Anna Maria Island’s Top 3 Lists: Beaches, Piers, Shopping, and More

Welcome to the sun-soaked paradise of Anna Maria Island, where pristine beaches, charming piers, and exciting shopping await your discovery. After a fun day in the sun, relax in one of our King Suites at Anna Maria Beach Resort

In today’s blog post, we’ve curated the ultimate guide to the island’s top three lists, ensuring your visit is nothing short of spectacular.

3 Famous Beaches

Get ready to dip your toes into paradise as we unveil Anna Maria Island’s crown jewels – the top 3 Anna Maria Island beaches that define coastal bliss.

Manatee Beach

Manatee Beach is an absolute must-visit on Anna Maria Island. Nestled in Holmes Beach, this sandy haven guarantees the perfect beach day, catering to families with a plethora of amenities with full bathrooms, volleyball courts, and a playground to add a dash of fun for everyone. Tourists and locals alike adore this spot for its easy access points and the bonus of free parking. 

Bayfront Park

Bayfront Park is a hidden gem nestled at the north end of Anna Maria Island, boasting calm waves and a less crowded ambiance. During low tide, Bayfront Park is a treasure trove of beautiful shells, perfect for souvenirs. 

The park’s expansive area, coupled with beach access, offers a sun-soaked playground for families, and the grassy picnic area provides a shady retreat. For the more adventurous, there’s kayaking or paddleboarding available too. 

Coquina Beach

Coquina Beach is a haven for nature enthusiasts on Anna Maria Island. From herons and egrets to ospreys and seagulls, this beach is a birdwatcher’s paradise. As for marine life, sea turtles nest here during the right season, and dolphins and manatees are often seen playfully frolicking in the azure waters. The wildlife here will add an extra touch of magic to your coastal experience. 

little boy walking on the beach

3 Famous Anna Maria Island Piers

Prepare to embark on a seaside adventure as we unveil the magic of Anna Maria Island’s top three famous piers.

Rod N Reel

Rod & Reel Pier is not your traditional pier as it is a restaurant. However, it is more than just a dining spot – it’s a nostalgic journey to “Old Florida.” Tucked away on the island’s far North end, this two-story, Gulf-front restaurant has been a local favorite since 1947 and is renowned for serving traditional fare, local delights, and famous fish specials. 

Enjoy casual family dining upstairs, whether inside or on the charming covered deck. With breakfast, lunch, and dinner offerings, you can savor a meal while catching a sunrise or the famed Florida sunset.

 Anna Maria City Pier

Step into the rich history and vibrant presence of Anna Maria Island at the iconic Anna Maria City Pier, standing tall for over a century. Built in the early 1900s, this pier was a lifeline for imports and exports, connecting the island to St. Petersburg and Tampa. Today, it offers fantastic Gulf Coast fishing and even hosts Mote Marine Lab’s Science Education & Outreach Center.

 Bridge Street Pier

Charming Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach is a delightful slice of history and recreation rolled into one! Once the sole gateway to Anna Maria Island, this former bridge has transformed into a haven for fishing enthusiasts and those seeking the genuine Old Florida vibe. 

Cast a line off the pier and reel in the coastal charm, surrounded by the beauty of the Gulf. Beyond fishing, explore the nearby attractions that dot the vibrant Bridge Street area, offering a perfect blend of leisure and nostalgia.

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3 Best Places To Shop

Indulge in retail therapy as we unveil the top three shopping havens on Anna Maria Island! From quaint boutiques to eclectic markets, each spot is a treasure trove waiting to be discovered.

Pine Avenue

Vibrant Pine Avenue is a bustling hub of Anna Maria Island that seamlessly blends beach vibes with charming storefronts. From seaside beginnings to the iconic Anna Maria City Pier, this avenue is a treasure trove of delights. 

Pine Avenue is a shopper’s paradise, adorned with restaurants, dessert shops, jewelry stores, boutiques, and galleries. Its prime location near the Anna Maria City Pier, Bayfront Park, and the Rod and Reel Pier makes it a must-visit destination. Every stroll along this avenue is a delightful journey through Anna Maria Island’s vibrant culture.

Bridge Street

The heart of excitement on Anna Maria Island is Bridge Street, the island’s renowned “hot spot” that buzzes with energy and endless shopping delights. This bustling stretch is a treasure trove of diverse stores, from charming souvenir shops to unique jewelry and boutique clothing havens. 

Bridge Street is adorned with lively bars and mouthwatering restaurants, making it a perfect one-stop-shop for both retail therapy and culinary adventures. Get ready to shop, dine, and make memories along the lively stretch of Bridge Street!

Island Farmers’ Markets

Bradenton Farmer’s Market is your go-to haven for the finest locally sourced goodies! Every Saturday from October to May, this vibrant market invites you to immerse yourself in a cornucopia of delights from farm-fresh produce to eggs, seafood, and meats. 

The air is filled with the aroma of freshly picked fruits and the warmth of community spirit as locals and visitors alike gather to explore the market’s bountiful offerings and the lively community experience.

3 Best Restaurants

Get ready to savor the essence of culinary mastery as we unveil the top three restaurants that promise unparalleled dining experiences on Anna Maria Island.

The Sandbar Restaurant

Indulge in the epitome of island dining at The Sandbar Restaurant. This beloved gem is a must-visit on Anna Maria Island. With its prime location right on the beach, this restaurant offers not just a meal but an experience. Renowned for serving up delectable seafood, The Sandbar invites you to savor authentic Old Florida dishes any time of day.

The Waterfront Restaurant

Embark on a culinary adventure at The Waterfront Restaurant, where every visit promises a delightful exploration of flavors. This dining haven caters to both adventurous eaters and those who have their favorites, with a daily-changing menu that keeps things exciting.

Beach Bistro

Elevate your dining experience to new heights at Beach Bistro, the epitome of elegance on Anna Maria Island. For those seeking a touch of sophistication, this award-winning gem promises surfside meals that are nothing short of extraordinary. Indulge in a culinary journey featuring impeccable seafood and delectable cuts prepared just the way you like them.

Stay with Anna Maria Beach Resort 

Discover the epitome of luxury and comfort at our Anna Maria Island resort and choose from our 31 chic resort rooms, each boasting gulf views and stylish interiors. 

Whether you opt for a ground-floor room or one on the second floor, the beach is mere steps away. Our resort’s lagoon-style pool, fire pit, and grassy lawn, featuring games like cornhole and horseshoes, create an idyllic setting for relaxation and recreation. Unwind in our private poolside cabanas or seek shade under the thatched-roof tiki hut overlooking the water. 

Our goal is to redefine the motel experience, positioning our luxury suites at Anna Maria Beach Resort as a sleek and sophisticated destination. With the beach at your doorstep, signature dining, and island boutiques nearby, our resort offers not just accommodation but the vacation experience of a lifetime. Indulge in our oversized zero-entry pool, catch the trolley conveniently stopping on-site, and explore the island’s attractions. 

Anna Maria Beach Resort is more than a place to stay; it’s your key to an unforgettable island retreat where convenience meets coastal elegance. Book your stay with us and enjoy your Anna Maria Island experience with unforgettable memories!