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Holmes Beach, FL
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Anna Maria, FL – This small town is located on the northern end of Anna Maria Island and features relaxing sunsets, amazing eateries, and sugary beaches as far as the eye can see. Come enjoy an unforgettable end to your day while strolling down the beach or seated in one of our beachfront eateries with a glass of wine.
Whatever you choose to remember about Anna Maria, FL – we’re convinced it will bring you back again and again. IslandReal.com is your source for all things Anna Maria Island.
Open for Breakfast, lunch and dinner the Sign of the Mermaid Anna Maria offers a unique dining experience.
Sign of the Mermaid Anna Maria
Sign of the Mermaid is located in the city Anna Maria on Gulf drive. The restaurant is in a quaint house renovated to accommodate dining guests. Built in 1912 this restaurant is an old home. Creaking floors, artwork, and fabulous antiques are just a few of the items that define the decor of this unusual home.
Meal at the Sign of the Mermaid Anna Maria tend to be larger. They offer seafood, pasta, chicken, lamb, steaks, wonderful appetizers, and out of this world desserts. For breakfast try out the Eggs Andrea. A delicious spin on a traditional Benedict. The dinner menu also has tons of classic favorites with a unique twist. Additionally, in season we recommend reservations, and the atmosphere accommodates children. Sign of the Mermaid has mixed reviews mostly due to the age of the restaurant and the decor. If you prefer the journey to a dining experience we would suggest Sign of the Mermaid.
Anna Maria Islandthree cities; Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, and Anna Maria City all offer a unique vacation. Anna Maria Island is approximately 7 miles long and 8 blocks wide. There are three access points to the island all requiring you to pass over drawbridges. Typically the bridges open twice per hour and require only a five minute wait. Traveling South to North the access points to Anna Maria Island are Longboat Key (Gulf Drive), Cortez Bridge (State Road 684), and Manatee Avenue Bridge (State Road 64). The entire island is in Manatee County and we have two zip codes of 34216 and 34217.
Anna Maria Island three cities’ beaches
ALL the Gulf of Mexico beaches on Anna Maria Island are open to the public. Some prefer one cities’ beach over another, however, the difference between beaches are the amount of visitors on each. The softness of the sand, number of seashells, color of the sand, etc are similar if not the same for all gulf beaches.
There are public access points all along the island. We always suggest you ask how far the closest beach access is compared to where you are staying. In addition, if you have congestion expectations for the beach you visit, be sure to ask the vacation rental office for area suggestions on where to reserve. Try to get a definition in number of blocks, number of homes you have to walk past, or does it require a bicycle ride? It’s safe to say that you can bicycle to the Gulf of Mexico beach from anywhere on the island without much difficulty.
No high rises in Anna Maria Island three cities
Anna Maria Island’s uniqueness revolves around its gorgeous white powdery beaches and zoning guidelines for both commercial and residential properties. No drive thru’s are allowed on the island. The maximum height for all buildings on the island is 37 feet. There are two buildings on the island taller than the 37 foot moratorium built prior. Zoning has ensured that no enormous buildings enter the island’s skyline. The miscellaneous zoning laws as well as the current City boards will ensure that Anna Maria Island continues to be considered “old Florida”. A quiet place families come to enjoy. The beach and a simpler life we all aspire to attain full time in our lives is here!
Shopping in Anna Maria Island three cities
There are gift shops, pharmacy shops, restaurants, deli’s, hardware, lumber, and one large grocery store all located on the Anna Maria Island. Everything is within a short 5-10 minute drive. If you don’t want to leave the island during your stay we have plenty of choices to satisfy your needs. There are many accommodations on the island including Hotels, Bed and Breakfast’s, and of course vacation rentals. If a Vacation Rental does not fit your needs we strongly recommend the Harrington House which is a Bed and Breakfast right on the Gulf of Mexico. The Bed and Breakfast receives rave reviews and we promise you won’t be disappointed. http://www.harringtonhouse.com/
Tourist Seasons on Anna Maria Island
High season is Feb 1st to end of April. Mid-Season is June 1st to Middle August. Outside of holiday’s, last minute stays can be found outside of the high season. See the below city descriptions to view specifics of each city within Anna Maria Island.
Bradenton Beach is the most Southern city on the island, and is the most congested of all three cities. Gulf Drive runs North/South and offers the only access from Longboat Key or Cortez Road (Route 684). So, two of the three access points on the island must travel on Gulf Drive which is one of the reasons Bradenton Beach is a bit busier.
In addition, Bradenton Beach has the highest density of condominiums on the island and has a bit higher population per square mile. Of course everything is relative. It’s like asking a person from New York City what is busy and then asking a person from Honeoye Falls, New York what is busy. Relatively speaking, their definitions are correct but it’s difficult to define “busy.” The best way to explain it is if you stay on Gulf Drive you will hear some road noise. I have never had anyone complain that Bradenton Beach was too busy if they stayed off Gulf Drive. In fact, complaints of guests that stay on Gulf drive are few and far between. Many visitors choose Bradenton Beach because the rental rates can be a little less expensive and gift shops, restaurants and other shops are generally within a walk away.
Holmes Beach is in the middle of the island and is extremely popular due to the large public beach at the end of Manatee Avenue (Route 64). The middle city starts around 29th street and ends at Peppertree, about 55 blocks. This area is considered quieter than Bradenton Beach and has many gift shops, restaurants, and the only major grocery store on the island. Holmes Beach is considered quieter for several reasons. Firstly, Holmes Beach has a mixture of condominium complexes and homes. The mixture is about 30% condominiums and 70% homes. Secondly, most of Holmes Beach allows for several routes that allow access North and South. This provides for a lot less traffic congestion. Holmes Beach has the widest section of the island and allows most of the East side of the island to view the Tampa Bay as well as the Skyway Bridge.
Key Royale is a more exclusive area of Anna Maria Island three cities. All properties on Key Royale have varying degrees of water views, either canal or Tampa Bay views. In addition, the area offers the only golfing on the island with a 9 hole par 3 Golf Course. It is a private golf course and requires some significant networking to find a member to allow you to be their guest. Don’t worry, there are plenty of public golf courses nearby. For shopping, East Bay Drive offers the newest plaza’s on the island and the ¼ mile stretch gives you access to several restaurants, gift shops, pharmacy, grocery store, hardware store, etc
Anna Maria City is the most Northern area of the island. It is very popular for those that desire extreme quiet. Anna Maria City starts at Peppertree up to the most Northern tip of the island. Anna Maria city also has shops and restaurants. The city is populated with homes rather than condos so the population density is much less as compared to Holmes Beach or Bradenton Beach. Walking or bicycling in Anna Maria City is fantastic as there is very little traffic and home watching is spectacular. Anna Maria City has two piers that you must visit while on vacation. Grab an ice cream at Two Scoops and walk the public pier at the end of pine and take in the million dollar view of Tampa Bay.
Enjoy Anna Maria Island three cities, and visit each one when vacationing at an Anna Maria Island beach rental!
The Waterfront Restaurant Anna Maria is a fabulous above average priced dining experience just South of Pine Avenue.
The Waterfront Restaurant Anna Maria
Try their lobster bisque which is a spoon full of heaven. They also have a fabulous selection of salads, seafood, steaks and just about anything that will satisfy the pickiest eater. Dine inside and relax at the bar while watching salt water fish in their extra large aquarium. In appropriate climate conditions dine outside and enjoy the breeze off the Tampa Bay. If you eat too much or try a fantastic desert, no worries, take a walk down the public pier and enjoy what nature has to offer. You will find bunches of fisher-people at the end of the pier, and you could also be lucky enough to see a dolphin or manatee.
Anna Maria Bay Front Park is a fantastic playground with plenty of parking, several swings, and a modular raised modern play area.
Anna Maria Bay Front Park
The playground is great for all ages of children. A large covered picnic area also sits very close to the playground which allows parents to watch their children play. There is also another covered area close to the swings. The swings have (2) traditional large swings as well as toddler swings that fully encompass the child when swinging. This playground is the quietest of the four however weekends in February, March, April, June, and July can be fairly crowded. Weekdays will offer fabulous care free play time for your child. Swing your child while you take in a million dollar view of the Tampa Bay as well as the Skyway Bridge. There is a small sandy beach with picnic tables nearby. So take them to enjoy playground then take a dip if the weather permits. Afterwards, stop by the public pier for some ice cream as a treat at the plaza on the corner of Bay and Pine Avenue.
The Pavilion at Anna Maria Bay Front Park includes 13 tables which seat 104, 1 double grill, 2 small grills, restroom facilities are nearby. A Playground area is next to the pavilion and is open to the public. The Park is ADA accessible. You can reserve the pavilion for little cost. Once at the web site choose pavilion rentals.
Anna Maria Bay Front Park
310 North Bay Boulevard
Anna Maria City, Florida, 34216
Anna Maria Beach Rentals near Bay Front Park
Island Real Estate offers the island’s largest selection of Anna Maria beach rentals! Enjoy a stay on either gulf front or the bay front near Bay front park.
If you are in town while the Island Players are in session be sure to visit the Anna Maria Island theater!
Anna Maria Island Theater
Take in a fantastic “home grown” play at the historical Players theater at 10009 Gulf Drive in the city of Anna Maria. Usually the Island Players have five different shows that go on from middle of October to the middle of May. They claim to be “the best little playhouse in Florida” and also the oldest community theater in Manatee County.
The Island Players Theater seats 143 in tiered rows. Tickets cost $20/person or season tickets can be purchased for $92.50. Tickets can be bought at the box office in person or by phone at (941) 778-5755.
Locate their web site at Island Players. Visit Island Real Estate for Vacation Rentals or Homes in Anna Maria City. Also visit the Island Real Estate Local Scene page for tons of fabulous suggestions for things to do while visiting Anna Maria Island.
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