Anna Maria Island Video

Anna Maria Island Video

Manatee, Florida, United States/With its white sandy beaches and warm temperatures, for many years Anna Maria Island was considered a "hidden gem," the sleepy island providing a rare slice of "Old Florida. In the past decade, tourism development has been targeted as a key economic goal by island, county and state officials and millions of tax dollars have been invested to draw visitors to the island with national and international advertising and publicity efforts. Ponce de Leon named the island for Maria Anna von der Pfalz-Neuburg, the queen of Charles II of Spain, the sponsor of his expedition.We start off over the Palm Sola Causeway (also known as Manatee Ave Causeway), flying towards Holmes Beach, one of three municipalities on the Island. The other two are Bradenton Beach on in the south part and Anna Maria on the north part of the Island.On the north part of the Island is Rod & Reel Pier & Restaurant 875 N. Shore Dr, a popular fishing area. The main north-south road on the island is Gulf Drive, which begins on the south end of the island at the foot of the Longboat Pass Bridge from Longboat Key. Gulf Drive is the only road that runs the entire length of the island. We show a popular wedding venue & restaurant The Sandbar. For info on weddings at the Sandbar see sandbar.groupersandwich.com The southern tip of Anna Maria Island borders Longboat Key, Sarasota.

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