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What is Anna Maria Island Known For?

Located just south of Tampa is one of Florida’s best kept secrets—Anna Maria Island. Called AMI by locals, this sweet 7-mile long run of beach is Florida at its best. Anna Maria Island is surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico,... Read more

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Vacation Rentals vs. Hotels for a Family Vacation

Looking to take a family vacation in the Anna Maria Island area? Worried about staying at a large chain hotel? Lizzie Lu’s Island Retreat is a great vacation rental option for you and your family. Our goal is to give... Read more

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What is the History of Anna Maria Island, FL?

Looking to vacation in Anna Maria Island for your next getaway? Your family will have tons to see and do, including learning about the fascinating history. Here, we’ve broken down a brief history of Anna Maria Island and its towns.... Read more

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Rent a Golf Cart and Explore Anna Maria Island Like a Local

Getting around Anna Maria Island does not require a car. Far from it! Visitors to AMI can have a more eco-friendly, affordable experience just by renting golf carts! Cruising the island in a golf cart is practically a staple of... Read more

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Why Should You Visit Manatee Public Beach on Your Vacation to Anna Maria Island?

Are you looking for a fun, laidback beach to visit during your stay in an AMI vacation rental? Manatee Public Beach can be found at 4000 State Road 64 and Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach. You will find a parking... Read more

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What is the Weather Like in Anna Maria Island?

While you are staying in one of our Anna Maria Island pet-friendly rentals, you will likely notice just how fantastic the weather is here. But is every day really that nice? What exactly is the weather like in any given... Read more

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6 Popular Water Birds of Anna Maria Island

When you need a break from the events in Anna Maria Island, relax on the beach and meet some of our beautiful shorebirds. These families love making stops on our beaches while migrating and can also be found inland. Just... Read more

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5 Fun Places to Shop for Souvenirs in Anna Maria Island

You’ve finished booking your Anna Maria Island vacation rentals, and now you’re ready to learn about the souvenir shops the island has to offer. Since this is a major tourist destination, you can reasonably expect to find a plethora of... Read more

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What Do You Do If You Get Stung By A Jellyfish?

Come on down to the beaches of Anna Maria Island, where the water glows blue, the sands are as white and soft as can be, and sea turtles can be found often nestled up in the brush at night. It’s... Read more

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How to Build a Sandcastle with Your Kids

Have you ever wanted to build a stupendously tall sandcastle? Us too! It has been a dream of ours to create a huge sandcastle that can be admired across the world over. While that has yet to be realized, we... Read more


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    Holmes Beach, FL 34217 USA