Beaches: Most vacationers are excited to enjoy the sugar white sands and warm tropical waters of the Florida Gulf. At Anna Maria Island Home Rentals you are steps away from all that the Gulf has to offer - choose a quiet stretch or head towards the public beach where you can enjoy picnic tables, playgrounds, and showers located on the 7-mile long beach. Parasailing is a unique way to float high above the island and view all it has to offer. Boat, jet ski, kayak, paddle and surfboard rentals are close by if you are a more active type. Both fishing piers (Rod & Reel Pier & Anna Maria City Pier) have delicious restaurants to satisfy your hunger in case your catch of the day gets away! Click to read more details in our BEACH GUIDE.
Enjoy cold pink lemonade and a blackened grouper sandwich at The Sandbar - right on the beach - a Sirenia Favorite!
Fishing: There are many options to satisfy the anglers attracted to this world class fishing site. Try your luck at the piers or charter a boat and enjoy some deep sea fishing. The local captains know the best spots to find an abundance of fish. There are no licenses required if escorted by one of Anna Maria Island's licensed fishing guides. Snook, trout, redfish, snapper and tarpon are the local catch. There is also saltwater fishing right on the canal at Sirenia Beach House, Sirenia Cove and Sirenia By The Sea. The kids will love it! Click here to rent Fishing Rods on your next visit.
A great way to enjoy Anna Maria’s waterways is to rent a boat and tour the Inter-coastal waterway. The family will delight in the wildlife that abounds here. Dolphin and manatee sitings are commonplace. Sea shelling on a private island is another favorite past time. We highly recommend Seaduced Watercraft Adventures. The staff and crew are super friendly and a Sirenia Favorite! These folks can set you up with jet skiing, power boating, sailing and even helicopter tours! They are located close by at Holmes Beach Marina. You can contact them at http://www.seaducedagain.com/
If you want a pontoon boat to house your larger group, we recommend Boat Florida. Dan has a selection of pontoon boats, fully equipped with GPS, depth finder, charts and more. It's easy to dock your boat in the backyard of our luxury rentals and enjoy all that the island has to offer. Contact Dan at www.boatflorida.net
Not sure you're ready to be Captain yet, you can always hop on the Anna Maria Water Shuttle which offers excursions throughout the week at a nominal fee. Check their updated schedule at www.amiwatershuttle.com
Kayaking is our favourite way to get up close and personal with the dolphins, manatees and other marine life in our vacation rental backyards. Click here to rent a single or double kayak, you don't have to be staying with us and they will deliver directly to your door.
Scuba Diving & Snorkeling: Snorkelers and divers can explore right from the beaches. There are local dive sites located offshore at Bradenton Beach where you can explore the S.S. Regina just 12 - 20 feet down. This steel tanker was loaded with molasses when it sank in a tropical storm. Another favorite snorkel site is right off of Egmont Key where natural reefs have formed from previous ruins. Click here to rent yourself some snorkel gear.
Wildlife: The Sarasota Bay is home to the longest monitored family of dolphins by the MOTE Marine Laboratory. Dolphin sightings are common in and around the Intercoastal and Gulf waterways. Manatees are another wonderful creature that call Anna Maria Island home. This endangered species is found lounging close to vegetation in the calm waterways. Anna Maria is also known for its sea turtle nesting grounds. The sea turtles have found a haven on Anna Maria every May thru October and have been monitored since the island has been inhabited. You may find out more information through the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch website www.islandturtlewatch.com.
Bike, parasailing, kayak and golf cart rentals: There are several rental businesses that will rent by the hour, daily or weekly. Kayaking and Paddleboarding are a truly relaxing and spiritual way to explore the local wildlife. Observe crabs, stingrays, birds and manatees in their lush tropical surroundings. There are eco-tours by boat available around the island from the Mote Marine Aquarium www.mote.org. You can find an abundance of sport rental businesses on the Anna Maria chamber of commerce website. www.annamariaislandchamber.org
If you can't find what you need through our Activities Booking Page, then we recommend using Fun and More Rentals. Your complete source for rental services, from baby items for everything your child needs and much, much more. Free delivery makes it a breeze! Contact them at www.FunandmoreRentals.com
We also recommend Beach Bums Island Attitude for fun in the sun colorful electric bikes, Surrey bikes (great for weddings) and more. Located around the corner for our vacation rentals in Anna Maria. Contact them at www.beachbumsami.com
Golfing: There is an abundance of world class golfing in the Anna Maria and the Bradenton area. The Key Royale golf course is a private club offering members a choice of annual, seasonal or summer memberships Visit their website for information. http://keyroyaleclub.com
Timber Creek Golf Club is located nearby in Bradenton. Cathy Schmidt LPGA offers golf lessons at this 9 hole location. www.timbercreekgolf.org
Need a challenge? Visit the Legacy Golf Club - voted on Zagat’s list of top golf courses 2007-2010. Get more information on this Arnold Palmer designed course at www.legacygolfclub.com.
Check out a video clip of the Endless Summer Surf Camp 2011 on Anna Maria Island