You can always eat a tasty meal and hear a great story across the street at the historic Rod and Reel Pier.
This small island is a traffic trap. Don't speed.
This quaint, small island town has no fast food, no high-rise resorts and no traffic lights. But there is still plenty to do: the island offers beaches, snorkeling, biking, boating, dining and shopping. For a quick dose of city life, Tampa is about 1.5 hours north.
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From May through October in Florida, sea turtles come ashore to nest. Anna Maria Island is one of the many places in Florida that sea turtles nest on the beaches. Protection of the sea turtles is an important aspect of the island culture, and information and training is available for tourists and locals in abundance. Manatees are also frequent summer visitors at Anna Maria Island, and similarly, the Manatee is held in great reverence by islanders. A subspecies of the Indian Manatee, these herbivores call Anna Maria Island their summer vacation home. The entire island is a bird sanctuary, and pelicans, multiple types of cranes and herons, wild parrots, sand pipers, hawks, vultures, seagulls, and crows share the island with humans. Bottlenose dolphins can be observed both in the Intracoastal Waterway and the Gulf. You can watch them from boats,piers, and even from the sh
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