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Anna Maria City – Vacation Rentals

Anna Maria City: Located to the north part of Anna Maria Island, is basically residential and home to a handful of coffeehouses, a few restaurants, and ice cream shops, some of which serve not only coffee or ice cream, but other snacks, breakfasts and lunches.

There’s Dips Ice Cream & Candy Store, which offers more than 150 varieties of candy, as well as cappuccino, homemade Italian ices, and of course, ice cream.

Then there is the Bay View Plaza on the bay-side of the island, with boutiques and Mama Lo’s Coffee Shop.

At Mama Lo’s by the Sea, the coffee is awesome it’s true, and it’s sold by the pound, but in fact, Mama Lo’s may be best known for its ice cream. They offer nearly 40 flavors of McClains homemade ice cream made right in Sarasota. Also offered are sundaes, smoothies, sandwiches, pastries and bagels.

Everything, including breakfast items, is served all day at Mama Lo’s. You can order at the counter, grab a magazine from the rack and eat by a window with a view of the bay. There is even a toy train running along a track set up above the café, and maps of the World and United States with the words “Where are you from?” chalk full of red pins pushed in by visiting customers.

The Anna Maria Island City post office is located at the Bay View Plaza as well, a long time gathering place for island residents. Few are ready to give up the sense of community for home mail delivery.

Located at 9908 Gulf Drive in Anna Maria, Sandy’s Rich Coffee serves gourmet coffee and espresso drinks, baked goods, breakfast sandwiches, bagels, muffins, Panini style sandwiches, salads, desserts, fruit and cheese.

Real estate business is conducted in the back of Sandy’s, while the front has a real coffeehouse atmosphere and framed photographs of Anna Maria sunsets and wildlife hanging on the walls.

When visiting Anna Maria City, one can shop for antiques jewelry and clothing, or enjoy the restaurants, coffee and sandwich shops, and the Island Players Theater.