family holidays in Florida

2/10  Anna Maria Island, Gulf Coast

Just seven miles long by a mile wide, Anna Maria is one of the pretty barrier island just off the Gulf Coast. It’s vintage Florida from ice-cream coloured oceanfront homes to fishing piers and cute family restaurants. Nesting Loggerhead turtles almost outnumber locals here in summer and dolphins pack the island’s protected waters year round. Hardly anyone drives, so hire bikes to amble from one big, silvery beach to another. 

Families love

The Gulf Coast beaches, lazy island atmosphere and the seaside city of Bradenton which is just 10 minutes drive away. 

  • Dolphin spotting cruises
  • Summer turtle watch
  • snorkelling, sea kayaking.
  • Nature reserves
  • De Soto National Park
  • Bradenton Beach

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