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Melinda’s Cafe Restaurant serving Anna Maria Island

So sorry.  Melinda’s is closed and now Eat Here rests in the same spot in Holmes Beach!

Melinda’s is a small cafe located in the heart of Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island.  Melinda’s is normally closed on Mondays and offers free wireless Internet.  They pride themselves on using fresh ingredients and ask for your patience in doing so.  Melinda’s offers a fabulous breakfast and lunch for $6-$12 and currently sell Beer and Wine as well as take Visa and Mastercard.  Try their fabulous nacho chips with special hot sauces.  If you love one of their special hot sauces pick up a small jar for the road so you can enjoy a slice of Melinda’s longer than just breakfast or lunch.

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Cafe on the Beach, Anna Maria Island

Outdoor seating at Cafe on the BeachOk everyone, I have a restaurant you all have to try!  The Café on the Beach is the place to be on the weekends or any day really.  On the weekends you can enjoy the famous “All You Can Eat” pancake breakfast.  Friends of mine were there recently and said, “It isn’t just pancakes.  You actually get a full breakfast!”  During the week they offer delights such as hamburgers, hotdogs and snacks for relaxing days at the Manatee Public Beach in Holmes Beach.  This is a great location to enjoy our beaches because you have a lifeguard on duty, a playground, public All you can eat breakfast at the Public Beachrestrooms, a large public parking lot and a little beach shop for Florida souvenirs.   It is also perfect if you have little kids because you unpack the car once, and you have facilities near by to keep them happy.  As a new mom I can’t wait until my little one is big enough to enjoy the azure blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico, sugar soft sand of Manatee Beach and the all you can eat pancakes that I remember from my childhood.

Just visited Cafe on the Beach for dinner and their fish and chips were great.  Right now they have all you can eat buffet’s Monday, Wednesday’s and Friday’s for dinner.  Currently they have an Italian Buffet, Taco and Fajita bar, and all you can eat fish and chips for their three night a week buffets.  We sat out outside in November surrounded by patio heaters and Mike Sales singing to the crowd.  Mike’s singing made us all get out of our seats to dance to a few oldies but goodies.

Cafe on the Beach
4000 Gulf Drive
Holmes Beach, FL 34217
941-778-0784

Peach’s Family Friendly Restaurant on Anna Maria Island

I have the best breakfast stop on Anna Maria Island for everyone to try!  Peach’s Restaurant in Holmes Beach has the best southern style breakfast around.  They offer large portions with killer grits or homes fries.  Some of the other sides would be their fruit salad cut fresh every morning or maybe you would like a yummy buttermilk pancake instead.  My husband’s thing to order is their “Eggs Blackstone”.  This is a slight variation on Eggs Benedict by adding a sliced tomato, and crumbled bacon bits.  This great restaurant also offers many lunch options that you just can’t pass up.  I think their Monterey Chicken sandwich is very delicious with a little honey mustard instead of mayo.  Also a great thing about Peach’s is that it is very family friendly.  Being a new mom I like to know there are places where I can take my daughter without having to worry if it will bother people if she starts to get fussy.  Everyone who travels to Anna Maria Island needs to eat at Peach’s at least once, but I bet you will come back again and again!

Peach’s Restaurant on Anna Maria Island
Peach’s Restaurant
3240 East Bay Drive
Holmes Beach, FL  34217
(941) 779-0738

Peach’s – great breakfast’s and lunches on Anna Maria Island

Peach’s in Holmes Beach, fantastic breakfast or lunchIf a view is not the most important priority for your breakfast or lunch , Peach’s could be a good bet.  They serve fantastic breakfasts and good lunches.  Service is good and the Holmes Beach restaurant serves American cuisine and is child friendly.  Eggs Benedict, eggs, bacon, ham, omelette’s, waffles, french toast, hash-browns like mom used to make, pancakes, grits, American breakfast burrito and if you are on a healthy break, oatmeal.  The prices are reasonable and on weekend mornings you can expect to wait for 20 minutes or longer.  Peach’s is a local chain restaurant in the East Bay Plaza and you can find them in the Bradenton, Florida area.   There are about 7 Peach’s in the area.

 

Peach’s
3240 East Bay Drive
Holmes Beach, FL, 34217
(941) 779-0738

Need more breakfast choices on Anna Maria Island?  Visit our breakfast Anna Maria Island Information page.

Beach volleyball on Anna Maria Island

Some fun organized activities for your vacation include beach volleyball. While relaxing on the coastline of Anna Maria Island, beach games are a must.

Beach Volleyball Anna Maria Island

If you can assemble a team from your own friends and family, we suggest visiting Manatee public beach. Find it at the end of Manatee Avenue or route 64 in Holmes Beach.  The Manatee public beach normally has (2) volleyball courts up at all times. You can also find a great place to play Volleyball at the Coquina Public Beach Access. Find this beach at the very southern end of Anna Maria Island.

beach volleyball

Manatee Public Beach and Playground on Anna Maria Island

 

Manatee Public beach image on Anna Maria Island
Lets play on the beach!

Manatee Public Beach is located in Holmes Beach where Manatee Avenue runs right into the Gulf of Mexico.  Manatee Public Beach has free parking, picnic tables, public restrooms, a play ground on the beach for children,  a café right on the beach with food and drinks, and a lifeguard on duty.

The playground is directly on the beach and contains swings, a wall to climb, ladder, a larger straight slide as well as two toddler slides, and the normal accessories most modular playgrounds offer.  This playground can be busy all week long as mainland locals use this playground very often as well as families that want a combined day at the beach and playground.  There are a few benches that parents can use to sit and relax however an inexpensive beach chair located close to the playground can work best.

For a bite to eat try out Cafe on the beach,  located at the public beach to get drinks and hot dog meals etc.  There is also a small gift shop located at the Manatee Public Beach.

 

Anna Maria Island Manatee Public Beach

The Anna Maria Island Manatee Public Beach is very popular!

Manatee Public Beach

located in Holmes Beach, it allows for easy access since it is at the end of Manatee Avenue/SR64. This is one of three access points to the island.

The Public Beach boasts a very large FREE parking area that handles 120 parking spots however there are plenty of times that the parking is not adequate for the demand. Manatee Avenue does have additional street parking, however, be sure to mind no parking signs. There is a trolley stop at the public beach too!

Manatee Public Beach offers great amenities.  Lifeguards, showers, volleyball courts, playground, swings, slides, gift shop, bathrooms, concessions, and covered eating area with picnic tables make this a great beach spot.  It’s a great place to spend an afternoon people watching, or just relaxing at the beach with family.

The public beach is officially 900 feet in width although it’s difficult for even locals to see where the park really ends since the entire island has public beaches. Within a walk to the beach is a popular restaurant called Skinny’s that serves alcoholic drinks and concessions.  Bring plenty of water and some snacks for children as the heat can quickly take its toll on active children.  For more information call Manatee County Parks and Recreation Department at (941) 742-5923.

Manatee Public Beach
Enjoying a swim at Manatee Public Beach Access

 

Holmes Beach Public Basketball Court

Anna Maria Island has one public basketball court located in Holmes Beach.  The basketball court is located across from the tennis courts just at the end of 62nd street just East of Island Real Estate.  It is a full basketball court fenced in so errand balls will remain in play.  I have used the court several times and have never seen others playing on the court so having the court available is a fairly good bet.

Holmes-Beach-Basketball-Courts

 Holmes-Beach-Basketball-Courts-on-Anna-Maria-Island

Holmes Beach Skate Park

A very popular spot for kids on Anna Maria Island is the skate park located in Holmes Beach on Marina Drive. Use the North entrance to the Holmes Beach City hall and park behind.

Skateboards and roller blades are welcome at the Holmes Beach Skate Park!

The park is impressive and with rave reviews from our teenage visitors. You can bring your roller blades or skateboards, but no bicycles, and the police station has a camera on the skate park to ensure everyone follows the rules.  The park is one of the Anna Maria Island Trolley stops so it’s easy to take the trolley and enjoy watching your children have fun in the park.

There is a waiver form that needs to be filled out and submitted that can be found at the Holmes Beach web site. There is a minor fee for the registration and remains in effect for one full year. However, the park has great amenities, so it’s well worth it.  The park is open during the day and locked throughout the night.

Holmes Beach Skate Park

5801 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, FL, 34217
(941) 708-5800

Holmes Beach Skate Park

 

Holmes Beach Skate Park 2

Anna Maria Island Three cities – Anna Maria, Holmes Beach, Bradenton Beach.

Anna Maria Island three cities; Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, and Anna Maria City all offer a unique vacation. Anna Maria Island is approximately 7 miles long and 8 blocks wide.  There are three access points to the island all requiring you to pass over drawbridges. Typically the bridges open twice per hour and require only a five minute wait. Traveling South to North the access points to Anna Maria Island are Longboat Key (Gulf Drive),  Cortez Bridge (State Road 684), and Manatee Avenue Bridge (State Road 64). The entire island is in Manatee County and we have two zip codes of 34216 and 34217.

Anna Maria Island three cities’ beaches

ALL the Gulf of Mexico beaches on Anna Maria Island are open to the public.  Some prefer one cities’ beach over another, however, the difference between beaches are the amount of visitors on each. The softness of the sand, number of seashells, color of the sand, etc are similar if not the same for all gulf beaches.

There are public access points all along the island. We always suggest you ask how far the closest beach access is compared to where you are staying. In addition, if you have congestion expectations for the beach you visit, be sure to ask the vacation rental office for area suggestions on where to reserve. Try to get a definition in number of blocks, number of homes you have to walk past, or does it require a bicycle ride? It’s safe to say that you can bicycle to the Gulf of Mexico beach from anywhere on the island without much difficulty.

No high rises in Anna Maria Island three cities

Anna Maria Island’s uniqueness revolves around its gorgeous white powdery beaches and zoning guidelines for both commercial and residential properties.  No drive thru’s are allowed on the island.  The maximum height for all buildings on the island is 37 feet.  There are two buildings on the island taller than the 37 foot moratorium built prior. Zoning has ensured that no enormous buildings enter the island’s skyline. The miscellaneous zoning laws as well as the current City boards will ensure that Anna Maria Island continues to be considered “old Florida”. A quiet place families come to enjoy. The beach and a simpler life we all aspire to attain full time in our lives is here!

Shopping in Anna Maria Island three cities

There are gift shops, pharmacy shops, restaurants, deli’s, hardware, lumber, and one large grocery store all located on the Anna Maria Island.  Everything is within a short 5-10 minute drive. If you don’t want to leave the island during your stay we have plenty of choices to satisfy your needs.  There are many accommodations on the island including Hotels, Bed and Breakfast’s, and of course vacation rentals.   If a Vacation Rental does not fit your needs we strongly recommend the Harrington House which is a Bed and Breakfast right on the Gulf of Mexico. The Bed and Breakfast receives rave reviews and we promise you won’t be disappointed.  http://www.harringtonhouse.com/

Tourist Seasons on Anna Maria Island

High season is Feb 1st to end of April.  Mid-Season is June 1st to Middle August.  Outside of holiday’s, last minute stays can be found outside of the high season.  See the below city descriptions to view specifics of each city within Anna Maria Island.

BRADENTON BEACH:

Bradenton Beach is the most Southern city on the island, and is the most congested of all three cities.  Gulf Drive runs North/South and offers the only access from Longboat Key or Cortez Road (Route 684).  So, two of the three access points on the island must travel on Gulf Drive which is one of the reasons Bradenton Beach is a bit busier.

In addition, Bradenton Beach has the highest density of condominiums on the island and has a bit higher population per square mile. Of course everything is relative. It’s like asking a person from New York City what is busy and then asking a person from Honeoye Falls, New York what is busy.  Relatively speaking, their definitions are correct but it’s difficult to define “busy.”  The best way to explain it is if you stay on Gulf Drive you will hear some road noise. I have never had anyone complain that Bradenton Beach was too busy if they stayed off Gulf Drive.  In fact, complaints of guests that stay on Gulf drive are few and far between.  Many visitors choose Bradenton Beach because the rental rates can be a little less expensive and gift shops, restaurants and other shops are generally within a walk away.

HOLMES BEACH:

Holmes Beach is in the middle of the island and is extremely popular due to the large public beach at the end of Manatee Avenue (Route 64).  The middle city starts around 29th street and ends at Peppertree, about 55 blocks.  This area is considered quieter than Bradenton Beach and has many gift shops, restaurants, and the only major grocery store on the island.  Holmes Beach is considered quieter for several reasons.  Firstly, Holmes Beach has a mixture of condominium complexes and homes.  The mixture is about 30% condominiums and 70% homes.  Secondly, most of Holmes Beach allows for several routes that allow access North and South.  This provides for a lot less traffic congestion.  Holmes Beach has the widest section of the island and allows most of the East side of the island to view the Tampa Bay as well as the Skyway Bridge.

Key Royale is a more exclusive area of Anna Maria Island three cities.  All properties on Key Royale have varying degrees of water views, either canal or Tampa Bay views.  In addition, the area offers the only golfing on the island with a 9 hole par 3 Golf Course.   It is a private golf course and requires some significant networking to find a member to allow you to be their guest.  Don’t worry, there are plenty of public golf courses nearby.  For shopping, East Bay Drive offers the newest plaza’s on the island and the ¼ mile stretch gives you access to several restaurants, gift shops, pharmacy, grocery store, hardware store, etc

ANNA MARIA CITY:

Anna Maria Island three citiesAnna Maria City is the most Northern area of the island.  It is very popular for those that desire extreme quiet. Anna Maria City starts at Peppertree up to the most Northern tip of the island.  Anna Maria city also has shops and restaurants.  The city is populated with homes rather than condos so the population density is much less as compared to Holmes Beach or Bradenton Beach.  Walking or bicycling in Anna Maria City is fantastic as there is very little traffic and home watching is spectacular.  Anna Maria City has two piers that you must visit while on vacation.  Grab an ice cream at  Two Scoops and walk the public pier at the end of pine and take in the million dollar view of Tampa Bay.