It is February, and love is in the air on Anna Maria Island. Serendipity is here to ensure you have the perfect Valentine’s Day on AMI. After all, there is no better place for romance, and we are here to help you plan your perfect date so you can show your loved one how you truly feel.
Anna Maria Island boasts nearly all the hallmarks of a perfect date. From picturesque beaches and luxury gift boutiques to couples spa packages and fine dining, all your bases are covered.
Love Found on the Beach
AMI’s white sugar sand beaches are perfect for a morning sunrise walk, an afternoon of collecting seashells, or a romantic sunset picnic for two. No matter the time of day, the spectacular ocean views will have you wondering if you have ever seen anything so beautiful.
Anna Maria Island boasts six different beaches, but these are our favorite beaches to explore with your love.
Bean Point is the northernmost beach on the island and offers a quiet escape for couples with fantastic views for both sunrise and sunset. This beach is a favorite for “shelling,” a.k.a. Looking for sea shells, especially at low tide, and a perfect way to pick up something to remember your day. Parking near this beach is limited, and it may be best to arrive early. But trust us on this one, and it is worth the walk.
Coquina Beach is lauded as one of the best beaches on the gulf and for a good reason. This beach is easily accessible with plenty of available parking and nearby shopping and dining. (The island trolly system also has a stop here! )The crystal clear waters are home to local wildlife, including dolphins. Excellent amenities, including a cafe, quality restrooms, and more, ensure you have access to everything you need for your date. Coquina Beach is perfect for your seaside picnic, after which you could visit the locally celebrated Coquina Beach Market.
Looking for a perfect gift to create lasting memories? You might find it when you:
Brush Up on your Floriography
More commonly known as the flower language to express, more than words, these flowers can help you confess just how you feel. Check out local florist Ruth’s Roses, and they are sure to have a beautiful bouquet prepared with more love than any of Shakespeare’s many sonnets. Just make sure to steer clear of yellow carnations (a symbol of rejection) and orange lilies (a symbol of hatred) if you don’t want to mix your messages!
Unearth Timeless Treasures
Take your loved one something that sparkles as brightly as the sunset skies of AMI with a piece of local jewelry. Jewelry is a classic Valentine’s Day gift for good reason. Check out some of AMI’s locally owned businesses below to find the right bauble for the beau, belle, or boo.
This boutique boasts a “collection of locally made jewelry as well as unique designers from across the globe” with modern and timeless designs. Island Charms also offers appointments for custom-fit Forever Jewelry, perfect for your forever love.
“Take a bit of the beach home with you,” this local artist says. These handcrafted pieces will undoubtedly have your loved one looking back fondly on your Valentine’s escape together. Each necklace, ring, and accessory incorporate the beach’s natural beauty, creating a true island treasure.
Capture the Fleeting Sweetness That is Love
Nothing is sweeter than love, except maybe chocolate. Or cake. AMI has you covered on both fronts with a plethora of sweet treats that are sure to please. Nothing says romance quite in the same way. Check out local favorites like:
Hometown Desserts offers craft chocolates, creative cakes, perfect pies, and even customizable cookies! Their specialty is a Key Lime Coconut cake that will have you dreaming about it for years to come. What better way to say I love you?
Take in a little of Paris, the city of love, while still enjoying the island life. Mademoiselle Paris offers authentic French Pastries to make your romantic day special.
Book a Romantic Relaxation Retreat for Two
Is there a better way to unwind and relax than a couples massage? How about a couples massage directly on the beach? Book your Spa Day on Anna Maria Island with Sea-rernity Beach Spa and Bou-tiki and feel your stress melt away.
Unique Valentine’s Day Menus at Some of Our Favorite Venues
Wrap up your perfect date and cozy up with special menus from some of the best romantic meals that Anna Maria Island has to offer.
Mademoiselle Paris consistently has some of the best special menus that the island has to offer. This year, the head chef has put together a four-course meal that will have you falling in love all over again, all to a background of beautiful live music to set the mood.
Dinner starts with an Amuse Bouche followed by a first course of avocado and shrimp tartare with ginger dressing. The second course is a decadent lobster bisque served with garlic butter croutons. Guests can choose a main course of Shrimp Alfredo penne pasta in a creamy parmesan sauce or a crockpot port tenderloin in a mushroom onion gravy. Dessert is a caramel flan served with strawberries.
Dinner is $68/diner, and reservations are required.
The Beach Bistro serves a love letter to fine dining with its opulent five-course surf-side tasting experience, which will surely be the highlight of your Valentine’s Day. Each course is a culinary journey, with options to fit every dietary lifestyle, and is sure to have you falling in love all over again. (May we suggest the FOOD HEAVEN? Food Heaven is The Beach Bistro’s feature presentation at the James Beard House and includes :Trio of Domestic Lamb • Butter Poached Maine Lobster • Hudson Valley Foie Gras Brioche Bread Pudding • Rosemary Port Demi-Glace • Sip of Essensia) There are no bad seats at the Beach Bistro, with dining directly on the beach, in the ocean-view main hall, or in the exquisite wine bar room. The Beach Bistro requires reservations that can be booked via RESY or by phone at (941) 778-6444.
No matter how you decide to spend your Valentine’s day on AMI, we are sure that you will be falling in love with all our little slice of paradise has to offer.
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