A Day at Anna Maria Island

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Anna Maria Island
Manatee County, Florida, United States of America

Every time we visit Florida, my friends and I love to explore a part of the state that we wouldn’t traditionally visit. Last year, we took a trip to Crystal River to swim with manatees on a friend’s recommendation (which you can read about here), and then when that same friend mentioned Anna Maria Island to me in the midst of planning earlier this year, we couldn’t resist figuring out a trip to the water.

On the west coast of Florida, just south of Tampa sits Anna Maria Island – accessible by a driveable bridge on the 684. I was entranced by how gorgeous the Gulf of Mexico was – with the beautiful blue-green water splashing against the shore. It was so warm, too! Which was great since it gave some relief to the intense heat. The beach stretches across the entirety of the island – starting at the northern tip of Bean Point and finishing south with Bradenton Beach.

The white sand makes you feel like you’re in the Caribbean and the beachy foliage definitely made me think we weren’t just a 2 hours drive from Orlando.

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The Island is made up of a mix of concrete and dirt roads and where you’d usually find that the weather closer to the shore is cooler than inland, the day that we visited just so happened to be an absolute scorcher, and even though it was October, the heat mixed with the humidity put the temperature towards 40 Celsius – which was balmy, especially for an Englander who’s lucky to get 15 degrees during Autumn!

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We explored the retail stretches of Anna Maria – picking up cute tees from Two Sides of Nature and visiting the local convenience stores. I loved how the outside of the stores looked – and the houses, too. Part of me would love to live in a beach community like this one, it just looks so much fun!

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During our time on the Island, we grabbed lunch at a restaurant called The Waterfront, which overlooks Anna Maria City Pier. I can’t even begin to explain how delicious the food here was – I grabbed garlic bread to start and then the garden risotto for my main – while Clare and Kim both ate seafood!

The staff were absolutely lovely and dining on the porch watching the world tick by was a brilliant way to spend time on Anna Maria without the worry of getting sunburnt (also, I’m forever grateful of America’s unlimited refills perks, so having liquids constantly topped up while you were at the restaurant meant that you didn’t have to worry about dehydrating!)

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In total, I absolutely loved every second spent on Anna Maria Island, and have already raved about it to Scott so much that he’s said we should revisit when we return to the Sunshine State in March! Eek! I hope you’ve had a lovely week, I can’t wait to tell you guys all about my other adventures while in one of my favourite places in the entire world!

Have you ever visited Anna Maria Island?

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  • Ashley

    Beautiful pictures! Looks like you had a great time!

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  • Juliana Grace

    I live in Orlando and sadly have never been here! I will have to take maybe a weekend to go over soon. Glad you got to experience a Floridian “Fall” haha! Great post! Thanks for the recommendations!

    xoxo,
    Juliana Grace | http://www.julianagraceblogspace.com

    • Thank-you for the lovely comment Juliana! I absolutely loved the Floridian Fall, I wish I could have stayed for longer! Ha! It’s such a beautiful place. I hope you’ve had a wonderful Monday!

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  • Seems like you had an amazing time, the photos are beautiful!

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  • It looks like you really enjoyed the time there! Really nice photos!

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  • Lauren Scorzafava

    This looks amazing! Thanks for sharing!

    xx
    Lauren Elizabeth
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  • Merel van Poorten

    Wow!! These pictures look amazing!! Looks like such a fun trip.

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  • These are amazing pictures and looks like you had a great time, man I’d sure love a vacation right about now!

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    • Thank-you Zoe, I really appreciate it! I hope you’re having a lovely week – and get that vacation sooner rather than later, ha ha!

  • Ahh Anna Maria is where my family have a beach house. It’s lovely! If you’re looking for a place that is gorgeous and much more secluded, you should absolutely check out Boca Grande. It’s my favourite place in Florida (being a FL native).

    • I’ll definitely write that down! Boca Grande, thanks so much for the advice! I can’t wait to go and check it out! And thank-you for the lovely comment Alex, I hope you have a great end to your week!

  • Kim

    This island is too cute! I love the way you’ve edited your photos. Aha do you guys not have unlimited refills in the U.K.?

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    • Thank-you Kim, I really appreciate that! Unfortunately not – for some reason restaurants are really stingy with their refills here! Ha ha!

  • Thank-you for the lovely comment Barbara! I hope you’ve had a great day!