Anna Maria Island is a beach facing the Gulf of Mexico that I have been to a few times before and seems to always dazzle me at every visit. If you are willing to brave the crowds you will see why this beach is considered one of Florida’s best (though I would recommend going on a weekday if possible, oh the traffic!). Crystal clear water, soft white sand, palm trees swaying in the breeze under the hot sun…paradise! I was fortunate enough to spend a relaxing Friday here with a friend, eating watermelon, going for a swim to cool off and playing around with my gopro. I hope to get a few more beach trips under my belt by the end of summer, perhaps Destin is next!