I've been on a much needed breather on Anna Maria Island on the Florida gulf coast. What an amazing place: lush, low-key, not crowded and WARM. The beaches are so powdery. The Island is skinny, so there's a beach side and a bay side. Manatees hang out on the bay side, though I didn't see one. And every night there is a beautiful sunset on the beach side. I feel so fortunate to have stumbled upon this while checking out TripAdvisor.com. No one I know has been there, so it was a shot in the dark. And what a lucky shot! We'll be back for sure.