Family Fun on Anna Maria Island

Family is all about love, and we have plenty of things you’ll love to do with your family while vacationing on Anna Maria Island.

Family Fun on Anna Maria Island!

Robinson Preserve Treehouse
Make it a day trip and visit some of the Manatee county parks which are as close as a bike ride to Anna Maria Island or check out some of our other day trip recommendations! There are plenty of other parks to have a picnic or you can spend a day with the kids at the local children’s playgrounds.

Restaurants

Robinson Preserve Kayak
If you’re looking for a family friendly restaurant try checking out one of the island’s waterfront restaurants featuring live entertainment and a comfortable inviting atmosphere.

Things To Do

Florida Aquarium
If you’re getting tired of swimming or visiting the many beaches in the area there are plenty of public pools to visit as well. Take a trip to one of the area aquariums to get a close up look at the sea life! A short trip to the Florida Maritime Museum will be both educational and fun for the whole family.

If you’re visiting during the summer there are plenty of additional options, such as participating in the turtle watch which takes place between May 1st-October 31st. The kids can learn about the local turtles and see some of the nesting grounds that are penned off with stakes and tape right on the beaches. Kids can also learn to surf with the kid’s summer surfing camps!
St. Armands Circle
St. Armands Circle also offers plenty of family fun. Featuring shops, restaurants, and sights galore there is plenty to keep you in the area for a full day. There is also the Bridge Street Market in Bradenton Beach to check out.
Island Pearl
Take a water shuttle trip on the Island Pearl to various locations and maybe even see some dolphins! Or for those who prefer solid ground the Anna Maria Island Trolley the Crown Jewel will take you around the island for free!

If you would like you can take a video tour of Anna Maria Island before you visit to get acquainted with some of the sights and locations!

Video Tour

Invite your kids to share their opinions or check out more activities in our Kid’s Corner or check out the Top Ten Kid’s Activities.

Accommodations and Vacation Rental Properties on Anna Maria Island

Island Real Estate is the best choice when looking for the perfect family fun accommodations. With the largest inventory of vacation rental homes on Anna Maria Island, Island Real Estate is sure to please with great customer service and a knowledgeable staff.

Anna Maria Island vacation rental
Anna Maria Island vacation rental, My Sister’s Beach House, is the perfect family fun accommodations sleeping up to 10 guests with 5 bedrooms. Just a short walk to the beach, this home offers a pool paradise perfect for the kids! Click on the image above to reserve your stay at My Sister’s Beach House today!

Anna Maria Island National Random Acts of Kindness Day

National Random Acts of Kindness Day is a fantastic opportunity to spread love and happiness in your community. Even the smallest of kind gestures can have an impact on the world around you. While visiting Anna Maria Island on February 17th be sure to share and celebrate kindness island style!

National Random Acts of Kindness Day
Celebrate National Random Acts of Kindness Day on Anna Maria Island by taking your loved ones to watch the sunset!

 

National Random Acts of Kindness Day

While kindness is something many practice everyday, here’s some fun and easy suggestions too! Try these out while visiting Anna Maria Island.

  • Hold the door for someone.
  • Give a stranger a compliment.
  • Buy the person in line behind you at the Coffee Haus their morning cup of Joe.
  • Find a pretty shell and give it to a little kid.
  • Give up your seat on the trolley to someone.
  • Make a donation to Wildlife Inc.
  • Give someone a hug.
  • While vacationing send your friends a text, and tell them you wish they were with you.
  • Pick up garbage from the beach.
  • Go to Rod & Reel Pier and buy a stranger a beer.
  • Offer to let someone cut you in line at the Publix.
  • Buy your friend a scratch off ticket just for fun.
  • Smile at every stranger you see.
  • Call a family member and tell them you love them.
  • Tell people you are grateful when they help you.
  • Give your server at the Sandbar a big fat tip.
  • Take your family to the beach.
  • Donate to the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch.
  • Buy a piece of local art and send it to a friend back home.
  • Make your spouse breakfast in bed.
  • Be a good listener.
  • Tell your kids they are awesome.
  • Be kind to yourself.
  • Let go of negative thoughts.
  • Don’t stereotype people you don’t know.
  • Take a friend to lunch.
  • Treat someone to a bike rental and take them on a ride around Anna Maria.
  • Bring cup cakes to the family in the vacation rental next to yours.
  • Donate any unopened leftover food in your beach rental before you go back home.
  • Surprise a loved one with an Anna Maria Island Vacation!
  • Use #RAKWeek2017 when posting kind words on social media to encourage others to do the same.

Take the challenge

So you think you’re kind? Challenge yourself today, and go out of your way to spread love, understanding and kindness on February 17th! There’s no easier place to practice kindness than on Anna Maria Island.

For more ways to celebrate national random acts of kindness day visit RandomActsof.US

Book your next Anna Maria Island vacation beach rental today with Island Real Estate!

 

Anna Maria Island Night Sky Event – February 10, 2017

While visiting February 10th 2017, be sure to check out the Anna Maria Island night sky event! A once in a life time experience, you’ll enjoy a Full Moon, Lunar Eclipse and a Comet all together!

Anna Maria Island Night Sky Event

First for the evening you’ll enjoy the winter full moon, also called a Snow Moon. Around 5:30pm the moon will creep over the horizon into view. As it comes up the moon will start to enter into the Earth’s penumbral or outer shadow and turn a dim gray color. East Coast viewers will start to notice the lunar eclipse around 6:15pm. Just before 10pm the eclipse will be over, but the show doesn’t stop there.

Next you’ll have the opportunity to see Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusáková starting at about 10:30 when it’s closest to Earth. This pale green Comet will require a telescope or even a pair of binoculars to view. Look to the East-Northeast near the constellation Hercules.

Anna Maria Island Night Sky Event
Photo Courtesy Sky and Telescope Magazine.

You can also watch the nights events unfold live at live.slooh.com.

Enjoy the Anna Maria Island Night Sky Event, wish for clear skies, and have a fantastic island experience!

Top 15 Anna Maria Island Beach Rentals 2017

Here is our list of the top 15 Anna Maria Island beach rentals to visit in 2017! While this list includes a variety of different types of accommodations they all make our favorites list.

Top 15 Anna Maria Island Beach Rentals

How did these beach rentals make our list? All of these accommodations have a gold or platinum rating. They also have updated style and are in great locations across the island’s three cities. While some of these homes are new, we did include our favorite Old Florida beach cottages too. You are sure to find the best destination with our list of the top 15 Anna Maria Island Beach Rentals!

A Sassy Seahorse

A Sassy Seahorse is a bright and lively vacation rental just a short walk from both Tampa Bay and Bean Point beaches. This elevated home sleeps up to six guests with two bedrooms. During you stay enjoy the heated pool and spa along with the fun Tiki hut.

Top 15 Anna Maria Island Beach Rentals
A Sassy Seahorse in Anna Maria.

You’ll not only be close to the beach but you can walk to the City Pier for dining and sightseeing too! Pets up to 50 pounds welcome with pet fee.

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A fun and colorful Anna Maria beach rental!

Fernweh

Fernweh is an updated rental less than two blocks from the beach, and close to shopping and dining. Here you’ll enjoy coastal style decor in cool blues great for any sensibility. Fernweh has a lovely open floor plan for entertaining up to eight guests. Relax in the heated pool and spa, or lounge on one of the balconies.

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Fernweh in Holmes Beach.

You’ll find this four bedroom home leaves no amenities to be wanted for a luxury vacation experience!

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Relax and unwind at Fernweh

Bradenton Beach Club B

Find a luxury destination directly on the beach when you visit Bradenton Beach Club B. Not only will you have gorgeous views, but you’ll be close to shops, restaurants and free trolley stops too! This home sleeps up to 6 guests with two bedrooms and a comfortable tropical style decor.

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Bradenton Beach Club B in Bradenton Beach.

Enjoy the heated pool overlooking the beach while soaking up the sun.

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Gorgeous direct beach front views!

Sugaree

You will love the style of Sugaree! This two bedroom, two bathroom elevated duplex sleeps six guests just a block from gulf beaches. At Sugaree you’ll enjoy the private heated pool and outdoor space too.

Holmes Beach Rental Anna Maria Island
Sugaree in Holmes Beach

When you visit this well-appointed vacation rental you are sure to find everything you need for a comfortable stay in paradise.

Holmes Beach Rental
Great updated duplex Sugaree!

Blue Bayou

Blue Bayou is a lovely canal front home just a short walk from gulf beaches. Everything about this rental is updated and new with great amenities. Inside the decor is stylish with a sophisticated beach feel. Sleep up to six guests with three bedrooms.

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Blue Bayou in the city of Anna Maria.

You’ll love the heated pool and spa nestled in lush backyard. Bring your boat on this Anna Maria vacation, as Tampa Bay is just a few minutes ride through the canal.

Anna Maria canal front rental
Great canal front luxury rental.

Wine Down

Wine Down offers an unforgettable luxury vacation right on the beaches of Anna Maria Island. Everything is special about this updated four bedroom gulf front home. All of the bedrooms have a private bathroom along with a tasteful use of bright colors in the decor. Enjoy the heated pool and spa and beach views from the living room and upstairs master suite.

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Wine Down in Holmes Beach.

Relax in the backyard around the fire pit as you watch the island’s stunning sunsets.

Direct Gulf front Holmes beach rental
The vacation spot of your dreams!

A Pirate’s Cove

A Pirate’s Cove is a wonderfully updated 1950’s cottage just a block from gulf beaches. Here you’ll find old Florida charm perfectly blended with a modern trendy style.

Bradenton Beach Cottage Rental
A Pirate’s Cove

A Pirate’s Cove has a heated pool and lovely backyard space. Sleep up to six guests in this fantastic two bedroom cottage near shopping, dining and free trolley stops too.

Bradenton Beach vacation rental
Trendy meets Old Florida and close to the beach!

Le Paradis

Le Paradis is a one of a kind beach rental just a short walk to gulf beaches. This home is decorated in crisp whites throughout for a high end, but relaxed beach feel. Spaciously sleep six guests with three bedrooms at Le Paradis. This elevated home has a wrap around screened lanai overlooking the heated pool and backyard lounge chairs.

Top 15 Anna Maria Island Beach Rentals in Anna Maria
Le Paradis in the city of Anna Maria.

Access the loft like upstairs by the spiral staircase where you’ll find the bedrooms and an open balcony.

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Crisp white decor and huge windows make for an airy beach feel at Le Paradis.

Fish House

Fish House mixes a luxurious style with an old fish camp feel for a unique Anna Maria vacation. Right on the canal, you’ll find a rustic beach style through the home with custom features everywhere. Enjoy the heated pool and spa, nautical bunk room great for kids, and high end bathrooms.

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Fish House in the city of Anna Maria.

The boat dock offers a boat lift, and quick access to great fishing in Tampa Bay. Sleep up to eight guests comfortably in this three bedroom home.

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Luxury meets rustic fishing retreat at the Fish House!

Vista Grande 3 Penthouse

Vista Grande 3 Penthouse will have you falling in love with luxury living. Enjoy million dollar direct beach front views during your stay. Everything here is top of the line with Mediterranean style architecture, and balcony access from all three bedrooms.

Holmes Beach Luxury rental
Vista Grande 3 Penthouse in Holmes Beach.

Accommodating six guest, every detail is high end. While the beach is your backyard, you’ll also enjoy the heated pool and spa at this exclusive condo complex.

Holmes Beach Luxury rentals
Million dollar views and an exclusive beach front location!

Starfish Beach 4

Starfish Beach 4 is nestled in a popular complex of cottages just a block from gulf beaches. Updated end of 2016 this beach rental has great features and an adorable beachy style. Great care was taken in the remodeling of this cozy two bedroom vacation destination.

Holmes Beach cottage rental
Starfish Beach 4 in Holmes Beach.

Sleep up to six guests and enjoy the heated community pool during your stay.

Holmes Beach villa rental
Recently updated accommodates six guests.

Palm Beach House

Palm Beach House is the perfect place for a family vacation. Offering four bedrooms you’ll have more space than you’ll need for your eight guests. Not only does this home offer a heated pool, but you’ll love the ping pong table and all the great family friendly activities here too. Walk to gulf beaches, shops, restaurants and free trolley stops.

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Palm Beach House in the city of Anna Maria.

Even pets are welcome to tag along at Palm Beach House.

Family Friendly Anna Maria beach rental
The perfect Family Friendly Anna Maria vacation rental!

Sea Song

Sea Song is a cozy beach front cottage sleeping up to six guests. There’s nothing more Floridian than experiencing an old beach cottage vacation. Inside you’ll find everything you’ll along with cute popping colors.

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Sea Song in the city of Anna Maria.

Sea Song is situated on the coveted northern tip of Anna Maria Island with beautiful Gulf of Mexico beaches. Relax and unwind at this great direct beach rental.

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Gorgeous cozy beach cottage.

Casa Bonita

When you visit Casa Bonita you’re sure to know you have found one of Anna Maria Island’s best canal front rentals. Well-appointed this luxury home is just a short walk to gulf beaches. Sleep up to eight guests with four bedrooms, and all the amenities you expect from a high end getaway.

Anna Maria Island Top 15 Beach Rentals
Casa Bonita in the city of Anna Maria.

Enjoy the heated pool and spa, custom kitchen with gas stove, and tons of outdoor entertaining areas.

Anna Maria Luxury rental
While visiting Casa Bonita you’ll find a luxury destination.

Dream Maker

Last on our list of Top 15 Anna Maria Island Beach Rentals is Dream Maker! A unique vacation rental with great natural lighting and floor to ceiling windows this is a lovely spot. You’ll feel like you’ve found a luxury tree house in this elevated rental.

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Dream Maker in the city of Anna Maria.

Dream Maker is just a short walk to secluded Bean Point beaches, and also offers a heated salt water pool. This three bedroom home sleeps up to six guests with everything you’ll want from a Florida vacation!

Top 15 Anna Maria Island beach rentals
During your visit enjoy the heated Salt water pool.

Plan the perfect paradise vacation today with one of these Top 15 Anna Maria Island beach rentals! Book now with IslandReal.com.

Anna Maria Island Ethnic Restaurants

Anna Maria Island Ethnic Restaurants are a great departure from everyday meals. While everyone loves a good burger, fries and the traditional “American” fare, why not try something different on your vacation?

Anna Maria Island Ethnic Restaurants

Anna Maria Island has more seafood and traditional American restaurants than you could try in just one vacation. However, there are a handful of eateries with international roots. This comes as no surprise since the island sees guests from all around the world.

Here are six restaurants to try if you are looking for something beyond the usual, yet still delicious.

French Cuisine at Island Creperie and French Table

Anna Maria Island has two French Restaurants to try! Visit Island Creperie for an out of this world French breakfast or French Table for a traditional south of France dinner.

The Island Creperie is open for breakfast and lunch until 2pm. You’ll find a extensive variety of crepes, french bread and Mimosas too. Find Island Creperie on Bridge Street in the purple store front.

The French table has a small menu of delicious cuisine focusing on fresh produce and baked bread.  They offer both seafood, duck and beef options. You’ll find them at 103 Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach.

Anna Maria Island French Restaurant
Duck and Sausage Cassoulet at French Table.

Indian Cuisine at The Island Spice

If you have a craving for Indian food The Island Spice is sure to please. They offer all the traditional Indian favorites Americans have grown to love. You’ll find Curry, Tikka Masala, Dosas, Vindaloo and more. Visit them at 3608 East Bay Drive in Holmes Beach.

Japanese Cuisine at Island Ocean Star

Island Ocean Star has some of the best Sushi you will find in Manatee County. They offer a few Hibachi tables, a fully stocked bar and outdoor waterfront seating too. Find everything you would expect on the extensive menus. Island Ocean Star is in the Galatti Marina 902 South Bay Boulevard in the City of Anna Maria.

Anna Maria Island Sushi
A boat load of Sushi at Island Ocean Star.

German Cuisine at the Old Hamburg Schnitzel Haus

If you are looking for hearty comfort food, the Schnitzel Haus is for you. Here you’ll find great service, German beer and a relaxed cozy atmosphere. They offer both German and Austrian cuisine that is a mix of the traditional with new trends from back home. The Schnitzel Haus is in Holmes Beach at 3246 East Bay Drive.

Italian Cuisine at Vinny and Cheryl’s Italian Kitchen

While Vinny and Cheryl’s doesn’t offer a large dining room with the traditional restaurant service, they do offer authentic Italian Classics. Some of the best fresh baked Italian breads, rustic pizzas, family size meals and specialty items can be found at Vinny and Cheryl’s. Find Vinny and Cheryl on Pine Avenue in the city of Anna Maria.

Anna Maria Island Ethnic Restaurants
Fresh Baked Goods Daily

Top 5 Anna Maria Island January Activities

During your next winter visit you have to try these top five Anna Maria Island January activities! This is a great time of year for a warm Florida vacation as northerners experience the cold, snow and ice.

Top 5 Anna Maria Island January Activities

While January is cool, it’s still a fantastic time of year for a rental on the beach!

Anna Maria Island January Activities
Enjoy January on Anna Maria Island!

Mini Golf on Bridge Street

Head over to the Fish Hole Miniature golf course on Bridge Street! A great place for family fun, the Fish Hole is a great cool weather activity. You’ll find 18 holes along this well-kept course. You can feed the beautiful Koi fish, and watch the pond of turtles sunning themselves on their logs. The Fish Hole also offers soda and Dippin’ Dots Ice Cream.

Bella by the Sea Boutique

Check out Bella by the Sea for a unique boutique shopping experience. This great shop offers women’s clothes, jewelry, handbags and more. This is a great place to visit during a January day on island time.

Anna Maria January Activities
Visit Bella by the Sea Boutique on Pine Avenue.

Star Gazing on the Beach

A clear January night on Anna Maria Island is perfect for star gazing. January 3rd, 2017 is the peak of the Quadrantid Meteor shower, and the Full Moon is on January 12th, 2017. Bundle up and head to the beach for beautiful skies and sounds of the tides. Check out this helpful Star Gazing Guide too!

Cocktails at The Doctor’s Office

You must visit Anna Maria Island’s newest night spot, The Doctor’s Office! Here you’ll find the island’s hottest craft cocktails and delicious chef inspired small plates. The Doctor’s Office is the newest establishment owned by Sean Murphy of the Beach Bistro.

Anna Maria Island January Activities
Visit The Doctor’s Office in Holmes Beach.

Bike over the Bridge

Rent a bike or snag one from the new Bike sharing racks, and go for a ride over the Manatee Bridge! You’ll enjoy the fresh bay air, sights of the Skyway and tons of sea birds flying overhead. January is the perfect time for a brisk bike ride.

5 New Anna Maria Island Activities You’ve Never Tried

This is our list of 5 new Anna Maria Island activities you might not have tried yet! While the sunset tours, dolphin cruises and kayak trips are always great here are some new suggestions.

Top 5 New Anna Maria Island Activities to Try

There is always something new and fun to try on Anna Maria Island!

Horseback on the Beach

When you come to Anna Maria Island over the Manatee bridge you will see people on horseback. This is a fun way to spend a morning for all ages of the family. The horses love being in the water, and so will you! There are two different companies that offers “Horse Surfing” C Ponies and Beach Horses. Tickets will run you about $130 to $150 per a rider. Book your trip online first then meet at the Palma Sola Causeway just before the Bradenton mainland.

New Anna Maria Island Activities
Go Horse Surfing with Beach Horses!

Fly Boarding

Top Gun FlyBoards are one of the hottest new activities in the area. Also located on the Palma Sola Causeway this is a fun activity for teens and adults. Flyboards attach to your feet and propel you up and into the air. Most learn to flyboard in about 10 minutes of practice. Top Gun offers 30 minute, 60 minute, four hour and all day experiences. Prices range from $99 up to $1199. Riders must be 18, or between 15-17 with a parent waiver. Additionally riders must be between 100 and 300 pounds. Book a Top Gun Flyboard session online.

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Top Gun Flyboarding on Anna Maria Island

Parasailing

YOLO Adventures offers parasailing among their list of services. You’ll soar above the island and enjoy stunning aerial views. YOLO offers group excursion, tandem flights, water dips and great fun. They offer two different locations to leave from. Find them at 127th Street in Cortez Village or at the end of Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach. Tickets cost $79 per a person and riders must be under 300 pounds.

YOLO Parasailing
Fly High with Yolo Parasailing

Snorkel trips at Egmont Key

Coastline Excursions offer snorkel trips off of Egmont Key State Park. This unique island is only accessible by boat and offers a light house, sunken ruins and a nature preserve. When you snorkel here you’ll find tropical fish and ruins from the Dade Fort. Snorkel excursions will run anywhere from $75 per person to $426 for private tours. In addition to their Egmont snorkel tour Coastline Excursions offers dolphin trips and a sand bar snorkel trip for a little as $53.25 per person. Book online!

Coastline Excursions Snorkeling at Egmont Key
Snorkeling at Egmont Key state park

Jet Surfing

Jet surfing is the latest activity to come to Anna Maria Island. Surfs Up Jet Surfing is great for days when the water is too calm for traditional surfing. Prior to use a half hour lesson is required to get users acclimated. Your first 45 minute trip with lesson will cost $100. After that it’s $50 for a half hour. Surfs up Jet Surfing Boards can be found at AMI Beach Rentals in Holmes Beach.

Surfs Up Jet Surfing on Anna Maria Island
Surfs Up Jet Surfing

Top 11 Bradenton Activities – Visit the Mainland from Anna Maria Island

There are tons of great Bradenton Activities to explore while visiting Anna Maria Island. Just a short drive over the Manatee Bridge, Bradenton is on the mainland of Manatee County. This area has a quaint downtown with both family friendly things to do along with a great night life.

Top 11 Bradenton Activities

When you visit Anna Maria Island it’s totally worth driving inland for Bradenton activities!

Downtown Bradenton Old Main Street

If you want to shop, dine, and unwind then Old Main Street is the perfect spot. This is truly the heart of Bradenton. Here you’ll find boutiques, tons of bars and  restaurants too. Old Main Street offers quaint old architecture reminiscent of a small southern town, and fewer modern structures. It’s really a pleasant place to relax while taking in the scenes and window shopping.

Wander down the street to the Riverfront and you’ll find the Pier and Twin Dolphin Marina. The pier not only offers great views of the Manatee River, but also has a very nice restaurant called Pier 22.

If you are looking for a night spot this is the best place for a bar crawl. You’ll find many different bars, pubs and lounges all along Old Main Street. Each bar is unique and draws a different crowd. Just be sure to drink responsibly!

Riverwalk – Free outdoors entertainment.

The Bradenton Riverwalk is a great place to stroll along the Manatee River and enjoy Florida’s year round perfect weather. This strip of public space offers a splash park, playground, day docks, picnic areas, skate park and butterfly garden. Enjoy sights of the river while relaxing too.

Mixon Fruit Farms

Mixon Fruit Farm is a short drive east of downtown. Here you’ll find many fun family attractions including farm tours, wildlife refuge, and a large gift shop too. Be sure to try a free sample of fresh squeezed orange juice and grab a piece of fudge from the gift shop.

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Mixon Fruit Farms offers many family fun things to do in Bradenton

 

Mckechnie Field

While visiting Anna Maria Island in the Spring, you can catch the Pittsburg Pirates Spring training games at Mckechnie Field. Check out their schedule to see all the different activities happening at this amazing facility.

Village of the Arts

The Village of the Arts is a commercial-residential community on the southern side of the downtown area. Here you’ll find art galleries, specialty shops and restaurants. The first Friday of each month the Village holds an artwalk, however, some of the shops are open Tuesday-Saturday weekly.

Bradenton Activities
Village of the Arts is a fun and vibrant neighborhood filled with art and local culture too.

Manatee Performing Arts Center

The Manatee Performing Arts Center has a long history of producing plays and entertaining Bradentonians since the late 1940’s. First started by the Bradenton Junior Women’s Club, the troupe became known as the Manatee Players. Now with a new large facility and location the thespian tradition continues. Check their calendar to see what is happening!

Red Barn Flea Market

The Red Barn Flea Market is a Bradenton tradition. Here you’ll find the areas best Flea Market with produce, restaurants, and a unique assortment of vendors. Open Tuesday through Sunday.

South Florida Museum

The South Florida Museum offers a great look at prehistoric Florida. From Dinosaurs to early native inhabitants, this museum is an impressive facility. You’ll find Paleontology and Archaeology featured in addition to local history too. See the oldest living Manatee in Captivity in their aquarium and also learn about outer space in their planetarium.

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Visit Snooty the Manatee at the South Florida Museum

Ghost Tours

The Bradenton Ghost Tours are a newer feature to the downtown area. Learn about encounters and documented stories from locals. While taking you through areas with unusual encounters you’ll also learn about Bradenton History. Not only are the tours offered in Bradenton, but you can catch a tour on Anna Maria Island’s Bradenton Beach too.

Manatee Village Historic Park

Learn about Bradenton’s past when you visit Manatee Village Historic Park. Here you’ll find relics from the past including Fogarty Boat Works, The Baldwin Steam Locomotive and the old school house.

Breweries

Visit Bradenton Breweries for a nice local cold one. Motorworks and Darwin’s Brewers are both on the south side of Downtown on 9th Street West. While the local handcrafted beer movement takes off, Bradenton has hopped on the trend.

Things to do near Anna Maria Island
There is always something fun happening at Motorworks Brewery.

During your next visit to Anna Maria Island be sure to head into the Mainland and try these Bradenton Activities!

Bradenton Vacation Rentals

Looking for a vacation rental in Bradenton? Island Real Estate has several rentals here just a short drive to gulf beaches. These units are on Perico Island just between the Mainland and Anna Maria Island. Check out these Perico Bay Club homes.

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Aerial View of the Perico Bay Club Vacation Rentals in Bradenton

Anna Maria Island Holiday Events December 2016

There are several great Anna Maria Island Holiday Events this year! Throughout December there will be celebrations across the island’s three cities.

Anna Maria Island Holiday Events 2016

Get into the spirit of the holiday with these fun family events.

Holmes Beach Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting

December 2nd will be the Annual Holiday Open House. This event is organized by the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by local businesses. From 5-8pm walk around the Holmes Beach Shopping District for snacks and libations while local businesses stay open late. These businesses will have specials going on too!

At 6pm watch the annual lighting of the tree in front of the Chamber at 5313 Gulf Drive. Santa and his sleigh will also make an appearance, so everyone better be on their best behavior.

The Chamber will provide lite snacks, coffee and wine. Next door, Eat Here restaurant will be showing the movie “A Miracle on 34th Street” in addition to serving mulled wine.

Bring a toy to donate to Toys for Tots. There will be a donation box at the Chamber of Commerce.

Anna Maria Pine Avenue Holiday Treasure Walk

Celebrate the holiday in Anna Maria on December 9th with the Holiday Treasure Walk. Pine Avenue and Gulf Drive Merchants will be open late from 5-8pm with special sales and tasty treats.

Stop by The Studio at Gulf and Pine for refreshments from the Sandbar Restaurant. Additionally, Roser Church Joyful Noise Children’s Choir will be performing at the Historical Society at 6pm.

There may even be an appearance from Santa too!

Bradenton Beach Christmas on Bridge Street

Christmas on Bridge Street is an annual family friendly event with tons of entertainment and holiday fun. The event will take place December 17 from 4:30-8:30pm.

Enjoy music from Russ Adams Project, The Dickens Carolers, and more!

There will be a kids crafts and cookie bazaar where children will be selling their baked goods and handmade gifts.

In addition to the gift market, you’ll find a wreath raffle, and gift basket silent auction.

You’ll also find a Hot Chocolate Bar, Snow and Santa.

Anna Maria Island Holiday Events
The Dickens Carolers and Story Tellers will be part of the entertainment.

Enjoy Christmas on Anna Maria Island with these fun events for the whole family!

Anna Maria Island Mediterranean Style Vacation

Island Real Estate has what you need for an Anna Maria Island Mediterranean style vacation! Why travel across the world for beautiful beaches when they are waiting right here on the Florida Gulf Coast?

Anna Maria Island Mediterranean Style Vacation for Less

A Mediterranean vacation is full of relaxation, blue seas, and beautiful sunshine. The countries around the Mediterranean offer great sight seeing and interesting history too. All of these things are on Anna Maria Island! An exotic destination, with perfect weather and fun leisure activities is waiting for you. All you need is the quintessential Mediterranean style beach rental to set the tone for your Anna Maria Island vacation. Best of all, you won’t break the bank during your coastal siesta to Anna Maria Island!

Mediterranean Style Beach Rentals

Under the Tuscan Sun

This beach rental is about two-three blocks from gulf beaches, and one of the island’s most popular public accesses. Under the Tuscan Sun offers 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms with plenty of space for up to 9 guests. Not only will you be close to the beach, but you’ll be able to walk to shops, restaurants and free trolley stops! Enjoy the private heated pool too.

Anna Maria Island Mediterranean style vacation beach rental
Under the Tuscan Sun 4005 5th Avenue in Holmes Beach.

Beach Escape

Beach Escape is three blocks from Gulf beaches and also centrally located to Anna Maria Island activities and attractions. This 3 bedroom, 3 bath rental offers accommodations for up to 8 guests. Inside you’ll find an updated style with the cool blues and whites characteristic of Mediterranean decor. Enjoy the heated pool and spa, or open air balconies at this fantastic Anna Maria Island beach rental!

Anna Maria Island Vacation Rental
Beach Escape 4105 5th Avenue in Holmes Beach

Blue Waters

Located in Anna Maria, Blue Waters is a platinum rated rental on direct canal front. This 4 bedroom, 4 bath home sleeps 8 guests, and is a few blocks from coveted Anna Maria gulf beaches. You’ll find luxury amenities including a large heated pool and spa, boat dock and a lovely Mediterranean style. You’ll truly love this one of a kind destination.

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Blue Waters 230 Willow in Anna Maria.

Casa Sierra Rentals

Casa Sierra is a small 4 unit condo complex just a short two blocks from gulf beaches. These great Mediterranean style condos offer 2 bedrooms and 2 baths with accommodations for up to 6 guests. These rentals are relaxed, however, they do have all the great amenities that come with their gold rating. Enjoy the community heated pool along with a fabulous location too. Casa Sierra Unit 205 A, Unit 205 B, Unit 203 A.

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Casa Sierra Complex located on 36th Street in Holmes Beach.

L’Plage

The L’Plage complex is on direct gulf front in Holmes Beach. This luxury condo offers everything you’ll need for the perfect Mediterranean style holiday. Enjoy the community heated pool and spa just steps from the powder white sands of the Gulf of Mexico. Inside this unit you’ll find 3 bedrooms and 3 baths with room for up to 8 guests too!

Anna Maria Island Luxury beach rental
L’Plage 6420 Gulf Drive unit 3 in Holmes Beach

Beach House on 5th

Beach House on 5th is a great spot for up to 10 guests! This 3 bedroom 3 bath rental is less than 3 blocks to gulf beaches, shopping, dining and free trolley stops too. You’ll love the heated pool and the fun coastal decor in this Mediterranean style home.

Mediterranean style Anna Maria Island beach rental
Beach House on 5th 4107 5th Avenue in Holmes Beach

Vista Grande

You’ll enjoy direct gulf front views when you spend a holiday at Vista Grande. This lovely platinum rated villa sleeps 6 guests with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Not only does this beach rental have million dollar views, but also luxurious amenities fit for a Mediterranean style vacation.

Anna Maria Island beach villa
Vista Grande 5622 Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach

The Oasis

Perfect for a family getaway, The Oasis has accommodations for up to 6 guests with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. You’ll be 3 blocks from pristine Gulf of Mexico beaches, and centrally located on Anna Maria Island. Enjoy the heated pool during your stay!

Anna Maria Island Holmes Beach Rental
The Oasis 4004 6th Avenue in Holmes Beach.

La Casa Costiera 

The La Casa Costiera is a gorgeous luxury condo complex right on the Gulf of Mexico. Here you’ll find many well-appointed rentals to pick from. These units sleep 6 or 8 guests, and each has unique tropical decor. They have 3 bedrooms and either 2, 2.5 or 3 bathroom. Enjoy the heated pool and spa or relax all day long on the beach.

La Casa Costiera Anna Maria Island luxury beach rental
La Casa Costiera 7318 Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach

Cayman Bay

This canal front Anna Maria rental is just a short walk to Tampa Bay beaches. You’ll love the fantastic style and amenities at Cayman Bay. Sleep up to 8 guests with 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. Each of the bedrooms at this home have a great luxury feel. Enjoy the beautiful backyard with a heated pool and spa. Dock your boat in the canal too!

Anna Maria beach rental
Cayman Bay 505 Magnolia Avenue in Anna Maria.

Beach on a Budget Anna Maria Island Travel for Less

Enjoy the beach on a budget when you travel to sunny Anna Maria Island! We have some of the best powder fine coastline on the gulf coast, and the best deals too! Find affordable accommodations, cheap eats, and tons of free activities to make your vacation fun and easy on the wallet.

Beach on a Budget
Beach Volleyball is a great free Anna Maria Island Activity! Find nets at the Manatee Public Beach Access!

Beach on a Budget

Anna Maria Island is a fantastic place to beach on a budget for any size group and all ages too. You will find a large selection of economical accommodations with Island Real Estate.

Below is our list of money saving ideas to try out on your next Anna Maria Island beach vacation. Not only do we have tips for finding affordable accommodations, but a guide to assist you in an authentic Florida vacation.

Finding Affordable Anna Maria Island Beach Rentals

Travel in the off season

When looking for the best rates on accommodations you should avoid traveling in the high season. Off season travel yields the best deals on accommodations, and this is especially true of Anna Maria Island. The peak busy season on the island is March. For off season deals book your stay August through October or January.

How to find online specials

Once you pick a time of year to visit look for specials at IslandReal.com. Each individual beach rental will offer different types of specials through the year in both high and low season. Those booking last minute stays can find great deals on beach rentals that are looking to fill dates. Also check for seasonal sales. Typically promotions you come across will not apply to big holiday weeks.

Check our Sunshine Specials Page too!

News letter sign up

Sign up to be added to the Island Real Estate news letter list. We are always sending out promotions and specials via email!

Social Media

Island Real Estate regularly offers promotions and specials through our social media too! Be sure to find us on your favorite social media platform for regular updates on deals. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest.

Cheap Eats

Eat like a local!

Locals places are not only the best way to save money, but they are the most authentic version local culture. Sure, Anna Maria Island has tons of places that attract tourists for a good time. However, there are a few places you just may overlook.

Mr. Bones BBQ is a great locals spot with large portions and reasonable prices. Not only do they have the areas best BBQ, but they have vegan options, burgers, and a large beer selection. You’ll find just something for just about everyone when you visit Mr.Bones BBQ in Holmes Beach.

Starfish and Tide Tables restaurants are owned by the same fishing family out of Cortez. You only have to ride just over the bridge into Cortez Fishing Village for the best seafood on the gulf coast. Both of these restaurants are the spot for fresh seafood that won’t cost you too much. Be sure to bring cash when visiting Starfish.

Danny’s Pizza is also just off island. Head over the Manatee bridge into Bradenton and you’ll find the best New York style pizza the area has to offer, The prices are always reasonable, the service is great, and the food is consistently a crowd pleaser.

Poppo’s Taqueria is on the north end of the island in the city of Anna Maria’s Pine Avenue. The portions here are huge, the food is conscientiously sourced and prices are fair for the quality. Poppo’s is some of the best Tex-Mex style food you’ll find. One taco and you’ll be hooked like the island locals.

Duffy’s Burgers has the best the island can offer. They have been in business for years. The locals can tell you this authentic burger and beer joint has a reputation. Must bring cash too!

Dine in for a Penny Pincher Beach vacation

One of the nice things about getting an Anna Maria Island beach rental is the benefit of a full kitchen. All of the Island Real Estate beach rentals come with fully equipped kitchens to accommodate all your basic needs. If you are looking to dine on a budget then prepare meals at your rental. Many of the beach rentals you’ll find will even come with an outdoor grill to make cooking easy while enjoying the beautiful tropical climates. Check out the information here for cooking in a beach rental.

Free Transportation

A great way to save money on vacation is to avoid paying for transportation when possible.

Free Trolley

Anna Maria Island has a free trolley to help. The trolley runs almost the entire length of the island from morning until night. This is a great way to get around for free!

Additionally, there are many local transportation services that are free, but accept tips only. You can set an appointment or flag down services such as The Monkey Bus with little cost.

Rent a bike

Occasionally beach rentals homes may be equipped with beach bikes, but you can rent one for very little. This is a great way to get around the island for very little money. Anna Maria Island also has bike paths. This is a great way to sight see, stay active and do it all on a budget.

Be sure to check out this list of alternative transportation for more ideas!

Activities that won’t break the bank

Anna Maria Island is full of free or inexpensive activities! While the beach is always free, there are many other areas to explore too!

The Beach

Anna Maria Island has plenty of beaches to visit, and it won’t cost you a dime! There are over seven miles of coastline, so you can find just the perfect beach spot. Additionally, parking is free at just about any beach you can find. As long as you follow all parking signs, parking is free.

Nature Trails

Anna Maria Island has interesting local wildlife, and all our local parks and preservers are free! Check out Leffis Key on the south end of Anna Maria Island or Robinson Preserve in Bradenton. Nearby Perico Island offers Neal Preserve, Perico Preserve and an access to Robinson Preserve. This area is fantastic for exploring both wetlands and upland Florida environments. Best of all, it’s free!

Visit Piers

All three of the Anna Maria Island piers are free to the public. Visit the shops, enjoy the sights and maybe even go fishing too!

Book a fishing Charter for fresh fish

If you are looking to book a fishing charter this is a great way to pay for both the cost of a meal and an excursion around island waters. Nothing tastes better than fresh fish you caught and cooked!

Island History

Learn about Anna Maria Island history at the Historical Society. This free activity will give you some insight into how the island came to be, and who lived here. Find out how Fig Newtons built the island! See like the old city jail, and much more.

Come Prepared

When looking for an affordable island vacation be sure to come prepared. While Anna Maria Island is not an expensive destination, there are some things you can avoid buying to save money. Bring all the clothes, toiletries and accessories you’ll need with you. This is especially true if you are traveling by car. Buying a bathing suite and touristy accessories on island can drive your spending up. Think about the things you can fit in your travel bag or car before you come. You don’t want to spend extra money on things you left at home.

Enjoy the Beach on a Budget during your next Anna Maria Island vacation in Florida!