Coquina Bike Path ~ Bradenton Beach – Anna Maria Island’s Best on The Beach

Anna Maria Island is a great place to take a family walk, bike ride, or just enjoy the breath taking views of the Gulf of Mexico. Don’t let the name fool you, the Coquina Bike path is not for just bikes but includes patrons strolling down the Gulf Waters.  The Coquina bike path is paved and stretches between Coquina beach and Cortez Beach.  Located in Bradenton Beach just south of Bridge Street, you will find Cortez Beach.

This beach offers free parking and lots of it!  As you move further south into Coquina Beach, you will find public restrooms, picnic tables, beach showers, and lifeguards on duty.  Coquina beach also has a café that serves burgers and hot dogs right on the beach.

One of my favorite things to do is take a nice, easy bike ride through Coquina Beach. I start at the south end of the island under the Long Boat Key Bridge and head north towards Cortez Beach along the paved path. Take the time to enjoy island wildlife as you are greeted by squirrels, native birds like the Blue Heron, and if you are lucky, you may see dolphins or manatees enjoying their Florida lifestyle.

If you can’t bring your own bicycle, there are lots of places to rent them on Anna Maria Island.   Most folks love Bradenton Beach because there are plenty of accommodation choices as well as dining and shopping within a stroll away.

Anna Maria Island Premier Vacation Rentals

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Go Parasailing On Anna Maria Island!

If you want to relax and enjoy spectacular views of Anna Maria Island, you must experience what it’s like to go Parasailing 500 feet above the Gulf of Mexico.  Dry take-off and landing makes it safe and fun for all ages.

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Kids Learn To Surf On Anna Maria Island

The Eternal Summer Surf Camp is back on Anna Maria Island for their fourth year in a row.  The Eternal Summer Surf Camp has been teaching children to surf on White Avenue every Sunday from 2pm – 4pm since the weekend of July 4th and will continue until the end of August.

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Anna Maria Island SEGWAY Tour At Segs By The Sea In Bradenton Beach

Bradenton Beach – I took the 2 hour Anna Maria Island Segway tour with Segs By The Sea in Bradenton Beach and it was amazing.  It was a hot Thursday afternoon in June; I met up with Julie Kirkwood the operations manager at the Segs By The Sea on Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach.  Julie told me about the different tour options and other rentals that they offer at Segs By The Sea – like electric bikes, beach cruiser bikes, and paddle boards.

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Eternal Summer Surf Camp On Anna Maria Island

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Do your children want to learn how to surf?  Picture this; you relax on the beaches of Anna Maria Island as your children attend the free surf camp during your Anna Maria Island Vacation.  The Eternal Summer Surf Camp has been teaching children how to surf on Anna Maria Island for the last 3 years.

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The Famous Rod and Reel On Anna Maria Island

The Rod & Reel Pier is a very unique Anna Maria Island destination where you can enjoy a drink in the open air bar, grab breakfast, lunch, or dinner in the restaurant, and go fishing all in the same spot.

The food is always good on the pier, and you have your choice of inside or outside dinning. Inside there are tables that sit along the bay so you can gaze out at the water while you enjoy your clam strips, fish & chips, or grouper just the way you like it.  The seats outside face west, perfect for watching Anna Maria Island Sunsets.

Fishing on The Rod & Reel Pier has been good, and they even have a bait shop that is open from 7am-closings (around 9pm) feel free to call the restaurant for bait shop hours.  Cast netting is not permitted at the Rod & Reel Pier but they do offer fishing pole rentals, a small selection of hooks, bait, basic tackle, and of course cold draft beer right in the bait shop!  The bait shop has both live and frozen bait for your complete Anna Maria Island fishing experience.  See you next time at the Rod & Reel Pier!

Angler’s Lodge Moves To The Historic Green Village In Anna Maria

The move started  in Anna Maria Monday morning May 23rd 2011, and has been one big deal.  Lizzie Vann Thrasher said moving the Angler’s Lodge to the village is a “major task, but we think it’s worth every effort to ensure that it remains part of Anna Maria’s future history.”

The Angler’s Lodge was built by Mr. and Mrs. Wood in 1913. The Woods named their Anna Maria Island home ‘Thelma by the Sea’ after their daughter, a beautiful young model who just happened to be on the very first Anna Maria Island brochure.

The Lodge was recently donated to the Anna Maria Preservation Trust, to ensure that it was protected, and would become part of the legacy of the City of Anna Maria. The historic move started by building a temporary bridge across the Lake Vista Inlet in Anna Maria.

After the bridge was built it was time to tow this 98 year old, 300,000 pound house across the canal.  This was not an easy task, as the crew worked on the preparation to move the Lodge, a crowd gathered on the Humpback Bridge, where spectators had a bird’s eye view of the project.

It was so amazing to see the lodge being towed across the canal on a temporary bridge that was built earlier that very day.  Shortly after 2pm the Anglers Lodge was officially three inches over the canal and, was sitting in the empty lot on the opposite side of the canal just after 5pm.

Mike Sales Sings Music About Anna Maria Island

Mike Sales and other Anna Maria Island organizers attempted the world’s longest beach conga line in Bradenton Beach on Anna Maria Island Saturday, April 23. The proceeds from the event went to the Moonracer No-Kill Animal Rescue founded by Lisa Williams.

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I started my morning with Melinda Bordes at Wildlife Inc. in Bradenton Beach on Anna Maria Island.  Wildlife, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that specializes in the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned wildlife, so they can return to the wild.  Melinda Bordes is a hard working realtor here at Island Real Estate, and gives back to the community by volunteering at Wildlife Inc.