Located on the west coast of Florida, Anna Maria Island is the barrier between the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay. This aerial view shows the island from the north. You can see beautiful white sand gulf beaches.

Anna Maria Island is comprised of three very unique and different cities, Anna Maria City - which is mainly residential, Holmes Beach - which is both residential and business oriented, and Bradenton Beach - which is residential and tourist oriented. All three cities have wonderful restaurants, shopping, and both gulf and bay front beaches. Anna Maria Island is 8 miles west of the city of Bradenton, connected by the Manatee and the Cortez bridges.

The island has 3 fishing piers, Rod and Reel, Anna Maria City Pier and the Bradenton Beach City Pier. If you prefer seeing the island or fishing from a charter boat, these services are readily available, along with various water sport activites

Anna Maria Island has a number of award winning restaurants. Locals and tourists all take advantage of those long lazy nights, eating fine food and enjoying the gulf or bay views.

Watch the video on http://visitannamaria.com or you can visit the island's official site at http://amisland.com/ for more information. It has links to rentals. Another good site for island rentals is http://gulfcoastrentals.com It has more than 100 listings for Anna Maria Island that can be rented directly from the owners.