Anna Maria Island Day Trip: Beaches, Food, and More

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Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island is a barrier island off the coast of Tampa Bay and is the perfect spot for a fun and romantic day trip. Not only is it a short and beautiful ride to get there, Anna Maria is also complete with broad, white sand beaches, crystal blue waters, art galleries, boutiques, and a plethora of restaurants where you and your loved one can enjoy a tasty meal.

There is so much to do here, but make sure to check out the following during your next trip to the island.


Bean Point

Bean Point is an exclusive, private beach on Anna Maria Island, but with easy public access, this beach a must-go. This spot is slightly off the beaten path, making it one of the more unique, nature-oriented beaches in the area. Much different and less crowded than the beaches found in Clearwater and St. Pete, couples can enjoy beautiful wildlife and picturesque views of the water. It is also important to note that this is ideal place to watch one of Anna Maria’s beautiful sunsets.

The beach is located on the northern most tip of the island, so keep driving out and you will stumble upon it. As it is a bit more isolated than the other beaches in the area, make sure to plan accordingly.

Manatee Public Beach

Address: 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

Manatee Public Beach is a more crowded beach on the island, but with good reason. This beautiful white sand beach is a favorite for locals and tourists alike. Enjoy the sunshine, swim in the beautiful blue waters, or play volleyball at the courts with your loved one. In addition, this spot has bathrooms, changing rooms, showers, etc, that some of the other beaches lack.

Lastly, there are many restaurants and bars nearby if you and your loved one get hungry mid-beach day. This is the place for you and your loved one if you are trying to party.

In addition to these two beaches, also make sure to check out Coquina Beach and Bradenton Beach. 

Speaking of getting hungry …


The Sandbar Restaurant

Address: 100 Spring Ave, Anna Maria, FL 34216

Located on the north end of the island, The Sandbar Restaurant cannot be missed while visiting Anna Maria Island. You and your significant other can enjoy fresh seafood with your toes in the sand, as the restaurant’s seating is on the beach itself. Devour some of Florida’s fresh grouper, sip on a tropical cocktail, and watch the sunset while visiting Sandbar.

This place is a local favorite so be sure to check it out to end your day on the island.

Blue Marlin Grill

Address: 121 Bridge St, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217

Blue Marlin Grill serves up the freshest, local seafood and is a must-visit for couples in the area. In addition to their tasty food, Blue Marlin Grill is also known for their back deck, better referred to as “The Trap Yard.” This 1920’s cottage turned restaurant is the ideal environment for couples wanting to have a good time. In addition, there is live music on the weekends.

You’ll feel some serious Caribbean vibes while visiting this local joint. Don’t miss out on this place – filled with Anna Maria Island character, friendly staff, and seafood that cannot be beat.

Due to its popularity however, make sure to make a reservation beforehand.

In addition to these two restaurants, also make sure to check out Rod and Reel Pier and Poppo’s Taqueria.

Lastly, you and your loved one must visit Pine Avenue during your day trip to the island.

Pine Avenue is known as the “Greenest Little Main Street in America,” and is full of a plethora of colorful boutiques, beautiful greenery, and quaint eateries. Enjoy some tasty treats from local shops and learn some history about the island while you’re at it. Taking a stroll down this cute street is essential when . 

There you have it, folks.

Head on down to Anna Maria with your loved one for a day you’ll never forget.

For more fun day trip ideas, check out Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream or Visit Florida's Springs.

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