A Florida Island Has Been Named One Of Travel+Leisure’s ’50 Best Places to Travel in 2024′
One of our secret gems is a secret no more. Travel + Leisure released their ’50 Best Places to Travel in 2024′, and an island here on the Florida West Coast made the list. An island south of Tampa just off the coast of Bradenton that’s only a two hour drive from us here in Fort Myers or Cape Coral.
Anna Maria Island is one of Travel + Leisure’s ’50 Best Places to Travel in 2024′
This is no small deal. Travel + Leisure focuses on worldwide travel and most of the destinations on the list are not in the United States. Only one other ‘Beach Vibes’ location made the list, Hawai’i Island. Anna Maria Island, a seven-mile-long barrier island, was selected for it’s “no-high-rises shoreline, incredible sunsets, and small-town feel.” And despite now being worldwide famous, it’s really not as expensive as you think. Newly opened Mello On The Beach has pet friendly rooms that start under $200 a night.
Although the island has everything you need, a water taxi service is starting next month. For just $8 the 50-foot open-air catamarans will shuttle you back and forth to Downtown Bradenton. A great way to visit the island without adding to the traffic, or a chance to step off the island to check out Bradenton. Really, for $8, it’s probably a great trip out on the water to see the sights. From the beaches to the bay, it’s an incredibly beautiful area. But there’s another part of Anna Maria Island that isn’t discussed as often.
There’s also a UFO connection to the Bradenton, Florida area.
Anna Maria Island isn’t just known for it’s fantastic beaches. There’s also been numerous UFO sightings in the area. Some have been witnessed on Anna Maria Island. This has been well documented over the years, and as the article states, the picture and video links keep disappearing from the internet.
Above all, enjoy casual island life, amazing beaches, great food and drink – and maybe even see a UFO. In other words, it’s easy to see why Travel + Leisure put Anna Maria Island on the worldwide list of Best Places To Travel.