yourself!

The Sandbar and Beach House Restaurants

These sister restaurants are some of the most popular places for toes in the sand libations. Find The Sandbar on north AMI in the city of Anna Maria where Spring Avenue and the beach meet.  The Beach House is on south island in the city of Bradenton Beach on Gulf Drive. Both were recently remodeled, and offer a slightly up-scale beach bar vibe.

You’ll always find something new to try when you visit. From hand crafted frozen drinks to fresh from the farm menu items. These two spots are a must when visiting Anna Maria Island. Looking for a beach bar wedding? The Sandbar and Beach House are amazing venues with tons of great services!

Gulf Drive Cafe and Tiki Hut

While Gulf Drive Cafe offers toes in the sand drinks and dining, they also have AMI’s largest Tiki Hut! Here you can relax in the shade of the Tiki, listen to music, and catch a great sunset. This beach bar offers a fun nightlife for dinner, drinks and dancing too!

Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe

Find Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe on the island’s most popular beach spot. Manatee Public Beach is the heart of the island where generations of visitors have enjoyed a day on the Florida coast.

This beach bar is always bustling with activity, yet still remains laid back. Enjoy tropical drinks from the their Tiki hut, or sit down at one of the tables and chill out. This bar is perfect for day long trips to the beach for the entire family. Not only will you find all the beach bar vibe, but great amenities like changing stations, beach shop, lifeguard station and even a playground for the littlest beach bums.

Coquina Beach Cafe

Coquina Beach Cafe is on the far southern end of Anna Maria Island. This is the last stop before crossing over the Longboat Key Bridge. Like Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, this is also a great spot for family day trips. Enjoy a tropical drink, or even catch breakfast here!

Enjoy the Anna Maria Island Beach Bar Life on your next visit, and check out our Beach Bar Photo Gallery!

Top 7 Reasons Anna Maria Island is the Best Family Friendly Florida Vacation

Once you visit, you’re sure to understand why Anna Maria Island is the best family friendly Florida vacation destination! From affordable group accommodations, to pristine beaches you’ll make life lasting memories on island time.

Family Friendly Florida Vacation
Pack your bathing suits and head to Anna Maria Island for a truly relaxing Family Friendly Florida Vacation!

Anna Maria Island is the best Family Friendly Florida Vacation!

While other Florida cities may offer family friendly vacations, none will make your group happier than a relaxing visit to Anna Maria Island! Here’s our Top seven reasons why.

Anna Maria Island Beaches are pristine.

Anna Maria Island has some of the most beautiful Gulf of Mexico beaches you’ll find in Florida. The sand is powdery and the water is typically blue like the Caribbean. Not only are these beaches pretty, but they are great for families.

When you visit the large public beach accesses on the island you’ll find amenities that make beach trips easier. Things like bathrooms, changing stations, concessions, and play grounds make beach time a breeze.

Great family accommodations and beach rentals on Anna Maria Island.

Since Anna Maria Island is only a mile across at it’s widest section, all accommodations are near beach accesses. In fact, most are with in walking distance. If your group ends up too far to walk then rent a golf cart or bikes to get your group back and forth.

Anna Maria Island has a great selection of accommodations for larger groups and families too. You are sure to find the perfect beach rental to suit the needs of your party. From beach front luxury to laid back and budget friendly, AMI has it all.

Check out the Top 9 Family Friendly vacation rentals to visit in 2017!

Beach on a Budget

While the island does offer high-end luxury, Anna Maria Island is a great vacation destination for those on a budget. Find affordable lodging, restaurants and shopping for a vacation that won’t break the bank.

You won’t find entrance fees to any of the beaches on Anna Maria Island. Parking is also free!

Almost all of the family style rentals on Anna Maria Island have fully stocked kitchens, so you’ll save a great deal of money by making meals yourself.

You’ll find many activities that don’t require spending money on your vacation. Visit the public parks, walk on the Piers, and enjoy sightseeing without spending a dime.

Transportation and free trolley service.

There are many options for getting around the area. The free trolley is a very popular mode of transportation with stops from Pine Avenue on north end to Coquina beach on south end. Kids have lots of fun riding the trolley, and it’s air conditioned too.

Catch a ride with The Monkey Bus or Ride AMI golf carts. These services can be hailed on the street or called to pick you up. Both are a gratuity only service. Water Taxi’s are a newer way to get around the island. You’ll love riding to your destination by boat.

Island Activities are Family Fun.

Beyond the beach you’ll find fun island activities for your family. Enjoy miniature golf at the Fish Hole on Bridge Street, or climb the Pirate Ship play ground at Coquina Beach. Families love fishing on the Anna Maria City Pier, or enjoy a walk with an ice cream cone from Two Scoops.

There are many local equipment rental companies that offer bicycles, surrey bikes, tandem bikes and kid seat attachments. No matter what the age of your group, you can rent bikes for sightseeing.

There are many options for boat and fishing tours around the island. Take the kids dolphin watching, kayaking or snorkeling. For the more adventurous try fly boarding or horse surfing!

Anna Maria Island offers a central location.

While you may not want to leave the island during your stay, you’ll find AMI is nearby to many big Florida attractions. There are tons of things to do within a two hour driving distance.

Get from Anna Maria Island to Orlando is just two hours. Planning a Disney trip? You can stay on Anna Maria Island! Meet Mickey and see the best Florida beaches in the same vacation.

You’ll find things to do in Sarasota, St. Petersburg and Tampa all an hour drive or less. Enjoy Mote Marine Aquarium, The Dali Museum, Busch Gardens and plenty of attractions in these nearby cities.

Even Bradenton has fun things to do, and is just a short ride inland. The Downtown Bradenton area has the wonderful Riverfront park, or go see Snooty the Manatee at South Florida Museum.

You’ll feel like you’re in a tropical oasis in the middle of all the best Florida Attractions!

Anna Maria Island will have you feeling relaxed.

A Family friendly Florida vacation is not always relaxing, especially for parents. Some family trips can be so exhausting you don’t even feel rested when its over. Change all that with an Anna Maria Island vacation. Everything about AMI is laid back; life is just slower on island time. No one in a hurry, no long lines, no obligations or deadlines. All you need for a good day on AMI is a bathing suit, sun block, a cold beverage and your loved ones. There’s nothing like a day on the beach to get your family into relaxation mode.

Enjoy the perfect family friendly Florida vacation with a tropical getaway to Anna Maria Island.

Top 9 Family Friendly Anna Maria Island Vacation Rentals 2017

Family Friendly Anna Maria Island Vacation Rentals are a great way to gather your loved ones for an unforgettable beach getaway. While many Florida cities offer great family accommodations, none are as laid back, affordable and convenient as Anna Maria Island. Your crew will want to visit year after year! Check out our list of the Top Nine Family Friendly Anna Maria Island Vacation Rentals to visit in 2017.

Family Friendly Anna Maria Island Vacation Rentals

While this list focuses on family, it also provides accommodations for both small and large groups. Families come in different sizes just as rentals do too!

Kid friendly amenities are included in our list along with conveniences that make parenting on vacation a tad easier. Washer, dryer and dishwashers are a must when vacationing with children! Each rental offers a private or community pool.

Best of all, these locations are close enough to the beach that even the short legged family members can handle the walk.

North Beach Village 63

North Beach Village 63 is a great town house rental about two blocks from gulf beaches. You’ll be near the Holmes Beach small town center for shopping and dining. Enjoy the heated community pool and free trolley stops within walking distance.

Family Friendly Anna Maria Island Vacation Rentals
North Beach Village 63 is great for families.

Inside this unit you’ll find two bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms accommodating up to six guests. There are two king beds and a queen sleeper sofa. Yes, the kids may have to share a bed, but with king and queen beds there will be few sibling squabbles. Additionally, the two full bathrooms have tub/shower combos great for kids bath time! Pets under 25 pounds welcome with fee.

Family Friendly Anna Maria Island Vacation Rentals
North Beach Village 63 – 2017 Base Rates $850-$1450/Week.

Beach Retreat

Beach Retreat is a lovely rental less than two blocks from gulf beaches. This gold rated home sleeps eight guests with four bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms. Beach Retreat would make a nice destination for two families as the bedrooms offer 1 king, 1 queen, 2 twins and an additional 2 twins that convert into a king if needed. The elevator will make moving kids, luggage and groceries a snap!

Family Friendly Anna Maria Island Vacation Rentals
Beach Retreat has great space for kids!

Even better for families with little ones, enjoy a pack-and-play, high chair, and umbrella stroller too! The entire family can enjoy the ping pong table, pool toys, books, puzzles, DVD’s and board games.

Family Friendly Anna Maria Island Vacation Rentals
Beach Retreat – 2017 Base Rates $2,250-$3,250/Week.

Cook up a feast on the backyard propane grill while everyone relaxes in the heated private pool. The outdoor shower will help keep little feet from tracking sand in the house!

Mango Breeze

Mango Breeze is where luxury and family friendly meet. This four bedroom rental sleeps 8, and is just over two blocks from gulf beaches. Here you’ll find the family can really spread out with 2 king beds, 1 queen and 2 twins. In addition to the living room there is an upstairs den area with flat screen television. Mom and Dad will love the master bedroom with a private balcony and beautiful en suite.

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Mango Breeze. Awesome tropical oasis backyard with Tiki hut!

The backyard at Mango Breeze will become your families own private tropical oasis. Enjoy the heated pool, charcoal grill, covered seating area and a fun Tiki hut too! Enjoy the game room with ping pong table, and bring dogs up to 25 pounds with pet fee.

Family Friendly Anna Maria Island Vacation Rentals
Mango Breeze 2017 Base Rates $1,575-$3,395/Week.

Manna-Tee Beach House

Manna-Tee Beach House has everything you could want for an amazing family getaway just two blocks from gulf beaches! This three bedroom rental has a high-end feel with lovely decor and amenities for six guests. You’ll find more beds than you’ll need with 1 king bed, 1 queen bed, 2 twin beds and a queen sleeper sofa.

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Manna-Tee Beach House. Beautiful luxury rental.

This beach rental features great balconies, a heated pool, lovely master bedroom and even a high chair for the littlest kid!

Holmes Beach Vacation Rental
Manna-Tee Beach House 2017 Base Rates $1,350-$2,250

My Sister’s Beach House

My Sister’s Beach House is the ultimate luxury beach rental for large family gatherings. This five bedroom home sleeps 12 guests with all the bells and whistles. Find 4 King beds, 2 twins and both a twin and queen sleeper sofa.

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My Sister’s Beach House. Fantastic heated pool and spa.

The kitchen has two dishwashers, refrigerators and everything you’ll need preparing large meals.

Enjoy canal views, heated pool and spa and a fantastic game room too!

Anna Maria Family Beach Rental
My Sister’s Beach House – 2017 Base Rates $3,124-$7,250/Week

Blue Heron Beach House

Blue Heron Beach House has a great old Florida charm, and is less than a block to gulf beaches. This four bedroom rental offers 2 king beds, 2 twins and a bunk making it great for groups of eight.

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Blue Heron Beach House – kids bunk room.

During your stay enjoy the heated pool, outdoor shower and a Foosball table in the den. Your family will love this north end location near free trolley stops, shopping and dining.

Anna Maria Family vacation rental
Blue Heron Beach House – 2017 Base Rates $1,575-$3,175/Week.

Waterfront Retreat

Waterfront Retreat is a six bedroom rental updated specifically for family get togethers. Sleep 14 guests on canal front just a short walk to Tampa Bay beaches.

Great thought was put into the amenities and decor of this home to accommodate all family members needs. The upper level bunk room can fit all the kids, and Grandma will love the lower level pink Queen suite.

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Waterfront Retreat. Enjoy the large kitchen made for entertaining.

The large kitchen has two dishwashers along with a fun bar area looking over the canal. Enjoy the heated pool, and beautiful canal views from three of the bedrooms. Bring the boat on this vacation, as you’ll be just a short ride from Tampa Bay. Pets up to 50 pounds welcome with pet fee.

Anna Maria family canal front vacation rental
Waterfront Retreat – 2017 Base Rates $2,400-$7,250/Week.

Villa 2

Villa 2 is a great spot for a small family getaway for four guests. This one bedroom condo has 1 queen bed and 1 queen sleeper sofa.

Anna Maria family canal front vacation rental
Villa 2 has a location you just can’t beat!

This location is fantastic! You’ll be just a short walk to everything including beaches, trolley stops, shops, restaurants and sightseeing attractions on Historic Bridge Street.

Enjoy the shared heated pool at this laid back Anna Maria Island vacation spot.

Anna Maria family canal front vacation rental
Villa 2 – 2017 Base Rates $650-$1,000/Week.

Flip Flops Forever

Flip Flops Forever is a relaxed kid friendly vacation rental just two blocks from gulf beaches. Sleep up to 10 guest with five bedrooms. There is 1 king bed, 3 queens, 2 twins, a twin bed with trundle and a small toddler bed. One of the queen bedrooms also has a second small kitchen area with mini fridge, sink and microwave.

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Flip Flops Forever has a heated pool and putting green.

The backyard features a heated pool and and putting green that everyone will love!

Anna Maria Island Family Vacation Rental
Flip Flops Forever – 2017 Base Rates $1,785-$3,675/Week.

When you Book your Family Friendly Anna Maria Island Vacation Rentals with Island Real Estate, you’re sure to be pleased!

Anna Maria Island March Activities Guide

Anna Maria Island March activities are a fantastic way to stay entertained when you aren’t too busy relaxing on the beach! Spring is a very popular time of year to visit the island, so you’ll find plenty of happenings. From art to the outdoors, check out our list of Anna Maria Island March activities.

Anna Maria Island March Activities
March is the BEST time of year to visit Anna Maria Island!

Anna Maria Island March Activities

The weather is perfect and Florida is the place to be!

Art Slam 2017

Head off island March 4th for an immersive art experience in Downtown Bradenton. Art Slam is an annual event where local creatives come together to celebrate art, youth and the creative process. Every year this event brings a unique experience to attendees. Visit Old Main Street in Downtown Bradenton from 9am-4pm.

Explore Waif Gopher Tortoises at Perico Preserve.

Perico Preserve is a gorgeous new park just a short drive over the Manatee Bridge from Anna Maria Island. While these animals are native, the park is developing a special interest for their habitat.

Waif Gopher tortoise refers to animals ready to be released back into the wild, but don’t have a known specific area of origin. This can happen for a variety of reasons.

Manatee County has developed Perico Preserve into the perfect habitat for these homeless Waif Gopher Tortoises. While on Anna Maria Island, be sure to visit Perico Preserve for a chance to see them in person!

Island Gallery West March Feature

Check out the March featured Student Artist at the Island Gallery West. Olivia Sabo is a student at Lakewood Ranch High School. Her work “Spuds” will be on display at the gallery for the month of March. Her acrylic painting on display was inspired by her fathers Chris Sabo was inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame in 2010.

Treat Yourself at Cupcake Delights!

Head over to Capcake Delights in Holmes Beach and grab yourself one or a dozen. Because, why not? You don’t need a reason to enjoy a sweet treat when vacationing on Anna Maria Island!

Lionfish Lecture at FMM

The Florida Maritime Museum is hosting a Lecture March 15th at 3pm. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Lionfish Control Team will talk about this invasive species and how people can help combat their proliferation of Florida waterways.

Nap on the Beach

March 13 is National Napping Day which follows Day Light Savings on March 12. Celebrate with a nap on the beaches of Anna Maria Island! The sun will be warm and the sand soft! Grab a towel and an umbrella and get comfy! Just don’t forget your sunblock!

Beach Bistro Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

This year the Beach Bistro’s St. Patricks Day Parade will be on Sunday the 19th. The Parade begins at the corner of Marina and Gulf Drive the proceeds north toward Anna Maria.