Anna Maria Island named one of the best Beach Towns in America

Anna Maria Island named one of the best Beach Towns in America

There is a beautiful beach town just a short drive from Tampa called Anna Maria Island, complete with one of the trendiest cocktail bars in the country as well as a truly funky brunch spot! 

“This barrier island on Florida’s Gulf Coast is quaint, uncrowded and uncluttered, presenting excellent opportunities for soaking up some sun in space,” wrote Newsweek in its rankings. “Visitors to Anna Maria Island can shop at one of the state’s largest discount malls, sample fresh Florida seafood prepared with local flair and relax in local parks and preserves where the wildlife-viewing is unparalleled.”

What is there to do on Anna Maria Island? Let's start with beaches! Enjoy soft white sand, crystalline water, and gentle waves as you embrace a gorgeous Florida sunset. The good news for visitors is the three main beaches offer free public parking. The good news is the three main beaches offer free public parking! Your beach options include Manatee Point Beach, Bayfront Park, Cortez Beach/Coquina Beach; they’re all solid so do your best to experience all three while you enjoy a visit to the 7-mile-long island.

Experience the views from the newly built pier, explore boutique shops along historic bridge street, or go kayaking to find some of the area's many adventure options. Or simply relax and take in the comfort of island life on (Anna Maria) island. Did you know you can go snorkeling at Anna Maria Island? Yea, you can do that. You can also enjoy a Florida-style hike at Leffis Key Preserve.

The Doctor’s Office AMI is a hip new craft cocktail bar. The restaurant also offers up chef-prepared bar fare and a chic ambience unmatched by other bars. If you wake up early enough you can enjoy the the sensational cinnamon rolls at Ginny & Jane’s Cafe and Gift Shop. The Donut Experiment is also the perfect little morning shop for kids and adults.

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