It all starts with the perfect accommodation. The enchanting Bungalow Beach Resort is the top place to relax and reconnect with your loved one. Their 1930’s cedar clapboard bungalows have been preserved to maintain their old Florida charm, and are so cozy that you might find yourself struggling not to stay inside all weekend. Fortunately, Bungalow Beach Resort is situated on the alluring soft white sand of Anna Maria Island, so you won’t be able to resist the need to stroll their private beach hand-in-hand while enjoying a one-of-a-kind sunset.
The next morning you’ll want to hit the shops of nearby Bridge Street. This historic area has restaurants, shops and entertainment that will have something for both of you to enjoy. Start with a meal with a view – Anna Maria Oyster Bar, located on the Bridge Street Pier, serves a hearty brunch, including mimosas and bloody marys, and will leave you stuffed and ready to continue your leisurely day. Stroll down to Sea-renity Beach Spa & Eco Boutique for a couples massage. Be sure to ask them about their beach massage option for maximum relaxation.
After your muscles are loose, meander down to Back Alley Treasures. Try one of their local craft beers, an espresso (biscotti included), or share a flight of tasty wines. Then head over to the Fish Hole for some mini-golf, because a little friendly competition never hurt anyone!
After taking a tranquil rest back at your bungalow, head to Beach Bistro for one of the most romantic settings Anna Maria Island has to offer. This award-winning Zagat-rated restaurant has been named one of the most romantic restaurants in America – and for good reason. Here, you’ll enjoy a gourmet meal while watching the sunset from a private beach – and be sure to end your evening with one of their decadent desserts.
On your final morning, pick up a tandem bike from Beach Bums and explore more of what the island has to offer. Check out the quaint shops of Pine Avenue – perhaps you’ll find a piece of unique jewelry at Island Cabana, or enjoy some olive oil tastings at Olive Oil Outpost.
After saying goodbye to your lovely home-away-from-home, head to the atmospheric Sign of the Mermaid for one last romantic lunch with your loved one. Then spend one last moment cozying up on the serene Bean Point beach. Enjoy the incredible views of the iconic Sunshine Skyway Bridge and the glimmering waters of Tampa Bay.
On your way home, you’ll already be itching for your next getaway to Anna Maria Island. And don’t worry – the island will be waiting for you, too.