During a recent family trip we experienced the charm and intimate backdrop that is Anna Maria Island. Frequently praised by multiple sources as one of the best islands to visit, we had to see for ourselves just what made this little island such a unique spot. Mainsail Beach Inn’s casually chic accommodations created the perfect setting in which to take in the scope of the island.
Anna Maria Island is a small island situated just south of Tampa next to Bradenton, Fla. Tucked away on the west coast of the island is Mainsail Beach Inn, a luxurious beach resort offering two and three bedroom vacation rentals. The Inn sits along miles of pristine white beach and boasts breathtaking views of the sunset over the Gulf. The island is quite residential which gives your stay more of a home away from home vibe putting you in a mix of island time, and the feeling of being cozy in your favorite place. Mainsail’s hospitable staff bring that concept full circle, getting you fully up to speed with all the homey conveniences of your accommodations and welcoming you in with freshly made cookies.
|Enjoy the heated pool at Mainsail Beach Inn|
From the heated pool, to the white sandy beaches, if you are looking to get active you’ve come to the right place. Take a kayak or paddleboard out for a turn and get close to nature watching for dolphins and sea life as you find balance on the water. For more adventure the island awaits. Parasailing, deep sea fishing, boat charters, and bike rentals are all within easy access on the island giving you plenty of opportunity to embrace the sun and connect with family through bonding experiences. When your day turns to dusk, gather around the table and challenge each other to a game or puzzle provided by the resort. From the inside out, Mainsail provides ample opportunity for you to explore the island and find the spark that brings the magic to your family time. We enjoyed a tour of the island and surrounding waterways through Seaduced Watercraft Adventures. Captain Larry regaled us with stories of the Island and its rich history and future.
To experience the flavor of the island, taste the local fare at well known destinations like Beach Bistro (located directly across the street), or the Sandbar where you can secure a table right on the sand, or Mar Vista located on nearby Longboat Key. Make sure to visit AMI Donuts for their world famous made to order cake donuts where creations like Maple Bacon, Key Lime, and Sriracha tempt taste buds, not to mention raise a few eyebrows. When you are ready to bring home a treasure to remember visit the charming shops along Pine Avenue offering stylish island themed keepsakes. Walk one or both of Anna Maria’s piers and take in the expanse of the coastline and the crystal blue waters.
Anna Maria’s community is committed to preserving the culture of the island and strives to keep that “Old Florida” style. You’ll find the skyline refreshingly empty of high rises, replaced instead by neighborly kindness and wholesome values. Mainsail Beach Inn’s dedication to that same philosophy makes them the ideal setting for your next escape.
Plan your next getaway for the Gulf Coast of Florida and discover the luxury, hospitality, and timeless charm of Mainsail Beach Inn, and Anna Maria Island.