Anna Maria Local Information and Homes for Sale
Anna Maria Island is an out of the ordinary island in the sun. Located on the West Coast of Florida, about 35 Miles south of Tampa, Anna Maria Island is the barrier between the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay.
Almost 8 miles of white-sand beaches are stretching along the Gulf coastline southwards to Longboat Key Pass. The beautiful homes on the key are hidden behind lush sub-tropical vegetation - almost invisible; and when you hear the island birds, you feel the peace and security of times gone by.
Anna Maria has actually resisted changing over the years. On this laid-back island, there are still many places where you can feel the "old Florida" charm. Also, at first glance you may not notice it, there is an extensive canal network throughout the island. Therefore, many homes have their own deep water docks and many others offer spectacular bay views.
Although a true island, surrounded by water on all sides, Anna Maria Island is easily accessible by automobile. Two drawbridges (Manatee and Cortez Bridge) are available for the motorist. The bridge at the north end of the island connects Anna Maria with the mainland; the bridge at the south end connects it with the next barrier island, which is "Longboat Key".
Maybe a little Further Out - but not in the Boonies
Do you want to live on the key full-time or part-time? Whatever your decision is, you are not out in the boonies, although, you are still on an island. That means that you are not alone, you are not cut off from civilization, but you will be a little off the path. Island living is a somewhat different. If a bridge fails you have to go to the other one. Usually the traffic gets thicker when there is only one bridge.
All those big stores (Walmart, Home Depot etc.) are a little further away. It might take an hour or more for a round trip.
In season there is definitely more traffic and congestion on the island. When the island population doubles or quadruples within those three months, there is a lot going on. You will not feel like Robinson Crusoe anymore.
However, when the craziness is over, you will be rewarded. Nothing can beat the laid back island lifestyle. Without any doubt, the Island life is different. The first thing you need to do: You may have to learn how to relax again. On Anna Maria, you actually learn how to spend your days with the "simple things" again. It is a very laid back lifestyle. No hustle and bustle - you are not in New York City anymore! No running around like a headless chicken. The mills grind slowly on an island..and especially on Anna Maria island! But once you get the hang of it - you will love it.
Is there Anything else You can do - besides "Relaxing?"
Fishing, shelling, swimming, or maybe reading a good book in the shade of a palm tree, that is what you want to do on this island. Leave your headaches, your files, your stress... at home. When was the last time you've read a good book? Can you remember the title of the book? What was it about? If your answer is "hm" you really need to relax!
Anna Maria Island, which belongs to Manatee County, is divided into the three cities of Anna Maria (north), Holmes Beach (center), and Bradenton Beach (south). Anna Maria is mostly residential and actually the quietest of the three. Here you can find many vacation rental possibilities. Holmes Beach is the largest community. Bradenton Beach is centered around the renovated pier complex, facing the bay side.
So, where is actually the best spot on the island? We don't know, the entire island is a beautiful place. It all depends on what you are looking for. Are there homes for sale on Anna Maria Island? You bet! There is a wide variety of homes for sale on the island. Check it out here and email us or give us a call at 941-244-8341 if you like what you see.