Bridge Street Market in Bradenton Beach

If you have visited our wonderful little island of Anna Maria, then you have probably been to Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach. If you haven’t, then you’re missing out on a lot!
Especially if you are on the Island anytime between November and April. Because that is when the Bridge Street Market takes place!

 

 

Bridge Street Market is held from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm every Sunday in November, through April. The market is located at 107 Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach. Visit your favorite vendors and enjoy fantastic food, beautiful art and jewelry, great local musicians, fresh produce, and much more!

Address: 107 Bridge St, Bradenton Beach, Florida 34217
Contact Number: (215) 906-0668

 

Wildlife Inc. – Animal Rescue on Anna Maria Island

 

 

Wildlife Inc. Education & Rehabilitation Center on Anna Maria Island has been rescuing and rehabilitating wild animals in Manatee and Sarasota County since they opened back in 1988. This animal rescue would not be around if it wasn’t for the tireless dedication of Gail and Ed Straight. This is a non-profit, volunteer run organization for the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned wildlife in Bradenton Beach.

 

Wildlife Inc. Education & Rehabilitation Center is the largest wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center in all of Manatee County! Now that’s impressive!

Since 1988 they have cared for thousands of animals every year. 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. They also supply medicine, food, and surgeries for injured or orphaned animals until they can be released to the wild.

 

Wildlife Inc. Education & Rehabilitation Center also has a unique agreement with Mixon Fruit Farms in Bradenton. Through this agreement, they are able to keep several animals at Mixon’s as a part of educating the public on their tour. So next time you visit Mixon’s Fruit Farm, take time to take the tour as well!

 

Click here to find out what to do if you come across injured or orphaned wildlife while on or near Anna Maria Island, FL. 

Wildlife Inc
Phone:
 (941) 778-6324
PO Box:
1449, Anna Maria, FL 34216
Mixon Fruit Farms Address: 2525 27th St E, Bradenton, FL 34208

 

AMI Rental Equipment – Boats, Kayaks, Etc.

Welcome to Anna Maria Island! We are sure you will find so many fun activities to partake in while you are here in paradise. To make your vacation a little easier, we have included different rental options below and the companies that provide them.

 

The rentals you will find on this page are for: Golf carts, beach equipment, scooters, boats, jet skis, bicycles, kayaks, and paddle boards.

Golf Carts

We have an entire blog dedicated to golf cart rentals on the island, check it out! 

 

Beach Bums Recreational Rentals & Gift Shop
Address: 427 Pine Ave, Anna Maria, FL 34216
Phone: (941) 778-3316

Golf Coast Cart
Phone: (877) 778-7264

Fun and More Rentals
Address: 5347 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Phone: (941) 462-2719

AMI Beach Buggys
Address: 5348 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Phone: (941) 773-3800

Lux Carts
Phone: (941) 254-7775

Robinhood Rentals
Address: 9802 Gulf Dr, Anna Maria, FL 34216
Phone: (941) 920-1996

Island Scooter Store
Address: 5321 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Phone: (941) 778-2255

Beach Equipment

We have an entire blog dedicated to beach equipment rentals on the island, check it out!

 

Beach Bums Recreational Rentals & Gift Shop
Address: 427 Pine Ave, Anna Maria, FL 34216
Phone: (941) 778-3316

Fun and More Rentals
Address: 5347 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Phone: (941) 462-2719

ABC Baby Furniture Rental
Address: 5352 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Phone: (941) 929-1850

Just 4 Fun Rentals
Address: 5358 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Phone: (941) 896-7884

Scooters

Island Scooter Store
Address: 5321 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Phone: (941) 778-2255

AMI Beach Fun Rentals
Address: 3228 E Bay Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Phone: (941) 896-9780

Robinhood Rentals
Address: 9802 Gulf Dr, Anna Maria, FL 34216
Phone: (941) 920-1996

Boats

H2O Water Sportz
Address: 4110 127th St W, Cortez, FL 34215
Phone: (941) 538-4290

AMI Watersports, Boat and Jet Ski Rental
Address: 505 56th St b, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Phone: (941) 773-7175

Bradenton Beach Marina
Address: 402 Church Ave N, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217
Phone: (941) 778-2288

Cortez Watersports
Address: 4328 127th St W, Cortez, FL 34215
Phone: (941) 798-3721

Anna Maria Island Boat Rentals
Address: 524 69th St, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Phone: (952) 393-1894

Jet Skis

AMI Watersports, Boat and Jet Ski Rental
Address: 505 56th St b, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Phone: (941) 773-7175

Coastal Watersports
Address: 1301 Gulf Dr N, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217
Phone: (941) 778-4969

H2O Water Sportz
Address: 4110 127th St W, Cortez, FL 34215
Phone: (941) 538-4290

Bradenton Beach Marina
Address: 402 Church Ave N, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217
Phone: (941) 778-2288

Cortez Watersports
Address: 4328 127th St W, Cortez, FL 34215
Phone: (941) 798-3721

Bicycles 

Beach Bums Recreational Rentals & Gift Shop
Address: 427 Pine Ave, Anna Maria, FL 34216
Phone: (941) 778-3316

Fun and More Rentals
Address: 5347 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Phone: (941) 462-2719

Just 4 Fun Rentals
Address: 5358 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Phone: (941) 896-7884

AMI Beach Fun Rentals
Address: 3228 E Bay Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Phone: (941) 896-9780

Island Scooter Store
Address: 5321 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Phone: (941) 778-2255

AMI Paddleboard Adventures
Phone: (941) 896-6422

Kayaks

Beach Bums Recreational Rentals & Gift Shop
Address: 427 Pine Ave, Anna Maria, FL 34216
Phone: (941) 778-3316

Fun and More Rentals
Address: 5347 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Phone: (941) 462-2719

Kayak Jacks 
Phone: (941)-538-1448

AMI Paddleboard Adventures
Phone: (941) 896-6422

Happy Paddler Kayak Tours & EcoVentures
Phone: (941) 773-1920

Paddle boards 

Beach Bums Recreational Rentals & Gift Shop
Address: 427 Pine Ave, Anna Maria, FL 34216
Phone: (941) 778-3316

AMI Paddleboard Adventures
Phone: (941) 896-6422

Kayak Jacks 
Phone: (941)-538-1448

Fun and More Rentals
Address: 5347 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Phone: (941) 462-2719

Happy Paddler Kayak Tours & EcoVentures
Phone: (941) 773-1920

Salty Buddha Paddle & Yoga Co
Phone: (941) 932-3671

 

 

Golf Cart Rentals on Anna Maria Island

There are plenty of ways to explore the beautiful Island of Anna Maria, including golf carts!
Luckily, the Island has plenty of different golf cart rental options.
Take a look at all the lovely rental companies on AMI that are able to get you all set up with easy transportation for you’re time in paradise.

 

 

Beach Bums
Beach Bums on Pine Avenue provides 4 seat golf carts, 6 seat golf carts, and 8 seat gold carts. You can rent a cart for an hour, a day, 3 days, or a whole week.
Address: 427 Pine Ave, Anna Maria, FL 34216
Phone: (941) 778-3316

 

Golf Coast Carts
Located in Anna Maria City, Golf Coast Carts offers 4 seat golf cart rentals, and 6 seat golf cart rentals. Their carts are able to be rented for a single day, 3 days, or a week.  This company will deliver your cart and pick it up, no need to go anywhere to pick it up yourself!
Phone:  (877) 778-7264

 

Fun and More Rentals
Offering free delivery and pickup for their rentals is Fun and More Rentals in Holmes Beach. They have 4 seat, 6 seat, and 8 seat golf carts to pick from. You can do a single day rental, a 3 day rental, or a week rental.
Phone: (941) 462-2719

 

Lux Carts
If you’re looking for looking for something a little more “fancy” than your average golf cart, Check out Lux Carts! Lux Carts only does weekly rentals rather than daily or 3 day rentals. Though, they have a nice variety of different carts. There are three different 4 seat golf carts (Luxie, LuxVader, and Lux Taxi), two different 6 seat golf carts (Big Lux and DeLux), and a 8 seat golf cart (Lux Limo).
Phone: (941) 254-7775

 

AMI Beach Buggys
AMI Beach Buggys in Holmes Beach has 2015 Polaris GEM® electric golf carts for rent. They have 4 seat carts and 6 seat carts available. This company will also drop off, and pick up your golf cart.
Phone: (941) 773-3800
Address: 5348 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

 

 

Robinhood Rentals AMI
Unlike the other golf cart rentals on Anna Maria Island, Robinhood Rentals AMI offers gas powered golf cart rentals, rather than electric. They have 4 and 6 seat carts available that can be rented for a single day, three days, or one week.
Phone: (941) 920-1996
Address: 9802 Gulf Dr, Anna Maria, FL 34216

 

Island Scooter Store
The final rental company on our list is Island Scooter Store in Holmes Beach. Pick from a 4 – 6 seat golf cart, or a 6 – 8 seat golf cart based on your group size. The carts are rented for; a full day (returned by end of business day), overnight (24 hours), 3 days, or one week.
Phone: (941) 778-2255
Address: 5321 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

 

Where to Vote on Election Day – Anna Maria Island

Below you will find the local locations to cast your vote at on Anna Maria Island.
Remember, it doesn’t matter who you’re voting for, as long as you make your voice heard.

Anna Maria Island Voting Locations:

For Holmes Beach, voters should go to:
. Gloria Dei Lutheran Church (6608 Marina Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217)
Or
St Bernard Catholic Church (248 S Harbor Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217)

For Anna Maria, voters should go to: Roser Memorial Community Church (512 Pine Ave, Anna Maria, FL 34216)

For Bradenton Beach, voters should go to: Bradenton Beach Fire Hall (107 Gulf Dr N, Bradenton Beach, Florida 34217)

 

Polls will be open from 7am – 7pm on election day. You will need to bring a valid and current photo and signature ID. 

Local Music Festivals and Events

Amazing live music, exceptional talent, and it’s all taking place in practically our own backyard. These local music festivals and events are sure to impress.
Take a look at all the sweet-sounding occasions that occur every year in our area.

Anna Maria Island 

Symphony on the Sand
Symphony on the Sand is an event that takes place every year at Coquina Gulfside Park in Bradenton Beach. This event features live music by the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra (AMICCO). There will also be delicious small plates prepared by local restaurants, and of course beer and wine.  Take a visit AMI’s pristine Coquina Beach , all while enjoying live music and a picturesque sunset over the Gulf of Mexcio.
Where: Gulf Dr S, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217
When: Second Saturday of November
Time: 4:30pm – 7:30pm
Tickets: Tickets for Symphony on the Sand range from $20 to $150

 

Bradenton 

Bradenton Blues Festival:
A weekend full of exceptional live blues music, food vendors, and local craft beer is exactly what you’re in store for at the annual BRADENTON BLUES FESTIVAl in Downtown Bradenton. This event sells out FAST, so if you’re going to be in town or on the island during this time of year and want to attend this fun filled festival, purchase your tickets ASAP! This event is produced by the non-profit organization Realize Bradenton, and proceeds will support Realize Bradenton’s free youth, art, and music programs for the community.
Where: 452 3rd Ave W, Bradenton, FL, 34205
When: First weekend of December (Friday – Sunday)
Time: Begins 6pm Friday, ends 2pm Sunday
Tickets: Tickets for the festival range from $10 – $100

 

Music in the Park:
Picture yourself watching a beautiful sunset over the Manatee River, all while listening to amazing local musicians. That is exactly what the event MUSIC IN THE PARK is all about. This family-friendly occasion also offers snacks and beverages, including local craft beer and wine, for purchase. It is encouraged to bring a picnic basket, blankets and chairs, and even your furry friend (as long as they’re on a leash of course).
Where: Mosaic Amphitheater at the Bradenton Riverwalk (606 3rd Ave. West Bradenton, FL 34205)
When: Begins the second Friday of March, and continues every Friday until the last Friday of April.
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Tickets: Free event

Sarasota

Sarasota Music Festival
The Sarasota Music Festival is a three week long event that occurs every June. This musical affair features internationally recognized guest artists, and student musicians from around the world. The beautiful music and amazing talent that is produced at this musical event is enough reason to make the Sarasota Music Festival one of the most exceptional classical-music events in the country.
Where: Holley Hall at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236
AND Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236
When: Typically the event begins the first Sunday of June, and ends the last Sunday of June
Tickets: To purchase tickets for this event please go to the the Sarasota Orchestra website

 

 

Giving Hunger the Blues & Jazz on the Bay 
Known as “Sarasota’s Favorite Outdoor Music Festival”, the Giving Hunger the Blues & Jazz on the Bay Festival raises awareness and funds a local not-for-profit organization called The Mayors Feed The Hungry Program. This event takes place at the grounds of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center along Sarasota Bay. featuring local and regional talent, and tons of tasty food from the areas finest restaurants. All proceeds from Giving Hunger the Blues & Jazz on the Bay go to supporting local hungry families over the holiday season.
Where: 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236
When: The 2018 event was different compared to the prior years.
The 2018 event features not one but TWO days of music during the second weekend of October (Saturday and Sunday).
Time: Begins 3:00pm Saturday and ends 8:30pm Sunday
Tickets: Tickets for the event are $15

 

Where to Rent Beach Equipment on AMI

This blog is here to make your next trip to the beaches of Anna Maria Island a bit easier and less stressful.
Below is a complete list of rental companies on the island that supply beach equipment you can rent.

Beach Bums Recreational Rentals & Gift Shop
Located on Pine Avenue in Anna Maria City, Beach Bums offers a variety of necessities to rent for your perfect day in the sun. The beach equipment  you can rent from here includes; Umbrellas, beach chairs, neso tents, coolers, beach carts, and even corn toss! all of Beach Bums beach supplies are high quality, and they even offer free delivery.
Address: 427 Pine Ave, Anna Maria, FL 34216
Phone: (941) 778-3316
Hours: Open everyday of the week from 9am – 5pm
Click here to see rental and pricing info

 

Fun and More Rentals
If you are totally unprepared for a day at the beach, Fun and More Rentals has got you covered. If you forgot to bring a beach towel to dry off, no problem, they have some that you can rent! I mean they basically have EVERYTHING you could ever need for the beach, including; Party barges, boogie boards, corn hole, beach toys, gas grills, children’s life jackets, chairs, umbrellas, and so much more! They even do beach wheelchair rentals!
Fun and More Rentals also offers free delivery.
Address: 5347 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Phone: (941) 462-2719
Hours: Open everyday of the week from 9am – 6pm
Click here to see rental and pricing info

 

ABC Baby Furniture Rental
Don’t worry, ABC Baby Furniture Rental’s offers more than just cribs and highchairs. They actually offer a lot more than just baby gear, including beach equipment. They have supplies for the little ones like baby floats, kids beach wagons, and beach toys. But they also offer beach umbrellas, chairs, and more. ABC Baby Furniture Rental’s also has pick-up locations in Sarasota and Siesta Key.
Address: 5352 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Phone: (941) 929-1850
Hours:
Open Monday – Friday from 10am – 4pm,
Saturday from 10am – 3pm,
Closed Sundays
Click here to see pricing and rental info 

 

Just 4 Fun Rentals
Just 4 Fun Rentals carries all the basic beach necessities you’ll need. Their rental options include; chairs, umbrellas, wagons, canopies, and boogie boards! Free delivery is also available!
Address: 5358 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Phone: (941) 896-7884
Hours: Open everyday of the week from 9am – 5pm
Click here to see rental and pricing info

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

Eat Anna Maria Island Oysters While Vacationing

Anna Maria- When vacationing on the coast eating fresh seafood is a must, and Anna Maria Island Oysters are no exception. With countless restaurants on the island, finding some delicious oysters to eat is easier than ever!

Anna Maria Island Oysters

Many people believe humans have eaten oysters since the Roman times from evidence of oyster farms in France and the United Kingdom. Crazy right?

Oysters can be found in all of the world’s oceans. They are bivalve mollusks that have rough irregular shells. While most oysters are edible, there is a difference between food oysters and pearl oysters. Even though it is possible, most food oysters don’t produce pearls. Both are also in two different families of bivalves.

Surprisingly enough, oysters breathe much like fish, using both gills and mantle. They can be both male or female, and can change genders one or more times throughout their life.

Health Benefits

Oysters are one of the most nutritionally balanced foods because they have proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids in them. Just eating four or five medium sized oysters supply the recommended daily source of iron, copper, iodine, magnesium, calcium, zinc, manganese and phosphorus!

Where to celebrate!

With so many restaurants on the island, there’s plenty of options for eating Anna Maria Island Oysters! Here’s a few to think of going to:

AMOB on the Pier– Located in Bradenton Beach, enjoy delicious oyster platters such as Grandma Georgie’s Chipotle Oysters, Rockefeller or an oyster sampler.

Anna Maria Island Oysters
Eat at AMOB on the Pier!

 Island Gourmet Grill– Serving baked oysters with toppings such as cheese, bacon, and jalapenos, there’s no way to go wrong here! You can find Island Gourmet on Holmes Beach.

Anna Maria Island Oysters
Enjoy yummy oysters at Island Gourmet!

Island Fresh Market– Specializing in locally caught and grown food, the Fresh Market serves oysters caught right around the island! You can order them cooked or raw. You can find them on Holmes Beach!

Be sure to enjoy Anna Maria Island Oysters on your next visit!

Beach Warning Flags – Swim Safely on Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island – While relaxing on the beautiful beaches of Anna Maria Island you may notice beach warning flags. A notice of swimming conditions, You’ll see them flying from the lifeguard stands at Manatee Beach in Holmes Beach and Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach. These are color coded flags to warn you about different conditions that you as a beachgoer should be aware of.

What the beach warning flags mean

Double Red – No swimming allowed

Red – Swim with extreme caution due to strong currents or rough surf

Yellow – Swim with caution due to strong currents or rough surf

Green – Swimming allowed, calm conditions

Purple – Presence of marine pests such as jellyfish, sharks, stingrays or red tide

In 2005 the Florida Legislature introduced the uniform beach flag system. Florida’s beach flag program uses four colors accompanied by interpretive signs along the beach to explain swimming conditions. All public beaches in Florida with lifeguards must use the state flag system. With a quick glance at the lifeguard stand beachgoers are informed about the existing water conditions. Life guards will monitor conditions changing the flags throughout the day in order to keep patrons informed. Follow the link for swimming conditions prior to your beach visit.

Just in time for the summer season 2014 additional beach flags will be posted at two fire stations in MANATEE COUNTY. One fire stations is on the island: Fire Station No. 1 at 6001 Marina Drive on Holmes Beach next to the Island Real Estate office and the second fire station is on the way approaching the island via Cortez Road: 10350 Cortez Road, Bradenton.

Lifeguards will communicate with firefighters to change the flags as necessary.

So, just check today’s beach flag color, apply sunscreen and enjoy your day on the beautiful beaches on Anna Maria Island. You might also like to check out what the Island Real Estate team brings along in their beach bags or take a live look at the beach via the Island Real Estate beach cam.