We rented a two-bedroom deluxe suite at the Tortuga Inn on Anna Maria Island for a short-term visit for our children. The accommodations were well-appointed and very clean, the staff was outstanding, and the location was spectacular. The grounds were well-groomed and immaculate. We stayed for an extended stay at Tortuga’s sister resort, Tradewinds, and had a very similar experience. Great staff, super clean accommodations, and convenient location. We have been to Anna Maria for many years and Tortuga and Tradewinds were terrific places to stay.
My daughter has a gymnastics meet in Bradenton and it only makes sense to stay at the beach! I found Tortuga on google maps and called and it the staff couldn’t be more wonderful. They were very informative, knowledgeable and nice. The resort was wonderful and the island is a great place for agetaway! Continue reading →
All photos courtesy of The Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Anna Maria Island: One of the Top 30 Islands in the World
Visit Florida.com By- Kara Franker
It’s no wonder that Anna Maria Island, featuring seven miles of picture-perfect sugar-sand beaches, has been named one of the top 30 islands in the world by readers of Condé Nast Traveler.
The popular travel magazine describes Anna Maria Island as 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.” The island is just a 40-minute drive from Sarasota.
It’s a new year and the perfect time to plan your vacation, stay-cation or get-away!. There is something for everyone at one of our 4 unique beach resorts
Warm sunshine, the surf gently lapping the shore and friendly people… we have a special place just for you at TortugaTradewinds,SeaSide or Tropic Isle Beach Resorts! Our friendly informative staff will assist you to ensure that our resorts are the perfect destination for every occasion.
Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key cradle some of the most beautiful fine-grained beaches in the world, an eight-mile string of bone-white sand that might be called the anti-Miami Beach….no neon, high-rises or showboats here. The highest thing is a palm tree, with an osprey on top. From Whitney Beach cross the span to Anna Maria, and dig toes in the soft sugar at Coquina Beach. The sand seems to get even better, though, moving north, along Bradenton Beach, to Manatee Beach, Holmes, Anna Maria, and ending at the secluded and somewhat secret Bean Point at the very northern tip, named for George Bean, first permanent resident of Anna Maria Island. Castled in the kelp are jut-eyed little crabs, a world of inch-high devils. The wet sand here is so sumptuous it’s like Julia Child’s butter.
Four times this year I’ve been to the canals of Venice, without ever setting foot in Italy. In Vegas, Macau, Qatar and where I live, Venice, California, there are facsimiles of the famous waterways, only cleaner, shinier, and without the creases of deep history.
Theme parks, made-made-islands, cruise ships, old quarter facades, entire cities fashioned to appear as someplace else. It’s hard, these days, to find a land that has escaped the allure of reincarnation.
Many years ago, after making first descents of a number of wild rivers around the world, I was invited by Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida to join a media event, the launch of their Congo River Rapids Ride. Some P.R. visionary had concocted a trope in which George Plimpton, the famous “participatory journalist,” and I would make “the first descent” of the Congo River in Florida, with hundreds of media reporting. It was such a circus of counterfeit adventure that I felt I needed a shower after being splashed by the chlorinated Congo. It turned out Mr. Plimpton felt the same way, and as we left the Gardens he turned to give some advice. “If you want to experience the real thing, head over to Bradenton.”