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Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport

After spending hours on the flight, the last thing you want to do is travel even longer in a car and deal with traffic. Especially Tampa traffic. Which is why I always suggest flying into the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport if you can. Unlike Tampa International Airport, the Sarasota Airport is only a 30 minute drive away from AMI. With TPA being over an hour away.

While this airport may be closer, it unfortunately does not offer as many airlines/destinations as TPA does. Unlike Tampa which has over 60 non stop flights (including international flights), Sarasota-Bradenton only has 20, with none being international. However, they do appear to be slowly adding more destinations, so hopefully one day there will be more options. As for now, if you can get a flight to this airport rather than Tampa, I would highly suggest it.

 

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Tampa International Airport – TPA

Serving over 21 million passengers annually, is the Tampa International Airport (TPA). This airport is the second closest airport to Anna Maria Island (a little over an hour drive). Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) being the closest (about a half an hour drive). While TPA may be a little further, it offers more flights, and is significantly larger.

Tampa International Airport

TPA has routes going to 90 different places around the world, and has even been named the second best domestic airport by Travel + Leisure magazine, and Condé Nast Traveler. This airport has over 40 restaurants/places to get a bite to eat. This includes 6 Starbucks locations, 2 Chick-fil-A’s, and even a Columbia Café! Seriously, there are so many restaurants here, it can be kind of overwhelming.

There are currently over 20,000 parking places at Tampa International Airport. The parking spaces are split between the short-term and long-term parking garages. A really nice feature to the TPA is their Cell Phone Waiting Lot, which has a huge display that shows real time flight info. It really is a wonderful feature, and helps to decrease traffic at the Landside Terminal.

Need a last minute gift to bring back from your Florida vacation? No worries, go ahead and check out some of the shops here! You’ll find stores like Ron Jon Surf Shop, Swarovski/Tumi, Dylan’s Candy Bar, and many more!

So why haven’t you bought you’re ticket yet? Anna Maria Island is calling your name.

 Tampa International Airport
4100 George J Bean Pkwy, Tampa, FL 33607
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Seasonal Weather Changes on Anna Maria Island

Are you looking forward to the next Seasonal Weather Change on Anna Maria Island?

When a cold front comes through up north, we prepare by getting out the scarves, mittens, hats, winter jackets, and maybe even the boots because we can know that the temperatures are going to dip, possibly to below freezing, thereby bringing along some sleet or snow.

The kids get excited because they may wake up to find that school will be closed, while parents make sure the cupboards are stocked and the heat is working.   If there is a fireplace available, plenty of wood will be brought in, and everyone will look forward to family times around a cozy fire.

Cold Fronts – Who Cares!

When a cold front comes through Anna Maria Island, we look forward to turning off the air conditioning. We even go around opening up the doors and windows.  We know that the temperatures will drop a few degrees at least, but most importantly we anticipate the lower humidity.

Now we’ll be able to ride our bikes, take our daily runs or walks, and get those outside chores accomplished! We didn’t even have to get up at the crack of dawn to avoid suffering heat exhaustion.  Our lanais and docks will be enjoyed for cocktails and dinners while everyone marvels at the beautiful, clear weather and lovely breezes.

If the temperatures drop too much, we’ll see people out and about. Full-time residents will be very clearly distinguished from the vacationers.

There will be some people wearing heavy sweaters, or winter coats even, while others will be in their swimsuits and cover-ups.  Of course, the beach is never off-limits especially for those who have escaped the “really cold” weather up north!

Recently, I took a picture of a cold front approaching over the Gulf of Mexico at 9:30am.  After about an hour or so of much needed rain, we got busy opening up of the house.  Don’t forget to work on some of those outside chores I mentioned earlier.

I went back to the beach at 4:00pm where the sun was shining beautifully. There were even lots of people who were taking advantage of the warm water. These cold fronts are hard to take, aren’t they?