Josh and I spent the last week celebrating our third anniversary (a week early) on beautiful Anna Maria Island in Florida. It’s where we honeymooned three years ago and spent our one year anniversary. We weren’t able to go back for our second anniversary, so we’ve been dying for a Gulf Coast sunset. It was well worth the wait. Take a look at that view!
This vacation was just what we needed. We love taking time away from the normal grind to refresh and rejuvenate. The beach is where we do our best dreaming, so we made sure to take some long walks along the beach. We talked about our student loan repayment goals, what life will be like when we’re debt free, and where we hope this blog will take us. We have big hopes for the future, and we’re working our hardest to make them happen.
Cozy Beach Houses
We spent our first two years staying in The Little Mermaid on Anna Maria Island. It’s a bright, charming little cottage full of character and beachy vibes. We wanted to stay there for this vacation, but it was booked solid.
Since we couldn’t get The Little Mermaid, we opted for Lazy Daisy Too. This is the upstairs apartment of Lazy Daisy. We absolutely loved it!! It was bright and cozy, the perfect size for two people. The best part was that we didn’t see a single bug while we were there. If you stay in beach houses often, you know how hard that is to come by.
The funny thing about Lazy Daisy Too is that it’s right next door to The Little Mermaid. We just love this particular part of the beach, so we were thrilled to find a small rental right where we wanted to be. If you have the opportunity to visit Anna Maria and only need a one bedroom beach house, I highly recommend both of these.
Here’s where I spent hours and hours working puzzles and watching 7th Heaven.
If you remember from this post, we only have Netflix in our house. Even though the commercials nearly drove me crazy, it was nice being able to watch shows and movies that we don’t normally get to see.
Anna Maria Entertainment
Since we’re trying to pay as much as possible on Josh’s student loan, we didn’t want to break the bank just to entertain ourselves. However, we still needed things to do to fill our days.
Our biggest source of entertainment was the beach, of course. We spent the mornings and evenings walking the beach. It rained some days, so we had to time our walks according to the weather.
Wild beach hair!
Look at that view! The water looks nice too. 😉
We also drove around the island to see some pretty sights. This was from our day of adventuring.
I saw a walkway around the waterfront when we crossed the bridge to Anna Maria Island, so we tried to find it on our day out. I think we ended up in the wrong area though because there were lots of hobos sleeping and hanging around out there. The view was gorgeous, but we didn’t stay long!
We also tried out a few local restaurants. Two of our favorites were Mr. Bones BBQ and Minnie’s Beach Cafe. Mr. Bones was so good that we ate there three times!! Four if you count the evening we ordered a key lime pie slice to-go.
Mr. Bones BBQ is quite the unusual restaurant. The menu featured a variety of foods ranging from BBQ, vegan and vegetarian dishes, hamburgers, Tex-Mex, and more! Our plant-based diet went out the window when we saw all the delicious options, but it was a nice treat. Here’s the black bean and rice quesadilla I ordered.
The voodoo vibe at Mr. Bones was very different from the restaurants we normally visit here in North Carolina. Look at that wall decor!
Nearly every wall in the restaurant was covered with those masks. There’s also a sign that says something to the effect of “No salt, pepper, or ketchup. Don’t even ask. Our chefs are New Orleans trained, so no enhancements are needed.” And it was true! We didn’t need to enhance any of the food we ordered there. If you get the chance to visit Anna Maria Island, be sure to stop at Mr. Bones BBQ. I don’t think you’ll regret it!
Our other favorite was Minnie’s Beach Cafe. Oh, heavens! That was the cutest diner I’ve ever seen. I wish I had taken pictures. If you google the restaurant, you can see pictures of the inside. It was filled with beachy decor, and they even had 1950s music playing in the background for ambiance. Their breakfast was phenomenal. If you like a big breakfast, definitely go to Minnie’s.
Those Anna Maria Sunsets
Ah, the sunsets. These were probably the highlight of our trip. I could stare at them every day and never get tired of them. Here are a few sunsets we saw.
Look at those rays! I’ve never seen the sun do that after a sunset before. It was absolutely breathtaking.
This was our last night on Anna Maria. It had rained all day, so we didn’t think we’d get to see a sunset. We were content to pile up in the living room for the evening when I just happened to look outside and see the sky. I’m so glad I saw it when I did, otherwise we would have missed this gorgeous view. I love when the sky turns pretty colors like this.
In all, it was a dream vacation from start to finish, even on the rainy days. Anna Maria Island is one of our favorite places on earth. We just can’t seem to get enough! If you’re looking for a new vacation spot, definitely give Anna Maria Island a try.
What are some of your favorite vacation spots?