Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island

SouthernLiving.com recently published their Insider’s Guide to Anna Maria Island. To read the entire article or view more spectacular images from Anna Maria Island, please click here. Additionally, you will find: favorite places to stay, boutique shopping, advice on exploring the island and information on island activities.

The motto of Florida’s Anna Maria Island says it all: “Welcome to paradise without an attitude.”
– Editor Wanda McKinney shares how to enjoy this slice of heaven.

About the Island

Surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico, Tampa Bay, and the Intracoastal Waterway, Anna Maria Island is an easy 1 1/2-hour drive from Tampa.  It’s only 7 1/2 miles long and less than a mile wide and, for starters, boasts not a single towering condo. (No building over three stories is allowed.) Chain restaurants? Very few of them. The restaurants are delightfully local and extremely good. In other words, you’ve stepped into the Florida of decades ago, with one major difference: New amenities enhance the old charm for a winning combination.