Recently, (two weeks after I retired (WooHoo!)) I was lucky enough to spend a few weeks on Anna Maria Island. What a treat!. This seven mile long island is chock full of everything you’d want for a beach getaway - six (!) beaches; warm weather; friendly faces; delicious eateries; hometown feel; activities for everyone; plenty of day trips; free trolley; and so on and on and on!
My absolute favorite activity on the Island is catching the sunset. In my book there’s not a lot that can beat getting comfy at the beach with a refreshing drink and witnessing an unforgettable sunset. Somedays I took a glass of wine from the little cottage we rented, walked across the street to the beach and enjoyed the view while pinching myself to make sure I wasn’t dreaming but actually did retire! Other days as the sunset hour approached I walked or took the trolley to one of several outdoor bars/cafes and shared the experience with new friends that were either locals, seasonal locals or tourists. Any way you slice it the sunsets on AMI are a winner. Here are a few of the gazillion sunset photos I took. Pretty eh?
There’s a whole day to fill before the sunset starts to roll in and AMI offers many choices: kayaking, windsurfing, jet skiing, paddle surfing (really cool mix between surfing & jet skiing), fishing, dolphin & manatee spotting, parasailing, hop on a sunset cruise, rent a golf cart or scooter to take a fun ride along the coast, boutique and artsy shopping, treating yourself to a massage/spa treatment; taking a Segway tour, just to name a few.
Ok. I’m gonna be honest … as much as I kinda want to be training for a marathon … I am possibly the most nonathletic person you’ll ever meet in your life. (And always have been. My junior high school coach made a deal with me that if I’d run one lap of the track he’d spot me the other three laps. :)) Shared that little tidbit as a lead in to say that of the activities listed above here’s what I did during my stay on AMI: fishing, looking for dolphin & manatee (on a boat tour), sunset cruise (or three), massage (or two) and seriously tried to boost the local economy by shopping. Oh gracious, almost forgot that I also spent several (or many (depending on how you count)) afternoons at Bridge Tender Dockside Bar with a “Teri Gets Kraken” watching and cheering on other folks as they parasailed, kayaked and jet skied. Technically that probably counts for me too!
AMI has no high rise condos or hotels and no drive thru fast food restaurants but it does have quite a selection of very good restaurants in various settings. Pretty much whatever you have in mind - Seafood, Mexican, Indian, Chinese, American Comfort, German, Fish You Just Caught (and bring from the dock for the restaurant to prepare); Beach Bars, Casual, Fancy, In-Between; Inside, Outside, Beachside; Music, Live Music, No Music - you can find it on AMI.
The three weeks I was lucky enough to spend on Anna Maria Island were completely delightful and I am looking forwarding to another visit. Maybe I’ll see you there!
Happy & Safe Travels!
p.s. If you are thinking of visiting AMI and have any questions or want restaurant recommendations or anything just ask in the comments below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come along with this southern girl on my fun travel adventures! I’m taking the tours; seeing the sites; trying out the hotels; dining at the restaurants; cruising on the cruise ships; and sharing the experiences on this blog. I hope you enjoy reading about my travel escapades and that they will be inspiring and helpful when planning your own fabulous adventures.