A Visitor’s Guide For The Ultimate Spring Vacation On Anna Maria Island

Spring is the perfect time to visit Anna Maria Island, a stunning destination on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Anna Maria Island is a small barrier island located in Manatee County, Florida. It is one of the most popular vacation destinations on the Gulf Coast and attracts millions of visitors yearly.

With its pristine beaches, local culture, and numerous outdoor activities, this island paradise offers something for everyone during the lovely spring season.

About Anna Maria Island

This barrier island is the perfect place to escape from the hectic pace of everyday life. Stretching seven miles long, Anna Maria Island offers breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico. Anna Maria is the northernmost city known for its small-town feel and old Florida charm. Enjoy charming boutiques, delicious restaurants, and beautiful streets perfect for afternoon strolls. Whether you’re looking for a quiet retreat in Anna Maria, a mix of beachside fun in Holmes Beach, or a vibrant city environment in Bradenton Beach, Anna Maria Island has it all. Come and experience the warm hospitality, stunning views, and unique charm that make this island a paradise. 

Anna Maria Island Spring Weather

Spring on Anna Maria Island is a delightful time to visit, with comfortable temperatures and plenty of sunshine. Average temperatures range between 70°F and 80°F (21°C to 27°C), making it the perfect weather for outdoor activities and enjoying the beach. Spring on Anna Maria Island is a well-kept secret; you won’t have to fight through crowds, and you’ll have the luxury of enjoying the island at a more relaxed and leisurely pace. Take your time exploring the charming shops, indulging in the local cuisine, and enjoying the laid-back island atmosphere.

Things To Do in Anna Maria Island 

Explore Local Gardens & Parks

Anna Maria Island is not just about the beach — it also offers stunning natural beauty through gardens and parks.

Robinson Preserve

With over 600 acres of preserved land, this park offers nature trails, kayaking tours, and breathtaking views of Manatee River. Prepare for a journey with stunning views, nature trails, and thrilling kayaking adventures. As you enter Robinson Preserve, get ready to be amazed by the beauty of untouched nature.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Located just across the bridge in Sarasota, this botanical garden showcases a stunning collection of tropical plants and offers educational programs and events. From exotic orchids to towering palms, each plant shows the diverse beauty found in nature.

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Local Farmers Markets

Anna Maria Island is not just about pristine beaches and breathtaking sunsets but also about its fresh, locally-grown produce. Exploring the island’s farmers’ markets is a must for those who enjoy fresh food and the joy of supporting local businesses.

Bridge Street Market

At Bridge Street Market, you’ll be greeted by a lively atmosphere. This market showcases fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables. It’s a paradise for food lovers, where farm-to-table goodness takes center stage. Local artisans showcase their creative talents, offering unique handmade jewelry, stunning paintings, and intricate pottery. It’s a perfect opportunity to find that unique souvenir or a one-of-a-kind gift that will forever remind you of your island getaway.

Coquina Beach Market 

This lively Anna Maria Island farmers market takes place every Sunday at Coquina Beach, on the scenic southern end of Anna Maria Island, with an impressive 80 vendors showcasing their unique products. This market is open on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, so you have plenty of opportunities to check it out during your island getaway. At the Coquina Beach Market, you can find everything from fresh seafood straight from the Gulf to handmade crafts that make perfect gifts for loved ones back home. You can even enjoy live music as you browse! 

Bradenton Farmers Market

Bradenton Farmers Market, running from October through May, takes place every Saturday morning through afternoon, giving you the perfect opportunity to enjoy the local experience. Local farmers proudly display fresh produce, tempting you with juicy fruits and crisp, leafy greens. Talented artisans showcase their creations, from handcrafted jewelry to breathtaking paintings. It’s the perfect place to find that unique piece that will remind you of your island getaway for years to come. Live music is often performed, creating a lively atmosphere for your shopping excursion.

Anna Maria City Pier Market

This market takes place on the City Pier overlooking the bay, offering visitors a stunning view while they shop for fresh produce. Stop by every Tuesday from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm. Whether you’re looking for something special to bring back home or want to treat yourself to a little island memento, this market has got you covered. It’s a one-stop shop for all your island shopping desires.

Plan Your Visit

Ready to start planning your spring vacation to paradise? Browse our properties or contact the team at Lizzie Lu’s Island Retreat to find the perfect AMI vacation rental for your trip, and book today!

Annual Spring Events

Spring on Anna Maria Island is filled with exciting activities and festivals, so there are plenty of Anna Maria Island events for everyone to enjoy! 

Spring Fest

This annual event celebrates the arrival of spring with live music, arts and crafts, food vendors, and family-friendly activities. It’s a great way to experience the local culture and enjoy the beautiful weather.

Book Your Anna Maria Island Rentals with Lizzie Lu’s Island Retreat

Consider booking your AMI vacation rental with Lizzie Lu’s Island Retreat to make the most of your spring vacation on Anna Maria Island. We offer many luxurious and comfortable rentals, from 1 to 2-bedroom cozy beach cottages to spacious 3 to 4-bedroom beachfront homes. Whether you’re looking for an AMI beachfront vacation rental or AMI rentals near the farmers market or other attractions, Lizzie Lu’s Island Retreat has you covered.

Anna Maria Island is an ideal destination for a spring vacation. From stunning beaches to local gardens and farmers’ markets to exciting events, this Gulf Coast gem offers a memorable experience for all visitors. So pack your bags, soak up the sun, and explore all that Anna Maria Island offers when you book your stay with Lizzie Lu’s Island Retreat!