Surfing For All Levels
Whether you're an advanced surfer or want to try this exhilarating sport for the the first time, Anna Maria Island offers superb opportunities.
Anna Maria Island's best surfing can be found off the White Avenue beach. All levels of surfers can be catered for and lessons are available. The floor of the Gulf of Mexico offers very favorable surfing conditions. The surf isn't world class, but on rough days all levels of surfers can be found on the beach. If you are vacationing at Anna Maria Island with the kids and want to really get them involved in the water and make the most of local area you have to check out one really popular event, which takes place over 8 weeks each summer, Eternal Summer Surf Camp. Bringing in over 200 sign ups from children each year is hugely popular and is free for them to attend. The surf camp was set up by surfers and operates solely on donations from people and organizations. It is situated between Park and White Avenue on the island and gets very busy so it is best to book your place whilst you're making your booking with us for your place to stay.
Fishing From Beach, Pier Or Boat
With the sea on your doorstep fishing is a popular pastime for most coastal cities in Florida.
On Anna Maria Island you can rent equipment and fish from the Rod and Reel or City piers, or from the beaches and jetties around the island. Just don't forget to arrange a fishing permit ahead of your trip.
For a town so small, the fact that there are two fishing piers on offer is nothing short of impressive. The City Pier stretches 700 feet out into the bay, while the Rod and Reel Pier, just a few hundred yards away, is half that size. Both offer great vantage points onto the bay, and they are not that far from the pass, so there is always the chance of a nearshore beauty along with the inshore favorites!
It's no surprise that an island with sandy beaches offers up great surf fishing options. These white stretches contrast beautifully with the crystal blue waters of the bay and Gulf, giving you the perfect setting to camp for the day. Whether Gulf-side or in the shallows, there are miles and miles to explore, with jetties only adding to the prime locations on offer.
Most locals like to get out first thing in the morning or last thing before sunset. This is when the fish come close by to feed. Head to the southern beaches facing the Gulf, where the strong current will give you an advantage, and it will make sure that you do not get tangled up with any swimmers! If you are looking to hit the bay, then wading in the Sarasota Bay or Palma Sota is sure to land you some rewards.
Everything from family trips and reef fishing to shark fishing is available for you to try.
Sail Away On An Adventure
A multitude of boat trips offer you a chance to explore and enjoy the coast and ocean in Florida.
Sailing adventure trips from Anna Maria Island offer you a different perspective, the freedom of the ocean, the chance to watch the sun set over the Gulf of Mexico or experience a feast of nature. Enjoy sightings of dolphins, manatees, anhingas, cormorants, osprey, bald eagle and views beyond compare.
Going on a Sailboat Cruise while vacationing on Anna Maria Island couldn't get any easier, just go to the Mainsail Marina located in Holmes Beach, right across the street from the only gas station on the island. Daily Excursions & Private Charters for up to 11 persons, Complimentary Bottled Water & Parking! BYOB / Pack a Picnic / Catering Available.
Kathleen D. Sailing Catamarans: Keys Marina 5501 Marina Dr. Holmes Beach, FL 34217
If a fun and relaxing sailing excursion is more your style, you'll love Kathleen D. Sailing Catamarans. Options include dolphin watches, Egmont Key excursions, sunset sails, and private charters for up to 20 people.