Romantic Things to Do on Anna Maria Island

Turquoise water, pristine white beaches, fine dining, and quaint, “Old Florida” atmosphere – everything about Anna Maria Island is utterly romantic. If you are searching for your next romantic getaway, Anna Maria Island has it all. Whether you want to spend your vacation doing nothing (lying on the beach) or exploring the island’s natural beauty, you and your sweetheart will not be bored. Here are a few suggestions for your romantic vacation to Anna Maria Island.

Overhead image of Anna Maria Island Beach


The island boasts numerous picture-perfect, pristine white beaches year-round. Manatee Beach is the island’s most popular and provides amenities perfect for a picnic, outdoor barbecue, or volleyball game. Coquina Beach and Bayfront Park are also ideal locations for a picnic and a stroll along the sand.

Renowned for its gorgeous sunsets and relative privacy, Bean Point may well be the most romantic of them all. Stroll hand-in-hand along turquoise waters while enjoying an exquisite display of color at dusk. Whichever beaches you choose to visit, you’ll feel as though you are entering paradise!

Image of crab claws in ice by the beach from The Sandbar

Fine Dining

Part of Anna Maria’s charm is owed to local restaurants and cafes where a mix of local and international flavors abound. The Sandbar Restaurant, located right on the beach, is a favorite for couples. Enjoy the waves, sand, and sunset while dining on delicious seafood – it’s truly an experience like no other!

Ginny and Jane E’s is a delightful breakfast and lunch spot renowned for its freshly-baked rolls and crème brulée French toast. The Donut Experiment offers made-to-order donuts where you can create a unique combo from scratch and pick your own icing and toppings. Make a breakfast date with your sweetheart and snap a few selfies with your desserts to save the memories!

Outdoor Activities

Not satisfied spending your whole vacation at the beach? Rent bicycles at Beach Bums to take a tour of Anna Maria Island. For couples who love the thrill of the catch, rent fishing equipment from City Pier or Rod and Reel and spend your sunrises and sunsets out on the piers to avoid the heat of the day. Charter a boat ride for snorkeling or dolphin watching or take a day trip to Egmont Key State Park for a picnic.

Couples can take parasailing or flyboard lessons or rent a kayak for two. While paddling through the Gulf’s gorgeous mangrove lagoons, you may spot roseate spoonbills, ospreys, and kingfishers – perhaps even a manatee if you’re lucky! If you don’t spot one of these gentle sea creatures off the coast of Anna Maria Island, you may want to take a day trip two hours north to Crystal Island where sightings are more frequent.

Maria Selby Botanical Garden in Anna Maria

More Activities

Consider a couple’s massage with Serenity Spa or book a lesson to learn how to massage each other. Spend your evenings wandering through town and window shopping among the island’s unique Pine Avenue shops. The Maria Selby Botanical Gardens on the Sarasota Bay is a naturally romantic setting, the perfect place to take a stroll surrounded by tropical flora and fauna.

Anna Maria Island Rentals

Anna Maria Island’s perfect weather and Old Florida charm can make nearly any activity romantic! Planning your perfect getaway is made easy with Anna Maria Island vacation rentals. We offer beachfront properties, pet-friendly rentals, and condos and homes for all group sizes. Our friendly and professional staff are eager to assist you to find the vacation rental of your dreams. Romance is perpetually in the air on Anna Maria Island, so don’t hesitate to explore our selection of Anna Maria Island rentals! You and your significant other are guaranteed to make memories that last a lifetime.