Anna Maria Island Top 10 Activities

Anna Maria Island – While visiting the island the most obvious choice for fun activities and relaxation is the beach. With over seven miles of powder sand beaches, crisp blue water, endless sunshine and spectacular shelling, the beach will always be the first choice activity. Anna Maria Island has so much more to offer than just the amazing beaches, so Island Real Estate has compiled a list of our top ten activities and things to do during your stay.

Top Ten Activities!

1. Rainy Day Activities on Anna Maria Island

If you’ve ever visited Florida, especially in the summer months, you know rain is to be expected. With this in mind there are plenty of things to do to keep you entertained while waiting for clearer skies.

 

Anna Maria Island storm
A stormy day on Anna Maria Island is still gorgeous!

2. Anna Maria Island Historical Society Museum

The Anna Maria Island Historical Society Museum is a must for visitor to the island. Tour the exhibits in the recently updated Museum building, learn about the old Belle Haven Cottage originally located on the pier, and see the old city jail house. The museum is fun for all ages, and gives visitors a taste of Anna Maria Island from days past. The Museum is located at 402 Pine Avenue.

3. Catch a show with the Island Players

The Island Players Theater offers several different shows each season running from October to May. Tickets are $20 each or purchase a season ticket for $92.50 at the box office or by phone. The Island Players Theater is located at the corner of Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue. A fun place to catch a play, the Players Theater is a gorgeous and historical landmark of Anna Maria.

4. Coquina Bay Walk at Leffis Key

Anna Maria Island may only be seven miles long and one mile wide, but it does offer fabulous nature viewing opportunities. One of the areas most unique nature features can be found on the south end of Anna Maria Island at gorgeous Leffis Key. Open from sunrise to sundown, Leffis Key offers amazing Mangrove tunnel lined  boardwalk trails, salt marsh lagoons and the Island’s best bird watching. Also, use this handy guide to spot both White and Brown Pelicans around Anna Maria Island’s Leffis Key!

 

Leffis key at Coquina Baywalk
Leffis Key overlooking Sarasota Bay.

5. Shopping on Anna Maria Island

There are tons of great places to shop for unique items on Anna Maria Island. Whether you are looking for island themed gifts and souvenirs, local art or just gorgeous little things, you’ll be sure to find it in one of the great shops on the island.

6. Family Fun at Anna Maria Island Parks

Across Anna Maria Island there are several great parks with kid friendly activities. Find play ground equipment, a skatepark, concessions, and all the outdoor fun your kids could hope for. If you are looking to head off island for nature viewing check out our list of parks and preserves in Manatee county.

7. Equipment Rentals

With so many equipment rental shops on Anna Maria Island there are lots of options for entertaining activities. Rent just about any type of equipment you need on the island including kayak/canoes, bikes, jet skis, beach accessories, golf carts, fly boarding, baby rentals and much more! Check out the Anna Maria Island Bicycle Guide for route suggestions and more.

8. Art Galleries

Anna Maria Island has a fabulous art scene with many local creatives offering their wares in galleries across the island. While visiting Anna Maria Island be sure to stop in one of the galleries listed, and take a piece of paradise home with you. If you visit the Island in November, be sure to visit annual event ArtsHop!

9. Anna Maria Island Dining

Dining on Anna Maria Island is always an entertaining activity. Here’s an extensive list of everything you need to know about dining island style!

10. Sunset

Sunset is one of the most magical times on Anna Maria Island. Always the best way to end the day or get the evening started, sunset is the time of day to reflect on the incredible beauty of the Anna Maria Island experience. You can’t leave the island without catching at least one sunset!

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Anna Maria Island sunset

After perusing our list of Anna Maria Island activities we are sure you’ll have to come back a second time to experience everything the island has to offer! Enjoy your time in paradise, and don’t forget to apply your sunscreen liberally!

Anna Maria Island Vacation Rentals and Accommodations

When planning a trip or an extended stay to Anna Maria Island, Island Real Estate has the largest inventory of vacation rental homes to choose from with almost 300 properties. You’ll find the perfect accommodation along with great customer service when you use Island Real Estate!

Holmes Beach vacation rental
Casa Sierra 205 B is a fun and relaxing Anna Maria Island vacation rental located in Holmes Beach. In the central portion of the island, Casa Sierra is two blocks from the beach. It is a great spot to enjoy island activities too! Click on the image above to reserve your stay at Casa Sierra 205 B today!

 

 

Anna Maria Island Restaurants Open Christmas and New Year’s

Here is a list of Anna Maria Island Restaurants open Christmas and New Year’s! While it’s always nice to enjoy a home-cooked meal for the holidays, sometimes it’s just nicer to let someone else do the work.

Anna Maria Island Restaurants Open Christmas and New Year’s

Not only does this list have island restaurants, but includes places from the surrounding areas too. Find high-end places like Beach Bistro or Euphemia Haye. Nicer chain restaurants like Carrabba’s and Bonefish Grill. Then some real laid back spots like Ugly Grouper.

When you look at the list you’ll notice most places are closed Christmas Day and a few on New Year’s Day. Be sure to call or visit these places online to find out what they will be serving. Some places may have special menu options, buffets and additional holiday offerings. Places like Chart House offer a limited menu and chef specials. Some of these will require reservations so be sure to call ahead, and find out. It’s a good idea to call early because many places fill up their reservation list way before hand.

Anna Maria Island Restaurants open Christmas and New Years

If you don’t see any restaurants here that interest you, or are unsure, give us a call at the office, and we might have more details 877-778-6066. You can also inquire about holiday dining in the Facebook Group called Anna Maria Island Vacation Travel. Just send this fantastic group a join request. Once you’re added you can ask tons of island questions! This large group has friendly and knowledgeable users who love everything AMI!

As soon as you book your Anna Maria Island holiday beach rental be sure to secure yourself a seat for your holiday dinner!

Top 10 Anna Maria Island 2018 Activities

There are some things in life that you just can’t pass up, and the top 10 Anna Maria Island 2018 activities is packed full of must do’s. While there’s always fun happenings on Anna Maria Island, this list is our suggestions for 2018.

Top 10 Anna Maria Island 2018 Activities

Top 10 Anna Maria Island 2018 Activities

A new year means new experiences. Try out these fun things to do this year on Anna Maria Island.

1 Eat at SmoqeHouse

One of the island’s newest eateries, SmoqeHouse, offers BBQ fusion for those who love meaty sandwiches. While not your traditional BBQ joint, here you’ll find something both gourmet and filling. Just about every menu item has a smoked component. From the meats and cheeses to fruits and veggies, find an unusual selection of in-house smoked delights.

Smoqe House
Smoked chicken, port wine+fig+goat cheese spread, arugula and pickled red onion

2 Feed Flamingos at Sarasota Jungle Gardens

If you’ve never made it to Sarasota Jungle Gardens this is the year to finally do it. This lovely facility isn’t too big making it the perfect morning or afternoon off-island activity. They offer a great selection of wildlife and peaceful garden trails. When you visit you simply must spend the extra $3 to feed the Flamingos. Grab a bag of Flamingo food at the front entrance. These gorgeous birds are very friendly, and will gently eat right from your hand. An experience of a lifetime!

Sarasota Jungle Garden
Feed the Flamingos at Sarasota Jungle Gardens. Photo Credit: Hector Ferran

3 Egmont Key Adventures and Scott’s Deli Picnic

When visiting the island there is nothing more quintessential then chartering a boat tour. Egmont Key Adventures offers the perfect charter for any group. From fishing to sunset cruises, these tours are great for a day of snorkeling and exploring Egmont Key.

Don’t forget to bring along a lunch on your adventure! Just give Scott’s Deli a call and they’ll make some gourmet sandwiches for your ride.

Egmont Key Adventures
Egmont Key Adventures for a boat ride.

4 Pick up some bling at Island Charms

Island Charms is an adorable shop on Pine Avenue in the city of Anna Maria. Here you’ll find a great selection of jewelry for any style. This is also a really great spot for finding souvenirs with so many great gift options. Purses, art work, pottery, home accessories and more. You’ll love Island Charms!

Island Charms
Island Charms

5 Get a Brew at Darwin’s

Darwin’s Brewery might be one of the most popular spots in Bradenton for a great local made beer. In the downtown area, this is a fun hangout for locals and visitors alike where you’ll find food trucks, trivia and live entertainment. You’ll also be close to McKechnie Field making this a great pre-game destination for beers with friends.

Darwin Brewing Company
Darwin Brewing Company

6 Eat Mullet from Cortez Fishing Village

If you’re from Manatee County, you undoubtedly have an appreciation for Mullet. A huge seafood staple of the Cortez Fishing Village, this fish is something you have to try when visiting the area. Smoked and served with a side of mustard sauce is a very typical preparation enjoyed by the locals, but you’ll also find it fried or blackened too.

Cortez Fishing Village
Cortez Fishing Village

7 Take the Ferry to Sarasota 

For years now there’s been local chatter about Ferry services and water taxis connecting Anna Maria Island with Sarasota. Set to start in early 2018, this ferry service will connect Bradenton Riverwalk, Anna Maria Island and Sarasota! Find out more information here about this highly anticipated service!

Paradise Boat Tours
Paradise Boat Tours

8 Hike Grassy Point Preserve

Few visitors ever make it to Grassy Point Preserve, making it somewhat of a hidden gem. This 34 acre plot of undeveloped Mangrove Coastline is just stunning. Find it tucked back into the northern end of Avenue C in Holmes Beach. This Preserve has boardwalk and shell paths providing a peaceful spot to stroll through nature.

Grassy Point Preserve
Grassy Point Preserve

9 Visit the Floating Jungle Gym

The floating gym is a new attraction just off the south end of Anna Maria Island. Something truly unique, this is a great family fun adventure. While only accessible by boat, the floating gym is worth it! Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 6pm you’ll see this half gym half boat structure parked Between Beer Can Island and Jew fish Key in Sarasota Bay. Welcoming folks of any age, enjoy climbing and jumping on the water for $15/person. If you need to rent a boat to get to the gym check out BluWave boat rentals.

Floating Jungle Gym
Floating Jungle Gym

10 See What’s new at P&N

The always adorable Pine Avenue shop Pink & Navy is under new ownership! With these new changes you can still expect to find all the trendiest of island gear. Stop by and see what’s new in the shop! While you’re there, be sure to head next door to Bella by the Sea too!

Pink & Navy
Pink & Navy

Book the perfect vacation rental, enjoy the beach, celebrate another new year and check out these fantastic Anna Maria Island 2018 activities!

 

Winter Fishing Is Coming

Anna Maria Island Winter fishing is coming! The island is cooling down, and while the fishing is changing from summer patterns to winter, it is still good–especially on a nice outgoing tide.

Winter Fishing
Sherry crushing some Snook!

Anna Maria Island October Fishing

While the bait hasn’t been as thick, there has still been no problem filling the live wells with pin-fish and shiners. I also like to start getting a few dozen shrimp this time of year as well before taking my clients out in pursuit of redfish, snook, trout, tripletail, and even some of the remaining mackerel and bonito off of the beaches.

October/Early November Fishing Tips

Tips: If using live bait, I’m using both circle and j-hooks in size 2 or 4 with a 6 foot 20lb. fluorocarbon leader, hooking the shiners through the nose. Fish up-current of any structure you may be fishing, or in the case of targeting triple-tail (which is both a fun catch and a delicious meal) just get your bait as close as you can to the crab-trap buoy as they are not very picky.

If using artificial bait, I have been having luck with a myriad of options; but primarily weedless silver spoons for mackerel, bonito, trout. Use gold spoons for Redfish, hard jerk-baits for Snook, and DOA shrimp for just about everything (I prefer white) and that has been getting it done consistently.

If fly fishing, light colored bait fish patterns will do the trick if targeting the mackerel, bonito, or triple tail. If targeting schools of redfish I like to use either a crab pattern, or baitfish pattern with a soft outer presentation to avoid spooking them. I use a 20lb. fluorocarbon leader for this as well, but it might not hurt to throw a 25lb. shock tippet on the end of leader as well to combat abrasion.

The seasons are changing and winter is coming, but that doesn’t mean the fishing has to cool off. Get out there and have some fun with Anna Maria Island Winter Fishing!

Tight Lines!

Capt. Scott Kinsman

AMI Charters

scott@amicharters.com

(941) 348-2035

instagram: @ami.charters

Facebook: www.facebook.com/amicharters

Anna Maria Island Short Stay Beach Rentals – 3-5 night stays open for 2017!

Anna Maria Island short stay beach rentals are the perfect way to take an easy trip! While most of the time island vacation rentals offer strict seven day Saturday to Saturday stays, we have 3 and 5 night availability for the rest of 2017!

Anna Maria Island Short Stay Beach Rentals

Short stay beach rentals

We have put together a list of nine homes to check out for your shorts stays this year! While we only have a small selection listed, we have tons of rentals available for abbreviated vacays. So, if you don’t see one on our list that fits your group, give the Island Real Estate Reservations Team a call at 877-778-6066. They will gladly give you additional options!

Bay View Inn 201 – 1 Bedroom

The Bay View Inn is a great four unit complex just a short walk from gulf beaches, Historic Bridge street and free trolley stops. This unit sleeps up to four guests, and offers a heated shared pool, full kitchen and a relaxing beachy style. This would make a perfect spot for a romantic weekend, or short trip for a small family.

Anna Maria Island short stay beach rentals
Bay View Inn 201

Blue Lagoon 2 – 2 Bedroom

Blue Lagoon is a great complex of cottage style villas all situated around one of Anna Maria Island’s best pools! Here you’ll find accommodations for six guests just two blocks to the beach. Enjoy great outdoor entertaining space, and even bring pets on this vacation!

Blue Lagoon 2 Holmes Beach rental
Blue Lagoon 2

Short BoardLong Board – 5 Bedroom

This duplex is just a short walk from gulf beaches with no roads to cross. Both units sleep up to six guests each however Short Board has 2 bedrooms and Long Board has 3 bedrooms. These units can be rented individually or together for larger gatherings of 12! Enjoy the heated shared pool and pet friendly too!

White Avenue beach rental
Short Board and Long Board

Casa Sierra 203 A – 2 Bedroom

Located less than two blocks from the gulf, Casa Sierra sleeps up to six guests with a laid back resort feel. Enjoy a relaxed beach style. Not only are you close to the beach, but you can walk to shopping, dining and free trolley stops. Enjoy heated community pool and pet friendly up to 50 pounds.

Casa Sierra 203 A
Casa Sierra 203 A

Palm Isle Village 3204 – 2 Bedroom

Palm Isle Village is an always popular spot in Holmes Beach. This great complex of cottage style villas is just across the street from gulf beaches. Enjoy heated community pool and roof top views with peeks of the gulf. Sleep up to six guests.

Palm Isle Village 3204
Palm Isle Village 3204

Little Miss Magic – 3 Bedroom

This adorable single family home is perfect for a short trip to the island, and we’re sure you won’t want to leave! Sleep six guests with a heated cocktail pool and an updated feel throughout. All just two blocks from the gulf.

Anna Maria Island beach rental
Little Miss Magic

Tina’s Piece of Paradise – 4 Bedroom

Tina’s Piece of Paradise is a great spot for up to eight guests. This spacious home really allows your group to spread out and enjoy a short dose of island living. Find a great updated kitchen, heated pool and a central island location near everything!

anna maria island beach rental
Tina’s Piece of Paradise

 

Squeeze in one more little trip to paradise this year with Anna Maria Island short stay beach rentals!

Top 7 Anna Maria Island Thanksgiving Beach Rentals

Another Fall is here and there couldn’t be a more perfect time for Anna Maria Island Thanksgiving beach rentals!

Anna Maria Island Thanksgiving Beach Rentals

Anna Maria Island Thanksgiving Beach Rentals

Here is our list of the top seven beach rentals to visit with family and friends while we all give thanks. We have picked a variety of rentals from one bedroom all the way up to six bedrooms, so you’ll find something here for any size group. Take a look and see what Anna Maria Island Thanksgiving beach rentals fit your vacation plans!

Villa 4 – Sleeps 4 

Villa 4 is a great one bedroom home a short walk from gulf beaches in the city of Bradenton Beach. This cozy five unit complex offers a heated pool, bbq grills and is just a few blocks from Historic Bridge Street.

Bradenton Beach rental villa 4
Villa 4 in Bradenton Beach – one bedroom.

Comes with a full kitchen too! Reserve your stay at Villa 4 November 18-25 for $1,119.60 – all in.

Bradenton Beach rental
Kitchen at Villa 4.

Turtle Nest – Sleeps 6

This is a comfortable two bedroom duplex with a private heated pool about two blocks from the beach.

Holmes Beach rental
Turtle Nest Holmes Beach – one bedroom.

At Turtle Nest you’ll find a nice relaxing spot to enjoy the beach with family. Find a lovely balcony, outdoor shower and plenty of comfortable seats around the pool. Reserve Turtle Nest November 18-25 for $1,377.20 – all in.

 Beach Rental Holmes Beach
Kitchen at Turtle Nest

Sweet Retreat Cottage – Sleeps 8

Sweet Retreat is a vibrant three bedroom beach house just across the street from coveted north-end beaches. Not only is this location amazing, but well-appointed too! The stylish blue and white kitchen here will make preparing that Turkey feast a pleasure, and find enough seating for everyone.

Holmes beach cottage rental
Sweet Retreat Cottage Anna Maria – three bedroom.

The backyard has a private heated pool with waterfall feature for the perfect family getaway! Reserve November 18-25 for $2,682.00 – all in.

Sweet Retreat Cottage Anna Maria
Kitchen at Sweet Retreat

Living the Dream – Sleeps 8

Living the Dream is a true luxury beach rental with four bedrooms in the city of Anna Maria. This house was updated recently with amenities you don’t find everyday. Enjoy the canal front beach patch next to the heated pool and outdoor lounge complete with a flat screen T.V and bar.

Living the dream
Living the Dream Anna Maria – four bedroom.

The beach is just short walk away along with Pine Avenue! You’ll love this high-end kitchen perfect for Thanksgiving meals! Reserve November 18-25 for $4,787.60 – all in.

Living the dream anna maria beach rental
Kitchen at Living the Dream

Pineapple Cottage – Sleeps 8

Pineapple Cottage is a great old Florida rental in the city of Anna Maria with a sophisticated beachy style. This four bedroom home is just a short walk to both gulf and bay beaches.

Pineapple Cottage Anna Maria
Pineapple Cottage Anna Maria – 4 bedroom

Find a whimsical feel throughout, but with high-end touches like stainless steel appliances and a heated pool and spa! Relax in the backyard like you have found your own private oasis. Reserve November 18-25 for  $3,415.60 – all in.

Pineapple Cottage Anna Maria rental
Kitchen at Pineapple Cottage

Au Soleil – Sleeps 10

This unique rental is great for larger groups with a spacious floor plan and five bedrooms. Thanksgiving was made for gathering together all your friends and family to give thanks, and this is the spot!

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Au Soleil Anna Maria – five bedroom.

While Au Soleil has great amenities it’s also just across the street from north-end beaches. Enjoy the heated pool and spa, covered outdoor lounge and both indoor and outdoor seating areas. Reserve November 18-25 for $3,314.80 – all in.

Au Soleil Anna Maria
Kitchen at Au Soleil

Coral Escape – Sleeps 12

Coral Escape is the ultimate big family Thanksgiving beach rental and it has EVERYTHING! From location to amenities this home is a gem. Inside you’ll find 6 bedrooms to comfortably sleep your group, and a kitchen fit for preparing that huge Thanksgiving dinner.

Coral Escape
Coral Escape Holmes Beach – 6 bedroom.

The backyard has a heated pool and spa along with covered lounge, bar and flat screen television. Your family will have a blast! Reserve November 18-25 for $5,151.60 – all in.

Coral Escape
Kitchen at Coral Escape

 

Anna Maria Island Thanksgiving Beach Rentals are the perfect thing your family and friends need this year! Book your stay now!

Post Irma Fishing Report – Juvenile Tarpon and Snook

Here is the post Irma Fishing Report! Irma passed, thankfully with minimal damage, and Anna Maria Island is nearly back to normal.

Post Irma Fishing Report

In the week following the storm, the water clarity was off as one would expect it to be after Tampa Bay was nearly emptied and refilled by the storm. The fishing is still lights out right now.

Post Irma Fishing Report
Lots of juvenile Tarpon around lately!

Snook

There are still a fair amount of snook stacked up off of the beaches right now, as well as back in some of the bigger inlet mangroves. There are quite a few reports of good redfish days out there as well right now so look to the mangroves at high tide and the flats at low tide. And don’t forget about docks. When using conventional tackle, use 20 lb. fluorocarbon leaders with size 4 hooks. Use large shiners for bait (plenty can still be found off the beaches right now).

If targeting these snook on the fly, your best bet is to hit one of the dock lights at night as there are a lot of them piled up there once the sun goes down. Use 20# leader and the smallest flies you have.

Tarpon

Also, if you can find the right spots (think tucked away), the sunset bite for juvenile tarpon right now is really kicking–and there’s no better way to hook them than on light tackle or on the fly! I keep my rigs the same as above using clean 20# leaders and haven’t had a problem keeping them on.

When fishing for these tarpon on the fly you’ll want to wait until you see a roll or a boil on the surface and cast immediately in front of it. Sight-casting has been far more effective than blind casting for these tarpon. Use a small or medium sized bait fish pattern and make every cast count.

Tight Lines!

Capt. Scott Kinsman

AMI Charters

scott@amicharters.com

(941) 348-2035

instagram: @ami.charters

Facebook: www.facebook.com/amicharters

 

 

Anna Maria Island Fall Shopping Guide

With so many great boutiques on the island, here is our Anna Maria Island Fall shopping guide to help you find the latest in local trends!

Anna Maria Island Fall Shopping Guide

Find something for everyone while you enjoy a little retail therapy – island style! Not only does this guide have hot new items, but you’ll love these options for the change of the season too.

Anna Maria Island Fall Shopping Guide

Bella by the Sea – All the cute socks!

We are in love with all these adorable socks from Bella. Perfect for those crisp fall nights, and also so fun. Visit Bella online.

Bella By the Sea
Bella By the Sea – Pine Avenue in the city of Anna Maria.

Pink & Navy – Mermaid gear

P & N has everything you need to feel like a Mermaid this Fall. We’re done adulting this year… lets be Mermaids!

West Coast Surf Shop – Cool Weather Clothes

While they may have all your surfing needs, West Coast also stocks a great selection of cool weather items like this trendy lightweight women’s thermal!

West Coast Surf Shop
West Coast Surf Shop in Holmes Beach.

 

Restless Natives – Wood Jewelry

Can you say CUTE!? These local made earrings are sure to fly off the shelf. And only $12… Just take our money already! Visit them online too!

Beach House – Gift Shop Goodies

Do you love eating at the Beach House as much as we do? Snag some of their branded merchandise and let everyone know your spot for toes in the sand dining!

 

Our #giftshop is bursting with the hottest fall fashions!#beachhouseami #annamariaisland #lovefl #srq #fashion #beachlife #gulfofmexico

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Irene’s Resort Wear- White and Silver Chic

Loving this style with white clothes, silver accessories and beachy handbags. Such a chic look perfect for a day on Anna Maria Island.

Irene's Resort Wear
Irene’s Resort Wear in Holmes Beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy the change of the season on Anna Maria Island with this fun Fall shopping guide during your next island vacation!

Anna Maria Island Beach Rentals with Salt Pools

The ultimate luxury is finding the perfect Anna Maria Island beach rentals with salt pools! This is a hard amenity to come by, but Island Real Estate has four to offer.

Anna Maria Island Beach Rentals with Salt Pools

While some are sensitive to chlorine, others just love the feel of a salt water pool! Here is our list of options. All of these are not only salty, but they are heated and private too.

Almost Gulf Front – Holmes Beach

This salty pool and spa offer an island oasis you will adore! There is a fun waterfall feature, swim up Tiki umbrella with cocktail table too. Under the backyard covered lounge area you’ll find a Tiki style wet bar and entertainment area.

Inside this home you’ll find plenty of space for 12 guests with 6 bedrooms. Everything about this rental has a casual yet high-end feel perfect for large groups.

Anna Maria Island Beach Rentals with Salt Pools
Almost Gulf Front has an awesome backyard for large family getaways

Down by the Sea – City of Anna Maria

This is a lovely three bedroom home situated on the northern end of Anna Maria Island. In addition to the salt water pool you’ll find a great paved patio area for relaxing in the sun.

The Master bedroom here has access to the pool area too for a fun resort feel. Sleep up to six guests just a short walk to gulf beaches. Your group is sure to feel at home in this spacious ground level beach house!

Anna Maria Salt water pool
Down by the Sea has a fantastic backyard with tons of sunshine for relaxing!

Dream Maker – City of Anna Maria

Dream Maker is a luxury rental unlike any other home you’ll find on Anna Maria Island. The heated salt water pool is only the beginning of the list of amenities you’ll enjoy.

The backyard offers a lush manicured landscape for extra privacy. Inside this three bedroom rental you’ll find an open feeling with floor to ceiling windows and high ceilings. From the custom kitchen to the decor, your group will love Dream Maker.

Dream Maker Anna Maria Salt water pool
Dream Maker has a gorgeous and secluded backyard near some of the islands best beaches!

Promise Kept – Holmes Beach

This Mid-Century home has a chic style unique to Anna Maria Island. While the salt water pool and spa will keep you entertained outside, the fun retro style will have you feeling comfortable inside.

Promise Kept is also just a short walk to gulf beaches and free trolley stops. Hop on the free trolley and ride up and down the island for dining, boutique shopping and sightseeing island style!

Promise Kept Holmes Beach salt pool
Promise Kept offers and awesome pool and a super cool Mid-Century style.

When planning your next getaway, book your stay at one of Island Real Estate’s Anna Maria Island Beach Rentals with Salt Pools!

 

Anna Maria Island Mancation

An Anna Maria Island Mancation is an amazing way to gather all your best buds for a week of fun on the beach. There are so many activities and things to do with the guys, your group won’t want to leave.

Anna Maria Island Mancation

What’s better than getting all your guy pals together for a week? Doing it by the beach! Check out our Anna Maria Island Mancation guide for the perfect week of beach side fun.

Anna Maria Island Mancation

Anna Maria Island Beach Rentals and Accommodations for dudes

Island Real Estate has tons of guy-friendly spots to pick for any size group! All of these units have propane BBQ grills and unique features men love. While these options are extremely comfortable, they’re luxurious too. Deny it all you want, but we know men love to feel pampered in paradise!

A Pirate’s Cove is a great spot for groups of up to six guests. Here you’ll be less than a block from the beach, and there is a heated pool too. Find one king bed, a double bed and a twin bunk bed in this two bedroom Bradenton Beach rental.

Bradenton Beach vacation rental
A Pirate’s Cove is a great cottage rental with old Florida charm, and super close to the beach!

Fish House is an awesome rental for up to eight guests. This canal front home offers a boat dock and is just a short ride from the deep waters of Tampa Bay! If your group loves to fish, this is the spot! Find a room with 4 twin bunks plus a king bed and one queen bed.

Anna Maria beach rental
Fish House is great for mid-sized groups with a rustic Fish Camp atmosphere.

Waterfront Retreat will have your guys feeling like they won the vacation rental jackpot! Sleeping up to 14 guests with 6 bedrooms, your group will have everything when staying in this luxury home. Canal front with boat dock, pet friendly, heated pool, super awesome bar area, close to the beach and so much space! Find two king beds, three queens and two sets of twin bunks!

Anna Maria vacation rental
Your group will have their own private bar when visiting Waterfront Retreat!

Activities for men to bond over

The beach is the most obvious Anna Maria Island activity. There is nothing better than relaxing on the beach with friends and cold drinks! However, there are so many other fun activities to check out while vacationing.

Fishing trips and boat tours

Reserve a trip with one of the many local boat captains! Whether your group likes fishing, or just wants to sandbar hop, there are so many great options for boat tours!

AMI Charters – Fishing, Fly-Fishing, Sunsets and Fun Runs. Accommodates 6. Captain Scott Kinsman.

Anna Maria Inshore Fishing – Inshore Fishing, Intracoastal, Manatee River. Accommodates 4. Captain Kyle Taylor.

Captain Ryan Taylor Fishing –  Inshore Fishing from Tampa Bay to Sarasota Bay. Accommodates 4. Captain Ryan Taylor.

If you have a large group Captains, and brothers, Kyle and Ryan will team up to accommodate your needs!

AMI Charters
Book a Fishing tour or fun run boat cruise with AMI Charters!

Visit Bradenton Breweries

While Anna Maria Island doesn’t have any breweries, you will find several just a short drive away in the downtown area of Bradenton. Check out our Bradenton Breweries Guide!

Darwin Brewing
Visit Breweries in Downtown Bradenton

Adrenal Rush Activities

Anna Maria Island has fun activities to get your blood pumping! Flyboarding, Jet Surfing and Parasailing are all great options for a screaming good time! Find out more about these local vendors here!

Flyboarding
Top Gun Flyboards are a super fun Anna Maria Island activity for a brocation!

Bunch of Beach Bums!

Your group will definitely want to hang out and soak up the sun on the beach. Why not do something a little extra fun and rent some beach equipment? Stand up paddle boards and kayaks are always a popular option. If you happen to visit when the gulf is churning up some waves, rent a surfboard and head to White Avenue! This spot is a locals secret. Impress your buddies with your insider knowledge of the AMI salt life.

equipment rentals
Equipment rentals are a fun way to kick your beach day up a notch!

Where to eat?

After all day fun on Anna Maria Island, your group will undoubtedly work up a big appetite! Surely your guys will want to enjoy some steaks on the grill in your beach rental, but who wants to cook every meal on vacation?

Peaches is a fantastic spot for big hearty breakfasts before a long day on the beach. Find all the traditional breakfast options with fast friendly service.

Poppo’s Taqueria will be a favorite with your group. Promise you! Find huge burritos, craft beers and a casual atmosphere. Even better, Poppo’s offers organic produce, hormone free meat and locally sourced ingredients for the conscious minded consumer.

Slim’s Place offers a classic sports bar atmosphere, but with food that is much better than your typical pub-grub. Be sure to check out their “No Shower Happy Hour”! Find live music and, of course, sports on the T.V.

Slim's Place
Slim’s Place is a great spot for a casual bite to eat with friends!

Round up the crew, grab your swim trunks and plan the perfect Anna Maria Island Mancation today!

Anna Maria Island August Fishing Report – It’s Hot Out There!

Anna Maria Island August fishing has been almost as hot as the weather. While those water temps don’t always translate into the best mid-afternoon fishing, the morning and evening bite has been great – especially on a strong outgoing tide.

Anna Maria Island August Fishing

The bait has been thick, and there has been no problem blacking out the live-wells quickly with plenty of shiners and pin-fish. It also wouldn’t be a bad idea to get some shrimp as well for some of the sheepshead I have seen lounging around some of the docks in the area.

After the bait is loaded up, I have been picking my clients up in the morning and taking them to some spots a little further south of the island in pursuit of mangrove snapper, snook, trout, ladyfish, and some spanish mackerel.

August Fishing Tips

Tips: If using live bait, I recommend a size 4 or 6 hook and a 6 foot 20lb. fluorocarbon leader, hooking the shiners through the nose. When you find yourself getting into mackerel (or you get a bite and it breaks you off), switch over to long-shank hooks to combat their toothy bite.

If using artificial bait, I have been having luck with a myriad of options; but primarily weedless silver spoons, topwater spooks, and DOA shrimp (I prefer white) have been getting it done consistently.

If fly fishing, I recommend sight-fishing from the beaches (or dock lights at night) for snook using a small EP glass minnow of the chartreuse/silver/white variety. I use a 20lb. fluorocarbon leader for this as well, but it might not hurt to throw a 25lb. shock tippet on the end of leader as well to combat abrasion.

Regardless of the method, the fishing has been fun out there if you can withstand the heat so remember to get out early, watch the tides, and wear plenty of sunscreen!

Tight Lines!

Capt. Scott Kinsman

AMI Charters

scott@amicharters.com

(941) 348-2035

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Anna Maria Island August Fishing
Fly Fishing for Snook around Anna Maria Island grass flats.