Is heaven a real place? If you’ve ever been to Anna Maria Island in winter, then you know it is. If you’ve never experienced it, here are a few things we think you’d love.
Hands down, the best thing about Anna Maria Island in winter is the warm weather. There’s no better time of year to escape the cold, harsh reality of the north.
According to data from the Weather Channel, average highs in Anna Maria Island in winter are in the mid to low 70s. Average lows tend to stay right around the mid-50s. This makes for perfect beach weather. It’s nice and warm but not so hot that it feels unbearable.
If you’re the type of person that enjoys other outdoor activities like kayaking, biking, running, or golfing, these temperatures are ideal for spending as much time outdoors as your heart desires.
While the sunsets are beautiful all year round, there’s just something about a winter sunset over the water that takes the cake. Interesting enough, researchers have found that the sound of the waves crashing on the shore is actually scientifically soothing for our brains. No wonder sitting on the beach at sunset is so relaxing.
Maybe you’re used to building snowmen in winter. Instead, you could build a sandcastle. Anna Maria Island beaches are the perfect escape during winter. Whether you like to get lost in a good book or walk along the beach looking for seashells, there’s something for everyone.
Manatee Public Beach is a popular spot, boasting beautiful white sand and gorgeous water. The facilities at this beach include parking, restrooms, changing cabanas, wheelchairs, a playground, volleyball courts, picnic tables, showers, and lifeguards. Pretty much everything you need for a great day at the beach.
Fun Local Attractions
Everyone relaxes differently. Some people prefer to do absolutely nothing, while others like to fill their time with new experiences. Anna Maria Island caters to both types of people. Lounging on the beach is easy, but if you prefer to explore local events and cuisine, here are some things to check out:
- Rod & Reel Pier
It may be a restaurant but it fits nicely under the topic of local attractions because it really is an experience. The famous restaurant is located on a pier, allowing you to enjoy a lovely dinner right over the water. You can even fish right off the dock and walkways (for a small fee).
- Island Players Theater
This theater has been around since 1949. Their mission is to provide artistic experiences for the communities of Anna Maria Island and neighboring cities.
- Anna Maria Island Historical Museum
If you’re a history buff, you don’t want to miss out on visiting the Anna Maria Island Historical Museum and park, where you can learn about the island’s history. They have four components located on the same property: the museum and gift shop, the old City Jail, Belle Haven Cottage, and the Mangrove Walk. Most visitors spend about 10 to 20 minutes browsing the exhibit. Admission is free.
If you love wildlife, then you’ll especially love Anna Maria Island in winter. The warm winters make Florida a great place for wildlife. These are a few of the animals you might see.
Though manatees can be seen in Florida year-round, they are especially drawn to the warmer water during the winter months.
Whether you are 5 years old or 85 years old, seeing a dolphin is exciting. These amazing creatures love to show off, so don’t be surprised if you see them jumping and flipping in the wild.
- Sea Turtles
Sea turtles are one of the most loved animals on Anna Maria Island. If you’re lucky enough, you might even get to witness the tiny hatchlings making their way from the beach to the ocean. It’s a sight you will not easily forget.
Florida has a very diverse bird population and Anna Maria Island is no exception. Birds you might see include Green Herons, Pelicans, Spoonbills, Snowy Egrets, Majestic Florida Ospreys, and Wood Storks.
As you can see, there’s so much to love about Anna Maria Island in winter. Ready to escape the cold and book a trip? We’d love to have you stay at one of our beautiful properties. Check availability here.
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