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!

activities sunset
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!

 

 

What to Pack for Your Anna Maria Island Vacation

Wondering what to pack for your Anna Maria Island Vacation? While Anna Maria Island may have mild winters and hot summers, if you aren’t from Florida you may not know what to bring with you.

What to Pack for Your Anna Maria Island Vacation

What to Pack for Your Anna Maria Island Vacation

We have put together a list of what to bring for each season, the items to expect in your beach rental and things to buy when you arrive on Island Time.

Our list isn’t just the things you’ll need. We have also included fashionable examples of the styles you’ll see people wearing on the island. Florida has a regional style unlike that of New York or California. This list will give you some ideas of what the locals wear too.

Packing for the Season

The four seasons in Florida aren’t exactly what you might expect. Fall is green and warm, Winter is mild and sometimes dry, Summer is hot and wet.

Summer Packing list

Summer is hot on Island Time. Ask any local and they’ll tell you a typical summer day includes a warm morning, blistering mid day sun, mid afternoon rain showers, and beautiful balmy evenings with a slight breeze.

Tropical patterns are the best clothes items! Summer is the time for being lazy and letting it all hang out. Embrace your inner tacky tourist and pull out that old Hawaiian shirt. You’ll fit right in with the locals too!

  • Swim Wear
  • Big Floppy hats and Sunglasses are a must.
  • Shorts, skirts, T-Shirts and blouses.
  • Beach clothes such as cover-ups and thin loose fitting items to throw on over a wet bathing suit.
  • If you sunburn easily, a really thin long sleeve shirt is a good idea for beach days. This is especially true for children on vacation. Sometimes your skin is ready to leave the beach before your brain is.
  • At least one nice-ish, but still casual, outfit for dining out in the evening.
  • Unless you plan on dining somewhere super fancy like Beach Bistro, leave all your pants at home for the summer. If you are planning a high-end dining or evening experience a little black dress and nice slacks are great.
  • A rain coat or umbrella is nice to have, but not absolutely necessary.
  • Flip Flops
  • A walking shoes for sightseeing.
  • Strappy sandals are nice for ladies and a boat shoe is nice for guys.
  • For small children a hat with a chin strap is a good idea.
  • A reusable beverage container with a lid. You WILL get dehydrated on the beach. A reusable container is preferred over disposable water bottles. The environment will thank you.
  • A Beach Blanket if you like, plus here are some cool kid friendly beach hacks.
  • You might want a cardigan or thin sweater. Floridians keep the AC on full blast, so you’ll find restaurants and businesses to be cold inside.
What to pack for a boat or kayak trip
Here is a great example of what to wear for a summer boat charter or a kayak tour for the entire family. Bathing suits with tank tops, hats and comfortable shoes.

Spring packing list.

Spring is a lovely time to visit. Typically we don’t have lots of rain, and the day time temperature ranges from the upper 70’s to low 90’s. Night time temperatures don’t really go below the low 60’s.

Expect to bring all the things on the summer list plus a few additional items below. Bright pinks, yellows, and crisp whites really make a fashion statement for spring on Anna Maria Island.

  • A thin sweater for sure. If visiting in early Spring you may even want a heavy sweater too.
  • A colorful spring dress is great. A Maxi dress and a wedge sandal make for an elegant spring beach style.
  • A pair slacks and a button down shirt with the sleeves rolled up are always great for guys. Men’s Leather sandals are also appropriate for all occasions on the island.
Spring beach attire on Anna Maria Island
This is what Floridians wear to the beach in Spring. Swim shorts, a nice big hat and sunglasses and a thin button down. A floaty and goggles are always a nice addition for kids.

Winter packing list.

Typically Anna Maria Island winters don’t get cooler than the upper 50’s in the day time and no lower than the upper 30’s at night. Many people still swim in the gulf this time of year, but usually you won’t catch the locals in any water that isn’t heated.

When visiting in winter, you’ll notice the daily temperatures can fluctuate greatly. The key to dressing comfortably for this time is many thin layers. The morning will be cold, but mid day will be considerably warmer and you’ll likely want to peel a layer off.

  • Bring flip flops, but also bring a closed toe shoe and socks. Most people can still wear sandals in the day, but you might just be more comfortable with an extra layer on your feet.
  • Definitely bring pants. You won’t need long underwear, but pants are a good idea.
  • Tights, leggings and yoga pants are nice winter options for ladies. Since its not snowing, you’ll likely be able to wear a dress or skirt with something to cover your legs. Yoga pants and a cute top are always acceptable women’s attire on the island.
  • Scarves and shawls are great, but you can leave your gloves and mittens at home.
  • A winter hat might be nice for morning beach walks.
  • Bring a jacket, but not the one you keep on hand for snow. A nice leather or denim jacket with a thin long sleeve shirt is usually sufficient.
  • A thin sweater or cardigan and a thick sweater.
  • If you are from up north some winter months you’ll feel comfortable swimming, so bring the swim attire. Also, many Anna Maria Island beach rentals have heated pools and spa, so you’ll want your bathing suit.
  • A sport coat is a good idea for men’s evening wear especially for that special night out.
  • Ladies may want closed toe dress shoes for evenings, and a dress pant or dark blue skinny jean makes nice casual evening wear.
Winter Nature walk attire
When going out for a winter morning nature walk in one of the local preserves, a pair of pants, thin sweater with layers under and a hat are very comfortable. If you start to warm up you can take off the sweater and still have a thin layer to keep the breeze away.

Fall packing list.

Anna Maria Island’s Fall season is considerably warmer than you might expect. Days range from warm to still hot in the early fall, and nights are pleasant with cool breezes. You will definitely be swimming this time of year.

The Spring and Summer lists are very close to what you’ll need for fall, but we have some other suggestions too. Fall is also a time of year where you will feel comfortable in darker colors. Shades of navy, rust and red aren’t as common in the summer months, but make great fall island attire.

  • You’ll want to bring all the swim wear, flip flops and beach things.
  • A stylish ankle boot with a short dress or skirt is nice for ladies. Strappy tank tops with a loose knit shirt or mesh blouse are great fall fashion items.
  • Again bring tights or leggings to go under skirts on cooler nights.
  • Pants options are good for evenings, but you’ll want shorts too.
  • No winter hats or coats, but a thin and thick sweater are good.
  • Flat front pants or nice jeans with a tucked in polo and a boat shoe are very stylish for Men in the fall.
  • Tank tops and thin scarves are very stylish for women, and work great for both night and day.
Fall clothes for Anna maria Island
Here are some folk spending a fall afternoon on the pier. You can see their clothes selections are comfortable for a warm day with cool breezes.

What you should always bring no matter the season.

Some basics go with out saying. Obviously you need underwear and a toothbrush we don’t need to tell you this. However, there are some extras to remember for all visits.

  • Travelers checks or back up forms of currency.
  • Health Insurance cards in case someone gets sick.
  • Everything your pet will need. Yes there are places to purchase pet food and even a veterinarian, but make sure all members of the family are comfortable traveling.
  • Medications and prescriptions
  • Special health equipment
  • Kid and baby comforts. Spending a night away from home can be a lot when you’re little. You may want to bring a special blanket or toy to make your little one more comfortable in a new place.

What to expect in your beach rental.

When you arrive at your beach rental you’ll always find all the bedding, towels, wash clothes and hand towels you’ll need. You don’t need to bring these items. Some rentals do offer baby items, so always ask ahead of time. If you need special baby gear you can bring it, or check out what is available to rent from abc baby rentals.

There will be a roll of toilet paper in each bathroom plus one roll of paper towels and a small container of dish detergent and a dishwasher packet. There will be just enough of the basics to get you through the first night of your stay. You’ll be responsible for everything after that. There is a Dollar Tree on Anna Maria Island that offers any toiletry you’ll need. This is a great option for those who have smaller groups. You’ll also find all those items at the local Publix Grocery store.

Before you bring chairs and accessories, consider renting them. We recommend holding off on these items until you arrive at your rental. You never know what kind of extras will be laying around. Take an inventory first, then contact one of the many local rental equipment companies to supply you with the things you want.

What to Buy when you get to the island

Some things might be easier to buy when you get here.

  • Sunblock. You will need lots of sunblock, even in the winter months you WILL get sunburned. You can pick up sunblock at the grocery store, pharmacy and many tourist shops. APPLY YOUR SUNSCREEN 20 MINUTES BEFORE YOU ARE IN THE SUN! You need to let the sunblock soak in, and then you need to reapply it at least once every two hours after. Over exposure to the sun and sever sunburn can cause serious illness. No matter your skin color, we promise, you don’t have super man strength skin. Yes, sun rays do penetrate the water. Even if you spend all day swimming, you need to follow our guidelines on sunblock.
  • Obviously you need food. The island offer a fantastic Publix grocery store plus a few specialty shops too.
  • Alcohol and other beverages. These things are all on the island, don’t travel with more than you need.
  • House things. You’ll need laundry detergent, trash bags, optional cleaning supplies and those type of items. All are available locally.

Enjoy an Anna Maria Island vacation any time of year! Now that you know what to bring, book your vacation rental with Island Real Estate today!

Mother’s Day Beach Rental Anna Maria Island

There is no better way to celebrate your mom than with a Mother’s Day Beach Rental on Anna Maria Island! Show the special Mom in your life that you care with a week of island style relaxation!

Mother’s Day Beach Rental

We have some really great spots for your mom to get into full on relaxation mode this Mom’s Day! Whether you’re sending her with a friend, or joining her for the fun we have the perfect Anna Maria Island Beach Rental!

Villa 1- Sleeps 4

Villa 1 is the perfect one bedroom rental for your Mom. She will absolutely love this location and the laid back decor. She’ll be just a short walk from gulf beaches, shopping, dining, trolley stops and Historic Bridge Street night life too! Inside this unit there is a king bed and queen sleeper sofa along with a full kitchen and bathroom. There is a heated community pool perfect for relaxing on a warm May day with a cold drink.

Mother's Day Beach Rental
Villa 1 is in a fantastic location within walking distance of everything in Bradenton Beach! May 13-20 base rate $700.

 

Anna Maria Island Club 44 – Sleeps 4

If you want to really treat your mom, this direct gulf front rental is the way to go! Anna Maria Island Club 44 offers gorgeous views from both the living room and master bedroom. Your mom will be so close to the beach, she won’t even need her flip flops! This unit offers two bedrooms with 1 king bed, 2 twins and a sleeper sofa. The heated community pool overlooks the gulf making this the ultimate beach side getaway.

Anna Maria Island Club Mothers Day
Your Mother will love waking up to the sounds of the beach at this amazing Bradenton Beach rental! May 13-20 base rate $1837.

 

Blue Lagoon 2 – Sleeps 6

Blue Lagoon 2 is a great spot for a family getaway celebrating mom. Just two blocks from gulf beaches, this unit is well-appointed, yet still laid back. This quiet complex of cottage like condos offers an amazing community heated pool with a fun waterfall feature. Inside you’ll find two bedrooms with a king, queen and sleeper sofa. This central island location offers nearby shopping, dining and free trolley stops too.

Mother's Day Beach Rental
Treat Mom to a great Holmes beach getaway with a heated pool. May 13-20 base rate $1300.

 

Vista Grande 3 Penthouse

This is the ultimate luxury rental for Mother’s Day on the beach. Vista Grande 3 Penthouse offers direct gulf front views in an exclusive location. From the decor to the amenities nothing will be left to want at this condo. Each of the three bedrooms has its own bathroom and balcony access. There is even a lovely heated pool and downstairs covered lounge area for spending time with family.

Mothers Day beach rental
You’ll be Mom’s favorite when you rent her a luxury vacation home like this one in Holmes Beach! May 13-20 base rate $5593.

 

Banyan Breeze – Sleeps 12

If you are looking to gather the entire family for Mother’s Day Banyan Breeze is the vacation spot for your group. This lovely 5 bedroom home comfortably sleeps up to 12 guests with an updated style. Mom will have a short walk to the beach with no major roads to cross. The backyard offers a peaceful oasis with a private heated pool, grill and covered lounge. Mom will always remember the time the whole family got together to celebrate her!

Mothers Day Beach Rental
For Moms who like to be fussed over, bring the ENTIRE family to Banyan Breeze in Anna Maria. May 13-20 base rate $3326.

 

Tell Mom how much you really love her this year, and reserve her a Mother’s Day Beach Rental on Anna Maria Island!

Anna Maria Island Sea Salt Florida – Bring Island Flavor Home

Anna Maria Island Sea Salt Florida is nothing like you’ve ever had. Sourced directly from the water around AMI, this is one product you must bring home from vacation!

Anna Maria Island Sea Salt Florida
This souvenir is a must!

Anna Maria Island Sea Salt Florida

Sea Salt Florida is a new local company to the Manatee and Sarasota area. Owner and Salt Master Tim Norwood develops only the highest quality sea salt. While he has big plans for the future of this specialty item, the entire process is a labor of love that started off small.

How did Sea Salt Florida get started?

Tim Norwood and his wife always thought they would open a winery. However, after moving to Florida that idea changed to salt. Florida isn’t known for having the best wines, but it does have plenty of salt water!

Like wine making, salt making is an intense process requiring a great deal of knowledge. At times the outcome can be unpredictably amazing, but always requires a creative mind and dedication to hard work. Essentially, Sea Salt Florida became Tim Norwoods Winery.

At 55 years old Tim spent the majority of his career as an engineer with a degree in architecture. Tim has made up tons of innovative ideas working for large companies, but saved one of his ideas just for himself.

He spent a great deal of time developing his craft. After two years of working a full time job during the day while experimenting with salt production all night, Tim became a Salt Master. He has learned everything about producing only the highest quality sea salt. Tim focused on ancient thousand year old techniques of production and believes his to be the best in the United States.

Sea Salt Florida
Sea Salt is a serious business for the Norwood family!

How do you make Sea Salt?

If you are wondering exactly how Sea Salt is made, keep guessing. Tim Norwood keeps this secret closely guarded. With that said, he will gladly tell you the body of water where the salt comes from. In fact, Tim is proud to harvest salt water from Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key, Lido Key, Siesta Key, Casey Key, Venice and Treasure Island.

He mentions Anna Maria Island is his favorite harvest, but that may be due to his fondness of the area. Tim elaborates that the Siesta Key harvest has the most unique flavor of his products, and the Anna Maria Island salt is his most popular seller.

Tim is currently looking to relocate his production to mainland Bradenton where he has been looking at potential facility sites. Once Tim gets his new facility running successfully he just might consider giving tours. Until he knows his company is completely secure, he’s not giving away ANY of his salty secrets.

The goal for Sea Salt Florida is to produce 12,000 pounds of salt a year to supply local and international markets. Tim Norwood is creating a company that is really something special. The type of operation that he can leave to his grandchildren while also bringing permanent jobs to Manatee county.

A truly tasty souvenir.

When you first taste Sea Salt Florida’s Anna Maria Island harvest you will instantly feel like you’re back on the beach. This salt really does taste like the gulf waters of Anna Maria Island. Once you try Tim’s salt you’ll never view store bought products the same. Tim points out, “Sea Salt Florida won’t get your bags checked at the airport like a bottle of wine will”! When leaving Anna Maria Island, you MUST bring home some local salt to go with your new tan.

Where to buy Sea Salt Florida

The secret of Sea Salt Florida is its amazing mineral content. That is where the flavor is. Sea Salt Florida contains as many as 80 different minerals. Iodine is NEVER included. “This is the type of salt people are supposed to eat” mentions Tim, “This is a healthier natural product”.

Sea Salt Florida can be found at a ton of different local retail shops, or on the website.

On Anna Maria Island you can buy Sea Salt Florida at the following:

The Olive Oil Outpost and Anna Maria Historic Society Museum in the city of Anna Maria.
Island Fresh Market and Looney Dunes in Holmes Beach.
Cortez Fish Market, Cortez Maritime Museum and The Sea Hagg in Cortez Fishing Village.
Sarasota Farmers Market in downtown Sarasota.

Tim doesn’t like for his vendor to compete, so you’ll find different products at different locations. Not only does Sea Salt Florida have different harvests, but Tim also offers flavored salts and scrubs.

If you head over to Looney Dunes you’ll find Tim’s salts for sale next to the flavors of wine that the salt has been infused with!

Find a variety of scrubs at the Sea Hagg. Salt Scrubs are not the biggest seller in Tim’s inventory, but he believes his are far superior than other beauty products on the market.

Anna Maria Island Sea Salt Florida
Anna Maria Island Sea Salt Florida

Sea Salt Florida is about community.

Tim has really enjoyed the community aspects of selling salt. He regularly gets thank you letters from buyers. Tim explains, “Giving salt is an ancient form of friendship”.

Local restaurant have begun to approach Tim because his salt is the best. He has even started designing flavors to match Florida seafood like his Lemon Zest flavor created for local fish mongers.

A popular salt on the market is Italian Black Truffle. In Florida we don’t have truffles or a really reliable source to bring them in fresh. Tim had the bright idea of creating a Portabello infused salt because we grow them in Florida and it makes a great substitute for Truffle salt.

Salt really has an interesting history, and its special to continue those traditions. Tim also mentions, “Sea Salt Florida isn’t a political issue because it brings everyone together that is looking for healthier living. Coming together is something people need right now.”

If you run out of salt, just send Tim an email and he’ll gladly send you more. This is the best way to order salt online as Sea Salt Florida doesn’t have a fancy online store set up yet.

Visit local vendors, or head over to SeaSaltFlorida.com for a complete list of flavors as there are many!

Bring Island flavor home with Anna Maria Island Sea Salt Florida!

Top 5 May Anna Maria Island Beach Rentals

While Spring may be in full swing, its not too late to find May Anna Maria Island Beach Rentals. May is an awesome time of year for a trip to AMI. Spring break is over and the Snow Birds are slowly making their way north after Easter. Gulf waters have started to warm up, and the beaches are hot with fun in the sun excitement.

Top 5 May Anna Maria Island Beach Rentals

It’s not too late to plan a May beach vacation. Check out our list of 5 great rentals with May availability. These units range from 1 to 5 bedrooms accommodating anywhere from 2 through 10 guests.

Runaway Bay 256 – 1 Bedroom

This lovely Bradenton Beach rental sleeps 2 guests for a truly romantic beach getaway. While you visit Runaway Bay 256 you’ll have access to nearby gulf beaches, free trolley stops, shopping and dining. You’ll love this quiet spot for tropical relaxation. May base rates range from $700-$850/week.

May Anna Maria Island Beach Rentals
Runaway Bay 256 Sleeps 2 with 1 Bedroom and 1 Bath.

You’ll love the amenities at this comfortable resort-like Bradenton Beach Rental.

Runaway Bay 256 beach rental
Enjoy the heated pool, bay fishing dock, tennis courts and more!

 

Casa Sierra 205 B – 2 Bedroom

Casa Sierra 205 B is just two short blocks from gulf beaches in a central Holmes Beach. This 2 bedroom condo is in a small complex offering a heated pool, outdoor shower, pergola and charcoal bbq grills. You can comfortably sleep up to 6 guests in this unit for a fun vacation by the beach! May Base rate $1300/week.

Casa Sierra 205 B Holmes Beach Rental
Casa Sierra 205 B sleeps 6 guests with 2 bedrooms and 2 baths.

Walk to beaches, free trolley stops, shopping and dining while visiting this great beach condo!

May vacation rental
Casa Sierra is a wonderful location!

 

South Beach Village 103 – 3 Bedroom

You will absolutely love visiting South Beach Village 103 in Bradenton Beach. This colorful town house style condominium sleeps 6 guests with one king bed, one queen and two twins. Dogs up to 25 pounds welcome with pet fee. This lovely unit is just across the street from gulf beaches. Enjoy the beach, or grab a cold drink at nearby Gulf Drive Tiki hut. May base rates $1600-$1500/week.

May vacation rentals Florida
South Beach Village 103 sleeps 6 guests with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths

Catch glimpses of the gulf from the balcony and enjoy the heated community pool.

South Beach Village rental Anna Maria Island
Colorful multilevel unit across from gulf beaches with heated pool too.

 

Pineapple Cottage – 4 Bedroom

The Pineapple Cottage is a quaint spot for up to eight guests. Located in the popular Anna Maria north end, this is the quintessential beach cottage. While this may be a cottage, it still has a luxury feel and updated amenities. From the heated pool and spa, to great decor and appointments, you’ll be in love with this beach rental! May base rate $2520/week.

May Anna Maria Beach Rental
The Pineapple Cottage sleeps 8 guests with 4 bedrooms and 3 baths.

This Platinum rated home provides beach luxury at its finest with an old Florida charm!

Anna Maria May Beach Rentals
Gorgeous heated pool and spa in tropical backyard.

 

Sunset Glow – 5 Bedroom

Sunset Glow has everything for the perfect luxury family vacation by the beach. This home sleeps up to 10 guests with no amenity left out. You’ll be a short two blocks away from gulf beaches perfect for family beach days. Enjoy the updated decor and gorgeous backyard with heated pool and spa. Dogs up to 50 pounds welcome with pet fee. May base rates $3250-$4000/week.

Sunset Glow Holmes Beach may rental
Sunset Glow sleeps 10 guests with 5 bedrooms and 3 baths.

Relax by the private backyard pool or the shaded lounge sitting area while enjoying a luxury family getaway.

Sunset Glow May Anna Maria Island Beach Rental
Sunset Glow is just a short walk to the beach.

 

Book your stay today at one of these great May Anna Maria Island Beach Rentals!

National Burrito Day Anna Maria Island

There are many options for celebrating National Burrito Day on Anna Maria Island! Check out our list of places to go.

National Burrito Day
National Burrito Day is in full swing at Wicked Cantina!

National Burrito Day Anna Maria Island

Start your day with a Breakfast Burrito!

Find them at Sign of The Mermaid, Peaches and Anna Maria Oyster Bar! Each one is slightly different, but all are amazing.

Poppo’s Taqueria

Poppo’s offers a great selection of build your burritos, quesadillas, tacos and burrito bowls. They use hormone free meats and organic produce when available. All their sodas are free of high fructose corn syrup and they also serve local craft beers and Kombucha! You’ll love their fresh pressed flour tortillas! Find them on Pine Avenue in the city of Anna Maria.

Tortilla Bay

Tortilla Bay offers great Tex-Mex for lunch and dinner. Find all the classics from Taco salad, wraps, fish tacos, burritos and more. The queso dip is an absolute must! They also serve beer, wine and soft drinks. Find them in Holmes Beach on the corner of Marina and Gulf Drive.

Wicked Cantina

Wicked Cantina has an extensive menu boasting authentic Austin style Tex-Mex. Find something for everyone on the menu with Fajitas, tacos, seafood, burritos and even burgers too! Not only do they have amazing food, but the island’s best selection of hand crafted Margaritas. Sit on their outdoor deck and enjoy gulf views, and live music. Find them on Gulf Drive

Today the staff at Island Real Estate settled on Poppo’s for lunch. We HIGHLY recommend any of these options for a great Burrito. Check out our Facebook page after 12:30pm today for pictures of our lunch!

Anna Maria Island April Activities

Anna Maria Island April activities aren’t just about Easter. There is so much going on in the area as Florida Spring Breakers head home and warm weather moves in.

Anna Maria Island April Activities

Throughout the month you’ll find new things to do and see including art, food, outdoors and family fun. live it up while on Anna Maria Island this spring!

Anna Maria Island Spring Activities
Get out on the water with Salty Buddy Yoga this Spring! 

Beach N’ Food Truck Festival

The second annual Beach n’ Food truck festival will be April 8th from 10am-10pm. Find it at Coquina beach on south AMI. This event offers all of the area’s best food trucks with a large variety. Also find crafts, live music, classic car show and a kids fun zone. While there is lots of parking around Coquina Beach, patrons are encouraged to ride the free trolley. Trolley service ends at 10:30pm.

Salty Buddha SUP Yoga

Try something new on your trip to Anna Maria Island with Stand up paddle board yoga from Salty Buddha! This is a fantastic way to stay both active and relaxed while connecting mind and body in tropical AMI paradise. Join instructor Rachael Croll for a one of a kind experience on the water. Classes are designed for all levels of skill. Her 90 minute session will include paddle board instruction followed by an hour of guided yoga. Schedule your class today!

Easter Egg Hunt at The Sandbar Restaurant

Bring the entire family to the beach for a fun toes in the sand Easter Egg Hunt! This year’s egg hunt will be on Saturday the 15th at 9am sharp at the Sandbar. Arrive early. After the dash for eggs everyone will proceed down Pine Avenue for refreshments, games and an Easter Bonnet contest. The Easter bunny will also be making an appearance. Everyone is welcome to come, and kids under 10 can join in on the egg hunt. Be sure to bring your Easter baskets!

Recycled Teen Fashion Show at the Downtown Bradenton Central Library

See local teens compete in one of Manatee County Libraries most popular events April 22 from 1-3pm. Ages 13-19 will get the opportunity to experience what its like to be a real fashion designer. All styles are created using recycled materials. The day of the event models will take to the run way to show off these teens wonderful talent for fashion with a twist! The 2016 show drew a crowd of over 300 with 24 participants. Find the Downtown Central Library at 1301 Barcarrota Boulevard West in Bradenton.

Seas & Shore Fine Art Photography at Island Gallery West

While in Holmes Beach Stop by Island Gallery West to see the April featured artist Richard Stewart’s photography. His exhibit shows his fascination with the waters surrounding Anna Maria Island. The work is on display all month and a reception will also be held April 14 during the Artshop 5:30-7:30pm.

Enjoy the island life this these Anna Maria Island April Activities!

Easter 2017 – Anna Maria Island Beach Rental SPECIALS!

Anna Maria Island Beach Rental Specials are a fantastic way to gather the family for the holiday. You won’t have to break the bank while enjoying Easter on Anna Maria Island!

Easter Special

Anna Maria Island Beach Rental SPECIALS!

Island Real Estate has some terrific specials going on. All of these deals cover Easter week from April 15-22. Most of these are 25% off your base rental fee, but some are offering 40%. Additionally, some of these beach rentals are also offering discounts now through May. Check out the list below, or head over to our Sunshine Special Page for more details on current promotions.

You’ll find a variety of homes to pick from to perfectly suite your vacation crew. These 8 beach rentals are spread across the island and include bungalows, villas and large single family homes too. You’ll find occupancy accommodating for groups as small as 6 all the way up to 14!

Peruse these deals and click on the name of the homes to view the full listing. This list is organized by occupancy from smallest to largest.

Key Lime Cottages East and West – 25% off

The Key Lime Cottage is a duplex accommodating 6 guests in each with 6 bedrooms and 4 baths total. Rent a single side or both for a fun island getaway. Both side have separate heated pools, and are less than 2 blocks to gulf beaches.

Anna Maria Island Beach Rental SPECIALS
Key Lime Cottages in Holmes Beach.

Blue Heron Beach House – 25% off

This 4 bedroom 2 bath bungalow is just a short walk to the beach with no major roads to cross! Blue Heron Beach House is great for families with a bunk bed, 2 twins and 2 king beds. You’ll love the heated lagoon style pool.

Blue Heron Beach House
Blue Heron Beach Housein the city of Anna Maria

Living the Dream – 25% off

Living the Dream is a gorgeous canal front luxury rental sleeping 8 guests. Recently updated, you’ll find an amazing outdoor bar and lounge, heated pool and your very own private patch of sand too! 4 bedroom 3 bath just a short walk to Tampa Bay beaches.

Easter beach rental
Living the Dream in the city of Anna Maria

Beachy Villa Vista – 25% off

This rental is less than a block from gulf beaches with well-appointed amenities. You’ll find everything for a luxury vacation for a large group or family. Enjoy the heated pool and spa and great outdoor entertainment area too.

Beachy Villa Vista
Beachy Villa Vista in Holmes Beach

Gulf Breeze – 40% off

Gulf Breeze is less than 2 blocks to gulf beaches and offers a great spot to relax in style. Enjoy the heated pool and spa with a lovely waterfall feature. The backyard pool table and entertainment area will have your entire family enjoying island life. Sleeps 12 with 6 bedrooms and 4.5 baths.

Gulf Breeze
Gulf Breeze in Holmes Beach

Coral Escape – 30% off

Coral Escape accommodates up to 12 guests comfortably with 6 bedrooms and 4 baths. You’ll be just a short walk to gulf beaches and free trolley stops. Enjoy the heated pool and spa plus pets welcome with pet fee.

Coral Escape
Coral Escape in Holmes Beach.

AMI Beach House – 25% off

This great beach house is well-appointed for a perfect vacation. You’ll love relaxing by the heated pool and spa, or walk over to the free trolley stops for sightseeing. No detail was overlooked in this home. Sleeps 12 with 6 bedrooms and 4.5 baths.

AMI Beach House
AMI Beach House in Holmes Beach

Waterfront Retreat – 25% off

Waterfront Retreat was made for entertaining a large group! This lovely canal front rental is just a short walk to Tampa Bay beaches. Enjoy the large kitchen, and bar over looking the canal. Sleeps 14 with 6 bedrooms 3 full baths and 2 half baths.

Waterfront Retreat
Waterfront Retreat in the city of Anna Maria.

Top 5 Anna Maria Island Spring Break Beach Rentals

Anna Maria Island Spring Break Beach Rentals make for unforgettable vacation! Find perfect weather, great activities and a lovely spot to gather friends for an awesome beach rental experience!

Anna Maria Island Spring Break Beach Rentals

It’s not too late to plan your Spring Break! When booking last minute March dates be sure to ask about special promotions!

Runaway Bay 272

Runaway Bay 272 is a fantastic Bradenton Beach vacation spot for six guests! This condo is just a short walk from the beach, free trolley stops, and local attractions. Inside you’ll find two bedrooms and two bathrooms with an updated casual style. Enjoy the community heated pool, fishing dock on the bay and tennis courts. 2017 Spring base rates start as low as $1300/week.

Anna Maria Island Spring Break Beach Rentals
Runaway Bay 272

 

La Casa Marie

La Casa Marie is a great spot for a luxury beach rental right on the beach. This three bedroom, two and a half bath rental condo sleeps six. You’ll have peeks of the gulf from the balcony along with updated amenities. Enjoy the fun wetbar with wine chiller and ice maker too! When you aren’t at the beach relax in the heated community pool and spa! 2017 Spring base rates start as low as $3150/week.

Anna Maria Island Spring Break Beach Rental
La Casa Marie

 

Under the Tuscan Sun

Under the Tuscan Sun is a fun Mediterranean style beach rental just a few short blocks to the most popular Anna Maria Island beaches. This three bedroom three bath rental sleeps up to six guests. You’ll love the private heated pool along with lovely balcony views. Pets under 25 pounds welcome with pet fee! 2017 Spring base rates start as low as $2000/week.

Anna Maria Island Spring Break
Under the Tuscan Sun

 

A Mermaid Crossing

A Mermaid Crossing offers stylish decor and a location just a short walk from the beach. This three bedroom three bathroom rental sleeps six guests with an extra touch of luxury. You’ll love the heated pool and sundeck too. The layout of this house is great for entertaining, and the master bathroom is stunning! 2017 Spring base rates start as low as $3325/week.

Anna Maria Island Spring Break Vacation Rentals
A Mermaid Crossing

 

Waterfront Retreat

Waterfront Retreat is the ultimate destination for a large family Spring Break vacation. Here you’ll find six bedrooms three full bathrooms and two powder rooms. This rental was truly designed for entertaining. Enjoy a well equipped kitchen with bar area, a living room with excellent seating, fun games and heated pool. The rental is on canal front with a dock, so you can even bring your boat. 2017 Spring base rates start as low as $3325/week!

Anna Maria Spring Break Beach Rental
Waterfront Retreat

Anna Maria Island Spring Break Beach Rentals are the best way to enjoy a memorable Florida Vacation!

Anna Maria Island Beach Bar Life

While Florida is notorious for its beach bar scene, the Anna Maria Island beach bar life offers some unique must see spots! AMI beach bars have a vibe that meshes well with that authentic old Florida charm that visitors adore.

Anna Maria Island Beach Bar
Anna Maria Island offers a great Beach Bar Vibe!

Anna Maria Island Beach Bar Life

Below is our list of six Anna Maria Island Beach Bars. A few on our list have also been featured on BeachBarLife.com, so you know they are great!

These watering holes really have a laid back beach vibe, and the added bonus of being family friendly too. While these are fun spots, don’t expect an exact Key West style. Anna Maria Island has an atmosphere unlike any other Florida city. Come see for yourself!

The Sandbar and Beach House Restaurants

These sister restaurants are some of the most popular places for toes in the sand libations. Find The Sandbar on north AMI in the city of Anna Maria where Spring Avenue and the beach meet.  The Beach House is on south island in the city of Bradenton Beach on Gulf Drive. Both were recently remodeled, and offer a slightly up-scale beach bar vibe.

You’ll always find something new to try when you visit. From hand crafted frozen drinks to fresh from the farm menu items. These two spots are a must when visiting Anna Maria Island. Looking for a beach bar wedding? The Sandbar and Beach House are amazing venues with tons of great services!

Gulf Drive Cafe and Tiki Hut

While Gulf Drive Cafe offers toes in the sand drinks and dining, they also have AMI’s largest Tiki Hut! Here you can relax in the shade of the Tiki, listen to music, and catch a great sunset. This beach bar offers a fun nightlife for dinner, drinks and dancing too!

Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe

Find Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe on the island’s most popular beach spot. Manatee Public Beach is the heart of the island where generations of visitors have enjoyed a day on the Florida coast.

This beach bar is always bustling with activity, yet still remains laid back. Enjoy tropical drinks from the their Tiki hut, or sit down at one of the tables and chill out. This bar is perfect for day long trips to the beach for the entire family. Not only will you find all the beach bar vibe, but great amenities like changing stations, beach shop, lifeguard station and even a playground for the littlest beach bums.

Coquina Beach Cafe

Coquina Beach Cafe is on the far southern end of Anna Maria Island. This is the last stop before crossing over the Longboat Key Bridge. Like Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, this is also a great spot for family day trips. Enjoy a tropical drink, or even catch breakfast here!

Enjoy the Anna Maria Island Beach Bar Life on your next visit, and check out our Beach Bar Photo Gallery!

National Crab Meat Day Anna Maria Island

There is no better place to celebrate National Crab Meat Day than on Anna Maria Island! While Stone Crab Season runs October 15 to May 15 on the Florida Gulf Coast, this is the perfect time of year to enjoy this tasty seafood!

National Crab Meat Day
Celebrating National Crab Meat Day on Anna Maria Island.

National Crab Meat Day on Anna Maria Island

When looking for local crab meat, we highly recommend Starfish Market in the old Cortez Fishing Village. This is the best spot to find fresh off the boat seafood! You can literally see the fishing boats right from the docks of this restaurant. It really doesn’t get fresher. Just be sure to bring cash only.

Many local seafood restaurants offer crab selections. While on Anna Maria Island also check out The Waterfront Restaurant, The Sandbar and the Rod & Reel Pier for tasty crab options. If you are on Longboat Key we suggest The Lazy Lobster!