Dream Island Escapes

Craving an island vacation? Get inspired by these exotic destinations.

Anna Maria Island, Florida

With views of Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, this little island is replete with great scenery.

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Dream Towns: Anna Maria Island, Florida
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Your best beach is:

Bean Point, on the north tip of the island. Though it’s a public beach, the surrounding residential homes keep it quiet. From here, you can walk around the entire island without leaving the sand.

Your favorite place to eat could be: Sandbar Restaurant. It sits on the water’s edge, and each night patrons compete for the free bottle of Champagne given to the diner who guesses the time of sunset.

On the weekend you might: Take the complimentary trolley to a different beach each day. Residents aren’t afraid to leave the island, either, for major sporting events in Tampa and Sarasota art festivals within an hour-long drive.

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