Often when visiting a new destination, we are faced with the daunting task of finding things to do while staying somewhere we do not know as well as home. A number of questions come about with possibly little to no way to find the answers without risking the void of search engine results.
What are the best restaurants?
What are the most popular sights to see?
What kinds of things are there for my family to do together?
What are some of the local events that are happening during my vacation?
These questions and many more come up frequently when we are discussing travel plans with our guests. Especially those who have never travelled to Anna Maria Island before. The best way to answer these is by knowing the island in an out. Sometimes the best answers and the most unique trips happen when you take the lesser travelled path. This path can sometimes be the one that the locals know, but are often shy to share.
Now, without giving too many Anna Maria Island secrets away, we have provided a great guide to having the most FUN that you can while visiting our great little island!
When it comes to restaurants, there really are not too many cheesy "tourist traps" on our island. The island hosts many local-owned dining establishments and each one has their own unique flare. As long as you are ready to eat, you will definitely be able to find something delicious while vacationing. If you need a full guide to the restaurants on Anna Maria Island, be sure to check out our restaurant guide blog.
Some of the best sights to see on Anna Maria Island are often hidden coves found when wandering the island by a bike rented from an Anna Maria Island bike rental company. Bobbing and weaving between the small island roads is an easy way to see the local gems that this island has to offer. This is definitely one of the best ways to get to know our island's best beach access points. This is especially a great way to see Bean Point, one of the most beautiful beaches of the west coast of Florida.
Many of those who visit the island will stick to their regular spots without venturing much further. If this is the case for you and your family, you may want to hop on an Anna Maria Island golf cart rental and explore a bit more. Bayfront park is a great spot to take the family when down here. This park is located between the two piers at the north end of the island in the city of Anna Maria. After spending the day playing in the sand with the kids, you can walk over to the Historic Green Village to grab a bite to eat or even some ice cream!
Anna Maria Island hosts many events throughout the year. Most often these events are held around the peak seasons of spring break, summer, and the winter holidays. You can find most of this information on our blog about a week in advance, but you can also find it in the local newspapers that Anna Maria Island sends out weekly. The two most common papers on the island are The Anna Maria Island Sun and The Islander. With most small islands, parking may be limited during these events so it is advised to take the free trolley, a bike rental, or even a golf cart rental to the events.
If you are planning a trip to Anna Maria Island in the near future, be sure to check back. We update frequently and especially during the busy seasons so we can keep all our guests up to date with all the local happenings.
If we have missed a local tip that you are willing to share, message us on our Facebook and we will be sure to add it to our local tips!