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Where is Anna Maria Island Located?

Anna Maria Island is a great vacation destination for you and your family. This small island is still a hidden gem of Florida, meaning there aren’t many crowds, allowing you to escape the hustle and bustle. Many people wonder, however, where Anna Maria Island is located. Here’s a total breakdown of how to get to AMI, including directions to Anna Maria Island from a number of nearby destinations. 


Anna Maria Island is a barrier island on the coast of Manatee County, Florida. Adjacent islands to Anna Maria Island include Key Royale and Longboat Key.

Anna Maria Island is divided into three cities: the city of Anna Maria in the North, Holmes Beach in the middle, and Bradenton Beach in the South. 

Anna Maria Island is surrounded by the Intracoastal Waterway, Tampa Bay, and the Gulf of Mexico. On these shorelines, you’ll find some of the most picturesque beaches in the United States. These beaches make Anna Maria Island a wonderful tourist destination for families and groups of all sizes.

Aerial of AMI

Closest Airports

There are several major airports near Anna Maria Island. The island is just 18 miles from the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, about a half-hour drive. It’s also just 50 miles from the Tampa International Airport, about an hour-long journey. The Orlando International Airport is also an option, albeit a longer drive at about 2 hours. Looking to transfer to Anna Maria Island from a local airport? You can also come in from the Saint Petersburg Airport, 36 miles away, or Venice Beach which is a mere 47 miles away. With so many ways to travel into the island, it’s easy to get to any of our Anna Maria Island vacation rentals!

Plan Your Vacation

Looking for the perfect Anna Maria rental? From our wide selection of Anna Maria Island vacation rentals, we are sure you will find exactly what you are looking for the next family vacation!


Traveling from Tampa is a lovely, scenic drive, making it a great way to start your vacation. On this drive, you will pass by the Skyway Bridge, which is a fantastic local attraction. To get to Anna Maria Island from the airport, you will follow signs from the airport toward I-275 South. You will follow this road toward Saint Petersburg and toward the Howard Franklin Bridge. Once you have passed the Skyway Bridge, you will follow signs for Route 19 South toward Bradenton/Palmetto. You will continue on this path until you pass over the Manatee River Bridge. From there, you will take a right at Manatee Avenue and follow that straight until it takes you to the island.

Leaving from Sarasota Airport? Not a problem. Take the US-41 exit from the airport towards University Parkway. You will then take the next right onto the Tamiami Trail. Then, take a left on the 53rd trail to the intersection at Cortez Road until the road becomes 75th street. Once you are there, proceed to the intersection of Manatee Avenue and turn right. Once you have crossed over the causeway, you have reached the island. 

Aerial of AMI and pier at night

To get to Anna Maria Island from the Orlando airport, make your way onto FL-417 Toll S. Follow the road through the toll booths and head toward I-4 W, which you’ll take for about 50 miles. You’ll then merge onto I-75 S toward Naples for an additional 33 miles. Take exit 228 for I-275 N toward St. Petersburg, then follow exit 2 to US-41 S / S Tamiami Trail. From there, just turn right onto FL-64 W, follow for 9 miles, and you’ve made it to AMI!

Based on its geographical location around so many bodies of water and close proximity to other islands, Anna Maria Island is a great travel destination for a family holiday or romantic getaway. Worried about traveling to the island? No problem! Since Anna Maria Island neighbors three major airports and many smaller local airports that you can transfer to, there is never a shortage of ways to get to your travel destination. 

If you’re looking for places to stay on Anna Maria Island, we’ve got you covered! Contact us today for more information on all of our accommodations.