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