Anna Maria is a small residential town on the north end of Anna Maria Island.  The island is reached by a causeway from nearby Bradenton.

Excursion Steamer at Anna Maria

It shares the island with two other small towns:  Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach.

The population of Anna Maria in 2010 was about 1500 permanent residents.

The population of all three towns has been declining in recent years as permanent residents sell their homes to investors who turn them into vacation rentals.

The entire island, especially Anna Maria, have been until recent years classic examples of “Old Florida”. 

Some of that ambiance has been lost because of the replacement of the old Florida houses with the modern new vacation rentals.  But it still has a laid back feeling compared to many other Florida beach towns. 

Anna Maria Historic Pier Used Daily Anna Maria Historic Pier

One of the prominent historic structures still standing in town is the City Pier.  It was originally built in 1911 to receive wealthy tourists arriving from Tampa and St. Pete on steamers. 

Today the pier is still a great fishing spot and has a quaint restaurant with tempting seafood offerings.

The beaches on Anna

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