Anna Maria Island is a wonderful place to come and enjoy the beaches and or have a romantic getaway. Whatever the reason, you will find the sugar white coastline, emerald Gulf waters your next vacation destination.

Anna Maria Island called Paradise Island in its original form when it was discovered by local Indian tribes the Timucan and Caloosan American Indian tribes and then by Spanish explorers (including Hernando DeSoto) in the name of the Spanish Crown.

During the mid 1500s the Spanish Crown claimed the area after their discoveries of the area. The first resident of the island arrived in 1892 and by the early 1900s began developing the island by laying out streets, sidewalks, houses and a water system.

Many of the older, larger buildings were transported by barge. In 1921 a wooden bridge was constructed connecting the island with the mainland and the Bradenton Beach fishing pier is the western end of the original bridge.

There are three cities on Anna Maria Island,  Anna Maria, Holmes Beach, & Bradenton Beach. For years the only way to the Island was by boat. It was not until 1921 that Anna Maria was physically connected to the mainland by a wooden bridge that extended westward from the fishing village of Cortez to the Island. The Bradenton Beach fishing pier is the western end of that original bridge.

The Island is about 7 miles long and 2 miles wide at its widest point and some places much narrower than this. You will be amazed at the brilliant and spectacular colors of its sunset views over the Gulf of Mexico. It is near Longboat Key, Florida. The entire atmosphere of the island is casual and come as you are for fun and games. It is one of the top tourist destinations in Florida.

Anna Maria offers quaint shopping areas and many restaurants ranging from “island ambience” to white tablecloth.

If fishing and boating is your love,  the island offers many marinas, boat ramps and fishing piers such as the historic Rod and Reel Pier and the Anna Maria City Pier.

Entertainment and Recreation

Anna Maria Island is truly a tropical paradise found! With an amazing abundance of plants and wildlife, fishing areas and miles of sandy beaches – what’s not to love? No high rises, no fast food chains, not many traffic lights, just a laid back, casual and unhurried lifestyle. What a slice of Florida history!

Heron just standing by the pier waiting for his fish!

Along Anna Maria Island you will see a line of local cafes and ice cream shops for your relaxing pleasures. You might want to visit the art galleries and art exhibitions, spas, the theater or museums, vineyard tours and wine tasting in the area. Checkout the  Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce

If fishing and boating is your love, the island offers many marinas, boat ramps and fishing piers such as the historic Rod and Reel Pier and the Anna Maria City Pier.

Throughout the island, narrow winding streets give way to lush tropical growth that embellishes a mixture of contemporary and historic buildings. Anglers of all ages fish from rustic piers while sailboats skim the azure blue coastline. Anna Maria Island is an “Old Florida” beach resort that families love to visit year after year.

With an island of about 27 miles of Beaches, a coastline of 150 miles, an area of about 740 miles and a population of about 1,822 this would be a haven for retirees and for couples who want an easier and calmer way of life.  For the ones who pick Anna Maria Island for their vacation destination, it hosts a wonderful walking tour for sightseers.

A Bicycle Touring Adventure

A bicycle touring adventure on Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key is about having fun, meeting people, viewing incredible scenery and improving your mental and physical health.

Whether you are new to bicycle touring or someone who has already experienced many great bike touring adventures, Fun and More Bicycle Rentals makes touring these Florida gems easy.


A Scooter Touring Adventure

Whether you are looking for an exciting sightseeingadventure around the Island or a laid back Islandcruise, Island Scooter Rentals provide the cooland comfortable way to ride with wind in your hairand the sun on your face.




A Free Trolley Touring Adventure

Hop on our free island trolley if you want to explore Anna Maria.It’s a quaint andeasy way to see all that Anna Maria has to offer. Get off anywhere and hop back on whenyou want to continue. Check out the website for a video and more info Anna Maria Trolley



Some pictures I took of the island and Rotten Ralph Restaurant


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I will be posting Restaurants soon!  The picture of the Herod was taken by me..



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