Spring is a popular time for vacationers to descend upon the Sunshine State, from youthful spring breakers in search of the best nightlife, to those just looking to escape from the city and get a taste of oceanside living. If you’re looking for a destination that offers a leisurely escape for the springtime, without the rowdy crowds, Anna Maria Island is the place to be! With the natural beauty of the island, our fantastic dining scene, local shopping, and proximity to many nature reserves, and you have the ultimate lineup of spring vacation activities. Pair that with beaches that rival tropical islands in the Caribbean, and an excellent location between the Gulf Coast and Tampa Bay, it’s truly an unbeatable place for a spring vacation—and it’s even better when you take a road trip! If you’ve been thinking about a spring day trip to Anna Maria Island, we can tell you exactly why it’s the best idea you’ve ever had!

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Unforgettable Destinations Along the Way

When you take a day trip to Anna Maria Island, you get to experience the wonder of other popular Florida destinations, and maybe even plan an additional stop or two! Families or even the young at heart will love a few days in Orlando, where you can visit everything from multiple Disney Parks to Universal Studios. You’re in luck if the eastern coastline is on your way, as the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral are amazing stops for those that love everything from beaches to outer space. Tampa and St. Petersburg can be worked into the route for those that want to experience a bit of city life before their relaxing beach vacation, and the scenic interstate 275, which has two magnificent sea bridges that stretch over Tampa Bay. No matter the route you take, it’ll be full of lovely landscapes and scenic turns.

Highlights of Having Your Own Car on Anna Maria Island

Once you arrive on Anna Maria Island, you’ll love having your own vehicle! You can visit all three local towns, Anna Maria, Holmes Beach, and Bradenton Beach with ease. Spend the afternoon exploring Bridge St and have happy hour at the oyster bar on the historic pier and spend the evening back up in Anna Maria dining on fresh fish and chips. The possibilities are whatever you want them to be when you have your own way of getting around, and it will let you make stops at all the best spots on the island, from the best beaches for shell-hunting to the wonderful views from Bayfront Park.

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Discover Local Sights and Nearby Landmarks

There’s plenty to see just off Anna Maria Island, and since you’re taking a road trip, you’ll easily be able to drive to them all! If you’re a lover of wildlife and nature preserves, you’ll want to pay a visit to Robinson Preserve and Leffis Key Preserve, but there are several smaller preserves dotted around the area. Drive down to neighboring islands such as Longboat Key and Siesta Key, which offer up their own stunning slices of shoreline—a little further south, you’ll find Turtle Beach, a popular spot among locals to that area. For those that like shopping, the malls and stores of Bradenton aren’t very far, though you’ll find lots of local shopping on the island right on Pine Ave. In short, you’ll never run out of things to do!

Choose Your Ideal Vacation Rental

When your road-tripping to the island, you have the luxury of choosing exactly the vacation rental you’d like, without worrying about location as you have your trusty vehicle ready to drive anywhere! Pick a home with a private pool and a canal view or pick that home right on the beach knowing you can easily drive to pick up ingredients from the market if you need. We have a lovely selection of vacation homes with various features and amenities for a blissful escape to Anna Maria Island, from adorable beach cottages to gorgeous homes with unbelievable outdoor spaces, we have something for groups of all sizes. Of course, many of our homes have private parking and ample driveway space, perfect if you’re meeting up with other road-trippers from your family or group of friends!

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Plan Out Your Spring Day Trip to Anna Maria Island with Us!

If you’re looking for a trusted name in the local vacation home rental industry, look no further than us at Anna Maria Life! We’re family-owned and operated and seek to give our guests a boutique-style rental experience with personalized customer service and vacation homes that go above and beyond with their quality and amenities. If you’re ready to book your Anna Maria Island vacation rental for your spring road trip, feel free to give our friendly team a call today!