Anna Maria Island Recap

March 28, 2017

A full week back at school and it feels like spring break was a month ago already. BUT I was actually laying on the beach just a little over a week ago on Anna Maria Island so it's time to share what I did and where I went while I was there.

Location

 

We stayed at an Airbnb right across the street from the ocean and it was a very short walking distance from the Anna Maria City Pier, local shops, restaurants, and a build your own donut shop ( dreams do come true ). This house was amazing. It had an indoor elevator and it's very own salt water pool, plus it was just huge and gorgeous. It accommodated all 11 of us easily. 

 

Shopping

 

The island was full of unique local shops. There was a main road that had one shop after another which was fun to walk along in the mornings. I'd go into different shops and explore before grabbing some coffee. My two favorite places to go were Pink & Navy Boutique ( where I found this floral one piece swimsuit ) and The Island Cabana ( they had such great jewelry ).

 

Food

 

I only went out for dinner once ( ya know, college budget ) but it was awesome. We ate at The Waterfront Resturant, which was right next to the City Pier. I enjoyed scallops while we were seated outside on a back patio. Even though it was a cooler day, it was wonderful because they had outside heaters and even a fireplace to create such a cozy feel. Wish I would have taken a picture of the patio area, but just trust me when I say this place was super cute. 

 

Okay now comes the most important part, The Donut Experiment. This place was packed every day because everyone wanted to get their hands on these babies. Every donut had the same base, which was a classic cake donut ( made fresh right in front of you ). Then you could pick your icing and a topping. Not to mention they had a "House Iced Coffee" that was so delicious. 

 

Pictured from left to right:

Chocolate peanut butter, chocolate chip, sea salt caramel ( an unexpected personal fav ), maple bacon, vanilla oreo, and raspberry glaze.

 

Beaches

 

We had a shallow beach right across the street from our house, which was super close to the pier. Then on the last day, we all did about a 10 minute walk across the island to a giant beautiful public beach. I included a few pictures of both. 

 

It was great to be able to walk right outside of our house and sit by the pier on the sand. On morning I got up and there were two kite-surfers literally jumping the pier and they were father and son. SO cool.

 

 Our last full day was sunny, 70 and perfect. The public beach was absolutely stunning because the water was ridiculously clear with white sand, plus the beach was huge. The day was spent taking pictures and laying out ( ideal day for sure ).

 

 

 

 Night Life

 

If we decided to leave our house, we'd go to Bortell's Lounge to play pool. This dive bar was super relaxed and fun, but also reminded me just how overly competitive boys can be HA. 

 

Anyway, that just about sums up my last ever college spring break... so weird. BUT if you're ever in the area make sure to check out some of these places if they interest you; I loved them all.

+ you can check out the playsuits I wore on this trip here.

 

+ OR read about my recap of Naples and Marco Island here.

 

 

xo Caitlin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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