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More About Anna Maria Island Florida
Anna Maria Island is a barrier island located on the coast of Manatee County bordered by the Gulf of Mexico, A Longboat Pass, which separates it from Longboat Key, the Anna Maria Sound, and Tampa Bay. This barrier island is about 7 miles long from north to south and is primarily a vacation destination but there are several year-round, permanent resident homes.
Just 20 minutes from Bradenton Anna Maria Island offers a unique living, and island feel, fantastic dining, and strict regulations govern the type of buildings and businesses so you'll always find that old world Florida charm without the massive condominium structures and resorts of other areas along Florida's West Coast.
Anna Maria Island is about an hour south of Tampa and about 45 minutes from St. Petersburg. Since 2002, tourism development has been the targeted key economic force for the area, and city and county officials have spent millions to draw visitors to the island. While there is building restrictions, many developers have shifted from the original 1950s and 1960s era homes into larger, multifamily rental units.
Anna Maria Island is known for its unique sea turtle population, which comes ashore to nest May through October. The island is also a bird sanctuary and you'll find multiple native files such as pelicans, cranes, herons, sandpipers, hawks, seagulls, crows, and bald eagles. Bottlenose dolphins often make their way along the Intercoastal Waterway, the Gulf, and Bimini Bay. Anna Maria Island borders the island of Key Royale, formally known as School Key, which remained uninhabited until about 1961 a bridge was built joining it to Holmes Beach. Today, the island is divided into three smaller sections of Anna Maria in the north, Holmes Beach in the middle, and Bradenton Beach in the South. The entire population is approximately 10,000 residents.
Things to Do in Anna Maria Island
Known lovingly as an "Old Florida Beach Town" Anna Maria Island is a low-rise beach town with quaint cottages, fantastic beaches, and a low population. Whether you're watching the birds, whale watching, enjoying the surf, or beachcombing, this quieter Florida Beach and island is off the beaten path and while tourism is a major draw, it's much quieter than some of the other surrounding beach towns. You won't find high-rise condominiums, a lot of chain restaurants, or other commercial amenities but more of a homage to throwback paradise.
Its character offers a unique island lifestyle where you can simply park, hop on the free trolley, and enjoy the entire city from north to south. The trolley leaves the Anna Maria City Pier on the north to Coquina Beach to the south about every 20 minutes. All three public beaches have free parking but the area tends to fill up quickly.
Anna Maria Island is all about the beaches. From the northern tip of the island at Being Point where you can walk around the end of the island and view the amazing Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay or enjoying the three major public beaches, the Manatee public beach with on-site food and picnic tables to Cortez Beach and Coquina Beach which are less crowded and offer craft markets on Sundays, picnic tables, walking trails and concessions.
One of the most popular areas is the Historic Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach just south of the causeway. This small entertainment district offers a fishing pier with beautiful views of the fishing village of Cortez, a miniature golf range, and lushly landscaped gardens. On the base side of the island is the Anna Maria City Pier with the café serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. There are several spots to get out onto the water and enjoy dolphin tours, fishing charter boats, parasailing, jet skis, and kayak tours. You can even ride a horse along the sandbar.
The small fishing village of Cortez is just 10 minutes west of Anna Maria Island on Cortez Road. This rural community of fishing families started back in the 1890s and many residents are still commercial fishing today. It offers a small Maritime Museum, historic cottages, and of course, fishing.. Because of this, there are some fantastic seafood restaurants around the area and along the water such as the Star Fish restaurant overlooking the beautiful expanse of water. The Sandbar Restaurant, Rod and Reel Pier seafood restaurant, Hurricane Hanks, Beach Bistro, Vinnie's Italian Kitchen, the Ugly Grouper, and Island Grill on Anna Maria Island. This is just a small sampling of some of the fantastic restaurants on Anna Maria Island.
At the intersection of Highway 64 and E. Bay Dr. you'll find commercial amenities and services such as a Publix supermarket, and Ace Hardware, and Walgreens.
Anna Maria Island Homes for Sale
Anna Maria Island offers plenty of homes and real estate for sale from luxury million-dollar estates to smaller, quaint homes and low-rise condominiums and townhouses. At any given time you'll find roughly 75 to 100 properties for sale with an average home price of about $1.7 million. Many homes feature waterfront estates as a lot of Anna Maria Island has available shoreline. There are a few lots but the majority of homes and homesites are already built out.
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