Anna Maria Island Real Estate
ANNA MARIA is my favorite slice of old Florida. With beautiful beaches (not quite as white as Siesta Key due to a sand replenishment project, but still exceptinal) and old bungelows from the 50s and 60s, it provides a step back in time. Everywhere you look people are wearing shorts and swimsuits. The atmosphere is total summer vaction fun.
A free Trolley runs north and south along Gulf Drive and acts as a connector to Manatee and Sarasota County Public Buses at Manatee Public Beach.
In 1948 MGM filmed "On an Island with You" here, starring Ester Williams and Peter Lawford among others.
Anna Maria Island, actually was discovered by the Timucan and Caloosan American Indian tribes, but credit is more often given to the more famous Hernando DeSoto who explored in the name of the Spanish Crown. Although Hernando de Soto and his crew entered Tampa Bay just north of Anna Maria in May 1539, they did not make landfall here.
For more detailed information about Anna Maria Island and her history follow this link. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Maria_Island