Anna Maria Island Local Resources

Our small slice of paradise doesn’t have major attractions – it’s a “mom & pop” town, with local restaurants and small shops. The beach is pristine and the water is inviting. It’s a place to relax, appreciate nature and enjoy a slower pace.

We’ve listed some important information and links to help you plan your trip or decide if Anna Maria Island might be a fit for your permanent home. Please let us know if you have any questions – our rental and sales agents are community experts and more than happy to share their favorites and insider tips.


Transportation Options

While much of the island is walkable, there are options to help you get from place to place without a car.

The county bus system offers a free trolley with transportation from AMI City Pier in the North, to Coquina beach in the south. The service runs from 6 am to 10:30 pm, with frequency approximately every 20 minutes. More information, including a map and schedule, can be found here.

There is also the Monkey Bus, a private transportation service that works off tips, and runs well after midnight. Rides are offered in golf carts and old mini school buses, and vehicle is equipped with karaoke equipment.

Fun Ways to Explore the Island

beachbums_logoThere are many ways to explore the island and enjoy a different perspective.  Beach Bums offers a large, meticulously maintained rental fleet of bikes, electric golf carts, kayaks, beach supplies, and paddle-boards, among other things.

Beach Bums has been featured in Southern Living Magazine and voted by the AMI Sun’s Readers’ Choice Awards as the best rental shop on Anna Maria Island. They are committed to satisfying your needs and offer excellent customer service. They even have a marine biologist on staff to conduct kayak eco-tours.

Visit the Beach Bum’s website for more information.

Enjoy the Area’s Beautiful Waterways with Boating and Fishing Trips

Fishing Guides and Charter Captains

No Need to Worry about Cooking or Grocery Shopping During Your Vacation

Personal chef Molly O’Connor is the perfect person to make your vacation even more relaxing! This AMI chef can create gourmet meals for you so you don’t have to cook. She enjoys creating food from seasonal and fresh ingredients, and can select options if you want to stay healthy while on vacation or crave something indulgent. Menus can be created for a special date, family BBQ or group dinner party.

Great Restaurants on the Island: 



  • Ocean Star  has amazing, fresh sushi. During season it can be slower, especially for large groups. But nothing is better! Sato favorites: Jake Hand Roll, Ocean Star roll, Fire Island, Double Pleasure. 941-251-6940

  • Starfish Company  has the freshest seafood around. Great market and casual restaurant on the docks of the fishing boats. 941-794-1243      
  • Blue Marlin has a great vibe, live music outside, fresh seafood. 941-896-9737
  • Tide Tables Waterfront casual dining. Fish Tacos! 941-567-6206

  • Duffy’s Tavern Amazing burger and cold beers. No fries, but a local atmosphere. CASH ONLY. 941-778-2501
Family Restaurant:


  • Cortez Café 941-792-0030
Fine Dining:

Sports Bars:


Anna Maria Island Community Center

The mission of The Center is to serve as a gathering place for the community to come together and make friends. The Center offers numerous cultural, recreational, and educational programs for all ages, including socials, lectures and workshops. The Center has a fitness center, tennis courts, pickleball courts and sports fields. It serves children, teens, families, adults, and senior citizens. Visit their website for more information, including the schedule of events.