Anna Maria Island Bayfest’s First Annual Kid’s Fishing Tournament

Bayfest Kid's Fishing TournamentWith Bayfest Kicking off tonight in Anna Maria, we are all getting in the Anna Maria Island Fall Spirit around here.  One way to celebrate the fun of Fall with your family is the Anna Maria Island Community Center’s First Annual Kid’s Fishing Tournament at the Anna Maria City Pier.  Starting at 9am tomorrow, Saturday, October 16, 2010, kids of all ages can register for $5 to participate in the fun.  The Tournament will last until 1pm, and will be followed by an awards ceremony.

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Silhouettes at Sunset ~ June 2, 2010 ~Anna Maria Island

A family sunset on Anna Maria Island
A family sunset on Anna Maria Island

Once again it is time to soak up another amazing sunset on Anna Maria Island. This particular night was no exception as the clouds hovered around the sun to create spectacular hues as the sun’s colors bled into the sky. Continue reading Silhouettes at Sunset ~ June 2, 2010 ~Anna Maria Island

Silhouettes at Sunset ~ 1~10~2010 ~ Sandman and Sunsets

Sandman on Anna Maria Island
Sandman on Anna Maria Island

If you are a snow bird who has ventured to Anna Maria Island in search of sunshine and to thaw your extremities, these last two weeks have offered more of the same weather as what those north of us are experiencing.  As the picture of the sandman suggests, there was some confusion about building a snow man instead of a sand castle.
Though he looks somewhat out of place, it is more conducive to the weather we have felt coming in from the north. But the beautiful thing about Anna Maria is that if you stick around the weather will show its warming trend and offer plenty of sunshine and warmth. We are expecting to be back in the mid-70’s by the weekend. The locals have to dig deeply to find those gloves and scarves packed in boxes that are rarely opened. The tune we hear at Island Real Estate by the visitors is “you should feel the weather we just left!” They seem happy to be here surrounded by all of the beauty offered on the Gulf Coast on Anna Maria Island. The sunsets are to die for and with colder weather and the changes in the atmosphere we witness some magnificent sunsets. While walking this last week I was fortunate to have my camera and capture such an amazing sunset. I have never seen one quite so dramatic with the sun’s rays streaming through holes in the clouds as though there were many different sunsets. This unbelievable sunset rates as one of my all time favorites, so please enjoy the sunset! Click on the gallery pictures to enlarge them!

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Rod and Reel pier in Anna Maria City is good eat’s

Rod and Reel Pier

The Rod and Reel Pier is an institution in Anna Maria City.   Ask a local on Anna Maria Island where to eat and just about everyone has Rod & Reel Pier restaurant in their top three.  The Rod & Reel Restaurant is located in Anna Maria City and is the most Northern eatery on Anna Maria Island.  The restaurant sits out on the end of a pier in Anna Maria City so it makes for perfect scenery.  I have personally seen fish, dolphins and manatee off the pier while waiting to get into the restaurant.  The pier also doubles as a great fishing spot for visitors and locals alike.  Just about every hour the restaurant is open you will see folks fishing from the pier.

Rod & Reel Pier
Rod & Reel Pier

Rod and Reel serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Their breakfast is very good as well as their lunches and oh yah, their dinners too!  Every meal at the Rod and Reel is great!  The restaurant has an old Florida diner charm.  It seats about 20 inside and seats about 15 outside.  The 20 seats inside are made up of tables for 4-5, tables for 2 and one table that can seat about 6-8.  There are about 4 tables that sit along the Bay so you can glance out at the water while you enjoy your clam strips, fish & chips, grouper Reuben sandwich or grouper any way you like it.  The 15 seats outside face towards the West so you can get an early glimpse of our Anna Maria Island Sunsets as well as the pier below.  There are a flight of steps up to the restaurant so if you have someone in your party that cannot do steps it is best to skip this restaurant.

One insider secret is the small bar under the restaurant.  It is back behind the stairs up to the restaurant and is considered on the ground level.  They will serve food at the bar although it can get tight on popular nights.  The seating is a tight 10-12 but the beer is cold and cheap.  Last time a “friend” had a beer there it was $3 for a draft.  (Yes, I have updated this in 2018 and it is still $3 for a domestic draft)  I recall the first time my “friend” got a beer down in the bar area.  The bar tender said “Three dollars please,”  My friend said “What?”  The bartender quickly said, “I know, I know, we just raised our draft beer prices from $2 but we had too.”  Of course we were surprised with how reasonably priced the draft beer was.  If you are looking for “insider” secrets then swing by the bar and pull up a seat.  There are plenty of locals that have a drink or two at the bar.

Families - Rod & Reel
Families – Rod & Reel

Now for the meals.  The lunch and dinner menu’s are one in the same.  The restaurant has plenty of sandwiches to choose from, grouper any way you like it, a Reuben grouper which is just like a Reuben but with Grouper as the meat and about four other choices of sandwiches.  My son loves the clam strips or the fish & chips.  If you are looking for a meal on the bigger side then the Mexican grouper is your ticket.  Of course they serve plenty of fish any way you like it.  The most recent night I visited they had several specials, Mahi Mahi, Sword Fish, and a few others.  They do serve bottled beer up in the restaurant as well as wine.  Their coleslaw is great as well as their desserts.  If you still have room try their Key Lime Pie.  You won’t be sorry!

Another great feature of the Rod and Reel pier other than the awesome food?  If you get window seats you can take in the Tampa Bay, maybe see some dolphins and take in the gorgeous Sunshine

Rod & Reel Pier – Anna Maria, FL
Tripadvisor Rating: 4 stars – based on 2042 reviews

Address:
875 N. Shore Drive
Anna Maria, FL 34216

Phone Number: (941) 778-1885
Website: Rod & Reel Pier Google+ Page
Menu: Menu Via Urbanspoon
Hours: .

Cuisine: Gulf Coast Seafood

Price Range: $-$$
Takes Reservations: No

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Rod & Reel Pier
Rod & Reel Pier

Sky way bridge.  You can fish off the Rod & Reel pier for a nominal fee.  Last I checked it was $2 for a day of fishing.  Check at the bar area for more information on fishing off the pier.

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Anna Maria Island Maps–Addresses Beginning with V-W…

Island Real Estate vacation rentals are easy to find on seven mile long Anna Maria Island! Click on the address to view directions in google maps.

Vista Grande Unit #1, 5622 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

Vista Grande Unit #3, 5622 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

West Bay Pointe & Mournings #12, 6400 Flotilla Dr., Holmes Beach, FL 34217

West Bay Pointe & Mournings #234, 6500 Flotilla Dr., Holmes Beach, FL 34217

Waters Edge 103 N, 5808 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, Fl 34217

Waters Edge 104S, 5806 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, FL 34217

Waters Edge 106N, 5808 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, FL 34217

Waters Edge #109N, 5806 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

Waters Edge #205S, 5806 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

Waters Edge #209N, 5808 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

Waters Edge #209S, 5806 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

Anna Maria Island Maps–Addresses Beginning in 6-9

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602 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

606 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

611 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217

619 Rose St, Anna Maria, Fl 34216

620 Rose Street, Anna Maria, FL 34216

6301A Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, FL 34217

6301 B Holmes Blvd, Holmes Beach, Fl 34217

632 Emerald Lane, Holmes Beach, Fl 34217

6407 Gulf Dr., Unit A, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

6407 Gulf Dr., Unit B, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

700 Jacaranda, Anna Maria, FL 34216

7100 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, FL 34217

717 Jacaranda, Anna Maria, FL 34216

721 North Shore Drive, Anna Maria, FL 34216

730 Holly Road, Anna Maria, FL 34216

7302 Palm Drive, Holmes Beach FL, 34217

738 North Shore Drive, Anna Maria, FL 34216

744 North Shore Dr., Anna Maria, FL 34216

748 North Shore Dr, Anna Maria, FL 34216

779 Jacaranda Rd., Anna Maria, FL 34216

801 North Shore Drive, Anna Maria, FL 34216

810 North Shore Drive, Anna Maria, FL 34216

838 South Bay Blvd, Anna Maria, FL 32416

871 North Shore Drive, Anna Maria, FL 34216

890 North Shore Drive, Anna Maria, FL 34216

901 North Shore Dr., Anna Maria, FL 34216

Anna Maria Island Maps–Addresses Beginning with 4-5

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4002 6th Ave., Holmes Beach, FL 34217

407 80th St, Holmes Beach, Fl 34217

408 80th St., Holmes Beach, FL 34217

411 63rd Street, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

412 South Bay Blvd, Anna Maria, FL 34216

414 A Magnolia Avenue, Anna Maria, FL 34216

414 B Magnolia Avenue, Anna Maria, FL, 34216

420 Spring Avenue, Anna Maria, FL 34216

4808A Gulf Dr., Unit A, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

504 69th St., Holmes Beach, FL 34217

504 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

514 68th Street, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

516 68th Street, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

525 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

5613 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, FL 34217

5802 De Palmas Avenue, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

5802 Imperiore, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

Anna Maria Island Maps–Addresses Beginning with 2-3

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200 38th St., Holmes Beach, FL 34217

200 66th Street, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

201 73rd Street, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

202 38th St.,Holmes Beach, FL 34217

202 66th Street, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

202 78th St., Holmes Beach, FL 34217

203 Periwinkle Plaza, Anna Maria, FL 34216

204 76th Street, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

204 Willow Avenue, Anna Maria, FL 34216

205 73rd St., Holmes Beach, FL 34217

207 Coconut Ave, Anna Maria, Fl 34216

207 73rd Street, Holmes Beach, FL 34216

207 75th Street West, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

207 75th Street East, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

208 A 72nd St, Holmes Beach, Fl 34217

208 Periwinkle Plaza, Anna Maria FL, 34216

209 North Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

213 70th Street, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

213 Periwinkle Plaza, Anna Maria, FL 34216

217 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria, FL 34216

25 Seaside Court, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

268 Gladiolus, Anna Maria, FL 34217

2812 Avenue B, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

2916 Avenue E, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

3008 Ave E, Holmes Beach, Fl 34217

302 62nd St, Holmes Beach, Fl 34217

302 74th Street, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

3020 Ave F, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

303 A 61st Street, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

303 B 61st Street, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

304 74th Street, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

304 Clark Dr., Unit A, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

304 Clark Dr., Unit B, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

305 62nd Street, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

305 65th Street (A & B), Holmes Beach, FL 34217

306 55th Street, Holmes Beach, Fl 34217

306 B 56th Street, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

308 55th Street, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

308 West 58th Street, Holmes Beach, FL 

310 A Clark Drive, Holmes Beach, FL, 34217

311 66th Street, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

316 Hardin A & B, Anna Maria, FL 34216

3222 Gulf Drive (North & South), Holmes Beach, FL 34217

3603A 4th Ave., Holmes Beach, FL 34217