There are 2 bridges to gain access to AMI , the northern artery is Manatee Avenue & the southern bridge is Cortez Road where they both will take you east into Bradenton away from the gorgeous sugar sand beaches to the west. If you wish to continue on their main artery of AMI due south past Bridge street – SR 789 to drive slowly to enjoy the miles of public beaches, & past Coquina Beach to catch a sunset at Greer Island (aka Beer Can Island) over the last bridge which is Longboat Pass to welcome you onto LBK.
The island is known for short term rentals, lots of golf cart rentals, fun tours & busy activity every weekend especially during spring break plan to do a lot of local walking to close by bistros or be prepared to wait in traffic either exiting the bridges or by Manatee avenue to the North.
Anna Maria Island is a barrier island on Florida’s Gulf Coast. It's known for its broad beaches, like Manatee Beach Park. In the small resort city of Anna Maria, Pine Avenue is lined with shops, galleries and eateries. Anna Maria Island Historical Society Museum features a restored 1920 cottage. Nearby, the wooden City Pier dates from 1911. In Bradenton Beach City, Bridge Street Market sells food, art and jewelry, lots of music, great people watching and amazing sunsets!
What is the vibe on Anna Maria Island?
While there are plenty of restaurants and bars to visit and live music to be seen, the atmosphere on the island is more laid-back than what some may expect from a party destination. Anna Maria Island's beaches are calm and serene, with plenty of spots for visitors to relax and soak up some Florida sun!
With miles of beautiful, white-sand beaches, clear blue waters, lush mangrove forests, and unique local restaurants, you are guaranteed a mouthwatering experience, waterfront dining experience on Anna Maria Island.
From breezy lunch spots to al fresco dining overlooking stunning beaches to authentic local dishes and tropical cocktails, forget your troubles and escape into island time while savoring some of the area's finest cuisine with unbeatable views.
Whether it's a romantic dinner for two or just a lunch break with friends during your vacation “get away”, these 11 Best Waterfront Restaurants on Anna Maria Island have something special to offer everyone who visits.
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