Getting to Anna Maria Island is a bucket-list accomplishment in itself, as our stunning barrier island offers up some of the most pristine coastline in the entire country. Life on the island is a postcard perfect picture of a tropical scene, with sand as white as sugar and clear water with a turquoise-hue, and as such is one of the best vacation destinations in Florida! Once you arrive, you might find yourself what bucket-list activities you can check off during your visit to AMI. Luckily, we’ve gathered a list of bucket-list items for you to check out, so you can plan for your next Anna Maria vacation!

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Snorkel in Crystal Clear Water in Stunning Surrounds

Anna Maria Island is the perfect place to check this activity off your bucket-list if you’ve never done it before and is a great place to repeat it if you already have! Our coastline offers unbeatable snorkeling conditions, as the water is clear and provides an excellent view. You can see everything from manatees to stingrays, and creatures like sea turtles and subtropical fish. Rent gear from a local outfitter—many also offer their own tours if you don’t want to set out alone. Popular snorkeling spots include Holmes Beach as well as Egmont Key, where you’re likely to find a sand dollar or two—another great bucket-list item!

Go on a Sunset Cruise on the Gulf of Mexico

What could be more epic than ticking a sunset cruise off your bucket-list? Sail along the Gulf of Mexico while you take in a spectacular sunset, perhaps even toasting with a glass of champagne or two. You’ll find local companies offering sunset excursions, both public and private if you feel like going all out and reserving your own personal charter. With tours usually running from an hour and a half to two hours, you’ll be treated to plenty of scenic views while the sun sinks below the horizon and paints the sky with stunning colors. You certainly won’t regret going on a sunset cruise in AMI!

See Wild Bottlenose Dolphins with Sightseeing Tours

Wild dolphins are magnificent creatures, and are best viewed unencumbered in their natural habitat, where you’ll find them vibrant and full of life! Luckily there’s several companies on AMI that offer this unbelievable experience, such as AMI Dolphin Tours and Bradenton Beach Marina. You’ll cruise along the coastline and keys of Anna Maria Island, learning about these wonderful animals as you observe them wild and free in one of their favorite spots along the coast! You’re also likely to spot tons of other wildlife, from birds of prey to sea turtles and more. This is definitely a bucket-list item not to be missed!

Sample the Best Fresh Seafood Right on the Beach

Take advantage of being oceanside, and dine on some of the freshest Gulf seafood, with your feet in the sand! Stop by the Anna Maria Beach Café to grab island catch fish tacos with seating on the beach or opt for The Sandbar for an upscale vibe with ocean views. Other seafood spots include the Anna Maria Oyster Bar and Rod and Reel Pier, each of which are located at the end of a pier surrounded by water without a bad seat in the house. The Ugly Grouper is a great spot to order a few cocktails and appetizers, and they frequently have live music on their patio. Feast on fresh seafood in style on Anna Maria Island!

See Where the Gulf of Mexico Meets Tampa Bay

The northern tip of Anna Maria Island offers panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico meeting with Tampa Bay, and far off views of the famous Sunshine Skyway Bridge that stretches across the sparkling waters of the bay. The beach at Bean Point offers a secluded feel and is the optimal spot for the best views, and it’s an unbeatable spot for a picnic lunch. Pair this activity with a beach day at Bean Point, and you’re enjoying this bucket-list item in more ways than one!

Experience Kayaking in the Keys on a Local Tour

Whether you’re a pro kayaker or an eager beginner, it’s absolutely a bucket-list item to kayak in the keys surrounding Anna Maria Island. If you’re experienced you can set out on your own, or you can book a tour with a local company such as Happy Paddler Kayak Tours. You’ll be able to get a unique perspective on the island from the water, spot wildlife, drink in unforgettable views, and check off another item from your AMI bucket-list.

Book Your Bucket-List Anna Maria Vacation Today!

If you’re looking for the perfect bucket-list vacation rental, you’re in luck! At Anna Maria Life, we offer everything from beach front properties to cozy seaside cottages. Chat with us or call us and we’ll help you pick the best AMI vacation rental today!

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