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.

Bradenton, Florida things to do
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.

Bradenton Activities near Anna Maria Island, Florida
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.

Bradenton vacation rentals
Aerial View of the Perico Bay Club Vacation Rentals in Bradenton

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.

Anna Maria vacation rental
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.

Holmes Beach rental Anna Maria Island
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.

Anna Maria Island Winter Fun – Cold Weather Activities

An Anna Maria Island Winter is absolutely wonderful! While temperatures vary, typically you won’t see day time cold weather below 50 degrees Fahrenheit during island winters.

Anna Maria Island Winter Fun Activities

Follow our list of cold weather activities and you’re sure to have a great time for your Anna Maria Island Winter vacation!

Sand Angel and Sand Men too!

We don’t have snow in Florida, but we do have sand. Tons of it! On Anna Maria Island there is over seven miles of powder fine sand coastline ready for you to play in. Instead of the traditional snow angels and snow men try your hand at a sand man or sand angel.

Anna Maria Island Winter
Build a sand man during your Anna Maria Island winter break!

Dining and Shopping

Naturally, when visiting even warm winter climates, you’ll want to have indoor activities. Luckily, Anna Maria Island has tons of great dining and shopping spots! You’ll find shopping and dining spots peppered across the island, but there are a few hubs to keep in mind. Pine Avenue in the City of Anna Maria offers great boutiques and restaurants. The Central city of Holmes Beach has a commercial district at the corner of Marina and Gulf Drive. Then a second spot on East Bay Drive and Manatee Avenue. Bradenton Beach, the southern island city, offers great shopping and dining on Bridge Street.

Beach Combing

Since there are fewer people on the beach in the winter, your chances of finding the best seashells increases. Beach combing is a relaxing pass time. Bundle up with a thick sweater and head out to the beach for some great winter shelling!

Hot Chocolate with an Island Twist

Cold winter months were made for curling up with a blanket and a cup of hot chocolate! This is a great way to relax at an Anna Maria Island beach rental during the cold months. Try this recipe for Toasted Coconut Hot Chocolate and you’ll have an island twist for an old standby.

Kayak Trips

Winter is a lovely time for kayak trips around Anna Maria Island. Since the Gulf may be too cold for your liking, you can still get out and not get wet with a kayak. Often, during winter, you will find the Gulf is flat like glass. This makes kayaking fun, safe and relaxing. You could also head over to the Intracoastal side of the island to find Mangroves and diverse wildlife.

Dolphin Watching

Dolphins are not hard to find around Anna Maria Island. This is especially true when you book a boat tour. Many of the local charter captains know where to find pods of Dolphins jumping and playing around the island. A trip to the island isn’t complete without spotting a dolphin.

Winter Fishing

Fishing is great anytime of year in Florida, and winter is no exception! Head to a pier, or book a fishing charter. Either way you’re sure to catch something good!

Winter Beach Rentals

While visiting Anna Maria Island in the summer is fun, the cooler months still bring a great opportunity to visit the gulf coast. You will find great economy options on beach rentals during the winter. Especially during January, rental prices are at some of their lowest! You won’t have to break the bank to escape the winter snow and ice.

Anna Maria Island winter beach rental
Play Longer Pay Less in the winter! Visit AMI Beach House 4 weeks in January, 2017, and only pay for 3!

Salt a Margarita instead of your driveway!

Don’t spend winter salting your driveway, come to Anna Maria Island and salt a Margarita instead!

The Ultimate Anna Maria Island Bucket List – 29 Must Do Activities

This is the ultimate Anna Maria Island Bucket List! There are tons of great activities to enjoy during your visit, however, there are some must dos. Follow this great list and you’ll be sure to have a blast on Anna Maria Island!

Anna Maria Island Bucket List
The Ultimate Anna Maria Island Bucket List.

The Ultimate Anna Maria Island Bucket List

  1. Visit an Anna Maria Island vacation rental on the beach. – This is the best way to visit Anna Maria Island!
  2. Eat a burger from both Duffy’s and Skinny’s. Locals are divided about the best burger on island, so find out for yourself.
  3. Rent a golf cart and ride to the beach.
  4. Go Dolphin watching with a boat tour.
  5. Catch sunrise and sunset on the same day. Since the island is narrow this is easy to do.
  6. Stroll along all three piers.
  7. Visit the Historical Society and the Old City Jail.
  8. Swim at all the popular beach spots – Coquina Beach, Manatee Public Beach and Bean Point.
  9. Visit Westcoast Surf Shop in Holmes Beach. This is one of the oldest surf shops in the state.
  10. Take a Segway tour along Coquina Beach.
  11. Bike ride over the Manatee Bridge.
  12. Head over to Cortez Fishing Village for some fresh off the boat seafood. This is one of the countries oldest working fishing villages, and the best local spot for seafood too!
  13. Go Scuba Diving on the Sugar Barge wreck off Bradenton Beach.
  14. Get Ice cream at Joe’s Eats and Sweets.
  15. Take a boat ride to Egmont Key State Park.
  16. Shop on Pine Avenue in the city of Anna Maria.
  17. Eat a grouper taco.
  18. Ride the free trolley. Once you hop on the trolley, you’ll want to take it everywhere.
  19. Find a shark tooth on Bean Point.
  20. Go to the beach and don’t get burned. Hard for some, but it’s totally possible!
  21. Get a drink at the Bridge Tender Inn on Bridge Street.
  22. Swim in both the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay.
  23. Take a photo of a live Sand Dollar. However, be sure to put it back unharmed!
  24. Find a coconut palm. Anna Maria Island has coconuts!
  25. Go surfing at the White Avenue beach access, one of the most popular surfing spots on Anna Maria Island.
  26. Rent a kayak and explore Robinson Preserve.
  27. Play a round of Miniature Golf at the Fish Hole on Bridge Street.
  28. Walk through Leffis Key nature preserve.
  29. Read a book on the beach.

National Sandwich Day Anna Maria Island

There are many options for celebrating National Sandwich Day on Anna Maria Island! Whether you are looking for something easy or gourmet you’re sure to find a great sandwich on Anna Maria Island!

5 Places to celebrate National Sandwich Day

Here we have a list of five places to pick up a sandwich. Surely you can find a sandwich on the menu at just about any restaurant. However, our list of restaurants are convenient, quick and have a reputation for a good sandwich.

Anna Maria General Store

Located on Pine Avenue, the General Store is a great sandwich spot. They are a small market with a great selection of groceries, and also serve breakfast and lunch. The General Store is a well known spot for a quick bite to eat. They offer a large selection of sandwiches along with burgers, desserts, quiches and much more.

Rudy’s Subs and More

Rudy’s is another great choice for a sandwich. They have a selection of hot and cold sandwiches along with salads, beers, sodas and home made desserts. Try Rudy’s for breakfast too! You’ll find Rudy’s in the city of Anna Maria on Gulf Drive.

Scott’s Deli

If you are looking for a more gourmet style sandwich, Scott’s Deli is for you! Scott’s offers sandwiches, subs, wraps and breakfast too. Choose one of Scott’s delicious creations from the menu, or create your own. They have just about every sandwich component you could want plus some.

Publix

Anyone from the Southeastern United States is familiar with Publix sub sandwiches. Place an order online ahead of time, or just head over to the deli counter. Publix has every type of meat and sandwich topping.

Subway

Anna Maria Island has few chain establishments, and Subway is one of them. Find Subway in Holmes Beach on East Bay Drive.

Happy National Sandwich Day from Anna Maria Island!

National Sandwich Day
Pick up a fantastic Sandwich like this one at Scott’s Deli! 

Top 10 Anna Maria Island November Activites

Anna Maria Island November Activities are fun for the entire family! Fall is a great time of year to visit the island with your friends and loved ones. Give thanks island style this November while you try out these top 10 activities.

Anna Maria Island November Activities

Once you visit the island in November, you’ll want to spend every fall here! Follow our Top 10 Anna Maria Island November Activities guide, and enjoy paradise too.

1. Fall Shell Hunt

For some, the gulf starts to get a bit too cold for swimming in November. Visitors from the north might disagree, however everyone can agree on a November shell hunt. Walk along the beach and look for Fall colored seashells for a taste of Florida November.

Anna Maria Island November Activities
Find Fall colors with Anna Maria Island Sea Shells!

2. Cortez Stone Crab Festival

Join in on a tasty fun time with the 5th Annual Stone Crab Festival in Cortez Fishing Village! You’ll find fresh off the boat Stone Crab, live music, kid zone, artists and a beer tent. This event also benefits the Manatee Chapter of Fishing for Freedom. Visit Nov. 5th and 6th from 9am-6pm.

Anna Maria Island November activities guide
Visit the Cortez Stone Crab Festival.

3. Venice Chalk Festival

Head off island for one of the countries best Chalk Festivals. Located in Venice, about an hour from Anna Maria Island, this street art festival is truly impressive. Over 100 artists from all over the world create temporary master pieces with chalk. Attend this event Nov. 11-14.

4. Arts Hop

Anna Maria Island offers a two weekend long arts event in November. You’ll find tons of arts related events and participating organizations during Arts Hop! Events include art walks, plays, demonstrations and more. Visit Nov. 11-13 or Nov. 18-20.

Anna Maria Island November Activities
An island wide arts event for the entire family!

5. Sunbathe on the Beach.

Anna Maria Island air temperatures range from the upper 70’s to the upper 50’s during November. In fact, you can even get a Fall sun burn if you aren’t careful! Enjoy laying out on the beach and soaking in the sun.

6. Pick Veggies at Hunsader Farms.

Less than an hour drive from the island, Bradenton’s Hunsader Farms is great for picking your own fresh produce. During the month of November you can pick a great selection of veggies. Black eyed peas, eggplant, green beans, Okra, purple hull peas, tomatoes and zipper peas too! Fields close at 3:30 Monday through Saturday.

Anna Maria Island November Activities
Pick Florida Fall Produce at Hunsader Farms.

7. Go for a Trolley ride.

We may not have hay rides on Anna Maria Island, but we do have a fantastic free trolley! Enjoy November on Anna Maria Island and comfortably go sightseeing too. The free trolley runs almost the entire length of the island. Typically one will pass by every 15-20 minutes.

8. Do Thanksgiving on AMI.

Gather the entire family for a Florida Thanksgiving at one of the many great Anna Maria Island beach rentals! There’s nothing like eating turkey while digging your toes into powder soft sand.

Anna Maria Island November Activities
Give thanks for Anna Maria Island Vacations!

9. Avoid Black Friday – Shop online!

Who needs the Black Friday headache? Crowded stores, looking for parking spots, searching for that perfect something. Avoid it all this year and shop online! If you haven’t planned your Anna Maria Island vacation, now is a great time to check out your options! Relax at home, shop on IslandReal.com, and buy vacation experiences instead of more stuff!

Anna Maria island beach rentals thanksgiving
Coquina Sands is a great Thanksgiving Anna Maria Island beach rental. Sleep up to 6 guests with a pool and spa! Click on the image to learn more about Coquina Sands.

10. Thanksgiving Nature Walk

Burn off all the food you ate on Thanksgiving with a family nature walk at Leffis Key. Located on the southern end of the island, Leffis Key is less than a mile long. Enjoy views of Sarasota Bay, Mangrove marsh and wildlife while walking the shell and boardwalk paths.

Give thanks and enjoy Anna Maria Island November Activities!

Anna Maria Island Activities November
Visit Anna Maria Island for November!

 

Cortez Fishing Village Seafood Restaurants

There’s no shortage of Cortez Fishing Village seafood restaurants to try out while visiting the area. This is one of the oldest working fishing villages in the United States. So therefore, the large selection of seafood restaurants is no surprise.

7 Cortez Fishing Village Seafood Restaurants

Here is the list of all the seafood restaurants in Cortez. Try one, or try them all!

Starfish Company

Starfish Company might be the most popular choice among locals. This is both a restaurant and market serving fresh off the boat seafood. Starfish Company began in the 1920’s, and is now owned by the Bell family of A.P. Bell Fish Company. You’ll find simply prepared old Florida style seafood dishes. The menu here really allows the seafood to speak for itself. Starfish is cash only! Order at the counter, and wait at one of the dockside tables looking over Sarasota Bay. You’ll also enjoy views of the docked fishing boats for an authentic seafood restaurant experience.
12306 46th Ave W
Cortez Fl, 34215
(941) 794-1243

Cortez Fishing Village Seafood Restaurants
Starfish Restaurant

Tide Tables

This is the sister restaurant to Starfish. Here you’ll find the same great quality seafood and a similarly charming atmosphere. The menu at Tide Tables is a bit more modern, and has a different selection of offerings than Starfish. Enjoy views of the Intracoastal Waterway along with outdoor dining.
12507 Cortez Rd W
Cortez, Florida
(941) 567-6206

Swordfish Grill

Another great option for fresh seafood, you’ll love Swordfish Grill. In addition to seafood, you’ll find chicken, ribs and a little something for everyone. The restaurant is casual, but the menu does also have some nicer items. Swordfish offers dock side dining, live music and a full service bar. You can come by car or dock your boat too!
4628 119th St W.
Cortez, FL 34215
(941) 798-2035

Cortez Kitchen

Right next door to Swordfish Grill you’ll find Cortez Kitchen. The menu here has old fashioned Florida favorites with shrimp, scallops, grouper and mahi. Find southern favorites like grits, hush puppies and fried okra. This is a laid back restaurant that offers outdoor dining on the water in addition to live music.
(941) 798-9404
4528 119th Street W,
Cortez, FL 34215

Seafood Shack

The Seafood Shack has been operating since the 1970’s, but in the past few years has upgraded their facility and menu. Not only is the Seafood Shack a great restaurant, but they offer a nice marina too. Seafood Shack has fish, scallops, salads and also an option to bring in your own fresh catch. Enjoy indoor or outdoor dining, boat docks, catering and banquet facilities. You could even host a wedding here.
4110 127th St W
Cortez, FL 34215
(941) 794-1235

Cortez village seafood restaurants
Seafood Shack

O’Shucks

Further inland you’ll come upon O’Shucks. Here you’ll find a raw oyster bar along with many local seafood favorites such as smoked mullet. In addition to raw oysters they have Rockefeller and fried options. O’Shucks has a nice selection of beers and some outdoor seating is also available.
12012 Cortez Rd W
Cortez, Florida
(941) 792-4822

Anna Maria Oyster Bar

On the far inland edge of Cortez Village you’ll find the always popular Anna Maria Oyster Bar. They have a large menu with just about anything you could want. The prices here are very reasonable. Enjoy quality service and a consistent quality of food every time you dine. Anna Maria Oyster Bar also offers early bird specials.
6696 Cortez Road,
Bradenton, FL 34210
(941) 792-0077

For a fantastic Florida dining experience try out one of these great Cortez Fishing Village Seafood Restaurants!

Top 10 Anna Maria Island October Activities

Anna Maria Island October activities are a great way to enjoy Autumn island style! This is a beautiful time of year to visit with warm weather, fewer crowds and plenty of things to do. You’ll love Anna Maria Island in October!

Top 10 Anna Maria Island October Activities

Below is our list of must do activities for those visiting during the month. Try a few or try them all.

1 Pumpkin Spice Latte at Donut Experiment

A trip to the island is not complete without a tasty treat from the donut experiment. This is also a great time to pick up one of their seasonal Pumpkin Spice lattes and a custom donut too! We recommended the cinnamon sugar donut to complement your latte.

2 Fall Festival at Anna Maria Elementary

Help support the Anna Maria Elementary PTO and visit the Fall Festival. This great event not only benefits the school, but is a fun family activity. You’ll find kid activities, bounce house, bake sale and great vendors too! The event will be Oct. 22, 2016 at the Holmes Beach City Field at 5901 Marina Drive.

3 Head to Bay Fest in Anna Maria

The 16th annual Bay Fest is a great way to celebrate an Anna Maria Island October! This is one of the largest events on the island, and offers great family fun. Enjoy live music, tons of food, adult beverages, crafts and a huge car show. The event runs 10am-10pm on October 15th on Pine Avenue.

4 Go for a swim

Anna Maria Island does start to cool off in October, however, the average daily temperature still hovers in the upper 80’s. This means the island is still perfect for beach trips. Grab your suit and hop in the water!

5 Visit the Artists’ Guild Gallery

The October 2016 theme for the Artists’ Guild Gallery window is “Return to Paradise”. Stop by and see local artists works explaining why so many visitors return to Anna Maria Island every fall and winter!

6 Make Sand Dollar Cinnamon Cookies

Sand Dollar cookies are fun and delicious too. Check out this easy seasonal cookie recipe perfect for an Anna Maria Island October.

7 Eat Stone Crab Claws

Stone Crab Season starts in mid October for the Florida gulf coast, so be sure to try this seasonal delight! Anna Maria Island is located just across the bridge from Cortez Fishing Village. Come Stone Crab Season, there is no shortage of claws.

8 Take a sunset cruise

The Island may not have falling leaves, but finding fall colors during an Anna Maria Island October is easy. Wait for sunset and you won’t be disappointed with the rich oranges you’ll enjoy! Reserve yourself a spot on a sunset cruise and enjoy fall island style.

9 Watch the game at Slim’s Place

For many, Fall means Football. Head over to Slim’s Place in Anna Maria and catch a game. You’ll also enjoy delicious menu items, friendly service and a casual atmosphere. Slim’s is a sports bar, however is a family friendly option.

10 Dress up for the Trail of Treats

If you are on the island for Halloween, the Trail of Treats is a must for kids! Each year businesses across the island participate in handing out candy. Sponsored by the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, this event begins in the Holmes Beach commercial areas then moves to Anna Maria and Bradenton Beach. Always a perfect ending to Anna Maria Island October Activities!

 

Anna Maria Island October
Anna Maria Island October activities are fun!

Anna Maria Island October Beach Rentals

If you are looking to plan a last minute getaway to Anna Maria Island this October, Island Real Estate has great options!

Check out “The Villas”! New to the Island Real Estate beach rental inventory, “The Villas” are just a block from gulf beaches! Units 1-4 offer accommodations for up to 4 guests and unit 5 accommodates 6. “The Villas” base rates range from $595-$735/Week making them an affordable last minute getaway! Enjoy the heated pool along with this fantastic Bradenton Beach location. You’ll be within walking distance to many great island attractions. Reserve your stay at one of “The Villas” today!

Villa 1 Villa 2 Villa 3 Villa 4 Villa 5

Anna Maria Island Beach Rental
“The Villas” are great for a last minute beach rental on Anna Maria Island!

National Guacamole Day Anna Maria Island

September 16th 2016 is National Guacamole Day. Everyone loves guacamole and Anna Maria Island is no exception.

National Guacamole Day

Guacamole is the perfect blend of creamy and tangy. Sometimes it has tomatoes, and sometimes it has a hint of spice. It’s great on tacos, chips, toast and serves as an amazing topping on just about anything. Some even use it in Ice Cream too!

Guacamole Facts

  • Guacamole dates back to the 1500’s when Aztecs made it.
  • “Guac” is a common short name for guacamole.
  • Use Florida, California or Hass avocados to make a good guacamole.
  • Different types of Avocados have a different flavor and texture.
  • Restaurants always charge for extra “Guac”.
  • Everyone loves guacamole because it’s amazing!

Places to Celebrate National Guacamole Day on Anna Maria Island

There are several restaurants on Anna Maria Island that serve guacamole. Below we have three suggestions for enjoying a heaping serving of the tasty green stuff.

Poppo’s Taqueria is a local small restaurant chain. The first store also opened on the city of Anna Maria’s Pine Avenue. This Tex-Mex style restaurant offers scratch made flour tortillas, hormone free meat, and organic veggies. Poppo’s guacamole is out of this world amazing. Poppo’s makes all their food right in front of you, and you get to choose all your toppings too! Their menu includes tacos, burritos, quesadillas and meals in bowls. Poppo’s staff prepares everything on site including their guac, sauces, and slow roasted meats, just to name a few. You’ll love the food in addition to their local craft beers, high fructose free soda, and Kombucha probiotic drink.

Tortilla Bay Southwest Grill is also a great option for a guacamole fix. Located in Holmes Beach, Tortilla Bay is quick and inexpensive lunch or dinner. They offer many Tex-Mex favorites along with salads. Not only do they have a fantastic guac, but the queso dip is a must! Tortilla Bay has a kids menu along with a beer and wine menu.

Wicked Cantina is located in Bradenton Beach, and specializes in Austin style Tex-Mex. In addition to their traditional Tex-Mex they also offer great burgers and seafood options. Wicked Cantina has a full service bar with craft cocktails. Try the Margarita! Often times they offer live music in their outdoor seating area. When you visit, be sure to try the guacamole bites. For this appetizer they roll guacamole in tortilla chips, deep fry, and serve with a side or ranch dip. Delicious!

National Guacamole Day
A big batch of Guacamole made fresh daily in the kitchen at Poppo’s Taqueria.

Top 15 Anna Maria Island Beach Cottage Rentals

Anna Maria Island beach cottage rentals are the perfect way to experience this old Florida vacation destination. There aren’t many places like the island anymore. You won’t find any high rises, big night clubs or chain store outlets in this quaint coastal getaway. Such a charming gulf island, a beautiful vacation cottage is the perfect match.

Anna Maria Island Beach Cottage Rentals

Here is a list of 15 of the best Anna Maria Island beach cottage rentals for you to try out! All offer a little something different. Additionally, these range from old to new, and from bronze to platinum rated. Arranged by city location in Anna Maria, Holmes Beach or Bradenton Beach, these great cottages also span the entire island.

Anna Maria beach cottage rentals

Sea Song is a direct gulf front cottage. Updated in December 2015, the beach is your backyard! Sleep up to six in this two bedroom home with beautiful beach views and amenities. Gold rated.

Anna Maria Island beach cottage rentals
Sea Song 103 Sea Grape Lane.

The Seashell Cottage is just down the street from gulf beaches, and is within walking distance to Pine Avenue shopping and dining. This quaint cottage also sleeps six guests with two bedrooms. Silver rated.

Anna Maria Beach cottage rental
The Seashell Cottage 118 Palmetto Avenue.

Fish House is really something special! Sleep eight guests with three bedrooms. Enjoy high end luxury mixed with an old fish camp feel. Heated pool and spa too! Gold rated.

Anna Maria cottage vacation rental
Fish House 231 Oak Avenue.

Dolphin Watch is similarly a great beach front cottage. Furthermore, this home sleeps six with two bedrooms, and beach views. Gold rated.

Anna Maria beach rental.
Dolphin Watch 12108 Gulf Drive.

Blue Bayou is a stylish updated cottage. Sleeps six with three bedrooms on direct canal front. Undoubtedly a beautiful location with heated pool and spa! Platinum rated.

Anna Maria Rental Cottage
Blue Bayou 229 Chilson Avenue

Hacienda Del Mar is in fact one of the larger cottage beach rentals offered on the list. Sleep eight guests with four bedrooms. Also on direct gulf front, and recently updated. Gold rated.

beach rental Anna Maria
Hacienda Del Mar 765 North Shore Drive.

Holmes Beach cottage rentals

Minnie Cottage is surely the ideal Holmes Beach cottage. Also sleeps eight guests, but with three bedrooms. This raised cottage has a heated pool and is a newer home. Platinum rated.

Holmes beach cottage rental
Minnie Cottage 125 47th Street.

Blue Lagoon 6 Osprey is a popular cottage. In contrast to others, this cottage is located in a small complex. Sleeps four with two bedrooms, and just a short walk to the beach. Gold rated.

Beach Cottage rental Holmes Beach
Blue Lagoon 6 – Osprey – 215 67th Street.

Beach Comber is great for a no frills cottage. That is to say, this rental offers all the basics, but with the addition of direct gulf views. Also sleeps six with two bedrooms. Bronze rated.

Anna Maria Island vacation rental Holmes Beach
Beach Comber 3020 Avenue F.

Captains House is a funky Florida cottage. To clarify, this home has a retro feel that is super fun. Sleep eight with three bedrooms, and also a loft style with two living levels. Bronze rated.

Beach house rentals anna maria island
Captains House 208 Haverkos.

Misty Beach has an updated beach style, and sleeps six guests with two bedrooms. This cottage offers a heated pool too! Gold rated.

Vacation cottage Holmes Beach
Misty Beach 5802 Imperiore Avenue.

Pelican Landing AMI is a spacious cottage with three bedrooms for up to eight guests. This great home also has a fun backyard Tiki hut and heated pool. Gold rated.

Rental cottage Holmes Beach
Pelican Landing AMI 306 55th Street.

Jackie’s Cottage is an updated canal front cottage with a heated pool. Manatees frequent this canal too! Sleep eight guests with four bedrooms. Gold rated.

Anna Maria Island cottage rental Holmes Beach
Jackie’s Cottage 209 North Harbor Drive.

Bradenton Beach cottage rental

A Pirate’s Cove is a 1950’s cottage updated with modern coastal charm and amenities. Heated pool, and also just a block from gulf beaches. Sleep six with two bedrooms. Gold rated.

Bradenton Beach cottage rental Anna Maria Isalnd
A Pirate’s Cove 2109 Avenue C.

Katie’s Beach Bungalow is a short walk to gulf beaches, and has a heated pool and spa! Sleep four guests with two bedrooms. Bronze rated.

Cottage rental Anna Maria Island
Katie’s Beach Bungalow 108 8th Street South.

Enjoy the perfect Old Florida paradise getaway by the beach with one of these charming Anna Maria Island beach cottage rentals. Visit IslandReal.com today to reserve your stay.