Top 5 Things to See and Do on Anna Maria Island

  1. RENT A BIKE – The cities on Anna Maria Island have bike paths that make it easy to traverse the populated areas. The city of Bradenton Beach (cityofbradentonbeach.com) has 5 miles of bike paths and bike lanes along Gulf Drive, connecting to more than 50 miles of similar lanes across the island, as well as more on Longboat Key. Anna Maria City is bike friendly as well, with minimal traffic and shaded streets meandering through the quaint village. The neighborhood of Longboat Key has a 9.47 – mile bike path that takes cyclists over the bridge into Anna Maria Island with a cruise along Coquina and Cortez Beaches. On the Longboat side, there is a 10 mph speed limit and cyclists are required to have a bell to ring for pedestrians. You find many providers for bike renting on the island.
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  3. top 5 things on anna mariaBEAN POINT – We are letting you in on a secret that very few locals have even visited! Bean Point is on the northernmost point of Anna Maria Island. Breathtaking beauty and one of the purest beaches you will ever see In your life. White sand, blue water, and out in the distance you get a beautiful view of the Sunshine Skyway bridge. It is relatively secluded due to the fact that it isn’t exactly easy to find or get to. Follow Marina Drive North, right on Pine Avenue, left on N. Bay Blvd. You will dead end into where you need to be. You can see there are two openings with signs about the riptide that you can follow through past properties and into a clearing that will make your heart skip a beat! Finding LEGAL parking will take a few minutes. Follow parking signs! And if possible, walk there, or ride a bike! Enjoy!
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  5. FARMERS MARKETS – The Bridge Street Market has become a Bradenton Beach tradition. Located at 107 Bridge Street, this outdoor market is a place to find local artwork, crafts, produce, special gifts, music and more. The market is held Sunday’s, November-April weekly. Come enjoy the Beach Market at Coquina Beach every Sunday, except Easter Sunday. The market is a great place to find island treasures, fresh produce, arts and crafts, jewelry, apparel, pottery, purses, collectibles, health and beauty items and much more. Ride the free trolley or there is plenty of free parking. Manatee County does not allow dogs anywhere in the Coquina Park. The market is stroller, walker and wheelchair accessible.
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  7. BOAT TOUR – Enjoy 90 minutes on a narrated boat tour of the Intra-coastal Waterway. Check out tons of wildlife including dolphins, manatees and special species of birds. The tour offered by Paradise Boat Tours take off on the south end of the island at 10am, noon and 2pm. Make sure you call and ask about sunset cruises! You can call 941-465-8624. Or book online at www.paradiseboattours.com. You can’t beat $30 and a guided tour of paradise! The kids will love it!
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  9. SUNSET – We hate to state the obvious here, but our guests are simply not allowed to leave without experiencing an Anna Maria Island sunset! Grab your own beach chairs and a plastic tumbler of something fruity and head over to the beach to enjoy the peaceful drop of the sun into the Gulf. If you are looking for a more dramatic sunset, check out the beachfront restaurants like The Beach House, Sand Bar or Gulf Drive Café! Enjoy a cold drink, excited chatter and even a round of applause when the sun makes its final destination!
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