Anna Maria Island Beaches: 7 Reasons You'll Love Them

Anna Maria Island is located on the Gulf of Mexico just south of Tampa Bay. Here are seven reasons Anna Maria Island Beaches are the best in Florida:
1. Sand: Over the course of hundreds of thousands of years, quartz rock eroded from the Appalachian Mountains and washed down to the Gulf of Mexico. The Gulf carried the sediment towards the Pacific Ocean with bits gathering on barrier islands such as Anna Maria Island. The result is fine white sand that is softer and more heat resistant than almost any sand in the world.
2. Water: The Gulf of Mexico's water levels rise and fall in a predictable fashion, and the shoreline waves break very low. Barring storms or other weather alterations, the water surrounding AMI tends to stay tranquil and inviting for swimmers. An ideal watery playground.
3. Beach Parks: Parks such as Coquina Beach Park, Manatee County Public Beach and Anna Maria City Park have bathrooms, grills, picnic tables and playgrounds for families and friends to enjoy the beach experience together.
4. Views: Seven and a half miles of Gulf beaches on AMI fill the eye with constantly fluctuating shades of turquoise. But the island's proximity to Tampa Bay and Sarasota Bay also offer spectacular views to the west. To the north and west is the nearly 500 feet tall Sunshine Skyway Bridge (Travel Channel's #3 in "The Top 10 Bridges in the World"). To the south west is the downtown Sarasota skyline.
5. Population: The greatest beaches are the ones you don't have to share, which is one reason Anna Maria Island is so mind-boggling and spectacular to its visitors. Because there are no large resorts on the island, the beaches are never over crowded.  In some locations, you can expect to relax on the sand without another soul within a hundred yards in any direction.
6. Wildlife: Many of natures most beautiful creatures spend their days on Anna Maria Island beaches. Cranes, heron, seagulls and pelicans are sure to fly by as you relax in the sand. You may spot dolphins, eagle rays, sea turtles and even manatee in the waters surrounding the island.
7. Sunsets: The Florida Gulf Coast is one of the only places in the eastern continental U.S. where you can witness an ocean sunset.  Add the white sand of Anna Maria Island and its low-breaking waves and you'll see why Anna Maria Island is considered paradise by millions of people.
Bring the magic of Anna Maria Island home with you in "Anna Maria Island: The Book" It's the perfect souvenir or gift for anyone who loves Anna Maria Island, FL.  Enjoy more than 100 facts and photos of AMI.

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