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 neighbors are:

Work-at-home types or retired. You’ll see residents running errands on their scooters or bikes, taking sea kayaks to Egmont Key State Park, fishing in the bay, or golfing on the mainland.

Visiting Anna Maria: Stay a week: Island Garden Villas has six one- or two-bedroom villas, complete with bikes to help you blend in with locals. Rates from $775 to $1250/week; islandgardenvillas.com. Stay a month: Two-bedroom, two-bath waterfront beach cottage rental with pool and dock; vacationrentals.com (Listing ID 10950).

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