Located in North West Bradenton, not far from Robinson Preserve, is DeSoto National Memorial Park. DeSoto Memorial consists of 26 acres of land. 80% of this land is a mangrove swamp, and the remaining land consists of pine flatlands, mixed hardwoods, remnant shell ridges, and deposited dredge material from the Manatee River.
Explore the trails that run through the mangroves, and the beautiful 3,000 Ft. of shoreline. This is a great place to take your dog for a quick walk and a swim!
DeSoto National Memorial Park is named after Conquistador Hernando de Soto. In May of 1539, de Soto and his army made landfall in Tampa Bay. The park commemorates this landing.
Thursday – Sunday the park offers living history demonstrations/programs. There are touch artifacts, European armor that you can try on and touch, and more! Living history season is from December 2nd – April 17th, at 10:00AM, 11:00AM, 1:00PM, & 2:00PM .
Address: 8300 Desoto Memorial Hwy Bradenton, FL 34209
Thanks for visiting Island Real Estate. This is our attempt to keep potential Vacation Rental Owners and Guests updated with our progress to add properties to our program. We are reserving properties!
UPDATE to ALL! We are excited to announce Kacey Varga is BACK! If you want to catch up you can email her at Kacey@IslandReal.com or give her a call at 941 345-1287 on her direct line. So very lucky to have her come back to Island Real Estate!
GUESTS: – Your response has been overwhelming! Thank you so much for the kind words of encouragement as well as your willingness to use Island Real Estate again. We believe we are 1 short week away from having vacation rental properties on our website. We are targeting March 13th.
OWNERS: – Thank you for your inquiries as well as your patience. We have the details of our program completed and are ready to share! Just call or email us and we would be happy to go over our program. (941) 778-6066. Our website is progressing and hope to have vacation rental properties on our vacation rental page in a few weeks. Thank you!
Island Real Estate is excited to announce our return to the vacation rental market on Anna Maria Island come Spring 2020! Since the separation of rentals two years ago and as the leader in the industry for over 20 years on Anna Maria; we recognize the immediate need for a locally owned rental management company that offers personalized customer service to rental owners and vacationers as we once did. At Island Real Estate of Anna Maria Island, we pride ourselves in being the best in assisting with all your real estate needs and as a rental customer of our ISLAND REAL ESTATE VACATIONS division, you can expect the same superior service and qualified experienced team to meet your rental management needs! As with any new business venture, please give of us the time needed to get everything in place and ready for daily operations. Our goal is to be up and running by mid-April 2020 and will update the website on our progress. If you are interested in what ISLAND REAL ESTATE VACATIONS has to offer, please give us a call or an email. (941) 778-6066 or Info@IslandReal.com
The Gulf Drive Cafe is a casual, waterfront restaurant in Bradenton Beach, where you have the option of dining outdoors on the beach. This is one of only 3 restaurants on Anna Maria Island where you can dine with your toes in the sand. The Sandbar and The Beach House also are right on the beach.
Gulf Drive Cafe is open everyday for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. However, this place is more than just a restaurant. They also have a gift shop, host private events, and have a huge outdoor, full service tiki-bar known as The Kokonut Hut. Plus, the Kokonut Hut is dog friendly!
There are 2 large parking lots, or take the free Island trolley. There is a trolley stop conveniently right across the street.
Looking for the perfect souvenir to give to a friend back home from your trip to Anna Maria Island? If so, then stop by The Green Turtle Shell & Gift Shop in Bradenton Beach!
The Green Turtle has everything from apparel, jewelry, home decor, and more! They also have tons of large shells to chose from so you can always have a piece of the beach with you. It’s a great family owned business that’s just a short stroll from the Gulf Drive Cafe, and across the parking lot from Wicked Cantina.
Speaking of Wicked Cantina, if you bring your Wicked Cantina receipt over to The Green Turtle, they will give you a free necklace similar to the one pictured below!
The Green Turtle Gift Shop is open everyday, from 9AM – 8PM.
Keep up to date with NEW offerings here! Newly listed properties for Sale will be featured frequently – keep checking to see if one may be your perfect “peace” of paradise!
January 2020: 621 Foxworth Lane, Key Royale in Holmes Beach
Beautiful custom built home on a deep water canal with sailboat docking! Home remodel was completed in 2012. Elegant and European style home with four large bedrooms, two are master suites and three and half bathrooms with double sinks and one bidet in second master suite. Walk-in closets all around. Open kitchen with bar area for snacking and entertaining. Beautiful windows and shades, bamboo floors in bedrooms and tile for main floor living area. There is a laundry room and two car garage. This home has many features: brick paver driveway and outdoor lighting, outside patio and covered granite counter with fridge and sink for outdoor grilling the days catch. Beautiful landscaping and sparkling pool for anytime fun. Perfect for deep water yachting or sailing as the owner has dredged the canal for a 45 foot sailboat and 2 – 30 amp electric outlets for your yacht plus additional space with boat lift and direct access to open water of Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Key Royale has private Golf Club easy to join and Anna Maria Island is a golf cart community easy drive to Island Beaches. You will say “spectacular!” when you enter into this home. Will sell furnished. $1,450,000.
Wicked Cantina in Bradenton Beach is a great restaurant for everyone. Because they serve, well, everything! They serve breakfast, tacos, burgers, and seafood. And don’t forget about the margaritas!
Open everyday of the week from 7:30 AM to 10PM, stop by and enjoy a meal with a view of the Gulf on their patio! The patio is also where you can expect to find live music most evenings. And you HAVE to come for Happy Hour, which is from 12PM – 5PM everyday, and all day Sundays! You can’t beat that!
For breakfast, Wicked Cantina serves classis dishes like pancakes and omelettes, but they also have a great Tex Mex breakfast options as well. There’s the Breakfast Taco Plate, Huevos Rancheros, and the Breakfast Chimi.
The lunch/dinner menu features a wide variety of different cuisine. There’s Enchiladas, Tacos, Quesadillas, Burgers, Salads, and more! Like, a lot more. Don’t forget to pair your meal with one of their popular margaritas, which are made with no mixers or fillers.
P.S. If you take your Wicked Cantina receipt to the Green Turtle, a gift shop across the parking lot, they will give you a necklace like the one pictured below.
The day where you can track the Island trolley in real-time is finally here! There is now a phone application, called myStop, that will provide you with real-time Anna Maria Island trolley info. The days of guessing your pickup time are over with this FREE app you can download easily.
myStop Mobile is an awesome tool to get trolley stop details, and to see if the trolley is on time or late to its next stop. Make sure you pick the “5 AMI Trolley” option to get our specific trolley’s information. A map will display stop locations – remember that north destinations pick up on the east side of the road and south destinations pick up on the west side.
If you for some reason don’t have a smart phone on you, but are near a computer, juts visit this site to view the trolley info/times.
As if the free trolley here on Anna Maria Island could get any better! Tip from a local: make sure you have your shoes ON, not just in your beach bag when getting on the trolley, the drivers are very strict!
If you have traveled to AMI with your furry friend before, you have probably been to the dog park before! But if you and your dog are Island newbie’s, you may not be aware of the small dog park in Holmes Beach.
Let me give you the run down. There is a park on Flotilla Drive in Holmes Beach called Central Park. Here, there is a small area just for dogs to run around and do dog stuff.
It’s nothing much, but there are benches to relax at and some shade. And with dogs being NOT PERMITTED on the Island beaches, it’s nice to have a place just for them.
*This park is managed by the City of Holmes Beach*