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Which Airport to fly into?

Shadow Hills, CA
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Which Airport to fly into?

Which Airport do you fly into for Anna Maria Island? Also.. is august Hurricaine season there???? Would coming in july be a safer bet? Are the waters there calm enough for children? Day trip advice? We are coming from Los Angeles for the first time. Thank-you for all advice.

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1. Re: Which Airport to fly into?

Closest ariport is Sarasota, but flights to there are usually a lot more. Tampa is only about an hour away, and a very user friendly airport. August is more likely tohave hurricanes than July. In mid summer the waters more closely resemble a small lake than the ocean. Seriously, very calm, and almost hot. AMI is a very family friendly place. Day trips: Mote Aquarium is a must. They also have an eco boat tour into Sarasota Bay. Jungle Gardens, the Ringling Museum, kayaking, bike riding, etc.

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2. Re: Which Airport to fly into?

we flew into to srq last year and tampa this year due to pricing issues

not a bad drive from tampa. took one hour to reach our destination but took 1-1/2 to get back to airport. we were in rush hour traffic. keep in mind tampa is a large international airport. while user friendly, it is large so plan accordingly.

i would fly into either just to get to AMI!!!!

Brandon, Florida
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3. Re: Which Airport to fly into?

There's also the St. Petersburg/Clearwater airport which would be a tad closer than Tampa. And many discount airlines use it.

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4. Re: Which Airport to fly into?

it is a bit closer but we could not find a flight out of cleveland into clrwtr

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5. Re: Which Airport to fly into?

My vote is the Tampa airport. We flew in on Friday evening and got a late flight out Saturday.

I really like Tampa's airport, location, and I agree user friendly.

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6. Re: Which Airport to fly into?

Definitely check out Sarasota (airline code SRQ) because it is the closest and easiest to get to AMI; a very small airport with minimal wait time for security clearance and rental cars directly outside. Main airlines will be Delta, AirTran, JetBlue, US Airways. But as others have said, Tampa will usually be cheaper for airfares (but not necessarily for rental car rates) and is not a bad option.

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