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Renting a boat on Anna Maria Island
Anna Maria Island is a small, barrier island off the coast of west Florida near St. Petersburg. It’s the perfect location for renting a boat or booking a water experience, since here you can enjoy stunning sunsets, cruising the waves, and soaking up the sun nearly any time of year. If you're visiting with your family, rent a pontoon or a powerboat (or ski boat) for a fun time cruising around Anna Maria Island. You can enjoy watersports like wakeboarding or tubing, a super fun option if you're traveling with kids or adventurous companions.
Are you looking for a fun day out with the guys or are your kids obsessed with fishing? Rent a fishing boat for a fun fishing trip on Anna Maria Island, or book a fishing charter with a local guide to take you to the best fishing spots around Anna Maria Island, around Rod and Reel Pier, or cruise to Shell Key Reserve Park.
Another popular experience on Anna Maria Island is a dolphin tour - it’s a great way to see and connect with these creatures in the wild.
When booking a boat trip or fishing charter on Anna Maria Island, you can choose between going out yourself or hiring a captain. With a captain, you don’t have to worry about navigating, which can make the boating experience much more relaxing. Book a boat tour with a captain for a sunset cruise, dinner cruise, harbor tour, or another type of tour by boat around Anna Maria Island. Boat charters with captains on Anna Maria Island are perfect for bachelor and bachelorette parties, family gatherings, and other special celebrations.
For travelers and folks on vacation who want to enjoy a workout while soaking up the sun on Anna Maria Island, renting a kayak is a fantastic option. Paddlesports rentals are not only a great way to get out on the waves, but you’ll get in an upper body workout, making it a good way to keep up your fitness.
When booking your boat rental on Anna Maria Island, make sure to ask clarifying questions when getting it organized. If you’re renting with a captain and crew, inquire if gratuity is included, make sure you understand all charges i.e. fuel surcharges, and coordinate the drop-off and pick up locations. It’s a good idea to ask if any special extras are included and make sure the boat capacity can accommodate your group size.
Things to See and Do by Boat on Anna Maria Island
Good places to go boating around Anna Maria Island include off the coast of the beaches like Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, and Egmont Key. The waters are typically calm, and you can boat out in the open Gulf or in the more protected waterways between Anna Maria Island and mainland Florida.
Some restaurants to check out right on the waterfront and perfect to enjoy during a boat day include The Waterfront Restaurant, The Sandbar Restaurant, Rod and Reel Pier, and Island Ocean Star. Dock your boat and relax while admiring views of the ocean.
When you rent a boat on Anna Maria Island, you can add watersports equipment to your boat rental to enjoy your boating day even more, especially if you’re visiting with some adventurous travelers. Waterskiing, tubing, and wakeboarding on the ocean can be incredibly fun experiences to have while visiting Anna Maria Island.
About Anna Maria Island
Anna Maria Island is the perfect place to rent a boat. Cruise around the stunning coastline, basking in the sun and admiring the beaches of the island from your private watercraft. It’s also a great spot for fishing charters and seeing dolphins on a dolphin tour.
When preparing for your boat rental, stop off at Publix Supermarket at nearby Holmes Beach, the Anna Maria General Store, or Island Fresh Market. Stop here to get food and drinks to bring onboard, and don’t forget to stock up your cooler with ice.
The best time of year to visit Anna Maria Island for boating and outdoor activities is within the early autumn months or early summer. Peak summer of June, July and August can be unbearably hot and humid with a lot of rain. September and October will have less precipitation and more manageable temperatures, while still being warm enough to swim and enjoy a boat rental. Enjoy the beaches, the gentle waves, and the sunshine of Anna Maria Island.
A few accommodation options on Anna Maria Island include the Dream Inn, Tortuga Inn, Waterline Marina, and Mainsail Beach Inn. There are lots of beach resorts and holiday homes to choose from to rent for the perfect boating and beach vacation on Anna Maria Island.
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GetMyBoat customer reviews for boat rentals in Anna Maria Island.
We had a great trip on Lisa’s boat and would highly recommend it to others. They were ready at the dock when we arrived, went over the boat and all of the safety information we needed to know, and then sent us on our way. This boat has hydraulic steering which made navigating very smooth and easy. By far the best steering of the pontoon boats we have rented this far. They also recommended a few places for us to visit and noted the conditions we could expect on the trip, which was very helpful to planning our day. I would definitely book with Lisa again when we are back in town.
Karrie was exceptionally customer-service oriented as we booked this trip from 2,500 miles and 3 time zones away. This was also the first time I rented a boat and Karrie provided exceptional service. Also, kudos to the captain, Dana Cohen, who Karrie arranged for us. She was exceptional.
Just wanted to say thank you so much to Josh for renting us his boat for the week we were on Annamaria Island. We had a blast! The boat was delivered in a timely manner, clean, everything in working condition. Having a boat completely made our stay. We went island hopping, saw hundreds of dolphins, and even saw two see turtles. Highly recommend!!! We will be renting from him again. Thank you
RENT YOUR BOAT FROM MARC! If you only read one sentence of this review... let that be it. Boat was great for our family adventure around Anna Maria, pickup was SUPER easy, and Marc was incredibly flexible and kind about our delayed return. We had a day full of marine life, explored sandbars, and also got caught in a FL Thunderstorm. Great fun, and a great boat, from a great guy... Did I tell you Marc is great?
September WEEKDAY SPECIAL $350 for 8 Hrs!!! Nov 1st-10th $1600!! Beautiful Deck Boat with ample seating perfect for a family to lounge, fish, swim and tube all day right on Anna Maria Island. Insurance Included
We noticed that Meghan had multiple 5 star ratings and we decided to reserve a boat with her. We had a terrible experience last year with a dishonest and disreputable boat rental service and are so glad we trusted our instincts this year with Meghan. Meghan’s husband Martin, delivered our boat as promised to the 63rd street boat ramp and was very helpful getting us started. Everything worked fine on the boat and we had no problems other than the windy weather and rough seas. (But that’s not their fault!) It’s nice to know there are honest and reputable business people in the world. We highly recommend Meg and company!
Marc left us with a great experience. He was very tentative to all our questions and the boat was super nice when we took it out. The family enjoyed a nice relaxing boat day. Definitely would book with him again.