Anna Maria Island is an absolute treasure. The dream beaches cannot help but to captivate, and the commercial centre endear. Every visitor returns home from an Anna Maria Island villa with a different memory, whether it is of the unbelievable Floridian sunsets or the endless coral sand beaches stretching into the horizon, but one thing is for sure, you will fall in love with this remarkable place during your stay. Located on a long spit jutting out into the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Anna Maria Island is more than simply a world class beach holiday spot.
Anna Maria Island is not your usual theme park ridden Florida destination. Instead, it is a peaceful city located on the end of a long spit on Florida’s Central Gulf Coast, where discerning visitors are left to enjoy the natural and cultural splendour of the area under their own steam. There are still plenty of green areas in Anna Maria Island, and nature seems to mingle perfectly with the laid back Floridian lifestyle which has embedded itself so thoroughly here.
The beaches which create a gleaming white outline to Anna Maria Island are, of course, a massive attraction for those looking to rent a self catering holiday property. There are many miles of powder soft sands from which to choose your spot in the sun, and the vast majority is backed by promenades filled with award winning restaurants, bars and little shops.
Anna Maria City is largely residential, with a few small shops, bars and eateries scattered among the luxury villas, providing residents with a real community feel. Even collecting your post is a social occasion in Anna Maria, and you will be hard pushed to find a friendlier community.
Bradenton Beach at the southern tip of the spit is a luxurious place to be, with the largest beach on Anna Maria Island. The fishing pier at the end of Bradenton Beach is one of the best places to fish on Anna Maria Island. There is even a glorious 18 hole Anna Maria Island golf course situated here. If you need a round of golf in Anna Maria Island, there are 50 golf courses on the mainland within a short drive, so you should not be short of options for Anna Maria Island golf.
The climate of Anna Maria Island, Florida is something you do not need to check before catching your flight as conditions are nearly always exceptional! You can almost guarantee daily peaks will be in the 30’s (˚C) during the day, as average monthly temperatures vary between 23˚C in January and 33˚C in August.
Your enjoyment of an Anna Maria Island holidays will be increased if you have a hire car, as once you get off the spit, Florida’s attractions are widespread. The closest airport to an Anna Maria Island holiday rental villa is Sarasota Bradenton International (SRQ), just 20km away. There are no direct flights to Sarasota Bradenton from the UK, but there are many connections to the airport and Orlando International (MCO) is not far, and receives direct flights from London on a regular basis.