Anna Maria Island is the hidden jewel of beach vacations. Tourists often think Key West, South Beach or even Clearwater when speaking of Florida beaches. Many don’t know about the white-sand beaches of Anna Maria Island. Anna Maria Island is on the west coast of Florida. This seven-mile-long island hosts three welcoming towns: Bradenton Beach in the south, Anna Maria to the north, and Holmes Beach nestled in between. What separates Anna Maria Island beaches from those other often crowded destinations? The culture. Residents of Anna Maria have worked hard to maintain its unique identity. Anna Maria Island is often referred to as “Old Florida” for its charm. Golf carts and trolleys are means of transportation, huge commercial enterprises don’t exist, and neighborhood values are strong.
The Islanders love outside activities including going to the beach, canoeing, paddle boating, fishing, and almost every water sport you can imagine. Beach Bums offers a variety of equipment for rent to enjoy the sunshine. Visitors love the preserved nature around the island and the exotic animals they don’t get a chance to see often in their usual northern homes. Dolphins are often seen frolicking in the Bay, and manatees can be found in canals. There are plenty of natural parks, museums and piers to enjoy if the beach isn’t your first choice.
For the foodie, there is a vibrant dining culture. Anna Maria Island is renowned for its seafood restaurants. You won’t find too many fast food or big chain restaurants here. Most of the eateries are locally owned and unique food spots. There are enough places to satisfy anyone’s tastes, and many feature live music, adding to the ambiance.
For traveler accommodations, most guests choose one of the many homes for rent that dot the island. A multitude of sizes and amenities are available. By renting a vacation home, you are able to experience your own slice of paradise. And Sato Real Estate is the premier real estate company to fulfill your vacation rental home needs.
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