Choosing the right hotel or resort can be the most difficult decisions to make when planning your Anna Maria Island beach vacation. There are no chain hotels or resorts are allowed on the island. However, there are dozens of good privately owned and operated hoteliers. They range from just a few units to more than 50.

To begin your search for a property that best fits you, here is a brief description of the popular Anna Maria Island accommodations:

1. Bridgewalk Inn / Silver Surf: Bridgewalk and Silver Surf resort are also located in Bradenton Beach. Bridgewalk lies on top of a lot of nice shops and restaurants. Silver Surf is just a few blocks north on Gulf Dr. It has 50 units, and often offers rates under $ 100 per night.

2. Anna Maria Beach Cottages: For a more quiet & quaint experience, try Anna Maria Beach Cottages. It offers 11 renovated houses and apartments with a very natural beach decor and a surprisingly large pool. AMBC is located just off the ocean on a quiet street (112 Oak Ave.).

3. Bali Hai: One of the great accommodation values on Anna Maria Island can be found at Bali Hai at 6900 Gulf Dr. in Holmes Beach. Bali Hai has more than 40 apartment- and cottage-style units, many of which have great ocean views.