Yeah, the AMI fishing trips are absolutely unbeatable in the waters around Anna Maria Island this time of year. But even without your fishing gear, a winter AMI boat tour is always a good idea: The weather is incredible, the ambience is everything, and the sunsets are out of this world.
So if fishing’s not your thing…well, as I’ve said before, AMI Excursions can make fishing fun for everyone. But if you don’t feel like going fishing, AMI Excursions is still the right choice for a sunset cruise, dolphin tour, or boat charter any time of day—and especially if you’re looking for a memorable date night in the Bradenton area.
And with Valentine’s Day coming up, we hope everybody in the Anna Maria area will think of an AMI Excursion for their romantic special occasion. Date night, proposals, anniversaries—AMI Excursions has the right boat and the right captain, and Anna Maria Island is definitely the right place for the perfect winter boat tour.
The Right Boat for a Smooth, Private Anna Maria Island Charter
AMI Excursions exclusively uses a 23-foot Hanson, a brand manufactured specifically for the waters around Anna Maria Island—including the Gulf of Mexico, Sarasota Bay, Tampa Bay, the Intracoastal Waterway, and the surrounding passes, bays, and inshore waters.
My center-console fishing boat rides smooth and steady in AMI waters, with easy walkways from bow to stern. It comfortably sits up to six passengers (plus the captain), though I often offer excursions for just two guests.
A Capable Captain for a Quiet, Comfortable Bradenton Cruise
I grew up fishing, playing, boating, navigating, and (soon enough) leading others through the waters around Anna Maria. But despite all my experience, I’m still young and physically strong and nimble, so getting around on the boat as a one-man captain and crew is second nature. I’m one of those captains who’s basically more at home on my boat than I am on land.
For my guests, my ease helps put them at ease. (And if you’re going to have a third wheel on your date night, I think that relaxed atmosphere is a great start.)
And I’m not a chit-chatty know-it-all, either. I mean, I’m happy to keep the conversation going as needed, but I know how to sit back and let folks have their private evening, too.
The Idyllic Setting for a Scenic Cruise in Sarasota Bay and The Gulf of Mexico
If you haven’t been out on an Anna Maria Island boat trip yet, then you have a real treat ahead of you. Because if you think the local scenery (including the architecture) is gorgeous from the land, just wait till you see it from the water.
And those views come with the advantage of being totally free of intrusion from strangers. How often do you have your own private view in such a jaw-dropping setting?
And as a Special Sunset Cruise Treat…
Did you know that winter is the best time of year for sunsets along Florida’s Gulf coast?
Sure, summer grabs all the headlines, but atmospherically, this is when our sunsets really shine—literally.
The reason? Science. Essentially, the way the world is tilted during winter in the northern hemisphere means that our sunsets come to us almost unfiltered, as we look out over just a narrow sliver of land in southern Mexico. Plus, the cool waters keep the clouds up higher.
In short: Sunset date night perfection, especially as seen from the bow of your private AMI boat charter.