Tourists staying in vacation homes on Anna Maria Island have a wealth of dining venues to choose from. This island, located in the Gulf of Mexico near the Florida coast, is home to award-winning restaurants that offer fine ambiance as well as the best in freshly caught seafood. Magazines and organizations such as Wine Spectator and Zagat have recognized Anna Maria Island dining establishments for their food as well as their service.
The cuisine available in Anna Maria Island restaurants is as varied as the people themselves are. French, British, German, Italian, and Spanish cuisine is available as well as dishes particular to southern Florida. Casual dining is also readily available, from burger stands on the beach with meat charbroiled to perfection to fresh seafood restaurants where "catch of the day" can be taken literally.
Fresh fish on Anna Maria Island generally includes grouper and mullet as well as red snapper. Imagine eating the fresh catch of the day as you enjoy the breezes coming off the ocean at sunset or you dine under a starry sky.
When the delicious eating opportunities have sated you, it is time to wander the island enjoying some of the prime attractions available. Sea kayaking is a popular tourist activity here, with several companies providing guided eco-tours of local habitats. Fishing is equally popular and some restaurants will even take your catch of the day and prepare it for you.