15 Jun 2020
Beach Bucket List...
Fill your proverbial bucket with seven sandy must-do’s while on Anna Maria Island
Although Anna Maria Island is only 7-miles long, there is no shortage of fun and exciting things to do while on your vacation. From finding that perfect shell to commemorate your visit to the share-worthy videos of dolphins playing in the crystal clear waters. Here are seven must-dos that you have to cross off your beach bucket list:
There is no better way to explore Anna Maria Island than by water! Book a guided kayak or paddleboard tour with Happy Paddler or AMI Paddleboard for a "relaxed adventure" as you glide through mangrove tunnels and learn all about our exciting eco-system.
You can also rent kayaks and paddleboards through Fun and More Rentals who will deliver and pick-up your equipment from your vacation rental for free.
Go Horse Surfing
Yes, you read that right! Go horseback riding along the beach at Palma Sola Bay and finish the ride with a horse surfing lesson in the water. There is no previous experience needed and it's fun for the whole family!
Go Shelling on Coquina Beach
There is a reason why Anna Maria Island was voted one of TripAdvisor's #1 Destinations and our pristine white sandy beaches have earned us this title. Not only are our beaches ideal for a fun day in the sun but they are also great for shelling. During your visit make sure you check out Coquina Beach on the southern end of Anna Maria Island, where you will find open Coquina Shells. These shells come in all sorts of beautiful colors ranging from purple to orange and have often been called the "butterfly" shell due to its shape when the shell is empty and open.
Play Beach Volleyball at the Public Beach
Grab your family or make friends with other beach visitors for a sandy game of beach volleyball. The Public Beach located at the end of Route 64 or Manatee Avenue is located in Holmes Beach and offers volleyball courts right in the sand along the beautiful Gulf waters.
Take a photo at the AMI City Jail
This iconic structure has become one of the most sought after photo-ops on Anna Maria. Located on Pine Avenue at The Anna Maria Island Historical Society Museum, the jail has not been in use since the 1940s after a fire burned the roof away but the structure remained. It’s now one of the most visited attractions on the Island!
Go Fishing at The Bradenton Beach City Pier
Rent a pole or bring your own, there is no license needed to fish off the pier! While most local fishermen recommend fishing in the mornings or evenings, you'll still enjoy the beautiful views of the boats going by any time of the day.
Catch a sunset at Bean Point Beach
There is no such thing as a bad viewing spot for a sunset on Anna Maria Island, however, Bean Point Beach definitely offers some of the best. Located at the tip of the Island, this secluded stretch of unspoiled beaches has some of the most amazing sunset views and it's not uncommon to see dolphins from the shore as the sun is setting.
Anna Maria Island, and all that it has to offer, will fill even the most discerning of buckets with many lasting memories.
Interested in more historic places or spectacular sunset spots on Anna Maria Island, give us a call 941.779.0733
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