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Things to do in Anna Maria Island Area Florida

Anna Maria Island Area Florida

Anna Maria Island is an island get-away in the waiting! It is a seven mile stretch of land with soft white sands that bring travellers back year after year. Explore the many award-winning cafes and restaurants - all biking or walking distance away - rest, relax and watch the wildlife including sea turtles, bottlenose dolphin and birds ranging from the wild parrots, cranes, herons and sandpipers. Located less than two hours from Orlando/Walt Disney, an hour from Tampa and 30 minutes from Sarasota, Anna Maria Island has been called a "Hidden Gem" for all that this sleepy island has to offer in culture and tourism. A perfect piece of "Old Florida" for your next beach vacation adventure.  Anna Maria Island has six Beaches, Anna Maria Beach, Bradenton Beach, Coquina Beach, Cortez Beach, Holmes Beach, and Manatee Beach.  Come stay in one of our vacation rentals and dream the night away.

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Rental Managers in Anna Maria Island Area Florida

Anna Maria Vacations

Anna Maria Vacations

Anna Maria Island Area ~ Holmes Beach

Welcome to Anna Maria Vacations. We are truly a unique rental company specializing in only the finest Anna Maria Island Vacation Rentals. Our..  learn more

Mike Norman Realty

Mike Norman Realty

Anna Maria Island Area ~ Holmes Beach

Mike Norman Realty is a family owned, full service, professional real estate firm offering real estate sales, property management and vacation rental..  learn more

Anna Maria Island Area ~ Sarasota Area

Ed DeLosh and Candy Conte, owners of, are experienced veterans of the vacation rental business in the Anna Maria Island Area. Both..  learn more

AMI Locals

AMI Locals

Anna Maria Island Area ~ Holmes Beach

AMI Locals does property management different. Our team lives here locally, and we all LOVE this place and want to make sure all our guests do too...  learn more


Anna Maria Island, sometimes called Anna Maria Key, is a barrier island-seven miles of paradise - locatated between Tampa and Sarasota, Florida. It is bordered on the west by the Gulf of Mexico and on the north by Tampa Bay. Anna Maria Island was first dicovered by the Timucan and Caloosan American Indian tribes and then later by Spanish explorers in the name of the Spanish crown. George Emerson Bean became the first permanent resident on the Island in 1892. Emerson homesteaded much of what the City of Anna Maria is today. The developement of the Island's Anna Maria Beach Company began in the early 1900's-laying out the streets, sidewalks, houses and water systems. For years, the only way to the island was by boat. In 1921 a wooden bridge was built. The western end of the original bridge can been seen at the Bradenton Beach fishing pier. The island goverment of Anna Maria takes great pride in preserving and caring for the history and developement of their "Island in the Sun."


On Anna Maria Island, relaxation is a must and no car is required. A free island trolley is available for transportation all over the island so it's visitors can find true rest, as well as all the best that the island has to offer! Anna Maria is a place where islanders take serious enjoyment in roof-top sunsets and morning strolls for shells along the beach. The island has way more than a handfull of appetite satisfying bistros, pubs, cafes and ice cream shops to make  eating out on vacation fun and exciting. The area offers quaint beach shops and outlet malls for those travellers who must shop til they drop! In fact, the shopping options are unending with the cities of Sarasota and Tampa Bay between 30 and 60 minutes away. Spend a day at Disney World, Busch Gardens, Mote Marine, Sarasota Jungle Gardens, Museums, botanical gardens, or state parks. Sports fans will love the peace and relaxation of the island coupled with the convenience of being within reach of watching their favorite sports teams play live from the Pittsburgh Pirates at McKechnie Fields in Bradenton to baseball s legendary Pirates, Red Sox, Tampa Devil Rays, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tampa Bay Lighting. The local area offers close to 50 golf courses - from executive par threes to challenging championship 18 hole courses. Last but not least, the outdoor enthusiast can take advantage of the many adventures of Anna Maria-biking, boating, parasailing, up close deep sea fishing experiences and much more. Come see why Anna Maria has been found to be a hidden gem and plan to have a vacation to remember! For more information, vistit the Chamber of Commerce:

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Vacation Rentals

The Rod and Reel Resort
Home in Anna Maria Florida

Anna's Cottage SAVE 30%
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Anna Maria Island Vacation home that sleeps 6 great rates

Paradise Beach
Home in Bradenton Beach Florida

Carissa Villa 203
Villa in Holmes Beach Florida
Your Private Oasis With Heated Pool Anna Maria Island 3 bedroom vacation rental

Waters Edge 102 N
Condo in Holmes Beach Florida

Villa Livella
Home in Anna Maria Florida