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3 Fun Summer Anna Maria Island Activities You Simply Can't Miss
by Christine OKelly

When you think of Florida summer destinations, most people might think that Disney is the number one attraction, or perhaps Miami or Key West. However, on the Gulf side of state lays one of the best undiscovered spots. An Anna Maria Island vacation this summer will show you the state's true beauty, away from the tourist hustle around Orlando and on the warm beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. The island also boasts many exciting activities for the entire family to enjoy.

Jet Ski the Waters Off of Holmes Beach

Holmes Beach is such a hidden gem that Hollywood has been filming there for decades. Since 1948's film 'On An Island with You' starring Ester Williams and 1998's 'Palmetto And Out Of Time,' Tinsel Town has seen Holmes Beach as the true paradise that it is. If you want to discover the same beauty this summer, the best way is to rent a jet ski and explore the beaches. No Anna Maria island vacation could be considered complete if you missed Holmes Beach. Riding the gentle waters with the cool air through your hair will enrich your travels while you explore the white sandy coastline.

Parasailing Above the Gulf of Mexico

If your beach vacations are mostly on the east coast by the waters of the chilly Atlantic, an Anna Maria Island vacation will introduce you to the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. After dipping your feet into the waters, your next step is an aerial encounter. Parasail above the Gulf and see its beauty stretch to the horizon. Being one of the safest water sports, parasailing is a gentle ride tethered to the back of a boat while a parasail lifts you into the air for your own private tour. Contrary to popular belief, you are not holding yourself up; you are harnessed and winched into position, leaving you free to enjoy the view. No matter where you look, you will be stunned by the panoramic views of the gorgeous landscape and sparkling waters.

Turtle Nesting Beach Watch

Among the natural loveliness of your Anna Maria Island vacation is the splendor of sea turtle nesting. Sea turtles come ashore to lay their eggs in the sandy beaches in a timeless ritual every summer. The mother sea turtle returns to the same beach that she was born on and uses her flippers to dig a nest in the sand. After laying her eggs, she refills the hole and reshapes it to hide the nest, making it virtually invisible to the untrained eye. The babies hatch after they finish growing and instinctively head towards the water to start their lives. You can be a part of the wonder on a beach watch and help preserve this endangered species. Morning tours are available daily throughout July and August.

Your Anna Maria island vacation will delight your entire family. The adventurers among you will love jet skiing and parasailing on and over the warm Gulf waters. The inquisitive nature lovers will be astounded by the close up view of sea turtle beach watches. You haven't truly experienced Florida until you have visited this tropical paradise.

About the Author

Christine O'Kelly is a writer for Anna Maria Gulf Coast Rentals, offering an Anna Maria island vacation rentals, including beautiful beach houses and condos on Florida's Gulf Coast. All of the firm's premier Anna Maria island rentals are near fun and exciting activities for vacationers of all ages to enjoy.