Laid back and natural with seven miles of sugar sand beaches, Anna Maria Island is that rare beach community where high-rise buildings are taboo and a cherished Old Florida ambience still prevails. This barrier island is balanced atop the north tip of Longboat Key. It's a family's playground, a couple's escape and a fisherman's mecca. Here you can expect to park the car up as bikes, kayaks and flip flops are the best way to explore this tiny island.
Whether it be gourmet restaurants, casual bars, cafes or pubs - dining on Anna Maria Island is a treat with locally grown products and fresh seafood caught daily. Join in with the nightly sunset celebrations and local entertainment. By day, boutiques, galleries and surf shops along Pine Avenue and Holmes Beach are fun to mooch around.
Described as 'paradise without attitude' we couldn't agree more.
Just over an hour from Tampa, and two from Orlando, Anna Maria Island makes an ideal beach retreat after the frenzy of theme parks and attraction overload. No rushing, no lines, no crowds. Just a simple way of life, with sand between your toes and plenty of salty air to breathe in. Accommodation choices from private home to beachfront hotel means honeymooning couples, as well as families, can find a slice of paradise to call their own.
Where you stay is the heart of your holiday. Location reigns supreme but do you prefer resort facilities or unique and boutique? Historic and old world or modern and shiny?
We aim to present choices across the spectrum but there are many hundreds of places to stay and not room to feature them all. Do speak to your Bon Voyage travel consultant and click the video for our take on this important topic.
We would rate the Bellagio as one of the best hotels we have ever stayed in. Fabulous, glitzy, exciting. We loved having breakfast at the poolside café... one of our best experiences ever. If it hadn't been for you we wouldn't have had the suite or cabana and we loved them. We both agreed that the hotel was the best for us and you had suggested that so well done!Leonore & Mike Rumford