Anna Maria Island is bordered by Manatee county and the Gulf of Mexico. It offers residents and guests some of the most beautiful beaches in Florida. If you are looking to for an escape, this laid back island lifestyle is the place to visit and recharge. The area features many waterfront homes, rental properties and short term lodging. Since Bradenton and Sarasota are only 20-30 minutes away, you can enjoy the laid back beach town but easily access everything the cities have to offer in just minutes. Many visitors eventually purchase a home in Bradenton or Anna Maria Island because they love the lifestyle the area offers.