Anna Maria Island used to be one of Florida’s best kept secrets. But in the past few years, the bright blue waters, sugar sand, and small-town charm makes it the definition of “island living” and therefore, quite the hot commodity. People from all over the world visit for it’s quiet and relaxing ambiance. There is one thing about the island that’s not so quiet… the Galati’s! Between the hustle and bustle of Galati Yacht Sale’s headquarters and the loud Italian family, the small island can be quiet exciting. And we invite you to join the party!
Here are some things you must do when visiting the stunning island of Anna Maria:
1. We will start with the obvious, the beach. Bright blue waters where you can see your toes like a magnified glass, sea shells dug in the sand, absolute paradise. Bring a towel to lay on, a beach chair, or just your cooler and float away your worries.
2. Tour the Island. Whether it’s by bike, a Segway, golf cart, or walking, there is so much to see along the small-town streets. Between the family-owned boutique style shops, lunch, coffee, ice cream and donut shops- you’ll find yourself hopping from one good find to another all-day long.
3. Go boating! Whether you are in the mood to go deep sea fishing off the island or cruising around, the scenery that comes with the boat ride is something you won’t want to miss out on. There’s also beautiful sand bars right off the channel where you can feel like you are walking on water. Long Boat Pass and Egmont Key are both popular spots where you can anchor and jump right off the boat with other boaters surrounding you. Bring your floats, a cooler and boat to lunch afterwards. And we can almost guarantee you’ll have at least one dolphin or manatee sighting!
4. Visit the historical museum. The first thing you’ll learn is that so much of the history in the island is still there. We are so lucky to get to still enjoy the same things that charmed the island from its founding years. The first assembled dock on Anna Maria Island was the pier, which is still there and can be visited today. Being both a staple for it’s iconic view and great seafood restaurant, checking out the pier is a must. The Anna Maria mural is still on Pine Avenue as it was in the early 20’s. Be sure to stop by 314 Pine Avenue to see the historic painting during your shopping spree!
5. Shopping & dining. The boutique shops that line the streets are filled with some of the most unique items you can find. Looking for that perfect décor item for your house or the best gift for a friend or family member, the shops of Anna Maria Island have it all, including clothing shops for men and women of all ages. The food options are slightly limited due to the size of the island but boy, they are not holding back on the deliciousness! Some local favorites are the Waterfront Grill and the Sand Bar for traditional island food, Poppo’s Taqueria for Mexican food and Ocean Star for a yummy hibachi experience and sushi feast.
We hope you come visit us on Anna Maria Island. The Galati family calls this place their hom, and welcomes you to experience all that’s lovable about this tiny piece of Floridian paradise.
For information on booking slips at Galati Marina on Anna Maria Island contact the dock master’s office at (941) 920-7249.