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Anna Maria Island

Transportation Tips: Getting Around on Anna Maria Island

On Anna Maria Island, we relish in our slower pace of life. It’s a place to slow down, rest, and relax. Because we are a smaller island, it’s totally acceptable (and recommended) that you explore our whole island to find all the magic that awaits from the North End of Bean Point to the tip of Coquina Beach. Best part when visiting AMI? You definitely don’t need to worrying about renting a car for your whole crew! We’ve decided to highlight some of our favorite creative and more environmentally-conscious ways to get around.

Trolley

A major staple of Anna Maria Island is our FREE trolley! Sit back, relax, enjoy the view and leave the driving and parking to someone else. Hop on and off as often as you like. Early birds will be excited to know island trolley service starts at 6am from both ends of the loop. Trolleys typically run at 20 minute intervals until 9pm, then every 30 minutes until 10:30pm.. Trolleys offer both air conditioned and open-air seating and are such a fun way to get from one end of the island to another, with plenty of stops along the way. Just wait at one of the trolley stops within operation hours and they’ll come pick you up, no payment, plan, or bus card needed!

Ride-Sharing/Airport Rides

While we may be a small town we’re not totally old-school. Ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft are available on Anna Maria and surrounding areas! If you’re specifically looking for a ride to your rental from the airport, we recommend using a local driving service. There are plenty of safe options we can recommend in the area, just ask our team when booking or planning your trip and we can provide some suggestions!

Monkey Bus

Commonly referred to as “The Monkey Bus”, their unmistakable fleet is available to drive you wherever you want to go! Get this… rides are free- the drivers and their fleet run entirely on tips! Want a ride to dinner? Need to run a couple errands? Want a safe ride back from getting drinks? Give the Monkey Bus a call! Unlike the trolley, their vehicles can cross all the bridges, meaning you are not necessarily limited to the Island if you need a ride in-town or in Cortez. You can also pre-book trips which is great for larger groups! If you’re looking for an added fun twist, they even have a karaoke-equipped vehicle! Just be sure to bring some cash to generously tip your local driver! Open daily Noon to 3:00 a.m.

For Rides Call 941-565-6542

Bikes

Our favorite option… Explore the island like a true islander: On bike! With Anna Maria Island being only 7 miles long from one end to the next it’s easy to get from place to place on a bike. Hopping on a bike is the perfect way to explore Anna Maria Island and stop at some of the wonderful shops, bars, or beach spots it has to offer. Pack your wheels or rent a variety of different bikes from one of the many affordable local rental shops like Beach Bums on Pine Avenue. Some rentals even include bikes so be sure to ask when booking with us at A Paradise! Just don’t forget your helmet and to stay safely on the sidewalk or in bike lanes and the island is yours to ride!

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AMI QUestions

Answers to the Most Common Questions about AMI

You’re planning a trip to Anna Maria Island… Excellent decision!

If it’s your very first time or just your first time in awhile, there’s probably a lot of planning and research involved. That’s why we’ve gathered up the “Most Googled” questions about AMI to easily put all the answers in one place! These questions were taken straight from Google’s auto-populate function for most frequently asked questions. Have a specific question? Give us a call to chat with one of our knowledgeable team members!

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1. What is Anna Maria Island known for?

White sandy beaches, calm and clear waters, relaxing small-town vibes, kind community, Gulf Coast fresh fish, and the best rental and realty company: A Paradise (Okay, we may be a little biased on that last one.)

2. Is Anna Maria Island expensive?

It doesn’t have to be. Just like any vacation spot, it’s entirely up to you! There are luxurious waterfront rentals and fine-dining options galore, or boho beach shacks and casual burger joints a-plenty. Whether you’re splurging or squeezing it in, we can help you plan an AMI vacation to comfortably fit your budget.

3. Do you need a car on Anna Maria Island?

Nope! This 7-mile stretch of island is really accessible with many transportation options. It’s walkable and very popular to ride bikes! There’s also the great gift that is our FREE Public Trolley service that takes from one end to the other with plenty of stops in between and unique ride share services like the Monkey Bus!

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4. What part of Anna Maria Island is best?

It’s ALL good. Really!

5. Is Anna Maria Island actually an island?

Can confirm. This little barrier island in Manatee County sits beautifully on the Gulf Coast of Florida.

6. Is Anna Maria Island popular?

It is, but it still has that small-town, relaxing vibe. It’s one of the things we’re most proud of! However, with an increase in popularity definitely means… Plan ahead! Give us a call or check out our available rentals to book your perfect vacation rental in plenty of time for your trip.

There are Google’s most commonly asked questions about Anna Maria Island! Still unsure of a few things? You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers. Give us a call and we’ll make sure you’re pointed on the right path towards your trip to paradise: (800) 237-2252

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On Anna Maria Island
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Holmes Beach, Florida 34217
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Ellenton, Florida 34222
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