Anna Maria Island during the holiday season

An evening sunset on Bradenton Beach restaurant on Anna Maria Island

It is the holiday season, and you are vacationing on Anna Maria Island for Christmas or New Years.

You will not be disappointed. AMI has a lot to offer – warm weather and no snow or black ice on the roads. The average temperature normally ranges from 65 to 75 degree this time of the year. The waters in the Gulf of Mexico are too cold for swimming, however many resort rentals have heated swimming pools for their guest.

Holmes Beach - Anna Maria Island

I think the biggest vacation attractions on AMI are – It is very relaxing atmosphere; AMI is a good place to relax and get away from the everyday pressure of life. Anna Maria Island is not over commercialized, there are no fast food restaurants and buildings are restricted to three stories. There is only one restaurant that has access to the beach and that is the Manatee county park. Anna Maria Island is not a party town. The vast number of people coming here are vacationing couples or families.

Transportation, you do not need an automobile on Anna Maria Island

One of the unique aspects of AMI is the Island FREE TROLLEY. The trolley runs about ever 20 minutes and there are frequent stops on the island. However, the trolley does not run north of Pine Ave. There are many golf cart rentals on the island, but you may pay about $600.00 for a week rental. The Monkey Bus also provides transportation service through out the Island. Another means of transportation on the Island is a bicycle. Many resorts provide bicycles to their guest. As a last resort, there are many bicycle rentals on the Island. They will deliver a bicycle to your vacation rental and will pick the bicycle up when you leave.

Vacationing needs going to the beach, there are many rental companies that will supply you with beach necessities, beach tents, umbrellas, cooler, or whatever you need.

Publix is the main food store on Anna Maria and is conventionally located on East Bay Drive and highway 64. Publix will take phone orders for groceries and even deliver them to your rental just before you arrive.

Anna Maria Island wants the visitors to relax and enjoy your stay and vacation on the Island.

For additional information about Anna Maria Island vacationing, please visit the Chamber of Commerce website at Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce

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