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Why You Should Spend Thanksgiving on Anna Maria Island

Fall leaves, pumpkin spice lattes, and cool weather. This image characterizes Thanksgiving, and it may be hard to imagine the holiday any other way. But what better way to express your thankfulness than to be surrounded by family and good food while also relaxing in the sun and sand? This year, consider spending your holiday on the picturesque white sand in your own Anna Maria Island vacation rental

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AMI Weather

In fall, things start to cool off on Anna Maria Island. However, you can still expect perfect beach weather most of the time. In the mornings and evenings, there might be slightly cooler weather, but average high temperatures tend to stay in the 70s. September tends to be a fairly wet month, but conditions dry out by the time October comes around. 

Since summer tends to be the height of both temperatures and tourist season, you can avoid both by coming during the fall months. This is another perk to coming during the fall season!

Enjoy Thanksgiving on the Beach

During your vacation, you’ll be nice and busy participating in AMI’s family-centered activities. And what is Thanksgiving really about, if not family? You’ll have plenty of time to bond and build lifelong memories together. On Thanksgiving Day, wake up to a stunning Gulf sunrise and take a stroll on the beach together. 

When it comes to food, if you have any unique family traditions you wouldn’t want to break, each of our Anna Maria Island vacation rentals provides a fully equipped kitchen so that you can make a meal suited to your preferences. However, if you’d prefer to avoid all the hassle of shopping, cooking, and cleaning, you can simply eat out or order food for a beach picnic! Many Anna Maria Island restaurants offer unique Thanksgiving options. The food on AMI is truly a delight, and you can spruce up your regular Thanksgiving traditions with some seaside flare. 

Family-Friendly Activities for Everyone

No matter the time of year, Anna Maria Island is full of activities for the whole family to enjoy. A family favorite is dolphin tours. These fun and friendly creatures swim along the coastline, and you are almost guaranteed to spot them while cruising along the shore. Many boat rental shops offer guided dolphin tours that bring you to the best locations and are also educational, with knowledgeable guides sharing information about the local ecosystems. If you’re lucky, you may even spot manatees! Tours tend to be quite flexible and may provide discounts for group or family tours.

Children will also find delight in the many unique boutiques and stores. Across the island, many souvenir shops sell locally made crafts, beach attire, and interactive toys. Any of these items would make great keepsakes to bring back home! 

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There are also plenty of souvenirs on this island that don’t require purchase. All along Anna Maria Island’s beautiful sandy beaches, you will find colorful seashells, many of which are still perfectly intact. The whole family can have fun combing the beaches together. If you’re lucky, you might even spot a sand dollar or shark tooth! The best places to look are along Manatee Public Beach, Palmetto Avenue Beach, Bayfront Park, Bean Point, or Coquina Public Beach. 

For a more active family adventure, try zip lining at TreeUmph Adventure Course. It’s just a 45-minute drive from AMI and offers a 14-acre self-guided ziplining adventure that will entertain the family for the entire day! You can move at your own pace, and you’ll be trained by staff beforehand on using safety harnesses before getting started. At the end of the course, you’ll be rewarded with a 650-foot zip line that flies through the trees. You won’t forget this experience anytime soon!

Stay with Anna Maria Vacations! 

For the best vacation rentals on Anna Maria Island, explore our wide array of rental options. We provide condos, houses, rentals with beachfront and oceanside views, and even pet-friendly rentals so that your furriest member of the family can spend the holidays by your side! 

Our rentals provide everything you need to make your vacation as relaxing and enjoyable as possible. If you need assistance organizing the details of your holiday, our friendly and professional staff are ready and willing to assist. We want your Thanksgiving on Anna Maria Island to exceed all your expectations!

Best Mexican Restaurants on Anna Maria Island

After long days shopping, exploring, and taking strolls along the beach, you’re likely to work up an appetite. You may find it hard to plan your meals with all the things to do on Anna Maria Island.  Finding food that everyone enjoys can be one of the most challenging parts of any vacation. Fortunately, there are plenty of restaurants across the island, including Mexican restaurants. With Mexican food, you simply can’t go wrong, and it’s never far away from your Anna Maria Island vacation rental.

Tortilla Bay

For some fresh Tex-Mex, look no further than Tortilla Bay. They offer a wide assortment of burritos, tacos, salad nachos, quesadillas, beer, wine, and more. These dishes are affordable and are guaranteed to fill you up. 

Sample from delicious menu items like the Shipwreck Nachos, a nacho starter with chips, black beans, pico de gallo, black olives, jalapenos, and melted cheese that comes with your choice of chargrilled chicken, steak, or barbacoa. There’s the classic Tex Mex Wrap and locally inspired Gone Fishing Tacos, which include a freshly caught fish of the day. No matter your tastes, you’re sure to find something to satisfy your hunger here!

Visit Tortilla Bay at 5318 Marina Drive in Holmes Beach. The store is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

Poppo’s Taqueria

At Poppo’s, you’ll find the highest-quality food, carefully crafted based on a principle of “no compromise.” For the staff at Poppo’s Taqueria, this means ingredients are all whole, fresh, local when available, and organic whenever possible. Everything is made from scratch by hand, so it always tastes better even if it takes longer to make.

Poppo’s features a “make-your-own” menu. Craft tacos, burritos, quesadillas, bowls, or big bowls to your liking with your selection of cheese, protein, rice, beans, and toppings. Through BiteSquad, you can also have burritos, bowls, big bowls, and two tacos delivered directly to you!

Stop by for a bite at 212C Pine Avenue. They’re open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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Wicked Cantina Bradenton Beach

This restaurant serves spicy Austin-style Tex-Mex food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Their mission is to bring fresh, authentic Austin-style cuisine to Sarasota and the surrounding areas. They have locations in Sarasota and Bradenton Beach. All food is handmade in-house daily. 

For a classic Tex-Mex breakfast, try the breakfast taco plate, comprising two soft tortillas filled with scrambled eggs and your choice of two items, served with refried beans and grilled potatoes on the side. There’s also the chorizo scramblers, spicy chorizo scrambled with eggs and served with refried beans and grilled potatoes. Migas, breakfast chimi, and huevos rancheros are also on the breakfast menu.

The lunch and dinner menu offers an entirely new set of options. Select from 10 taco varieties, six types of enchiladas, and two quesadilla flavors. Sizzling fajitas are served with Mexican rice and your choice of black, refried, or charro beans. Order soups, salads, or other delicious Tex-Mex appetizers, like guacamole, cantina shrimp, or nachos. 

For those with dietary restrictions, vegan and gluten-free options are available in the form of roasted cauliflower tacos, portobello tacos, roasted veggie bowl, and more.

The Bradenton Beach location is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, and they are located at 101 7th Street North. The cantina in Sarasota is open for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily and can be found at 1603 N Tamiami Trail.

For the most enjoyable stay, you don’t only want great places to eat, but the best places to find accommodation. We offer a wide selection of Anna Maria Island vacation rentals, from condos to houses, with the added option of beachfront or oceanfront views. Whatever your needs and budget, we will help you find the perfect vacation rental on Anna Maria Island to make your vacation truly unforgettable!

Where to Find the Best BBQ on Anna Maria Island

When you’re on vacation, one of the best parts is getting to try the local cuisine. While you’re on Anna Maria Island, you’ll probably want to get some delicious seafood, but one thing that you might not expect is how great the barbecue is around here! Our Anna Maria Island vacation rentals are just moments away from some of the area’s best barbecue, so be sure to try one (or several!) of these eateries while you’re in town! 

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One of the best fast-casual eateries in the area is Smoqehouse, operated by a husband-and-wife team who couldn’t be more passionate about barbecue. They first opened in Minnesota in 2017 and opened their second location right here on AMI just five months after that. Today, Smoqehouse is one of the most popular places to get all your barbecue favorites, including sandwiches, pulled pork, brisket, and more.

Some of the specialties on the menu here include the Smoqehouse Cuban, the Brisket Burger, the Korean Beef, and The Islander. They’ve even got a vegetarian sandwich option and can make any sandwich gluten-free! You can wash it all down with a soda or a local selection of craft beer or wine. If you’re looking for a welcoming and refined place to enjoy some mouthwatering barbecue, look no further than Smoqehouse.

Smoqehouse is located at 1701 Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach. They are open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Pig Out BBQ & Southern Soul Food

If you make your way over to the mainland and visit the city of Bradenton, you’ll find the incredible Pig Out BBQ & Southern Soul Food. Pig Masters Jimmy and Sandy Galanis are cooking up mouthwatering barbecue favorites every day of the week. They have proven their restaurant to be a favorite of locals and visitors alike. You can start your meal with classic Southern comfort foods like fried green tomatoes or fried pickles before moving on to the main event. 

Enjoy sandwiches like fried catfish or pulled pork on the regular menu, or go for something unique like the Mac Daddies, the signature sandwiches here crafted with a fried mac and cheese patty! They’ve also got tons of platter selections as well as delicious fried seafood. There’s a little something for everyone to enjoy in this laid-back eatery.

Pig Out BBQ & Southern Soul Food is located at 5718 Manatee Avenue W in Bradenton. They are open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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Mission BBQ

If you’ve heard of Mission BBQ before, it’s probably because there’s likely one near you! This barbecue chain has taken the country by storm and has opened up a convenient location right here near Anna Maria Island. So, what’s the mission behind Mission BBQ? “To serve you the most authentic, mouth-watering all-American food that’s done right.” Mission BBQ has a special place in their hearts for our military members and first responders, too, so you’ll know your meal is for a good cause.

For your meat selection, Mission BBQ offers mouthwatering options like brisket, pulled pork, turkey, pulled chicken, and sausage. You can also choose from a wide selection of sandwiches and sides, which include fresh-cut fries, baked beans with brisket, and Maggie’s Mac-N-Cheese. Feeling extra hungry? Make it an XL or an XXL Combo! 

Mission BBQ is located at 4501 14th Street W in Bradenton. They are open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Mr. Bones BBQ

With a name like “Mr. Bones BBQ,” you know you’re in for some delicious barbecue here! This eatery has quickly become one of the most popular restaurants on Anna Maria Island, situated right in the heart of the island in Holmes Beach. Since 1992, Mr. Bones has been offering delicious made-from-scratch meals that will suit the palate of every patron. You wouldn’t think you’d be able to bring your vegan friends to a barbecue restaurant, but they’ve truly got something for everyone here!

When you pick your ribs or chicken, you can have it prepared in one of five delicious sauces: BBQ, hot BBQ, honey glaze, Mongolian, or Mandarin. In addition to their barbecue offerings, you can also find several globally inspired rice plates, tons of salads and wraps, wings, subs, Tex Mex favorites, and more. Mr. Bones BBQ is one place that the entire family is sure to love!

Mr. Bones BBQ is located at 3007 Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach. They are open Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 12 noon until 9 p.m. They are closed on Tuesdays.

Harry’s Grill

Want a laid-back and casual eatery where you can let your hair down and just enjoy some delicious food? Harry’s Grill is the place to be. They’ve been voted as the Best Bar and Grill and Burger on Anna Maria Island in 2017, 2019, 2020, AND 2021! Bring the whole family out (even the four-legged members!) to enjoy the live music or play some cornhole while you wait for your mouthwatering barbecue to hit the table.

Start off with delectable appetizers like bacon-wrapped shrimp or fried clams. Move on to a salad or jump right into your entrée with options like Harry’s ½ Pound Cheeseburger, the Pulled Pork BBQ sandwich, or the Buffalo Chicken Sandwich. There are also tons of fresh seafood options if you’re interested in something a little different. If you’ve got a “Harry” or a “Harrietta” in your group, tell them to bring in their ID to claim one free draft beer! 

Harry’s Grill is located at 9903 Gulf Drive in Anna Maria. They are open Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.


Last but certainly not least is BubbaQue’s, one of the most beloved Anna Maria Island restaurants since it opened in 2008. This restaurant is a parody of all the traditions of the rural South, but since the owners are proud “rednecks” themselves, know it’s all in good fun! You’ll find classic Southern hospitality as soon as you walk in the door, and once you take that first bite, you’ll know everything was cooked with care.

A wide range of nacho options and specialty “Bubbatizers” can get your meal started off right. Then, move on to a sandwich like the Big Ol Bubba or the Texas Brisket, or go for a traditional dinner or basket. Combo plates are great for when you’re really hungry, or if you’ve got kids with you, there’s a special menu just for them. Everything is prepared fresh daily and is only made with the highest quality ingredients, and you can definitely taste the difference!

BubbaQue’s is located at 6581 East S.R. 70 in Bradenton. They are open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Where to Stay

If you’re ready to try some of these mouthwatering barbecue restaurants for yourself, you’ll need a place to stay! We are proud to offer some of the most comfortable and affordable vacation rentals on Anna Maria Island, perfect for groups big and small. Want to learn more and start planning your trip down to our shores? Contact us today to get started!

The Top Pet-Friendly Rentals on Anna Maria Island

So, you’re planning on taking a well-deserved getaway to one of our Anna Maria Island vacation rentals. Congrats! You’re in for an exciting time away with the ones you love most. There’s just one problem: your pet. Making arrangements for your pet can be one of the most stressful parts of planning a trip. You could try to find someone to pet-sit while you’re away, but you have to worry about finding someone who’s both reliable and available. On the other hand, you could board your pet, but this option can often be expensive and stressful for everyone involved. 

But what if there were a way you could bring your furry friend with you on vacation? Now, you can! Our Anna Maria Island pet-friendly rentals are the perfect options for those traveling with dogs. Here, you’ll find a few of our most popular pet-friendly rentals, as well as some fun activities you can experience with your pup while you’re in town. 

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Hawaiian Tide

With 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, this home is ideal for up to 6 humans and your pet! This private tropical duplex is sure to impress with its bright and welcoming décor, close location to the Gulf (just a block and a half away!), and its lush outdoor offerings. Let your pup run around in the fenced-in yard while you enjoy your private heated pool and BBQ grill! Inside, you’ll find a full gourmet kitchen with beautiful stainless appliances, a washer and dryer right inside, and multiple flat-screen TVs. You couldn’t ask for more! 

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Anna Maria Grand Beach House

The word “grand” is the keyword for this house; with 9 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms, up to 22 people can enjoy this vacation property! This home is often popular with groups in town for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, or other special occasions. Enjoy breathtaking features like the fully stocked kitchen and its brand-new appliances, washer and dryer to do all your laundry, wireless internet, and 13 (yes, 13!) flat-screen TVs throughout. Outside, enjoy a fantastic rooftop deck with a Gulf view and a private heated pool with a waterfall, spa, and swim-up bar! Talk about luxury!  

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Anna Maria Chateau

Are you looking for something smaller and cozier? This 3-bed, 2-bath property is just the place. Perfect for 8 people (and your pup, of course!), this home is incredibly welcoming. It offers a beautiful and relaxing environment for your trip. Enjoy a fully stocked kitchen, wireless internet, a huge deck and yard, and complimentary beach equipment! If you’re looking for a vacation property that’s conveniently located, this is the one. It’s located just a couple of blocks from the stunning Bean Point Beach and all the excitement of Pine Avenue in the city of Anna Maria. 

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Summer House

Next on our list of the best Anna Maria Island pet-friendly vacation rentals is Summer House, an 8-bed, 6-bath home that can suit up to 16 people! The bright and vibrant décor inside and out screams “summer,” giving you a fun atmosphere that the whole family is sure to love. You’ll get a full kitchen, two sets of washers and dryers, wireless internet, and flat-screen TVs, as well an XBOX gaming system as well as Pac-Man and Galaga! Look out over both the Gulf and the Bay from your rooftop deck or spend your time in the private heated pool, playing ping pong or foosball outside, or walking to some of the island’s most popular shops and restaurants. 

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Casa Muratti

This 4-bed, 3.5-bath home is ideal for up to 8 guests. It transports you to the shores of the Mediterranean, all without ever leaving Florida! Located in the city of Anna Maria, this home is within walking distance from Pine Avenue as well as the beach, so there’s always something fun to explore. Inside your home, you’ll find a convenient garage, washer and dryer, huge master bathroom, fully equipped gourmet kitchen, and five TVs. Outside, enjoy your private heated saltwater pool (with color-changing lights!) and your hot tub, and indulge in a refreshing drink at the covered bar. 

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Ocean Walk

If you and your pup want to spend tons of time outside, this 4-bed, 3.5-bath home (which sleeps 12) is perfect for you. Your rooftop deck offers breathtaking views of the sunset, and the private heated pool is a great place to relax. You’ll also get complimentary bikes, a beach wagon, chairs, and other beach equipment to take down to the shore, and it takes less than a minute to walk there! Inside your home, you’ll find a fully stocked kitchen with new stainless-steel appliances, high-speed wireless internet, an XBOX gaming system, and multiple flat-screen TVs, and so much more.

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Calypso Cottage

For smaller families, this 3-bed, 3-bath property offers everything you need. This home sleeps 6 guests but doesn’t sacrifice luxury even with its smaller size! Inside, enjoy amenities like the fully equipped kitchen, washer and dryer, flat-screen TVs, PlayStation, and ping pong table. You’re also sure to love the relaxing Mediterranean design that brings a casual and calming vibe to the entire property. Outside, you’ll love the exotic oversized swimming pool with a swim-up tiki hut, covered poolside lanai, and BBQ grill! Perhaps best of all, this home is located on a quiet, low-traffic street, meaning you’ll get some privacy and will never have to worry about your safety. 

Anna Maria Island Pet-Friendly Activities

Now that you’ve got a sampling of some of the vacation rentals available to you on your trip, what can you do with your pup while you’re here? Luckily, there are all kinds of amazing pet-friendly things to do on Anna Maria Island! 

In the center of the island, Holmes Beach Dog Park allows your pup to make new friends and let out some energy. This park is ideal for dogs since they have separate areas for small dogs and big dogs. You’ll find both locals and visitors bringing their furry friends here, so it’s a great place for humans to mingle as well! You can also bring your pup to Happy Tails Dog Park, where your pet can play in one of the three sections (based on their size) while you relax at a picnic table in the shade. 

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If your pup wants to splash around in the water, take them over to Palma Sola Causeway, just a 10-minute drive from Holmes Beach. Dogs are allowed off-leash here, but be aware that this beach is pretty close to the causeway. However, a bit further away, Fort Desoto State Park and Venice Brohard Paw Park are a couple more great options for your pet to enjoy the beach.

Finally, many of the shops and restaurants throughout AMI are pet-friendly. Most of them will have a sign at the entrance letting you know if your pet is allowed, but you can always ask if you’re not sure! Please bring your pet along to enjoy a meal on the patio of a local restaurant or have them with you as you look around for the perfect souvenir. 

So, is it time for you to pack up your pup and head down to the shores of AMI? Contact us today to book one of the properties listed here or any of our other convenient pet-friendly rentals on Anna Maria Island! We can’t wait to welcome you to our shores!

Visit Bridge Street on Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island is a seven-mile stretch of shoreline located just off the Gulf Coast of Florida near Sarasota. This tiny island might be unassuming at first, but it’s the perfect destination for your next getaway! There’s plenty to see and do here to cover a wide range of interests, and through it all, you’ll get to experience that relaxed “Old Florida” feeling that many other destinations have forgotten about. If you’re seeking the ultimate destination to get some R&R, Anna Maria Island is the place!

While there are so many fun Anna Maria Island things to do, you want to make sure you set aside some time to enjoy Bridge Street. It’s a fantastic place to spend an afternoon or evening with your loved ones, and it’s just moments from our most popular Anna Maria Island vacation rentals! 

anna maria islands historic bridge street

What is Bridge Street?

Bridge Street, sometimes also referred to as Historic Bridge Street truly has a little bit of everything. Located in Bradenton Beach at the southern end of the island, Bridge Street is a fantastic destination to take your family. Are you looking for some unique history? Want to go fishing? Need to get a souvenir? Want to experience a mouthwatering meal? You can do all that and more right here on Bridge Street! 

Things to Do

Bridge Street in Anna Maria Island truly has it all, but the best things to do here can be grouped into three main categories: dining, shopping, and activities.


One of the best ways to get to know Anna Maria Island is by experiencing the local cuisine. Bridge Street offers both casual and laid-back eateries and upscale and elegant dining options, perfect for any occasion! This list is not all-inclusive, but below are a few of our top recommendations if you plan to enjoy a meal on Bridge Street. 

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If you’re searching for a dining experience where you can get delicious meals made with fresh, local, sustainable ingredients, look no further than Beach House Waterfront Restaurant. The menu changes seasonally to keep up with the best available ingredients in any season, you’ll always get a stunning view of the water from your table, and the wait staff will help you to feel right at home. 

Want a bit of history with your meal? Head over to Blue Marlin Seafood, where you’ll get a fantastic meal served inside of an original 1920’s cottage! Every dish is prepared with fresh local seafood caught just off the shores of AMI. In addition to the great food, Blue Marlin also offers a fun and welcoming atmosphere, with live music on the weekends and fun outdoor games out in the courtyard!

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If you’ve got a big group, it can be hard to find somewhere to eat if everyone wants something different. Luckily, Bridge Tender Inn and Dockside Bar have you covered! Their extensive menu has everything from seafood to steaks to pasta, ribs, sandwiches, and more. It’s all served up with amazing views, exciting entertainment, and a casual, family-friendly atmosphere. 

Other dining options on Bridge Street include Back Alley Treasures, The Freckled Fin Restaurant, Island Creperie, and the Anna Maria Oyster Bar. 


Whether you want to pick up a new souvenir, a cute piece for your wardrobe, or an item for your kids to enjoy on the beach, there are plenty of opportunities for shopping on Anna Maria Island along Bridge Street. 

Start at The Hive, where you can find incredibly unique items from local artisans and international creators. If you want something new to add to your home, check out their Buddha art or the South African handmade pieces. Add some beautiful silver jewelry or an artistic t-shirt into your wardrobe, or snack on some of the most delicious specialty candy. One thing’s for sure: The Hive provides a one-of-a-kind experience for every shopper!

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If you’re searching for jewelry, in particular, Bridge Street Jewelers is one of the best places to get it. They have been supplying locals and visitors alike with the most stunning pieces for nearly 15 years now, so you know you’re working with a team that’s experienced and dedicated. Whether you’re searching for a designer piece for your sweetheart or something customized to your style, Bridge Street Jewelers can help you find the perfect new accessory. 

Art lovers of all kinds are sure to appreciate what they find inside The Uptown Lot. This shop was started and is managed by Gayden Shell, who has put her unique twist on everything she sells. Not only is Gayden passionate about her up-cycled jewelry and wide range of gifts and artwork available, but she is also an incredibly talented photographer with a natural eye for the beauty of Anna Maria Island. If you want a magnificent photo to hang in your home that will always remind you of the comforts of AMI, this is the place to get it! 

If you want to find a souvenir that you can prominently display in your home, you’ll find it at Bridge Street Interiors. The team here has more than 25 years of experience helping locals and visitors find the perfect pieces for their homes, including tropical décor, furniture pieces big and small, and even unique detailed items like wall coverings and lamps. If you can’t carry a huge piece home with you, don’t worry; Bridge Street Interiors has plenty of smaller pieces as well as gorgeous jewelry.


Besides shopping and dining, there’s plenty more you can do on Bridge Street! They’ve got all kinds of unique services that are sure to keep the whole family entertained. 

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What better way to feel the ocean breeze and get to explore the island than on a fun Segway tour? Segs by the Sea offers incredible Segway tours and rentals that let you get around AMI in style. Tours last from 1-2 hours and are led by an experienced guide who can tell you all about the island. Segs by the Sea also offers electric bikes, beach cruiser bikes, and standup paddleboard rentals. 

Want to have a fun night out with your friends? Visit Drift In, where they’re serving up delicious drinks in a fun sports bar atmosphere. Come in and catch the game on the flat screens, and if the game isn’t on, you can still visit for the awesome live entertainment! Participate in karaoke or listen to the musical stylings of local artists. If you’re visiting earlier in the day, stop in for coffee and other drinks. 

Get competitive with your family at The Fish Hole Adventure Golf! As you make your way through the course, you’ll see beautiful plants, unique course decorations, and even some unique fish as they swim in the ponds between the holes! This course is just steps away from the beach, perfect for when you need a break from the sand. 

Vacation should be a time to treat yourself, so a visit to the Searenity Beach Spa and Eco Boutique is sure to be in order! Come in to get a relaxing massage inside a tiki hit, get a facial that leaves you feeling rejuvenated, or purchase one of their incredible pieces of artwork or artisan candles and soaps. There’s nowhere more relaxing on all of AMI! 

Where to Stay

You can experience all of this and more on Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach, just a short walk or trolley ride away from our most popular vacation rentals on Anna Maria Island! Want to learn more about AMI and start booking your getaway? Contact our team today to make it happen! 

Everything You Need to Know About AMI Adventure Rentals

With much of the world finally starting to return to some semblance of normalcy, many people are genuinely itching to get out and explore areas that they may have never ventured to before. While many will head to tropical destinations far away, we believe that Florida is a unique area that will offer you the same experience as any tropical locale. 

Of course, we are talking about Anna Maria Island. Located on the gorgeous turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the luscious white sands that you would expect in a dream vacation setting, Anna Maria Island has all of the natural beauty that you could want. Whether you are looking for an incredible place to enjoy some beach time, or perhaps you are hoping to take in as much of the island culture as possible, we believe that Anna Maria Island is going to be the place for you. 

The best part about Anna Maria Island is all of the entertaining things to do while you are here. We know that packing for a vacation means packing light and only bringing the necessities, and we believe that should be true about Anna Maria Island vacation-goers. Luckily, our partners at AMI Adventure Rentals have you covered for any vacation need! 

What is AMI Adventure Rentals?

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AMI Adventure Rentals is your one-stop shop for any rental you could ask for while enjoying your time on Anna Maria Island. Whether you are looking for a mode of transportation to get you around the island or perhaps some equipment to take to the beach, AMI Adventure Rentals has you covered for reasonable prices and has incredible customer service teams ready to set you up for a fantastic vacation.

Activities & Rental Information

As we said, AMI Adventure Rentals is ready to help you with any rental needs that you may have. They cover various categories, including transportation rentals, guided tours and activities, beach items, and even baby items! They are indeed your one-stop for everything that you will need to take in every part of Anna Maria Island truly. 

Golf Carts

With many people vacationing from out of town and not wanting to bring their vehicles along with them, we believe that golf carts are the solution. Why rent an expensive rental car when a golf cart is more than adequate to get you around from one end of the island to the other? AMI Adventure Rentals has a large assortment of lifted and standard golf carts available for rental, and they are perfect for getting around the island and traveling between beaches!

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Bike Rentals

Perhaps you are looking for something a little more physical in travel while you are on vacation. For a great way to stay in shape and still be able to see the entirety of the island, we suggest checking out AMI Adventure Rentals’ assortment of bikes. We believe that the best way to take in the island truly is from the seat of your bike. Bikes allow you to leave the beaten path and explore more of the island than you could by car or cart. 

Beach Items

Whether you are looking for some sand toys for your kids or some lounge chairs for yourself, AMI Adventure Rentals has a vast assortment of various beach items that you might need during your stay on the island. Many people take full advantage of the beach canopy rentals, which allow them to enjoy the beach but avoid too much sun exposure. AMI Adventure Rentals also has watersport equipment rentals available, including kayaks and paddleboards!

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Baby Items

We believe that vacations should be about the entire family enjoying themselves, including your little ones, and AMI Adventure Rentals will have all of your baby’s needs taken care of with their variety of baby items available for rent. So whether you are looking for baby gates for your incredible Anna Maria Island vacation rental or a stroller that will help you out on the beach, they are ready with everything you might need to take care of your kids. 

Car Services

What better way to enjoy your time on the island than using the AMI Adventure Rentals’ car service? You will feel like a superstar being picked up in one of their sleek cars, which will transport you and your family from the Tampa airport to Anna Maria Island. In addition, the car service can be booked for other trips in areas off the island, providing you book within their operating window period. 

Boat Rentals

With a boating license in your hand, the waters surrounding Anna Maria Island are yours to explore freely with AMI Adventures Rentals boat rental opportunities. You and your family can be out cruising the waterways of Anna Maria Island, taking in a wide variety of spectacular beaches, enjoying delicious food from various locations, and just enjoying your time on the open water! Of course, if you’d rather have your guide on the boat, that can be arranged as well.

Fishing Charter

man fishing on anna maria island boat

Whether you are an experienced angler or someone who is just looking to test out fishing for the first time, we highly recommend booking a fishing charter during your time on Anna Maria Island. The waters around the island and further out in the Gulf are some of the best fishing spots in all of Florida. You can enjoy catching tarpon, red snapper, grouper, and even hook a marlin. The charters leave at various times during the day; however, we believe that some of the best fishing is in the early morning or early evening hours when the waters are less busy. 

Private Activities & Tours

For something a little more secluded, perhaps even romantic, many private activities and tours can be booked for areas around the island. We highly recommend checking out the private sunset boat cruise for a truly romantic experience. You will explore the waterways surrounding the island and enjoy an utterly unencumbered view of the sunset over the Gulf. You can even hire a private chef to accompany you and make it a truly magical experience!

Guided Activities & Tours

Whether you are looking to soar through the skies on a parasailing tour, partake in some relaxing paddleboard yoga, or watch dolphins play in the wake of the boat, there are some genuinely incredible guided activities and excursions that can be booked through AMI Adventure Rentals. The entire family can participate in many of the activities and tours, and we recommend that they do! First, the kids will love a beach horseback riding experience, and then later, everyone can relax during a public sunset tour.

Where to Stay

With so many amazing things to do and see on Anna Maria Island, we believe you will need a fantastic rental property to call your home-away-from-home during your stay here. Regardless of the size of your travel party, we have some incredible rental properties available that will suit everyone’s needs. So all you need to do is contact us today and let our fantastic team get you booked in for your next Anna Maria Island vacation!

Road Trip from Anna Maria Island to Sarasota, FL

Taking a road trip through Florida is one of the best ways to experience the Sunshine State. Since so many of the state’s major destinations are within a quick drive of each other, you’ll be able to see several incredible cities all in just one day! One of the best Florida road trips to consider is a drive from Anna Maria Island to Sarasota. 

Traveling to Sarasota

When you want to get from Anna Maria Island to Sarasota, there are several options for getting there. Suppose you have to fly into the area for your vacation. In that case, chances are that you’ll fly right into Sarasota anyway since the convenient Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport is the closest major airport to AMI. You can either rent a car at this point or hire a car service to get you to Anna Maria Island.

However, when you’re coming into Sarasota for fun, you’re going to want to head to downtown Sarasota, which doesn’t take you down the same route as traveling to and from the airport. 

How Far Away is Sarasota from Anna Maria Island?

car in movement driving to anna maria island

To get from Anna Maria Island to Sarasota, the journey is only about 21 miles, which typically takes about 40 minutes to drive. You can make it to Sarasota early in the morning, grab a delicious breakfast, spend the whole day exploring the sites, and still make it back home to Anna Maria Island by dinner!

Starting in Anna Maria Island, you’ll want to make your way east on 50th Street toward 2nd Avenue. You’ll then make your way onto FL-64 E/Manatee Avenue and stay on this road for 4.6 miles. Turn right onto 75th Street W and continue for 3.3 miles. At the traffic circle, take the first exit onto El Conquistador Parkway. You’ll come to another traffic circle after 1.8 miles, where you’ll want to take the second exit to stay on El Conquistador Parkway for another 1.4 miles.

Continue onto Bayshore Gardens Parkway for 1.3 miles before turning right onto US-41 S. Stay on this road for 5.9 miles, then at the traffic circle, take the second exit onto N Tamiami Trail. You’ll reach yet another traffic circle in 0.4 miles, where you’ll take the third exit onto 10th Street. Then, just turn right onto N Washington Boulevard and left onto Main Street in Sarasota!

Things to Do in Sarasota

Now that you’ve made it to Sarasota, you’re going to want to check out all the best things to do in town. There’s a little something for everyone here, from nature sites and historical museums to beaches, family activities, tours, and more. This list is just the beginning of some of the most exciting things to do in Sarasota!

To get up close and personal with some of the most fascinating wildlife, make your way to Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary. (Note that this is not the Big Cat Rescue associated with Carole Baskin of Tiger King; that facility is located in Tampa.) Big Cat Habitat was founded in 1987 by Kay Rosaire and her family and has faithfully served the area. Here, you’ll find more than 150 incredible species of both domestic and exotic animals. You can observe from afar or get up close and personal with their awesome animal encounters! Big Cat Habitat is open Wednesday through Sunday from 12 noon to 4 p.m.

tiger at big cat habitat in sarasota

Sarasota is also home to The Ringling, a vast estate home of circus legend John Ringling and his wife, Mable. While there are several different portions of this establishment, the Museum of Art is one piece you certainly don’t want to miss! The gallery first opened in 1930 and has since housed 21 stunning artwork galleries from Ringling’s permanent collection. Several galleries are currently being restored, but there is still plenty to see for a fun afternoon excursion.

What would a vacation to Sarasota be like without spending some time at the beach? Out of all the fantastic stretches of shoreline here, we definitely recommend you spend some time at South Lido Beach. You’ll find 100 acres of coastal habitats throughout South Lido Park, and you’ll always have beautiful views of the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay. Whether you want to sunbathe, splash around in the water, or watch the beautiful local birds as they fly by, you can do it all right here at South Lido Beach. 

Places to Eat

raw tuna on a plate

While you’re in town, you’re sure to get hungry! Whether you’re searching for a classic American breakfast, a quick seafood lunch, a delicious global dinner, or a sweet treat for dessert, you can find it all here in Sarasota. There are countless local restaurants in Sarasota to suit every palate or budget. Still, these are a few of our stand-out options.

Big Water Fish Market might just sound like a place where you can grab some fish to prepare for dinner, but you can actually enjoy a great meal right here! They only serve the freshest local seafood, and you can taste the difference right there on the plate. Big Water Fish Market has about every variety of seafood imaginable, from shrimp and crab to scallops, grouper, oysters, tuna, pompano, snapper, cobia, and so much more! They also have delicious specials every day of the week for a truly memorable meal.

If you’re searching for something a bit more upscale to have a romantic dinner or celebrate a special occasion, look no further than Michael’s on East. They’ve been serving locals and visitors to Sarasota since 1987 and offer mouthwatering dishes in a simply breathtaking setting. The menus change every month to take advantage of the freshest ingredients. Still, you can always rest assured that the dishes will be globally inspired and thoughtfully prepared. Be sure to ask your wait staff for a recommendation on the best wine to complement your meal!

Finally, for all the most delicious seafood in a more casual setting, you can’t go wrong with a trip to Antoine’s. Antoine’s was established back in 1840, making it the oldest family-run restaurant in the country! Today, this establishment is still serving up the Creole classics that guests have come to love, from Creole shrimp and classic fish amandine to pompano pontchartrain and more. Don’t miss out on some of Antoine’s bread pudding or jubilee cheesecake for dessert!

Where to Stay

Sarasota is a truly stunning destination, and with so many fun activities and attractions, you might find that you need more than one day to explore it all! You don’t have to stay right in Sarasota to experience everything, though. Staying in one of our Anna Maria Island vacation rentals is the perfect way to grant yourself some relaxation and privacy while still being just a short drive away from Sarasota. There’s also plenty to see and do on AMI, from the gorgeous beaches and delicious restaurants to unique shopping and exciting history. Suppose you’re wanting a vacation where you can truly leave your worries behind and simply unwind with your loved ones. In that case, Anna Maria Island is the place to be! Contact us today to learn more about our vacation rentals on AMI!

The Best Family-Friendly Rentals in Anna Maria Island

Are you planning a family vacation? Consider bringing your crew to the shores of Anna Maria Island! This incredible getaway destination maintains that “Old Florida” feeling that so many other areas have forgotten, resulting in a truly relaxing vacation where you can leave the worries of home behind and connect with the ones you love most. While you’re in town, you’ll need a place to stay! Luckily, we’ve got some of the best family-friendly rentals in Anna Maria Island. 

Anna Maria Island Family-Friendly Activities

So, why should you bring your family to Anna Maria Island in the first place? To start, AMI is a relatively quiet place without the huge tourist crowds of places like Orlando or Miami. There are world-class beaches, including family-friendly destinations like Manatee Public Beach and Coquina Beach, as well as fascinating historical sites, beautiful parks, and nature reserves, and mouthwatering seafood restaurants that guests young and old are sure to enjoy. You can keep things cheap by traveling the island with the free local trolley, which can even take you onto the mainland for even more to discover!

outside of beautiful home in anna maria island

Gulfside Oasis

Our first family-friendly rental is this 6-bed, 5-bath property that’s perfect for huge groups, sleeping up to 12 guests! You’ll have stunning views of the Gulf from your home’s multiple balconies and will be just a one-minute walk from the beach as well as Beach Bistro, one of the most popular restaurants on the island! Inside your home, you’ll be treated to luxurious amenities such as a fully equipped gourmet kitchen, two sets of laundry facilities, and a 60” Smart TV in the living room!

backyard of pool home in anna maria island

Lighthouse Lagoon

Need even more space? Lighthouse Lagoon can sleep up to 14 people between its five bedrooms and four bathrooms. This home is situated in one of the most sought-after neighborhoods of the island and contains all kinds of unique features, like the XBOX gaming system, custom fixtures throughout the home, and a huge recreation room. Step outside, and you’ll be greeted by a stunning lagoon-style pool with a tanning deck, plenty of outdoor seating, and even a swim-up bar! When you’re ready to hit the beach, we’ve provided beach chairs, a wagon, and bikes to get you from place to place. 

view of pool from balcony in anna maria island

Absolute Paradise

The name of this 5-bed, 4-bath home indeed says it all: it’s Absolute Paradise! Inside, you’ll have everything you need for an incredible stay, from the fully equipped kitchen to the eight (yes, EIGHT!) TVs throughout the home, along with plenty of board games and even an XBOX. Your rooftop deck gives you stunning views and looks down upon your very own private heated pool and spa! You’re just a 2-minute walk from the Gulf and tons of great shops and restaurants, along with one of AMI’s most famous streets, Pine Avenue. There’s simply no better spot for you and 13 of your closest friends and family members!

pool backyard in anna maria island

The Blue Horizon

One of our biggest Anna Maria Island vacation rentals, The Blue Horizon, features a whopping nine bedrooms and 7.5 bathrooms to suit up to 21 guests! The Blue Horizon is two separate buildings, the main house, and a smaller guest house, perfect for big groups or multiple families traveling together. Three of your bedrooms have breathtaking views of the Gulf, but for those who can’t see the water from their bedroom windows, they can head to the 2nd level beachfront deck for a fantastic glimpse of the Gulf. This property is directly on the beach, offering a simply unbeatable location. 

backyard with pool in anna maria island

Tropical Oasis

Located in the heart of Anna Maria, this 5-bed, 4-bath home is ideal for 12 people and offers a luxurious escape from the busy. City. Enjoy dinner in your fully equipped kitchen or relax in the living room or one of the bedrooms and have a movie night on your flat-screen TVs. Outside, you can take a dip in your private heated pool with a covered lanai, get competitive at the pool table, or take a walk down to the trolley stop to get anywhere else you might want to go!

backyard with pool in anna maria island

Coastal Horizons

This 6-bed, 4-bath home sleeps up to 12 guests and gives you incredible access to both the Gulf and the Bay waters! You can enjoy your day on the shore or exploring Historic Bridge Street, each just a short walk away, before coming back home to take a swim in your private heated pool and spa or enjoy a drink thanks to your covered lanai with an outdoor bar! For a small extra fee, this property is also dog-friendly, perfect for those who don’t want to leave their furry friend behind when they go out of town! 

coral home with pool in back in anna maria island

Coral Retreat

Coral Retreat is a bright and welcoming property featuring five bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms, perfect for ten guests. This home offers some truly impressive amenities like the 2-car garage, ROKU television in the main space and flat screens throughout, and even a stand-up arcade game with more than 200 selections! Once you step outside, though, you’ll understand the name of this property. The mature tropical landscape transports you to paradise, where you can enjoy your private heated pool and spa, covered lanai with poolside bar, flat-screen TV, and a BBQ grill. There’s truly no better place to spend some relaxing evenings with your family.

outside of beautiful blue home in anna maria island

Tiki Beach

In this 6-bed, 5.5-bath property, you and 11 other guests will have everything you need for your ultimate Florida getaway. You’ll get stunning views of the Gulf from the multiple covered decks, and when you want to dip your toes in the water, you’re just a one-minute walk from the shores. At home, though, you’ll enjoy your very own private heated pool with a sun deck, spa, outdoor shower, and covered lanai. You can enjoy the water without ever leaving home! You’ll also have eight flat-screen TVs, wireless internet, and a beautiful gourmet kitchen. 

backyard with pool and slide in anna maria island

South Seas

South Seas has 6 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms for your group of 12 people to share. This home is the epitome of entertainment, with features like XBOX and Wii game systems, iPod radios in each bedroom, multiple TVs, and even a ping pong table! Step outside to enjoy the view from your decks, spend time with your family on your covered back porch, or make your way into your deluxe pool, thanks to the incredible water slide! If you’d rather spend your time at the beach, it takes just 3 minutes to walk there. 

pool in backyard at twilight in anna maria island

Southern Exposure

Finally, this property offers 5 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms to suit up to 12 people. This home is a newly constructed space where no expense has been spared to provide the ultimate luxury experience. You’ll find features like professionally selected décor, high-end furnishings, and an expansive open floor plan with high ceilings. Stay inside to cook dinner in your deluxe kitchen, head out back to enjoy your private heated pool and covered lanai, or take a stroll just a couple of minutes away to get to the Gulf or the Bay, as well as all the fun to be had on Pine Avenue. 

No matter how big or small your family is, we’ve got the ultimate Anna Maria Island vacation home for your group. Contact us today to get started!

Don’t Miss Out on the Van Gogh Alive Exhibit Near Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island is full of fun attractions for the entire family, from the incredible white sand beaches to the beautiful waters, exciting watersports, delicious seafood, fascinating historical sites, and so much more! One of the best parts of Anna Maria Island is how close it is to the mainland; you can have a full vacation just by staying in our relaxing Anna Maria Island rentals! If you decide to take a day trip over to St. Petersburg, make your way to the Dali Museum and experience the brand new Van Gogh Alive exhibit!

About Van Gogh Alive

The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg is proud to present the incredible exhibit called “Van Gogh Alive,” which brings the works of this famed painter into a whole new experience. Visitors are able to walk through the exhibition hall and see more than 3,000 images projected to incredible scale, making every guest feel like they’re truly immersed in the stunning art. There’s no narration in this exhibit, but your experience will be complemented by breathtaking classical music that allows you to truly focus on the beauty in front of you.

van gogh alive exhibit with pictures on wall

You’ll see all kinds of works from Van Gogh’s life, from the first works in his collection to world-famous pieces like “The Starry Night” and “Sunflowers.” The experience lasts 40 minutes total and provides a completely unique method for witnessing these vital paintings. Best of all, guests in St. Petersburg are the first to see this exhibit in North America! It was first displayed in Australia and has since been featured in major cities like Rome, Madrid, and Beijing. 

While guests of all ages are invited to come and see the Van Gogh Alive exhibit, those considering attending should be aware that this is a multisensory experience. There are loud sounds, large moving pictures, and abrupt sounds at times. 

About the Dali Museum

While you’re at the Dali Museum, you’ll have the chance to see much more than just this one exhibit. As you might expect, this museum features tons of works from the famous artist Salvador Dali (more than 2,400 of his works, to be exact!). Visitors can see everything from paintings and works on paper to prints and photographs. In addition to the permanent collection, there are also extra rotating exhibits in addition to Van Gogh Alive.

dali museum from the outside surrounding by palms

General Information

The Van Gogh Alive exhibit will be on display at The Dali until April 11, 2021. Visitors are welcome Saturday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Thursday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. The Dali is located at 1 Dali Boulevard in St. Petersburg. The Van Gogh Alive exhibit admission is included with the price of your general admission tickets, but it is required that guests purchase timed tickets in advance, in order for The Dali to more easily comply with social distancing guidelines. 

Where to Stay

After exploring the Van Gogh Alive exhibit, The Dali Museum, and all the other exciting attractions of St. Petersburg, you can head back to the calm solitude of Anna Maria Island to relax and unwind with your loved ones. Our Anna Maria Island vacation rentals are always designed with you in mind, providing comfortable accommodations that won’t break the bank. Choose a small, quaint space or an expansive home, all just minutes away from Anna Maria Island’s best attractions! If you’re not quite sure which of our many vacation rentals would be right for you, simply contact our friendly staff and we’ll be happy to assist you. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Visit the Anna Maria Island Historical Museum

When you’re planning a vacation to Anna Maria Island, you’re sure to schedule in some time to relax on the beach, indulge in some fresh local seafood, shop at quaint boutiques, and spend a day in the water fishing or kayaking. But while you’re here, you should also take some time to learn more about the history of the island. 

couple on the beach

AMI is truly a fascinating place and has a rich story behind the island as we know it today! The best place to get more information about the early days of Anna Maria Island is at the Anna Maria Island Historical Society Museum. Don’t miss out on this attraction during your stay in one of our Anna Maria Island vacation rentals! 

Discover AMI History

At the Anna Maria Island Historical Society Museum, you can learn all about the incredible story of the island. You’ll start by learning about the Native American peoples who lived in the area and used AMI as a fishing camp until the Spanish arrived. Then, you’ll get to know George Emerson Beach, who was the first permanent resident of Anna Maria Island and lived on the shorelines of what is today known as Bean Point Beach. You’ll see photos and artifacts that illustrate life on the island in its early days.

anna maria jail

As you walk through the museum, you’ll actually be getting more history than you realize simply because of the building you’re in! The building that houses the Anna Maria Island Historical Society Museum used to function as an icehouse back in the 1920s! After its icehouse days, the building was used as an automobile garage, a sea turtle hatchery, and even a public administration building. It’s been the home of the Historical Society Museum since 1992. 

But the main Museum building isn’t the only attraction on the grounds. Visitors can also explore the Anna Maria City Jail, which is one of the main tourist attractions on the island (and is a great place for a photo op!). The jail was built in 1927 and was used until a fire claimed it in the 1940s. The property also holds Belle Haven, a historic cottage that was built in 1920 and actually fell into the bay just 6 years later. It was retrieved from the waters and served as a family home for around 50 years. Today, it houses heirlooms and antiques that early island residents would have used.

General Information

The Anna Maria Island Historical Society Museum is located at 402 Pine Avenue in the city of Anna Maria. Visitors are welcome Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. You can easily get to the museum by taking the free Anna Maria Island trolley and getting off at the “Crescent Drive at Pine Avenue” stop. One of the best parts of this attractions is how budget-friendly it is; admission is absolutely free! That being said, the Museum continues to operate thanks to generous donors, so any extra money you can spare is highly appreciated.

Where to Stay

If you’re interested in exploring the Anna Maria Island Historical Society Museum and all the other incredible activities on the island, you’re going to need a place to stay! Luckily, we offer luxurious and affordable vacation rentals for groups of all sizes. Whether you want a small cottage or a huge vacation home for an extended family, we’ve got you covered! In addition to our comfortable amenities, you’ll also receive exemplary customer service from our friendly and dedicated staff. Sound like your dream vacation? Contact us today to start planning your trip!

Travel Made Easy with Southwest Airlines’ New Sarasota Destination

Before Southwest Airlines announced its new Sarasota, Florida routes, many who visited Anna Maria Island had to drive almost 2 hours, instead of 30 minutes, from other airports in the area. Now, those wanting to visit the Anna Maria Island area can simply fly into Sarasota! Since Southwest Airlines services over 100 destinations, it’s easy for you to get to where you are going in the continental U.S., including Sarasota, Florida. 

About the New Routes

Starting on February 14, 2021, Southwest Airlines will be offering services to Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport. The first round of flights to and from Sarasota come from Nashville International Airport, Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Chicago Midway International Airport, and William P. Hobby Airport serving Houston, Texas. Sarasota-Bradenton will now be the 10th airport in the state of Florida to receive service from Southwest. 

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Upon your arrival to Sarasota, Florida, there are several ways to get Anna Maria Island. You have the option of using our concierge service to reserve a car or schedule a ride on the bus shuttle from the Sarasota airport to our properties on Anna Maria Island. We can arrange your transportation with AMI Taxi, Uber, Lyft, Paradise Car Rental or Tommy Car. The best part about flying into Sarasota is that once you land, you can be on Anna Maria Island in approximately 30 minutes. Any of the abovementioned transportation services will take you to any part of Anna Maria Island, FL!

Why Anna Maria Island?

Even if you’re not initially planning to spend time in Anna Maria Island, based on its proximity to Sarasota, it is also a great day trip for those who are vacationing in Sarasota. Anna Maria is known for its beautiful beaches, smaller numbers of tourists, amazing restaurants, unique shopping, and fun family-friendly atmosphere. If the fact that you can rent a golf cart to get around Anna Maria Island isn’t an indication of how intimate the island is, we don’t know what is! 


Come to AMI to explore family-friendly beaches like Manatee Public Beach and Coquina Beach. These are wonderful places to bring your family during a hot summer’s day. You can also rent bikes to ride along the beach, rent paddle boards or a kayak, or just lay around taking in the sun and sand. The northern part of the island is where one of the most visited streets in Anna Maria is located: Pine Avenue. Pine Avenue is where you’ll find a variety of shops, which includes everything from hand crafted specialty jewelry shops to clothing and souvenir shops. Art enthusiasts will love the Artspace Studios and Gallery, while families can explore the Historical Museum to learn more about the history of Anna Maria Island. There is no shortage of beaches to visit while exploring Florida, and many of the best are found right here on Anna Maria Island.

Whether you want fun and excitement or you just want a place to escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life, you can find it when visiting Anna Maria Island. Instead of spending all of your time in Sarasota or Tampa, you may want to explore a less-known destination, Anna Maria Island. Chances are that when you visit once, you’ll come back again! Many visitors to Anna Maria Island recommend our services to others, and they also fall in love with our island. We can accommodate the needs of those who are looking for 1- and 2-bedroom accommodations or families that require larger accommodations. Consider our AMI vacation rentals when visiting Anna Maria Island, Florida!

Plan Your Shopping Trip on Pine Avenue in Anna Maria Island

When you begin to plan your getaway to Anna Maria Island, you should include a visit to Pine Avenue. Pine Avenue is where you can go to visit many of the local restaurants, gift shops, clothing stores, boutiques, jewelry stores, and dessert shops. With so many things to see and do on Pine Avenue, it is no wonder it is the most visited street on Anna Maria Island! 

pine ave street

Since it is located near the Rod and Reel Pier, Anna Maria City Pier, and Bayfront Park, you’ll likely pass by Pine Avenue before or after visiting these attractions. With the variety of specialty shops, clothing stores, and small boutique-style shops, it’s the ideal place to go when you’re looking for unique items to take home. Perhaps you’re shopping for yourself or for others. You’re sure to find something that is sure to grab your attention down on Pine Avenue. It certainly won’t be a wasted visit! Most of the visitors who visit this part of Anna Maria Island do so specifically for the amount of shopping that is offered in one area of the island.

What to Expect When Visiting Pine Avenue

There are a lot of fun things to do on Pine Avenue. You’ll discover a host of restaurants which appeal to practically everybody. If you can’t find what you want to eat on Pine Avenue, you won’t find it anywhere! This is a family friendly area, which is another reason it attracts so many visitors. 

anna maria island historical jail

You and the whole family can visit the Anna Maria Historic Society where you’ll learn about the history of the island. While visiting the Historic Society, you can see where the former jail was located, learn about the first families that settled on Anna Maria Island and see old artifacts that can only be found at the museum. You won’t want to miss the chance to the Belle Haven cabin that literally fell into the bay and was later retrieved and restored! The Anna Maria Historic Society is the perfect place to go when you want a quick break from shopping. 

When on Pine Avenue, be sure to head east to the historic Green Village. It is the newest addition to the area, and it is powered by green technology and renewable energy. While there, visit the Anna Maria General Store and pick up something to eat now or later; you can even take your food to eat at one of the area’s nearby parks, Bayfront Park. 

Eating & Drinking on Pine Avenue

clinking coffee cups together

If you are planning to spend your day enjoying Pine Avenue, there will be no shortage of places to eat and drink. The appeal of many of the restaurants and cafés is that they are owned by local residents of the island, which means that they offer specialty dishes that you won’t find elsewhere. If you are interested in seafood, Italian, Mexican, or American food fare, you can find it on Pine Avenue! 

Perhaps you want to go for a picnic and pick up some quick; pop into one of the small cafes, as they often have prepackaged food items specifically for this purpose. If you are interested in sitting down and enjoying a meal with your family before you are off on your next excursion, there are a variety of sit-down restaurants that cater to families. Prices range from inexpensive to modest. You’ll never spend too much to dine or drink on Pine Avenue on Anna Maria Island. 

Luckily, we have accommodations that are close to every major attraction on the island, which means that you’re never too far from Pine Avenue when you book one of our 1 or 2-bedroom Anna Maria Island vacation rentals! For more information on our Anna Maria Island beachfront vacation rentals, contact us today!

Everything You Need to Know About Bean Point Beach

When you’re planning a trip to Anna Maria Island, one of the best things to learn about is the local beaches. You can visit Manatee Public Beach or Coquina Beach for a fun-filled family experience, or you can head to Bayfront Park for some time on the sand near some of the island’s most popular attractions. But if you’re looking for a place where you can escape the crowds and spend some time alone or plan a romantic beach evening with your sweetheart, Bean Point Beach is the ultimate solution!

Bean Point Beach is located in the northern section of the island in the City of Anna Maria. This area is actually steeped in history, as it is the former location of the home of George Emerson Bean, the very first permanent resident of the island. As interesting as this stretch of shoreline is, it’s quite off the beaten path, so not many crowds make their way there. Before you head to Bean Point Beach for yourself, here’s everything you’ll need to know!

ocean shore

How to Get There

The first thing to learn about Bean Point Beach is how to get there. Luckily, it’s a pretty easy journey. Wherever you’re starting from on the island, you’ll want to make your way to Gulf Drive, which extends through the entirety of AMI. Head north until you can turn right onto Pine Avenue, then turn left at the first cross street onto North Shore Drive. You’ll then simply follow this road about 0.7 miles until you reach the very northernmost point of the island.

Once you’re there, you’ll need to look out for an entrance. There are a few options for getting onto the beach; just look for the white signs noting where the beach access points are located. The “main” entrance is at a small crossroads where North Bay Boulevard and North Shore Drive meet. Entrances can also be found at the intersection of Fern Street and North Shore Drive, as well as the intersection of Gladiolus Street and North Shore Drive. 

Wildlife You Will See


Once you arrive on Bean Point Beach, one of the first things you’ll notice is the abundance of wildlife. Since there aren’t quite as many tourists here as there are on the island’s other beaches, this stretch of shoreline has remained relatively undisturbed, and as such, it’s a great spot for watching wildlife! The local animals aren’t scared to come here and set up shop since they aren’t worried about being disturbed by humans.

Bean Point Beach is an incredible location for birdwatching, both for native species and migrating varieties. A few of the species you might spot include herons, pelicans, cranes, crows, eagles, seagulls, spoonbills, and more! In addition to birds, you might even be able to spot some majestic marine life if you keep your eyes peeled. Though they might be hard to see, it’s not totally uncommon to find a few manatees or a pod of dolphins!

Where to Stay

Bean Point Beach is ideal for coming to watch the local wildlife, experience a romantic picnic on the beach, or simply watch the waves roll in away from the tourist crowd. If you want ample time to explore Bean Point Beach and all the other attractions of Anna Maria Island, book one of our convenient rentals for as long as you need to! No matter who you’re traveling with, how long you’re in town, or how much you’re looking to spend, we are proud to have a vacation rental that will perfectly suit your needs. Contact us today to learn more and to book your dream getaway! 

Why Are Vacation Rentals Better Than A Hotel for An Anna Maria Island Family Vacation?

When deciding to go on vacation, one of the hardest decisions to make is where to stay with your family. For starters, people often look at social media reviews of various hotels to determine if they want to stay there. For larger families that may need larger spaces, it’s quite likely those people may look at short-term rentals. However, vacation rentals are truly the best option! Vacation rentals provide families with a number of features that will not be found elsewhere.

Privacy and Security

To start with, vacation rentals are so much more secure and private than a hotel. With hotels, anyone can walk in off the street and walk right up to your room. That individual could potentially even gain access to your room when housekeeping is cleaning by pretending to be you. With a vacation rental, this simply does not happen. May rentals are in a gated community that only designated people may enter. Additionally, no one else will have access to your vacation rental besides you. You never need to worry about anyone walking in!

backyard with a pool

Save Money

Vacation rentals can save you a ton of money in a number of ways! Depending on how large your party is, you run the potential to have to rent two or three hotel rooms. One vacation rental could accommodate a big family like that saving you on rooming costs. With hotels, every meal must be eaten out as there are no refrigerators or kitchens. Vacation rentals often come with fully equipped kitchens allowing you to cook every meal in your rental. Even for a couple, this can save a lot of money. For a whole family, you could spend that money on a whole other vacation!

Less Community Contact Points

Since the onset of COVID-19, community contact points have become an increasingly common point of contention among travelers. When booking with a hotel, you have to interact with multiple front desk workers as your check-in and check-out as well as cleaning staff each day. With a vacation rental, many rentals will allow a digital check-in for less community contact points. Since you are the cleaning staff, you have the potential to interact with no one during your stay. For those looking to keep to themselves, this is a fantastic option. For those looking to minimize their risk, vacation rentals are also a wildly popular option.

Book with Confidence and Flexibility

The bad thing about hotels is that booking with one feels uncertain. You’re never quite sure what the state of your room will be. It leaves you wondering and second guessing yourself until the moment that you enter your assigned room. With a vacation rental, you know exactly what you are booking. Vacation rentals often feature detailed pictures of your handpicked vacation rental which allows you to book with extreme confidence. As well, hotels often don’t allow flexibility. If you need to cancel or change your booking date, hotels often won’t allow you leaving you on the hook for the bill. With vacation rentals, flexibility is a common feature. If you need to cancel or change your date, it’s as easy as contacting the rental company. Book with complete confidence in mind!

Feel Like A Local

couple on beach

Hotels are tourist centers. Everyone staying at the hotel is most likely from out of town and either located by the airport or near major tourist attractions. Vacation rentals, on the other hand, make you feel like a local. Not only are you staying in a fully functional condo or home, but you are living among locals! Nothing signifies you as a tourist! You are in a local neighborhood near local restaurants and attractions. It not only gives your trip a more authentic feel but allows your wallet to relax as well by not paying tourist pricing.

When trying to decide where to stay on your next trip, vacation rentals are the clear winner! From saving money to privacy to security, and more, vacation rentals are an amazing option. If you’re looking to book today, why not book with us? Here at Anna Maria Island Rentals, our amazing staff is ready to help you! Contact us to book your vacation rental today!

Everything You Need to Know About Pine Avenue in Anna Maria Island

On Anna Maria Island, there are a ton of activities to do! From the north end of the island to the south end of it, there is never a dull moment when visiting the area. Out of all the popular spots, however, one stands above all others: Pine Avenue. Pine Avenue holds a wide variety of popular destinations for both locals and tourists alike. Before you venture on down, why not learn everything you can? Here is a bit of information concerning the always popular Pine Avenue in Anna Maria Island.

woman smiling in the sunlight

Where is it?

Located on the northern end of Anna Maria Island, Pine Avenue stretches the width of the island. Both Gulf Drive and Palm Drive, which run the length of Anna Maria Island, will lead you to Pine Avenue. Simply follow the road north until you arrive.

Things to Do and See

little kid in the surf

At the top of everyone’s list when visiting Pine Avenue should be taking a trip to the beach! With convenient beach access from Pine Avenue, it’s never been easier to take a swim in the Gulf of Mexico. Apart from swimming, animals can also be occasionally spotted in the area including both dolphins and stingrays! If you prefer to just relax on the beach, Sunday mornings are a great time to visit. During brunch, The Sandbar Restaurant plays some calming jazz music which makes its way onto the beach.

Situated on Pine Avenue is the always favorite Anna Maria Historic Society. Not only does this location hold a plethora of information concerning the storied history of Anna Maria Island, but it also holds both the historic Anna Maria Jail and the Belle Haven cabin. Visit for an amazing photo opportunity at the now-decommissioned Anna Maria Jail and learn all about how the island was settled long ago!

If you’re looking to get active, Pine Avenue has that for you as well! Beach Bums, located at 427 Pine Avenue, has everything you may need for Anna Maria Island. Offering modes of transportation such as bicycles and golf carts, watersport gear such as kayaks and paddleboards, and a variety of beach supplies, Beach Bums has everything you need to have a fun, active day on Pine Avenue!

Places to Eat

The Donut Experiment located on beautiful Pine Avenue is one of the most unique experiences you could ever take part in! This eatery is unique because your creations are all your own. Start with a fresh cake donut and top it with almost anything you can think of. Icings include chocolate, maple, vanilla, caramel, and so many more! Toppings include bacon, cinnamon sugar, chocolate chips, coconut, and, again, so many more. With so many combination possibilities, you can have a new donut for every meal you are there and never run out of ideas.

burrito meal

Located within the same shopping plaza as The Donut Experiment, Poppo’s Taqueria is an absolutely mouthwatering destination to visit! Offering tacos, burritos, bowls, and quesadillas with a variety of fillings including chicken, steak, brown and white rice, black and pinto beans, honey-lime slaw, and red onion, you cannot go wrong with your selection. Don’t forget to finish your meal off with a fountain drink that does not contain any high fructose corn syrup.

Offered at over ten local restaurants as well as at their storefront, the confectionary creations from Hometown Desserts has kept all of Anna Maria Island buzzing since 2012! Offering everything from cookies to wedding cakes, Hometown Desserts is sure to have something that will satisfy your sweet tooth. This bakery is so amazing that it has been featured in Southern Living magazine.

bakery counter

As we mentioned, Pine Avenue has so much to offer to both locals and tourists alike. After a long day of experiencing all that Pine Avenue has, it’s nice to be able to kick back and relax in truly exceptional accommodations. Instead of searching for somewhere to stay, why not stay with us? Here at Anna Maria Island Rentals, we are dedicated to serving you. Our friendly staff and world-class customer service are just a few of the many services we offer. Browse our listings and contact us to book your vacation home near Pine Avenue today!

Grab Your Bike and Explore These Bike Trails on Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island is full of fun outdoor activities like kayaking, parasailing, paddleboarding, and more. However, one of the island’s most popular outdoor activities doesn’t involve the water: cycling! Not only is bicycling an affordable way to get around the island, but it’s also a great way to get some exercise and see the island in a whole new way. Luckily, Anna Maria Island has several convenient bike trails that make it easy for you to navigate anywhere you’d like to go! 

Coquina Bike Path

Coquina Beach is a popular attraction in the city of Bradenton Beach at Anna Maria Island’s southern end. You can easily travel the length of the shoreline thanks to the Coquina Bike Path! This multi-use trail will take you all the way down Coquina Beach with a gorgeous view of the sand and the water. You can also take the path onto Gulf Drive to go into Bradenton Beach and experience all the incredible shops and restaurants downtown. If you find yourself at the island’s southern end, this is a bike trail you won’t want to miss! 

couple riding bikes

City Bike Paths

Throughout the island, there are several city bike paths that you can use to easily navigate the island. Specifically, Gulf Drive has convenient bike paths that take riders along the main thoroughfare and can get you in between AMI’s three cities in a snap. Many of the paths along the island are multi-use, so you’ll likely see walkers along the path instead of only bikers. The Pine Avenue path is a good option as well, and it’s only going to get better thanks to the ongoing renovations. No matter where you are on the island, you should be able to find a path that takes you to any attraction you please. 

State Park and Nature Preserves

If you’re wanting to take a bike ride through nature, head 15 minutes away from Anna Maria Island to get to Robinson Preserve in mainland Bradenton (not to be confused with Bradenton Beach on the island). This 487-acre preserve has a 7.5-mile trail for walking and biking. You’ll be taken through the most beautiful sections of the preserve, putting you face-to-face with the wildlife and bird species within the preserve. 

Another option to bike in Bradenton is Lake Manatee State Park. This destination lies just outside of the city and maintains 6.5 miles of trail for you to experience. On your bike ride, you’ll go through several different types of ecosystems like sand pine scrubs and flatwoods. You’ll also get to see wildlife species like foxes, bobcats, and eagles!

parked bike

Bradenton Beach Bike Paths

Bradenton Beach can be easily reached with the bike paths throughout the island. When you combine all the bike paths around the island, they connect for more than 50 miles of trail! The bike lanes throughout Bradenton Beach connect you to many of the attractions we’ve already discussed, like Coquina Beach. You can also use the bike paths here to get to nearby locations like Cortez Beach or Longboat Key. 

Perhaps the best part of these bike paths is the fact that you don’t have to bring your own bike! There are tons of bike rental shops where you can get equipment for the entire family. Once you’ve rented your bike and explored the island to your heart’s content, you can head back to our Anna Maria Island vacation rentals to relax with your loved ones. We can’t wait to show you why we love AMI! Contact us today to learn more about our vacation rentals on Anna Maria Island! 

Getting Engaged on Anna Maria Island

So, you’ve found the person you want to spend forever with, and you’re ready to propose. Congratulations! Now it’s time to figure out how you’re going to pop the question. What better place to start your lives together than Anna Maria Island? This seven-mile paradise off the coast of Florida is truly what dreams are made of, with a relaxing atmosphere, romantic beaches, and plenty to do on your vacation. Here’s everything you need to know about getting engaged on AMI!

Where to Propose

There are plenty of incredible spots to get engaged in and around AMI. You might be thinking about proposing on the beach, where you can have a picnic on the shore before you enjoy the sunset and pull out your ring. If this sounds like your kind of proposal, you’ll want to head to Bean Point Beach. The sunsets here are absolutely unmatched, and it’s a bit more private than the island’s other beaches, so no one can ruin your moment.

You could also get engaged inside the incredible gardens in the area. Imagine popping the question while you and your partner are surrounded by all the most breathtaking Florida nature! You’ve got two options here: the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota or the Palma Sola Botanical Gardens in Bradenton. Either place is sure to provide the perfect backdrop for your proposal.

heart candles and flowers

Where to Celebrate

Once your special someone has said, “I do,” you’ll need a place to celebrate! If you want to take your loved one out on the town, make a reservation at a romantic restaurant. Beach Bistro is an award-winning waterfront eatery that gives guests an incredible upscale dining experience. You might also enjoy Blue Marlin Seafood Restaurant, The French Table, or The Waterfront Restaurant.

You can also celebrate on a romantic sunset cruise! There are plenty of cruise companies around AMI, and many of them promise that you’ll spot majestic dolphins as you travel through the waters! Sunset cruises also let you learn more about the history, nature, and wildlife of the area, and you’ll always be with an experienced captain to make sure you have the best time.

If you’re looking for something extra romantic, book a couple’s massage! Local spas like Claire Marie Spa and Sea-Renity Beach Spa and Eco Boutique offer incredible packages for you and your sweetheart. You can also wind down with a drink at a local bar. The Doctor’s Office is a more refined location offering cocktails you can’t get anywhere else, or if you’re looking for somewhere more casual, try spots like Hurricane Hanks or Slim’s Place. 

happy couple embracing

Where to Stay

Chances are, if you’ve come to the island for an engagement, you’ve brought some of your closest friends and family along with you to celebrate. Well, you’ll need a place to house everyone! Luckily, we manage Anna Maria Island rentals of all sizes, so even if you bring the whole extended family along, everyone will have a place to rest. We even offer pet-friendly rentals for your furry friends to tag along!

Anna Maria Island truly offers something for everyone, making it the perfect place to start your new lives together. You’ll be welcomed and congratulated by the locals everywhere you turn, and there are plenty of activities to keep you occupied on your getaway. At the end of a long day of celebration and sightseeing, you can relax for the evening in your very own Anna Maria Island rental. We hope to see you on the island soon! Contact us today to learn more about our Anna Maria Island vacation homes.

Why You Should Plan a Vacation to Anna Maria Island in the Fall

Anna Maria Island is an unmatched vacation destination at any time of year, especially if you’re traveling with your family. However, if you have the opportunity to visit AMI in the fall, take it! Fall is one of the most exciting seasons on Anna Maria Island thanks to the combination of the phenomenal weather and incredible attractions that your whole group will love. We’ve always got an Anna Maria Island vacation rental waiting for you, so you’ll be right near all the action!

sand path to the beach


The fall weather in Anna Maria Island simply cannot be beaten. For the months of September, October, and November, high temperatures usually get into the 80s, and low temperatures dip down into the 60s. This time of year brings slightly cooler mornings and evenings, so you’ll want a light jacket so you can enjoy the island all day long. It’s still perfect weather to enjoy all the outdoor and water activities in the heat of the day!

You also won’t need to worry about rain ruining your plans. September is still considered the wet season, but October and November are much drier. If you do happen to run into some rain, it’s probably going to be in the form of an afternoon shower, which helps to cool off the island for a comfortable evening.

Things to Do

Fall is the ideal time of year in Anna Maria Island because you can take full advantage of both the indoor and outdoor activities available. Take the beaches, for instance. They’re ideal for having a morning stroll as you watch the sunrise or an evening walk to pick up seashells while the sun dips down under the horizon. During the day, you can always find a spot on the shore, since fall tends to be less crowded than other seasons.

You won’t want to miss out on the farmers’ markets if you visit in the fall. The Historic Bridge Street Market and the Coquina Beach Market are two of the best fall activities on the island, giving you the chance to mingle with the locals and experience fresh produce, unique arts and crafts, and delicious food.

There are also tons of great events throughout AMI and on the mainland. For instance, Bayfest is held every October on Pine Avenue. This event is the island’s longest-running crafts and music festival and promises to be an exciting time every single year! If you can’t find enough to do on AMI, there’s plenty more to discover on the mainland in nearby Bradenton or Sarasota.

The nature of Anna Maria Island is never more beautiful than it is in the fall. Head to Robinson Nature Preserve to get a one-of-a-kind look at the incredible flora and fauna of the island. DeSoto National Memorial Park is another great spot, offering both stunning nature and fascinating history.

If you’re visiting with kids, there’s no lack of things to get involved in! Let out your competitive side at The Fish Hole Miniature Golf, or give your kids plenty of room to run around at Bayfront Park. Get all your souvenirs on Bridge Street, and don’t forget to grab dessert at The Donut Experiment!

Where to Stay

Since Anna Maria Island doesn’t see huge crowds in the fall, it’s an excellent time to get a great deal on a rental. We are proud to offer Anna Maria Island accommodations in all three cities on the island: the City of Anna Maria, Holmes Beach, and Bradenton Beach. No matter how big or small your group is, we’ve got the perfect rental for you. Contact us today to learn more!

The Best Hikes in Anna Maria Island

Your vacation to Anna Maria Island is bound to be full of the outdoors. If you just want to relax on the beach, you’re totally able to do that. But if you want to get up close and personal with nature, there are several great locations nearby to do that, too. One of the best ways to see nature and get your exercise at the same time is by hiking! The trails in Anna Maria Island are great for all ages and make the perfect way to bring your family together. Here are three of our favorite hiking spots in the area.

Leffis Key Preserve

Leffis Key Preserve is a favorite spot of locals and visitors alike, mainly known for its unmatched view of Sarasota Bay. The area used to be a spoil island overgrown with non-native plants that reduced its habitat value, but the government and private organizations worked together to restore and enhance its glory. 

Florida nature

Guests are welcome to hike the 0.65-mile trail that takes them through the finest Florida nature. Footpaths circle and scale the hill, and 1,500 linear feet of boardwalk takes you through strategically placed viewing platforms over the water. You can also learn about the area, spend some time fishing, or observe the incredible bird and wildlife species. Leffis Key Preserve is sure to be a location that gets the whole family talking!

Neal Preserve

At Neal Preserve, you get stunning nature mixed in with fascinating history. You can explore reconstructed burial mounds from when the area was inhabited by Native Americans from the 3000 BC to 1400 AD. While you won’t be able to bring your pet along the trail, you and the rest of your family will love hiking the trails through the coastal habitats like mangrove forests and salt terns.

Neal Preserve has a half-mile shell and boardwalk trail where you can take your time strolling along and finding a unique souvenir to take home with you. This trail is incredibly peaceful, allowing you to check out the nesting birds in the trees and simply connect with the nature around you. You can visit Neal Preserve in nearby Bradenton any day of the week, making it easy to fit into your itinerary.

Perico Preserve

Perico Preserve is the first of its kind to be completely conceptualized as a bird sanctuary. Originally, this area was farmland, but today, you’ll find a breathtaking mix of habitats like coastal wetlands, scrub hills, and upland areas. If you are a bird lover, this is one spot that you simply can’t miss out on! (Don’t forget your camera!)

White bird

While visitors are encouraged to hike the trails, be aware of restrictions if you plan to bike. Some trails are specifically designated for bikes, but on others, they preserve staff requests that you travel forth on foot. This practice helps to ensure that the native birds and wildlife in the area have the best chance of maintaining their natural behavior and breeding and rearing their young.

These are just a few of the beautiful hiking opportunities you’ll have in and around Anna Maria Island. Whether you have been an avid hiker for years or you are new to the activity, you’ll find a trail that’s just right for your interests and skill level. While you’re packing for vacation, be sure to include a good pair of binoculars and a sturdy set of shoes so that you can take on these trails yourself!

One of the best parts about each of these trails is their close proximity to our Anna Maria Island vacation homes. We are proud to offer vacation rentals that suit any and every group, and if you’re not sure where to start looking, our dedicated staff is happy to help. Contact us today to learn more about our Anna Maria Island vacation rentals!

What is the Weather Like in Anna Maria Island?

So, you’ve decided that you want to visit Anna Maria Island on your next trip to Florida. Great choice! Now, you just need to figure out when you want to visit. One of the deciding factors for your travel dates will be the weather. While we can’t tell you exactly what to expect for every day of the year, we can certainly give you an idea of the weather Anna Maria Island typically experiences. Then, you’ll be all set no matter when you choose to book your Anna Maria Island vacation rentals! 

Woman paddleboarding

Weather Overview

For the spring months of March, April, and May, Anna Maria Island sees quite a change in weather from the beginning to the end of the season. In early March, temperatures stay in the 60s, but by the time Memorial Day Weekend rolls around, it’s not uncommon to see high temperatures hit 85! The island is beautiful during this season and typically doesn’t see too much rain, though precipitation chances do increase toward the end of spring.

The summertime, as you can probably expect, is downright hot. Throughout the months of June, July, and August, high temperatures stay in the 80s and can even get into the 90s. This is the best time of year for watersports and typically sees the largest crowds of the entire year. Afternoon showers often provide a respite from the oppressive heat, since summer is the wet season with an average daily rain chance around 60%.

beach bike and hat

Things start to cool off during the fall in Anna Maria Island. During September, October, and November, average high temperatures tend to stay in the 70s. You may experience slightly cooler weather in the mornings and evenings, but the daytime is still great for walking around and experiencing the island’s outdoor activities. As far as rain, September is still quite wet, but conditions dry out when October hits.

Finally, winter in Anna Maria Island is the coldest season, but temperatures still don’t get nearly as low as they do in other areas of the country. Throughout December, January, and February, you’re likely to experience high temperatures in the 60s or low 70s. You’ll definitely need to be prepared for chilly evenings! The winter is the dry season, so at least you can rest assured that you won’t have to deal with rain on top of the colder weather.

What to Pack

No matter what time of year you plan to visit Anna Maria Island, you’ll always want to bring some short-sleeved shirts and shorts. In the cooler seasons, you may also want to bring at least one pair of long pants and one long-sleeved shirt. A light jacket is a good idea all year long, too, since you can use it in case of a rain shower or for cooler mornings and nights.

kids running on the beach

You’re also going to want comfortable shoes since you’ll be doing quite a lot of walking during your vacation. Finally, don’t forget the electronics! In addition to your cell phone, camera, laptop, and tablet, make sure you bring the chargers for every device.

Where to Stay

Now that you have a bit better idea of when you want to come to AMI, you’ll need a place to stay! Luckily, we offer incredible Anna Maria Island vacation rentals all year long, so you’ll always be able to find the perfect accommodations. No matter how big or small your group is, we’ve got the ideal vacation home for you. If you’re not sure where to start, our staff is always here to help! Contact us today to get started finding your ultimate Anna Maria Island vacation home!