Anna Maria Beach provides no facilities but, the tranquility of this stretch of sand is exceptional for the mind and for the soul. A short stroll from your brightly colored towel will lead to a landmark on the island called Sandbar Restaurant. You’ll find tables right in the sand affording spectacular views of Tampa Bay, the Skyway Bridge, St. Petersburg and don’t forget those remarkable sunsets! The beach is huge and extends around the tip of the island. Narrow streets may hamper weekend parking. So, arrive early.
Free Parking is available in a lot at the corner of Spring Ave. and Gulf Drive.
The vacation rentals on Anna Maria Island vary from apartment efficiencies and motel rooms to cottages and rental condominiums. The atmosphere is relaxing and casual with plenty of good restaurants, performing arts and quaint little shops. What makes Anna Maria so attractive to visitors is its private island feel ….so book early and go back in time on this little island paradise. RECOMMENDED ACCOMMODATIONS
DIRECTIONS: From Sarasota/Bradenton airport, go north on Tamiami Trail (US 41) to Cortez Rd. Turn Left (west) on Cortez, go to the traffic light at 75th Street, then turn Right (north) and continue until the traffic light at Manatee Ave. Turn Left (west), go over drawbridge, through a traffic light to Stop Sign. Turn Right (north) on Gulf Drive to northern end of Anna Maria Island. Park in lot at Spring Ave. & Gulf Drive. Stroll north or south along Anna Maria Beach.
From I-75, Take exit #219, go west through downtown Bradenton. Continue on Manatee Ave., go over drawbridge, through a traffic light to Stop Sign. Turn Right (north) on Gulf Drive to northern end of Anna Maria Island. Park in lot at Spring Ave. & Gulf Drive. Stroll north or south along Anna Maria Beach.