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10 Things to Put on Your Beach Bucket List

There are hundreds of different beach activities available to you right on Anna Maria Island. It’s a beach enthusiast’s playful paradise.

Step right outside any of the Anna Maria Island vacation rentals to find a world waiting to be explored. Below are the top 10 things to do on the beach which you can knock right off 2018’s beach bucket list.

There are hundreds of different beach activities available to you right on Anna Maria Island

1. Surf Florida’s West Coast

Rent a surfboard from West Coast Surf Shop and finally get your feet wet over a surfboard in the Gulf of Mexico. The shop offers some helpful training and some equipment rental, depending on how far you want to take it.

2. Stand Up Paddle Board by Robinson Preserve

Rent a standup paddleboard from Kayak Jacks Paddlesports and finally see the Florida water from a little higher of a view. You can take your paddleboard through the mangroves and waterways of the Robinson Preserve or just bring them to the coast for a free run wherever you want and however far from the beach you want to go.

3. Parasail over the Gulf

This new year is finally your chance to take to the skies in a parasail. Soar over the Gulf of Mexico, spotting dolphins, manatees if you’re lucky, and quiet Anna Maria Island beachside rentals while the wind whips through your hair. Hold on tight.

Bradenton Beach Parasailing (200 Bridge St #3) offers cost-affordable parasailing options for groups. They are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day.

4. See a Symphony on the Sand

The famous and annual Symphony on the Sand is one of the most spectacular experiences you can have on the beach. The massive symphony settles in Bradenton Beach for a nearly three-hour show over wine, cocktails, and gourmet seafood.

Don’t miss this annual event, which usually happens in the fall. You can get more details by calling the Anna Maria Island Chamber at (941) 778-1541.

5. Bike Ride Coquina Beach’s Path

Rent a bike from Fun and More Rentals and head over to Coquina Beach for one of the most scenic bike trails in Florida. You will find satisfying views over some smooth sands on this family-friendly activity.

There are hundreds of different beach activities available to you right on Anna Maria Island

6. Visit Bean Point

Find stunning and isolated views at Bean Point. This small and adventurous coastal tip is Anna Maria Island’s westernmost (and northernmost) point into the Gulf of Mexico and also the site of the former homestead of the island’s founder.

7. Have a Sand Castle Contest

You can visit any of the area’s significant and popular beaches, including Coquina or Manatee Public Beach to build an epic sand castle or make a fun little competition among your group. This latest family vacation is your chance.

8. Segway on the Sand

If you never tried a Segway tour, you can visit Zegway by the Bay in Holmes Beach for the opportunity. Take a guided tour through the trails or just trek along the coast on these fast and fun devices.

9. Explore Your Inner Peace with Beach Yoga

What better place to discover yoga than at the beach? Beach Yoga, through resources such as Thrive Yoga and Fitness, will offer you a wonderful opportunity to find inner peace and comfort with a quiet group right on the shore.

Utilize their courses in back pain management, anxiety relief, and other self-care specialties for your next getaway. You can book a class by calling (941) 979-7065.

10. Swim Near a Dolphin or See One

Bottle-nosed dolphins off the coast of Anna Maria Island are playful, outgoing, and more than willing to head close to shore for a show.

If you join a dolphin cruise or just keep a keen eye out to the waters, you may find the opportunity to swim near them on your next family vacation.

At the very least you will want to see these incredible creatures up close, as they are found in plentiful numbers throughout the year.

Check out our current list of available Anna Maria pet-friendly vacation rentals to accommodate you during your beach adventure here.

With so many new beach activities to enjoy, you are guaranteed to create many lasting memories. And you can check some of the above activities off your adventurous beach bucket list!