We know the last couple of months has been tough for everyone. But we also know how exceptionally lucky we are to be able to spend this time on Anna Maria Island. And as people start to be able to come together again, we think Anna Maria is the best possible place to recover, reconnect and reset our minds and bodies.
Unlike hotels that cram guests one next to another, Cedar Cove offers 19 spacious, private suites across five separate resort buildings and cottages, all just steps from our private white-sand beach on the Gulf of Mexico. As much as we all have missed and treasure human interaction, the pandemic experience has also reminded us of the value of quiet, secluded spaces. A stay in our idyllic resort gives you every opportunity to set yourself apart from the hustle and bustle, to sit quietly and enjoy the absence of others.
But for when you want to socialize, we’ve got plenty of that here, too. When you venture outside your Cedar Cove suite and set out to explore the island, you’ll discover what a magical community Anna Maria truly is—and we are smack-dab in the middle of it all. Cedar Cove is located 4.8 miles from the northern tip of the island, and less than 3 miles from the southern bridge to Longboat Key. Whichever way you go, you’ll find fun activities and incredible sights.
To the south, Anna Maria’s vibrant neighborhoods and districts include Bridge Street, just south of Cortez Road, with its famous pier surrounded by restaurants, tiki bars, watersports and parasailing adventures and even miniature golf. If you keep heading south from there, you’ll see the expansive stretch of Coquina Beach, which sits just along the road all the way down to the end of the island.
Travel north from Cedar Cove and you’ll pass the Publix grocery store and Skinny’s famous burger joint just across from Manatee Public Beach. More restaurants in this part of the island span the fun and casual Mr. Bones BBQ to the award-winning continental cuisine of Beach Bistro.
At the northernmost part of Anna Maria sits the Pine Avenue district, with more restaurants and shops, as well as the Anna Maria Island Historical Society. This is also the part of the island where you’ll find its famous piers: Anna Maria City Pier, and just to the north, the Rod & Reel. Both are tremendous spots to grab a bite and take in the one-of-a-kind, 360-degree views dominated by the incredible expanse of Tampa Bay.
We know 2020 hasn’t gone the way we hoped it would so far. But there’s plenty of time to turn this ship around, and Anna Maria Island is the perfect place to do it.