I went a little MIA for a few days because John and I were busy soaking up the sun in beautiful Anna Maria Island, FL (Bradenton Beach, specifically) with my family. This island is becoming a quick favorite of mine and anytime we consider going to the beach, it’s always my first pick. I haven’t shared too many photos on here, so I figured I’d make today’s post picture heavy!
This place is wonderful for so many reasons. For starters, it’s located in the Gulf of Mexico, meaning there are spectacular sunsets to be viewed each and every night. Even on the cloudy nights, the sunsets are always breathtaking. Any other beach I’ve been to I’ve always had to drag myself out of bed at 6am to get sunrise shots, but in Anna Maria I can lounge around and end the day watching the sun set over the ocean.
Usually we don’t find many shells at the beach, but a storm must have blown in a whole lotta shells (along with that seaweed, but it didn’t smell so no bother!). We were finding amazing shells left and right. The picture above shows some of the great shells we found during our stay.
Tuesday, we ventured inland towards the Sarasota area to visit Myakka River State Park. If you’re ever in the Siesta Key/Sarasota/Tampa area, this park is absolutely worth the drive. We spent a few hours there and took an airboat tour and then strolled over to the canopy walk. It’s super scenic and as the park calls it, this place is the real Florida.
Anna Maria is full of great shops and restaurants. It’s everything I love in a beach: clear water, white sand, and not too touristy! It has a quaint small town feel and is the perfect destination for a beach vacation, even if it’s just a day trip. John and I had an amazing time and as usual it was great to see my family. I’m super thankful to be able to see them so often, even if I live 1,000 miles away!