Vacation Rentals on Anna Maria Island, FL – the perfect Summer Vacation!
With notions of intense heat and humidity, intense thunderstorms, and a rapidly approaching hurricane season, many believe that summer is the worst time to travel to Florida. Nothing could be further from the truth when it comes to Anna Maria Island, where summer temperatures rarely rise above 80 degrees, and winds rolling off the water keep the humidity at bay. Anna Maria Island’s mild weather is the reason that the island is becoming one of Florida’s most popular summer destinations. Here are just a few of the best summer happenings on Anna Maria Island that you won’t want to miss.
Turtle Watching Tours – Holmes Beach: Every Wednesday morning during the summer months, the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch hosts sea turtle nesting, hatching, and excavation tours on Manatee Beach. These educational tours prove fascinating every time, as staff members predict the hatching times and relocate hundreds of sea turtle eggs to different parts of the shore. If you’re lucky enough to come on the right day, you’ll even have the opportunity to see the turtles climb out of their shells and make their way down to the ocean. The only downside is that these tours meet very early – 7 AM, to be exact — but if you’re staying in one of the many vacation rentals near Manatee Beach, you can simply roll out of bed, hit the tour, then secure yourself a spot on the sand and spend the rest of the day on Anna Maria Island’s most popular beach.
4th of July Festivities – Throughout Anna Maria Island: You’ll need to book your accommodations early if you wish to pass this time of year on Anna Maria Island, as families flock here every summer to celebrate Independence Day. Beginning on July 2, there are three nights of stunning fireworks displays that light up the skies above the island. You can view these impressive illuminations from the deck of any beach restaurant, or from the private terrace in your vacation rental. Also not to be missed is the fantastic Anna Maria Island Privateers 4th of July Parade, which begins at 10 A.M. at Coquina Beach and travels the length of the island before ending at Bay Front Park. The parade is followed by a live music, food and drinks at the Café on the Beach in Holmes Beach and runs late into the afternoon. And if you’ve rented a vacation cottage, 4th of July is a great time of year to enjoy cocktails, music, and a poolside barbeque.
Summer Camps – Throughout the Island: Let’s face it. If you’re traveling with children, they’re going to want to do more than sit on the beach or hang out by the pool. Thankfully, Anna Maria Island has several day camps to keep the kids entertained while you get a break. If you’re staying in Holmes Beach, take the kids for an afternoon of surfing lessons at Eternal Summer Surf Camp at White Avenue Beach. Classes are two hours long and are totally free. Don’t worry, mom and dad. You can join in the surfing fun, too if you want. The Anna Maria Island Community Center in Anna Maria has a variety of summer programs from fishing, arts and crafts, and wildlife excursions. Parents are welcome to come along on any of the activities, or you can leave the children to enjoy camp on their own. The Anna Maria Island Art League in Holmes Beach also hosts two months of summer art classes for children, where kids can learn about Van Gogh, Matisse, and Picasso, and create their own works of fine art. Just remember to book all of your travel, from vacation rentals to kids’ activities, well in advance, as these popular summer camps are booming businesses on the island and tend to fill up quickly.
Outdoor Activities – Throughout the Island: Because Anna Maria Island is never too hot or too humid, the summer months are perfect for many of the outdoor activities available on the island. Even better, several of the most popular summer activities are free through your holiday vacation rental. Anna Maria Beach Cottages and Harrington House Bed and Breakfast are just two idyllic vacation rentals that offer guests free use of their bicycles and kayaks. Fortunately, most vacation rentals offer similar use of their outdoor equipment, from bicycles and surfboards to paddleboards and even small boats. Some of the larger vacation rentals even offer up their snorkeling gear, scuba equipment, and golf clubs for guests! So whether your idea of the perfect outdoor adventure on Anna Maria Island is a day of beachcombing with the family or an afternoon of kayaking solo, chances are you’ll find everything you need right where you’re staying.
The only problem with visiting this area is that it’s no longer one of Florida’s best-kept summer vacation secrets. Tourists are quickly discovering all that Anna Maria has to offer in the mild summer months, so tours and vacation rentals often fill up quickly. Your best bet for avoiding disappointment is to book in advance. You’ll be glad you did.
To plan your vacation to glorious Anna Maria Island, visit http://www.annamaria.com to book your luxury vacation rental accommodation.