Florida (Florida vacation rentals) is full of surprises. It seems like the state always has these unheard-of cities and locations popping up. For example, A seven-mile island called Anna Maria Island (Anna Maria Island vacation rentals) sits in the Gulf of Mexico about 40 miles south of Tampa.
This island has preserved its old-style ways and is a place where people rent a bike, and take a free trolley bus around the island. Colorful old houses line the island. In Anna Maria Island, you won’t find high-rise hotels, party beaches and barely any chain restaurants. Another thing the island is known for is its great dining options.
100 Spring Avenue
Located in the island’s northernmost village called the North End. The deck is generally reserved for sunsets and resembles a laid-back, grown version of Key West’s Mallory Square. Every night, the table which best guesses when the sun will sink into the gulf will win a bottle of champagne.
Sign of the Mermaid
9707 Gulf Drive
With the exception of scallops and salmon, every fish served is from Florida waters.
Rod & Reel
875 North Shore Drive
A two-story restaurant on the east of North Shore Drive, at the end of an old pier over sea-green Tampa Bay. A great sunset-watching spot where locals gather.
6600 Gulf Drive
This restaurant located in Holmes Beach is the most commended in Anna Maria. It has one of the highest Zagat rankings in Florida.
5808 Marina Drive
In 1989, USA Today readers named its hamburgers some of the best in the entire country.
3901 Gulf Drive North
Became the burger rival of Duffy’s Tavern