Weekend Getaways

Dreaming of a quick getaway? Pack your bag for the weekend and check out our guide to the best coastal towns for eating well, having fun in the sun, or doing absolutely nothing at all.

Weekend in Anna Maria Island, Florida

Small and simple, Anna Maria Island’s vibe is decidedly more artsy paddleboard-and-cruiser bike than exclusive yacht club.

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Where to Eat & Drink in Anna Maria Island
Photographer: Michael Hanson

Where to Eat & Drink

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. 100 Spring Ave.; 941/778-0444 or sandbar.groupersandwich.com

Rod and Reel Pier
Enjoy a fresh seafood-omelet breakfast and a glimpse of a dolphin or manatee out the window. 875 N Shore Dr., 941/778-1885

Ginny’s and Jane E’s at the Old IGA
Located in the “Old Florida” area of Anna Maria Island, Ginny’s & Jane E’s doubles as a bakery café and island coastal store. 9807 Gulf Drive; 941/778-3170 or annamariacafe.com.

Beach Bistro
For a dinner splurge, Beach Bistro offers a fine-dining option where flip-flops are still welcome. 6600 Gulf Drive; 941/778-6444 or beachbistro.com.

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