When we go ( and we are going WED) we will drive to Anna Marie to the dock to Fish it is lovely , you will often see manatee swimming around! Lots of small shops and resturants , we will drive into St Armands Circle to walk around and go to a nice dinner or shop. The group of islands Seista, Lido, Longboat and Anna Marie all all connected by bridge and very close none are more than 10 miles long. Anna Marie is a good choice we just prefer Longboat (not many Kids or touristy ) Anna Maria Island is connected by a bridge to Longboat Key.Anna Maria Island still has a small-town feel to it unlike many other places in Florida. From north to south, it is only seven miles, but it divided into three separate towns: City of Anna Maria (approx. 1,900 residents), the City of Holmes Beach (approx. 5,000 residents) and the City of Bradenton Beach (approx. 1,700 residents St. Armand's Circle, an up-scale shopping center on Lido Key http://www.starmandscircleassoc.com/ AnnaMariaIsland is also to the endangered species of Manatee manateewatch.org Manatee Watch The Island is also proactive in preserving the Turtle. details from the, Island Shopping Center, 5408 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, FL. Nearby in Sarasota is the Mote Marine Laboratory www.marinelab.sarasota.fl.us www.manatee-boating.org
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