Anna Maria Island, sometimes known as Anna Maria Key, is a barrier island on the coast of Manatee County, Florida. It is bounded on the west by the Gulf of Mexico, on the south by Longboat Pass, on the easy by Anna Maria Sound, and on the north by Tampa Bay. The island is approximately 7 miles long north to south.
Anna Maria Island is divided into three cities: Anna Maria in the north, Holmes Beach in the middle, and Bradenton Beach in the south. There are two bridges that take you from the mainland into the island. The island is served by a free trolley style bus that runs north and south on Gulf Drive.
The island is known to be a bird sanctuary. There are pelicans, many types of cranes, herons, sandpipers, etc. From May through October, there is an abundance of sea turtles on shore.