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“Wonderful, unspoilt Florida” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Anna Maria Island

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Anna Maria Island, FL
Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
90 reviews 90 reviews
Reviews in 49 cities Reviews in 49 cities
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
“Wonderful, unspoilt Florida”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2009

Loved Anna Maria Island. Have been to Florida many times but not to this area. It is quiet, virtually no night life so doesn't attract rowdies, only older people and in holiday periods, families. No chains except a single Domino's for take out pizza. No hotel chains, just condos and vacation rentals. Wonderful!
Mile upon mile of unspoilt white sand beach, lots of beautiful birds and shells. Wonderful sunsets. Ideal for a low key, laid back holiday with many great restaurants along Gulf View Drive. Particularly good are Sharkeys and Mr Bones. Enjoy!

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Newark
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
“Laid back & friendly”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2009

Spent 10 days on the island in Nov 2009 and we couldn't have chosen a better place to relax. Everywhere was clean and tidy and everyone we met was friendly and helpful. The beach is one of the best we have been on and so much better for being low season. There was lots to do, particularly water sports, and all the restaurants we tried were very good (The Sandbar particularly so as you could watch spectacular sunsets from their patio). The only downside was that we had to go off-island to rent Harleys, but if that is the worst criticism of a place it is surley and indication of how good it is.

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Fort wayne
2 reviews
“Favorite place in Florida”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2009

My grandparents live in nearby Bradenton. When my Grandpa died, we didn't want to stay with my Grandma as she might be stressed with all of us there. We stayed on Anna Maria Island, just over the bridge from their home. The beaches were absolutely beautiful. It was a little gem in Florida. We've been a few places, mexico, all over florida, the caribbean, etc. The beaches there were absolutely beautiful and among the best we'd seen. The sand was small and fine rather than the chunky stuff you might find elsewhere. It was tinged pink and was very clean. It was extremely family friendly. We were able to walk anywhere or drive anywhere. There are no chain hotels on the the island. Apparently, they were banned years ago. There are these adorable homes and cottages. Every hotel was owned by a local or someone similar. No big companies here.

We stayed at the tradewinds resort. It had a small kitchen and living area and one bedroom. It was very clean and very nice. Felt like home. It was just across the street from the beach. Most of the hotels are across the street from the beach. The beach looks a lot nicer and more accessible to me that way. Most of the hotels and cottages are painted in bright key west colors with lots of flowers and foilage growing everywhere. It was a really beautiful area. I was completely suprised at how nice the area was. Very laidback. It was perfect for a family. I wouldn't hesitate to take anyone there. And, I've recommended it to all of my friends even more so than any of the "tropical" places we've been. It was a suprise!

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Groveport, Ohio
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11 reviews 11 reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“We Fell in Love with Anna Maria Island!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2009

We stayed on Anna Maria Island for a week in August 2009. We decided to rent a house with a private pool that was only two houses to the beach. The beach was perfect! We walked on a short path through the sea oats to find a beautiful white powder sand beach. The sand was so soft and cool on your feet. There were NO crowds. The gulf waters felt like bath water and the waves were gentle.

Each morning we would take a walk along the beach and I loved looking at all the different houses, condominiums, and hotels along the way. There are no high-rise condominiums! The beaches were very clean.

Anna Maria Island, which includes the cities of Anna Maria, Holmes Beach, and Bradenton Beach, is not crowded and hectic. The only chain restaurant we saw was a Domino’s Pizza. Our favorite restaurants were the Sandbar and Mr. Bones.

Be sure to go to the Anna Maria Historical Society. It was very interesting to hear about the history of the island and it takes less than an hour to see everything.

We also enjoyed browsing in Ginny & Jane’s in the Old IGA, an eclectic place where you can find some unique souvenirs or surf the net in the internet café.

I would highly recommend Anna Maria if you are looking for a slower paced, relaxing vacation. We are planning to go back in 2012 to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary.

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Aurora, CO
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Our little hideaway”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2009

This is our third trip to Anna Maria Island. A wonderful, quiet family place to stay. No Disney crowds and soothing sounds from the Gulf.

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