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!

Top 7 Anna Maria Island Thanksgiving Beach Rentals

Another Fall is here and there couldn’t be a more perfect time for Anna Maria Island Thanksgiving beach rentals!

Anna Maria Island Thanksgiving Beach Rentals

Anna Maria Island Thanksgiving Beach Rentals

Here is our list of the top seven beach rentals to visit with family and friends while we all give thanks. We have picked a variety of rentals from one bedroom all the way up to six bedrooms, so you’ll find something here for any size group. Take a look and see what Anna Maria Island Thanksgiving beach rentals fit your vacation plans!

Villa 4 – Sleeps 4 

Villa 4 is a great one bedroom home a short walk from gulf beaches in the city of Bradenton Beach. This cozy five unit complex offers a heated pool, bbq grills and is just a few blocks from Historic Bridge Street.

Bradenton Beach rental villa 4
Villa 4 in Bradenton Beach – one bedroom.

Comes with a full kitchen too! Reserve your stay at Villa 4 November 18-25 for $1,119.60 – all in.

Bradenton Beach rental
Kitchen at Villa 4.

Turtle Nest – Sleeps 6

This is a comfortable two bedroom duplex with a private heated pool about two blocks from the beach.

Holmes Beach rental
Turtle Nest Holmes Beach – one bedroom.

At Turtle Nest you’ll find a nice relaxing spot to enjoy the beach with family. Find a lovely balcony, outdoor shower and plenty of comfortable seats around the pool. Reserve Turtle Nest November 18-25 for $1,377.20 – all in.

 Beach Rental Holmes Beach
Kitchen at Turtle Nest

Sweet Retreat Cottage – Sleeps 8

Sweet Retreat is a vibrant three bedroom beach house just across the street from coveted north-end beaches. Not only is this location amazing, but well-appointed too! The stylish blue and white kitchen here will make preparing that Turkey feast a pleasure, and find enough seating for everyone.

Holmes beach cottage rental
Sweet Retreat Cottage Anna Maria – three bedroom.

The backyard has a private heated pool with waterfall feature for the perfect family getaway! Reserve November 18-25 for $2,682.00 – all in.

Sweet Retreat Cottage Anna Maria
Kitchen at Sweet Retreat

Living the Dream – Sleeps 8

Living the Dream is a true luxury beach rental with four bedrooms in the city of Anna Maria. This house was updated recently with amenities you don’t find everyday. Enjoy the canal front beach patch next to the heated pool and outdoor lounge complete with a flat screen T.V and bar.

Living the dream
Living the Dream Anna Maria – four bedroom.

The beach is just short walk away along with Pine Avenue! You’ll love this high-end kitchen perfect for Thanksgiving meals! Reserve November 18-25 for $4,787.60 – all in.

Living the dream anna maria beach rental
Kitchen at Living the Dream

Pineapple Cottage – Sleeps 8

Pineapple Cottage is a great old Florida rental in the city of Anna Maria with a sophisticated beachy style. This four bedroom home is just a short walk to both gulf and bay beaches.

Pineapple Cottage Anna Maria
Pineapple Cottage Anna Maria – 4 bedroom

Find a whimsical feel throughout, but with high-end touches like stainless steel appliances and a heated pool and spa! Relax in the backyard like you have found your own private oasis. Reserve November 18-25 for  $3,415.60 – all in.

Pineapple Cottage Anna Maria rental
Kitchen at Pineapple Cottage

Au Soleil – Sleeps 10

This unique rental is great for larger groups with a spacious floor plan and five bedrooms. Thanksgiving was made for gathering together all your friends and family to give thanks, and this is the spot!

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Au Soleil Anna Maria – five bedroom.

While Au Soleil has great amenities it’s also just across the street from north-end beaches. Enjoy the heated pool and spa, covered outdoor lounge and both indoor and outdoor seating areas. Reserve November 18-25 for $3,314.80 – all in.

Au Soleil Anna Maria
Kitchen at Au Soleil

Coral Escape – Sleeps 12

Coral Escape is the ultimate big family Thanksgiving beach rental and it has EVERYTHING! From location to amenities this home is a gem. Inside you’ll find 6 bedrooms to comfortably sleep your group, and a kitchen fit for preparing that huge Thanksgiving dinner.

Coral Escape
Coral Escape Holmes Beach – 6 bedroom.

The backyard has a heated pool and spa along with covered lounge, bar and flat screen television. Your family will have a blast! Reserve November 18-25 for $5,151.60 – all in.

Coral Escape
Kitchen at Coral Escape

 

Anna Maria Island Thanksgiving Beach Rentals are the perfect thing your family and friends need this year! Book your stay now!

Anna Maria Island Beach Rentals with Salt Pools

The ultimate luxury is finding the perfect Anna Maria Island beach rentals with salt pools! This is a hard amenity to come by, but Island Real Estate has four to offer.

Anna Maria Island Beach Rentals with Salt Pools

While some are sensitive to chlorine, others just love the feel of a salt water pool! Here is our list of options. All of these are not only salty, but they are heated and private too.

Almost Gulf Front – Holmes Beach

This salty pool and spa offer an island oasis you will adore! There is a fun waterfall feature, swim up Tiki umbrella with cocktail table too. Under the backyard covered lounge area you’ll find a Tiki style wet bar and entertainment area.

Inside this home you’ll find plenty of space for 12 guests with 6 bedrooms. Everything about this rental has a casual yet high-end feel perfect for large groups.

Anna Maria Island Beach Rentals with Salt Pools
Almost Gulf Front has an awesome backyard for large family getaways

Down by the Sea – City of Anna Maria

This is a lovely three bedroom home situated on the northern end of Anna Maria Island. In addition to the salt water pool you’ll find a great paved patio area for relaxing in the sun.

The Master bedroom here has access to the pool area too for a fun resort feel. Sleep up to six guests just a short walk to gulf beaches. Your group is sure to feel at home in this spacious ground level beach house!

Anna Maria Salt water pool
Down by the Sea has a fantastic backyard with tons of sunshine for relaxing!

Dream Maker – City of Anna Maria

Dream Maker is a luxury rental unlike any other home you’ll find on Anna Maria Island. The heated salt water pool is only the beginning of the list of amenities you’ll enjoy.

The backyard offers a lush manicured landscape for extra privacy. Inside this three bedroom rental you’ll find an open feeling with floor to ceiling windows and high ceilings. From the custom kitchen to the decor, your group will love Dream Maker.

Dream Maker Anna Maria Salt water pool
Dream Maker has a gorgeous and secluded backyard near some of the islands best beaches!

Promise Kept – Holmes Beach

This Mid-Century home has a chic style unique to Anna Maria Island. While the salt water pool and spa will keep you entertained outside, the fun retro style will have you feeling comfortable inside.

Promise Kept is also just a short walk to gulf beaches and free trolley stops. Hop on the free trolley and ride up and down the island for dining, boutique shopping and sightseeing island style!

Promise Kept Holmes Beach salt pool
Promise Kept offers and awesome pool and a super cool Mid-Century style.

When planning your next getaway, book your stay at one of Island Real Estate’s Anna Maria Island Beach Rentals with Salt Pools!

 

Anna Maria Island Mancation

An Anna Maria Island Mancation is an amazing way to gather all your best buds for a week of fun on the beach. There are so many activities and things to do with the guys, your group won’t want to leave.

Anna Maria Island Mancation

What’s better than getting all your guy pals together for a week? Doing it by the beach! Check out our Anna Maria Island Mancation guide for the perfect week of beach side fun.

Anna Maria Island Mancation

Anna Maria Island Beach Rentals and Accommodations for dudes

Island Real Estate has tons of guy-friendly spots to pick for any size group! All of these units have propane BBQ grills and unique features men love. While these options are extremely comfortable, they’re luxurious too. Deny it all you want, but we know men love to feel pampered in paradise!

A Pirate’s Cove is a great spot for groups of up to six guests. Here you’ll be less than a block from the beach, and there is a heated pool too. Find one king bed, a double bed and a twin bunk bed in this two bedroom Bradenton Beach rental.

Bradenton Beach vacation rental
A Pirate’s Cove is a great cottage rental with old Florida charm, and super close to the beach!

Fish House is an awesome rental for up to eight guests. This canal front home offers a boat dock and is just a short ride from the deep waters of Tampa Bay! If your group loves to fish, this is the spot! Find a room with 4 twin bunks plus a king bed and one queen bed.

Anna Maria beach rental
Fish House is great for mid-sized groups with a rustic Fish Camp atmosphere.

Waterfront Retreat will have your guys feeling like they won the vacation rental jackpot! Sleeping up to 14 guests with 6 bedrooms, your group will have everything when staying in this luxury home. Canal front with boat dock, pet friendly, heated pool, super awesome bar area, close to the beach and so much space! Find two king beds, three queens and two sets of twin bunks!

Anna Maria vacation rental
Your group will have their own private bar when visiting Waterfront Retreat!

Activities for men to bond over

The beach is the most obvious Anna Maria Island activity. There is nothing better than relaxing on the beach with friends and cold drinks! However, there are so many other fun activities to check out while vacationing.

Fishing trips and boat tours

Reserve a trip with one of the many local boat captains! Whether your group likes fishing, or just wants to sandbar hop, there are so many great options for boat tours!

AMI Charters – Fishing, Fly-Fishing, Sunsets and Fun Runs. Accommodates 6. Captain Scott Kinsman.

Anna Maria Inshore Fishing – Inshore Fishing, Intracoastal, Manatee River. Accommodates 4. Captain Kyle Taylor.

Captain Ryan Taylor Fishing –  Inshore Fishing from Tampa Bay to Sarasota Bay. Accommodates 4. Captain Ryan Taylor.

If you have a large group Captains, and brothers, Kyle and Ryan will team up to accommodate your needs!

AMI Charters
Book a Fishing tour or fun run boat cruise with AMI Charters!

Visit Bradenton Breweries

While Anna Maria Island doesn’t have any breweries, you will find several just a short drive away in the downtown area of Bradenton. Check out our Bradenton Breweries Guide!

Darwin Brewing
Visit Breweries in Downtown Bradenton

Adrenal Rush Activities

Anna Maria Island has fun activities to get your blood pumping! Flyboarding, Jet Surfing and Parasailing are all great options for a screaming good time! Find out more about these local vendors here!

Flyboarding
Top Gun Flyboards are a super fun Anna Maria Island activity for a brocation!

Bunch of Beach Bums!

Your group will definitely want to hang out and soak up the sun on the beach. Why not do something a little extra fun and rent some beach equipment? Stand up paddle boards and kayaks are always a popular option. If you happen to visit when the gulf is churning up some waves, rent a surfboard and head to White Avenue! This spot is a locals secret. Impress your buddies with your insider knowledge of the AMI salt life.

equipment rentals
Equipment rentals are a fun way to kick your beach day up a notch!

Where to eat?

After all day fun on Anna Maria Island, your group will undoubtedly work up a big appetite! Surely your guys will want to enjoy some steaks on the grill in your beach rental, but who wants to cook every meal on vacation?

Peaches is a fantastic spot for big hearty breakfasts before a long day on the beach. Find all the traditional breakfast options with fast friendly service.

Poppo’s Taqueria will be a favorite with your group. Promise you! Find huge burritos, craft beers and a casual atmosphere. Even better, Poppo’s offers organic produce, hormone free meat and locally sourced ingredients for the conscious minded consumer.

Slim’s Place offers a classic sports bar atmosphere, but with food that is much better than your typical pub-grub. Be sure to check out their “No Shower Happy Hour”! Find live music and, of course, sports on the T.V.

Slim's Place
Slim’s Place is a great spot for a casual bite to eat with friends!

Round up the crew, grab your swim trunks and plan the perfect Anna Maria Island Mancation today!

Anna Maria Island August Fishing Report – It’s Hot Out There!

Anna Maria Island August fishing has been almost as hot as the weather. While those water temps don’t always translate into the best mid-afternoon fishing, the morning and evening bite has been great – especially on a strong outgoing tide.

Anna Maria Island August Fishing

The bait has been thick, and there has been no problem blacking out the live-wells quickly with plenty of shiners and pin-fish. It also wouldn’t be a bad idea to get some shrimp as well for some of the sheepshead I have seen lounging around some of the docks in the area.

After the bait is loaded up, I have been picking my clients up in the morning and taking them to some spots a little further south of the island in pursuit of mangrove snapper, snook, trout, ladyfish, and some spanish mackerel.

August Fishing Tips

Tips: If using live bait, I recommend a size 4 or 6 hook and a 6 foot 20lb. fluorocarbon leader, hooking the shiners through the nose. When you find yourself getting into mackerel (or you get a bite and it breaks you off), switch over to long-shank hooks to combat their toothy bite.

If using artificial bait, I have been having luck with a myriad of options; but primarily weedless silver spoons, topwater spooks, and DOA shrimp (I prefer white) have been getting it done consistently.

If fly fishing, I recommend sight-fishing from the beaches (or dock lights at night) for snook using a small EP glass minnow of the chartreuse/silver/white variety. I use a 20lb. fluorocarbon leader for this as well, but it might not hurt to throw a 25lb. shock tippet on the end of leader as well to combat abrasion.

Regardless of the method, the fishing has been fun out there if you can withstand the heat so remember to get out early, watch the tides, and wear plenty of sunscreen!

Tight Lines!

Capt. Scott Kinsman

AMI Charters

scott@amicharters.com

(941) 348-2035

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Anna Maria Island August Fishing
Fly Fishing for Snook around Anna Maria Island grass flats.

Anna Maria Island Summer Beach Rentals 2017

Anna Maria Island Summer beach rentals are the best way to enjoy the hottest season of the year! Here is our 2017 list of the best places to check out for your Summer getaway.

Anna Maria Island Summer Beach Rentals 2017

While Island Real Estate offers amazing gulf front luxury rentals, this list has more laid back options. These are definitely great for money conscious folks that are just looking to relax by the gulf. Summer is for enjoying time off without stress, and all these rentals are just perfect for that! From couples retreats to family getaway there is something for every group.

Anna Maria Island Summer Beach Rentals 2017

Safari Suite – Sleeps 4

Safari Suite is a great one bedroom Bradenton Beach condo just across the street from gulf beaches. This laid back unit offers a king bed and queen sleeper sofa. While this unit might be one bedroom, it won’t feel too cramped for groups of 4. Enjoy stainless steel appliances and nice peeks of the water from the open balcony.

Bradenton Beach Summer rental
Safari Suite in Bradenton Beach 2017 Summer base rates: $800-$1200/week.

 

Katie’s Beach Bungalow – Sleeps 5

Katie’s Beach Bungalow is a great old Florida cottage charmer. Located on the south end of AMI on a narrow portion of Bradenton Beach, this cottage is just a short walk to gulf beaches. Find a king, queen and day bed to sleep 5 guest in this 2 bedroom home. The backyard is like your own private oasis with a heated pool and spa, propane grill and plenty of room for lounging in the sun.

Katie's Beach Bungalow Bradenton Beach
Katie’s Beach Bungalow Bradenton Beach 2017 Summer base rates: $1050-$1600/week

Villa 5 – Sleeps 6

Villa 5 is a two bedroom unit just a short walk from EVERYTHING in Bradenton Beach. Nestled in a quaint four unit complex this condo has all you need for an easy vacation by the coast. Walk to beaches, shopping, nightlife, dining and free trolley stops. Also enjoy the heated community pool and propane grills. Sleeps six guests with one king, one queen and a queen sleeper sofa.

Bradenton Beach rental
Villa 5 Bradenton Beach 2017 Summer base rates: $850-$1250/week.

 

Palm Gables – Sleeps 6

Palm Gables will make you very pleased. Here you’ll spaciously sleep 6 guests with three bedrooms. Find great amenities like stainless steel appliances, a heated community pool and open balcony with water views. This unit may only have a modest silver rating, but it truly offers a luxury beach experience.

Palm Gables Holmes Beach Rental
Palm Gables Holmes Beach 2017 Summer base rates: $2240-$3010/week.

 

Holly Jewel – Sleeps 6

Holly Jewel offers a lovely slice of island living just a short walk from secluded Bean Point beaches. This single family home has three bedrooms with a king, queen and two twin beds. Relax on the upstairs deck, or in the lush backyard looking over the canal.

Holly Jewel Anna Maria beach rental summer
Holly Jewel city of Anna Maria 2017 Summer base rates: $$1243-$1707/week.

Long board and Short board – Sleeps 6 each or 12 total.

Located on the popular White Avenue in the city of Anna Maria, Long board and Short board are fun for both large and small groups. White Avenue is one of the island’s most notorious surfing spots, so this duplex is aptly named. Each side sleeps 6 guests, or you can reserve the entire home for up to 12. There is a shared heated pool with a waterfall feature and lovely outdoor lounge. This house is perfect for a Summer vacation to Anna Maria Island.

Anna Maria beach rental White Avenue
Long Board 2017 Summer base rate: $1250-$1450/week. Short Board 2017 Summer base rate $950-$1450/week.

 

Enjoy Summer while it lasts with one of our Anna Maria Island Summer Beach Rentals of 2017!

5 Anna Maria Island Vacation Rentals Kids will LOVE

Summer is here and you need to do something fun with the kids! Here is our list of 5 Anna Maria Island Vacation Rentals kids will love visiting.

5 Anna Maria Island Vacation Rentals Kids will LOVE

 

5 Anna Maria Island Vacation Rentals Kids will LOVE (2)

Sure, everyone needs a little downtime to relax and do nothing, but the entire Summer doesn’t have to be filled with your kid’s face stuck in an electronic devise. Give your little ones the best beach adventure of their childhood with these 5 great Anna Maria Island beach rentals!

In addition to these 5 suggestions we snuck in 2 extra options just like you sneaky parents that try to add a vegetable into your kids meal. (We see you with that butter pasta and broccoli.)

Fun in the Sun – Sleeps 6

The name of this rental tells it all! Fun in the Sun is a great spot for a kids Summer vacation. Here you’ll find plenty of space for up to six guests with one king, one queen and two twin beds. Enjoy the sparkling backyard pool with a fun fountain feature and covered lounge area. Inside you’ll find a DVD player with movies, or rent a new release from the Red Box at Publix super market or CVS Pharmacy.

Holmes Beach Rental
Fun in the Sun 2017 July/August base rate $1450-$1600.

Not only is Fun in the Sun just a short walk to the beach, but it’s also near free trolley stops. Kids adore riding the free trolley!

Anna Maria Island kid friendly rentals
Fun in the Sun in Holmes Beach

Playa Casanas North – Sleeps 4-6

Playa Casanas North is a no frills beach rental where kids can play like kids. Enjoy direct gulf front accommodations in this cozy low key destination. All parents know that getting ready for a beach trip can be a pain, but when you have a rental right there everything becomes easier. You don’t have to worry about packing the cooler, snagging a parking spot or finding a bathroom. When mom and dad can relax everyone has a better time.

Holmes Beach gulf front rental
Playa Casanas July/August base rates $1200-$1400/week

Inside Playa Casanas North you’ll find a queen bed, two twins and a queen sleeper sofa. One of the nice features of this rental is the price point is extremely reasonable for the amazing location. Give your kids a beach vacation that won’t break the bank. If you plan on vacationing with relatives or another family rent Playa Casanas South too!

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Playa Casanas North in Holmes Beach

 

Banyan Breeze – Sleeps 12

This beach rental will have both kids and parents in love with island living. This spacious 5 bedroom home comfortably sleeps 12 guests, and is only separated from the beach by 6 houses! Mom and dad will love the style and luxury amenities of this platinum rated home. Banyan Breeze is colorful with a touch of beach whimsy.

Anna Maria beach rental
Banyan Breeze July/August base rates $3750’$4500/week.

Of the 5 rooms, one bedroom offers two twins and another offers a bunk bed. There are plenty of options for kids to sleep comfortably without having to share a bed with a sibling or cousin.

Banyan Breeze in the city of Anna Maria.
Banyan Breeze in the city of Anna Maria.

Turtle Nest – Sleeps 6

This is a great laid back beach rental for when you just need to get away and relax on the beach. You’ll find 2 bedrooms with a queen, two twins and a queen sleeper sofa. Nothing about Turtle Nest is “too fancy” for the kids, but you’ll still find great amenities.

Holmes Beach vacation rental
Turtle Nest July/August base rates $1000-$1250/week.

Turtle Nest is a duplex, but you’ll have your own private pool and outdoor shower. The kids will think the little turtle in the bottom of the pool is super cute! On the other half of this duplex you’ll find Sunray, which is equally as laid back and accommodating.

Holmes beach duplex rental
Sun Ray in Holmes Beach next door to Turtle Nest.

North Beach Village 54 – Sleeps 6

North Beach Village 54 is a fun rental updated Spring of 2017. Here you’ll find everything for a comfortable stay for 6 with 3 bedrooms and a den. There is one king, one queen, a twin/double bunk and one twin and a day bed. None of the kids will have to share a bed, and they will love you for it!

North Beach Village rental
North Beach Village 54 July/August base rates $1100-$1250/week.

The decor is colorful and beachy, so the kids will feel right at home. Plus your right next to the community pool! Bring your dogs up to 25 pounds for this Summer getaway.

North Beach Village condo rentals
North Beach Village 54 in Holmes Beach.

 

Every kid needs a trip to the beach during the Summer! Plan a trip your kids will be talking about for years to come with one of these Anna Maria Island Vacation Rentals Kids will LOVE.

After you reserve your accommodations head over to the Top 10 Anna Maria Island Kids Activities Guide!

Anna Maria Island 4th of July Beach Vacation – Activities and Fun Guide

An Anna Maria Island 4th of July beach vacation should be on everyone’s bucket list! What better way to spend the day than relaxing while the family enjoys swimming in the gulf on a hot Summer day?

Anna Maria Island 4th of July Beach Vacation
Independence Day family fun at the beach!

Anna Maria Island 4th of July Beach Vacation

4th of July on Anna Maria Island is an experience unlike any other holiday. There’s a buzz of excitement in the air that words just can’t explain. A feeling like the day will be one you’ll never forget.

4th of July beach prep

This holiday is one of the busiest beach days every year, so you’ll want to come prepared. The biggest benefit of planning a vacation centered around Independence Day is you’ll already be on the island, so you won’t have to fight traffic. Smart right? Even better, since you’ll be staying in a vacation rental so close to the beach, you can pick your spot ahead of the crowd!

Find some really great deals on 4th of July beach rentals at IslandReal.com!

Plan on purchasing everything you’ll need one or two days prior. Why stress last minute? Beach vacations are supposed to be relaxing.

Be sure to put on Sunblock 20 minutes before you’ll be in the sun, and re-apply every two hours. Over exposure to the sun can cause symptoms such as fever and nausea. A sunburn is a sure way to ruin a beach vacation.

The Privateers 4th of July Parade

Every year The Privateers, a non-profit organization, host the Anna Maria Island 4th of July parade. There is nothing better than a small town parade, and this one is fun and heart warming. Starting on the south end of the island on Coquina Beach the parade runs the entire length of the island ending at Pine Avenue in the city of Anna Maria. Catch candy and beads and be sure to watch out for the squirt guns! This family fun event is free and starts at 10am.

Hanging out on the beach

Since the parade ends around noon you’ll have the entire rest of the day to wait for the evenings fireworks.  This is when all the fun really happens!

For something different at the beach try renting a paddle board or even beach games from one of the many great rental companies on AMI. Find some suggested here.

Obviously you’ll want to have some great food and drink items. We have put together a list of great picnic and dining ideas along with a fun selection of beach games on Pinterest.

Sandbar Fireworks Display

While enjoying an Anna Maria Island 4th of July beach vacation you’ll get the chance to catch a great show on the beach! The only fireworks allowed on the beach are Sparklers. However, you can gather along the coast and catch the Sandbar Restaurant’s annual display. From just about anywhere on the beach you’ll have a view of the fireworks, but for a real fun time purchase tickets for a front row view. Follow this AMI fireworks guide to book your seat!

When you visit the beach for this holiday you’re sure to feel like you Independence Day is complete with fun, family and beach time. Plan your Anna Maria Island 4th of July beach vacation today!

 

The Perfect Anna Maria Island Father’s Day – The Gift Dads Actually Want!

The Perfect Anna Maria Island Father’s Day is easy to achieve, and the special guy in your family will be super pleased. Forget the tie clips, golfing socks and the grilling gear. Dads just want to relax on the beach!

The Perfect Anna Maria Island Father's Day

The Perfect Anna Maria Island Father’s Day

What better way is there to tell dad thanks than with a beach trip? Whether the entire family is going, or you’re sending him with his best pals, a beach trip will have dad is full relaxation mode.

The Gift dads Actually Want.

Peace and quiet. That’s it! Dad’s just want a day where they can enjoy doing nothing quietly. A Sunday without a schedule, without grass mowing, without the racket of cartoons blasting from the family room. Just peace and quiet.

When you plan an Anna Maria Island beach trip dad is sure to have quiet time!

Anna Maria Island Beach Rentals

The perfect Anna Maria Island Father’s Day starts with the perfect beach rental! First pick out a no-frills beach house from Island Real Estate. Whether the dad in your family likes to be pampered in luxury or is the type that can sleep anywhere, Island Real Estate has accommodations to fit any dads needs.

Dad’s beach trip

Once you find the perfect accommodations for dad’s beach trip, get him all ready for a day of lounging in the sand.

Pack up a dad style picnic! Make some of his favorite snacks and throw some waters in the a cooler. Dads usually aren’t too picky. Half of what they eat is whatever the kids left on their plate anyway, so dad will likely be happy with whatever sandwiches or crackers get tossed in. Keep it simple.

Before he goes out for the day make sure he gets thoroughly sun tan lotioned. Sunburned dads are fussy dads. He’ll need help getting his back and don’t forget to lotion that bald spot too!

If you do decide on gifts

Surprise him by sneaking a gift into his beach bag. Something he can use at the beach like a new ball cap or nice pair of sunglasses. A small gift to open at the beach will be the icing on the cake!

After a long restful day at the beach dad will be one happy dude. The perfect Anna Maria Island Father’s Day is waiting! Tell dad thank you this year with a gift he really wants, and plan him a beach trip!

 

6 Ways to Celebrate World Oceans Day on Anna Maria Island

Here are 6 ways to celebrate World Oceans Day on Anna Maria Island. While the powder fine sand and blue water on Anna Maria Island are worth celebrating everyday, follow our guide on how to help keep AMI waterways beautiful on this special day.

6 Ways to Celebrate World Oceans Day on Anna Maria Island

It’s easy to help keep Anna Maria Island beautiful. Follow our guide for World Oceans Day, not just on June 8th, but eveyday!

Clean it up!

Clean up the beach for World Oceans Day!
Clean up the beach for World Oceans Day!

The best way to celebrate World Oceans Day is by picking up garbage on the beach. Even though our beaches are wonderfully pristine, there is a good chance you probably encounter at least a little bit of garbage every time you visit. Today be the change, and pick it up!

You don’t have to spend hours walking along the coastline to feel like you made a difference. If you only spend two minutes picking up trash you have helped! You’ll be amazed at how much stuff you’ll find in even a short period of time. As you look for garbage on the beach check out clumps of seaweed and the areas around sea oats. Litter and trash tend to get caught up in these areas. However, be sure to keep off the sand dunes and sea oats as they are a very fragile and important environment.

When you start picking up trash there’s a good chance onlookers will see you, and be more cautious about their own garbage. You may even find your actions cause others to join in!

Every year millions of birds and marine animals die from ingesting or becoming entangled in plastics and litter. The health of these animals depends on you to help!

Donate

Another great way to help save the Oceans is by donating to organizations who support this cause. Mote Marine Laboratory is a fantastic organization that will be accepting donations for World Oceans Day. They will be hosting a 48 hour giving event June 2-4, but donations are welcome any time!

Mote Marine is an amazing facility that not only works to save Marine life, but educates people of all ages about the unique species and environments in Florida. Every year they rescue tons of endangered sea turtles along with many other programs that help humans gain better understanding of the world.

Practice Responsible Boating

Practice Responsible Boating on World Oceans Day
Practice Responsible and safe boating

A great way to help world Oceans is by boating responsibly. Never throw garbage into the water, and if you see floating debris try to pick it out. Be sure trash is in a safe receptacle to ensure it doesn’t blow off into waterways.

In Florida it is safe to say all bodies of water have marine animals. Always be aware of your surroundings when boating, and be on the lookout for wildlife. Follow signage and idle zones marked specifically to warn of Manatees. Dolphins, Manatees and Sea Turtles are too often hit by boat propellers. Do your best to avoid speeding through the areas where they are known to live.

Keep your boat in areas that are appropriate for your make and model of vessel. Running your boat aground in Florida waterways can damage sea grasses that provide food and shelter to marine life. Never tie your boat up to Mangroves or allow your anchor to drag through reef environments.

Eat Sustainable Seafood

Sustainable Seafood Anna Maria Island
Eat Sustainable Seafood to help reduce over fishing ocean marine life.

Sustainable Seafood is always the best alternative. Sure we all love those high-end Tuna cuts, but there are so many different species of seafood that often go over looked.

Over fishing is a global problem. Without careful conservation some species could disappear from the worlds oceans in just a few decades. When you choose sustainable fish you choose healthy oceans.

There are many questions to ask when purchasing sustainable fish. Was it net or line caught? was it farm raised or wild? Domestic or import? Asking these questions to your local fish monger will allow you to find more ethically sourced seafood.

When visiting Anna Maria Island you’ll find sustainable seafood isn’t hard to come by. Local examples of sustainable seafood include Lionfish, Mullet and Venus Sunray Clams. Cobia and Snapper from the Gulf are also considered good choices. Here is a handy website to assist you in choosing sustainable seafood.

Reduce your carbon footprint

carbon footprint
Reduce your carbon foot print to help negative effects of climate change.

You can help reduce the effects of climate change on our oceans by reducing your carbon footprint. This isn’t a new idea, and there are tons of ways to be mindful of your energy use. Leave your car and walk or bike when you can. This is easy to do on Anna Maria Island! Everyone knows you can bike all over, hop on the free trolley, or even walk to your destination while visiting the Island.

Other ways to reduce your energy consumption include taking the stairs, switching to compact fluorescent light bulbs, and don’t over set your thermostat. Making tiny efforts to change the way you consume energy is a great way to reduce carbon and the negative effects of climate change on world oceans

Inspire Others

Celebrate World Oceans Day on Anna Maria Island
Inspire others to help save the worlds oceans for future generations.

Take time to learn about oceans and waterways, and inspire others to help make a difference. When you learn how oceans are vital to a healthy earth you’ll find yourself taking steps to protect it.

Visit local aquariums, science centers and wildlife attractions dealing with marine life. Educate yourself about oceans then take your knowledge and inspire others to help save the ocean!

Do your part this year and celebrate World Oceans Day on Anna Maria Island!

Top 10 Anna Maria Island 4th of July Beach Rentals

An Anna Maria Island 4th of July Beach Rental makes for a fabulous summer vacation! There is no better way to celebrate American independence than relaxing on the beach.

Top 10 Anna Maria Island 4th of July Beach Rentals

While the island is fun and relaxing year round, 4th of July is a great time to visit. During your stay you’ll find the small town Independence Day Parade starting in the morning. Then at night enjoy the fireworks display at the Sandbar Restaurant too!

It’s not too late to book your Anna Maria Island 4th of July Beach Rental. We have put together this fantastic list of the best places to stay for the holiday July 1-8. You’ll find a variety of options to fit any size group. From direct gulf front luxury to laid back old Florida cottages these 10 Anna Maria Island beach rentals are fun and relaxing!

Top 10 Anna Maria Island 4th of July Beach Rentals

North Beach Village 54 – Sleeps 6

North Beach Village 54 is new to the Island Real Estate vacation rental program. This lovely town home is about two blocks from gulf beaches, and offers a heated community pool. The three bedrooms offer plenty of space for everyone to spread out plus much of the furnishings and decor are brand new. Dogs up to 25 pounds welcome with pet fee.

North Beach Village 54
North Beach Village 54 in Holmes Beach. July 1-8 base rate $1350

 

Palm Isle Village 3201 – Sleeps 6

The adorable Palm Isle Village 3201 was recently remodeled with a fun pastel coastal style. It’s just across the street from gulf beaches and offers a central location near free trolley stops, shopping, dining and the popular Manatee Public Beach Access. This two bedroom unit offers a heated community pool, roof top views and two bathrooms. Your family will love this Holmes Beach rental!

Holmes Beach rental
Palm Isle Village 3201 in Holmes Beach. July 1-8 base rate $1600

 

Island Oasis – Sleeps 10 – 20% Off base rate!

Island Oasis is a large family home with 5 bedrooms. This Holmes Beach rental is where island luxury and family time collide for an unforgettable experience. During your stay you’ll be 5 houses from the beach, but you still have amazing gulf views from the roof top balcony. The backyard offers a heated pool and spa with waterfall feature. You’ll love the covered lounge area complete with propane grill, flat screen television and pool table. Pets under 25 pounds welcome with pet fee.

 

Anna Maria Island July 4th Beach rental
Island Oasis in Holmes Beach. July 1-8 base rate $6000

 

Heron – Dolphin – Sleeps 8 – 20% Off base rate!

Heron – Dolphin is a laid back duplex less than two blocks from coveted Bean Point beaches. Sleeping 8 guests total, each unit offers 2 bedrooms and 2 baths. The backyard has a shared heated pool and spa, two propane grills and plenty of seating. These units are great for two smaller families looking to enjoy paradise together. You can also rent just one individual unit for groups of four or less.

Anna Maria 4th of July rentals
Heron- Dolphin in the city of Anna Maria. July 1-8 base rate $3200.

 

Sunset Beach 204 – Sleeps 4

Sunset Beach 204 is a lovely condo in south Holmes Beach. Here you’ll enjoy direct beach views in a quiet gulf front setting. This unit offers a screened lanai balcony looking over the heated community pool and the beach too! During your stay you’ll feel right at home. Gulf front rentals are highly sought after for 4th of July weekend making this a popular spot for the holiday. You’ll find this unit extremely accommodating for four guests with two bedrooms and two baths.

Holmes beach 4th of July vacation rental
Sunset Beach 204 in Holmes Beach. July 1-8 base rate $1800.

 

 Captain’s House – Sleeps 6

Captain’s House is a fun three bedroom rental with a touch of that old Florida charm visitors love. Here you’ll find many recently updated amenities perfectly mixing with a classic Florida style of architecture. The backyard is a nice area to relax around the sparkling pool while cooking a 4th of July barbecue on the grill. This Holmes Beach location is just a short walk from shopping, dining and free trolley stops too.

Central Holmes Beach Vacation rental
Captain’s House in Holmes Beach. July 1-8 base rate $2128.

 

Water’s Edge 105 S – Sleeps 4

Water’s Edge 105 S is just steps away from beautiful Gulf of Mexico beaches. This updated one bedroom unit sleeps up to four guests comfortably with one king bed and a queen Murphy bed. The community heated pool looks directly over the beach for a perfectly peaceful spot to relax during the holiday. This complex also offers elevators to make moving luggage a breeze.

4th of July beach rental
Water’s Edge 105 S in Holmes Beach. July 1-8 base rate $1750.

 

La Casa Marie – Sleeps 6

La Casa Marie is located in the exclusive La Casa Costiera complex on direct gulf front. You’ll be steps from the beach! This luxury condo offers a fun colorful style, wet bar with wine chiller and many high-end finishes. Your balcony offers glimpses of the gulf and those amazing salty breezes. You’ll be able to see the Sandbar fireworks display from the beach front of La Casa Marie during your stay.

La Casa Costiera
La Casa Marie in Holmes Beach. July 1-8 base rate $3850.

 

East Winds – West Winds Sleeps 16

East Winds and West Winds are both lovely single family home just a few blocks walk from gulf beaches. Everything you look for in a family vacation destination is waiting at these homes. Everyone can really spread out here and enjoy a comfortable getaway. East Winds is perfect for those groups that have lots of kids because one guest room offers two sets of bunks and the den has a bunk bed too!West Winds is equally accommodating to families. Relax in the backyards with the pool and fire up the grill. Reserve one of these units for smaller groups of 8 or both to sleep 16!

Holmes Beach Vacation Rental
East and West Winds in Holmes Beach. July 1-8 base rate $5500

 

Enjoy the holiday like you’ve never before and reserve the perfect beach destination with Island Real Estate! An Anna Maria Island 4th of July beach rental is the ultimate way to bring family together while celebrating American freedom!