Top 6 Things to Know About Holmes Beach

Holmes Beach – If you’ve ever been to Anna Maria Island you probably are familiar with the middle island city called Holmes Beach. This island community is the largest of the three island cities with a population of less than 4,000. A quiet coastal Florida town, Holmes Beach is a wonderful place to live and vacation.

1. History

Holmes Beach was at one time dense jungle where it wasn’t uncommon to see Panthers, Rattle Snakes and a variety of Florida wildlife. The middle section of the island was first homesteaded in 1896 by Sam and Annie Cobb. Shortly after the Cobbs moved into their 160 acres they were followed by John R. Jones and Jose Casanas. John piloted boats from Tampa to Cuba, and Jose had moved from the Canary Islands in search of Mullet.

Holmes Beach got it’s name from Jack Holmes who developed 600 acres of the island after World War II. The city became incorporated in 1950.

In 1947 Jack Holmes used a 30 acre space to build an air strip because he believed World War II air pilots would be interested in using it. While the strip was being laid, Jack Holmes was contacted by the movie giant Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to use the strip to help in producing the film “On An Island With You”. The filming of the movie created great excitement which fueled Jack Holmes development of the Holmes Beach. Eventually the airstrip was removed in 1970, but excitement about Anna Maria Island has never waned.

Today the island’s middle city is a quiet and bustling town welcoming thousands of visitors every year with pristine beaches and beautiful vacation rentals.

Holmes Beach History
Two gentlemen on the Holmes Beach Air Strip.

2. Beaches

Holmes Beach offers approximately three miles of powder sand Gulf of Mexico beaches peppered with public accesses and beach front homes. Where Manatee Avenue/State Road 64 comes to an end is where you’ll find the most popular beach area in Holmes Beach called Manatee Public Beach access. Manatee Public Beach offers tons of fabulous amenities including life guards, public restrooms and changing facilities, showers, a playground, volley ball courts, picnic areas, trolley stops, tons of parking and gorgeous tall Australian Pines that the island is known for. You’ll also find concessions at the AMI Beach Cafe along with Florida’s oldest Surf Shop.

Heading north or south from Manatee Public Beach you’ll find plenty of smaller beach accesses many of which offer public parking.

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Holmes Beach offers powder fine sand and clear blue Gulf of Mexico water.

3. Restaurants

Holmes Beach offers no shortage of great places to enjoy a meal and a cold drink. From laid back to fine dining, and breakfast to dinner you’re sure to find a delicious place to eat in the middle of Anna Maria Island. In the center of the island you will also find the local chain grocery store Publix along with CVS and Walgreens Pharmacies. Click on the links below for information.

Hurricane Hanks
Beach Bistro
The Feast
Lobstahs
Island Gourmet Grill
Tortilla Bay
Eat Here
Peach’s
Old Hamburg Schnitzel Haus
Solo’s Pizza
Minnie’s Cafe
Ugly Grouper
Skinny’s Place
Duffy’s

Holmes Beach Restaurants
AMI Beach Cafe on Holmes Beach offers a full service restaurant right on the sand!

4. Shopping

Anna Maria Island offers great boutiques, art galleries and small shops perfect for finding a one of a kind souvenir. With no big box retailers the shopping experience is truly unique on Anna Maria Island.

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There are great independent shops and boutiques in Holmes Beach.

5. Events

Holmes Beach offers many fun events throughout the year including Spring Fest, Winter Fest, The Halloween Trail of Treats, and Art Walks.

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Holmes Beach hosts several fun events through the year including Spring Fest.

6. Activities

In the middle island city you’ll find plenty of activities to keep you entertained. In addition to beautiful beaches, you’ll find The Island Branch Library on Marina Drive along with the baseball field, shuffle board courts, skate park, the city play ground and the dog park.

While visiting Anna Maria Island, vacationers like to rent many different types of equipment to enhance their stay including bikes, kayaks, paddle boards and more. When looking for equipment rentals there are several options including Just 4 Fun, Island Scooter Rentals, Fun and More and AMI Beach Fun Rentals.

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Many of the Equipment Rental companies in Holmes Beach will deliver items directly to you!

Holmes Beach Vacation Rentals and Accommodations

Island Real Estate offers almost 200 vacation rental homes in Holmes Beach. Whether you are looking to accommodate a couples getaway, or a family beach holiday, Island Real Estate has the perfect accommodations.

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Holmes Beach vacation rental Island Pearl offers 4 bedrooms to accommodate up to 8 guests. Click on the image above to learn more about Island Pearl.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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!

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.

Top 5 Anna Maria Island Coffee Shops – Grab a Cup of Joe!

If you are looking for Coffee Shops in Anna Maria Island this list is for you! Grab your morning pick me up and enjoy a caffeinated day on island time!

Top 5 Coffee Shops in Anna Maria Island

This list is organized by location from north to south Anna Maria Island. While there are many places to get coffee, the businesses here are the closest thing you’ll find to a Starbucks-style coffee shop.

The Donut Experiment

The Donut Experiment is a must during a visit to Anna Maria. Not only to they offer made to order donuts, but they have great coffee too! Typically you will find their house blend along with a daily flavored coffee. Also enjoy some of the island’s tastiest espresso based drinks. Find them at 210 Pine Avenue next to Poppo’s Tacos. Open 7am to 1pm daily.

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The Donut Experiment is the quintessential coffee and donuts shops.

Island Coffee Haus

There are now two Island Coffee Haus locations with one at 317 Pine Avenue and one at 5350 Gulf Drive. These shops have just about everything you would want from a java shop. Find coffees, teas, smoothies and lite breakfast type options such as oatmeal and bagels.

Ginny’s and Jane E’s

Ginny and Jane E’s is a unique cafe and shop serving breakfast and lunch. Not only can you find coffee and specialty drinks here, but they have beer, wine and Mimosas too. Locals love to grab a coffee and read the paper in front of this cute shop. Find them at 9807 Gulf Drive in the city of Anna Maria.

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Find a funky fun atmosphere and an easy quick place to grab coffee too!

 Dunkin Donuts

While you won’t find many chain stores and restaurants on Anna Maria Island there is a Dunkin Donuts Baskin Robbins in Holmes Beach. Find it at 3302 East Bay Drive.

Back Alley Treasures

Back Alley is a fun coffee shop with local art, jewelry, clothes and gifts. In addition to coffee drinks you’ll find on the go breakfast type items, pie and sandwiches. Back Alley has a great wine and beer selection too. Sit at their cute counter indoors or find a seat outside while you people watch on Bridge Street.

Anna Maria Island Coffee Shops
Back Alley Treasures offers local and handmade art and more.

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!

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Fall Festival 2016

Top Tikitastic Anna Maria Island Beach Rentals

What could be more fun than spending a vacation at Anna Maria Island beach rentals with fantastic Tiki huts? Tiki huts are a fun retro style perfect for a tropical destination like the island.

Tiki Culture in the United States

This theme stems from Americans use of Polynesian culture starting in the 1930’s. While not considered a fine art form by Polynesian styles, the theme loosely stems from cultural mythology and art. However, Americans now associate Hawaiian and Tropical themes with the Tiki style. There has been a resurgence of the style that has directly coincided with the trendy craft cocktail movement.

Tiki Drinks

Fruity tropical drinks are a must for any Tiki party. Typically they include different fruit juices, and are rum based. These drinks are usually tasty, very alcoholic and also use multiple rums or liquors. Serve them in funky totem head shaped mugs for a retro look, or use any pretty tall glass. Little umbrellas, fruit, spices, and herbs all make nice garnishes. Check out great recipes here. Also enjoy kid friendly versions of these drinks – just omit the alcohol. The combinations of fruit juices are fantastic on their own, just add a garnish and enjoy!

Below is a list of our top tikitastic Anna Maria Island beach rentals! These homes offer fun huts and bars perfect for entertaining in tropical island style!

Top Tikitastic Anna Maria Island Beach Rentals

Pelican Landing offers a Tiki by the heated pool! This rental sleeps 8 with 3 bedrooms. Relax and enjoy a tropical island experience!

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Pelican Landing AMI 306 55th Street in Holmes Beach.

Starfish also has a backyard Tiki hut, and a swim up Tiki umbrella in the heated pool. This hut is a nice spot no matter the weather. Sleep 6 in this rental with 3 bedrooms.

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Starfish 6802 Marina Drive.

A Sassy Seahorse has a Tiki area in the backyard in addition to heated pool and spa! A shady spot for cool drinks on a hot day. Sleep 6 in this 2 bedroom rental.

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A Sassy Seahorse 264 Gladiolus in Anna Maria.

Summer Breeze offers a fun covered Tiki bar too! Here you’ll find a swinging chair, Foosball table and flat screen T.V. Sleep 10 at this 4 bedroom rental.

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Summer Breeze 313 61st Street in Holmes Beach.

Island Time offers a large pool side Tiki Umbrella. The perfect spot for watching the day drift by with a cold drink. Sleep 8 in this 3 bedroom with heated pool.

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Island Time 309 62nd Street in Holmes Beach.

Coral Reef is an Anna Maria Island beach rental with a great Tiki and laid back feel. Sleeps 10 with 5 bedrooms.

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Coral Reef 215 64th Street in Holmes Beach.

Mango Breeze has a Tiki just a short walk to Gulf beaches! Relax by the heated pool with 8 in this 4 bedroom rental!

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Mango Breeze 141 50th Street in Holmes Beach.

Anna Maria Island Tiki Restaurants

While visiting Anna Maria Island beach rentals you’ll also find great local Tiki style restaurants too! On Bridge Street you’ll find The Bridge Tender Inn and Dock Side Bar. Here you’ll enjoy views of Sarasota Bay in addition to great food and drinks. Also in Bradenton Beach, there is Gulf Drive Cafe and Tiki bar. This restaurant offers direct gulf views. Finally, In Holmes Beach you will find an outdoor Tiki atmosphere at The Ugly Grouper.

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!

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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.

Top 15 Anna Maria Island Beach Cottage Rentals

Anna Maria Island beach cottage rentals are the perfect way to experience this old Florida vacation destination. There aren’t many places like the island anymore. You won’t find any high rises, big night clubs or chain store outlets in this quaint coastal getaway. Such a charming gulf island, a beautiful vacation cottage is the perfect match.

Anna Maria Island Beach Cottage Rentals

Here is a list of 15 of the best Anna Maria Island beach cottage rentals for you to try out! All offer a little something different. Additionally, these range from old to new, and from bronze to platinum rated. Arranged by city location in Anna Maria, Holmes Beach or Bradenton Beach, these great cottages also span the entire island.

Anna Maria beach cottage rentals

Sea Song is a direct gulf front cottage. Updated in December 2015, the beach is your backyard! Sleep up to six in this two bedroom home with beautiful beach views and amenities. Gold rated.

Anna Maria Island beach cottage rentals
Sea Song 103 Sea Grape Lane.

The Seashell Cottage is just down the street from gulf beaches, and is within walking distance to Pine Avenue shopping and dining. This quaint cottage also sleeps six guests with two bedrooms. Silver rated.

Anna Maria Beach cottage rental
The Seashell Cottage 118 Palmetto Avenue.

Fish House is really something special! Sleep eight guests with three bedrooms. Enjoy high end luxury mixed with an old fish camp feel. Heated pool and spa too! Gold rated.

Anna Maria cottage vacation rental
Fish House 231 Oak Avenue.

Dolphin Watch is similarly a great beach front cottage. Furthermore, this home sleeps six with two bedrooms, and beach views. Gold rated.

Anna Maria beach rental.
Dolphin Watch 12108 Gulf Drive.

Blue Bayou is a stylish updated cottage. Sleeps six with three bedrooms on direct canal front. Undoubtedly a beautiful location with heated pool and spa! Platinum rated.

Anna Maria Rental Cottage
Blue Bayou 229 Chilson Avenue

Hacienda Del Mar is in fact one of the larger cottage beach rentals offered on the list. Sleep eight guests with four bedrooms. Also on direct gulf front, and recently updated. Gold rated.

beach rental Anna Maria
Hacienda Del Mar 765 North Shore Drive.

Holmes Beach cottage rentals

Minnie Cottage is surely the ideal Holmes Beach cottage. Also sleeps eight guests, but with three bedrooms. This raised cottage has a heated pool and is a newer home. Platinum rated.

Holmes beach cottage rental
Minnie Cottage 125 47th Street.

Blue Lagoon 6 Osprey is a popular cottage. In contrast to others, this cottage is located in a small complex. Sleeps four with two bedrooms, and just a short walk to the beach. Gold rated.

Beach Cottage rental Holmes Beach
Blue Lagoon 6 – Osprey – 215 67th Street.

Beach Comber is great for a no frills cottage. That is to say, this rental offers all the basics, but with the addition of direct gulf views. Also sleeps six with two bedrooms. Bronze rated.

Anna Maria Island vacation rental Holmes Beach
Beach Comber 3020 Avenue F.

Captains House is a funky Florida cottage. To clarify, this home has a retro feel that is super fun. Sleep eight with three bedrooms, and also a loft style with two living levels. Bronze rated.

Beach house rentals anna maria island
Captains House 208 Haverkos.

Misty Beach has an updated beach style, and sleeps six guests with two bedrooms. This cottage offers a heated pool too! Gold rated.

Vacation cottage Holmes Beach
Misty Beach 5802 Imperiore Avenue.

Pelican Landing AMI is a spacious cottage with three bedrooms for up to eight guests. This great home also has a fun backyard Tiki hut and heated pool. Gold rated.

Rental cottage Holmes Beach
Pelican Landing AMI 306 55th Street.

Jackie’s Cottage is an updated canal front cottage with a heated pool. Manatees frequent this canal too! Sleep eight guests with four bedrooms. Gold rated.

Anna Maria Island cottage rental Holmes Beach
Jackie’s Cottage 209 North Harbor Drive.

Bradenton Beach cottage rental

A Pirate’s Cove is a 1950’s cottage updated with modern coastal charm and amenities. Heated pool, and also just a block from gulf beaches. Sleep six with two bedrooms. Gold rated.

Bradenton Beach cottage rental Anna Maria Isalnd
A Pirate’s Cove 2109 Avenue C.

Katie’s Beach Bungalow is a short walk to gulf beaches, and has a heated pool and spa! Sleep four guests with two bedrooms. Bronze rated.

Cottage rental Anna Maria Island
Katie’s Beach Bungalow 108 8th Street South.

Enjoy the perfect Old Florida paradise getaway by the beach with one of these charming Anna Maria Island beach cottage rentals. Visit IslandReal.com today to reserve your stay.

Summer’s End Beach House Rentals Anna Maria Island

It’s not too late to enjoy end of summer beach house rentals Anna Maria Island style! Pumpkin spice latte is back on the Starbucks menu, kids are in school again, and Fall is less than a month away. Now is the time to plan that last minute summer getaway!

Summer Beach House Rentals Anna Maria Island in September

September is a fantastic time of year to visit Anna Maria Island. This is the off season, so the beaches are far less busy. During a September visit you’ll also notice there are fewer cars on the streets. The entire Island has a different vibe in the late summer. People are a little calmer as locals enjoy the respite from busy high season.

End of Summer beach Scene

Anna Maria Island beaches are as beautiful as ever in the late summer. The weather is hot and rainy during September in Florida, however, beaches are still very nice. Lots of rain may make the water a tad less blue than the normal, but it also cools the water temperature down. Gulf beaches are bathtub like in July and August, so a little rain makes them more refreshing.

End of Summer Island Activities

When you visit the island at the end of summer you may notice a few of the island’s restaurants are closed. This is when operators make improvements, and also have a little summer vacation before seasons starts again. However, there are still plenty of places to dine that are open year round. Closures are typically no more than a week long, or even just a few days.

Summer is also an excellent time to visit activities off island. With less congested roads, getting on and off the island is much easier in late summer. This is a fantastic time to drive down to Sarasota, or head into Bradenton to try new activities. You will find museums, shopping and sightseeing in both Sarasota and Bradenton.

Summer’s End Beach House Rentals Anna Maria Island have lowest rates.

The end of summer is one of the most affordable times to visit Anna Maria Island. September is when many beach houses lower their rates. These lower rates continue through to mid December when visitors from the north start to come down again. These lower rates don’t always include Labor Day weekend as this is the last busy weekend of the season. Rates for beach house rentals typically fluctuate to coincide with demand or popular seasons.

Direct Beach House Rentals Anna Maria Island

September is also the perfect time of year to reserve a direct beach front rental!

Hidden Cove is a fantastic direct gulf Front beach rental Anna Maria Island style. This is a great example of the type of rentals available in September.

Beach house rentals Anna Maria Island
Beach House Rentals Anna Maria Island style! Click on the image to learn more about this great condo!

Hidden Cove unit 1 offers accommodations for up to four guests with two bedrooms and two and half bathrooms. During your stay, enjoy direct gulf views from the master bedroom and main living space. You will love spending time on the open balcony watching sunsets, and relaxing. The quiet Hidden Cove complex also offers a community pool, and is located near free trolley stops, shopping and dining.

Beach House Rentals Anna Maria Island Florida
Click on the image to reserve Hidden Cove unit 1 for your next Beach house rental Anna Maria Island Holmes Beach.

Island Real Estate has the largest selection of Anna Maria Island beach rentals you’ll find in the area! When searching for a summer’s end beach rental be sure to check out the Sunshine Specials page for great deals.

Enjoy an Anna Maria Island paradise vacation and reserve the perfect beach rental today at IslandReal.com!