I have recently been really stressed at work and couldn’t sleep on Saturday morning so instead of staring at my bedroom ceiling, I convinced my handsome husband to get up at 6:30 am to go get coffee and watch the sunrise at the Saint Petersburg Pier. We stayed for a little while but then decided to jump in the car and drive to Anna Maria Island which is only about 40 minutes away! This hidden gem is located on the west coast of Florida, and it offers the perfect blend of relaxation and adventure.
Even though it was a bit overcast it was still breathtaking, calm, and serene. Just what I needed.
One of the things that I love most about Anna Maria Island is its stunning beaches. The island is home to seven different beaches, each with its own unique character and charm. You can spend a day at Bean Point, which has calm waters and is great for swimming and sunbathing. Or you can visit the Pier at the end of Bridge Street, which is a popular spot for fishing and people-watching. We decided to have breakfast on the sand at Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe where I allowed myself to have a quarter of a waffle as a delicious treat!
In addition to the beaches, Anna Maria Island also offers a variety of activities and attractions like kayaking through the mangroves, which is a peaceful and serene experience. We also visited some of the local shops and galleries, which offered a taste of the island’s laid-back lifestyle.
Overall, my short and sporadic trip to Anna Maria Island was a truly unforgettable experience that I needed at that moment. If you are looking for a relaxing getaway or an action-packed adventure, I highly recommend visiting this beautiful island. You won’t be disappointed