The Florida beach town hours from Miami that was named one of the best in America
Although the large metropolises remain among the preferred destinations for tourists, some people prefer to see less crowded towns. Although these do not have large hotels or famous attractions, they can have a charm worth exploring. The travel site Family Destinations Guide published his list of the 150 best small cities in the United States to contribute new ideas in the plans of next trips. One from Florida stood out among the options.
“An impressive tropical paradise with pristine beaches, crystalline waters and the charm of old Florida”, thus defined the report to the town of Anna Maria Island, which with only 8,500 inhabitants managed to be the best positioned city of the “sunshine state”. Ahead of her, only Ely, Nevada, and Holualoa, Hawaii, appeared. which topped the list. It is worth mentioning that in the top 10 positions, both Hawaii and Alaska appeared with two of their small cities.
Another Florida town was also in the first 15 positions: Rosemary Beach, in Walton County. With its “sugar-white sand beaches, turquoise waters, and charming cabanas,” it made 13th place. Far below, at #112, Fernandina Beachin Nassau County, north of Jacksonville, was among the best.
“We surveyed 3,000 families from across the United States to identify the best small towns to visit,” explained the article in Family Destinations Guide, where the full results were presented. Next, Top 10 Small Towns in America to Visit with the data of the population that they register according to the report:
Anna Maria Island is located off Bradenton on the Gulf Coast of Florida. To get to this site from Miami, you have to travel 250 miles (just over 400 kilometers), to the northeast in the direction of Tampa.
By private car the journey time is about four hours. If traveling by bus, the estimated time of arrival is six hours. From other US cities you can fly into Tampa International Airport and then drive about 1.5 hours south.
Anna Maria Island is known for its beaches, particularly Holmes Beach, which offers virgin coasts; as well as Coquina Beach, covering 22 acres (about nine hectares) with white sand, sparkling water and lush vegetation. In addition, a variety of affordable products and local crafts can be purchased at the Beach Market.
You should also visit the dock of Bridge Streetone of the most emblematic points and a pier dating from the beginning of the 20th century, as well as taking a look around the galleries and restaurants that are located along Pine Avenue.
To eat, a previous article from Family Destinations Guide recommended to search Anna Maria City Pier Grille and The Donut Experiment. If you want to be in contact with nature, then you can explore Leffis Key Preservetake a kayak tour or ride horses along the shore of the beach.