Enjoying Anna Maria Island’s gorgeous beaches? If you rent a boat from Cannons Marina, you will get to see Anna Maria’s hidden beauty that is just waiting to be discovered…by you. Your boat rental while vacationing on Anna Maria is waiting. Browse photos of Cannons Marina’s Boat Rentals and check out our Boat Rental Rates and you’ll see that we have the best deals around. Contact us and we will have you out on the water in no time!
Sitting on the beach is fun, but there is so much more to experience when you get on a boat and explore the pristine landscape that is rarely seen by so many visitors. Make your visit to Anna Maria Island one that you will never forget! Your rental boat or fishing boat rental is available right here at Cannons Marina and we’re sure, when you get out on the water, you’re going to have one of the best times of your life. Why should you hire a boat or get a boat rental instead of doing a fishing charter or a going on a sunset cruise? By renting a boat you can be your own captain and choose what you want to do. We have a few suggestions of amazing experiences you can have on your boat rental when you are jetting around Anna Maria, Sarasota and Siesta Key. Have fun!
1. Visit a Dockside Restaurant or Bar
We have such wonderful restaurants in our area, and many of them have docks where you can just boat in, tie up and enjoy some fresh Florida seafood and maybe a slice of Key Lime Pie. Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub has been a local’s favorite at Longboat Key’s North end – they’re practically our neighbors! You can sit out on the beautiful deck overlooking Sarasota Bay and enjoy some Smoked Fish Dip and a brew! Other great boat-up restaurants include Cortez Kitchen, Rod & Reel Pier, Rotten Ralphs and Anna Maria City Pier.
2. Snorkel or Scuba Dive
Anchor your boat by “Regina,” an old sugar barge that wrecked off of Bradenton Beach in 1940. The wreck is now a Florida Heritage Site and has become a wonderful reef that attracts hundreds of tropical fish. It is definitely an underwater sight to see!
There’s nothing more relaxing – and thrilling – than fishing the Gulf waters. Rent a fishing pole from us and bait up at our ship’s store just before you take off. Catch and release a Tarpon just off of Anna Maria Island’s shore or explore the inlet waters to catch a Redfish. Make sure to go online and buy your fishing license before you depart!
4. Picnic at Egmont Key State Park
A short trip off of Anna Maria’s North end, this is the ultimate day trip to do with your boat rental. A tropical paradise! Primarily a wildlife refuge, this pristine island has incredible beaches, a historic lighthouse, fort ruins (from the Spanish-American War) and old brick paths that are perfect for a short hike. Pack a picnic and enjoy lunch on this amazing island.
5. Spot Wildlife
By cruising the waters on a rental boat, you’ll have a much better chance of seeing dolphins, sting rays and sea turtles. Be on the lookout and please use a safe slow speed when boating in manatee areas.