Fun in the water!
Splash in the waves, relax in the pool, or take to the water.
Anna Maria is recognised for having some of the best beaches in the world. Condé Nast Traveler readers, claimed it to be one of the best in the world, with Anna Maria, sharing the top 30 list, with islands in Bora Bora, Hawaii and Indonesia to name a few. Their readers said: ‘this barrier island has some of the softest, whitest sand on the East Coast. And as it faces west, it’s a stunning place to watch the sun set over the Gulf of Mexico’. And it features regularly as a Trip Advisor top 10 islands list for its white-sand beaches and laid-back attractions, such as golfing and fishing.
We are very proud of these accolades, and it’s no wonder that many visitors come to enjoy our beautiful beaches. However, it is easy to think of the island as one long continuous seven mile long beach, and of course you are never more than a short stroll away, but each of our beaches, has its own vibe, so we wanted to tell you a little more about each!
Anna Maria Beach is situated at the northern top of the island, and is renowned to be particularly quiet. Limefish our beach front home is located directly on this beach, so it’s a wonderful spot; very peaceful, and you’ll definitely find plenty of space if you venture onto the sand and further toward the ocean for the day! Take a 15 minute stroll further north along the shore and you will discover The Sandbar Restaurant, our awesome beach front restaurant, perfect for a spot of lunch in the sun, or a cooling drink!
Manatee Beach is certainly a more lively beach and there are certainly more facilities, including lifeguards here. The beach has showers and restrooms and there is also a children’s playground. There are also volleyball nets up and ready to use, The AMI Beach Cafe, with its Tiki Bar is perfectly located, and cafe with easy and quick food often has live music, creating a great beach vibe!
Coquina Beach is a huge stretch of beach at the southern end of the island,the last stop on the free island Trolley Bus. Coquina is lined with pine trees and picnic areas. and has all the facilities you need for a large beach.
With such beautiful crystal clear Gulf waters, that can reach temperatures of 29 to 30°C (84 to 86°F) in the height of the summer, its no wonder that a relaxing swim, or walk through the surf is a simple but fantastic way to enjoy the oceans here.
But many of our visitors and islanders enjoy a whole host of great things to do in the water, be it on the sea or even in the canals that intertwine and meander around the island. You can enjoy paddle boarding, kayaking, shore fishing, deep sea fishing, parasailing and even horse riding. We also have diving schools and jet ski hire, for those looking for a little more speed!
All equipment can be rented through a number of businesses on the island. For paddle board and kayak hire, (as well as bikes and golf carts), we recommend our friends at Beach Bums Island Attitude.
Take a look at our Island Map, to find out more about all the water activities, local businesses, and book!
Each of our Pineapplefish homes have their own private pools, all set in beautifully landscaped, often completely secluded gardens, or with spectacular views. In the height of the summer, the pools are beautifully warm, and as the pool temperatures drop slightly over the fall and winter, we put on the pool heaters, so that you can still enjoy them alongside the warm weather!
Take to the pool; splash, swim, play ball, lounge on an inflatable, dip your toes, do a few laps or simply cool off! Each of our homes comes equipped with a fabulous grill, so you really don’t need to venture far to enjoy the outside from morning to night. All of our homes have plenty of outdoor furniture, including loungers, chairs, dining tables and picnic tables, perfect for lounging and alfresco dining daytime, and night with lots of outdoor lighting and cosy corners!
Of course, we must recommend getting out on the water by boat. Whether you want to go deep sea fishing, simply enjoy the beauty of the island, hop over to Egmont Key, chase dolphins, or watch the sunset across Tampa Bay, Anna Maria Island can cater for it all.
One of our absolute top recommendations, has to be a sunset catamaran trip with Kathleen D. Our video here shows our own friends and family enjoying this amazing adventure! Charter the entire boat (for 11), or share with other guests, enjoy a 2 hour trip at dusk in Tampa Bay. Enjoy dolphins as the swim alongside the boat, and take your own food and drink to indulge. Kathleen D, also organise day charters including to Egmont Key, exploring for day. For more information on Kathleen D, and all our other local charters, check out our Island Map.
Fishing is a really popular activity on Anna Maria Island. You will always see our fisherman at work across the island, and many islanders and visitor enjoy some leisure time, fishing from the Piers.
Anna Maria Island has great fishing possibilities all year-round. In the shallows you will find snook, redfish, and trout and the grass flats surrounding the island make the ideal place to catch some trout, bluefish, Spanish mackerel, and pompano. Bean Point is a wonderful place to fish from. A very secluded beach, its wonderfully peaceful, with sunrise or sunset being a magical time to fish here.
If you want to get out on the water to fish, there are lots of fishing charters around the island, or you can hire your own boat, and we have listed many of these on our Island Map. Offshore fishing near reefs and wrecks are popular hangouts for grouper, amberjack, and snapper. And if you want to find the best spots,pop into some of our local shops and marinas such as New Pass Grill and Bait Shop of Lido Key, Annie’s Bait and Tackle on Cortez Beach, or Boca Bait in Bradenton. They will have all the information you need about the best places to go, dependent on the conditions at that time!
Anna Maria Island is famous for its magical sunsets. The colors across the sky, are spectacular, and really are something you will never tire of. Our favorite spot for the best view? It has to be from the deck at Limefish. Sit on the deck with a cold beer, and enjoy your own private viewing across the Gulf.
Bean Point is also a wonderful place to go for a sunset. Pack up a picnic perhaps and settle on the sand, or take a stroll along the waters edge and enjoy all the wildlife that visit at this time too!
The best place to eat to capture the sunset, is The Sandbar Restaurant. Directly located on the beach, they offer diners the chance to win a bottle of bubbly, if you correctly guess the exact time of the sunset that evening!
And if you are an early riser, our sunrises are equally beautiful. Mintfish and Honeyfish enjoy beautiful sunrises from the deck!