Slowly becoming Florida’s not-so-best-kept-secret, Anna Maria Island is still the ideal place to relax and get away from your hectic every day life.
Although just seven miles long, once here, you will never have to leave the island to find something to do. And, thanks to the free island trolley service, you do not even have to drive your car to explore what the island has to offer! From soaking up the sun on the many beautiful island beaches to parasailing over the gorgeous azure blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the island has something for everyone.
Start your day with a hearty breakfast at a local restaurant — the only franchises on the island are Subway and Domino’s — followed by a few hours of beach time. Did you know there are over 70 beach access paths on the island? If a beach visit is not in your day’s plan, there’s always plenty of stores from which to choose where to pick up a souvenir.
Looking for something a little more active? You’ll find plenty of water-related activities, including fishing, boat tours and charters, kayaking and the latest craze, SUP, otherwise known as standup paddleboarding. If you prefer to stay on land, be sure to check out the equipment rentals — from bikes to scooters to Segways and more! As the day ends, just make sure that you leave plenty of time to catch what is probably one of AMI’s best assests – an absolutely beautiful sunset that looks different every evening. Remember to bring your camera and read these tips on how best to photograph a sunset before the next night falls.
Whatever your pleasure, you are sure to find it on AMI. We promise, once you are here, you will not want to leave, and when you do, you will want to come back!