Top 10 Guide to Shopping Anna Maria Island and Beyond

Anna Maria Island – When shopping on Anna Maria Island there are many fun little stores, boutiques, specialty shops and outfitters to explore. Anna Maria Island does not offer large retailers or department stores making it a really unique and charming shopping experience. In many of the shops you’ll be greeted by friendly shop owners and locals willing to help you find that perfect something. Find everything on the island including clothing, jewelry, art, outdoors equipment, gifts and tons of island themed wares.

With so many options for shopping on and around Anna Maria Island, we have put together our Top 10 Guide to Shopping on and around Anna Maria Island.

1. Shopping on and around

Holmes Beach Publix
Publix Grocery Store on Holmes Beach

Maybe you are just looking for groceries, house hold items or a pharmacy. Anna Maria Island offers all the basics; however, if you are looking for a larger big box retailer you will have to go off island. Bradenton is the city located just inland, and offers all the big box and chain retailers you are accustomed to.

2. Must Shop

Olive oil outpost anna maria
The Olive Oil outpost is located on Pine Avenue.

The locals will tell you there are just some spots on Anna Maria Island you MUST visit during your stay. An eclectic list of specialty shops, check out these 10 awesome spots across the island.

3. Shop ’til you drop

West Coast Surf Shop
West Coast Surf Shop is located just south of the Manatee Avenue Public Beach

If you are the type of shopper to arrive at opening and leave at closing then we have some fabulous spots for you! From the Island Real Estate team Reservations Manager, Carol has personally hand picked 9 places for you to shop ’til you drop!

4. Souvenirs

Sand Dollar Boutique
Sand Dollar is located in the Holmes Beach Plaza.

There are tons of places to buy Anna Maria Island souvenirs and memorabilia. Finding that one special thing to remember your trip by is important, and with so many options you can’t possibly just pick one! From tacky to classy, and everything in between, you will definitely find the perfect little something for yourself.

5. Boutiques

Pink and Navy Boutique
Pink & Navy Boutique is on Pine Avenue

There are several really adorable little boutiques on Anna Maria Island that we just think you will love. First, you’ll Pink&Navy, Bella By the Sea and Shiny Fish Emporium in the city of Anna Maria. The Sand Dollar boutique is located in Holmes Beach. Then last, head south to Bradenton Beach to visit Back Alley and all the fun little places on Historic Bridge Street.

6. Farmers Markets

Bradenton Farmers Market
Bradenton Farmers Market located on Old Main Street in downtown.

Typically a seasonal affair, there are fabulous Farmers Markets located on and around Anna Maria Island. If you visit in the late summer months, you might miss the markets, but you’ll also enjoy Anna Maria Island off season without the busy spring crowd.

7. Jewelry

The Hive Creations
The Hive is located on Bridge Street

Finding the perfect piece of Anna Maria Island jewelry is a fabulous way to spend your time shopping. We have put together a list of Top 5 Jewelry shops on Anna Maria Island.

8. Shopping in Sarasota

Main Street in Sarasota
Sarasota Main Street

To find high end boutiques, and luxury shopping take a trip into Sarasota. A beautiful city with tons of outdoor sculptures, a fabulous downtown and amazing restaurants, Sarasota is about 30 minutes south of Anna Maria Island. We suggest driving south along Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key for a gorgeous scenic trip.

9. Ellenton Outlet Mall

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Ellenton Outlet Mall

Ellenton outlet Mall is a great outdoor mall offering just about all the department stores and chain shops you love. Don’t let the term outlet detour you, Ellenton is a very accommodating and lovely shopping experience. Ellenton is about a 30 minute drive east from Anna Maria Island.

10. Lakewood Ranch Shopping

Main Street
Lakewood Ranch Main Street

Lakewood Ranch offers a quaint little shopping district on their Main Street. With great little shops, restaurants and a movie theater, Lakewood Ranch is about a 45 minute drive from Anna Maria Island.

We hope you enjoy shopping on Anna Maria Island just as much as we know you’ll love the beach. Get your wallet ready and enjoy a little vacation retail therapy like an Island Local!

Anna Maria Island and Area Restaurant Information

Anna Maria Island Restaurant Information

Anna Maria Island has it all when it comes time for food. From beach café’s to Fine Dining, American, Mexican, Italian, Caribbean cuisine, and so much more. Take a look below and find the best place for your next breakfast, lunch, dinner, or just drinks and a snack. If you do not have your own transportation take the Anna Maria Island Trolley it’s free and will take you almost anywhere on Anna Maria 

Fine Dining Anna Maria Island Restaurants

There are several fine Dining Anna Maria restaurant establishments on the Island. Beach Bistro located in Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island is a Nationally recognized restaurant and offers an unforgettable dining experience that offers romance and Gulf of Mexico Views. The Waterfront Restaurant is located on the Bay side of Anna Maria City with dining outside offered. Visit Sign of the Mermaid for large portions and their Nationally award winning Key Lime Pie.  NEW – Eat Here located in central Holmes Beach and a sister restaurant to Beach Bistro.

Gulf Front Restaurants with outdoor Dining on Anna Maria Island

The SandBar is a great Anna Maria Island restaurant and offers fabulous American and Seafood Cuisine. The Beach House Restaurant is affiliated with the SandBar and has similar cuisine with outdoor sand in your toes dining in Bradenton Beach on Anna Maria Island. Try the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe for Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner. Harrington House offers Breakfast as well as tea parties and don’t forget the Gulf Drive Cafe in Bradenton Beach.  Oma’s Restaurant offers outdoor dining in Bradenton Beach and offers Italian Cuisine.

American Cuisine Restaurants on Anna Maria Island, Fl

Always a favorite Anna Maria Island Restaurant is the City Pier set at the end of the pier in Anna Maria City. Hurricane Hank’s has affordable everything and serves great food and is located in Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island. Mr. Bones offers fabulous barbecue with some unique twists. Seafood more your speed, when in Rome so to speak or more like Maine?  Try Lobstahs which has a formal dining, casual as well as outdoor dining. Seeking a good breakfast? Rod and Reel or Peach’s are good breakfast Anna Maria Island Restaurants. One of the best Anna Maria beach burger restaurants is just across from the Manatee public beach – Skinny’s. Skinny’s has outdoor seating as well. Anyone who has been to Anna Maria Island knows that Duffy’s serves a mean hamburger as well in Holmes Beach. Try Slim’s Place for an American style dinner and live music.  Rotten Ralph’s Restaurant has been around for a long time but this past season the last location CLOSED.  Right next door is the Bridge Tender Inn Restaurant which offers outdoor waterfront dining as well as formal dining. Another great Bradenton Beach restaurant on Anna Maria Island is Sharky’s.

Anna Maria Island Mexican, Italian, German and other Cuisine Restaurants

If you’re looking for Anna Maria Island Restaurants that serve Mexican cuisine Tortilla Bay  is 100% Tex-Mex and is a walk up diner type restaurant.  So if you are searching for a inexpensive lunch or dinner Tortilla Bay is the perfect stop. If you are in the mood for German food then look no further. Try the Old Hamburg restaurant in Holmes Beach, Fl on Anna Maria Island.Jamaican Breeze moved off the Island and offers a Jamaican flair and great dishes. Wicked Cantina is a new Tex-Mex source of food on Anna Maria Island.  Another Mexican based newbee is Poppo’s located in Anna Maria City on Pine Avenue.  Sorry, Banana Cabana is now closed.

Take out Anna Maria Island Restaurants

Domino’s in Holmes Beach, on Anna Maria Island – need we say more? Jessie’s Island Store offers affordable pre-made sandwich’s and if you not very adventurous then try Subway. Don’t forget the Pine Avenue store that has fabulous Sandwiches, pasta salads, and other quick take out lunches or snacks. The Pine Avenue store is located in Anna Maria City so it’s a perfect stop for a lunch at the Bay Front Park for a impromptu picnic. The Tortilla Bay Restaurant is a take out or dine in Tex-Mex restaurant located in Holmes Beach. Rudy’s in Anna Maria City is a great choice for philly steak sandwiches. There is a small Chinese restaurant on the Anna Maria Island, China 1. For a great burger with onion rings or french fries try Skinny’s. You can order on the telephone and pick it up. A fine dining restaurant that delivers is The Feast in Holmes Beach. The restaurant caters as well. If you are in the mood for fresh fish try the Fresh Fish Market. They sell a great selection of fish and offer small dishes like soups and freshly prepared salads.

Anna Maria City, Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach breakfast restaurants

There are quite a few great breakfast restaurants choices on Anna Maria Island. This category of dining can be one of the toughest to narrow down because most locals know the mainstream breakfast spots but there are a few hidden away gems that this blog will be sure to introduce. Minnie’s Cafe is located in Holmes Beach and serves a great homestyle breakfast. Peach’s which specializes in Breakfast is located in Holmes Beach and provides basic breakfasts as well as some fancy stuff too. Rod and Reel Pier Restaurant serves a fantastic breakfast as well and the views of the bay are phenomenal.  Want fresh donuts? Look no futher the Donut Experiment is the perfect choice in Anna Maria City.  For more details on Breakfast around Anna Maria Island, check out another breakfast post.

Treats and Ice Cream on Anna Maria Island, Florida

Tyler’s ice cream is just off the island on Cortez. Two Scoops is located in Anna Maria, and so is Dip’s, Joe’s Eats and Sweets is in Bradenton Beach. For a desert experience to remember, try the Euphemia Haye Restaurant which has unique pies, cheesecakes, and too many deserts to remember. Just off the island is Cold Stone Creamery which serves gourmet ice cream hand mixed with your choice of mixings. If your taste buds are screaming for a milk shake then the Shake Pit is a great bet however it is just off Anna Maria Island.  Another fabulous find is Sweet berries which serves fantastic frozen custard.  Visit our top 5 ice cream suggestions when visiting Anna Maria Island.

Off Anna Maria Island Dining and Restaurants

There are fantastic restaurants just off Anna Maria Island. A few are chain restaurants like Outback, Bone Fish, Olive Garden, Applebee’s and Carraba’s. If you are still looking for the Anna Maria Island “feel,” try Cortez Kitchen or Starfish Company as well as Anna Maria Oyster Bar.  Atlanta Bread Company, Sweet Berries Frozen Custard Eatery, and Marina’s Restaurant are all conveniently located on Manatee Avenue. Always a favorite with the kids is of course Chuck E. Cheese. For a quick Mexican take out try Chipotle in Bradenton.  If you feel like venturing out into Sarasota try the very well known Columbia Restaurant.   Another great choices for Sarasota is Yoder’s which is an Amish based restaurant.  Yoder’s is well known for their pies.

Live Entertainment Taverns, Bars, and Restaurants

There are plenty of dining establishments on Anna Maria Island with live entertainment like SandBar, BeachHouse, Bridge Tender Inn, D.Coy Ducks and just off the island Ace’s Lounge to name a few. Tune in later for more information.  Want more choices?  Our Anna Maria nightlife post lists bars, live music, billiards and more.  Check out our nightlife blog for more information.

 

 

 

Top 10 Things to Know About Anna Maria Island Beaches

Anna Maria Island – It’s no secret that some of the most beautiful Gulf of Mexico beaches can be found on Anna Maria Island. Powder white quartz sand, clear blue waters, exotic wildlife and endless sunshine make for the perfect place to relax all day and let your cares wash away. There are several things to keep in mind when visiting Island beaches, so Island Real Estate has come up with our top ten list of things to know about Anna Maria Island beaches. From deciding which beach to visit to where to find parking, Here’s everything you need to know for fun in the sun.

Anna Maria Island beach
Anna Maria Island has some of the Gulf of Mexico’s most beautiful powder sand beaches.

1. Sunblock

If you are a Floridian you have a complete understanding and respect for the necessity of sunblock. It only takes one really bad sunburn to learn your lesson, and no one should suffer from this mistake on vacation. Even on an overcast day it’s possible to get sunburned! It is extremely important to slather on the sunblock at least 20 minutes prior to heading to the beach to allow your skin to properly absorb sunblock. Be sure to reapply sunblock every few hours, especially on the kids. Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are safe from the sun in the water; you still need to use every precaution to avoid a bad burn. In addition to sunblock consider a hat, sunglasses, lots of water for keeping hydrated and a loose fitting shirt to cover bare skin.

 

2. Places to Beach

Sunset on Anna Maria Island
Be sure to catch one of Anna Maria Island’s beautiful sunsets!

 

Anna Maria Island has over seven miles of beaches to explore, but finding the perfect beach for you is important for having the ultimate island experience. One great thing about Anna Maria Island is the abundance of public beach accesses all along the gulf and bay sides of the island; however, not all public accesses have available parking. With each beach offering a little something different, here are four options to better curate your beach excursion.

Manatee Public Beach Access is perhaps the island’s most popular, and therefore, busiest of beach spots. With just about all the amenities you could want for the beach, Manatee Public Beach is an island hot spot. Located at the very end of west Manatee Avenue, this public beach offers tons of free parking, lifeguards, bathrooms, showers, gift shops, concessions, changing rooms, free trolley and public bus stop, volley ball nets, tourist information, picnic tables under shady Australian Pines and a fabulously sandy playground for the kids. This Beach Access is truly the heart of the island beach scene.

Coquina Beach Access is located along the south end of Anna Maria Island running up the gulf side. This popular beach has tons of parking, grill and picnic areas, playground, lifeguard, bathrooms, trolley stop, concessions, and an absolutely gorgeous walking/bike path running along the sea oat sand dunes.

Bay Front Park Beach Access is located on the northern end of Anna Maria Island south of Bean Point running along Tampa Bay. This park has an updated playground, picnic grills and shelters, bathrooms, some parking, and nearby Trolley stop at the Anna Maria City Pier. The beaches are narrow along the bay side, but there are views of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, Tampa bay and gorgeous sunrises.

Bean Point Beach Access is one of the most secluded and sought after beach destinations on Anna Maria Island. Parking is extremely limited making this beach more accessible by foot or via bicycle.  Bean Point beaches are mostly deep and expansive with powder sand, sea oats, dunes and wildlife. Enjoy great views of Egmont key, Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.

3. Beach Safety

Beach Safety is an important thing to keep in mind when swimming and enjoying a day at the beach on Anna Maria Island. Be sure to observe all signs regarding swimming conditions including rip tide warnings. Look for one of the five colored flags posted to understand current swimming precautions.

4. Shells

Anna Maria Island seashell
Shelling and Beach Combing on Anna Maria Island is fun for all ages!

Beach Combing and shelling are a fun beach activity for the entire family when visiting Anna Maria Island. With so many different species of shells and wildlife you never know what you’ll come across when strolling the powder white sand beaches of the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay. There are plenty of places to find shells on the island with some of the best finds washing up after stormy weather.

5. Beach toys

No matter how young or old beach toys are a must for the beach. Making sand castles with bucket and shovel, throwing around a Frisbee or clinging to a noodle; beach toys are always a fun addition to your beach trip.

6. Temperatures

Regardless of when you visit Anna Maria Island the weather and water temperature are almost always gorgeous. In the summer expect seasonal afternoon showers, and bath like water temperatures. Some visitors even swim in the winter, but we’ll leave that up to your judgement.

7. Turtle Season, Birds, Dolphins, and Wildlife.

Black Skimmer and baby
Black Skimmer feeding baby during nesting season on Anna Maria Island.

Anna Maria Island is fortunate to be the year round, and seasonal home of many different species of wildlife. Each year between May 1st and October 31st we find several species of Sea Turtles coming ashore to lay eggs. In the spring and winter months Anna Maria Island is home to many birds nesting on the beaches including the stoic Black Skimmers and Least Terns. Sea mammals like dolphin and manatee can be spotted around Anna Maria Island at various times throughout the year. With so much wildlife it is important to respect these beautiful inhabitants.

8. Respect the beach – Clean up

The beach is a beautiful public place that must be cherished and protected. There are wrong and right ways to utilize this resource. When visiting the beach follow all posted rules, avoid feeding the seagulls and be sure to clean up all your trash and debris when you leave. It only takes two minutes to keep trash and litter off our pristine beaches!

9. Surfing

Anna Maria Island may not be the first place that surfers flock to for huge waves, but the locals still enjoy our laid back surf culture and climate none the less. White Avenue in the city of Anna Maria is one popular surfing spot. If you aren’t into surfing try out wake boarding during your stay!

10. Day Trip to Egmont and Fishing

Egmont Key Florida
Egmont Key Light house

If you are looking for a great place to bring your boat and go for a swim Egmont Key is always fun and beautiful. Located just off the northern tip of Anna Maria Island, Egmont is a great short day trip into bay waters.

Stay up to date with everything about fishing on Anna Maria Island on the Island Real Estate local scene blog page Fishing Report. From the Intracoastal waterway to the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay there are plenty of great fishing opportunities.

When visiting Anna Maria Island be sure to stay safe, have fun, put on your sunscreen and enjoy lounging on beautiful Florida beaches! If you are looking for the perfect vacation rental home visit IslandReal.com today!

 

Anna Maria Island Top 10 Activities

Anna Maria Island – While visiting the island the most obvious choice for fun and relaxation is the beach. With over seven miles of powder sand beaches, crisp blue water, endless sunshine and spectacular shelling, the beach will always be the first choice activity. Anna Maria Island has so much more to offer than just the amazing beaches, so Island Real Estate has compiled a list of our top ten activities and things to do during your stay.

1. Rainy Day Activities on Anna Maria Island

If you’ve ever visited Florida, especially in the summer months, you know rain is to be expected. With this in mind there are plenty of things to do to keep you entertained while waiting for clearer skies.

 

Anna Maria Island storm
A stormy day on Anna Maria Island is still gorgeous!

2. Anna Maria Island Historical Society Museum

The Anna Maria Island Historical Society Museum is a must for visitor to the island. Tour the exhibits in the recently updated Museum building, learn about the old Belle Haven Cottage originally located on the pier, and see the old city jail house. The museum is fun for all ages, and gives visitors a taste of Anna Maria Island from days past. The Museum is located at 402 Pine Avenue.

3. Catch a show with the Island Players

The Island Players Theater offers several different shows each season running from October to May. Tickets are $20 each or purchase a season ticket for $92.50 at the box office or by phone. The Island Players Theater is located at the corner of Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue. A fun place to catch a play, the Players Theater is a gorgeous and historical landmark of Anna Maria.

4. Coquina Bay Walk at Leffis Key

Anna Maria Island may only be seven miles long and one mile wide, but it does offer fabulous nature viewing opportunities. One of the areas most unique nature features can be found on the south end of Anna Maria Island at gorgeous Leffis Key. Open from sunrise to sundown, Leffis Key offers amazing Mangrove tunnel lined  boardwalk trails, salt marsh lagoons and the Island’s best bird watching.

 

Leffis key at Coquina Baywalk
Leffis Key overlooking Sarasota Bay.

5. Shopping on Anna Maria Island

There are tons of great places to shop for unique items on Anna Maria Island. Whether you are looking for island themed gifts and souvenirs, local art or just gorgeous little things, you’ll be sure to find it in one of the great shops on the island.

6. Family Fun at Anna Maria Island Parks

Across Anna Maria Island there are several great parks with kid friendly activities. Find play ground equipment, a skatepark, concessions, and all the outdoor fun your kids could hope for. If you are looking to head off island for nature viewing check out our list of parks and preserves in Manatee county.

7. Equipment Rentals

With so many equipment rentals on Anna Maria Island there are lots of options for entertaining activities. Rent just about any type of equipment you need on the island including kayak/canoes, jet skis, beach accessories, golf carts, fly boarding, baby rentals and much more!

8. Art Galleries

Anna Maria Island has a fabulous art scene with many local creatives offering their wares in galleries across the island. While visiting Anna Maria Island be sure to stop in one of the galleries listed, and take a piece of paradise home with you. If you visit the Island in November, be sure to visit annual event ArtsHop!

9. Anna Maria Island Dining

Dining on Anna Maria Island is always an entertaining activity. Here’s an extensive list of everything you need to know about dining island style!

10. Sunset

Sunset is one of the most magical times on Anna Maria Island. Always the best way to end the day or get the evening started, sunset is the time of day to reflect on the incredible beauty of the Anna Maria Island experience. You can’t leave the island without catching at least one sunset!

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Anna Maria Island sunset

After perusing our extensive list of Anna Maria Island activities we are sure you’ll have to come back a second time to experience everything the island has to offer! Enjoy your time in paradise, and don’t forget to apply your sunscreen liberally!

Anna Maria Island Sunset pictures and information

Sunset on Beaches of Anna Maria
Anna Maria Island Sunsets – Wow

If you have visited Anna Maria Island and you have not observed a SUNSET then you have been robbed of one of your God given rights. Viewing our magnificent Gulf Coast sunsets every evening offers a different work of art and after all, the reason you go on vacation is to relax! If you are lucky enough to visit in the summer you may have a chance to witness a phenomenal Anna Maria Island Sunset AND turtle hatchlings. If you have not visited Anna Maria Island… it’s ok, use our web site to reserve one of many fabulous vacation rentals or purchase your “peace” of paradise through our real estate office.

FEAR NO MORE….

……this page will fill the void you have felt since your last visit to Anna Maria or the void created from friends or family raving about their last visit to the island. Below you will find the best of the best photo’s of our sunsets, a blog that our fabulous Real Estate professional keeps up weekly, Melinda Bordes, she reviews the week’s sunsets and offers the best of the week for those of you looking to leverage you relaxation time, (Can you leverage your relaxation time?) or view other sunset related content and information we have below.
The “anatomy” of a Sunset
Best of the Best Anna Maria Sunsets
Various pictures of Beach and Sunsets

Sunset of the Week Blog – Melinda Bordes

 

Anna Maria Island Fishing Charters January 2016 Report

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Well before we start talking about the new year lets start out with December… In December every year I commercial fish for mullet in the world renowned mullet run. This years mullet run was pretty dismal with record high temperature in December and red-tide from Tampa Bay to Boca Grande it made mullet fishing down right tough. (Related News Article) We managed to catch our fair share but, we really had to work out butts off for them and all told we were about 55%-60% down from where we normally end up. Oh well, some years are good and some are bad, you have to take the good with the bad .

I have not been fishing too much since the 1st of the year because I am waiting on my new boat (see pics below) which should be finished in the middle toward the end of February.

inshore fishing  boat Kyle Taylor

I have been out a couples times but I’m getting ready to sell my current boat while my other boat is getting finished up.  I have been talking with several other guides who say the Sheephead fishing is on fire with most of the fish being caught around dock near the passes on shrimp. Also, the Redfish have been biting on the warmer days on the shallow grass flats around the Bulkhead and Terra Ceia Bay. The Trout bite is picking up as the water temperature starts to stabilize. Most of the fish have been biting jigs but some have been eating pilchards when you can find them.

Captain Kyle Taylor's Inshore fishing boat

 

 

If you are looking to book a fishing Charter trip and are near Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Longboat Key, Sarasota, or Tampa Bay book with Anna Maria Inshore Fishing LLC. call or text fishing guide Captain Kyle Taylor (941) 345-7182 www.AnnaMariaInshoreFishing.com

For photos and videos check out my FacebookInstagram, and Twitter pages.

If you are looking for the perfect vacation rental home during your visit to Anna Maria Island, head over to IslandReal.com, and peruse their inventory of almost 300 homes!

Scott’s Deli – Holmes Beach Sandwich Shop

Holmes Beach – While there are several amazing Sandwich Shops on Anna Maria Island, Scott’s Deli is the area’s newest Holmes Beach spot for your meat, veggie and carb cravings.

Nestled into the plaza behind Lobstahs on Gulf Drive, Scott’s Deli is in the space formerly occupied by the 941 Deli. Open Monday through Wednesday 9:00am to 4:30pm, and Thursday through Sunday 8:00am to 4:00pm, Scott’s Deli serves up fresh made goodies for breakfast and lunch.

Owner Scott Mason was inspired by food at a young age from the influence of his mother/business partner Trudy. Prior to opening his deli, Scott was the executive chef for a Country Club in Kansas. He always dreamed of opening a Sandwich shop and was fortunate to do so on beautiful Anna Maria Island.

Everything at Scott’s Deli is made fresh, and locally sourced to ensure the highest quality. Scott’s Deli guarantees fresh food at a great value in a happy atmosphere. Dine in, carry out or enjoy free delivery any where on the island including the beach! Scott’s Deli has a nice cozy outdoor seating area if you’d like to stroll over and relax with a hearty sandwich.

Find something for everyone on the menu at Scott’s Deli. The breakfast menu offers six sandwiches to choose from like the Steak and Eggs sandwich with roast beef, Swiss cheese, fried egg, peppers and onions on a ciabatta bun. On the lunch menu you’ll find create your own sandwiches, wraps and specialty hot and cold sandwiches. The create your own sandwich menu offers so many different items you’ll never make the same sandwich twice. On the cold sandwiches menu enjoy choices like the vegetarian or the chicken banh mi wrap. On the hot sandwiches menu find classics like a Ruben, tuna melt or a Cuban sandwich. Try the roast beef melt pilled high with meat, a gooey layer of Swiss, red onion and bacon marmalade and dill aioli on a ciabatta bun; it’s absolutely amazing! Have a side of one of Scott’s fresh made salads including tuna, chicken, chicken curry, potato or pasta salad.

Scott's Deli

NY Pastrami-pastrami piled high, Russian dressing and cole slaw served on marble swirl. Picture from the Scott’s Deli Facbook page.

Scott loves to bake, so when you visit, be sure to check out his fresh made sweets such as cheese cake, brownies and creative pastries. To drink find assorted sodas, teas and coffee.

Enjoy an amazing breakfast or lunch at Scott’s Deli today, and tell them Island Real Estate sent you! Be sure to ask about daily specials and promotions!

Scott’s Deli
5337 Gulf Drive. Suite 300
Holmes Beach, FL 34217 USA
(941) 778-3000

Looking for other dining options on Anna Maria Island? Check out the IslandReal.com local scene page for more restaurants and eateries.

Top 7 Things Locals Know About Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island – Experiencing the island life like a local is the ultimate way to enjoy your time on Anna Maria Island. There’s a few things all locals know about their beautiful seven mile long barrier island that we’ll gladly share with you. Discover Anna Maria Island’s best of the best!

1 Getting Around the Island

Locals know that Anna Maria Island is a fabulous community for alternative forms of transportation. When visiting Anna Maria Island during the peak season months street traffic can make getting around by car a bit difficult along with creating limited public parking.  Locals love walking or bike riding to their destination because it’s an amazing way to enjoy our gulf breezes and tropical scenery. If you’re going from one end of the island to the other the free trolley is absolutely perfect! If you are visiting the Island consider renting a golf cart or scooter for a super fun way to get around in style.

Anna Maria Island trolley
Anna Maria Island Locals LOVE the free trolley!

2 Island History

All locals know a thing or two about the history of the island. A community rich in Florida culture, Islanders love to reminisce about Anna Maria City Pier, the first bridge connecting the island to the mainland, the first island settlers and the “day trippers” culture that still enlivens this beautiful vacation destination. Visit the Anna Maria Island Historical Society on Pine Avenue to enjoy the Island’s history, or head over the bridge to the Florida Maritime Museum to learn about the historic Fishing Village of Cortez.

Cortez Bridge history
Historic Cortez Bridge connecting Bradenton Beach to the mainland of Cortez Village.

 

3 Fishing and Seafood

Naturally Anna Maria Island has always been a fabulous place for fishing, and fresh seafood. Nestled between the Gulf of Mexico, Tampa Bay and the Intracoastal waterway, Anna Maria Island is perfectly situated for premium fishing. Many local seasonal specialties such as Stone Crab, Mullet, Spiny Lobsters and Sunray Venus Clams can be found at just about any restaurant serving seafood. Visit The Island Real Estate Fishing Report page for local fishing updates and conditions.

Fishing on Anna Maria Island
Locals love fishing on Anna Maria Island.

4 Dining and Restaurants

With no shortage of delectable eateries, Anna Maria Island has just about any type of cuisine you are looking for. Whether it’s dining with a view, fabulous happy hour specials, or the top ten island restaurants, Anna Maria Island has it all!

Rod and Reel Pier
Rod & Reel Pier offers some of Anna Maria Island’s most delicious seafood!

5 Shopping

Anna Maria Island is a unique shopping destination offering only independent and small shops and boutiques. Find fabulous wares from beach accessories, to jewelry, local art, high end finds and souvenirs. When visiting the Island during peak season enjoy fabulous local markets!

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Find fabulous shopping finds on Anna Maria Island!

6 Beaches

With over seven miles of coastline, Anna Maria Island offers tons of great beach spots. From secluded Bean Point to the bustling Manatee Public Beach access read all about Anna Maria Island beaches here.

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Anna Maria Island beaches are gorgeous.

7 Wildlife

Anna Maria Island locals are absolutely crazy about our precious wildlife. With great efforts from organizations such as the Anna Maria Island Shorebird and Turtle Watch, and Wildlife Inc animal rescue, Island animals are held near to the hearts of locals. Many types of wildlife can be found on and around Anna Maria Island including Atlantic Bottle Nose Dolphins, Manatee and Turtles. Visitors often wonder about the possibility of seeing Crocodiles or Alligators, but any local can tell you these kind of critters haven’t been spotted around the island in decades.

Turtles and Wildlife
Baby Loggerhead Turtles nest on Anna Maria Island from May through October.

If you’re looking for the best vacation rental properties on Anna Maria Island visit IslandReal.com to peruse our selection of almost 300 gorgeous homes!

 

Top Activities Off Anna Maria Island

Florida – While lazing on the beach with a cold drink in hand sounds like an amazing way to spend your Anna Maria Island vacation; often most visitors like to explore activities beyond the powder sand and crisp blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico. There’s a plethora of activities to experience on Anna Maria Island; however, if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, here’s a list of over 40 activities all less than a two hour drive from the island.

Anna Maria Island
Relax on Anna Maria Island beaches!

Bradenton

The city of Bradenton is located just inland from Anna Maria Island when heading over the Manatee Bridge and Palma Sola Causeway. Known as the friendly city, Bradenton offers great entertainment in the Downtown Old Main Street area. Find Bishop Planetarium, South Florida Museum, The Players Theater and McKechnie Baseball Field where the Marauders play. Find additional things to do at G.T. Bray park,  Manatee County Parks and Mixon Fruit Farm.

Cortez

The city of Cortez is located just over the Cortez Bridge when leaving Anna Maria Island. One of the countries oldest fishing villages, Cortez is a fabulous place to explore old Florida charm, quaint shops, and find fresh off the boat seafood. Be sure to visit Starfish Company restaurant for dockside views, and the best Florida seafood you’ll ever taste. If you visit in February be sure to check out the annual Cotez Fishing Festival. Find some of the areas most delicious sweet Tylers Ice Cream. Learn all about the history of Cortez Fishing Village at the Maritime Museum.

Sarasota

A truly beautiful city, Sarasota is located approximately 30 minutes south of Anna Maria Island. You’ll find a large selection of activities in Sarasota including Theaters Van WezelMcCurdys Improve and comedy house and the Sarasota Players. Enjoy fine art at The Ringling or beautiful Florida Flora and Fauna at Sarasota Jungle Gardens. The internationally known Sarasota Film Festival offers many events annual in April. Siesta key and St. Armands Circle offer fabulous shopping, or explore Florida’s aquatic life at Mote Marine Aquarium.

Lakewood Ranch

Heading 45 minutes East into Manatee county brings you to Lakewood Ranch. This area offers an outdoors shopping area along Main Street with a few other activities surrounding. Visit the Lakewood Ranch cinema followed by a great meal at Polo Grill and Bar. Play a round of Golf at the prestigious Legacy Golf Club University Town Center is a great indoor mall with fabulous shopping opportunities not found on Anna Maria Island.

St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg is about a 45 minute drive north over the Sunshine Skyway Bridge from Anna Maria Island.  St. Petersburg has a growing art scene with ton’s of galleries, studios, boutiques and entertainment. Check out the Sundial shopping district along with the great waterfront restaurants. Enjoy fine works by artist Salvador Dali at the Dali Museum.

Myakka

The city of Myakka is just a little over an hour drive from Anna Maria Island, offers one of the nicest State parks found locally. Myakka State Park offers many activities including boat tours, nature watching and bike trails to name a few. While in Myakka support your local farmers with a tour of Dakin Dairy.

Tampa

Tampa offers many fun attractions perfect for a day trip from Anna Maria Island. Just about an hour drive brings you to the famous Florida attraction Busch Gardens. The Car Museum of Tampa is a fun stop for old car enthusiasts.

Orlando

Orlando is about a two hour drive from Anna Maria Island, and offers tons of family friendly activities. Check out our list of fun things to do in Orlando below:

Downtown Disney

Blizzard Beach

Typhoon Lagoon

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Disney’s Hollywood Studio

Disney’s Epcot

Disney’s Magic Kingdom

Walt Disney World 

Universal Studios

Islands of Adventure

Brandon

If you are looking for all the big retail stores you are accustomed to Westfield Mall has what you are looking for. Brandon is about an hour drive east of Anna Maria Island toward the Tampa area.

Ruskin

Ruskin is a quiet small Florida town with a fabulous old Drive in Theater. Just under an hour drive from Anna Maria Island, the Ruskin Drive in provides hours of inexpensive entertainment.

Plant City

If you visit Anna Maria Island during the spring months then you may be lucky enough to catch the Florida Strawberry Festival. A large event lasting around 10 days, The Strawberry Festival has been celebrated since the 1930’s.

 

The Island Spice – Anna Maria Island Indian Food

Bradenton Beach – If you are looking for something a little different from the ordinary American fare offered on Anna Maria Island, The Island Spice restaurant is your best bet. Located at 1701 Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach, The Island Spice offers traditional Indian fare, vegetarian and gluten free items and American dishes. With a little something for everyone, The Island Spice is sure to please everyone.

Bradenton Beach Indian restaruant The Island Spice
Samosa at The Island Spice Restaurant

With previous experience in the hotel and restaurant industry, Ramkumar Kamatchi opened The Island Spice in 2012 with the goal of offering an authentic Indian menu along side American dishes. The Island Spice always has friendly, and prompt service to accompany their delicious meals.

The Island Spice in Bradenton Beach
Dosa at The Island Spice

The Menu at The Island Spice is amazing with a fabulous variety of items to choose from. Find Rasam Soup, Greek Salad and Samosa included on the starters portion of the menu. Many different yummy options are available on the Dosa and Uthappam section of the menu with eight different Dosa and four Uthappam to choose from. Lunch is served from 11am-3pm, and includes a chicken tikka wrap, American Club sandwich and blackened Mahi or Grouper. On the vegetarian menu you’ll find things like Aloo Gobi a potato and cauliflower dish served in a tomato onion gravy. If you are looking for a larger meal try the Curry Lamb, Shrimp Vindaloo or Tandoori Chicken; all amazing selections. Order the Naan or Batura puffy bread if you love traditional Indian breads. On the sides menu find four different types of chutney including tamarind, mint, mango or onion tomato to tantalize your taste buds.

In addition to great food, The Island Spice offers wine, many Indian beers and traditional Indian beverages like the Mango Lassi or Masala Chai.

The Island Spice offers a childrens menu with all the American favorites, and don’t forget to try one of the authentic Indian desserts on your visit.

Add a little spice to your life, and head over to The Island Spice Indian restaurant today!

The Island Spice is open daily from 11am-3pm, 4:30pm-9pm.
Call 941-527-0123

Anna Maria Island Information

Welcome to the Island Real Estate Anna Maria Island video tour! Discover the old Florida charm of the Island and it’s three cities of Anna Maria, Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach. Enjoy our beautiful sugar sand beaches, luxurious gulf front accommodations, unique shopping,  fun activities, and beach-side restaurants.

Our tour explores, Anna Maria Island paradise, hot spots, beaches, shopping, dining and sightseeing. We will interview several Island business owners, and locals about why Anna Maria Island is such an amazing vacation destination! One of Florida’s best kept secrets, Anna Maria Island is the perfect spot for your next holiday!

If you are looking for accommodations Island Real Estate would love to help! With almost 300 vacation rental properties you are sure to find the perfect vacation rental home with in your budget. we offer several different types of Anna Maria Island vacation rental homes including beach side vacation rentals, Anna Maria luxury rentals, vacation rentals on a budget and groups of Anna Maria Island vacation rentals for larger gatherings.

Enjoy the video tour, and we’ll see you on Anna Maria Island!