Family Fun on Anna Maria Island

Family is all about love, and we have plenty of things you’ll love to do with your family while vacationing on Anna Maria Island.

Family Fun on Anna Maria Island!

Robinson Preserve Treehouse
Make it a day trip and visit some of the Manatee county parks which are as close as a bike ride to Anna Maria Island or check out some of our other day trip recommendations! There are plenty of other parks to have a picnic or you can spend a day with the kids at the local children’s playgrounds.

Restaurants

Robinson Preserve Kayak
If you’re looking for a family friendly restaurant try checking out one of the island’s waterfront restaurants featuring live entertainment and a comfortable inviting atmosphere.

Things To Do

Florida Aquarium
If you’re getting tired of swimming or visiting the many beaches in the area there are plenty of public pools to visit as well. Take a trip to one of the area aquariums to get a close up look at the sea life! A short trip to the Florida Maritime Museum will be both educational and fun for the whole family.

If you’re visiting during the summer there are plenty of additional options, such as participating in the turtle watch which takes place between May 1st-October 31st. The kids can learn about the local turtles and see some of the nesting grounds that are penned off with stakes and tape right on the beaches. Kids can also learn to surf with the kid’s summer surfing camps!
St. Armands Circle
St. Armands Circle also offers plenty of family fun. Featuring shops, restaurants, and sights galore there is plenty to keep you in the area for a full day. There is also the Bridge Street Market in Bradenton Beach to check out.
Island Pearl
Take a water shuttle trip on the Island Pearl to various locations and maybe even see some dolphins! Or for those who prefer solid ground the Anna Maria Island Trolley the Crown Jewel will take you around the island for free!

If you would like you can take a video tour of Anna Maria Island before you visit to get acquainted with some of the sights and locations!

Video Tour

Invite your kids to share their opinions or check out more activities in our Kid’s Corner or check out the Top Ten Kid’s Activities.

Accommodations and Vacation Rental Properties on Anna Maria Island

Island Real Estate is the best choice when looking for the perfect family fun accommodations. With the largest inventory of vacation rental homes on Anna Maria Island, Island Real Estate is sure to please with great customer service and a knowledgeable staff.

Anna Maria Island vacation rental
Anna Maria Island vacation rental, My Sister’s Beach House, is the perfect family fun accommodations sleeping up to 10 guests with 5 bedrooms. Just a short walk to the beach, this home offers a pool paradise perfect for the kids! Click on the image above to reserve your stay at My Sister’s Beach House today!

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!

Top 7 Reasons Anna Maria Island is the Best Family Friendly Florida Vacation

Once you visit, you’re sure to understand why Anna Maria Island is the best family friendly Florida vacation destination! From affordable group accommodations, to pristine beaches you’ll make life lasting memories on island time.

Family Friendly Florida Vacation
Pack your bathing suits and head to Anna Maria Island for a truly relaxing Family Friendly Florida Vacation!

Anna Maria Island is the best Family Friendly Florida Vacation!

While other Florida cities may offer family friendly vacations, none will make your group happier than a relaxing visit to Anna Maria Island! Here’s our Top seven reasons why.

Anna Maria Island Beaches are pristine.

Anna Maria Island has some of the most beautiful Gulf of Mexico beaches you’ll find in Florida. The sand is powdery and the water is typically blue like the Caribbean. Not only are these beaches pretty, but they are great for families.

When you visit the large public beach accesses on the island you’ll find amenities that make beach trips easier. Things like bathrooms, changing stations, concessions, and play grounds make beach time a breeze.

Great family accommodations and beach rentals on Anna Maria Island.

Since Anna Maria Island is only a mile across at it’s widest section, all accommodations are near beach accesses. In fact, most are with in walking distance. If your group ends up too far to walk then rent a golf cart or bikes to get your group back and forth.

Anna Maria Island has a great selection of accommodations for larger groups and families too. You are sure to find the perfect beach rental to suit the needs of your party. From beach front luxury to laid back and budget friendly, AMI has it all.

Check out the Top 9 Family Friendly vacation rentals to visit in 2017!

Beach on a Budget

While the island does offer high-end luxury, Anna Maria Island is a great vacation destination for those on a budget. Find affordable lodging, restaurants and shopping for a vacation that won’t break the bank.

You won’t find entrance fees to any of the beaches on Anna Maria Island. Parking is also free!

Almost all of the family style rentals on Anna Maria Island have fully stocked kitchens, so you’ll save a great deal of money by making meals yourself.

You’ll find many activities that don’t require spending money on your vacation. Visit the public parks, walk on the Piers, and enjoy sightseeing without spending a dime.

Transportation and free trolley service.

There are many options for getting around the area. The free trolley is a very popular mode of transportation with stops from Pine Avenue on north end to Coquina beach on south end. Kids have lots of fun riding the trolley, and it’s air conditioned too.

Catch a ride with The Monkey Bus or Ride AMI golf carts. These services can be hailed on the street or called to pick you up. Both are a gratuity only service. Water Taxi’s are a newer way to get around the island. You’ll love riding to your destination by boat.

Island Activities are Family Fun.

Beyond the beach you’ll find fun island activities for your family. Enjoy miniature golf at the Fish Hole on Bridge Street, or climb the Pirate Ship play ground at Coquina Beach. Families love fishing on the Anna Maria City Pier, or enjoy a walk with an ice cream cone from Two Scoops.

There are many local equipment rental companies that offer bicycles, surrey bikes, tandem bikes and kid seat attachments. No matter what the age of your group, you can rent bikes for sightseeing.

There are many options for boat and fishing tours around the island. Take the kids dolphin watching, kayaking or snorkeling. For the more adventurous try fly boarding or horse surfing!

Anna Maria Island offers a central location.

While you may not want to leave the island during your stay, you’ll find AMI is nearby to many big Florida attractions. There are tons of things to do within a two hour driving distance.

Get from Anna Maria Island to Orlando is just two hours. Planning a Disney trip? You can stay on Anna Maria Island! Meet Mickey and see the best Florida beaches in the same vacation.

You’ll find things to do in Sarasota, St. Petersburg and Tampa all an hour drive or less. Enjoy Mote Marine Aquarium, The Dali Museum, Busch Gardens and plenty of attractions in these nearby cities.

Even Bradenton has fun things to do, and is just a short ride inland. The Downtown Bradenton area has the wonderful Riverfront park, or go see Snooty the Manatee at South Florida Museum.

You’ll feel like you’re in a tropical oasis in the middle of all the best Florida Attractions!

Anna Maria Island will have you feeling relaxed.

A Family friendly Florida vacation is not always relaxing, especially for parents. Some family trips can be so exhausting you don’t even feel rested when its over. Change all that with an Anna Maria Island vacation. Everything about AMI is laid back; life is just slower on island time. No one in a hurry, no long lines, no obligations or deadlines. All you need for a good day on AMI is a bathing suit, sun block, a cold beverage and your loved ones. There’s nothing like a day on the beach to get your family into relaxation mode.

Enjoy the perfect family friendly Florida vacation with a tropical getaway to Anna Maria Island.

Top 9 Family Friendly Anna Maria Island Vacation Rentals 2017

Family Friendly Anna Maria Island Vacation Rentals are a great way to gather your loved ones for an unforgettable beach getaway. While many Florida cities offer great family accommodations, none are as laid back, affordable and convenient as Anna Maria Island. Your crew will want to visit year after year! Check out our list of the Top Nine Family Friendly Anna Maria Island Vacation Rentals to visit in 2017.

Family Friendly Anna Maria Island Vacation Rentals

While this list focuses on family, it also provides accommodations for both small and large groups. Families come in different sizes just as rentals do too!

Kid friendly amenities are included in our list along with conveniences that make parenting on vacation a tad easier. Washer, dryer and dishwashers are a must when vacationing with children! Each rental offers a private or community pool.

Best of all, these locations are close enough to the beach that even the short legged family members can handle the walk.

North Beach Village 63

North Beach Village 63 is a great town house rental about two blocks from gulf beaches. You’ll be near the Holmes Beach small town center for shopping and dining. Enjoy the heated community pool and free trolley stops within walking distance.

Family Friendly Anna Maria Island Vacation Rentals
North Beach Village 63 is great for families.

Inside this unit you’ll find two bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms accommodating up to six guests. There are two king beds and a queen sleeper sofa. Yes, the kids may have to share a bed, but with king and queen beds there will be few sibling squabbles. Additionally, the two full bathrooms have tub/shower combos great for kids bath time! Pets under 25 pounds welcome with fee.

Family Friendly Anna Maria Island Vacation Rentals
North Beach Village 63 – 2017 Base Rates $850-$1450/Week.

Beach Retreat

Beach Retreat is a lovely rental less than two blocks from gulf beaches. This gold rated home sleeps eight guests with four bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms. Beach Retreat would make a nice destination for two families as the bedrooms offer 1 king, 1 queen, 2 twins and an additional 2 twins that convert into a king if needed. The elevator will make moving kids, luggage and groceries a snap!

Family Friendly Anna Maria Island Vacation Rentals
Beach Retreat has great space for kids!

Even better for families with little ones, enjoy a pack-and-play, high chair, and umbrella stroller too! The entire family can enjoy the ping pong table, pool toys, books, puzzles, DVD’s and board games.

Family Friendly Anna Maria Island Vacation Rentals
Beach Retreat – 2017 Base Rates $2,250-$3,250/Week.

Cook up a feast on the backyard propane grill while everyone relaxes in the heated private pool. The outdoor shower will help keep little feet from tracking sand in the house!

Mango Breeze

Mango Breeze is where luxury and family friendly meet. This four bedroom rental sleeps 8, and is just over two blocks from gulf beaches. Here you’ll find the family can really spread out with 2 king beds, 1 queen and 2 twins. In addition to the living room there is an upstairs den area with flat screen television. Mom and Dad will love the master bedroom with a private balcony and beautiful en suite.

Family Friendly Anna Maria Island Vacation Rentals
Mango Breeze. Awesome tropical oasis backyard with Tiki hut!

The backyard at Mango Breeze will become your families own private tropical oasis. Enjoy the heated pool, charcoal grill, covered seating area and a fun Tiki hut too! Enjoy the game room with ping pong table, and bring dogs up to 25 pounds with pet fee.

Family Friendly Anna Maria Island Vacation Rentals
Mango Breeze 2017 Base Rates $1,575-$3,395/Week.

Manna-Tee Beach House

Manna-Tee Beach House has everything you could want for an amazing family getaway just two blocks from gulf beaches! This three bedroom rental has a high-end feel with lovely decor and amenities for six guests. You’ll find more beds than you’ll need with 1 king bed, 1 queen bed, 2 twin beds and a queen sleeper sofa.

Anna Maria Island Vacation Rentals
Manna-Tee Beach House. Beautiful luxury rental.

This beach rental features great balconies, a heated pool, lovely master bedroom and even a high chair for the littlest kid!

Holmes Beach Vacation Rental
Manna-Tee Beach House 2017 Base Rates $1,350-$2,250

My Sister’s Beach House

My Sister’s Beach House is the ultimate luxury beach rental for large family gatherings. This five bedroom home sleeps 12 guests with all the bells and whistles. Find 4 King beds, 2 twins and both a twin and queen sleeper sofa.

Anna Maria family friendly vacation rental
My Sister’s Beach House. Fantastic heated pool and spa.

The kitchen has two dishwashers, refrigerators and everything you’ll need preparing large meals.

Enjoy canal views, heated pool and spa and a fantastic game room too!

Anna Maria Family Beach Rental
My Sister’s Beach House – 2017 Base Rates $3,124-$7,250/Week

Blue Heron Beach House

Blue Heron Beach House has a great old Florida charm, and is less than a block to gulf beaches. This four bedroom rental offers 2 king beds, 2 twins and a bunk making it great for groups of eight.

Anna Maria beach rental
Blue Heron Beach House – kids bunk room.

During your stay enjoy the heated pool, outdoor shower and a Foosball table in the den. Your family will love this north end location near free trolley stops, shopping and dining.

Anna Maria Family vacation rental
Blue Heron Beach House – 2017 Base Rates $1,575-$3,175/Week.

Waterfront Retreat

Waterfront Retreat is a six bedroom rental updated specifically for family get togethers. Sleep 14 guests on canal front just a short walk to Tampa Bay beaches.

Great thought was put into the amenities and decor of this home to accommodate all family members needs. The upper level bunk room can fit all the kids, and Grandma will love the lower level pink Queen suite.

Anna Maria family canal front vacation rental
Waterfront Retreat. Enjoy the large kitchen made for entertaining.

The large kitchen has two dishwashers along with a fun bar area looking over the canal. Enjoy the heated pool, and beautiful canal views from three of the bedrooms. Bring the boat on this vacation, as you’ll be just a short ride from Tampa Bay. Pets up to 50 pounds welcome with pet fee.

Anna Maria family canal front vacation rental
Waterfront Retreat – 2017 Base Rates $2,400-$7,250/Week.

Villa 2

Villa 2 is a great spot for a small family getaway for four guests. This one bedroom condo has 1 queen bed and 1 queen sleeper sofa.

Anna Maria family canal front vacation rental
Villa 2 has a location you just can’t beat!

This location is fantastic! You’ll be just a short walk to everything including beaches, trolley stops, shops, restaurants and sightseeing attractions on Historic Bridge Street.

Enjoy the shared heated pool at this laid back Anna Maria Island vacation spot.

Anna Maria family canal front vacation rental
Villa 2 – 2017 Base Rates $650-$1,000/Week.

Flip Flops Forever

Flip Flops Forever is a relaxed kid friendly vacation rental just two blocks from gulf beaches. Sleep up to 10 guest with five bedrooms. There is 1 king bed, 3 queens, 2 twins, a twin bed with trundle and a small toddler bed. One of the queen bedrooms also has a second small kitchen area with mini fridge, sink and microwave.

Anna Maria Island Family Vacation Rental
Flip Flops Forever has a heated pool and putting green.

The backyard features a heated pool and and putting green that everyone will love!

Anna Maria Island Family Vacation Rental
Flip Flops Forever – 2017 Base Rates $1,785-$3,675/Week.

When you Book your Family Friendly Anna Maria Island Vacation Rentals with Island Real Estate, you’re sure to be pleased!

Anna Maria Island March Activities Guide

Anna Maria Island March activities are a fantastic way to stay entertained when you aren’t too busy relaxing on the beach! Spring is a very popular time of year to visit the island, so you’ll find plenty of happenings. From art to the outdoors, check out our list of Anna Maria Island March activities.

Anna Maria Island March Activities
March is the BEST time of year to visit Anna Maria Island!

Anna Maria Island March Activities

The weather is perfect and Florida is the place to be!

Art Slam 2017

Head off island March 4th for an immersive art experience in Downtown Bradenton. Art Slam is an annual event where local creatives come together to celebrate art, youth and the creative process. Every year this event brings a unique experience to attendees. Visit Old Main Street in Downtown Bradenton from 9am-4pm.

Explore Waif Gopher Tortoises at Perico Preserve.

Perico Preserve is a gorgeous new park just a short drive over the Manatee Bridge from Anna Maria Island. While these animals are native, the park is developing a special interest for their habitat.

Waif Gopher tortoise refers to animals ready to be released back into the wild, but don’t have a known specific area of origin. This can happen for a variety of reasons.

Manatee County has developed Perico Preserve into the perfect habitat for these homeless Waif Gopher Tortoises. While on Anna Maria Island, be sure to visit Perico Preserve for a chance to see them in person!

Island Gallery West March Feature

Check out the March featured Student Artist at the Island Gallery West. Olivia Sabo is a student at Lakewood Ranch High School. Her work “Spuds” will be on display at the gallery for the month of March. Her acrylic painting on display was inspired by her fathers Chris Sabo was inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame in 2010.

Treat Yourself at Cupcake Delights!

Head over to Capcake Delights in Holmes Beach and grab yourself one or a dozen. Because, why not? You don’t need a reason to enjoy a sweet treat when vacationing on Anna Maria Island!

Lionfish Lecture at FMM

The Florida Maritime Museum is hosting a Lecture March 15th at 3pm. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Lionfish Control Team will talk about this invasive species and how people can help combat their proliferation of Florida waterways.

Nap on the Beach

March 13 is National Napping Day which follows Day Light Savings on March 12. Celebrate with a nap on the beaches of Anna Maria Island! The sun will be warm and the sand soft! Grab a towel and an umbrella and get comfy! Just don’t forget your sunblock!

Beach Bistro Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

This year the Beach Bistro’s St. Patricks Day Parade will be on Sunday the 19th. The Parade begins at the corner of Marina and Gulf Drive the proceeds north toward Anna Maria.

Anna Maria Island Seagulls – Don’t Feed Us

Anna Maria Island Seagulls are so cute and friendly, but don’t feed them! While it may seem fun, feeding gulls is harmful to both people and birds.

Don’t Feed Anna Maria Island Seagulls

Just about everyone is guilty of feeding birds. However, few know the real impact of the action. When you are sitting on the beach relaxing, and a gull stops by, it’s easy to toss a piece of snack at them. They will beg you. They will stand on the sand and look you straight in the face, but don’t give in!

Feeding Gulls makes them ill.

Naturally gulls forage, hunt and scavenge for food. They have a diverse diet consisting of fish, mollusks, insects, reptiles, rodents and just about anything meaty they can get their beak on. Typically when people feed gulls, they offer up human food like french fries and potato chips. These types of food aren’t even good for humans, so you can be sure they are harmful to sea birds. Without proper nutrition, Gulls can become sick and weak. A people diet can actually kill these feathered friends.

Anna Maria Island Seagulls.
Don’t feed Anna Maria Island Seagulls.

Feeding Gulls changes their natural instinct.

Gulls play an important part in their environment by cleaning up bits of detritus from beaches. They won’t do their job if they are given handouts of people food.

Instinctively birds tend to be afraid of humans, but become too friendly when hand fed. Not only do they loose their fear of humans, but they become aggressive toward us. Gulls will dive bomb people and steal food right out of their hand. This is a direct consequence of human interaction. There is nothing worse than a family trip to the beach spoiled by a gull nabbing the ice cream out of a kids hand.

In some instances these birds become extremely aggressive causing people to throw rocks and objects at the birds to scare them away. Obviously this is animal abuse, and could have been avoided completely. Birds that are not scared of people also run a higher risk of being injured by cars, fishing gear, boats and other human made obstacles.

Birds fed human food have a tougher time differentiating between real food and objects. Subsequently, gulls will try to eat plastics, garbage and other non-food items.

Anna Maria Island Seagulls
They might be cute, but feeding Seagulls is harmful to their health.

Feeding Seagulls has a negative impact on ALL species of birds.

When birds become accustomed to hand feeding they will congregate in larger groups than they naturally would do. This has an impact on increasing the spread of bird diseases. Populations of all birds are vulnerable to disease. Avian Pox is spread by an increase in birds having direct physical contact, especially when competing for food.

Additionally, these inflated groups of Gulls can have a harmful impact on all nesting shorebirds. Gulls prey on eggs and baby birds. It’s natural for a few eggs and baby birds to fall prey to a Seagull. However, these large swarms of gulls, attracted by people, can take out entire nesting colonies of birds such as Terns, Plovers and Skimmmers. A large group of Seagulls can also take out an entire nest of hatchling Sea Turtles making their way to the water’s edge.

Anna Maria Island Seagulls
Never chase groups of birds on the beach. It causes them great stress especially during nesting season.

What to do if you get swarmed?

If you encounter a swarm of aggressive gulls, first, hide all food. Seagulls even know what a potato chip bag looks like! Get all food out of sight. Any food that falls on the ground needs to be picked up or buried under sand. Once all food is away, stand up and slowly start walking towards the birds in an attempt to disburse them. Chasing birds stresses them out, so move slowly and confidently. Do not wave your hands around as they may think you are offering them food. Once the gulls move on you can bring your food back out.

Anna Maria Island Seagulls.
Feeding Seagulls makes them aggressive.

Feeding Gulls – It’s just plain rude!

While feeding Seagulls is not illegal in the state of Florida, it is extremely rude. Gull feeding frenzies are disruptive to beach goers and is inconsiderate to both humans and birds.

On your next trip to the beach, don’t feed Anna Maria Island Seagulls! Don’t just take our word! Read what the University of Florida has to say about feeding wildlife!

Anna Maria Island Seagulls
People who feed Seagulls are RUDE!

Anna Maria Island National Random Acts of Kindness Day

National Random Acts of Kindness Day is a fantastic opportunity to spread love and happiness in your community. Even the smallest of kind gestures can have an impact on the world around you. While visiting Anna Maria Island on February 17th be sure to share and celebrate kindness island style!

National Random Acts of Kindness Day
Celebrate National Random Acts of Kindness Day on Anna Maria Island by taking your loved ones to watch the sunset!

 

National Random Acts of Kindness Day

While kindness is something many practice everyday, here’s some fun and easy suggestions too! Try these out while visiting Anna Maria Island.

  • Hold the door for someone.
  • Give a stranger a compliment.
  • Buy the person in line behind you at the Coffee Haus their morning cup of Joe.
  • Find a pretty shell and give it to a little kid.
  • Give up your seat on the trolley to someone.
  • Make a donation to Wildlife Inc.
  • Give someone a hug.
  • While vacationing send your friends a text, and tell them you wish they were with you.
  • Pick up garbage from the beach.
  • Go to Rod & Reel Pier and buy a stranger a beer.
  • Offer to let someone cut you in line at the Publix.
  • Buy your friend a scratch off ticket just for fun.
  • Smile at every stranger you see.
  • Call a family member and tell them you love them.
  • Tell people you are grateful when they help you.
  • Give your server at the Sandbar a big fat tip.
  • Take your family to the beach.
  • Donate to the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch.
  • Buy a piece of local art and send it to a friend back home.
  • Make your spouse breakfast in bed.
  • Be a good listener.
  • Tell your kids they are awesome.
  • Be kind to yourself.
  • Let go of negative thoughts.
  • Don’t stereotype people you don’t know.
  • Take a friend to lunch.
  • Treat someone to a bike rental and take them on a ride around Anna Maria.
  • Bring cup cakes to the family in the vacation rental next to yours.
  • Donate any unopened leftover food in your beach rental before you go back home.
  • Surprise a loved one with an Anna Maria Island Vacation!
  • Use #RAKWeek2017 when posting kind words on social media to encourage others to do the same.

Take the challenge

So you think you’re kind? Challenge yourself today, and go out of your way to spread love, understanding and kindness on February 17th! There’s no easier place to practice kindness than on Anna Maria Island.

For more ways to celebrate national random acts of kindness day visit RandomActsof.US

Book your next Anna Maria Island vacation beach rental today with Island Real Estate!

 

Anna Maria Island Night Sky Event – February 10, 2017

While visiting February 10th 2017, be sure to check out the Anna Maria Island night sky event! A once in a life time experience, you’ll enjoy a Full Moon, Lunar Eclipse and a Comet all together!

Anna Maria Island Night Sky Event

First for the evening you’ll enjoy the winter full moon, also called a Snow Moon. Around 5:30pm the moon will creep over the horizon into view. As it comes up the moon will start to enter into the Earth’s penumbral or outer shadow and turn a dim gray color. East Coast viewers will start to notice the lunar eclipse around 6:15pm. Just before 10pm the eclipse will be over, but the show doesn’t stop there.

Next you’ll have the opportunity to see Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusáková starting at about 10:30 when it’s closest to Earth. This pale green Comet will require a telescope or even a pair of binoculars to view. Look to the East-Northeast near the constellation Hercules.

Anna Maria Island Night Sky Event
Photo Courtesy Sky and Telescope Magazine.

You can also watch the nights events unfold live at live.slooh.com.

Enjoy the Anna Maria Island Night Sky Event, wish for clear skies, and have a fantastic island experience!

Top 15 Anna Maria Island Beach Rentals 2017

Here is our list of the top 15 Anna Maria Island beach rentals to visit in 2017! While this list includes a variety of different types of accommodations they all make our favorites list.

Top 15 Anna Maria Island Beach Rentals

How did these beach rentals make our list? All of these accommodations have a gold or platinum rating. They also have updated style and are in great locations across the island’s three cities. While some of these homes are new, we did include our favorite Old Florida beach cottages too. You are sure to find the best destination with our list of the top 15 Anna Maria Island Beach Rentals!

A Sassy Seahorse

A Sassy Seahorse is a bright and lively vacation rental just a short walk from both Tampa Bay and Bean Point beaches. This elevated home sleeps up to six guests with two bedrooms. During you stay enjoy the heated pool and spa along with the fun Tiki hut.

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A Sassy Seahorse in Anna Maria.

You’ll not only be close to the beach but you can walk to the City Pier for dining and sightseeing too! Pets up to 50 pounds welcome with pet fee.

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A fun and colorful Anna Maria beach rental!

Fernweh

Fernweh is an updated rental less than two blocks from the beach, and close to shopping and dining. Here you’ll enjoy coastal style decor in cool blues great for any sensibility. Fernweh has a lovely open floor plan for entertaining up to eight guests. Relax in the heated pool and spa, or lounge on one of the balconies.

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Fernweh in Holmes Beach.

You’ll find this four bedroom home leaves no amenities to be wanted for a luxury vacation experience!

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Relax and unwind at Fernweh

Bradenton Beach Club B

Find a luxury destination directly on the beach when you visit Bradenton Beach Club B. Not only will you have gorgeous views, but you’ll be close to shops, restaurants and free trolley stops too! This home sleeps up to 6 guests with two bedrooms and a comfortable tropical style decor.

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Bradenton Beach Club B in Bradenton Beach.

Enjoy the heated pool overlooking the beach while soaking up the sun.

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Gorgeous direct beach front views!

Sugaree

You will love the style of Sugaree! This two bedroom, two bathroom elevated duplex sleeps six guests just a block from gulf beaches. At Sugaree you’ll enjoy the private heated pool and outdoor space too.

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Sugaree in Holmes Beach

When you visit this well-appointed vacation rental you are sure to find everything you need for a comfortable stay in paradise.

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Great updated duplex Sugaree!

Blue Bayou

Blue Bayou is a lovely canal front home just a short walk from gulf beaches. Everything about this rental is updated and new with great amenities. Inside the decor is stylish with a sophisticated beach feel. Sleep up to six guests with three bedrooms.

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Blue Bayou in the city of Anna Maria.

You’ll love the heated pool and spa nestled in lush backyard. Bring your boat on this Anna Maria vacation, as Tampa Bay is just a few minutes ride through the canal.

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Great canal front luxury rental.

Wine Down

Wine Down offers an unforgettable luxury vacation right on the beaches of Anna Maria Island. Everything is special about this updated four bedroom gulf front home. All of the bedrooms have a private bathroom along with a tasteful use of bright colors in the decor. Enjoy the heated pool and spa and beach views from the living room and upstairs master suite.

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Wine Down in Holmes Beach.

Relax in the backyard around the fire pit as you watch the island’s stunning sunsets.

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The vacation spot of your dreams!

A Pirate’s Cove

A Pirate’s Cove is a wonderfully updated 1950’s cottage just a block from gulf beaches. Here you’ll find old Florida charm perfectly blended with a modern trendy style.

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A Pirate’s Cove

A Pirate’s Cove has a heated pool and lovely backyard space. Sleep up to six guests in this fantastic two bedroom cottage near shopping, dining and free trolley stops too.

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Trendy meets Old Florida and close to the beach!

Le Paradis

Le Paradis is a one of a kind beach rental just a short walk to gulf beaches. This home is decorated in crisp whites throughout for a high end, but relaxed beach feel. Spaciously sleep six guests with three bedrooms at Le Paradis. This elevated home has a wrap around screened lanai overlooking the heated pool and backyard lounge chairs.

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Le Paradis in the city of Anna Maria.

Access the loft like upstairs by the spiral staircase where you’ll find the bedrooms and an open balcony.

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Crisp white decor and huge windows make for an airy beach feel at Le Paradis.

Fish House

Fish House mixes a luxurious style with an old fish camp feel for a unique Anna Maria vacation. Right on the canal, you’ll find a rustic beach style through the home with custom features everywhere. Enjoy the heated pool and spa, nautical bunk room great for kids, and high end bathrooms.

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Fish House in the city of Anna Maria.

The boat dock offers a boat lift, and quick access to great fishing in Tampa Bay. Sleep up to eight guests comfortably in this three bedroom home.

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Luxury meets rustic fishing retreat at the Fish House!

Vista Grande 3 Penthouse

Vista Grande 3 Penthouse will have you falling in love with luxury living. Enjoy million dollar direct beach front views during your stay. Everything here is top of the line with Mediterranean style architecture, and balcony access from all three bedrooms.

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Vista Grande 3 Penthouse in Holmes Beach.

Accommodating six guest, every detail is high end. While the beach is your backyard, you’ll also enjoy the heated pool and spa at this exclusive condo complex.

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Million dollar views and an exclusive beach front location!

Starfish Beach 4

Starfish Beach 4 is nestled in a popular complex of cottages just a block from gulf beaches. Updated end of 2016 this beach rental has great features and an adorable beachy style. Great care was taken in the remodeling of this cozy two bedroom vacation destination.

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Starfish Beach 4 in Holmes Beach.

Sleep up to six guests and enjoy the heated community pool during your stay.

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Recently updated accommodates six guests.

Palm Beach House

Palm Beach House is the perfect place for a family vacation. Offering four bedrooms you’ll have more space than you’ll need for your eight guests. Not only does this home offer a heated pool, but you’ll love the ping pong table and all the great family friendly activities here too. Walk to gulf beaches, shops, restaurants and free trolley stops.

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Palm Beach House in the city of Anna Maria.

Even pets are welcome to tag along at Palm Beach House.

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The perfect Family Friendly Anna Maria vacation rental!

Sea Song

Sea Song is a cozy beach front cottage sleeping up to six guests. There’s nothing more Floridian than experiencing an old beach cottage vacation. Inside you’ll find everything you’ll along with cute popping colors.

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Sea Song in the city of Anna Maria.

Sea Song is situated on the coveted northern tip of Anna Maria Island with beautiful Gulf of Mexico beaches. Relax and unwind at this great direct beach rental.

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Gorgeous cozy beach cottage.

Casa Bonita

When you visit Casa Bonita you’re sure to know you have found one of Anna Maria Island’s best canal front rentals. Well-appointed this luxury home is just a short walk to gulf beaches. Sleep up to eight guests with four bedrooms, and all the amenities you expect from a high end getaway.

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Casa Bonita in the city of Anna Maria.

Enjoy the heated pool and spa, custom kitchen with gas stove, and tons of outdoor entertaining areas.

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While visiting Casa Bonita you’ll find a luxury destination.

Dream Maker

Last on our list of Top 15 Anna Maria Island Beach Rentals is Dream Maker! A unique vacation rental with great natural lighting and floor to ceiling windows this is a lovely spot. You’ll feel like you’ve found a luxury tree house in this elevated rental.

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Dream Maker in the city of Anna Maria.

Dream Maker is just a short walk to secluded Bean Point beaches, and also offers a heated salt water pool. This three bedroom home sleeps up to six guests with everything you’ll want from a Florida vacation!

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During your visit enjoy the heated Salt water pool.

Plan the perfect paradise vacation today with one of these Top 15 Anna Maria Island beach rentals! Book now with IslandReal.com.

Anna Maria Island Ethnic Restaurants

Anna Maria Island Ethnic Restaurants are a great departure from everyday meals. While everyone loves a good burger, fries and the traditional “American” fare, why not try something different on your vacation?

Anna Maria Island Ethnic Restaurants

Anna Maria Island has more seafood and traditional American restaurants than you could try in just one vacation. However, there are a handful of eateries with international roots. This comes as no surprise since the island sees guests from all around the world.

Here are six restaurants to try if you are looking for something beyond the usual, yet still delicious.

French Cuisine at Island Creperie and French Table

Anna Maria Island has two French Restaurants to try! Visit Island Creperie for an out of this world French breakfast or French Table for a traditional south of France dinner.

The Island Creperie is open for breakfast and lunch until 2pm. You’ll find a extensive variety of crepes, french bread and Mimosas too. Find Island Creperie on Bridge Street in the purple store front.

The French table has a small menu of delicious cuisine focusing on fresh produce and baked bread.  They offer both seafood, duck and beef options. You’ll find them at 103 Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach.

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Duck and Sausage Cassoulet at French Table.

Indian Cuisine at The Island Spice

If you have a craving for Indian food The Island Spice is sure to please. They offer all the traditional Indian favorites Americans have grown to love. You’ll find Curry, Tikka Masala, Dosas, Vindaloo and more. Visit them at 3608 East Bay Drive in Holmes Beach.

Japanese Cuisine at Island Ocean Star

Island Ocean Star has some of the best Sushi you will find in Manatee County. They offer a few Hibachi tables, a fully stocked bar and outdoor waterfront seating too. Find everything you would expect on the extensive menus. Island Ocean Star is in the Galatti Marina 902 South Bay Boulevard in the City of Anna Maria.

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A boat load of Sushi at Island Ocean Star.

German Cuisine at the Old Hamburg Schnitzel Haus

If you are looking for hearty comfort food, the Schnitzel Haus is for you. Here you’ll find great service, German beer and a relaxed cozy atmosphere. They offer both German and Austrian cuisine that is a mix of the traditional with new trends from back home. The Schnitzel Haus is in Holmes Beach at 3246 East Bay Drive.

Italian Cuisine at Vinny and Cheryl’s Italian Kitchen

While Vinny and Cheryl’s doesn’t offer a large dining room with the traditional restaurant service, they do offer authentic Italian Classics. Some of the best fresh baked Italian breads, rustic pizzas, family size meals and specialty items can be found at Vinny and Cheryl’s. Find Vinny and Cheryl on Pine Avenue in the city of Anna Maria.

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