Anna Maria Sunsets
Beautiful Anna Maria Island (AMI) is a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico well known for not only beautiful white-sand beaches and crystal waters but also its spectacular views as the sun sets into the Gulf. It’s no wonder that AMI is a beloved destination for waterfront weddings and special occasions. Locals and visitors alike make it a goal to come and enjoy a beach romp, a nice meal, and a soothing transition from day to night with a truly sensational view. Here are a few ideas of where to go on your Anna Maria Island getaway.
Bean Point is special due to the fact that this is where the Gulf of Mexico meets Tampa Bay on the northern end of the island. It’s known for being one of the most exclusive and private beach areas with a stretch of secluded white sand, making it a wonderful retreat to sit back, relax and enjoy the breathtaking views. Pack snacks and a blanket and stay for the calming glow of sunset. Bean Point is a hidden gem worth finding.
The Sandbar Restaurant
Looking for an authentic Old Florida dining experience? Head to the Sandbar Restaurant where you can enjoy a delicious “farm- and ocean-to-table” meal with a spectacular side of sunset. Take part in their Sunset Celebration where each night, they herald the end of another beautiful day by asking guests to guess the exact time sunset will take place. The winner receives a bottle of sparkling wine. A really unique dining experience.
Beach House Restaurant
This lovely venue is moderately priced, serves great seafood and is set on 650 feet of pristine Gulf-front beach. The Beach House offers indoor seating as well as a climate-friendly outdoor deck where you can experience the signature Anna Maria Island sunset. The Beach House is a sister locale to the above-mentioned Sandbar Restaurant.
Manatee Public Beach
This beautiful strand, also part of famous Holmes Beach, is one of the area’s top family beaches offering expanded parking, picnic tables, volleyball courts, a playground, restrooms, shower and changing cabanas, a gift shop, and is wheelchair accessible. Located right there and open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, is AMI Beach Café, a casual Gulf-front patio and indoor dining venue that features nightly live music as well as a spectacular view of the sunset.
Gulf Drive Café
This restaurant and bar have been a part of Anna Maria Island’s unique history for over thirty years. Situated right on the sugar white sands of the Gulf of Mexico on the island’s south end. As a family-friendly eatery that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily, and has been named one of the “Best Breakfasts in Florida” by Southern Living Magazine. Gulf Drive Café serves up fresh Florida seafood, cocktails and other specialties all with a sparkling Gulf backdrop that transforms into a colorful display as the sun sets.