Favorite Lodging: Tortuga Beach Resort
Here's what’s great about Tortuga Beach Resort: It's easy to get to. It's located on Anna Maria, a rare, unspoiled island with vintage charm - totally unpretentious - the kind of place that sweeps you off your feet without even trying by its natural beauty and easy nonchalance. It's got a gorgeous private white sand beach sprinkled with seashells and that incredible pale jade water of the Gulf of Mexico. It's got three heated pools, a boat dock, and those crazy Sun Coast sunsets - so outrageous they'll send you racing for your camera or into gales of laughter at their sheer exuberance.