About Anna Maria Island – (Not Anna Marie Island)
Anna Maria Island’s (often mistakenly referred to as Anna Marie Island) unspoiled crystal white sand beaches, its relaxed lifestyle, friendly residents, great restaurants and one-of-a-kind shops continue to attract and enchant those who visit it. The island consists of three distinct cities. Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach and The City of Anna Maria. While each retains its own individual character and style, Anna Maria City is the jewel on the string. Primarily residential in nature, Anna Maria beckons to visitors seeking quiet family retreats away from the typical tourist bustle.
The desirable north end includes an eclectic variety of restaurants, shops and interesting things to do, with the small, boutique business district centered around Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue which runs the short, walkable, distance between the Historic City Pier and the fabulous beaches at the Gulf of Mexico.
Residents and visitors alike enjoy barrista prepared espresso’s and cappuccino on broad front porches while chatting or reading the local papers in the morning. Walk, jog or just sit still on the broad, white sand beaches. Fish in some of the best waters in the world for Tarpon, Grouper, Redfish and Trout. Dine with your toes in the sand at sunset, watch the moon rise over the bay. Anna Maria Island or Anna Marie Island (however you like to say it) is the most affordable exotic vacation, or the most exotic affordable vacation, you will ever take.