Top Annual Events Anna Maria Island

Catch the top annual events Anna Maria Island style! No matter what time of year you vacation on Anna Maria Island there is always an event to discover. The Island is home to over a dozen annual events happening throughout the year. From food to the arts, and even classic car shows; Anna Maria Island loves a celebration. Anna Maria Island events often put an emphasis on a family friendly atmosphere. They cater to all ages groups with activities for both young and old within the same event.

Annual Events Anna Maria Island

Below we have compiled a list of the top annually running events on Anna Maria Island. Don’t miss these during your stay! They have been conveniently organized by the season in which they occur. Starting with Winter and ending with Fall.


Anna Maria Island winter events
Winter Events on Anna Maria Island offer family fun!

This is a fun time of year as cool weather drives locals and visitors off the beaches into warmer activities. Unless you have a wet suit to keep you warm, or are staying in a rental with a heated pool, many folks don’t care for swimming. Even in the mild Florida winter weather. Winter events on Anna Maria Island provide a great opportunity for unique holiday shopping. Also enjoy entertainment across the island’s three cities.

There are five holiday related events found on the island in the month of December. These include the Privateers Christmas Parade, Winter Fest, The lighting of Bridge Street and the Lighted Boat Parade. Click on the link here to read about these holiday happenings. Pine Avenue in the city of Anna Maria also offers a holiday walk. Typically happening in mid December the Pine Avenue Holiday walk offers carolers and shopping along with refreshments provided by Pine Avenue businesses.

One of the areas most popular events happening in the middle of winter is the Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival.  This event actually takes place off island in the old Cortez Fishing Village located just over the Cortez Bridge. This event has been running for over 30 years drawing a crowd of 10,000. The Cortez Fishing Festival happens in February, usually the second weekend of the month. A celebration of the commercial fishing industry in Cortez, this event raises funds to preserve local mangrove wetlands to ensure and protect a healthy fish and wildlife population.



Spring on Anna Maria Island brings us gorgeous weather. There are many days of clear skies, perfectly crisp breezes and warm sunshine. There are four annual Spring events you can’t miss if you are visiting at this wonderful time of year.

A fun annual event for 18 years and counting, the Beach Bistro St. Patricks Day Parade usually features dancers, cyclists, bag pipers, live animals and a rowdy bunch of green clad island folks ready for a party. Hosted by the Beach Bistro, this event always offers fun and laughs for all ages.

A celebration of local arts and artists, Spring Fest has been hosted by the Anna Maria Island Art League for 28 years. In addition to arts and crafts, Spring Fest offers live music and fabulous food vendors. This event takes place in the Holmes Beach city field located at 5901 Marina Drive. This event usually takes place the first weekend in March or April.

The Annual Sandbar Easter Egg Hunt is always a crowd pleaser for the entire family. Kids search for Eggs on the beach, then everyone joins in on the Easter parade down Pine Avenue for kid games, face painting and refreshments provided by the Sandbar.

Food and Wine on Pine is a fabulous foodie event offering selections from the area’s best restaurants along with great wine selections. Enjoy live music while you taste your way through this fun event.


Summer fun on Anna Maria Island
Hot Summer days end with gorgeous sunsets on Anna Maria Island.

Summer is a favorite time of year on Anna Maria Island. The summer island life consists of hot days, rainy afternoons and relaxing beach goers. Find crowded beaches lined with turtle nests, baby shorebirds begging for fish, and happily sunbathing patrons. Temperatures of the Gulf of Mexico are warm. Perfect for relaxing on a floaty with a cold drink in hand. While the beach is really the main attraction during summer months, the island also offers a few fun events.

While technically falling in the Spring, Memorial Day Weekend is the start of summer fun and warm Florida weather. A bustling weekend full of people swimming, tanning and spending a long weekend with family, Memorial Day is a great time to simply enjoy being a beach bum. There are no big events, However, Memorial Day does serve as a great time to trolley hop around Anna Maria Island. You’ll enjoy exploring different beaches, fabulous shopping, and amazing restaurants.

There’s nothing more fun than a small town patriotic parade, and Anna Maria Island’s 4th of July Parade is the perfect example. Starting on the southern end of the Island at Coquina Beach the parade makes it’s way up the island throwing candy, beads and trinkets for the kids spreading 4th of July cheer along the way.

Every year there are two public fireworks displays put on by Chiles Restaurant Group at the Beach House and Sandbar restaurants. Most years the Beach House fireworks show happens July 3rd with the Sandbars display following on the 4th. Occasionally the fireworks display has been canceled at the Beach House out of respect to the island’s precious nesting shorebirds that enjoy the strip of coast in very close proximity to the restaurant.



Fall on Anna Maria Island brings us a slight respite from hot days transitioning into warm days allowing the swimming season to continue up until December in most years. This time of year brings the island several great family fun events!

Fall is packed with Annual events!

Bay Fest is the largest running event on Anna Maria Island. This event takes place on Pine Avenue. At Bay Fest you’ll enjoy food, music, vendors and a car show.

The Anna Maria Island Fall Festival happens in the Holmes Beach city field at 5901 Marina Drive in Holmes Beach. Taking place just before Halloween, this event kicks off with a Halloween Parade starting at Anna Maria Island elementary and ending at the city field.

Trick or Treating house to house is not a popular tradition among island neighborhoods. Therefore, the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce hosts a three city wide Trail of Treats sponsored by local businesses. The Trail of Treats starts with a kids costume contest at the Chamber of Commerce located at 5313 Gulf Drive. After the contest kids and parents are welcome to stroll around the Holmes Beach town center collecting candy from businesses from 4-6pm. After cruising through Holmes Beach, head up to Pine Avenue or down to Bridge Street for additional trick or treating from 5-8pm. Typically this event happens on or just before Halloween depending if the Holiday falls on a weekend.

Anna Maria Islanders greatly anticipate Stone Crab Season. Starting in mid October, Floridians and Island locals begin harvesting Stone Crabs by the bucket load. The Cortez Stone Crab Festival, happening in early November, is a fabulous way to enjoy this locally sourced seafood.

Wrapping up autumn events the annual Arts Hop is a great way to experience local arts, crafts, music and food. This island wide celebration of arts and culture is organized by the Cultural Connections of Anna Maria Island. This three day event includes art walks, theater performances and a beach front chorus and orchestra performance called “Symphony on the Sand”.

Enjoy Annual Events Anna Maria Island Style!

Vacation Rentals and Accommodations on Anna Maria Island

When looking for the perfect accommodation on Anna Maria Island, Island Real Estate is the best choice with the island’s largest selection of vacation rental homes to choose from.

North Beach Village Anna Maria Island vacation rental
North Beach Village unit 63 is tucked into a quiet neighborhood just a short walk to gulf beaches. This Holmes Beach Vacation rental sleeps up to 6 guests, and is centrally located putting you near all the island’s best events! Click on the image above to reserve your stay at North Beach Village 63 today.


Historic Bridge Street Anna Maria Island

Historic Bridge Street is a quaint strip of restaurants and shops on the south end of Anna Maria Island. Once the site of the first bridge connecting the island to mainland Bradenton, Bridge Street is still a special place. Check out our list of things to know about Bridge Street.

Historic Bridge Street
Find tons of things to do on Historic Bridge Street! Try fishing from the pier.

Historic Bridge Street – Bradenton Beach City Pier

At the very end of Bridge Street you’ll find the Bradenton Beach city pier. Here you’ll enjoy views of Sarasota Bay as you walk along the site of the original bridge to the island. After many updates the pier still stands today. Now you can find great fishing, a bait shop and the Anna Maria Oyster Bar restaurant.

Shopping on Bridge Street

You’ll also find great shopping when you visit Bridge Street. You’ll find gifts, local art, jewelry while visiting the strip. While shopping stop in for a massage and spa treatment and Searenity beach spa and eco-boutique. For additional information about shops visit the Bridge Street Merchants website.

Dining and Nightlife

There are a variety of places to dine on Bridge Street including casual, high end and breakfast too. Enjoy The Blue Marlin, Island Creperie, and the Bridge Street Bistro to name a few. For the nightlife scene you can visit Bridge Tender Inn, Island Time Bar and Grill, or even the Drift Inn. You’ll find these places open a little later than the average island establishment.

Happenings and Events

Throughout the year you’ll find different things to do on Bridge Street. The local Merchants host several events such as Christmas on Bridge Street, pubic art shops and the occasional market.

Nearby Accommodations and Beach Rentals

There are many great Anna Maria Island Beach rentals near Bridge Street. You’ll find cottages, condos and single family homes available in Bradenton Beach.

Anna Maria Island beach rentals Bradenton Beach
Bermuda Bay Club unit 25 is just a short walk from gulf beaches with accommodations for up to 6 guests! Click on the image to book your stay at Bermuda Bay Club!


Top 10 Anna Maria Island November Activites

Anna Maria Island November Activities are fun for the entire family! Fall is a great time of year to visit the island with your friends and loved ones. Give thanks island style this November while you try out these top 10 activities.

Anna Maria Island November Activities

Once you visit the island in November, you’ll want to spend every fall here! Follow our Top 10 Anna Maria Island November Activities guide, and enjoy paradise too.

1. Fall Shell Hunt

For some, the gulf starts to get a bit too cold for swimming in November. Visitors from the north might disagree, however everyone can agree on a November shell hunt. Walk along the beach and look for Fall colored seashells for a taste of Florida November.

Anna Maria Island November Activities
Find Fall colors with Anna Maria Island Sea Shells!

2. Cortez Stone Crab Festival

Join in on a tasty fun time with the 5th Annual Stone Crab Festival in Cortez Fishing Village! You’ll find fresh off the boat Stone Crab, live music, kid zone, artists and a beer tent. This event also benefits the Manatee Chapter of Fishing for Freedom. Visit Nov. 5th and 6th from 9am-6pm.

Anna Maria Island November activities guide
Visit the Cortez Stone Crab Festival.

3. Venice Chalk Festival

Head off island for one of the countries best Chalk Festivals. Located in Venice, about an hour from Anna Maria Island, this street art festival is truly impressive. Over 100 artists from all over the world create temporary master pieces with chalk. Attend this event Nov. 11-14.

4. Arts Hop

Anna Maria Island offers a two weekend long arts event in November. You’ll find tons of arts related events and participating organizations during Arts Hop! Events include art walks, plays, demonstrations and more. Visit Nov. 11-13 or Nov. 18-20.

Anna Maria Island November Activities
An island wide arts event for the entire family!

5. Sunbathe on the Beach.

Anna Maria Island air temperatures range from the upper 70’s to the upper 50’s during November. In fact, you can even get a Fall sun burn if you aren’t careful! Enjoy laying out on the beach and soaking in the sun.

6. Pick Veggies at Hunsader Farms.

Less than an hour drive from the island, Bradenton’s Hunsader Farms is great for picking your own fresh produce. During the month of November you can pick a great selection of veggies. Black eyed peas, eggplant, green beans, Okra, purple hull peas, tomatoes and zipper peas too! Fields close at 3:30 Monday through Saturday.

Anna Maria Island November Activities
Pick Florida Fall Produce at Hunsader Farms.

7. Go for a Trolley ride.

We may not have hay rides on Anna Maria Island, but we do have a fantastic free trolley! Enjoy November on Anna Maria Island and comfortably go sightseeing too. The free trolley runs almost the entire length of the island. Typically one will pass by every 15-20 minutes.

8. Do Thanksgiving on AMI.

Gather the entire family for a Florida Thanksgiving at one of the many great Anna Maria Island beach rentals! There’s nothing like eating turkey while digging your toes into powder soft sand.

Anna Maria Island November Activities
Give thanks for Anna Maria Island Vacations!

9. Avoid Black Friday – Shop online!

Who needs the Black Friday headache? Crowded stores, looking for parking spots, searching for that perfect something. Avoid it all this year and shop online! If you haven’t planned your Anna Maria Island vacation, now is a great time to check out your options! Relax at home, shop on, and buy vacation experiences instead of more stuff!

Anna Maria island beach rentals thanksgiving
Coquina Sands is a great Thanksgiving Anna Maria Island beach rental. Sleep up to 6 guests with a pool and spa! Click on the image to learn more about Coquina Sands.

10. Thanksgiving Nature Walk

Burn off all the food you ate on Thanksgiving with a family nature walk at Leffis Key. Located on the southern end of the island, Leffis Key is less than a mile long. Enjoy views of Sarasota Bay, Mangrove marsh and wildlife while walking the shell and boardwalk paths.

Give thanks and enjoy Anna Maria Island November Activities!

Anna Maria Island Activities November
Visit Anna Maria Island for November!


Anna Maria Fall Festival – All Welcome!

The Anna Maria Elementary Fall Festival is back again! All are welcome to participate in this fun family event benefiting the school.

This year’s festival takes place on October 22 at the Holmes Beach City Hall field, 5901 Marina Drive. The event runs from 10am-2pm. Prior to the event, AME students will meet at the Chamber of Commerce. After meeting, students will join in on a parade procession to the field.

Once at the field the day’s big event will begin. There will be a bounce house in addition to carnival games from each of the AME classes.

Also find Kona Ice, pizza from the Feast restaurant and fish tacos from The Waterfront.

There will be a lemonade stand to support aid in Haiti, and a mini bake sale to support the school.

Wear your Halloween costume to this great day of fun!

The AME PTO hosts the event, and they do a fantastic job. This is one of the largest annual fundraisers for AME, so be sure to stop by and support our school!

Fall Festival
Fall Festival 2016

Anna Maria Bay Fest 2016

The Anna Maria Bay Fest is back again! This years event runs from 10am-10pm Saturday, October 15th. and will be on Pine Avenue as usual.

Anna Maria Bay Fest

The event is a show case of food, arts and crafts, exotic and classic cars and music. Additionally, this is a family friendly event with a kid zone and bounce house.


Throughout the day there will be live music too! Mike Sales will be the emcee with the following musical acts.

KoKo Ray & The Keepers 11-12:30
Whiskey Blind 1-3pm
Billy Rice: 3:30-5pm
soulRcoaster 5:30 – 7:30
The Karen & Jimmy Band 8 – 10


You’ll find something for everyone to eat with this list of food vendors. In addition to great food options, you’ll find beer, wine and cocktails.

T & L Bar-B-Q Award Winning Ribfest Bar- B-Q
The Waterfront Restaurant
The Feast Restaurant
Corky’s Hot Dogs
Coastal Crab
Joey D’s
Riverside Rollin’ Smoke
Ellas Greek Restaurant
AMI Privateers
Joey’s Italian Ice
Coco Loco
Kona Ice


Enjoy over a 100 classic, exotic and muscle cars to see during Bay Fest. There will be over 100 vendors to peruse. Vendors will offer a wide selection of wares including art, jewelry and more.

The Event is hosted and organized by the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce.

Anna Maria Bay Fest
Join in on the fun at the Anna Maria Bay Fest!

Top 10 Anna Maria Island October Activities

Anna Maria Island October activities are a great way to enjoy Autumn island style! This is a beautiful time of year to visit with warm weather, fewer crowds and plenty of things to do. You’ll love Anna Maria Island in October!

Top 10 Anna Maria Island October Activities

Below is our list of must do activities for those visiting during the month. Try a few or try them all.

1 Pumpkin Spice Latte at Donut Experiment

A trip to the island is not complete without a tasty treat from the donut experiment. This is also a great time to pick up one of their seasonal Pumpkin Spice lattes and a custom donut too! We recommended the cinnamon sugar donut to complement your latte.

2 Fall Festival at Anna Maria Elementary

Help support the Anna Maria Elementary PTO and visit the Fall Festival. This great event not only benefits the school, but is a fun family activity. You’ll find kid activities, bounce house, bake sale and great vendors too! The event will be Oct. 22, 2016 at the Holmes Beach City Field at 5901 Marina Drive.

3 Head to Bay Fest in Anna Maria

The 16th annual Bay Fest is a great way to celebrate an Anna Maria Island October! This is one of the largest events on the island, and offers great family fun. Enjoy live music, tons of food, adult beverages, crafts and a huge car show. The event runs 10am-10pm on October 15th on Pine Avenue.

4 Go for a swim

Anna Maria Island does start to cool off in October, however, the average daily temperature still hovers in the upper 80’s. This means the island is still perfect for beach trips. Grab your suit and hop in the water!

5 Visit the Artists’ Guild Gallery

The October 2016 theme for the Artists’ Guild Gallery window is “Return to Paradise”. Stop by and see local artists works explaining why so many visitors return to Anna Maria Island every fall and winter!

6 Make Sand Dollar Cinnamon Cookies

Sand Dollar cookies are fun and delicious too. Check out this easy seasonal cookie recipe perfect for an Anna Maria Island October.

7 Eat Stone Crab Claws

Stone Crab Season starts in mid October for the Florida gulf coast, so be sure to try this seasonal delight! Anna Maria Island is located just across the bridge from Cortez Fishing Village. Come Stone Crab Season, there is no shortage of claws.

8 Take a sunset cruise

The Island may not have falling leaves, but finding fall colors during an Anna Maria Island October is easy. Wait for sunset and you won’t be disappointed with the rich oranges you’ll enjoy! Reserve yourself a spot on a sunset cruise and enjoy fall island style.

9 Watch the game at Slim’s Place

For many, Fall means Football. Head over to Slim’s Place in Anna Maria and catch a game. You’ll also enjoy delicious menu items, friendly service and a casual atmosphere. Slim’s is a sports bar, however is a family friendly option.

10 Dress up for the Trail of Treats

If you are on the island for Halloween, the Trail of Treats is a must for kids! Each year businesses across the island participate in handing out candy. Sponsored by the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, this event begins in the Holmes Beach commercial areas then moves to Anna Maria and Bradenton Beach. Always a perfect ending to Anna Maria Island October Activities!


Anna Maria Island October
Anna Maria Island October activities are fun!

Anna Maria Island October Beach Rentals

If you are looking to plan a last minute getaway to Anna Maria Island this October, Island Real Estate has great options!

Check out “The Villas”! New to the Island Real Estate beach rental inventory, “The Villas” are just a block from gulf beaches! Units 1-4 offer accommodations for up to 4 guests and unit 5 accommodates 6. “The Villas” base rates range from $595-$735/Week making them an affordable last minute getaway! Enjoy the heated pool along with this fantastic Bradenton Beach location. You’ll be within walking distance to many great island attractions. Reserve your stay at one of “The Villas” today!

Villa 1 Villa 2 Villa 3 Villa 4 Villa 5

Anna Maria Island Beach Rental
“The Villas” are great for a last minute beach rental on Anna Maria Island!

Anna Maria Elementary International Peace Day 2016

In observation of International Peace Day, Anna Maria Elementary hosted a celebration of Peace for all ages. Parents, students, teachers and locals all came together for a special day.

What is International Peace Day?

September 21st is The International Day of Peace. The United Nations established this special day in 1989, and is observed globally. The UN declared the day as “commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples”. This day contributes to a global culture of peace, and gives the world an opportunity to set aside differences, and practice kindness and understanding.

Anna Maria Elementary Peace Celebration

The school celebrated peace on September 23. It was truly a special day bringing together all ages in a commitment to peace. The Manatee County Rotary Club and Manatee High School Drum line also joined the elementary students.

Starting the day off, Principal Jackie Featherstone welcomed the crowd at this well attended event. School counselor Susan Tabicman organized the day in addition to the help of sponsorship from the Rotary Club. Next, the High School drum line and Elementary students marched in a parade across the campus. The High School students kept beat with a great cadence while the younger children held flags from around the world.

Students raised the U.S. flag and the crowd observed the National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance.

One student from each grade two through five spoke in front of the crowd. These students made powerful statements about the meaning of peace. Well spoken, these students truly moved the crowd and made proud parents. Each grade level sang a song about peace with the help of Teacher Wooten and Teacher Ruise. It was adorable to say the least.

Pictures from Peace Day

International Peace Day
The Anna Maria Elementary Peace Day Celebration was well attended!

Finally, the event closed with a song sung all together. The entire group stood and held up peace signs making for the perfect ending to the celebration.

Check out our Instagram for a short video from the day too!

Anna Maria Island Fall Tourist Guide

The Anna Maria Island fall tourist guide is a great resources for visitors and locals alike! After a hot summer, fall welcomes cooler weather and fun activities! Along with these great activities, also check out suggested Fall family beach rentals.

Anna Maria Island Fall Tourist Guide

Here are our top eight things to do, and know during Fall on Anna Maria Island. Furthermore, find out why this is a fantastic time of year to plan an Anna Maria Island beach vacation!

Anna Maria Island Fall Tourist Guide
Fall is a lovely time of year for an Anna Maria Island Vacation! Enjoy the Anna Maria Island Fall Tourist Guide, and plan your stay today!

Morning Beach Walk

Fall is an amazing time for a quiet walk on the beach with the sunrise. This is also a great time to catch up on some beach combing. Early morning temperatures are beautiful in Autumn. However, you will find that fall doesn’t necessarily mean it won’t be hot by mid day. For this reason, it’s nice to get up early while there is a crisp morning breeze off the gulf. Grab a cup of coffee, slip on your flip flops, and enjoy the peace of the beach at day break!

Beach Markets

Mid Fall, usually in November, is when all the beach markets begin their season. With the produce growing season underway, and weather that’s a tad less hot, markets are a great fall attraction. The Coquina Beach Market and Bridge Street Market are the two most popular on Anna Maria Island. However, here is a list of local markets to visit off island as well.

Wildlife Viewing, fall migration and local parks

As early as late summer you will notice an increase in local wildlife. For the expert wildlife viewers, it’s no secret that fall is the height of migration in Florida. This is when both the human and feathered snow birds make their early descent to Anna Maria Island.

Fall is an amazing time of year to get out to our local parks and preserves. Again, the weather is starting to cool, so enjoying the outdoors is more bearable than the summer months. During your visit check this list of parks and preserves on or around the island. These great locations give you the opportunity to get up close with Florida wildlife!

Go Swimming!

That’s right, you can still go for a swim in the Autumn months! Gulf of Mexico temperatures hang around 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit between September and December. This is not to say we don’t occasionally get below the 70’s, but these water temperatures are still swimable. Especially if you are visiting from the north, you will find Gulf temperatures very nice. On the other hand, locals tend to stop swimming a bit earlier. Really personal preference plays a big part in Fall island swimming.

Stone Crabs and Fishing

Stone Crab season starts mid October for the Florida gulf coast. While one of the countries oldest fishing villages lies just inland from Anna Maria Island; this is an anticipated time of year. Cortez fishing village is a great place to find fresh off the boat seafood. You’ll find Stone Crab so fresh it goes from the boat, to the boiling pot to your mouth! Going on in early November, check out the Cortez Stone Crab Festival too!

Anytime of year is great for Florida fishing, and Fall isn’t too bad either! Florida boasts the title “Fishing Capital of the World” because of great year round weather and angling. Fishing charters are just as popular in the fall as any time of year on the island!

Fall Festivals

This is the time of year when festival season starts for Islanders. There are several annual events that happen as the weather starts to change. You’ll find the Fall Festival, The Trail O Treats, Arts Hop and Bay Fest all going on throughout Autumn.

Find Fall colors with a sunset

While the trees and leaves may not turn to the striking hues of ocher, umber and rust orange, the sunsets surly do! Experience the turning of the season with one of the sunsets the Florida west coast is know for. Gather your family and friends to enjoy the peace of a sunset. This is one of the best times of day for beach photography too!

Anna Maria Island Fall Tourist Guide Beach Rentals

Autumn is a lovely time of year to gather the family at a beach rental! What Anna Maria Island Fall tourist guide would be complete without suggested accommodations? Island Real Estate has the island’s largest selection of homes to choose from, so plan your vacation today!

Anna Maria Island beach rentals

Casa Sierra 205 B is an excellent beach rental just a short walk from the gulf. This condo style home sleeps up to 6 guests with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Fall family beach trips were never so relaxed!

Anna Maria Island beach rentals
Casa Sierra 205 B 36th Street in Holmes Beach. 2 Bedroom.

A Mermaid Crossing is a lovely family gathering place for up to 6 guests with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. This spacious home offers a heated pool and decor with a designer look. Less than a block to the beach!

Beach rental Anna Maria Island
A Mermaid Crossing 120 50th Street in Holmes Beach. 3 Bedroom.

Beachy Blue is just down the street from gulf beaches, and offers lovely accommodations. Enjoy the heated pool and spa with great coastal decor! Sleep up to 8 guests with 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms.

Anna Maria Island vacation rentals Holmes Beach
Beachy Blue 129 52nd Street in Holmes Beach. 4 Bedroom.

My Sisters Beach House sleeps up to 10 guests with 5 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. This fun house offers a gorgeous heated pool and spa along with canal views and a short walk to Tampa Bay beaches! You’re family will love the game room and outdoor balconies too!

Anna Maria vacation beach rentals
My Sisters Beach House 520 Bay view Place in Anna Maria. 5 Bedroom.

Waterfront Retreat is a unique canal front home made for entertaining large groups! This 6 bedroom house offers accommodations for 14 guests with 3 full bath and 2 half baths. Enjoy the heated pool, canal views and fantastic bar area!

Anna Maria beach rentals
Waterfront Retreat 5132 Loquat in Anna Maria. 6 Bedroom.

National Guacamole Day Anna Maria Island

September 16th 2016 is National Guacamole Day. Everyone loves guacamole and Anna Maria Island is no exception.

National Guacamole Day

Guacamole is the perfect blend of creamy and tangy. Sometimes it has tomatoes, and sometimes it has a hint of spice. It’s great on tacos, chips, toast and serves as an amazing topping on just about anything. Some even use it in Ice Cream too!

Guacamole Facts

  • Guacamole dates back to the 1500’s when Aztecs made it.
  • “Guac” is a common short name for guacamole.
  • Use Florida, California or Hass avocados to make a good guacamole.
  • Different types of Avocados have a different flavor and texture.
  • Restaurants always charge for extra “Guac”.
  • Everyone loves guacamole because it’s amazing!

Places to Celebrate National Guacamole Day on Anna Maria Island

There are several restaurants on Anna Maria Island that serve guacamole. Below we have three suggestions for enjoying a heaping serving of the tasty green stuff.

Poppo’s Taqueria is a local small restaurant chain. The first store also opened on the city of Anna Maria’s Pine Avenue. This Tex-Mex style restaurant offers scratch made flour tortillas, hormone free meat, and organic veggies. Poppo’s guacamole is out of this world amazing. Poppo’s makes all their food right in front of you, and you get to choose all your toppings too! Their menu includes tacos, burritos, quesadillas and meals in bowls. Poppo’s staff prepares everything on site including their guac, sauces, and slow roasted meats, just to name a few. You’ll love the food in addition to their local craft beers, high fructose free soda, and Kombucha probiotic drink.

Tortilla Bay Southwest Grill is also a great option for a guacamole fix. Located in Holmes Beach, Tortilla Bay is quick and inexpensive lunch or dinner. They offer many Tex-Mex favorites along with salads. Not only do they have a fantastic guac, but the queso dip is a must! Tortilla Bay has a kids menu along with a beer and wine menu.

Wicked Cantina is located in Bradenton Beach, and specializes in Austin style Tex-Mex. In addition to their traditional Tex-Mex they also offer great burgers and seafood options. Wicked Cantina has a full service bar with craft cocktails. Try the Margarita! Often times they offer live music in their outdoor seating area. When you visit, be sure to try the guacamole bites. For this appetizer they roll guacamole in tortilla chips, deep fry, and serve with a side or ranch dip. Delicious!

National Guacamole Day
A big batch of Guacamole made fresh daily in the kitchen at Poppo’s Taqueria.

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 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!

Anna Maria Island 4th of July Parade 2016

Anna Maria Island – The Anna Maria Island 4th of July Parade 2016 was fun for all! A large crowd turned out to both participate in and watch the annual patriotic parade. The parade began on the south of the island at Coquina Beach, and marched north to the City Pier.

4th of July Parade Pictures

If you missed the parade, below is a gallery of images from the day. Click on the images to make them larger, and enjoy this amazing small town parade!