Thanks to its camera-ready sunsets and lush tropical beauty, Anna Maria Island has long been a favorite of Hollywood film directors needing a quintessential, Old Florida beach town backdrop.
Friendly and uncrowded, Anna Maria Island and Bradenton offer visitors the chance to get away from the daily hustle and bustle, and stay in a beachfront condominium, townhome, private vacation home, or resort in this South Florida island paradise.
Nestled between the Gulf of Mexico and the busy city of Bradenton, the laid-back resort community of Anna Maria Island flies under the radar despite its famous beauty. With breathtaking sunsets and lush tropical greenery, the island has a knack for attracting Hollywood film crews casting for a quintessential Old Florida beach town. In 1948 Anna Maria made her debut in Island in the Sun starring Esther Williams and Jimmy Durante. Several more film roles followed, and most recently, the island was featured prominently in Out of Time starring Denzel Washington. With high rises strictly forbidden on the island, its unobscured natural beauty played a critical role in providing a lush, steamy backdrop to the onscreen action.
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Anna Maria Island & Bradenton Attractions
Screen stardom aside, Floridians and well-traveled vacationers have long hailed the Bradenton area and Anna Maria Island as the place to go for a fun beach vacation with Old Florida charm. Anglers from all over the world take advantage of the area's storied freshwater and saltwater fisheries. Golfers enjoy the area's 50 top-rated golf courses and a famous golf academy. A true oasis, Anna Maria Island remains a friendly, uncrowded place where you can laze beneath a palm tree and sip a frozen margarita in your flip-flops. More Anna Maria Island Attractions.
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