Anna Maria City Pier Grill and Bait shop

Anna Maria City Pier Grill and Bait shop

The  Anna Maria City Pier Grill and Bait Shop is a great place to take a stroll and wash your cares away.  The small walk up and order restaurant is on one of the two piers in Anna Maria City.  The Grill and Bait shop is at the end of what used to be known as the Anna Maria City Public Pier prior to 2017 when weather damaged the pier and made it unsecure.  Since then, the pier has been rebuilt and contains the grill, a bait shop and the free Mote aquarium exhibit. There are seats along the pier to sit and relax and take in all the sites to see.

If you walk around the outside of the building you will bump into plenty of folks fishing.  Some are fishing for smaller game while I have seen plenty fishing for sharks.  One other great thing I love about the pier is the outdoor area where the musicians play right on the dock.  Sit down and relax and grab a beverage and watch the fishing, drinking and music.

The Anna Maria City Pier Grill  serves breakfast, lunch, dinner or snacks.  Since the restaurant is at the end of a pier they tend to have easily prepared food such as fries, burgers, salad, eggs, soups as well as some desserts and ice cream from Dips.  On the East side of the building there is a walk up window where you order your food or beverages.  They do have coffee, tea, beer as well as soda.  When your name is called you go grab your food and find a spot at a picnic table or some of the smaller tables under cover.  Unless you are an adrenaline junkie I wouldn’t suggest visiting the Anna Maria City Pier Grill and Bait shop in inclement weather.  It gets quite windy.

We have another great information blog written on the Anna Maria City Public Pier.  Click here for more information on the Anna Maria City Public Pier.

City Pier Restaurant
100 South Bay Blvd
Anna Maria City, Anna Maria Island, FL
(941) 779-1667

Anna Maria City Pier

In Cahoots Bar On Manatee Ave In Bradenton

In Cahoots Bar On Manatee Ave In Bradenton

Looking at it from the outside nothing seems all that special about In Cahoots.  It’s not a stand-alone bar in a distinct building, but one of about a dozen tenants in Pebble Springs Plaza on Manatee Avenue West (State Road 64) just about six miles from Anna Maria Island.  Its bright red sign glows enticingly at night, but from the parking lot on a recent Saturday evening all appeared quiet.  Inside it was a different story with two games of pool and a stage where the karaoke was well underway!

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Scuba Diving Anna Maria Island or Free Diving- Where to Go

Scuba Diving Anna Maria Island or Free Diving- Where to Go

There are two spots where divers can get their fill of Scuba Diving Anna Maria Island. The best news of all is both diving spots are just a few hundred yards off the coast of Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach, Florida.
The first spot is called Spanish Rocks. You can Google that spot as there are lots of professional diver websites that talk about exact locations. A quick synopsis is to drive on to Anna Maria Island using State Route 64 otherwise known as Manatee Avenue. Travel to the South along Gulf Drive, the locals call this stretch “Old Gulf Drive.” Pull over at 33rd street off Gulf where the beach access dead ends into the Gulf. Walk South 6 houses, not an easy task with all your gear but at the sixth house head directly West into the Gulf about about two hundred yards. You will pass by a sandy bottom and you are getting close. The ledges are just 15 – 18 feet down. On a clear day you can catch the rocks from the surface but on a rough day it is very easy to miss. The limestone ledges range from 1 foot to a maximum of 5 feet. Below is a video of what can be found while diving on the Spanish Rocks.

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Why isn’t my fridge cold? Refrigerator concerns are some of the most frequent calls into the Island Real Estate maintenance department.  We often find that even properly functioning refrigerators are not easily capable of meeting the demands of vacation rental.  Here are a few common issues:

FOOD STORAGE INCREASE: Your refrigerator’s internal temperature may noticeably increase if you add a large load of food to it all at once.  (This is especially common when adding warm, or room-temperature liquids such as beer or soda)  Remove any excess or unnecessary items and wait a few hours, and see if the refrigerator’s temperature has returned to normal. If it still isn’t cold enough, check to see if any of the food is blocking the refrigerator’s air vents where the cold air enters the compartment. Move it out of the way, so air can circulate freely through the refrigerator and check the temperature again in a few hours.

CONTROLS SET INCORRECTLY: Your refrigerator may not be cold enough if you do not have the controls set properly. Refrigerators feature either a dial or a digital key pad to adjust the refrigerator’s temperature. If you feel that your refrigerator is too warm, turn the controls to one setting higher. Turning it all the way to the highest setting will not cool your refrigerator any faster, and moving more than one level at a time may damage the refrigerator. Let it sit at the new level for approximately 24 hours so the temperature has time to stabilize before checking to see if it is cold enough. If it is still too warm, adjust it another level.

DOOR LEFT OPEN: When you refrigerator’s door is left open for a prolonged period or frequently, warm air may enter the compartment and raise the temperature. Try to open your refrigerator only when necessary to minimize the warm air that enters. In addition, make sure that you always shut the door firmly when closing it.

Why isn’t my fridge cold?  If your refrigerator is without power, making loud noises or not functioning properly for a period beyond 48 hours, please call our office at (941) 778-6066.  

WHY ISN’T MY WIFI WORKING? – Anna Maria Island Rentals

WHY ISN’T MY WIFI WORKING? – Anna Maria Island Rentals


Why isn’t my wifi working?  Wireless internet can be frustrating at times.  Simple fluctuations in power are often the cause for issues with internet modems and routers.  Most modems in Island Real Estate rental units are provided by Bright House Cable. They can be located anywhere in the house including kitchens, bedrooms, closets, living spaces, and garages.  To locate you modem, look for a small black or gray box connected to a coax cable.  A quick power recycle will solve most issues.  DO NOT push the reset button, as this will often cause additional trouble.

To reset a modem or a gateway (modem-router combination):

  1. Unplug the modem’s power cord.
  2. Remove the battery (usually concealed by a panel in the back or side of the modem).  Note, some modems have batteries and others do not.
  3. Wait 15 seconds and put the battery back in place, and plug the modem back in.
  4. Wait 45 seconds for the cable modem to initialize.
  5. Attempt to browse the Internet again.

A wireless router is a small box that receives the internet signal from the modem and broadcasts it throughout the Anna Maria Island home.  If your rental has a router, it may need a simple power recycle as well.

To reset both a router and a modem:

  1. Unplug the router’s power cord.
  2. Unplug the modem’s power cord.
  3. Remove the modem’s battery (usually concealed by a panel in the back or side of the modem).  Note, all modem’s do not have a battery.
  4. Wait 15 seconds and put the battery back in place, and plug the modem back in.
  5. Wait 45 seconds for the cable modem to initialize.
  6. Plug the router back in.
  7. Wait 45 seconds for the router to initialize.
  8. Attempt to browse the Internet again.

If this does not solve your problem, please call our guest services staff at Island Real Estate (941) 778-6066.  We may need to send one of our technicians to your rental unit, or schedule a service call with internet provider.

Ocean Star Sushi Located in Anna Maria City

Ocean Star Sushi Located in Anna Maria City

Ocean Star sushi is well known by island residents and visitors who have come to Anna Maria Island year after year, and rightfully so. The food is absolutely to die for!

Ocean Star provides fantastic sushi, or you can go for the hibachi option and watch them prepare your meal before your eyes.  The restaurant has seating for about 100 and in high season there can be a significant wait.  The dining area has wooden booths, tables, a liquor bar and outdoor seating right on the water.  Of course no restaurant should serve Sushi if they don’t have a bar area where you can sit and watch the chefs prepare sushi.  The seating at the bar area is about 15.

Ocean Star has a strong take out business as lots of folks call in their sushi order and pick it up to eat at home or an Anna Maria Island Vacation Rental.

Insider tips – be sure to check the specials board for sushi.  For children that don’t like sushi try out the chicken tempura.  Some of my favorite sushi choices – volcano, Hawaiian, spider and caterpillar.  Don’t forget to get yourself some sake where they fill a square glass up to the rim, as full as it can get.

Where: 902 S Bay Blvd, Anna Maria, FL 34216
Phone:  (941) 251-6940
Hours: Open everyday of the week from 4pm – 10pm

Maybe Sushi is not your thing?  View our top ten lists for lots of suggested restaurants.

Rosa Fiorelli Vineyard and Winery in Bradenton, Florida

Rosa Fiorelli Vineyard and Winery in Bradenton, Florida

(Now Manasota Vineyards)

Anna Maria Island is known for it’s beaches but we are slowly showing island visitors that we have lots to offer in the way of eco-tourism.  One such visit would be the Rosa Fiorelli Vineyard and Winery located about half an hour from Anna Maria Island just in Bradenton, Fl.

Rosa Fiorelli Winery is located in Eastern Manatee County and is family owned and operated.  The winery and vineyard have impromptu tours most of the year and as of this writing is open 10 Am through 5:30 PM Monday through Saturday and Sundays Noon – 5 PM EST.  Sorry they are closed on Tuesdays each week.

When you take a tour of the vineyard it takes about half an hour to 45 minutes and the walk is fairly light and would guess the walk in total is a few football fields.  The winery suggests calling ahead to be sure they are having tours and sneakers are fine to wear.  I would not suggest going on a rainy day.

At the end of the vineyard eco tour you walk into the small shop where the guide takes you through about 6-10 wines so you can find the wines you love.  The Rosa Fiorelli winery has produced over 100 award winning wines.

The winery is fairly easy to get to.  Just take State route 64 otherwise known as Manatee Avenue, East until you get to County Road 675 where you take that South and look for the winery at 4250 County Road 675.

Rosa Fiorelli Vineyard and Winery
4250 County Road 675
Bradenton, FL 34211
(941) 322-0976

Maybe you just want some wine from the grocery store?  Don’t fret, there is a grocery store on Anna Maria Island as well as a few liquor stores.

Nature Parks Near Anna Maria Island – Manatee County

Nature Parks Near Anna Maria Island – Manatee County

There are many nature parks near Anna Maria Island. Most visitors to Anna Maria Island know about Robinson’s Preserve located just a few minutes to the East of Holmes Beach. It has fabulous nature trails, a sky high tower that overlooks the park as well as the Tampa Bay.  But, all are not aware there are lots of other Parks and Nature Preserves in Manatee county. Additionally, there is even Leffis Key right on the island!

Below is a list of Manatee County nature parks.
Take a look and let us know which park you enjoy the most!

Nature Parks Near Anna Maria Island

Robinson Preserve
1704 99th Street, NW
Bradenton, FL 34209
(941) 745-3723
Open daily, from sunrise to sunset

De Soto National Memorial – Near Robinson Preserve.
8300 De Soto Memorial Hwy
Bradenton, Florida 34209
Open daily from dawn to dusk. Parking lot closes at 5PM.

Riverview Pointe Preserve – Adjacent to DeSoto National Memorial.
8250 DeSoto Memorial Highway
Bradenton, FL 34209
(941) 745-3723
Open daily and hours vary on season

Jiggs Landing
6106 63rd Street East
Bradenton, FL 34203
(941) 745-3723
Open daily, from sunrise to sunset

Emerson Point Preserve
5801 17th Street West
Palmetto, Fl 34221
(941) 721-6885
Open daily, from sunrise to sunset

Rye Preserve
905 Rye Wilderness Trail
Parrish, FL 34219
(941) 776-0900
Open daily, from sunrise to sunset

Duette Preserve and Headwaters at Duette
2649 Rawls Road
Duette, FL 34251
(941) 776-2295
Open daily, from sunrise to sunset

Leffis Key at Coquina Bay Walk – located at the south end of Anna Maria Island in Bradenton Beach.
2351 Gulf of Mexico Drive
Anna Maria Island, FL 34217
Open daily, from sunrise to sunset

Neal Preserve
12301 Manatee Ave W
Bradenton, FL 34209
(941) 742-5923
Open daily, from sunrise to sunset

Perico Preserve
11700 Manatee Ave W
Bradenton, FL 34209
(941) 737-2254
Open daily, from sunrise to sunset

Top 10 Things for Kids on Anna Maria Island

Top 10 Things for Kids on Anna Maria Island

Today’s blog is about the Top 10 Anna Maria Island Things To Do With Kids.  Essentially,  the best stuff to do on Anna Maria Island.  I’ve come up with a list of the best places to go & the greatest things to do while on your vacay on the island. It’s filled to the rim with mind-blowing fun for everyone, whether it’s mini-golfing or grabbing exotic ice cream – just read this list & choose one, some, or all of the activities to do during your summer, & it’s sure to be a blast.

Top 10 Must-Do’s of Your Summer on A.M.I:

1: Hang at Bayfront Park & have a picnic. This park is right on the beach  located on the north end of the island in Anna Maria & is sure to entertain everyone. They have a playground, covered eating areas, & grills for all of your needs

2: Go fishing off of the Rod & Reel or City Pier. Both located in Anna Maria on the north end of the island, these piers are sure to help you get some big fish. Buy your bait there or bring your own. You don’t even need a license. Just bring your gear to fish &    there’s always someone to help you out.

3: Bring your skateboard and visit Bradenton Riverwalk which is just 20 minutes into Bradenton, Florida.  For Anna Maria Island skating visit the Holmes Beach Skate Park.

4: Go for a round of mini-golfing at the Fish Hole on Bridge Street.  This place is located on the Historic Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach & is tons of fun. With 18 different holes each named after a different fish, fun history, & fish feeding, the Fish Hole is a great place for a post-beach activity.

5: Play volleyball or build a sand castle on the Public Beach. This place has two volleyball courts in the sand, a playground, a cafe right on the beach, & a lifeguard on duty. It also has an ice cream &  gift shop with all of your beach necessities.

6: Rent a kayak & explore the island waters. Many places on the island offer low-rate kayak renting prices with different styles & sizes, as well as the amount of time you can rent them. You can freely take your kayak out into the Gulf of Mexico & paddle along as you travel across the shore & see the sights.

7: Search for unique & pretty shells on the shore near you. On the A.M.I. beaches you can find endless different types of shells, clams, & coquinas in many different shapes & colors. Some of the shells have holes in them, perfect for making a necklace, bracelet, or other jewelry. This multi-purpose task is loads of fun for everyone.

8: Play soccer, football, or baseball at the Holmes Beach or Community Center fields. These places offer the free use of their fields. All you need to bring is your sports gear & a good time. This is a fun way to spend your time, especially if you like sports.

9: Walk down Pine Avenue & explore all the cool shops & attractions. Pine Avenue is known for its unique shops & historic sites. With many boutiques, eateries, & history, the activities are endless. The activities include bocche ball outside of the Olive Oil Outpost, small festivities in front of the Flip-Flop Shop & Candy Stop. The Flip-Flop Shop is also a must-do for kid island vacationers that love sweets & small treats. Yum!

10: Have fun & enjoy your stay on A.M.I. Pick a beach & bodysurf, swim, or soak up the sun. With all of these activities to do & more, you’ll have so much fun.

Just follow these steps and you’ll be guaranteed to enjoy your summer lots & lots. Stick around, because more Kid’s Korner is coming your way. Enjoy your summer!!!