Good morning everyone! If you didn’t know, at the beginning of last month, Scott and I took a trip out to Florida to spend a week bathing in the sun. I’ve held off on posting too much about it because I wanted my blog posts to coincide with the YouTube videos that will be going live – which is why I’m only just now getting round to chatting about Anna Maria Island!
On the west coast of Florida, AMI is a little paradise cove that you get to by driving through a town called Bradenton, south of Sarasota. There’s so much to see and do on the island that I thought I’d wrap up some of my favourite places that Scott and I visited while there last month.
My vlog from our road trip to the island went live on YouTube last night, which you can check out here – but today I wanted to chat about my favourite places to go when I’m on AMI time since this wasn’t my first visit! *P.S. You can read about my last trip to the Island in October here*
Beach Bums Rentals
Beach Bums is where we rented bikes while we were on the island. In October, we didn’t actually research enough to figure out how to get around – and ended up driving, parking, exploring on foot – then hopping back in the car, driving somewhere else and exploring again. For ease (and experience) I definitely recommend just ditching your car at this car park at the top of Pine Avenue, then walking down to Beach Bums, renting a bike and spending the rest of your day riding around the island and going from location to location (you get a bike-lock included and nearly all places have places to chain them up outside!)
The Donut Experiment
Okay, I’m diving straight into the food now. If you’re not new to the blog, you’ll probably know that Scott and I have (very) sweet teeth, meaning that we will happily go from dessert place to dessert place loading our plates with all of the sugar, chocolate and delicious dough that we can get our hands on. What we loved about the Donut Experiment is that you can customise each doughnut you order to your own tastes. When you walk in you collect an order form that has a range of doughs across the top, and different toppings you can add to your creations down the side.
Scott and I made Maple Sea Salt, Peanut Butter and Caramel Drizzle, Graham Cracker and Chocolate, Original Glazed (always a classic!), Cookies and Creme and Chocolate with Chocolate Sprinkles. The doughnuts were really light and delicious – they reminded me of the type you’d get on the pier of a seaside town. Perfect for a day exploring, or a snack along the way!
Next door to the Donut Experiment is Poppos Tacqueria. We visited here off Steph’s recommendation, and I was so glad we did! Scott and I both love Mexican cuisine, and the burrito I ordered was no-joke the size of my arm almost! Scott got the chicken quesadillas, and he said they were great too!
At Poppos, you can sit outside on the porch – so we relaxed with a big glass of ice water, our food and watched the day meander by!
While we’re talking about food, I’ll round off this section by touching on Hometown Desserts. HD is located on the opposite end of Pine Avenue, and offers a bunch of different cakes made fresh each day in store. While we were here I got the chocolate fudge cake, and Scott got a slice of key lime pie (whenever we’re in America, Scott absolutely loves eating key lime pie – since they don’t sell it here in England as much, which is a real shame!). Both were absolutely delicious and had that homemade taste to them.
Honestly, I could just eat dessert all day every day if it wasn’t so bad for you. #nopainnogain
The Waterfront Restaurant
When Clare, Kim and I visited AMI last October, we parked outside the Waterfront and popped in for some lunch. We sat out on the covered porch, underneath the air-fans and drank iced water, ate (the best) garlic bread and looked out over the Gulf and the iconic (but sadly closed due to Irma damage) pier of Anna Maria.
I ordered the garden risotto, and both Kim and Clare both got seafood – from a bucket of mussels to start, then fish tacos for Clare’s mains and the crab burger for Kim’s.
When you’re on Anna Maria Island, there’s no way you can’t visit the beach. Looking out over the Gulf of Mexico, the warm water lapping against the shore and the manatees out on the horizon – it’s idyllic. Whether you’re wandering down the coast for a leisurely stroll, or topping up your tan lay on the sand – I can’t recommend enough spending some time with yourself and your loved ones taking in the breathtaking scenery around you. It truly feels like paradise.
Have you ever visited Anna Maria Island? If so, where is your favourite place on the island? I’d love to know! Thank-you so much for reading, if you’re interested in more posts from my time in Florida, be sure to click here.