The Best Watersports on Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island is a premier vacation destination for all things ocean. Situated on the Gulf of Mexico, there are various activities to participate in, but watersports on Anna Maria Island are definitely among the most fun. The choices can be overwhelming, so we are here to help.

Here are just a few of the watersports that you can enjoy on Anna Maria Island.

Boat and Jet Ski

AMI Watersports is a fantastic option for Anna Maria Island watersports. As a family-owned business, AMI aims to make your experience a memorable one. Individual Jet ski rentals for anyone 14 years old and up are available for one to two hours. Additionally, a jet ski tour can be booked around Anna Maria Island that lasts approximately one hour and forty-five minutes.

Boating rentals are also available through AMI Watersports. There are a variety of different size boats that will cater to your individual needs. These boats may be rented for two, four, or eight hours. Take a boat and explore the always beautiful Anna Maria Island. Remember that dolphins and manatees are often seen in the area!

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One of the area’s most popular rental destinations, Coastal Watersports, is a go-to spot for all boarding watersports. Since 1982, this family-owned business has been catering to their clientele and now offers paddleboarding! Paddleboarding is ideal for getting out onto the water and taking your time. While they are perfect for surfing, paddleboards can also be used to take in the wildlife. If you are interested but have no experience, do not worry! Coastal Watersports offers lessons for beginners.

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On Anna Maria Island, anyone new surfer can grab a surfboard and attempt to brave the waves on their own, but why deal with the hassle? Stop by Global Boarding Water Sports and participate in surfing lessons! Global Boarding will visit you anywhere on Anna Maria Island for your session. Lessons will begin with some on-land instruction, followed by a full hour spent in the water! No need to purchase and lug around equipment; surfboards and wetsuits can be provided.

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Snorkeling and Diving

Sea Kat Divers is one of the area’s premier dive shops. They label themselves as a “one-stop-shop,” and the label holds up. They offer gear rentals, gear servicing, oxygen tank fillings, and private charters. Daily snorkeling trips are offered that are personalized to each client’s wants and needs. Snorkeling trips will typically start around 9 a.m. and last approximately four hours.

For diving experiences, Sea Kat Divers, as the name suggests, is a fantastic option. They offer scuba diving lessons from professional instructors to help you on your diving journey. Sea Kat Divers set a focus on both safety and fun during their lessons to ensure that your experience is a tremendous one. As with their snorkeling trips, diving instruction will start at approximately 9 a.m. and last around four hours.

With all of the Anna Maria Island water sport options, you are almost guaranteed to be worn out by the end of the day. Instead of worrying about where you’re going to rest your head at night, why not stay with us? Here at Mainsail Vacation Rentals, we offer a five-star lodging experience conveniently located near all watersport options. Give us a call today, or visit online, to book your Anna Maria Island rental and reserve your home away from home!