When we bought our first condo in 1989 friends would ask, what is it that you love so much about Anna Maria island?  Once they visited it only took them a few minutes to understand.

For those of you that haven’t stayed with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217  before here are just a few of the things we Love about Anna Maria Island …

—As soon as you arrive you will experience first hand the Old Florida atmosphere. No hi-rise buildings, no chain restaurants or chain stores just lots of quaint shops and restaurants. Locals here are friendly, warm and laid back. Here you will see pastel coloured beach houses with locals and tourists riding bicycles. Anna Maria Island has that old Florida feel with the conveniences of modern living. Any amount of time on Anna Maria Island is the perfect amount of time to melt away the stress you brought with you. With its slow-pace and beauty Anna Maria Island is a perfect place to reconnect with both nature and yourself and one of the many reasons people come back time after time.


—The beauty of the calm waters and the soft white sand beaches. You can be on your own private beach right out front of the condo from sunrise to sunset. Or, you can choose to go to the popular family-friendly public beach with full facilities like Coquina and Manatee Public Beaches.

—The beautiful weather. With an average of 361 days of sunshine a year making every day a beach day. The average temperature on Anna Maria Island is 74 degrees Fahrenheit or 23 degrees Celsius. When it’s cold or snowing at home you can be walking in your flip flops, wearing shorts, swimming in the pool or lounging at the beach. As I’m writing this the temperature on Bradenton Beach is 84 Fahrenheit or 29 Celsius and Sunny!
—Sunset watchers beware the incredible sunsets on Anna Maria Island. Any month you visit the Island you are able to catch spectacular sunsets. Such an amazing feeling as you watch the sun drop below the horizon gently into the Gulf of Mexico. Many restaurants on the island offer amazing waterfront views for sunset watchers.

—You don’t need a car on Anna Maria Island. Free Trolley service, Island Monkey Bus, Golf Cart or Bicycle Rental makes getting from place to place easy and convenient. Anna Maria Island is also very walkable.

—Anna Maria Island restaurants serve great food and there are many restaurants to choose from. You can walk along the beach to go out for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Some restaurants are right on the beach offering a “toes in the sand” experience. We can give you the names of at least ten restaurants within a five minute walk from our condo and almost all are kid friendly. You won’t find any chain restaurants on the island, rather quaint island restaurants. Please check our other blogs for restaurant suggestions.


—There is so much to see and do on Anna Maria Island. A must see is historic Bridge Street, a short walk from the condo with lots of fun shops and restaurants. On Bridge Street you will find a varied selection of restaurants serving breakfast, lunch or dinner.  At the end of Bridge Street is the Bradenton Beach pier where you can watch the boats go by and enjoy the sensational views of Sarasota Bay.  On your way home stop for some ice cream at Big Olaf’s or Tyler’s ice cream shop. At the North end of the Island on Pine Avenue you will find our family’s favourite donut shop, The Donut Experiment. Pine Street is home to lots of local and sustainable boutique shops. Amazing outdoor adventures on Anna Maria Island are plentiful. You can choose from dolphin boat tours, kayaking, biking, snorkelling, stand up paddle boarding, jet-skiing, hiking, parasailing and so much more.

—Your hosts of Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals will help you find just about anything you need, from things you want to do and things you don’t want to do. While on vacation you might want more time at the beach and don’t want to spend time in the grocery store, we will put you in touch with someone to shop for you. If you need help booking tours or rentals of any kind, just ask us.

—If you’re lucky enough to be on an extended stay there are plenty of fun social events in the winter months to get involved with and a lot of volunteering groups that are constantly looking for help. Ask and we will point you in the right direction.

I think after vacationing with us on Anna Maria Island you will find it is a place you won’t visit only once. Like us, you will find it’s a place you want to return to.

Contact us today at 289-660-2331 and let us prepare your dream vacation to Anna Maria Island!

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