10 Things to Do on Anna Maria Island for Spring Break

Anna Maria Island is the perfect vacation spot for Spring Break. It’s located along the Gulf of Mexico just south of Tampa and north of Sarasota. It boasts near perfect temperatures of around 77 during spring break, sure beats the snow up north, doesn’t it? So if you’re looking for a great spot to get away, look no further than Anna Maria Island!

10 Things to Do on Anna Maria Island for Spring Break

Here are 10 things to do on Anna Maria Island for Spring Break

  1. Horseback riding on the beach. Palma Sola Bay located on Manatee Ave West offers just that! The waters are nice and calm, and it’s quite the unique experience, one to last a lifetime!
  2. Spend a day relaxing on the beach. We have quite a few to choose from. All have gorgeous white sand and crystal clear blue water, what more could you ask for?
  3. Take a snorkel or scuba trip. We have our very own shipwreck, Regina, an Archaeological Preserve. It’s located about 175 feet offshore in about 20 feet of water and marked with a buoy near 7th street.
  4. Rent kayaks or paddleboards and explore the mangroves. Not only are they great exercise, seeing the water from this vantage point is so much fun. You might even see a stingray, dolphin or manatee!
  5. Browse the beach market at Coquina Beach. It’s a unique market and a great place to pick up some local art, jewelry, fruits, and a keepsake.
  6. Take advantage of one of our many nature preserves, Robinson Preserve, Perico Preserve, and Coquina Baywalk to name a few.
  7. Visit some of our local breweries. We have Motorworks, Darwin Brewery, and 3 Keys Brewery; they’re all worth visiting during your stay.
  8. Go shopping on Pine Avenue, it’s full of colorful little shops and eateries. This little street is “Old Florida” at its finest.  
  9. Go fishing! There are many places to fish either on land or by sea, and we have so many varieties of fish to catch and release or eat!
  10. Catch a sunset! We have the best sunsets!

 

You can have it All on Anna Maria Island

When you’re looking to book your vacation, don’t forget about Anna Maria Island. It’s located just north of Sarasota and just south of Tampa. It’s the perfect location on the Gulf with beautiful views AND temperatures. On an Anna Maria Island vacation, you can have it all!

You can have it All on Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island isn’t only known for their gorgeous sunsets, yes they are gorgeous, and you’ll have to be sure to schedule one in while you’re here. But they also have the most beautiful white sand beaches you’ll ever see! With the beautiful blue tones of the Gulf of Mexico in the background, it’s the most picturesque view around!

Our beaches are the perfect spot for long walks, building sand castles, spotting dolphins or manatees. They both love the warm shallow water. We often see them playing along the shore. They are also the perfect spot for shelling. There are plenty of shells and sand dollars to be found along your stroll. With 7 miles of beaches, you’re sure to find something beautiful along the way.

Did you know that you can get to all of our beaches without a car? There is a free trolley service that runs from each point of the island. So you’re free to explore each beach without the hassle of a car!

If the beach isn’t your thing, there are plenty of shops and restaurants to be found. There are also many water sports that can get you out on the water to go fishing, kayaking, and jet skiing, or flying high in the sky!

Whether you’re planning a girl’s weekend, a family vacation, a spring break trip or a romantic getaway, Anna Maria Island is the place where you can have it all! You can do everything, or nothing at all and it will be the perfect vacation you’ll never forget!

Don’t Miss Out on Your Morning Cup of Joe on Your Anna Maria Island Vacation

Cup of JoeThere’s no need to give up your morning cup of Joe while on your Anna Maria Island beach vacation. We’ve got many great coffee shops around town for you to choose from. No need to get that caffeine headache! Check them out!

 

The Donut Experiment

210c Pine Ave, Anna Maria, FL 34216

While they’re known for their delicious donuts, their coffee is quite yummy as well. They have a variety of hot coffee, espresso, cappuccino, both hot and iced lattes, and the newest craze cold-brewed iced coffee! Come for the donuts (for the kiddos) and stay for the coffee!

Anna Maria Island Beach Café

4000 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, FL 34217

What’s better than sipping your coffee while gazing at the gulf watching dolphins play in the water all while having your toes in the sand? You can have all that plus all you can eat pancakes and sausages here! The kids can even play in the sand while you’re still enjoying your coffee too!

Ginny’s & Jane E’s

9807 Gulf Dr., Anna Maria, FL 34216

This café and bakery has a full menu of specialty coffees. They make lattes, cappuccinos, Italian style macchiatos, breve’s, and Americanos. They offer a wide variety of milk and non dairy options as well as a wide variety of flavors. They also specialize in smoothies if you’re looking for that healthy breakfast option. You can either dine in, or take out from their fabulous bakery too!

Back Alley Treasures

108 Historic, Bridge St, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217

Back Alley Treasures is located right on historic Bridge Street and features an eclectic mix of food, drink and funky treasure! Their coffee shop serves hot and cold espresso, fresh brewed coffee, island smoothies as well as a pastry selection for a light breakfast. You don’t want to miss it!

Anna Maria Island Your Perfect Holiday Escape

Looking to get away for the holidays? Anna Maria Island is your perfect holiday escape. With beautiful gulf views, and sugar sand beaches, and warmer temperatures than most of the United States, it really can’t be beat.

Perfect Holiday Escape

Some might think that with the warm weather that there is a shortage of that “holiday feel” but you couldn’t be further from the truth. The Anna Maria Island area is full of holiday cheer. What’s better than seeing a Christmas Tree on the beach? Or seeing palm trees decorated with lights? The island is full of beautiful decorations.

Tonight there will be a Lighted Golf Cart Parade (how fun is that) starting at 6:30 pm Coquina Beach Café located at 2650 Gulf Drive South, Bradenton Beach FL 34217 and will end around 7:30. The parade route runs north to the historical Bridge Street, onto the rotary on Church St, then down Gulf Drive heading south to Bradenton Beach City Hall. This is an inaugural event, in support of TIFF (To Inform Families First) TIFF is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting emergency contact registration. Over 13,000,000 have registered in Florida alone, and it is currently used in six different states. This is a fun event to come out and experience while supporting a great cause!

What’s better than watching fireworks on New Year’s Eve while sitting on the beach with the sand in your toes? Well, on Anna Maria Island you can do just that! Everywhere on the beach is a great view, and even if it is a bit chilly, you’re not going to freeze! There’s a party at Gulf Drive Cafe & The Kokonut Hut with free sparklers, a free champagne toast a midnight, and dancing under a tiki hut all night long!

Give us a call at 866-779-2545 or 800-441-7873 to book your island escape today!

Christmas on Anna Maria Island

Christmas on Anna Maria Island is a fun magical time! When you visit Anna Maria Island during the holiday season, you’re in for an island style delight! The island is decorated “island style” of course, and is full of holiday cheer.

Here are some of the events going on around Anna Maria Island that are sure to get everyone in the holiday spirit!

Christmas on Anna Maria Island

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Anna Maria Island

Make sure you take your family to see the annual lighting of the Anna Maria Island Christmas Tree! It’s a fun event enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. The tree lighting ceremony will be held in the parking lot of the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce located at 5313 Gulf Drive at their annual Holmes Beach Holiday Open House on Friday, December 7th at 5pm.

The event will feature live holiday music, Santa and his sleigh, hot drinks and pastries, as well as holiday cheer!

Anna Maria Island Privateer’s Christmas Parade

Come celebrate this annual event island style! The parade begins at Bayfront Park on Anna Maria Island on December 8th at 10am and travels south along Anna Maria Island ending at Coquina Beach, where you will find Santa handing out gifts to the children. There will also be free hot dogs and pizza for the kids!

Come take part in the holiday spirit! For this parade, you can either sit back and enjoy, or take part in it and help spread some holiday cheer!

Christmas on Bridge Street

Christmas on Bridge Street, an annual family friendly event is taking place on Saturday, December 15th, beginning around 5pm near the historic Bridge Street Pier. Santa will be seen driving around on a golf cart, stopping at participating businesses taking pictures with children. There are holiday events planned for the kids, and those restaurants who are participating will be offering special drinks, or drink specials.

The event will also feature live music as well as Christmas carols!

Silver Surf and BridgeWalk Reviews

Silver Resorts has two resorts, BridgeWalk a Landmark Resort and Silver Surf Gulf Beach Resort, located on Bradenton Beach. Both resorts are conveniently located near Anna Maria Island, Holmes Beach, Longboat Key & Sarasota. Both resorts are highly rated on both Google and Trip Advisor; see what our visitors have had to say about their experience with us!

Silver Surf and BridgeWalk Reviews

Silver Surf Google Reviews 4.4 out of 5 with 217 reviews

Best hotel on the island. Rooms are beautiful and clean. The staff is friendly. And the beach is right across the street. Can’t wait to come here again next year. – Jillian B

The remodel of this place is fantastic! It truly has “old Florida” feel. Rooms are bright, airy and very clean. The staff is friendly and very accommodating. – Karen V

Awesome as always! Clean, friendly helpful staff. Nice renovations. Best part – just cross the street and you’re at the beach, complete with complementary chaises and umbrellas. What could be better? Libby G

These and many other Google Reviews just like it for Silver Surf can be found right here.

Silver Surf Trip Advisor Reviews 4.5 out of 5 with 865 Reviews #2 of 10 Hotels in Bradenton Beach

Our Happy Place is Silver Surf

Everything was fantastic! The staff was extremely helpful. The room was extremely clean and well furnished. We were asked if we were Florida residents; we said yes and received a discount. We look forward to staying there again. – lesandl0rna

My Happy Place

The Silver Surf is my go to place to relax. Everyone is nice and has a smile on their face. Will be coming back soon. Love Anna Marie Island and the beached, but most of all, I love the Silver Surf Inn.  – greenberglolag

Chillin at siver surf

For a lovely chill out just across from the beach very clean accommodation and very very helpful staff we have stayed along this coast line many time and we are already looking forward to returning to silver surf gulf and beach resort. – n9953sQsteve

These and many other Trip Advisor Reviews just like it for Silver Surf can be found right here.

Bridgewalk Google Reviews 4.5 out of 5 with 181 reviews

Arrived for one night. Location is great, pier at one end of the Street, beautiful beach at the other. Centrally located. Julie helped guide us around to a good restaurant. The rooms are spacious, clean and accommodating I would definitely come here again (if price permits). – Ohad P

Wonderful staff and great location! We ended up staying an extra night and there was absolutely no issue. The staff was so friendly and with us traveling with 2 little ones we needed a few extra things and they were so eager to help us in any way they could. We will absolutely stay here again! I love the island life❤ – Courtney B

This place is great!  It has an Old World Charm to it.  It’s right across the street from the beach.  The rooms are big and spacious.  The staff keeps them super clean.  Everyone That works here is just wonderful!!  You get free chairs, towels, umbrella and beach toys to take with you to the beach. 

This is our second stay here and it won’t be our last! – Karly S

These and many other Google Reviews just like it for Bridgewalk can be found right here.

Bridgewalk Trip Advisor Reviews 4.5 out of 5 with 955 Reviews #1 of 10 Hotels in Bradenton Beach

Birthday stay

Great place to stay, excellent staff, you can’t go wrong if you stay here. Close to the beach and many great places to eat. Great shopping all around the hotel and you can walk or take a shuttle all around.  -Trail

Love Bridgewalk.

Bridgewalk is in a great location right across from a beautiful beach and surrounded by great restaurants. The staff were very Friendly. The rooms are stations and are Super clean. Can’t wait to return:) – Vacationer

My escape to Paradise

Best trip I’ve ever had! Gorgeous Townhouse, wonderful maids, and staff. Weather perfect also. Kathy made sure I was comfy and well taken care of along with other staff members. Enjoyed the pool, and shopping, and friend’s visit during the day. and Bistro Restaurant, Island Time Club, AMOB, Mar Vista, Bridge Tender, French Restaurant on Bridge Street, Moose Lodge. Only moved car once to go to Walgreens. Everything at my finger tips. and got to enjoy beach time. :) – Bishop B

These and many other Trip Advisor Reviews just like it for BridgeWalk can be found right here.

BayFest 2018 Is Right around the Corner

Bayfest 2018 will be here before you know it! Bayfest is one of Anna Maria Island’s most anticipated events of the whole year! It’ll be back for its 18th year on October 20th running all day long from 10am to 9pm.

 

Bayfest is a family friendly event presented by the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce. It’s an all-day street festival taking place on the famous Pine Avenue, in the heart of the city of Anna Maria!

BayFest 2018

annamariaislandchamber.org

BayFest features many fun events such as:

  • Classic Car Show from 10 am to 3 pm where there will be over 100 classic, antique, muscle and street cars on display for your viewing pleasure.
  • A musical line up with Mike Sales, an Emcee from 10am to 9pm. Memphis Rub, Renegade, soulRcoaster, Karen & Jimmy Band, and Dr. Dave Band. See their site for a detailed schedule.
  • Many food vendors including Eliza Ann’s Coastal Kitchen, Hurricane Hanks, The Feast, and the Anna Maria Island Privateers.
  • Refreshments and Snacks, some of which include Kona Ice, Sherry Berry Lemonade, Adult Refreshments, and Soda and Water.
  • Arts and Crafts featuring many blocks of artisans, crafters and vendors with many one-of-a-kind items.
  • Kids Zone which is a fun zone for kids which will include a bounce and some fun inflatables, and of course a Privateers Pirate Ship!

There are many options to get there. Of course there’s the FREE Anna Maria Island Trolley which you can ride to Pine Avenue. There is also parking available at the Crosspointe Fellowship Church located at the north end of Holmes Beach. They will have a dedicated free trolley taking people directly from the church to the City Pier located at the end of Pine Avenue. Limited street parking is available as well. Of course if you’re a guest of Silver Resorts, staying at either our Silver Surf or Bridgewalk properties, you don’t need to worry about parking!

Please be advised that there are no outside coolers allowed, or alcohol to be brought to the event. This is a FREE family friendly event.

Tips for Your Perfect Anna Maria Island Vacation – From the Locals

Any vacation to Anna Maria Island will be a perfect one; you’re in paradise, right? But with some local tips, your chances at an even MORE perfect Anna Maria Island Vacation are even enhanced! See some of our local tips below!

Find Bean Point; you won’t regret it. There are no signs pointing out the way, so it is a local thing. Bean Point is located on the northern end of the island. With no parking lots, it’s easiest to get to by bike or walking. Once you find it, you won’t regret it. It’s where the Gulf of Mexico meets Tampa Bay, and it is beautiful!

Take a stroll down the Rod & Reel Pier. If you’re lucky you might see manatees and or dolphins playing around. Grab a bite to eat, or bring a fishing pole and see what you can catch yourself. Even if you’re not fishing, it’s fun to see what the locals are bringing in. Here’s a hint, Bean Point is pretty close to here!

Perfect Anna Maria Island Vacation

From the northern tip to the southern tip is 7miles, so there’s about 7 miles of beautiful white sand beaches. There are plenty of beaches to visit and explore. There are also plenty of options of how to get there. Rent a car, rent a bike, or hop on the island’s FREE trolley. It runs the length of the island, how’s that for service?

Perfect Anna Maria Island Vacation

Take a stroll along Historic Bridge Street. This is a great place located along the southern end of the island with places to eat, drink, shop, and listen to live music!

Right now there are many sea turtle eggs hatching. Imagine being there to witness these tiny little creatures paddling their way through the sand, racing towards the water! It’s quite the sight to see!

Of course no trip is complete without an Anna Maria Sunset! And stick around afterwards for some star gazing. Due to the sea turtles mentioned above, there are very few lights, so that makes for excellent star viewing! You might see something you’ve never seen before!

July 4th on Anna Maria Island

There’s no shortage of fun summer events here on our little island paradise. Anna Maria Island has plenty of fun things to do all summer long. 4th of July is almost here so it’s time to make your plans now! Here are a few things going on in and around town for the holiday!

July 4th on Anna Maria Island

4th of July Parade

Everyone is invited to the Anna Maria Island Privateers annual 4th of July Parade and Celebration taking place at 10am on Wednesday, July 4th. The parade takes off from Coquina Beach and travels north along Gulf Drive and runs the entire length of Anna Maria Island all the way to City Pier in Anna Maria. There is a celebration to follow at D Coy Ducks! Everyone is welcome to participate, just wear your red, white, and blue!

Longboat Key Freedom Fest

Longboat Key’s Freedom Fest has been going strong for 16 years. It might be the shortest parade route, being only ¼ mile long, but it’s an island tradition followed by a celebration in Bicentennial Park that goes on until 1am. Float participants have an opportunity to win a $500.00 cash prize as long as 10 people participate. Freedom Fest usually has some local crowd favorites such as butterfly releases, and ponies from Sixteen Hands Horse Sanctuary, where children can get up close and personal with these rescued animals.  There will also be face painting, balloon art and games at the celebration. The parade begins at 9am on Bay Isles Road.

Sandbar Restaurant

This year marks the 32nd year that the Sandbar Restaurant will light up the night skies with their annual fireworks celebration! Their fun party has a special events pavilion complete with a VIP package available with Prime Seating. Prime seating is available with a wide array of food as well as a private area to view fireworks. For more information, visit them online.

Anna Maria Island is an island, you can view these fireworks from anywhere, you don’t need to be at the Sandbar to see them. Find your perfect spot anywhere on the beach and watch the free fireworks display! Happy Independence Day! 

 

Relax on Anna Maria Island

What does it mean to really relax? Most of us don’t know how to relax and unwind anymore. Well, you will relax on your Anna Maria Island vacation, it’s the perfect place to do just that! This little slice of paradise will have you rested, relaxed and restored before it’s time to head back to the hustle and bustle of your busy lifestyle.

Relax on Anna Maria Island

Once you get here, and soak in some gorgeous sunshine, take a peek at the beautiful turquoise gulf waters, and the sugary soft white sand, it is almost instantly relaxing. The water is so inviting, you’ll just want to run right in and enjoy the warm waves. Sink your toes in the sand and feel it massaging your tired feet and feel instant invigoration. Take a float on the water and let your worries float away.

This is the perfect time to turn off your phone and just enjoy the views, the gulf breeze and the relaxing sounds of the ocean and the sea life. Did you know that blue, both of the sky and the ocean are proven to be calming colors? The color blue has both a calming and a sedative effect, and can cause the body to become cooler and more relaxed.

Did you know that the ocean has tons of anti-aging minerals? These minerals can counteract the decline of your skin’s elasticity over time, which is something we’re all looking for! A little vitamin SEA or Vitamin D is beneficial too, it is essential for bone health which also creates healthy skin, and could also improve mental health.

Aren’t you ready for a beach vacation on Anna Maria Island now? Along with all these benefits listed above, we’re a laid back beach town. We have the best sunsets around, and we’ve got some of the best sea food around! Book your relaxing get-a-way today!