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Sandy beaches, seafood and cocktails: Why you should visit Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island is a quaint barrier island nestled in the Gulf of Mexico.

Beautiful turquoise waters and white sandy beaches are the main attraction.

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The island is seven miles long with access to beaches on both the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay.

The island has two rustic fishing piers: Anna Maria City Pier and Rod n’ Reel Pier, which are popular with visitors and anglers.

There’s an important fact to learn about the seven miles of beach Anna Maria Island offers up: not all beaches are created equal.

Some are great for just sitting, others beckon you to explore your adventurous side.

The Bradenton Area has the variety of spots to throw down your towel.

And with five of their beaches being Blue Wave Certified and declared eco-friendly by the Clean Beach Council in Washington D.C., you can feel good about… Read the full story

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