Anna Maria Island is located on the Gulf of Mexico in Manatee County, just south of the mouth of Tampa Bay and about 15 miles from Sarasota. Anna Maria Island encompasses the cities of Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach, and Holmes Beach. The Island has a relaxed atmosphere and is home to white sand beaches and amazing sunsets.
There are many things to see and do on Anna Maria Island, but the most popular attraction by far is the beach itself. Some areas of Florida’s coast have course sand, but Anna Maria Island Beaches are made up of very fine white powdery sand and the beach is lined with beautiful shells. A relaxing stroll is a great way to enjoy the local delights of Anna Maria Island. The island is remarkably beautiful with tropical plants surrounding small homes and businesses.
Take a little break from the sun and wander through times gone by on the island. The Anna Maria Island Historical Museum offers a rare glimpse into Anna Maria Island’s unique history. Photographs, maps, videos, and artifacts detail early life on the island.
Although American Seafood is the local specialty, Anna Maria Island is well known for its unique food, amazing service and incredible dining experience. The Beach Bistro offers spectacular desserts, such as Chocolate Truffle Terrine and Banana Mango Tropical Foster. The BeachHouse has live entertainment and a wide variety of items, such as an Ybor Cuban Sandwich and Gulf Coast Crab Cakes.
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Anna Maria Island has many relaxing accommodations to suit your needs. One of the newest additions on Anna Maria Island is the Anna Maria Beach Club. This contemporary resort is one of the hidden gems on the Island, offering a community pool, spa, and a community deck overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Another great resort on Anna Maria Island is the Tortuga Inn Gardens, located on the East end of Tortuga Inn Beach Resort. Tortuga Inn offers one and two bedroom hotel rooms with amenities such as a fishing pier, private beach access, rentable boat docks, and more.
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