Vacations to Florida have long been a spring break rite of passage, and every March you’re sure to find tons of vacationers from every walk of life hitting the coast. While some destinations have a raucous reputation for spring break, there are plenty of spots in Florida where you can enjoy a stunning spring break on the beach without the overbearing party atmosphere—and Anna Maria Island is the ideal location! Whether you’re taking the family on a spring break trip during time off from school, getting away with your friends, or even embarking on a solo getaway, AMI has something for everyone to enjoy in a more low-key spring break experience that’s sure to create memories that last a lifetime. There’s no doubt that one of the best spring break vacation destinations in Florida is Anna Maria Island!
Spend Your Spring Break on the Top Beaches in AMI
There’s no denying that this is hands down the first best thing about spending spring break on Anna Maria Island. You’ll find heavier crowds than normal of course as it’s peak vacation season, but you’ll find plenty of space on the beach to enjoy without the rowdy activity you might find in a city more popular with the party crowd. Try Bean Point for a chill beach with a natural vibe—as it’s on the northern tip of the island, you can also look out to Tampa Bay as well as the azure waters of the Gulf of Mexico, laying out in the sunshine on sugary white sand. You won’t find many facilities here, but down at bustling spots like Manatee Beach and Coquina Beach, you’ll find things like restrooms, BBQ grills, and picnic tables—perfect for a spring afternoon at the shore. The beaches down in Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach are surrounded by eateries and shopping options as well!
Dine at the Most Popular AMI Restaurants
Sampling the local cuisine is one of the best things about going on vacation, and springtime in AMI is ideal for grabbing a patio seat outside and drinking up the views of the ocean and island scenery. Beachfront restaurants include classic spots like Sandbar Seafood and Spirits, offering an assortment of upscale steak and seafood, along with items like fish tacos, a chicken sandwich, and even a vegan burger. Another terrific beachside spot is Anna Maria Island Beach Café, where you can grab a table right in the sand. Their extensive menu has tons of options, including breakfast till 11:00 a.m. as well as tropical cocktails. If you’re after fresh seafood, try The Ugly Grouper, a family-friendly restaurant serving up an assortment of American fusion dishes including vegetarian, beef, and chicken. Wherever you decide to dine out on AMI, spring is one of the most lively seasons to do so!
Do Some Spring Shopping on Pine Ave
Pine Avenue sits on the northern end of the island and has long been a popular destination for both locals and visitors alike. Here you can shop for that perfect summer swimsuit, or pick up a sea salt candle to take home and remind you of your AMI vacation. There are lots of boutiques selling swimsuits and clothing, but you’ll also find quirky spots like the Pineapple Marketplace, which offers a variety of gifts and goods, as well as home décor. Have fun going out to lunch at one of the many restaurants on Pine Avenue, and enjoy browsing the street for shops in gorgeous weather. You might even find some springtime sales!
Visit the Historic Bridge Street Pier
In Bradenton Beach, you can find the Historic Bridge Street District, home to the pier of the same name. You can walk the pier and admire the views of the eastern side of the island, and if you like to fish, you can get a saltwater fishing license online and fish directly from the pier. Or do things the easy way, and swing by the Anna Maria Oyster Bar at the end of the pier for happy hour instead. Beyond the pier, the streets surrounding it are full of local shops and restaurants, and it can be a beautiful area to explore during spring break! Even more ideal, you can rent a bicycle and adventure around the district by bike—it’s also a great way to explore the rest of the island too!
It’s Time to Book Your AMI Spring Break Getaway!
When you’re booking a spring getaway to AMI, you want your vacation rental to have it all—and that’s exactly what we offer with our spring break Anna Maria Island rentals! Browse our stunning properties for your spring break getaway, and chat with us to learn more about our fabulous Anna Maria Island vacation rentals! Contact us today!