Anna Maria Island National Margarita Day

There is no better place to celebrate National Margarita Day than Anna Maria Island! During your visit to the island you have to sip on fruity drinks with toes in the sand and sun kissed skin.

Anna Maria Island National Margarita Day

You can celebrate National Margarita Day at just about any place that serves tequila. On the island, you’ll find no shortage of full service bars and restaurants.

The Waterfront Restaurant offers a great smoked Margarita with ginger! This would be great for those looking for something out of the ordinary.

Wicked Cantina offers a great selection of Margaritas. You’ll find an entire section of the menu dedicated to this citrus and tequila based cocktail. What’s better than authentic Austin Tex-Mex and a hand made Margarita?

The Beach House Restaurant is a great place for a Margarita on the beach! They even have Patron specially bottled just for them!

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Head over to the Beach House for an out of this world Margarita!

While visiting Anna Maria Island you must celebrate National Margarita Day! Check out our suggestions, or try your hand at making your own!

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!

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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!

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Starfish Beach 4 in Holmes Beach.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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 Valentines Day – Beach Romance

An Anna Maria Island Valentines Day is a great way to celebrate a day of love. While Valentines is a special day, Anna Maria Island is romantic any day of the year. Nothing says I love you more than bringing your special someone for a trip to Anna Maria Island.

Anna Maria Island Valentines Day

Here is a list of fun and romantic ideas for an island style Valentines Day.

Anna Maria Island Valentines Day
red heart on sandy sea beach – love relax concept

Breakfast at Sign of the Mermaid

Start your day off right with a delicious breakfast from Sign of the Mermaid in Anna Maria. This great restaurant is housed in a 1913 cottage, and offers a charming menu selection.

Romantic Beach Playlist

Here is a great “Romance by the Beach” playlist to enjoy while laying on the beach!

Visit Island Art Galleries

You’ll find a great local art scene on Anna Maria Island with many galleries in Anna Maria and Holmes Beach. Finding a special piece of art is a great Valentines gift that will also remind you of your trip to the island.

Romantic Vacation Rentals

Turn your trip to Anna Maria Island into the vacation of a lifetime with one of these fantastic beach rentals! What’s more romantic than a Florida beach vacation?

Couples Beach Massage

Enjoy a couples beach massage with Sea-Renity beach spa. There is nothing more romantic than getting pampered while on the beach.

Nature Walk at Perico Preserve

Perico Preserve is just a short trip over the Manatee Bridge on the northern side of Manatee Avenue. While there are tons of great nature walks in the county, Perico Preserve is one of the newest. Here you’ll find a diverse shell trail with tons of beautiful wildlife to see.

Private Boat Excursion

While Anna Maria Island has tons of boat charters, paying a little extra for your own private tour is worth it. Among others, Coastline Excursions offers private tours around Anna Maria Island and Egmont Key. They also offer great snorkeling excursions to try out.

Sunset

The sun will be setting on Anna Maria Island at about 6:22pm on February 14th. When you visit Anna Maria Island sunset is a must!

Manatee Players Theater

The Manatee Players will be showing the romantic musical “Bridges of Madison County”. This would make a great date spot!  You’ll find the Manatee Performing Arts Center in Downtown Bradenton. When you are done with the show stop by Downtown’s Old Main Street for a great selection of pubs, bars and restaurants.

 

 

5 Romantic Anna Maria Island Beach Rentals for 2017

Here is our list of five romantic Anna Maria Island beach rentals to visit this year. While Valentines day is just around the corner, these rentals are great for a romantic getaway anytime.

Romantic Anna Maria Island Beach Rentals

Sugaree

Sugaree is a stylish elevated duplex in Holmes Beach just a short walk to the beach. This is the perfect spot for a romantic island vacation. You’ll enjoy the private heated pool, outdoor space and updated amenities.

Romantic Anna Maria Island Beach Rentals
Sugaree in Holmes Beach – Gold Rated.

Sleep up to six guests at Sugaree! Not only is this rental close to the beach, but it’s also near the quiet Holmes Beach town center.

Holmes Beach Rental
Everything is updated in this rental with fantastic amenities.

Cayman Bay

Cayman Bay is a lovely canal front rental just a short walk to Tampa Bay beaches. You’ll absolutely adore the master suite at Cayman Bay! Here you’ll find a private balcony with canal views, fireplace, wet bar and a stunning master bathroom. while this home offers spacious accommodations for up to eight you’ll feel like you have your own private getaway in the large master suite.

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Cayman Bay in Anna Maria – Gold Rated.

Enjoy the heated pool and spa in this gorgeous backyard. Guests have access to the boat dock, and the canal leads out to Bimini Bay and also Tampa Bay.

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Enjoy a one of a kind Master suite at Cayman Bay.

 

Sangria Sunrise

When you visit Sangria Sunrise you’ll have your very own strip of beach with amazing sunrise views. This is truly a romantic Florida vacation spot with the beach right at your feet. You’ll enjoy water views from the master bedroom too.

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Sangria Sunrise in Anna Maria – Silver Rated.

This Anna Maria beach rental sleeps up to seven guests with three bedrooms. You’ll be close to Pine Avenue shopping and dining while you visit Sangria Sunrise!

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Enjoy a romantic beach vacation at Sangria Sunrise.

Bradenton Beach Club B

Bradenton Beach Club B has everything you’ll want for a romantic beach front vacation. During your stay you’ll have spectacular views in a well-appointed condominium in an amazing location.

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Bradenton Beach Club B in Bradenton Beach – Gold Rated.

This direct gulf front beach rental sleeps up to six guests with 2 bedrooms. Also enjoy the heated pool over looking the gulf of mexico and powder fine sand.

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Bradenton Beach Club B has a great coastal style and location.

Vitamin Sea

Vitamin Sea offers fantastic updated amenities and is just a block to the beach! You’ll love this destination for a romantic beach getaway. Enjoy the updated style, vibrant decor, and plenty of space for your entire group to spread out.

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Vitamin Sea in Holmes Beach – Gold Rated.

While you visit, you’ll fall in love with the view from the private master suite balcony.

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You’ll find a well-appointed master bedroom during your stay at Vitamin Sea.

 

Enjoy a romantic paradise vacation with your special someone when you visit these great Anna Maria Island beach rentals.

Best Anna Maria Island Roof Top View Rentals

Anna Maria Island roof top view rentals are great when looking to see the beach without paying gulf front prices! It’s always amazing when you can simply head to the roof for sunshine or nightly sunsets.

Anna Maria Island Roof Top View Rentals

Here is our list of the best Anna Maria Island beach rentals with roof top views!

Seashell Sunsets

While this Platinum rental offers stunning gulf views from the roof, it’s also less than a block to the beach! Access the spiral staircase leading to the roof from the upper living level balcony.

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Seashell Sunset in Holmes Beach.

Seashell Sunsets offers four bedrooms with accommodations for up to eight guests. This recently built beach rental also has a heated pool and spa along with a modern style.

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Seashell Sunsets

Palm Isle Village 3210

Palm Isle Village is among the island’s most popular cottage beach rental complexes. This Holmes Beach rental is just across the street from gulf beaches and offers a roof top view.

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Palm Isle Village 3210 

Gold rated, Palm Isle 3210 sleeps up to four guests with one bedroom. Enjoy the community heated pool and a central island location too.

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Palm Isle Village 3210

Island Oasis

Island Oasis is a great platinum beach rental with roof top views of the Gulf of Mexico. This Holmes Beach rental sleeps 10 guests with five bedrooms.

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Island Oasis

While visiting enjoy the heated pool and spa, outdoor kitchen lounge and pool table too.

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Island Oasis

 

Heron Heaven

While the deck at Heron Heaven only offers partial roof top views, it’s still good enough to make the list! This lovely outdoor space is just off the living room and offers plenty of seats for relaxing beach side.

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Heron Heaven

This spacious two bedroom is just across the street from gulf beaches, and offers a great old Florida style. Find the nearest beach access just steps away!

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Heron Heaven

 

Water Colors

When you visit Water Colors you are sure to fall in love with roof top island views.

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Water Colors

This platinum Anna Maria rental has all the amenities you could ever want! Enjoy the heated pool/spa and a gorgeous sophisticated beach style. Sleep up to eight guests with four bedrooms.

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Water Colors

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.

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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.

8 Unusual Attractions Near Anna Maria Island

Looking for unusual attractions near Anna Maria Island? Check out this list of ideas! For an authentic Florida vacation you must see something unique or weird! This list is not just your usual collection of roadside stops, but a collection of artistically inspired places to visit.

8 Unusual Attractions Near Anna Maria Island

While some of these places are local, all the attractions on our list are under two hours away.

Mr. Bones BBQ in Holmes Beach.

Mr. Bones offers the areas best Barbecue in a unique atmosphere. This is a must stop for those looking for a different experience. When you enter you’ll find a coffin full of ice cold beers along with the restaurants mascot skeleton. Serve yourself a beer from their large selection and you’ll be seated in the dining room. The walls are covered with interesting masks with decor as eclectic as the menu too! Not only do they have the best barbecue, but you’ll find vegan and Indian dishes as well.

Unusual Attractions Near Anna Maria Island
The dining room at Mr. Bones BBQ

A word of advise for those visiting this funky family owned eatery, do not ask for salt, pepper or ketchup!

Mr. Bones BBQ Holmes Beach
Don’t even ask!

The Sea Hagg in Cortez Fishing Village.

You never know what you’ll find in Cortez Fishing Village, but there are three things you can always count on. Fresh off the boat seafood, the “Real” old Florida atmosphere, and The Sea Hagg. This Gift shop is one of the most interesting places to find everything nautical. The front yard of The Sea Hagg is referred to as the Salvage Garden. Here you’ll find old boats, sculptures and an array of interesting items. Once inside you’ll find floor to ceiling Nautical curiosities, antiques and gifts.

The Sea Hagg in Cortez
The Sea Hagg is a unique stop for nautical gifts, antiques and more.

Arte Coyoacano in Downtown Bradenton’s Village of the Arts.

In the southern portion of downtown Bradenton there is a residential- commercial neighborhood full of arts, galleries, specialty shops and restaurants. The Village of the Arts is full of early 20th century bungalows adding an interesting touch to this quaint community. While the area is peppered with interesting finds, Arte Coyoacano gallery has some of the most unusual.

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Visit the Village of the Arts and Arte Coyoacano for a unique look at a work play live neighborhood. Alfredo Garcia Sculptures.

Artist Alfredo Garcia’s sculptures and paintings are truly authentic Mexican Folk Art. His works are both technically brilliant and whimsical too. He implements bright colors and traditional Mexican Folk art themes in one of the areas most unique gallery/studios.

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Alfredo Garcia Acrylic on canvas “La virgen”

Marietta Museum of Art and Whimsy in Sarasota.

The Marietta Museum of Art and Whimsy is a lovely place to visit with the entire family. You’ll find a large variety of interesting works to see from fine art to kitsch. There is no entrance fee, but there is a suggested donation of $5 per person to this wonderful non-profit. The Marietta Museum not only offers a traditional museum setting, but a beautiful sculpture garden too. The museum is open November through May.

 

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Flaming in the sculpture garden at Marietta Museum.

Founder and Curator Marietta Lee is passionate about sharing the works in her Museum. She wanted to create an interesting space for people to relax and enjoy art. She wanted art to be inclusive to all. A unique feature of this museum is half the artists are women, half men, and almost all are still living.

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A wax figure dutifully sits at the Marietta Museum.

Solomon’s Castle in Ona.

Solomon’s Castle is like nothing you’ll ever see. Tucked into a wooded area of Ona, Florida this attraction is the makings of an artists dream. Howard Solomon is a metal artist who began creating his castle in 1972. The large metallic structure houses his works. This not so average roadside attraction has gained international attention.

Solomon's Castle
Solomon’s Castle in Ona, Florida is a one of a kind attraction.

The Salvadore Dali Museum in St. Petersburg.

The Salvadore Dali Museum celebrates the works of the artists entire life from 1904 to 1989. This collection includes over 2000 pieces in addition to rotating featured exhibits from other artists. Salvadore Dali was an influential artist know for his interesting style across several mediums. If you are looking for a unique attraction this is a sure bet.

The Dali
The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg

Whimzeyland in Safety Harbor.

Whimzeyland, also known as the Bowling Ball House, is an interesting attraction and the creation of two artists. In 1985 Todd Ramquist and Kiaralinda bought a house in Safety Harbor. They began decorating their yard and house with an artistic touch. After coming upon 10 free bowling balls at a Flea Market, the two really started to push the house into a new realm of creativity. They decorated the balls and began accepting artists bowling balls from all over.  Since 1985 the couple has purchased adjacent properties in their neighborhood employing the same fun themes. The grounds are free to wonder, but are not open all year.

Whimzeyland The Bowling Ball House
Whimzeyland in Safety Harbor

Dysfunctional Grace Art Co in Tampa’s Ybor City.

Dysfunctional Grace Art Co is a collaborative gallery of true art oddities. You wont soon find a more unusual collection of works. From the adorable to the deplorable, and everything in between, this Tampa art shop is a must visit.

Dysfunctional Grace Art Co
Dysfunctional Grace Art Co in Ybor City

Enjoy these unusual attractions near Anna Maria Island and enjoy a true Florida experience!

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.

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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 10 Anna Maria Island Holiday Gifts Guide

Anna Maria Island Holiday Gifts are a great way to show your family and friends you love them during the season of giving. Check out our list of the hottest top 10 holiday gifts to pick up on the island. While you’ll not only support local island shops, these gifts are sure to please.

Top 10 Anna Maria Island Holiday Gifts Guide

Forget the fruit cake and seasonal sweaters, get your loved ones something really great! Not only will they love these gifts, but these items will always remind them of time spent on AMI!

Leather Wallets from Salt Air

These ladies leather wallets are super cute! They have several different colors to pick from along with a nice gold detail for $26.95. Pick them up at the Salt Air Boutique in Holmes Beach at 5508 Marina Drive.

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Ladies Wallets at Salt Air AMI

Quay Australia Sunglasses from Pink & Navy Boutique

Pink and Navy Boutique is one of the islands trendiest stores offering items for both men and women. Pick up a pair of these super hot Quay Australia sunglasses for a special person in your life. Find the Pink & Navy Store on Pine Avenue in the city of Anna Maria.

Pink & Navy Boutique Anna Maria
Quay Australia Sunglasses with all the most popular styles at Pink & Navy.

Donate to Wildlife Inc. in a Loved Ones Name

This is a fantastic gift idea for that someone who has everything! Wildlife Inc. is an Anna Maria Island based non-profit that rescues and rehabilitates birds and animals. They provide an amazing local service, and will come out to rescue any injured wildlife big, small, sick or even venomous. Wildlife Inc. operates exclusively by donations.

Head over to their website and make a donation. You may even be able to set up a tour of their Bradenton Beach facility for your loved one too.

Wildlife Inc. Anna Maria Island animal rescue
Donate to Wildlife Inc. in a loved ones name. They’ll think it’s a HOOT!

Face Plant Footsie Slippers at Egrets Nest

The Egrets Nest offers a variety of ladies resort wear, jewelry, children’s gifts and more. Stop by their shop and pick up a pair of these cute Face Plant Footsie slippers. These would be especially great for the ones on your gift list who live in cold weather climates. The Egrets Nest and sister store The White Egret are at the corner of Pine Avenue and Gulf Drive.

Egrets Nest Anna Maria Island
Face Plant Footsie Slippers from the Egrets Nest.

Costa Trucker Hats from West Coast Surf Shop

The Trucker Hat has been a popular style with both men and women, and these awesome ones from Costa brand are no exception! They have three different styles of neon to choose from. While visiting West Coast Surf Shop check out their selection of awesome surfer gear, clothes, shoes and more. Find West Coast Surf Shop near the Manatee Public Beach Access in Holmes Beach.

West Coast Surf Shop Anna Maria Island
Costa Trucker Hats are super cool for the surfers on your gift list!

Handmade Scarves from Restless Natives

These handmade scarves would make an awesome gift for your friends who love lots of color and a Boho style. Local artist Glenna makes them from recycled silk, and gives them a shaggy look. Check out more fun gift ideas when you visit Restless Natives.

Restless Natives Anna Maria Island
Handmade Boho Silk Scarves at Restless Natives

Schedule an Anna Maria Inshore Fishing Charter with Captain Kyle.

If you live locally, plan on visiting, or will be on AMI for the holiday give your friends a fishing charter. Captain Kyle knows all the best inshore places to catch fish! He offers four or seven hour excursions leaving from the mouth of the Manatee River.

Anna Maria Inshore Fishing
You’re sure to catch dinner when you schedule a charter with Captain Kyle

Gift Cards from The Beach House, Sandbar and Mar Vista Restaurants

Gift Cards are always an easy gift that everyone loves. This is especially true when it comes to the Chiles group of restaurants. When you purchase a holiday gift card of $50 or more you’ll receive a bonus of 25% of the value of the card. Give a gift and get a gift too!

Sandbar Restaurants
Gift Cards for The Beach House, Sandbar and Mar Vista Restaurants.

Love Rocks at AL’s Studio

These adorable artist made Love Rocks are a fun treasure. Annabel’s gallery offers great works with regularly featured artists. Check out these fun Love Rocks and give the gift of art with a positive message. Find AL’s Studio on Pine Avenue in the city of Anna Maria.

AL's Studio Anna Maria
Love Rocks on Anna Maria Island!

 

Beach Vacation

Surprise your family with a vacation to Anna Maria Island with Island Real Estate! Giving the gift of travel is a great way to make memories and have new experiences too. Nothing brings family and friends closer together than lounging on the beaches of Anna Maria Island! Island Real Estate has the areas largest selection of Anna Maria Island Beach Rentals your family will love!

Here’s a fun idea to try! First plan your stay. Next print out your reservation confirmation and put it in the biggest wrapped box you can find. Everyone at your holiday gathering will get a good laugh when they open it!

Anna Maria Island Holiday Gifts
Give the Gift of an Anna Maria Island Beach Vacation!