Anna Maria Island Info

Anna Maria Island Info

Anna Maria Island is seven miles long and home to three cities: Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, and Anna Maria. The northern most end of the island is the city of Anna Maria, the middle ground between Anna Maria and Bradenton Beach is Holmes Beach and the southern most tip is the city of Bradenton Beach. The biggest attractions in Anna Maria Island are the shops, piers, and restaurants. Along the newly remodeled Pine Street you can find many unique shops and businesses much like you would find on the historic Bridge Street on Bradenton Beach. The shops include clothing, decor, mini golfing and even a candy shop. Some of the most popular restaurants on the island are on the north end; the Anna Maria City Pier and the Rod and Reel are both restaurants found at the end of the pier so you can enjoy a beautiful view of the bay while you dine.  The famous Sand Bar restaurant is also located on the north end of the island, where you can dine with your feet in the sand while watching the sunset over the beach. After dinner or as an afternoon treat you can enjoy ice cream from one of the two ice cream shops on Anna Maria. The rest of the north end of the island is filled with white sugar sand beaches and beautiful homes.

As you begin to travel south to the middle of the island you will find yourself in Holmes Beach. The center of the island is a three mile stretch that includes everything from a bait and tackle store, to restaurants, to a Walgreens and more! Behind the library and the fire station is where many events such as craft fairs are held. So be sure to check out local listings for activities when you are in the area. As you pass the marina you will notice Island Shopping Center. Among other great stores and restaurants is the Sand Dollar, where you will find unique clothes, jewelry, decor, and gifts for your trip back home. The public beach can also be found in Holmes Beach. The amenities at the public beach include: lifeguards, restrooms, large free parking lot, volleyball courts, and a playground. The surf shop which sells beach wear is right next to the public beach. Many of life’s necessities can be taken care of in Holmes Beach: there are banks, a post office and as you travel farther south there is CVS, Publix, and Walgreens. Scattered throughout Holmes Beach there are also many residential homes and vacation rentals.

Once you pass Walgreens you are headed into the final city on Anna Maria Island: Bradenton Beach. This city is where you can find the historic Bridge Street and at the end of Bridge Street, you find the first wooden bridge to Anna Maria Island. It has since been converted into a fishing pier, but back in the day it was the only one lane bridge on and off the island. Now Bridge Street has become a thriving area of the island home to several restaurants and bars all with in walking distance of one another. The atmosphere on Bridge Street is alive and welcoming and most Sundays Bridge Street has an outdoor market that includes local artwork, crafts, produce, and music. Bridge Street also has Thirsty Thursdays from 5-7pm where the shops offer something special and you can grab drinks and relax. You can also enjoy some family fun at the mini golf course on Bridge Street.

Although our little island is only seven miles long it is packed with something fun for everyone and complimented by beautiful sugar sand beaches, blue sky and warm Florida sunshine!

Below you will find resources leading you to the best spots on the island for dining, doing and destinations to visit.
For those who are looking for activities on Anna Maria Island we always recommend getting around like the locals by bike, electric golf cart or by kayak.  A local Anna Maria rental company will deliver any items you need at no extra cost for your beach vacation.

Click Here To View Old Photos From Anna Maria Island’s History

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Top Island Restaurants

If you’re visiting the island or new to the area, you may find yourself wishing you had some sort of connection on where to dine while keeping away from tourist trap destinations. We have done the work for you and eat at top local restaurants once a week to provide you with insider island knowledge on where you want to eat your next meal. These reviews begin the moment you step in the door and end just after the checks hit the table for the last time.

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Top Island Restaurant Reviews

For a complete list of island restaurants, less the reviews, visit this website of restaurants, pubs and bistros.

Places to See on Anna Maria Island

The research required to find interesting locations to visit or see when you are somewhere new can be tiring and draining. What do we recommend? Don’t do it. Instead, let us take care of that for you. You will find places in our list that you could never find online or on a map because their whereabouts are only known to the locals. Let us get you the inside scoop on the best sunset beaches, bay walks and photo ops so that you can take the guess and grunt work out of planning your vacation.

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Things To Do on Anna Maria Island

Maybe it’s early in the day, right in the afternoon or late at night- it doesn’t matter, you want something to do. You could get in your car and drive up and down the 7-mile stretch of island with a lot of effort and, hopefully, at-least a LITTLE results or you could hop on your bike/golf cart/kayak and go directly to where the action is happening. Which would you prefer? Just in case you don’t particularly enjoy spending your precious time scavenging for what’s happening, we have all that information here for you in one place. See what is happening in the month and what it’s all about, pick one and be on your way to fun in the sun (or shade) no matter what time of day or month it is!

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