It’s called “The last working fishing community in Florida”.
Located on the mainland side of Cortez bridge and surely one of the most genuine places you can find in the area.
Here’s a video that talks about it, interesting – but be warned – the video is also on Cortez Time:
Cortez fishing village
In 2008 when we started renting our first condo, Anna Maria Island used to be advertised as the “Best kept secret in Florida” – I think we easily can say that’s no longer the case!
Last year TripAdvisor ranked Anna Maria Island as the fourth best island to visit in the US – this year we’re number three!
AMI was awarded ahead of some pretty heavy competition; what about Maui, Hilton Head, Nantucket and Key West??
Some people call this special place Anna Marie Island, other’s AMI, while most say Anna Maria Island.
According to the daughter of an early land developer, Lilian Burns, the correct pronunciation of the the island was an-na ma-rye-a, since it was named for the strong winds occurring in the area, using the German term for the wind, Maria. This pronunciation is heard in the popular song, They Call The Wind Maria, from the musical Paint your wagon.
Did you know that Anna Maria Island has it’s own song?