The cozy and quaint feel of Anna Maria Island, Florida makes it the perfect place to eat grouper sandwiches and kayak with dolphins. That's why Anna Maria Island was chosen as the "#3 Prettiest City in the Country" by Forbes in 2013, one of the "Top 30 Islands in the World" by Condé Nast Traveler in 2014 and one of the "Top 10 Island Beaches for Perfect Sand" by Condé Nast Traveler in 2015. So take off your shoes and get ready to explore it with family & friends. In addition to being a "TripAdvisor Traveler's Choice Destination Winner 2013 AND 2014" it has also been proclaimed the "Top Family Vacation" spot in all of the US. So pack up and come visit!
While you’re here, visit Anna Maria Beach, tucked away on the north end of the island - a cozy paradise that hasn’t changed much since the 70s. Enjoy a beachfront view free from many cozy rentals. Then hop on over to Anna Maria Bayfront Park, where sweeping views of Tampa Bay and the iconic Sunshine Skyway Bridge are available from almost every angle. With numerous award-winning beaches, restaurants and events that make Anna Maria Island the perfect relaxation spot for your next vacation.
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