What Makes Anna Maria a Top Ten US Vacation Destination?

As many will attest, Anna Maria Island is the perfect place to plan your next Florida vacation getaway. From the beaches, to the shopping, the history, and the people, this island will not disappoint if you choose to spend some time with us here.

Many consider Anna Maria Island one of the top 10 vacation destinations in the country, and we’re here to tell you why.

Outdoor Activities

Whether you’re someone who likes outdoor adventures, or if you’re more of a soak up the fun on the beach kind of person, Anna Maria Island delivers on both fronts.

An ideal place to visit if you love being outside, you can lounge on the beach or try one of the many accessible water sports offered in the area.

Kayaking and paddle boarding are some of the top activities if you’re looking for something adventurous. You can also try snorkeling or scuba diving to get a closer look at all the wildlife the area has to offer.

There are also several sprawling beach and nature parks in the area to explore if you like being outside. There are courts for tennis, walking and biking trails, playgrounds for the kids, and picnic areas. Other nature preserves are scenic with minimal facilities to protect local habitats and wildlife.

You have the options to head to Coquina Beach, Holmes Beach, Bayfront Park, Coquina Baywalk, Robinson Preserve, Neal Preserve or Leffis Key to get a full outdoor experience. Many local tour providers offer guided tours of these areas for your convenience.


When people talk about the top things to do on Anna Maria Island, “going to the beach” will often be the first thing out of anyone’s mouth. From Bean Point, to Coquina Beach, and Manatee Public Beach, there are so many amazing areas for you to check out.

The gorgeous sands and beautiful blue waters will have you second-guessing that return flight home. Many of these beaches offer parks and full facilities for families to enjoy a day out in the sun. Many of our beachfront Anna Maria Island rentals are also within a short walk or bike ride to the public beach areas.

The Food

If you love seafood, you’re about to fall even more in love with Anna Maria Island. Don’t miss the Rod and Reel Pier, the Sandbar, or the Waterfront Restaurant among dozens of other choices.

Living right on the ocean has its perks, including fresh seafood basically any time you want. These restaurants, and others in the area, will be sure to serve you something delicious your taste buds will remember for a long time.

Live Music

It’s great to take in the easiness of the island life. But if you’re looking to head out on the town, Anna Maria Island has something for you too. With so many bars and grills in the area, you’ll be sure to find somewhere that is playing live music in a music genre you love.

Check out spots like Island Time Bar & Grill, the Freckled Fin, Blue Marlin, and anywhere on Bridge Street for some live music. Styles include Caribbean, jazz, rock, and a little Margaritaville, to name a few.


With all there is to do on the island, there’s also a lot to learn about. The history here runs deep. There are several historically-rich sites to check out and learn more about the area you are staying in.

For example, the Historic Green Village is an area unlike any other, a self-preserved green community on Pine Avenue where some buildings are more than 100 years old.

For more history, check out the City Pier (currently under reconstruction). The historic site used to be the only way in and out of the island. Visit the AMI Historical Society at 402 Pine Ave learn more about the area and the events that shaped it.

Whatever your fancy, Anna Maria Island is sure to give you what you’re looking for in an ideal vacation destination. And staying with us only sweetens the deal.

If you’re looking for anything else to do or see while you are here, our staff is on standby to help you out in any way you need. Just give us a call at (941)-778-4178 anytime.