The casual elegance of island living includes warmth, comfort and familiarity with easy-going residents reminiscent of Old Florida. This laid-back culture is both the natural effect of the serene environment as well as a deliberate effort by the locals to preserve the rich historical heritage of the island.
Anna Maria Island is a great place to relax but it doesn't stop there. With 7 miles of fine powder sand and clear azure waters, all three cities of the island enjoy direct beach access and all the recreation that comes with it. Kayaking, sport fishing and observing local wildlife are popular activities here. The island itself is a bird sanctuary. Greet the day with the great blue heron, soaring pelicans and laughing gulls creating background music. With year round sunshine, a warm tropical climate and sea temperatures averaging 80 degrees, the waters surrounding the Island are known as the Nursery because of the large numbers of bottlenose dolphins that raise their young here. The environmentally preserved beaches are home to loggerhead turtles and manatees of which the residents actively participate in their protection.
With the average daily temperature in the 70s and 80s and low humidity from November through April, almost every day is perfect for seeking outdoor events and exploring the numerous venues.
There is no shortage of shopping, although the bigger box stores and commercial chains are missing, but not missed. Eclectic boutiques, fresh food markets and specialty shops can be found on Anna Maria City's two main streets and more densely in adjoining towns of touristy Holmes Beach and more merchant-concentrated Bradenton Beach. Perhaps you might prefer to explore the internationally known St. Armands Circle shops of Sarasota, within a 30 minute drive or venture to Tampa only 40 miles to the north.
A day in the life of an Anna Maria City resident might start with a workout at a local fitness center or a round of golf on a lush rolling course. Next perhaps is an appointment for some pampering at a relaxing spa. After that, why not partake in some shopping or a calming dip in the warm surf? Dinner can consist of fresh-caught seafood at a restaurant on the beach before taking in a play at one of many performing arts venues. Enjoying live music at any number of exciting venues and celebrating the Gulf's magnificent sunsets are part of the daily culture. If only your camera could catch the impossible turquoise of the water.
Whether it's a power walk on the beach, a kayak tour or a relaxed ride on the free, 1940's style trolley that runs the length of the island every half hour, enjoy discovering what makes our residents cherish each day. Whatever your idea of unwinding is, Anna Maria City is the place to work, play and live well.
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