Planning a group event on the gulf? Our dreamy beaches on Anna Maria Island are the perfect setting for birthday bashes, bachelorette or bachelor dinners, family and class reunions, and corporate events. With succulent seafood and locally sourced land-fare, breathtaking views, and endless outdoor activities, Anna Maria Island is a favorite destination for locals and tourists, alike.
Event Spaces and Dining
Anna Maria Island, nestled on the west coast of Florida, is home to award-winning restaurants and venues. If you’re looking to feed and entertain a large group, we have you covered — quite literally.
Our outdoor pavilion at The Sandbar guarantees a good time, rain or shine. The Beach House offers one of the largest beachfront decks of any venue on Florida’s West Coast and a state-of-the-art, climate-controlled dining area. For an intimate affair, Mar Vista is set in the picturesque village of Longboat with private boat slips and a magical dining area under ancient Buttonwood trees.
All of our seaside venues feature menus fully stocked with locally-caught seafood and farm-fresh produce that will have your guests raving.
Things to Do
The Gulf of Mexico provides endless opportunities for outdoor adventures. Excursions like Paradise Boat Tours, give guests a guided sight-seeing experience. Check out Florida wildlife – the dolphins are our favorite! – alongside spectacular sunsets. If your group is more hands-on, take a chartered fishing trip.
For those who haven’t quite gotten their sea legs, Coquina Bay Walk is a great nature trail for all ages. And, of course, there’s always the beach where your group can fish, build sand castles, play volleyball, or just sit back and soak up the rays.
Experiencing bad weather? Don’t stress! On a rainy day, sign up for an art or cooking class at The Studio at Gulf and Pine. This indoor venue can house your group’s meetings and seminars without the worry of getting wet!
Places to Stay
A room with a view isn’t hard to find on Anna Maria Island. Our partnered vacation rentals can house a couple to the whole party! From quirky coastal charm to resort-style living, your crew will get their best beauty sleep for your group’s outings. Guesthouses, Inns, Resorts, and B&Bs can all be found just minutes from our venues. With most accommodations just steps from the dock or the beach, your fun doesn’t have to stop when the group splits. Bring your fishing pole and pool towel to get the most out of your stay.
Getting around Anna Maria Island is half of the fun! From biking to luxe limousine rides, no matter your occasion, AMI has a way! The Island Beach Monkeys, better known by locals as “The Monkey Bus” can be scheduled for pick-up and drop-off and is completely free. Guests with disabilities can easily find accessible rides to the party and the after-party!
Click here to view the full list of our preferred vendors. If you need help planning your group event, our event specialists are ready to guide you from start-to-finish. With endless break-out and assembly spaces, Anna Maria Island is the year-round go-to for your group events.