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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.

GetMyBoat customer reviews for boat rentals in Anna Maria Island.

  1. DM
    David
    Beautiful Deck Boat with ample seating perfect for a family to lounge, fish, swim and tube all day right on Anna Maria Island

    Meghan’s boat was totally great! Clean and comfortable. Awesome Garmin navigation system. Incredibly easy and convenient putting the boat in and out of the water near where we stayed on AMI at a public ramp.

  2. JP
    James
    Beautiful Deck Boat with ample seating perfect for a family to lounge, fish, swim and tube all day right on Anna Maria Island

    We had a great time even though weather conditions weren't ideal! Our 2 year old loved it and it was her first time on a boat. We called around and most places were closed for the day because of holidays and questionable winds. We just moved here from Ohio and this was our first time renting a boat in Bradenton, as well as our first time using Facebook and Venmo to do it, so we were a little weary, but Meghan and Martin were very accommodating and took the time to answer all of our questions before and after returning the boat. They didn't charge a security deposit like most people and make us read all sorts of legal papers. Martin was there to greet us when we arrived and returned to the dock. No complaints here and I wouldn't have a problem with doing business with them again in the future. Thanks guys!

  3. RG
    Rob
    24ft Yamaha Bowrider near Anna Maria Island

    The boat was great. Pickup and drop off was easy and convenient. Would highly recommend this boat,.

  4. JW
    John
    Beautiful Deck Boat with ample seating perfect for a family to lounge, fish, swim and tube all day right on Anna Maria Island

    Very efficient way to get out on the water. I had a choice of boats and locations. SW FL has great boating areas. Will do this again.

  5. MB
    Moira
    Open Cruiser in Bradenton or Sarasota

    Brian was wonderful! So quick to respond and extremely patient (we hadn't anticipated the traffic to be as bad as it was so we ran a little late). He was super easy to communicate with before and during the trip. We had a little snafu, and he went above and beyond to fix it - no questions asked! Would definitely rent from him again and recommend him to everyone wanting to rent a boat in the Tampa/St. Pete/Sarasota area.

  6. SB
    Steve
    Beautiful Deck Boat with ample seating perfect for a family to lounge, fish, swim and tube all day right on Anna Maria Island

    Good communication and thorough explanation of the area. Boat and all equipment worked well. The GPS was invaluable and the seating configuration on the boat was perfect for our family! Pick up and drop off were easy as well. Would definitely rent from again.