Anna Maria Island is a quaint barrier island with a seven-mile strip of beautiful white-sand beaches between the Gulf of Mexico and peninsular Florida. Beautiful turquoise waters and white sandy beaches are the main attraction here. It is a place where “old” Florida charm can still be found, flip flops are a way of life and the speed limit never exceeds 35mph. Talk about a laid-back lifestyle!
The island is made up of three cities including Anna Maria, Holmes Beach, and Bradenton Beach. Each part of the island has its own unique charm and appeal from restaurants to attractions, dining, activities and so much more. Strict regulations govern the type of buildings and businesses allowed on Anna Maria Island, giving it an old-time feel.
For example, in the small resort city of Anna Maria, Pine Avenue is lined with shops, galleries and eateries. High rise condos and fast food restaurants are pleasantly absent from the pristine “get away from it all” island. Accommodations and restaurants offer something for everyone; from quaint cottages by the sea to deluxe suites, from million-dollar villas to rustic cottages al available to call home.
Living on Anna Maria Island offers a laid back quality of life you won’t find anywhere else. There are frequent art fairs, festivals, parades, fundraising events, beach cleanup and turtle watch walks, an active community center and so much more. Anna Maria Island has a unique, vibrant culture with so many wonderful residents who are dedicated to ensure the quaint island on the Gulf remains close-knit, charming, and pristine.
Anna Maria Island may only be about 7 miles long but it has everything you need! Physician’s offices, eateries, banks, pharmacies, farmers markets and grocery stores, a free trolley, bike lanes, and a top-notch elementary school as well! Often times you can get most everything you need without even going on to the mainland. On AMI, as it is often referred, residents like to live on island time and it truly feels like Old Florida. But that does not mean it’s left in the past when it comes to high quality programs and services!
There’s a reason why National Geographic recently named the Bradenton-Sarasota-AMI area the 14th happiest place to live in the United States! Come see for yourself!