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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Top 10 Fall Anna Maria Island Beach Rentals 2017

Here are 10 Fall Anna Maria Island beach rentals to help you get ready for the change of season. Summer was hot this year, but these rentals will help cool you down! Check out our list and get to planning your Fall vacation now!

Top 10 Fall Anna Maria Island Beach Rentals 2017

Top 10 Fall Anna Maria Island Beach Rentals 2017

Our list includes rentals across Anna Maria Island’s three cities and is organized by number of bedrooms. Find both luxury and budget rentals to fit any group!

Runaway Bay Club – Sleeps 2

This lovely one bedroom unit is the perfect couples getaway by the beach. Enjoy the heated community pool, short walk to the beach and a bay viewing dock too! You’ll be close to shopping, dining and free trolley stops.

Holmes Beach Vacation Rental
Fall 2017 base rates start at $500/week – Holme Beach.

Water’s Edge 105 South – Sleeps 4

You’ll be steps from the beach when you visit Water’s Edge. Sleep four guests with one bedroom and 1.5 baths. The community pool looks over the gulf and makes a wonderful spot to relax island style. The luxury rental you’ve been searching for!

Fall Beach rentals Anna Maria Island
Fall 2017 base rates start at $1400/week – Holmes Beach

Sea Esta – Sleeps 5

Sea Esta was just completely remodeled Summer 2017, and is on the coveted north end of Anna Maria Island. This beach renal has it all! Find two stylish bedrooms along with fun new amenities too! Walk to Rod & Reel Pier and secluded Bean Point beaches.

Anna Maria Fall beach rentals
Fall 2017 base rates start at $950/week.

North Beach Village 55 – Sleeps 6

The North Beach Village complex is a quiet Holmes Beach community just a couple blocks from gulf beaches. This three bedroom unit is spacious and offers lovely balconies for to enjoy fresh salt breezes. The central location of this town house makes everything close by!

North Beach Village Holmes Beach rental
Fall 2017 base rates start at $950/week – Holmes Beach

Sugar Plum Hideaway West – Sleeps 6

Less than a block from the beach, this three bedroom unit will have you feeling relaxed in paradise. Find a fun style and updated amenities. Sugar Plum Hideaway West offers a heated shared pool, and welcomes pets up to 25 pounds with fee.

Anna Maria beach rental
Fall 2017 base rates start at $1400/week – Holmes Beach

Rest Assured – Sleeps 6

Rest Assured is a comfortable single family home with a heated caged pool, three bedrooms and three bathrooms. Everyone will have plenty of space to spread out here like your own private beach resort! The beach is less than two blocks away making this an excellent location.

Anna Maria Island Fall Rental
Fall 2017 base rates start at $2200/week – Holmes Beach

Sandy’s Getaway – Sleeps 8

This raised single family home is less than a block from gulf beaches with no major roads to cross. Beach trips were never this easy! Find three bedrooms, two bathrooms and two sleeper sofas to comfortably accommodate all eight guests. Dogs welcome with pet fee!

Anna Maria Fall vacation rental
Fall 2017 base rates start at $950/week – Anna Maria

Playa Casanas Family Home – Sleeps 8

The Playa Casanas Family Home is a direct beach front duplex in central Holmes Beach. Each unit sleeps 4 guests with a combined total of four bedrooms and two bathrooms. This is a great spot for a no-frills trip to beach! Spend all day in the sun, or walk to shopping and dining!

Direct gulf front rental Anna Maria Island
Fall 2017 base rates start at $2100/week – Holmes Beach

Beachy Blue – Sleeps 8

This is a luxury rental your family will adore! The style and amenities are high-end, accommodating and all just a short walk to gulf beaches. With four bedrooms you’ll have tons of space for eight guests. The backyard offers a private heated pool and spa along with a covered lounge area for ultimate relaxation.

Luxury Holmes Beach Rental
Fall 2017 base rates start at $2150/week – Holmes Beach

Coral Escape – Sleeps 12

Coral Escape is an amazing location for those large family beach getaways. Six bedrooms and four bathrooms allow for your group to feel comfortable in paradise. Just a block from the beach, this home has a fantastic heated pool and spa in the backyard. Enjoy the covered outdoor lounge with pool table, barbecue and flat screen television.

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Fall 2017 base rates start at $2500/week – Holmes Beach.

Enjoy these Fall Anna Maria Island beach rentals for the perfect Florida vacation this year!

 

14 Things Locals Always Have to Explain to Anna Maria Island Vacationers

There are things locals always have to explain to Anna Maria Island vacationers. While you may be an expert at the island life, chances are at one time you were new to the scene.

14 Things Locals Always Have to Explain to Anna Maria Island Vacationers

Anna Maria Island is a quirky little island that both locals and vacationers love. Here are 14 things you may, or may not, have know about this place we call paradise.

Things Locals Always Have to Explain to Anna Maria Island Vacationers

1. Three cities

Anna Maria Island might only be seven miles long, but we have three distinct cities. The north end is called Anna Maria or the city of Anna Maria. In the middle we have Holmes Beach, and to the south Bradenton Beach. Each has it’s own vibe, but all are beautiful.

2. Sunblock

Sunblock is crucial, and you need to put it on BEFORE you get to the beach. Lather SPF on at least 20 minutes before you plan on being in the sun. REAPPLY every 2 hours. Yes you can get sunburned while in the water. The sun also reflects off the surface of the water and sand, so under an umbrella doesn’t make you safe from damaging rays. Higher SPF’s are better protection, and spray on sunblock, though convenient, typically isn’t as effective. Also, drink lots of water.

3. Wildlife

Please mind the wildlife and NEVER FEED THE GULLS. Don’t let the kids chase birds, stay away from turtle nests, and call Wildlife Inc. if you find injured or sick animals. Not only does Anna Maria Island have nesting sea turtles, but we have two species of tortoise. If you find a turtle on the beach and it doesn’t have flippers then leave it on the beach. It’s likely a box turtle or Gopher tortoise. They live in the dunes not the water. From May to October DO NOT leave anything on the beach, fill in holes and flatten sand castles. Be sure all beach facing lights are off, so nesting turtles and hatchlings don’t become disoriented.

4. Bugs

Bugs happen. They just do. Invest in a bottle of deet spray if you are a mosquito magnet. Even the cleanest homes, shops and restaurants will have the occasional pest. Welcome to Florida! Luckily Florida also has Lizards, Geckos and a unique wildlife food chain to help keep bugs in check. Here is a link to the Manatee County Mosquito Control Schedule.

5. Where is the…

Before you come to the island, take a look at a map. You’ll notice there is really only one main road that runs the length of the island. It does change names, Gulf Drive, East Bay, Marina Drive, and isn’t necessarily straight, but it is the main drag. Often tourists wonder about getting lost, and ask how to get places. Getting around is extremely simple once you catch your bearings. The free trolley is a great way to get a feel for the area. Often if you are unsure where your destination is the trolley driver can help. Island Real Estate does offer local maps too!

6. Gators don’t like the beach

Yes, Florida is home to some crazy prehistoric, bite your arm off, big scary Alligators. However, salt water is not the natural habitat of the gator, and none have been spotted on AMI in decades. Ask any Anna Maria Island native and they’ll laugh at the idea of a gator on the beach. If you plan on visiting any fresh or brackish water (a mix of salt and fresh) that is an entirely different story. Any non-salt body of water is fair game for gators. Even if you don’t see “do not swim” signs near fresh water, it’s probably best to avoid getting in or near it.

7. Respect the Gulf of Mexico

While visiting the beach always check for the color coded swimming condition signs. The gulf is a powerful body of water. On a rough day even the strongest adult swimmers can be quickly caught up. Always use extreme caution, look for rip tide warning signage, swim with a buddy, and never allow children to swim without an adult. If your group has inexperienced swimmers consider avoiding the very northern beaches where under currents are strongest. Always respect the power of the gulf.

8. Locals

Yes, people do live on Anna Maria Island year round, and no they are not all fat, happy, tan retirees.

Anna Maria Island is a unique community. We have our own elementary school, people work full time jobs, and no our houses are not completely filled with tons of sand. Okay, maybe our houses have a little bit of sand though… The island community is unlike anywhere else in Florida. If you are looking to make the island your full time home contact an Island Real Estate Sales Agent!

9. Weather

Don’t even try to figure out EXACTLY what the weather is going to be like for your stay.

Trying to figure out the rain is like herding gators. Pointless and stressful. Visitors love to ask locals what they think the rain will be like. Nobody likes a vacation ruined by rain, but there isn’t one solid answer.

Predictions change regularly, but some trends are constant. Florida is a sub-tropical climate so we get rain all seasons of the year. During the summer months we have rain roll in around 4-5pm, almost daily, for an hour and then it clears before sunset. Late summer is usually the wettest. Winter is mild. Spring and Fall are warm and sometimes hot.

Hurricane season lasts from June 1st through November 30th. If you get travel insurance for your trip you’ll be covered for evacuations due to named storms. The great thing about modern weather tracking is the ability to closely monitor large storms. In the rare event that the island needs to be evacuated you’ll have ample time to do so.

10. Don’t collect live shells.

Shells play an important roll to local ecosystems. Collecting living shells is not only illegal without permit, but ethically in poor judgement. You must hold a saltwater fishing license to collect any living shell including Sand Dollars, Starfish, Whelks, Conchs, Urchin and many others. Bag limits are 2 per person per a day.

People love to collect Sand Dollars, but be sure they are white in color as these ones are already dead. Living Sand Dollars will be more of a gray color. It is okay to gently touch them but please put them right back.

While beach combing is relaxing and fun please don’t over collect dead shells. Limit yourself to less than a quart size container. Even dead shells play an important roll in the gulf. If you take all the dead shells where will hermit crabs live?

11. Pick it up!

Don’t leave any trash on the beach. Millions of sea and shore birds around the world die every year due to ingesting plastics and garbage. Sea life can become entangled too. Trash on the beach isn’t just dangerous, but unsightly. If you do see trash, do your part to help, and pick it up!

12. Stingray Shuffle

The Stingray shuffle might sound like a funny dance move, but it is a sure way to avoid a ray run-in. Stingrays are extremely non-aggressive animals but they carry a unique defense mechanism. By simply shuffling your feet you can avoid a painful trip to the beach.

13. Where to park.

Parking can be limited on Anna Maria Island, but we have a few suggestions. First, if you can avoid driving and use alternatives such as the Trolley, Uber and local shuttles you won’t have to deal with parking. Here is our guide to alternative transportation.

Also be sure to read our Anna Maria Parking Guide to help you find less popular parking areas and avoid getting a ticket too!

14. Anna Maria Island Vacation Rentals

Anna Maria Island vacation rentals are absolutely fantastic! AMI offers a huge selection of rentals and none are too far from the beach! Typically rentals are offered Saturday to Saturday and ALL beach rentals have a 3 night minimum. Book your next stay today!

Now you can enjoy your next Anna Maria Island vacation in the know. You won’t even have to ask the things locals always have to explain to Anna Maria Island vacationers!

Top 5 Anna Maria Island Memorial Day Beach Rental

An Anna Maria Island Memorial Day Beach Rental is an excellent way to celebrate with family and friends while enjoying the holiday! Memorial day is a time to not only reflect on those who lost their life defending America, but to enjoy the company of the ones you love.

Anna Maria Island Memorial Day Beach Rental
Anna Maria Island is the perfect place to enjoy a Memorial Day Beach Vacation with your family!

Anna Maria Island Memorial Day Beach Rental

Here is our list of the top 5 beach rentals to reserve for this years holiday! There’s no place better to gather with family and friends than Anna Maria Island!

Villa 1 – Sleeps 4

Villa 1 is a quaint one bedroom condo just a short walk from gulf beaches, free trolley stops, shopping and dining. This small four unit condo building offers a community heated pool and grills too. Great for small families or even a couples getaway, this spot is premium.

Villa 1 Bradenton Beach
Villa 1 – Bradenton Beach – Week 5/27-6/3 Base rate $850.

Starfish Beach 3 – Sleeps 6

Starfish Beach 3 is a great two bedroom cottage style condo just a block from gulf beaches. During your stay you’ll love relaxing on the sand or swimming in the heated community pool. This home is well-equipped with everything your family will need for the perfect week in paradise.

Starfish Beach 3 Holmes Beach
Starfish Beach 3 – Holmes Beach – Week 5/27-6/3 Base rate $1300.

Water Colors – Sleeps 8

If your family is looking for luxury then Water Colors is the spot for you! Everything about this four bedroom home is high-end. From the Anna Maria location to the decor and amenities you’re sure to be impressed. Enjoy roof top views of the gulf in addition to a lovely heated pool and spa. Pets up to 25 pounds welcome with pet fee.

Water Colors Anna Maria vacation rental
Water Colors – Anna Maria – Week 5/27-6/3 Base rate $4900.

Sunset Glow – Sleeps 10

Sunset Glow is a well-appointed family home with five bedrooms. Its just two blocks from gulf beaches and also nearby to free trolley stops. The backyard is great for a family get together with a propane grill, sun deck, covered lounge area, and a heated pool and spa. Dogs up to 50 pounds welcome with pet fee.

Sunset Glow Holmes Beach rental
Sunset Glow – Holmes Beach – Week 5/27-6/3 Base rate $4000

Almost Gulf Front – Sleeps 12

Your family will love spending time at Almost Gulf Front. This six bedroom home is less than two blocks to gulf beaches and offers a laid back tropical style. The spacious open floor plan is great for gathering your group all in one spot. In the backyard you’ll find a heated pool and salt spa. The covered lounge area has a fun Tiki bar vibe perfect for grilling up a Memorial Day Feast!

Almost Gulf front beach rental
Almost Gulf Front – Holmes Beach – Week 5/27-6/3 Base rate $4500.

 

Enjoy a fun filled holiday with one of these great Anna Maria Island Memorial Dayt beach rentals from IslandReal.com!

5 Romantic Anna Maria Island Beach Rentals for 2017

Here is our list of five romantic Anna Maria Island beach rentals to visit this year. While Valentines day is still months away, these rentals are great for a romantic getaway anytime.

Romantic Anna Maria Island Beach Rentals

Sugaree

Sugaree is a stylish elevated duplex in Holmes Beach just a short walk to the beach. This is the perfect spot for a romantic island vacation. You’ll enjoy the private heated pool, outdoor space and updated amenities.

Romantic Anna Maria Island Beach Rentals
Sugaree in Holmes Beach – Gold Rated.

Sleep up to six guests at Sugaree! Not only is this rental close to the beach, but it’s also near the quiet Holmes Beach town center.

Holmes Beach Rental
Everything is updated in this rental with fantastic amenities.

Cayman Bay

Cayman Bay is a lovely canal front rental just a short walk to Tampa Bay beaches. You’ll absolutely adore the master suite at Cayman Bay! Here you’ll find a private balcony with canal views, fireplace, wet bar and a stunning master bathroom. while this home offers spacious accommodations for up to eight you’ll feel like you have your own private getaway in the large master suite.

Romantic Anna Maria Island beach rentals
Cayman Bay in Anna Maria – Gold Rated.

Enjoy the heated pool and spa in this gorgeous backyard. Guests have access to the boat dock, and the canal leads out to Bimini Bay and also Tampa Bay.

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Enjoy a one of a kind Master suite at Cayman Bay.

 

Sangria Sunrise

When you visit Sangria Sunrise you’ll have your very own strip of beach with amazing sunrise views. This is truly a romantic Florida vacation spot with the beach right at your feet. You’ll enjoy water views from the master bedroom too.

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Sangria Sunrise in Anna Maria – Silver Rated.

This Anna Maria beach rental sleeps up to seven guests with three bedrooms. You’ll be close to Pine Avenue shopping and dining while you visit Sangria Sunrise!

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Enjoy a romantic beach vacation at Sangria Sunrise.

Bradenton Beach Club B

Bradenton Beach Club B has everything you’ll want for a romantic beach front vacation. During your stay you’ll have spectacular views in a well-appointed condominium in an amazing location.

Romantic Bradenton Beach Rentals
Bradenton Beach Club B in Bradenton Beach – Gold Rated.

This direct gulf front beach rental sleeps up to six guests with 2 bedrooms. Also enjoy the heated pool over looking the gulf of mexico and powder fine sand.

Romantic Anna Maria Island vacation rentals
Bradenton Beach Club B has a great coastal style and location.

Vitamin Sea

Vitamin Sea offers fantastic updated amenities and is just a block to the beach! You’ll love this destination for a romantic beach getaway. Enjoy the updated style, vibrant decor, and plenty of space for your entire group to spread out.

Romantic Anna Maria Island beach rentals
Vitamin Sea in Holmes Beach – Gold Rated.

While you visit, you’ll fall in love with the view from the private master suite balcony.

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You’ll find a well-appointed master bedroom during your stay at Vitamin Sea.

 

Enjoy a romantic paradise vacation with your special someone when you visit these great Anna Maria Island beach rentals.

Regina Wreck Sugar Barge – Anna Maria Island

The Regina Wreck is a great spot for those looking to snorkel or scuba dive around Anna Maria Island. While close to shore, this sunken ship is easy to access and great for any skill level.

Regina Wreck State Underwater Archaeological Preserve

The Regina Wreck became part of the national register of historical places in 2005. Also know as the sugar barge or molasses barge, the Regina is a great Anna Maria Island attraction. You’ll find the wreck about 75 yards off shore in no more than 20 feet of water. This site is great for snorkeling, scuba diving and free diving. You can charter a dive with Sea Kat Divers in Bradenton Beach.

Once in the water you’ll find a variety of tropical fish, conchs, sea urchins, sand dollars and native marine life. Because this is a State Preserve; collection, excavation or disturbance of the site is illegal. Those diving with a Florida Fishing license may collect up to two species of live shells. However, restrictions apply to some native species all together. Manatee County has more rigid shell collection regulations than other parts of Florida. Please read the link here for additional information.

The Regina sunk in 1940. The wreck has been beaten with tides, sand and storms over the years. Therefore, you may not see it until right over top depending on visibility. Today,  a great deal of sand covers the Regina. You will only see parts of the over 200 foot long ship remains.

Regina Wreck Sugar Barge
Sugar Barge remains map.

How the Regina Sunk

The Regina was built in 1904 for the Cuban Molasses Transportation Company based out of Havana. On March 5th in 1940 She left Havana bound for New Orleans under the tow from the tugboat Minima. The Regina carried 350,000 gallons of molasses. Two days into it’s trip, a cold front swept through the Gulf of Mexico bringing 8-12 foot waves. The boats were pushed closer and closer to shore despite effort to correct course. Looking for shelter, the Minima headed for Tampa Bay.

Near Egmont Key, north of Anna Maria Island, the Minima’s tow lines broke. This left the Molasses caring ship to drift helplessly down the gulf coast toward Anna Maria Island. Eventually the Regina hit a sandbar off Bradenton Beach where it became stranded in the storm. The ship began to break apart as rough winds and waves smashed into it.

The Rescue begins

On March 8th a Bradenton Beach local spotted the stranded ship, and notified the St. Petersburg Coast Guard. The ship was about 200 yards off shore, but the eight crew members couldn’t abandon ship due to the high waves. The crew huddled in the flooded broken ship. Locals built fires on the beach in an effort to let the crew know help was on the way. Coast Guard rescue craft, the Nemesis, tried unsuccessfully to rescue the crew. Next, a line throwing gun was transferred to the Nemesis. Several attempts were made, but the line fell short. At day break a sea plane dropped life jackets to the crew, but they only washed ashore.

Spectators gathered on the beach. One of the crew members and his dog jumped off the boat while a man from the mainland swam toward him with a lifeline. Unfortunately this crew mate never made it to shore.

A yachting dingy made it to the ship with life preservers, and was able to take one member from the ship. The dingy capsized close to shore, and locals made a human chain to assist the two back to safety. Locals increased efforts with the dingy to finish the rescue.

Read more about the rescue of the Regina Crew here.

With an interesting history, the Sugar Barge is a unique Anna Maria Island experience. If you are looking for a great place to see fish and history, this underwater preserve is a must.

 

Historic Bridge Street Anna Maria Island

Historic Bridge Street is a quaint strip of restaurants and shops on the south end of Anna Maria Island. Once the site of the first bridge connecting the island to mainland Bradenton, Bridge Street is still a special place. Check out our list of things to know about Bridge Street.

Historic Bridge Street
Find tons of things to do on Historic Bridge Street! Try fishing from the pier.

Historic Bridge Street – Bradenton Beach City Pier

At the very end of Bridge Street you’ll find the Bradenton Beach city pier. Here you’ll enjoy views of Sarasota Bay as you walk along the site of the original bridge to the island. After many updates the pier still stands today. Now you can find great fishing, a bait shop and the Anna Maria Oyster Bar restaurant.

Shopping on Bridge Street

You’ll also find great shopping when you visit Bridge Street. You’ll find gifts, local art, jewelry while visiting the strip. While shopping stop in for a massage and spa treatment and Searenity beach spa and eco-boutique. For additional information about shops visit the Bridge Street Merchants website.

Dining and Nightlife

There are a variety of places to dine on Bridge Street including casual, high end and breakfast too. Enjoy The Blue Marlin, Island Creperie, and the Bridge Street Bistro to name a few. For the nightlife scene you can visit Bridge Tender Inn, Island Time Bar and Grill, or even the Drift Inn. You’ll find these places open a little later than the average island establishment.

Happenings and Events

Throughout the year you’ll find different things to do on Bridge Street. The local Merchants host several events such as Christmas on Bridge Street, pubic art shops and the occasional market.

Nearby Accommodations and Beach Rentals

There are many great Anna Maria Island Beach rentals near Bridge Street. You’ll find cottages, condos and single family homes available in Bradenton Beach.

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Bermuda Bay Club unit 25 is just a short walk from gulf beaches with accommodations for up to 6 guests! Click on the image to book your stay at Bermuda Bay Club!

 

Top 10 Anna Maria Island October Activities

Anna Maria Island October activities are a great way to enjoy Autumn island style! This is a beautiful time of year to visit with warm weather, fewer crowds and plenty of things to do. You’ll love Anna Maria Island in October!

Top 10 Anna Maria Island October Activities

Below is our list of must do activities for those visiting during the month. Try a few or try them all.

1 Pumpkin Spice Latte at Donut Experiment

A trip to the island is not complete without a tasty treat from the donut experiment. This is also a great time to pick up one of their seasonal Pumpkin Spice lattes and a custom donut too! We recommended the cinnamon sugar donut to complement your latte.

2 Fall Festival at Anna Maria Elementary

Help support the Anna Maria Elementary PTO and visit the Fall Festival. This great event not only benefits the school, but is a fun family activity. You’ll find kid activities, bounce house, bake sale and great vendors too! The event will be Oct. 28, 2016 at the Holmes Beach City Field at 5901 Marina Drive.

3 Head to Bay Fest in Anna Maria

The 17th annual Bay Fest is a great way to celebrate an Anna Maria Island October! This is one of the largest events on the island, and offers great family fun. Enjoy live music, tons of food, adult beverages, crafts and a huge car show. The event runs 10am-9pm on October 21stth on Pine Avenue.

4 Go for a swim

Anna Maria Island does start to cool off in October, however, the average daily temperature still hovers in the upper 80’s. This means the island is still perfect for beach trips. Grab your suit and hop in the water!

5 Visit the Artists’ Guild Gallery

The October 2016 theme for the Artists’ Guild Gallery window is “Return to Paradise”. Stop by and see local artists works explaining why so many visitors return to Anna Maria Island every fall and winter!

6 Make Sand Dollar Cinnamon Cookies

Sand Dollar cookies are fun and delicious too. Check out this easy seasonal cookie recipe perfect for an Anna Maria Island October.

7 Eat Stone Crab Claws

Stone Crab Season starts in mid October for the Florida gulf coast, so be sure to try this seasonal delight! Anna Maria Island is located just across the bridge from Cortez Fishing Village. Come Stone Crab Season, there is no shortage of claws.

8 Take a sunset cruise

The Island may not have falling leaves, but finding fall colors during an Anna Maria Island October is easy. Wait for sunset and you won’t be disappointed with the rich oranges you’ll enjoy! Reserve yourself a spot on a sunset cruise and enjoy fall island style.

9 Watch the game at Slim’s Place

For many, Fall means Football. Head over to Slim’s Place in Anna Maria and catch a game. You’ll also enjoy delicious menu items, friendly service and a casual atmosphere. Slim’s is a sports bar, however is a family friendly option.

10 Dress up for the Trail of Treats

If you are on the island for Halloween, the Trail of Treats is a must for kids! Each year businesses across the island participate in handing out candy. Sponsored by the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, this event begins in the Holmes Beach commercial areas then moves to Anna Maria and Bradenton Beach. Always a perfect ending to Anna Maria Island October Activities!

 

Anna Maria Island October
Anna Maria Island October activities are fun!

Anna Maria Island October Beach Rentals

If you are looking to plan a last minute getaway to Anna Maria Island this October, Island Real Estate has great options!

Check out “The Villas”! New to the Island Real Estate beach rental inventory, “The Villas” are just a block from gulf beaches! Units 1-4 offer accommodations for up to 4 guests and unit 5 accommodates 6. “The Villas” base rates range from $595-$735/Week making them an affordable last minute getaway! Enjoy the heated pool along with this fantastic Bradenton Beach location. You’ll be within walking distance to many great island attractions. Reserve your stay at one of “The Villas” today!

Villa 1 Villa 2 Villa 3 Villa 4 Villa 5

Anna Maria Island Beach Rental
“The Villas” are great for a last minute beach rental on Anna Maria Island!

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.

Anna Maria Island Beach Rental Near Bridge Street Pier

Enjoy an Anna Maria Island Beach rental near Bridge Street Pier, so you can experience the quaint character of Bradenton Beach. Located on the southern end of Anna Maria Island, the Bridge Street Pier is full of Florida charm. Bradenton Beach is home to quirky characters, comfortable restaurants and funky little beach shops. When you visit the Bridge Street Pier you’ll fall in love with Bradenton Beach.

Bradenton Beach Bridge street Pier
The Bridge Street Pier is the historic site of the Cortez Bridge. Find great old Florida charm when you visit!

The Bridge Street Pier

The Bridge Street Pier is the historic site of the first bridge connecting the Island to the main land. When you visit, you’ll notice the newer Cortez Bridge just to the north. Walking along the Bridge Street Pier you can almost feel the history, and imagine days past. Take in the smells of the Intracoastal Waterway, and the sights of people fishing. If you are lucky you just may see someone catch something!

Pier Activities

When you visit the Bridge Street Pier you’ll experience a relaxing atmosphere. Bring your fishing pole, and try your hand at Florida fishing. If you don’t have a pole you can rent one from the little shop at the base of the pier. Schedule a dolphin tour at the same shop, and you’ll get to see island wildlife. Boats tours are a fabulous way to view the island!

Next to the Dolphin tours shop you’ll also find a cute jewelry store with hand made silver items along with local artwork.

Dining on the Pier

Anna Maria Oyster Bar is also located at the base of the pier. Here you’ll find fresh seafood, and a laid back island style atmosphere. Slurp down a belly full of Oysters while taking in the views of Sarasota Bay.

Bridge Street

Heading off the pier you’ll find more activities and dining along Bridge Street. Bridge Street Merchants provide a variety of wares, and funky Florida souvenirs perfect for remembering your stay. There is also a miniature golf course located on Bridge Street for family fun, or find night life at pubs for adult time fun.

Anna Maria Island Beach Rental near Bridge Street Pier

Finding the perfect Anna Maria Island beach rental near Bridge Street Pier is easy. Island Real Estate offers many Anna Maria Island beach rental options to suit any need. Additionally, Island Real Estate has the largest selections of homes you’ll find on the island. Call Island Real Estate first at 877-778-6066 when choosing the perfect vacation destination on Anna Maria Island!

Anna Maria Island Club Beach Rentals

The Anna Maria Island Club is a gorgeous direct gulf front condo complex, and are just a short drive North of the Bridge Street Pier. Island Real Estate offers several Anna Maria Island Club units all with direct gulf front balcony views with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Some of these units accommodate four guests while some sleep up to six guests. 2016 Base rates for these condos range from $1260-$2625/week depending on the unit, or even the time of year you decide to visit. These Condos have a heated pool and spa over looking the beach, so you can experience the perfect Anna Maria Island beach rental!

Anna Maria Island beach rental
Anna Maria Island Club condos make a great Bradenton Beach rental.

South Beach Village Beach Rentals

South Beach Village is just across the street from gulf beaches. These units offer gulf views, bay views or both. The South Beach Village condos are also just north of Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach comfortably accommodating six guests each. All units offers three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms. South Beach Village units welcome pets under 25 pounds with a pet fee. This complex also offes a heated community pool. 2016 Base rates range from $1000-$2260/week depending on the unit and time of visit.

Anna Maria Island beach rental
South Beach Village is a relaxed beach rental on Bradenton Beach.

Bradenton Beach Club Beach Rentals

The Bradenton Beach Club is also just north of the Bridge Street Pier. Some of these condo units have direct gulf views while others are nestled across the street further in the complex. The beach side units have a heated pool while the bay side units have a heated pool and spa. Bradenton Beach Club condos sleep six guests with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. 2016 Base rates range from $1100-$2625/week. This rate depends on the specific unit, time of visit, and is at the higher end for direct gulf views. This complex stretches from the gulf side to the bay side of the island, and also offers a great fishing dock on the bay side.

Anna Maria Island beach rental
Bradenton Beach Club is a great Anna Maria Island beach rental condo complex!

More Anna Maria Island Beach Rentals

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