Renting a Boat on Anna Maria Island

When you come to Anna Maria Island, it’s no surprise that you’ll probably wind up spending most of your time on the water. With seven miles of white sand beaches, there is plenty of room for everyone on the island. Whether you’re looking to get a start on your tan, wade in the water with your family, or get your adrenaline rush on a jet ski or by parasailing, there are tons of ocean activities on Anna Maria Island!

One of the best ways to take advantage of the clear blue waters of Anna Maria Island is by renting a boat. You can take your vessel wherever you please to fish or simply relax in the waves. Here is everything you need to know about renting a boat near our Anna Maria Island vacation rentals.

boat out on the water

How to Rent a Boat

When you plan to rent a boat on Anna Maria Island, be aware that each individual rental company has its own specifications. You will always need to show your ID when you pick up your rental, so you need to be of driving age at minimum, though many rental companies will not rent to anyone under the age of 30. Additionally, the majority of boat rental services require guests to pay a deposit in the event of damaged or missing equipment. This deposit is often refunded when you return if everything looks to be in order.

With many rental agencies, you can choose to rent a boat for half a day or a full day. You should also be aware that weather conditions may hinder your rental. Often, if the weather is bad and prohibits you from going out on the water, you can reschedule or get a refund. Many rental companies will provide life vests and any other safety equipment you might need, and some even have stereo systems aboard the boat! Be sure to check with the individual company you’re working with to learn their policies.

Where to Rent a Boat

Anna Maria Island has several rental companies to choose from, but Anna Maria Island Boat Rentals is one of the most popular. They offer a pontoon boat rental from $425 per day, allowing for plenty of room for the entire family to have fun on the water. The company provides life vests, a stereo system on the boat, a map of the local waters, and the required safety equipment on board. You need to bring your own food and drink, sunscreen, and cell phone.

Another convenient option is AMI Watersports. You’re welcome to rent a pontoon boat that seats 10 to 12 people for 2 hours, 4 hours, or 8 hours. Boat rentals start as low as $225 for two hours, giving you a great opportunity to spend a little time on the water for a good price. Guests are allowed to bring any picnic items they please, so you can enjoy a delicious lunch at sea!

Finally, Bradenton Beach Marina offers half-day and full-day boat rentals. You can choose a Jon Boat, Catamaran, pontoon boat, and more, so no matter how big or small your group is, there’s plenty of room for everyone! If you find that you need to cancel, be aware that Bradenton Beach Marina does charge a $100 cancellation fee if you do not cancel your reservation within 48 hours of your departure.

boat driver's seat

Where to Take your Boat

While some companies have a specific area of water you need to stay in, others allow you to essentially roam free. If you have the freedom to explore, consider heading to Leffis Key to view some wildlife. You’ll also enjoy Egmont Key if you’re looking for a more private experience, or if you want to snorkel, head toward the Regina Sugar Barge.

Boating on Anna Maria Island is a unique experience that your whole family will enjoy. It’s easy to access any of these rental companies from our Anna Maria Island vacation homes. While you’re on the island, you’ll have our friendly and dedicated staff by your side to answer any question or recommend a boat rental company. Contact us today to learn more about our properties!