Keep Up with Your Active Lifestyle on Anna Maria Island! The island may be small, but it is jam-packed with great places to see and things to do! It’s popular for the “Old Florida” charm that seems harder and harder to find. But the main attraction are the famous beaches of course! Get active outside at one of the beach parks where you can enjoy a picnic, play a game of basketball or tennis and even use their boat docks for a paddle around the bay. There are plenty of beach access points and other beachfront vacation rentals to book.

Finding Wildlife

What is a trip to the beach if you don’t spot a marine animal at least once? Dive into the ocean for great snorkeling with the chance to see a dolphin while you’re in there. Turtles are another great animal to be on the lookout for. Every year from May – June mother sea turtles come to lay their eggs on the beaches of Anna Maria Island. In late summer, those hatchlings crawl from their nest into the ocean. It is truly a spectacular sight that draws thousands of visitors to see Mother Nature in action. Come visit during nesting season, but be aware that there are some dos and don’ts to being around these protected turtles.

Eco Tours and Fishing Charters

Or see wildlife while staying dry! Book a dolphin tour or a fishing charter to enjoy the wind in your hair as you speed past the coast in search of sea creatures. We have great fishing opportunities year-round, and plenty of local fishing guides you can hire to show you around the best fishing holes. Or there are some easy spots that you can spend an hour at. As you explore the island, bring your fishing pole and spend some time fishing off the Anna Maria Island piers.

Kayaking is another very popular activity for visitors. Rent a kayak just for you or book a tour. Either way, there are many places to go check out like Myakka River, South Lido Mangrove Tunnels, and Robinson Preserve. Enjoy the adventure and serenity of paddling around the calm waters with your eyes peeled for manatees. There’s nothing like a great day out kayaking!

Kid-Friendly Activities

There are plenty of options for families with both young and older kids. Anna Maria is a family-friendly vacation destination where you can feel safe letting your kids explore. It is a bike-friendly island and you will spot more than one golf cart cruising down the road. If you are interested in alternative modes of transportation while on vacation, we offer bike rentals and GEM car rentals. Find more information about our concierge services or call us at 941-782-8152 and book your bikes and carts ahead of time.

City Excursions

Not feeling a trek through the park or a kayaking trip? Stay and relax in town where you can do everything from book a spa day or stroll the beautiful streets in search of the perfect sweet treat! Go golfing at one of the many courses near Anna Maria Island. There are 6 golf courses to choose from! Or spend the afternoon roaming wherever your heart takes you without a plan or schedule.

Bridge Street is among the most popular place to investigate boutique shops and grab something to eat. On Sundays, you can grab fresh food to cook in your vacation rental home for family dinner at the Bridge Street Farmers Market.

Pine Avenue is another great place to see. With renovated old buildings into a “Green” community. There are shops and cafes to discover, while also learning something about Anna Maria history and conservation.

Family having fun on a banana boat.

Take a Banana Boat Adventure During Your Trip to Anna Maria Island

If you’re looking for a relaxing and enjoyable beach vacation, a weekend away at our Anna Maria Island beachfront vacation rentals is the ideal destination. Anna Maria Island is a beautiful island located just off the coast of Florida. It’s... Read more

A sunset cruise off the coast of AMI.

Take a Sunset Cruise During Your AMI Vacation

It’s no secret that Anna Maria Island is a patch of heaven on earth. A seven-mile strip of beautiful white sand beaches lines the barrier island of Anna Maria Island between the turquoise Gulf of Mexico water and peninsular Florida.... Read more

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A Complete Guide to Watersports on Anna Maria Island

Whether you’re looking for an adrenaline rush on the water or moments of tranquility as waves float peacefully underneath you, Anna Maria Island is the perfect place to be! This water wonderland getaway spot in Manatee County, FL, is perfect... Read more

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Where To Go Snorkeling on AMI

If you’re looking for information on Anna Maria Island snorkeling, then you’re in for a treat. We’ve researched to tell you the best snorkeling spots, times, tours, and much else. After all, Anna Maria Island has some of the most... Read more

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Best Things To Do On Anna Maria Island In The Spring

Anna Maria Island is beautiful during all of its seasons, but springtime is one of our personal favorites! Wildlife and locals alike take this time to buzz about in the sunshine, enjoying mild (but comfortable) temperatures. The sky’s the limit... Read more

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3 Cool Fishing and Boating Companies That You Must Check Out on Your Anna Maria Island Vacation

While there are plenty of things to enjoy about all of our Anna Maria Island vacation rentals, there are so many things to do outdoors. And what fisherman can resist the lure of a fishing expedition on the Gulf waters?... Read more

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3 Fun Day Trips Close to Anna Maria Island

Before you check into your choice of Anna Maria Island vacation rentals – or after you get there and need a get-away from Anna Maria Island for the day – there are some nearby tourist destinations that you should check... Read more

MURDERERS – Island Players Nov 10-20

Island Players of Anna Maria presents MURDERERS.  An interesting twist on a typical ‘whodunit’, enjoy the stories of three charming killers explain in great (and funny) detail why they did it. Read more

Claire Marie Spa & Associates

5343 Gulf Dr. Suite 500 Holmes Beach, FL 34217 Phone #(941) 730-3649 Read more

Sea-renity Beach Spa & Eco Boutique

This one-of-a-kind Anna Maria Island spa replaces the oh-so-typical spa and salon settings for a truly serene environment. They serve locals, snowbirds, day-trippers and visitors for professional skin care, and massage therapy (indoors and on the beach). The Sea-renity experience... Read more

Bottega Acqua

Acqua Aveda on the beach – Winners of the People’s Choice Awards year after year for Best Day Spa and Best Hair Salon. Located in Historic Downtown Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island, the 2,600-sq-ft salon and spa is the... Read more

Wavesplash Watersports

Wave splash Watersports is Anna Maria Island’s premier multisport watersports rental and tour operator. We are committed to creating unforgettable water adventures and experiences in and around Anna Maria Island and the Gulf Isles. 402 Church Ave. Bradenton Beach, FL... Read more

Top Gun Flyboards

TOP GUN Flyboards is your premier spot to try the new amazing water sport of Flyboarding! Learn to harness the power of flight in just minutes with the #1 Flyboarding company in the Tampa Bay area. Offering personal flyboarding lessons,... Read more

Paradise Boat Tours

Sarasota’s premier wildlife tour through the Pristine intercostal waterways during a fully narrated 90 minute adventure, perfect for all ages. Paradise boat Tours guarantee a 95% chance of spotting dolphins, and offer both private tours and group tours. Phone# (941)465-8624 200 Bridge... Read more

YOLO Adventures

YOLO Adventures provide amazing parasailing and sightseeing around Anna Maria Island. They have been operating in this area for 10 years, and are pleased to announce the opening of our second location. We will now be running trips from Bridge Tender Bar... Read more

Costal Water Sports

Since 1982, Coastal Watersports has been a family owned and operated recreational water sports facility, located directly on the Gulf Coast beaches of Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key, Florida. They offer exhilarating Jet Ski Rentals as well as Sailing, Kayaking,... Read more

Bradenton Beach Marina

A full service service resort marina located just off the Intracoastal Waterway on beautiful Anna Maria Island. Centrally located between Tampa Bay and Sarasota Bay,  just minutes from the Gulf of Mexico via Longboat Pass. A family owned and operated business,... Read more

M/V Minnow LLC

If you’re looking to sail around Anna Maria Island, visit Egmont Key, observe dolphins playing in the crystal clear waters of the Gulf on our dolphin tours, then you’ve come to the right place! Watch the sunset over the magnificent... Read more

Happy Paddler Kayak Tours & EcoVentures

The base of operation is the beloved Anna Maria Island but they venture far and wide to provide you with the best experience possible. They offer spectacular nature tours, romantic sunset and full moon tours, and kayak rentals. Specializing in tailor-made trips... Read more

Captain Kim’s Enterprises. Inc.

Set sail for fun and relaxation with boat rides and tours from Captain Kim’s Boat Rides and Charters. They provide all the excitement of the high seas without the hassle of renting or buying equipment. Just step onto their 30 ft. pontoon... Read more

Gnarly Mangrove

Hammers Down is a beautifully crafted French built boat. The twin hulls provide excellent seagoing qualities and the large fly bridge comfortably seats 6. Once aboard and out on the water the sea breeze seems to whisk stress away and... Read more

Bradenton Beach Parasailing, Inc.

The crystal clear waters off of Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach will be the starting point for your parasailing adventure.  Where up to three of you can fly together, soaring over the Gulf waters where you might see dolphin, turtles, fish,... Read more

The Ultimate Guide to Fishing from the Piers in Anna Maria Island

If you’re looking for things to do in Anna Maria Island, fishing should be toward the top of your list. It’s a family-friendly activity that just about anyone can participate in, and the island is full of tons of great... Read more

Salon Salon

Situated on Anna Maria, there are many other locations including Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach. Services provided include skin care, wedding styling, luxury spa treatments, nail care and so much more. Get your facials and manicures done by educated professionals... Read more

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A Guide to Bird Watching and Birds on Anna Maria Island, Florida

When you’re looking for things to do in Anna Maria Island, many of the most apparent options have to do with being outside. After all, the weather around here is gorgeous regardless of the season! Of course, you have the... Read more


Come out for a day of outdoor play in the trees at Southwest Florida’s only elevated adventure course. Bring the family, get together with friends or grab a group from the office for an adrenaline-pumping activity that has something fun... Read more

Tampa Bay Rays

Enjoy a major league Baseball game – watch the Tampa Bay Rays play at Tropicana field in Tampa.   Contact Information 1 Tropicana Dr St. Petersburg, FL 33705 P: (727) 825-3137 Read more

Seaduced Watercraft Adventures

Rent Pontoons or other Powerboats and start exploring the Anna Maria Island waters. If you are new to the area or to boating, you can even add a guide or captain for all or part of your adventure. We will... Read more

The Pops Orchestra in Sarasota

We were founded in 1975 as the Sarasota Community Orchestra under the direction of Arlene Stein. During that first year, the orchestra grew from five to thirty members. Today, The Pops Orchestra is comprised of more than sixty musicians including... Read more

Island Players

Founded in 1949, The Island Players, Inc. is an organization dedicated to providing artistic experiences for the communities of Anna Maria Island and its neighboring cities through the presentation of stage productions. The Island Players is the oldest community theater... Read more

AMI Concert Chorus & Orchestra

Known informally as “the gem of the Island” AMICCO is the centerpiece of the Bay Area’s extraordinary cultural life. Against a background of laid back old Florida, Anna Maria has produced an accomplished Chorus and Orchestra, which year after year... Read more

Anna Maria Fishing Charters / Dolphin Dreams

Captain Tom Chaya has been fishing Florida’s Anna Maria Island area – including Tampa Bay, Bradenton, Sarasota and Longboat Key – for over 30 years. His local knowledge will allow you the opportunity to fish the local Anna Maria waters... Read more

Aluna Wellness Center & Spa

Aluna Wellness is an eco-friendly holistic center offering acupuncture, massage, wellness treatments and organic skin care. The center boasts four treatment rooms, a relaxation and meditation room and a lovely zen garden located directly across from the beach. Our Anna... Read more

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Go Paddleboarding on Your AMI Vacation

Considering a vacation to Anna Maria Island? You’re in for a treat! Anna Maria Island, or AMI, is the perfect vacation destination for the whole family. Your group will love soaking up the sun on the beach, splashing around in... Read more

Native Rentals

Native Rentals provides kayaks and paddle boards for you to explore the Robinson Preserve located along Manatee Ave at the Palma Sola causeway.  Enter the Robinson preserve on your own and go on a guided tour through the mangroves in... Read more

H20 Watersportz

H2O offers boat rentals, charters, & tours. Spending the day exploring the waterways is exciting and fun aboard our roomy pontoon boats, Jetskis, or CraigCats. H2O watersportz really is a complete package of island excitement & adventure. We have veteran... Read more

Elite Parasail

See the beauty of Anna Maria Island from 500 feet!!!  Gently floating high above the clear, blue water of the Gulf of Mexico, you’ll see dolphins, turtles, rays, fish and stunning views of Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key and Lido... Read more

Walt Disney World

With so much to see and do, Disney World could be a day trip or a week long trip!  Parks include Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon. See website for hours and rates. Contact... Read more

Sea World Orlando

For more than 50 years, we have been a leading theme park and entertainment company delivering personal, interactive and educational experiences that blend imagination with nature and enable our guests to celebrate, connect with and care for the natural world... Read more

Busch Gardens Tampa

For more than 50 years, we have been a leading theme park and entertainment company delivering personal, interactive and educational experiences that blend imagination with nature and enable our guests to celebrate, connect with and care for the natural world... Read more

Body & Sol Spa

BODY and SOL day spa of Anna Maria Island is located on the second floor of the historic Old IGA building.  Come in and soak up some relaxation for your soul in our cozy atmosphere, where you will feel right... Read more

Acqua Aveda Salon & Spa

Winners of the People’s Choice Awards year after year for Best Day Spa and Best Hair Salon. Located in Historic Downtown Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island, the 2,600-sq-ft salon and spa is the perfect place to experience island renewal.... Read more

Roser Community Church

Roser Memorial Community Church is a congregation of Christian people from varying denominational backgrounds united in worship, learning, and service.  Enriched by the variety of our doctrinal and liturgical heritage, we respond to Christ’s claim on our lives for the... Read more

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

We are a community of God through faith in Jesus Christ’s love, mercy, and forgiveness serving community in the Anna Maria Island area since February 1, 1959 serving community with many ministry opportunities for persons to participate and serve community... Read more

CrossePointe Fellowship

CrossPointe Fellowship is an active, loving and welcoming church located on beautiful Anna Maria Island.  We are here to serve God and our neighbors. Activities and events abound for everyone, from youngsters to the young at heart. We are affiliated... Read more

Church of the Annunciation

The parishioners of the Church of the Annunciation value Fellowship and Outreach, in addition to Worship.  We enjoy meeting and welcoming visitors following our Sunday services with our Coffee Hour, which is a lot more than coffee.  There are a... Read more

Ringling Museum

In 1911, John Ringling and his wife, Mable purchased 20 acres of waterfront property in Sarasota, Florida.  Today, that investment welcomes visitors from around the globe with fine art, historic mansion, two circus museums and a jewel-box of a theater. ... Read more

Tampa Museum of Art

The Tampa Museum of Art opened its new award-winning home in 2010 with a commitment to providing innovative public programs with a strong focus on modern and contemporary art.  It is the region’s largest museum devoted to art of our... Read more

Florida Holocaust Museum

The Florida Holocaust Museum honors the memory of millions of innocent men, women and children who suffered or died in the Holocaust.  The Museum is dedicated to teaching the members of all races and cultures the inherent worth and dignity... Read more

Regal Cinemas Oakmont 8 Movie Theater

Contact Information 4801 Cortez Road West Bradenton, FL 34210 P: (941) 795-4106 Read more

Ruskins Family Drive-In Theatre

The Ruskin Family Drive-In Theatre, with over 50 years of continuous service to the Ruskin and South Hillsborough County, has been a community gathering place since its first movie, “Singing in the Rain” played in 1952. We call it the... Read more

Carmike Royal Palm 20

Carmike Royal Palm Cinemas is a 20 screen cinema offering the latest available movies. Contact Information 5125 26th Street East Bradenton, FL 34203 P: (941) 727-7469 Read more

The Fish Hole Miniature Golf

Get Hooked!  Come play a round on one of our 18 hole adventure golf courses  Located on Historic Bridge Street Anna Maria Island. Contact Information 115 Bridge Street Bradenton Beach, FL 34217 P: (941) 778-3388 Read more

Beach Horses

Horseback Riding on the Beach and HorseSurfing in Bradenton, FL – Experience the dream of riding a horse on a beach then riding your horse into Palma Sola Bay. You will have an opportunity to ride on a horse that... Read more

Manatee County Golf Course

Manatee County Golf Course, one of the area’s best public golf courses, is located on the west side of Bradenton near the beaches.  We were recently rated Four Stars by Golf Digest for our outstanding championship layout, course conditions, and... Read more

Waterlefe Golf & River Club

Waterlefe’s unrivaled natural setting along the Manatee River is composed of a collection of signature golf holes designed by course architect Ted McAnlis. The competitive layout presents a challenge for golfers of all skill levels. There are five sets of... Read more

The River Club

One round at The River Club in Bradenton will inspire you to return time and time again. This Golf Digest “Places to Play” Four Star Facility boasts a Ron Garl designed, 18-hole course perfect for seasoned golfers and beginners alike.... Read more

The Preserve Golf Club

The Preserve Golf Club features a Ted McAnlis signature championship golf course with Champion Ultra Dwarf Greens, the same greens surface used at the #1 ranked course in the state of Florida Seminole Golf Club and at the Atlanta Athletic... Read more

IMG Academy Golf Club

The natural beauty of IMG Academy Golf Club  is both rivaled and complimented by a great golf experience. Members, as well as current and future PGA and LPGA stars, can all improve their skills on the Club’s 18-hole championship layout.... Read more

Bobby Jones Golf Club

Bobby Jones Golf Club is the only golf facility located within the city limits of beautiful Sarasota, a golfing mecca nestled on the Gulf of Mexico coast just one hour south of Tampa, Florida. The facility sits on 325 contiguous... Read more

Anna Maria Island Health and Fitness Center

Looking for a place to work up a sweat, look no further than Anna Maria Island Health and Fitness.  Open 24 hours a day, offering group classes and personal training this will keep you on track throughout your vacation so... Read more

Island Fitness

The Islands full service fitness center, same location 7 years!  Group fitness classes, Yoga, Pilates, STEP, free weights, machines, personal training, and much more… Contact Information 5317 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach, FL 34217 P: (941) 778-5200 Read more

Rod & Reel Fishing Pier

Below the Rod & Reel Restaurant is the fishing pier where local and vacationers alike try their hand at making the big catch.  With available restrooms and a local pub below the restaurants you can grab a beverage and a... Read more

Island Discount Tackle

Since 1988, ISLAND DISCOUNT TACKLE, a family-owned and operated business, has been a leading resource for freshwater and salt water fishermen seeking the best tackle for their fishing experiences. Our selection is constantly expanding to include the most advanced rods,... Read more

Charters With Captain Allan Engel

Whether you are an experienced angler or a first timer, young or old, your job is to relax and have fun and my job is to take care of everything else.  It’s that simple. All you need to do is... Read more

Captain Matt Charters

It’s Time! Time for the best darn flats fishing on the entire Gulf coast. We are talking about Tampa Bay fishing and it is the ultimate in Florida inshore fishing where an angler can catch many of the well known... Read more

Ringling Bicycles

Ringling Bicycles is a full service, family owned bike shop. We’re here to help customers get the bike that best fits their individual cycling needs. We have great bikes, parts, and accessories. Whether you are a first time rider or... Read more

The Studio at Gulf and Pine

Anna Maria Island’s cultural art facility, The Studio at Gulf and Pine, offers an eclectic array of exhibits, instructional classes, and serves as a salon where artists and art aficionados interact. The Studio at Gulf and Pine also offers a... Read more

Island Gallery West

A rich variety of art by talented local and regional artists awaits the art lover at Island Gallery West. We’re located in Holmes Beach in the heart of Anna Maria Island on Florida’s Gulf Coast near Bradenton. The works of... Read more

Arts for the Earth

Arts For The Earth represents Eco Friendly Artists and Innovators. Visit our other top art galleries on Anna Maria Island and choose the best fit for you. Contact Information 308C Pine Avenue Anna Maria, FL 34216 P: (941) 243-3818 Read more

Artists Guild Gallery

The Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island, a non-profit organization, was formed in 1989 with Genevieve Alban as its founding President. The goal was to promote and support creative processes by bringing together all Artists – visual and performing and... Read more

South Florida Museum

South Florida Museum is the largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida’s Gulf Coast. The museum interprets the region from the Pleistocene to the present. Highlights include fossil evidence of Florida’s earliest mammals and marine species and the Montague... Read more

Mote Marine Laboratory

Mote Aquarium is proud to be accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and has met rigorous, professional standards for animal management, veterinary care, wildlife conservation and research, education, safety, staffing and more. At Mote, you can explore... Read more


  • 6000 Marina Drive
    Holmes Beach, FL 34217 USA