Anna Maria is marooned on a barrier island in the sun-drenched Gulf of Mexico. The city has a laid-back and low-key vibe, with plenty of chances to bask on sugar-white beaches, swim in crystalline bays and devour ocean-fresh seafood. Palm trees and pastel-coloured houses add to the tropical vibes.
Things to do in Anna Maria
Anna Maria is surrounded by gorgeous beaches. The finger-shaped island is just over 11 kilometres long and almost completely fringed by white sand. Swim, sunbathe and build sandcastles at Bean Point Beach. It’s perched at the tip of the island, where Tampa Bay meets the Gulf of Mexico. You’ll be amazed at how soft the gleaming white sand feels beneath your feet. Stay to watch the fiery sunsets. At low tide, you can walk out to the sandbar.
Bayfront Park faces Tampa Bay, which keeps the water calm and clear. The beach is family-friendly and a great place to toss a frisbee and enjoy a waterfront picnic. Kayak rentals make it easy to paddle out and spot marine life. Bring along a fishing rod and you can cast a line in Tampa Bay. Grill up your catch on the public barbecues.
Incredible restaurants have put Anna Maria on the map as a foodie destination. Seafood makes an appearance on most menus, with blue crab, grouper, red snapper and mullet just some of the local specialties. The happy hours in Anna Maria are fantastic, so get ready to sip plenty of rum runners, daquiris and frozen margaritas. The best bars feature sunny patios with colourful umbrellas and gorgeous sea views.
Getting around Anna Maria
Anna Maria is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot. The free Anna Maria Island trolley is a great way to get around the city and explore the island. Bicycles and golf carts are a fun way to get from A to B. Sarasota Bradenton International Airport is a 30-minute drive away.