Travel & Leisure Magazine says Anna Maria Island is One of Florida's Best Kept Secrets... names it one of “The Most Charming Small Towns in Florida”
The magazine says this about Anna Maria Island….
“Considered one of the state’s best-kept secrets, Anna Maria Island is home to wide white-sand beaches lapped by emerald and sapphire seas”. “While the Gulf Coast barrier island’s shores are wild, natural, and picture-perfect, visitors also love strolling Pine Avenue to check out the shops, galleries, and restaurants. The wooden Rod and Reel Pier, dating back to 1947, is another Instagram-worthy spot to visit”.
Other Florida locations that made the list… Palm Beach, Cedar Key, Mount Dora, The Florida Keys, Micanopy, Sanibel, Cypress Gardens, Cape Canaveral and Fernandina Beach, were the other locations on the magazine's list of “10 of the best small towns in Florida with populations of 15,000 or less.”
Check out the article here: https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/best-small-towns-florida
It was just this past April when, Travel + Leisure magazine named Sarasota one of the “10 best U.S. beach towns to live in.” Sarasota placed sixth, right behind Santa Monica, California, and right ahead of Kailua, Hawaii.
The magazine said…. “Another destination ranked highly for its quality of life, Sarasota, Florida, is a Gulf Coast gem,” reads the Travel + Leisure article from April. “Sarasota has a range of unique attractions, including the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, which features a collection of circus antiques. Nearby Lido Key and Siesta Key offer beautiful sandy beaches.”
Read that article here: https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/beach-vacations/wallethub-beach-towns-america