Anna Maria Island Shelling – DIY Souvenirs

Shelling for free souvenir’s and free sunsets…

Some of the most relaxing moments in an Anna Maria Island beach rental vacation can be searching for the shells. Family in toe, it sometimes seems all too easy to get the entire group focused on a fun task that everyone can participate in. Thankfully shells don’t get you stopped in the airport security lines as you are sure to bring back the best of the best shells to help you remember a more relaxing time while vacationing on Anna Maria Island.  Below are some tips regarding shelling however don’t make the scavenger hunt too serious.  Remember the shells themselves are not the reward but the journey with your family to find the shells is the true once in a lifetime treasure! Also, here’s more on shelling.

Shelling for the best

You typically find the best shells after a good storm. Even better, if you visit Anna Maria Island during a re-nourishment project you are sure to find fabulous shells. Florida and Manatee county laws strictly forbid taking of live shells, shells with a living organism, starfish, Queen conchs or sand dollars. A Florida Fishing License is required to take living shells, and has a bag limit of two of any species per person per day. Collect shells in a bucket or “green” container, and be sure not to take too many. Shells, dead or alive, play a vital role in the Florida ecosystem. Perhaps limiting yourself to less than a pint sized bucket is a good ethical measure. If necessary use a mixture of 50/50 bleach and water to rinse your shells.  If you are searching in water be sure to shuffle your feet to disturb resting sting rays.

Anna Maria Island Shelling
Shelling on Anna Maria Island

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Hurricane information

We have hurricane information for those planning their Anna Maria Island vacation during season. Hurricane Season is from June 1st until November 1st with the statistics showing us that the months of September and October offer the most intense activity.

Hurricane Information from the past

Since 1950 Anna Maria Island has not seen a hurricane make landfall within 50 miles.  There are many theories regarding the many years without a strong windy season.  Many say that the Tampa Bay currents “kick” hurricanes to the North.  The obvious path of hurricanes generally track to the North or South of the city of Tampa and Anna Maria Island.  We strongly suggest purchasing travel insurance which will cover your rental fees in the case of an evacuation.  If the vacation rental that you are scheduled to stay in is uninhabitable we will find a similar accommodation on Anna Maria Island.  Why worry?  Take a look at the historical map below…

UP TO THE MINUTE STORM UPDATES

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Anna Maria Island Weather

Anna Maria Island weather is beautiful year round!

Climate: If you are looking for up to the minute weather information about Anna Maria Island you can visit any weather web site and enter our zip code of 34216 for Anna Maria City or 34217 for Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach.  For a link to Anna Maria weather – WEATHER

Anna Maria Island Weather

The average year around temperature of Anna Maria Island weather is a perfect 75 degrees F.  The Summer is perfect for dipping into the Gulf of Mexico where many consider it to be bath water since the Gulf waters average 84-86 degrees F.  The Summer average temperature on the island is 80 degrees while the Winter temperatures are a bit cooler but perfect for a strong rigorous walk along the beach.  Average Anna Marie Island winter temperature is 69 degrees F.  If the perfect temperatures have not convinced you then visiting will.

Average Temperatures: (High) – [Low] degrees F
JAN : 72-50 // FEB : 73 – 51 // MARCH : 77 – 56 // APRIL : 82 – 60
MAY : 87 – 65 // JUNE : 90 – 70 // JULY : 91 – 72 // AUG : 91 – 72
SEPT : 89 – 72 // OCT : 84 – 65 // NOV : 78 – 57 // DEC : 73 – 51

You can see below that rainfall can be dramatically different from month to month however for most natives of the island we do not recognize much of difference between months.  The summer late afternoons are cooled down by a quick 30 – 60 minute afternoon shower.  If you are considering visiting Anna Maria Island during the summer and the rainfall bothers you don’t let it.  The majority of the rain occurs in the late afternoon and frankly most of the time its a nice change of pace to the strong sunny mornings found on Anna Maria.

Average Rainfall : inches
JAN 2.8 : FEB 3.0 : MAR 3.0 : APRIL : 2.0 : MAY 3.2 : JUNE 7.4
JULY 8.8 : AUG 9.6 : SEPT 8.5 : OCT 3.1 : NOV 2.0 : DEC 2.4

Anna MAria Island
A beautiful September afternoon on Anna Maria Island

Jet Ski Rental

If you are looking for a Jet Ski rental and much more look no further.

Jet Ski Rental on Anna Maria Island

H20 Watersportz has fishing charters, pontoon & deck boat rentals, Jet-Ski rentals, as well as kayak rentals, and excursions of all kinds.  Rentals include all safety equipment, a map of the riding area, and anchor packs.

H2o Watersportz is just off Anna Maria Island, right over the Cortez bridge in the Seafood Shack Marina.  They offer a wide variety of high octane water entertainment options.

H2o Watersportz offers excursions of all kinds from Tampa Bay to Sarasota Bay.  Ask them about guided tours, shelling, snorkeling, and how to rent your very own captain for the day!  Rentals can quickly book in very popular periods so be sure to plan the services you require ahead of time.

H20 Watersportz
Seafood Shack Marina
4110 127 Street
Cortez FL, 34215
(941)-538-4290

Red Box Rentals Anna Maria Island

Red Box Rentals Anna Maria Island are located at Publix market and also CVS Pharmacy. This is a great option if you end up encountering rain during your Anna Maria Island vacation. This is also a great solution if you need some late night entertainment.

Red Box Rentals Anna Maria Island

Updated Info – DVD rentals are in the Publix Red Box in Holmes Beach. Publix is in a central location in Holmes Beach on East Bay, and they have a good selection of newer movies for rent. CVS pharmacy has a Red Box. It is located just next door to Publix.
Bring your Blockbuster or NetFlix dvd with you to Anna Maria. When you are done viewing your video just place in the return sleeve and place in Island Real Estate’s outgoing postal mail. In fact, we have many guest that pre-send packages to Island Real Estate which we are more than happy to accept on your behalf. Island Real Estate also has a selection of about 25 VHS videos. There a bit old and just be sure your Vacation Rental has a VHS player.

AMI Video – CLOSED – Updated 1-20113212 East Bay DriveHolmes Beach, FL, 34217

(941) 779-0880

We are sorry – this has also been CLOSED– Updated Januaray – 2011. Of course no one can forget Blockbuster.  Just off Anna Maria Island on Manatee Avenue there is a Blockbuster. They have a huge selection of video games and videos. You of course can rent DVD players as well as video game consoles but please call ahead of time for availability.

BlockbusterCLOSED – Updated 1-20115900 Manatee Avenue WestBradenton, FL, 34209

(941) 795-1118

Anna Maria Island Kayak Rentals

Anna Maria Island kayak rentals are a fun activity and a great way to explore waterways.

Anna Maria Island Kayak Rentals are Fun

Kayaking is fabulous fun and exercise. It is truly beautiful paddling around the gulf or bay side of the island with little man made noises. You may also walk away with a once in a life time dolphin encounter. Its fairly common and its best to ask the kayak operator for suggestions where to find the natural settings you crave. Kayak tours are fairly inexpensive and you gain a different perspective looking at properties, the shoreline, or canals from a kayak.  There are several kayak rental shops on the island.  Most deliver however you can find kayak rentals on all three cities of the island.  Native Rentals can be found in Holmes Beach in the shopping plaza. They also provide kayak tours and bicycle rentals. Additional  they only rent or tour with sit on top kayaks opposed to the sit in model.

Anna Maria Island Kayak rentals
Anna Maria Island kayak rentals are a fun and unique way to explore island waterways.

Native Rentals
5416 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, FL, 34217
(941) 779-2453

Anna Maria Island Beach Rentals Holmes Beach

When looking for the perfect Anna Maria Island beach rental be sure to visit IslandReal.com first. Island Real Estate offers the island’s largest inventory of beach rentals and vacation homes!

Anna Maria Island beach rental Holmes Beach
Anna Maria Island beach rental La Casa O’Bar is a gorgeous gulf front home. Launch a kayak off the beach from this great rental sleeping six. Click on the image to reserve La Casa O’Bar in Holmes Beach today!

Anna Maria Island Theater – Island Players

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.

Island Players
10009 Gulf Drive
Anna Maria City, FL, 34216

Anna Maria Island theater