Anna Maria Island's 5 Top Adventures
Anna Maria Island is known for its exquisite beaches set along the tranquil waters of the Gulf of Mexico where the pace is eternally set at island time and the flipflop dress code is a way of life. While the snowbirds flock to the island in the winter and young families often relax here in the spring and summer, you’ll find that the true gems of the island are discovered by those who want to experience Anna Maria in its true authenticity. Here are our Five Top Adventures that go beyond just the traditional sightseeing excursions.
A Day Trip to remote Egmont Key is a must do experience. While there are many boats and even jetskis trips that can take you toEgmont Key, the most authentic is aboard the Kathleen D Catamaran. This five-hour sail includes swimming, snorkeling, shelling, kayaking, and exploring on Egmont Key. Egmont divides Tampa Bay from the Gulf and is home to the country’s first preserve for birds. Uninhabited but for some rangers’ quarters and bunk houses for the ship pilots on the north end, the southern end is off limits to people. Go ashore and see the lighthouse, visit the turtles, snorkel around the old Fort’s ruins, swim and shell along the pristine beach. Along with snorkeling equipment, they also provide kayaks onboard for some cruising along the shallows and the trip is one of the only on the island to include lunch. Book Now
Our second choice takes a Florida style trail ride to a whole new level. Ride and even take an exhilarating swim on rescued majestic Drum and Gypsy Vanner horses with C Ponies. Your ride begins in the beautiful waters of Palma Sola Bay. The tranquil, relaxing trip will put you at ease as you are amazed at the sea life that passes by unafraid of the horses as well as seeing dolphins, manatees, stingrays, native fish all from the back of your horse. Then on the way back to shore you will be thrilled when the horse takes you for several swims. This is the horse’s favorite part! Just grab hold of the mane while your horse takes you for a swim. It feels like your flying through the water. No hard impact or jarring. It really is an incredible feeling. It’s not just a ride, but an equestrian aquatic adventure that you will never forget! Book Now
Whether you are new to the area and want an introduction to our history and restaurant scene or would like a way to enjoy a group of visiting family and friends for something different to do, award-winning Key Culinary Tours are sure to exceed your expectations. Their experienced tour guides are chosen for their knowledge of the area as well as their love of food and all things culinary. They provide entertaining and memorable experiences, and of course, the cuisine samplings will delight and excite you! These fun-filled adventures also offer unique, intimate peeks into the rich history of our city and the surrounding area. Book Now
One of the newest watersport adventures on Anna Maria Island uses Craigcat Catamarans. The ergonomic, side by side seating and dual action controls provide an incredible, one of a kind experience you can only get with a CraigCat. The 2.5 hour tour has it all! You’ll explore the waters around Anna Maria Island, including Sarasota Bay, Egmont Key and Passage Key. Experience an array of wildlife including dolphins, manatees, seat turtles, crabs, and more. On good weather days, they’ll even include a stop off at Egmont Key for shelling. Book Now
Tampa Bay mixes its fertile water with the open Gulf of Mexico feeding the massive schools of bait fish that hang off the mouth of the Bay year-round. With such a tremendous amount of bait readily available, the bay area Gulf waters attract predatory fish of all size and species. H2O Watersportz offers offshore charters for everything that swims in the deep blue. So if you are looking to fill the cooler or do battle with a true sea monster, they’re prepared for it. The action is fast and furious out in the open water, so whether you are a beginner, seasoned pro, or avid fly fisherman, there is fishing out there that fits your abilities. Book Now
From first timers and those new to Anna Maria Island to the folks that have been returning to the Gulf Islands year after year, you’ll soon discover this region has a passion for adventure. Never have there been so many people who want to see and experience Bradenton, Sarasota, and the Gulf Islands, and never have there been so many adventure-tour companies, of such high caliber, offering such a wide range of tours and activities. You’ll find that Book A Little Sunshine draws upon over 30 years of adventure travel and tourism experience in offering only these high quality, individually tailored and off-the-beaten path experiences and service offerings. We invite you to add these Top Adventures to your Anna Maria Bucket List and let us help you check each one off.