Whether it’s a bachelorette party, a 40th birthday, or a mother-daughter vacation getaway, Anna Maria Island is one of the best places to enjoy a girls’ trip. There are countless things to do on Anna Maria Island, FL. From lounging on the beach, to perusing ocean-inspired art, to perfecting your downward dog, Anna Maria Island will have you and your best buds wanting to come back time and time again.
Below we lay out for you a quick guide to a great week at beachfront vacation rentals.
There are tons of stunning beaches around the circumference of Anna Maria Island. The white sands and the blue waters will make you want to grab your beach towels, some drinks, and your best gal pals to spend the day in the sun.
Manatee Public Beach on Gulf Drive features lifeguards, bike racks, and picnic tables. Plus, there’s a café right so you can have lunch and enjoy a cold drink. Coquina Beach, also on Gulf Drive, is another excellent option – and a little less busy than other local beaches. Here, you can rent any beach equipment you need.
What better way to kick off your weekend with the girls off right then some relaxing yoga – or even better, yoga on the beach?
Head to Island Yoga Space (9805 Gulf Dr.) for a variety of classes, from slow and relaxing to invigorating and challenging.
Or try SUP yoga at Salty Buddha Paddle & Yoga Co. (locations vary) offer both yoga on water – atop wide, floaty paddleboards – and land – in the studio, on the beach, and even in a local brewery.
Thrive Yoga and Fitness (8819 Cortez Rd., Bradenton) is one of the island’s best-loved wellness spots because it offers regular yoga on the beach. Saturday and Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m., the studio hosts beach yoga classes at the beach access point at Pine Avenue (near The Sandbar Restaurant). The class is good for all levels of yoga experience and is donation-based. Make sure to bring a beach towel, water, and be ready to open both mind and body.
From souvenir shopping, to beach accessories, to home décor, Anna Maria Island has tons of neat options for you and the ladies to spend a day popping in and out of some of the coasts best boutiques.
Sand Dollar Gift Shop (5302 Marina Dr.) and Island Bazaar (3304 E. Bay Dr.) are the two most popular spots to grab a few souvenirs. Island-branded T-shirts, jewelry, magnets, and other trinkets can be found at these stores.
If you’re looking to bring home some clean, perfectly-shaped shells from your vacation, and can’t find one that meets your standards on the beach, make sure to pop into Raders Reef (5508 Marina Dr.) in Holmes Beach. They have shells of all shapes, sizes, and colors for you to pick from.
If you plan on enjoying an evening out, you might be keen to pick up a new dress or pair of beachy sandals. Irene’s Resort Wear (5308 Marina Dr.) and Sun & Surf Lifestyle Apparel (5418 Marina Dr.) offers wide arrays of dresses, cover-ups, sandals, beach bags, and more.
Anna Maria Island has its fair share of bars and restaurants.
Dcoy Ducks (5410 Marina Dr.) is located in Holmes Beach and is considered one of the only late-night spots on the island, staying open until 2:30 a.m. Dcoy Ducks often has live music on the weekends.
Another fun spot is The Freckled Fin (5337 Gulf Dr.). Known by locals as Fins, this Irish pub has delicious seafood, pizza, live music, and outdoor seating. Located in Holmes Beach, you’re sure to have a night of fun out with the gals at Fins.
These are just a few of the things to do on Anna Maria Island, FL, with the girl gang. For information on accommodations, call our team a call at (800) 367-1617. We offer some incredible beachfront vacation rentals of various sizes and amenities – the final touch for a perfect getaway.