Day One
Take postcard-perfect photos of “Authentic Florida” on Whitney Beach and walk the calm shores in search of the perfect shell keepsake. Next, visit Coquina Beach to feel some of the world’s best sand (according to Conde Nast) between your toes.

Day Two
Plan a family beach day at Manatee Public Beach. Adults can enjoy a game or two of beach volleyball while the kids climb and play at the beach-side playground before sitting outside for lunch at Anna Maria Island Beach Café and indulging in a treat at the Island Ice Cream Shop!

Day Three
Hop on a bike trail or hike the nature trails of the undeveloped Cortez Beach in the morning. Visit Anna Maria Beach and dine at the world-famous Sandbar Restaurant for lunch before heading north to find the ultimate seclusion on Bean Point.

Day Four
Spend the day at Bradenton Beach. Enjoy the relaxing beach vibes of the shore before walking to Bridge Street to enjoy some of the best dining and shopping in the Bradenton Area.

After a long day on the beach enjoying activities (or relaxation), there is nothing better than being mere steps from your resort where you can continue to enjoy the sights and sounds of the beach long after the sun has set. For those looking for the perfect place to stay near the beaches of Anna Maria Island, Anna Maria Island Resorts features four unique options, each offering beach access and some direct sea views.

Seaside Beach Resort offers a private, white-sand beach which is part of a seven-mile stretch that extends from one end of the island to the other. The rest is perfect for long walks, collecting shells or capturing sights of seabirds and exotic marine life (like loggerhead turtles and manatees) in their natural habitat. Seaside is located directly on the beach with Gulf and sunset views, a penthouse, hotel rooms and studios offering kitchenettes and patios, complimentary beach chairs, umbrellas and towels.

Tortuga Inn is a stone’s throw from the waters of Bradenton Beach complete with a 14-slip boat dock and includes six unique buildings. So whether you choose a luxury condo within Tortuga Gardens, views over Sarasota Bay and the Intracoastal Waterway from the Bayfront Villas or the tree-house charm of a Tortugas Apartment, Tortuga will not disappoint!

Tradewinds Beach Resort, just up the street from Tortuga, features charming, romantic cottages lining both sides of a private street that ends at a fishing pier that juts into Sarasota Bay. Perfect for an entire family of beach-goers, Tradewinds offers 33 one-bedroom apartments – each with a semi-private front porch or verandah – two 2 bedroom condos, numerous charcoal grills, picnic tables and affordable rates throughout the year.

Tropic Isle, the newest Anna Maria Island Resort, is located across the street from its own private beach and is set in a spacious garden overlooking the sea. Beach chairs, towels and umbrellas are complimentary, as are the outdoor charcoal grills. Recently renovated from top to bottom, Tropic Isle offers the perfect accommodations to suit every taste. Choose from options like a one-bedroom unit on the ground floor, a large luxury studio apartment (some with a Gulf view) or a 2 bedroom townhouse with a Gulf view.

In the rare event you want to take a break from the beach, each Anna Maria Island Resort offers pools in tropical island settings – the perfect place to rinse off the sand and plan for your next picture-perfect day at the beach!