Florida’s Best Kept Secret: Anna Maria Island

January 14, 2019 By Rachel

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Fodor’s Travel, a premier travel magazine, recently recognized Anna Maria Island as one of 11 Under-the-Radar Florida Beach Towns to Visit this Winter!

Now, we know that you already knew that, and we already knew that, but apparently we were some of the first! Anna Maria Island is a tropical paradise escape that’s beautiful all year round – and winter is definitely a prime time to come and sink your toes into the sand.

Here’s a highlight from the article:

“From crème brûlée French toast for breakfast at Ginny and Jane E’s, a restaurant and beach-inspired home furnishings shop housed inside a former IGA grocery store, to pedaling a beach cruiser around the quiet residential streets, Anna Maria Island activities are as good as Florida’s Gulf Coast beach life gets. Located at the northern tip of a barrier island just offshore from swanky Sarasota, AMI, as the locals call it, is almost entirely free of chain stores and hotels.

Settle in at a table with your toes in the sand at the Sandbar for beautiful sunsets and killer grouper sandwiches. And head to Fun and More Rentals ( with  discounts for guest ) to rent toys like beach cruisers, SUPs, surrey bikes, and kayaks.” They drop off and pick up (even home needs an d Baby gear).


Wow! What a compliment!

Truly, there’s nothing better than laying out under the warm winter sun on our glorious sugar sand beaches. But Fodor’s makes sure to include some of our other favorites about the island: classic Florida charm, delicious fresh seafood, local boutiques, charming residential locale, and miles and miles of sand. 

For such a small island, regular visitors know that you’ll never run out of beach vacation activities. And if you haven’t vacationed on Anna Maria Island before, what are you waiting for? Hurry and visit before the secret gets out!


“What sets Anna Maria Island apart from other destinations is its old Florida charm, said Terri Kinder, president of the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce. You won’t find any high-rises up there, and Dunkin’ Donuts and Publix are among the Island’s limited offering of chain stores. The Island’s trolley, which runs seven days a week, allows visitors to get around without using their car, she said.”

Anna Maria Island is the beach vacationers’ dream location. All that’s missing? A place to stay. has you covered. We have gorgeous, classic Florida properties all over the island: beachfront, private pool, lakeside, pet-friendly…you name it, we’ve got it! Call today and ask about our last-minute reservations specials – trust us, you’ll be glad you did! (and p.s.: we’re an Airbnb Superhost!)

If for some reason you still aren’t convinced that it’s time to visit AMI, here are a few more things that might convince you:


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