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Anna Maria Island's SandBlast! 2016

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SANDBLAST IS THE ULTIMATE SAND SCULPTURE COMPETITION! So many of us feel so alive at the beach, whether it's walking the white sands, swimming in the warm waters, sunbathing and listening to the surf, or building sand sculptures for hours…
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Anna Maria Island artsHOP 2016

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artsHOP is celebrating their 10th anniversary on Anna Maria Island! It is THE premiere cultural event of the season and includes Art Walks in all 3 island cities, music, and theatre - it even offers a few surprises. There is a lot…
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Top 10 Things To Do On Anna Maria Island

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1. Beach Time (of course!) Because of the 7 glorious miles of white beach this is the number one activity on Anna Maria Island, and for good reason. Boasting soft sugar-white sand with the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico lapping…
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Top 7 Reasons to visit Anna Maria Island at Christmas & New Years!

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Most of us don't need much more than the first reason to enjoy Anna Maria Island during Christmas and New Years, but there is tons to do on the island during the holidays! The most obvious reason is the weather, of course! Who wouldn't…
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Yum! National (Coastal) Cookie Day!

Cookie Monster Says It's National Cookie Day, Who Are We To Argue!?   On Anna Maria Island we like to do things a little differently! Bring on the coastal cookies! Christmas is coming, and we can't wait to bake up a batch…
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Sandblast 2015 -            Anna Maria Island Sand Sculpture Competition 

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Anna Maria Island Sandblast 2015 Sandblast is one of the favorite events on Anna Maria Island. What fun to watch the teams bring their sand sculpture visions to life! Sand Themes This year the categories are: Free Form, Wild Life or…
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The First Time I Visited Anna Maria Island, It Had Me At Hello!

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In the winter of 2010 I was in charge of planning a trip for our family, as well as my husband's parents and siblings. We wanted to bring his parents to Florida so they could see why we loved to visit the state, and his siblings graciously…
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5 Things To Do on a Rainy Anna Maria Island Day

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Photo credit: Bay News 9 Not every day at the beach is a beach! So what to do if it rains during your stay on Anna Maria Island? If walking in the rain is not your idea of fun we've got you covered (pun intended)!   1) Have…
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5 Reasons to Visit Anna Maria Island in the Fall

We all know how wonderful the winter weather is in Florida. That's what makes Anna Maria Island such a popular destination when much of the rest of the continent resembles the North Pole. But did you know that Fall is a really great time…