An Anna Maria Island vacation might seem like an expensive proposition, but it’s surprisingly affordable for a wide range of budgets. Below are 5 tips that can help you significantly lower your vacation costs so that you won’t have to break the bank.
Enjoy local natural attractions
Many of the best things in life really are free, and Anna Maria Island is full of them. Keep your credit card at home when visiting any of the outdoor attractions here, where you can spend countless hours enjoying the sunshine, ocean, scenery and local wildlife. Visit Bean Point at the north end of the island and spend an afternoon enjoying a picnic at one of the most scenic beaches in all of Florida. Or visit Bayfront Park, Manatee Public Beach or Coquina Beach, all of which are accessible via the free island trolley and offer facilities such as playgrounds, lifeguards and volleyball courts.
The restaurants on Anna Maria Island frequently offer drink and food discounts during happy hour and other times of the day, so it’s certainly worth doing your research ahead of time if you plan on eating out. You can check our website for information on happy hour deals from some of the top restaurants on the island, and the information is also sometimes published on the restaurant websites. You can also call ahead for more information on specials. Just a few minutes of Googling and checking out local reviews can also help you find some of the many casual eateries on the island with low overall prices.
Don’t worry about driving
You certainly don’t need to have a vehicle to get around Anna Maria Island, and that’s one of the top benefits of choosing it over some of the other vacation destinations in Florida. Each of the three communities are incredibly walkable, and the free trolley traverses the entire length of the island. You’ll be able to bike as well if you prefer to be more self-reliant. Bicycles, golf carts, kayaks and other beach equipment can be rented for reasonable prices from a number of local companies, and you can spend a few minutes shopping around to get the best deals.
Booking a vacation rental rather than a hotel is one of the best ways to lower your trip costs, and you can easily save hundreds or even thousands if you plan on staying for an extended period. Our vacation rentals offer some excellent weekly and monthly rates with plenty of options to choose from depending on the size of your group and your space requirements. There’s no need to waste money on hotels when you can enjoy the island in true comfort and luxury at a conveniently located rental home.
Cook meals right at a vacation rental
There’s also no need to eat at local restaurants and spend hundreds of dollars a day when you can cook meals right at your vacation rental and save a huge amount of money on your overall trip costs. You’ll find some incredible farmer’s markets right on Anna Maria Island that the free trolley goes to, such as the Bridge Street Market and the Coquina Beach Market, along with local grocery stores like the Publix in Holmes Beach.
To enjoy an Anna Maria Island vacation without spending much money you’ll need a comfortable rental home at a price that fits your budget. We can help you find the perfect place to stay in your preferred location on the island. Call us now at (800) 367-1617 to get more information about seasonal discounts and other savings on Anna Maria Island vacation rentals.