Why Anna Maria is a Top Gulf Coast Vacation Destination

With so many options to choose from, it can be hard to pick a vacation destination that will satisfy all your needs. With an otherworldly feel, Anna Maria Island may just be the one destination that will require no compromising. 

From clear water and white sandy beaches, to delicious food and fun activities, Anna Maria Island is a top vacation destination, and here are just a few of the reasons why.

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Anna Maria Beaches

When you think of the perfect beach, you picture clear, blue water and white sandy beaches. That is exactly what you experience when visiting Anna Maria Island! These beaches are some of the most amazing white sandy vistas in the United States.

Isolated pockets of the private beach still remain in the north and east for a more secluded getaway. To join all the other beachgoers, stop by areas such as Manatee Public Beach, Coquina Beach, or Bayfront Park, all of the best Anna Maria Island beaches. Regardless of your ultimate destination, you can’t go wrong with your selection. You are sure to have an amazing time in the welcoming waters of Anna Maria Island!

Endless Outdoor Activities

In order to truly experience all that Anna Maria Island has to offer, it’s always a good idea to get out of your comfort zone and participate in a thrilling activity! Anna Maria Island offers a plethora of activities that are sure to please everyone. For a more relaxed outdoor activity, you can take a calm sail across the water while you watch the waves roll in.

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One of the area’s most well-known rental companies is AMI Adventure, which offers any kind of beach equipment rental you could imagine. Get a fast-paced jet ski for an exhilarating journey across the water, test your balance on a paddleboard, or book a boat charter to spend a day at sea. You can also visit other companies like Coastal Watersports, Seaduced Watercraft Adventures, or Bimini Bay Sailing to get your fix. 

No matter what water activity in Anna Maria Island you’re looking to participate in, you can find it just down the road! 

Experience the Local Culture and Feel

Despite being a tourist destination, Anna Maria Island has still held on to its local-centric culture. With many areas of the island still underdeveloped, it is the perfect destination to experience the local culture without being overwhelmed by typical tourist traps like gaudy gift shops and corporate chain restaurants. Instead, venture to one of the local stores or restaurants to support small businesses and help preserve the culture.

Behind the preservation of Anna Maria Island is the Anna Maria Island Historical Society. To support the community and take a look at all their efforts, stop by the society museum where admission is free. Another way to experience the local culture is to visit The Artists Guild Gallery, featuring acclaimed local art. The gallery hosts weekly showcases and events for their visitors to get the feel of what Anna Maria Island is all about. 

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Bike Around the Entire Island

Anna Maria Island is a relatively small island, measuring in at about seven miles along. But even though everything is in close proximity, you probably don’t want to walk everywhere! There are several modes of transportation that you can opt for, but our personal favorite is biking. Anna Maria Island is an extremely biker-friendly vacation destination, so you can get anywhere on the island with ease.

If you’re traveling from far away, don’t worry; you don’t have to lug your bike with you on the journey! There are plenty of Anna Maria Island bike rental companies, with many offering drop-offs to the local vacation rentals. You can simply grab your bike and helmet and start exploring the breathtaking nature and exciting attractions all around the island. You’ll get to feel the wind on your face, fit in a bit of exercise, and gain a whole new perspective of AMI. 

Is Anna Maria Island calling your name yet? It should be! There’s never been a better time to start planning your getaway. Contact us today to learn more about our Anna Maria island vacation rentals!