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Why Anna Maria Island is the Most Romantic Florida Holiday

  • By Christopher da Costa
  • Published 09 February 2024
  • Revised 13 February 2024
Why Anna Maria Island is the Most Romantic Florida Holiday
  • By Christopher da Costa
  • Published 09 February 2024
  • Revised 13 February 2024
Why Anna Maria Island is the Most Romantic Florida Holiday
  • By Christopher da Costa
  • Published 09 February 2024
  • Revised 13 February 2024
Located just off Florida’s Southern coast, Anna Maria Island is the perfect romantic getaway. Boasting a pristine coastline, award-winning restaurants, and exhilarating excursions, you’ll be falling in love with the island as well as with each other. So, whether you’re looking for the ultimate honeymoon or just a little quality time away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, Anna Maria Island is calling out. Here’s just a few reasons why you need to book this trip of a lifetime today…

White sandy beaches

Seven miles of white powdery sand and turquoise waters await at Anna Maria Island. You can take a romantic stroll, relax with the sand in your toes, or take advantage of the idyllic backdrop for those loved up photos - there’s no better place to do it. Bean Point Beach, situated at the north of the island offers a more serene and secluded spot, while Manatee Beach in the heart of the island is a more family friendly beach with a café, gift shop, and barbeque grills.

Endless sunsets

Nothing screams romantic bliss more than cosying up with your significant other in the presence of a glorious sunset. Anna Maria Island is renowned for its stunning sunsets, which paint the sky with vibrant hues of orange, pink and, purple. And there are many ways to experience this breathtaking sight of the sun dipping below the horizon. The historic City Pier is a wonderful place to enjoy the sunset with mesmerising views out on to the Gulf. Or perhaps you want to enjoy dinner and drinks as you watch the sun go down? Holmes Beach has several waterfront restaurants to choose from. So, if you’re ready to ride off into the sunset together, there are many options.

Divine Dining

There can be plenty of wining and dining this holiday with the abundance of restaurants on offer. Tuck into fresh seafood at The Waterfront Restaurant while appreciating outstanding views of the Gulf from the open-air patio seating. Or you can soak up the beach vibes at the Sandbar, where scrumptious food, drink, and sand in your toes go hand in hand. And when it’s time for dessert, what better way to celebrate your love in Florida than by sharing an iconic key lime pie.

Adventures a plenty

If you’re looking to ignite that romantic spark with something a little different this holiday, Anna Maria Island has an abundance of choice. Get the adrenaline flowing with activities such as jetskiing, paddleboarding, and parasailing. Or opt for storybook romance with horse riding on the beach. And you can even take it up a notch with a unique horse surfing lesson, where the horse is your surfboard through the stunning Gulf waters.

The island also offers several tours and excursions, including a two-hour dolphin sightseeing tour and heavenly sunset tours to end the day in style. A little further afield, you’ll find Egmont Key State Park. At just a boat or ferry ride away, it offers couples the chance to hike, picnic, snorkel, or shell, as well as explore the 19th century ruins of Fort Dade. 

Art and culture

Beyond the surf and sand of the island, you will also find a great amount of art and cultural experiences to enjoy together. With a rich history dating back to the early 20th century, you can explore historical sites such as the Anna Maria Island Historical Museum, which displays artifacts and exhibits highlighting the island's past. Or if you want to soak up some art, there are various art galleries, public art installations, as well as art festivals throughout the year. Plus, if you want to take home a little piece of the island’s culture, there are various shops and boutiques offering unique local crafts.

Swimming with manatees

How about ticking off a bucket list item together to cement your love? Swimming with manatees is a popular choice for visitors to Anna Maria Island, especially Crystal River, approximately one hundred miles north. The best time to spot these gentle giants is from November to early March, when they move closer to the shore in search of warmer waters. Snorkelling is the best way to see them as their poor eyesight often involves a face-to-face encounter. And what’s more, you can be sure that date night conversation will be lively after a day swimming with manatees. 

Luxury accommodation

With a variety of intimate and luxury lodgings, you may not want to even leave your room this holiday. At Ocean Florida, we are ready to help you find that perfect property for your romantic getaway. Does the sound of waking up and stepping straight onto the beach sound like paradise? Well, Bungalow Beach resort has charming bungalows nestled right on the sand to let you do just that. If you want to take advantage of luxury lodging, Tortuga Inn Beach Resort offers a selection of hotel rooms and studios, as well as two community pools, a hot tub, and complimentary beach chairs and umbrellas. Or you might want to stay at Bali Hai Beach Resort, where the recent addition of the Sea & Sol Spa takes blissful relaxation to the next level. 

Ease of exploration

What makes Anna Maria Island a smart choice for your romantic Florida holiday is the charming small-town feel. The island’s compact size makes it easy for couples to explore without the stress of extensive travel. A fantastic way to get around is by renting a tandem bicycle, which gives you the chance to discover the many beaches, shops, and restaurants scattered across the island. If you’re looking to grab some souvenirs, Pine Avenue boasts a range of unique stores. Or if you want to create the perfect date, the Maria Selby Botanical Gardens is the ideal setting. 

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