Anna Maria Island is on Florida’s relaxing Gulf Coast.
Anna Maria Island is easy to get to by car or plane. Despite the island’s peaceful, exotic atmosphere it’s connected to the mainland by two free bridges. A third bridge to the south connects us to Longboat Key, the famous St. Armands Circle shopping district (20 min.) and downtown Sarasota (30 min.).
Our 419 Clark home–which can be your island home–is centrally located at the island’s peaceful north end, a mile beyond the island’s northernmost traffic light…that’s peaceful! South of Manatee Ave., traffic can get quite busy, especially in season, because Cortez Bridge is also used by Longboat Key residents.
As Google Maps shows, the beach is only 2 minutes away with convenient, free parking (it’s less than 3 minutes by bike…we’ve timed it). But keep in mind that Anna Maria Island has more than 7 miles of white sandy beaches, all with free parking and each with their own character and features.
Wherever you stay, you’ll want to explore all the beaches to pick your favorite for walking, bird watching, swimming, playgrounds, people watching, privacy or dining on the beach (see the bottom of this page for sunset pix we took at the end of our street in Sep 2012).
Airports Servicing Anna Maria Island
Three nearby airports give you economical options to get to Anna Maria Island: Tampa (TPA – 53 miles); St Petersburg (PIE – 40 miles); and Sarasota (SRQ – 18 miles)
Driving to Anna Maria Island
Two bridges offer easy access to the mainland: Manatee Ave. (Rt 64) and Cortez Rd. Anna Maria Island is about 30 minutes west of I-75. The southern bridge links us to Longboat Key and Sarasota.
Anna Maria Island – North End
Anna Maria Island is situated between Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Your tropical garden home (red dot above) is located in the heart of the north end on a quiet residential street, minutes from Anna Maria Village at the north and Holmes Beach to the south. That’s why our restaurant guide page *only* suggests dining within a 6 minute drive! (-:
Our island home is in a quiet, private residential location on a large, densely landscaped corner lot. The Gloria Dei Church 3-acre greenspace is to the south and we live next door…but can’t see or hear guests due to the fences and landscaping. It’s a super private and peaceful place with shopping, dining and beaches within a few minutes, north and south, by bike, car, walking or the free island trolley. NOTE: When considering other rentals be sure to consider the neighborhood and major roads. There ARE crowded, busy places on the island that won’t give you much peace or privacy.
For dining ideas see our Anna Maria Island restaurants map.
Now here’s that sunset…
Sunset on the beach at the end of 72nd Street, Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Island, Florida.