Feel young again in Old Florida

old floridaFeel young again in ‘Old Florida’

By Forrest Brown, CNN
updated 12:58 PM EST, Wed November 5, 2014

(CNN) — Does the idea of spending time in the Magic Kingdom with the Mickey Mouse gang leave you thinking “Oh, rats!”? Does the idea of spending time with the hot people of Miami’s trendy South Beach leave you cold?

Well, don’t give up on Florida just yet. There’s still a Sunshine State for folks like us — it’s “Old Florida.” (And I’m not talking retirement communities here).

Sometimes thought of as “Forgotten Florida,” I’m talking about the more northerly portions of the state. It’s the part that thrived a century ago during the first waves of development but has been bypassed by most tourists in recent decades for Orlando and points south.

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Have you been to these places? What other parts of “Old Florida” have you explored and would recommend? Please share your memories and suggestions in the comments below.

2015 Large Business Award AMIR

Anna Maria Island Resort Large business awardAMI Chamber Installation Banquet/Business of theYear Awards

Monday, November 03, 2014 from 06:00 PM – 10:00 PM
One time event
The Annual Small Business Awards event, where nominated AMI Chamber of Commerce Members receive recognition and 3 awards are presented for a Small, Medium & Large Business. The AMI Chamber also installs/reinstated incumbent and newly elected directors. The Rotary Business Person of the Year award is also presented. Evening includes dinner at the Key Royale Club, entertainment and fun.
And the 2015 LARGE BUSINESS of the YEAR Award goes to Anna Maria Island Resorts! :-)

Perfect Beach Wedding


Perhaps you are one of those people who have always had a vision of your perfect wedding. You decided quite some time ago that your perfect wedding would require the beautiful backdrop of azure blue water, soft white sand and lush green foliage abounding. Seagulls bidding you good tidings, soft salty breezes and an open and inviting blue sky. Yes, you decided that for YOUR PERFECT WEDDING you wanted something as special as that!!

Ok Brides & Grooms to be… how have you planned your PERFECT BEACH WEDDING? Is it intimate and small or blazingly big? Your flowers, attire, music, sand ceremony or??? Something over the top?

Share your DREAMY Ideas with us here!

Already tied the Knot and created that PERFECT BEACH WEDDING? Go ahead and tell us how wonderful it was… what worked, what didn’t? 

Sharing is great and you just never know what new ideas may pop up!

Happy Beach Weddings!

Better Business Bureau and Us

BBBPleased to be a part of the Better Business Bureau | US‘ “Look for the Seal” campaign. All of our resorts here on AMI are BBB certified and recognized for the highest in business and hospitality standards. We strive every day to make your experience unique and enjoyable. How can we help make your vacation a great one?

We are very confident that our valued guests will loe their experience with us!

Top 30 Islands in the World

Anna Maria Island FL

Conde Nast Traveler

Anna Maria Island Listed as one of the Top 30 Islands in the World!
Readers Choice Awards

Condé Nast Traveler readers ranked the best islands in the world. Read about all the best cities, hotels, resorts, spas, and cruise lines in the world in our Readers’ Choice Awards 2014.

Written by Jenna Scherer     October 20, 2014
Photo – Robert Harding World Imagery / Alamy

26. Anna Maria Island, Florida
Readers’ Rating: 81.373

A narrow band off Florida’s west coast, this barrier island has some of the softest, whitest sand on the East Coast. And as it faces west, it’s a stunning place to watch the sun set over the Gulf of Mexico. Pro tip: At seven miles long and two miles wide, Anna Maria Island is a great place for a leisurely biking trip along the water. By-the-hour cycle rentals are available at Beach Bums. Getting there: It’s a 40-minute drive from Sarasota to the island.