Located on Florida's renowned West Coast, seven-mile long Anna Maria Island is situated just south of Tampa Bay and is surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico on its western shore and Sarasota Bay and Anna Maria Bay on its eastern shores. It is the northernmost of a string of barrier islands that extend in a southerly direction to the Florida Keys.
The island's three 'cities' (Anna Maria at the northern end, our little community Holmes Beach in the middle and Bradenton Beach at the southern end) are easily accessed by three draw bridges.. one for Longboat key to the south and two from the mainland which lie off the Island's eastern shore across from Sarasota Bay and the Inter-coastal Waterway. The northernmost entry to the island is from Bradenton via SR 64.. a cross-Florida link which runs almost to the state's Atlantic coast.
With its temperate year-round weather, Anna Maria island has truly become "Our Island In The Sun" for so many visitors that return time and time again.. entranced by the warm lapping waters and sugar soft sandy beaches.
Manatee Public Beach with Lifeguard, Cafe, shower facilities and evening Tiki bar (quieter beach a little further south and slightly nearer our unit), beach walks for miles either side. Keep an eye out for dolphins and manatees, wading and other sea birds abound (including Ospreys), turtle nests and hatching in season. Supermarket (Publix), pharmacies (CVS and Walgreen), beach and gift shops, ice cream, restaurants (American, Chinese, Japanese & German), cafes and pub (pizzas a speciality) all within walking distance.
Island attractions include Charter Boat fishing, three fishing piers, tour boats, sailing, jet skiing, para-sailing, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, bike and scooter rentals, tennis & basketball courts, fitness club, day spa, speciality shops, live theatre, many dining experiences with influences from all over the world, plus a free trolley service up and down the island. Island Museum and historic City Pier & Bridge Street (both with great fish & chips!) are well worth a visit. Nature reserve opposite Coquina Beach, short drive (or ride for those hardy enough) to Robinsons Preserve on Manatee Avenue towards mainland.
Area & Regional Attractions
Area and regional attractions include numerous public golf courses located a short distance from the island, the world famous Bolitari tennis academy, St Armens Circle, Bishop Planeterium, Selby Gardens, Sarasota Jungle Gardens, Busch Gardens, Ringling Museum, Opera and live plays in Sarasotas Van Wenzel Hall. Motor Racing at De Soto Speedway. Mayaka National Park and other Nature Reserves, Mote Marine & other aquariums within short driving distance.
25 minutes to Sarasota
35 minutes to I-75
80 Minutes to Tampa
150 minutes to Orlando-Disney-Theme parks
Link to Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce