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Early Birds to Anna Maria Island
Early Birds to Anna Maria Island

Welcome Early Birds!

We know you’re eager for your vacation and waiting for the property to be ready can be frustrating. Please believe us – we want you to start enjoying our beautiful island just as soon as possible!!

After you have left your cell number with one of our team members, please relax and maybe try some of these fun suggestions to help best pass the time.

Thank you for your patience – we never want our cleaners or inspectors to sacrifice quality for speed.

• Traveling with a pet? Take them over to the Holmes Beach Dog Park behind our office on Flotilla Drive and let them run around! There is a separate area for small dogs, benches, water and shady spots. If you need more ideas then check out our top things to do on Anna Maria Island with a pet!

• Take a souvenir photo in the Anna Maria City Jail – no doors, no windows, no roof!

• Hop on the free trolley and take a tour of the island – you may see places you’ll want to visit during the rest of your stay!

• Ready for some retail therapy? Park on Pine Ave in Anna Maria or Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach and while you walk up and down the streets you’ll find gift shops, candy stores, gourmet specialty shops, jewelry and more!

• Hungry? Give these places a try depending on what you’re in the mood for: or check out our restaurant information page.

Duffy’s Tavern: best burgers and coldest beer since the ‘70’s!  Anna-Maria-Island-Restaurants
Tortilla Bay: locally owned Tex-Mex with queso to die for!
Hurricane Hanks: pub grub, full bar and lots of TV’s to catch a game
Waterfront Restaurant: great seafood and outside seating available
AMI Beach Café at Manatee and the sand: traditional beach food plus kid menu

• Just want a snack? How about ICE CREAM!! Click the link and get our top 5 ice cream places on Anna Maria.

Holy Cow on East Bay Drive: ice cream plus fun gift shop Ice Cream Sundae
Two Scoops in Bayview Plaza: ice cream and fancy coffees
Dips on Gulf Drive: ice cream and lots of old fashioned candies

You will be checking in to your Anna Maria Island Vacation Rental before you know it!

Kid’s Corner – Anna Maria Island for Kids

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Kid’s Corner

Welcome to Kid’s Corner!  Looking for information about stuff for us kids to do on Anna Maria Island?  Well, this is the place to find it!  For kids, by kids…this info will help give you ideas while you are staying on our awesome island!  Have an idea to share?  Please leave us a comment!  We want to help you guys learn all the fun that is available on the island…with some insider tips, too!  Hope you enjoy your stay on the Gulf Coast, and we hope we can help make it even more fun!

Ocean Star sushi located in Anna Maria City

Ocean Star sushi is well known by island residents and visitors who have come to Anna Maria Island year after year, and rightfully so. The food is absolutely to die for!

Ocean Star provides fantastic sushi, or you can go for the hibachi option and watch them prepare your meal before your eyes.  The restaurant has seating for about 100 and in high season there can be a significant wait.  The dining area has wooden booths, tables, a liquor bar and outdoor seating right on the water.  Of course no restaurant should serve Sushi if they don’t have a bar area where you can sit and watch the chefs prepare sushi.  The seating at the bar area is about 15.

Ocean Star has a strong take out business as lots of folks call in their sushi order and pick it up to eat at home or an Anna Maria Island Vacation Rental.

Insider tips – be sure to check the specials board for sushi.  For children that don’t like sushi try out the chicken tempura.  Some of my favorite sushi choices – volcano, Hawaiian, spider and caterpillar.  Don’t forget to get yourself some sake where they fill a square glass up to the rim, as full as it can get.

Where: 902 S Bay Blvd, Anna Maria, FL 34216
Phone:  (941) 251-6940
Hours: Open everyday of the week from 4pm – 10pm

Maybe Sushi is not your thing?  View our top ten lists for lots of suggested restaurants.

Sarasota area information and things to do

Sarasota, Florida is a great small city to visit while vacationing on Anna Maria Island. Sarasota has fantastic arts, festivals, shopping, restaurants, culture, and things to do.  This page provides Sarasota area information and things to do.

Right at the top of the list is the Mable and Ringling museums found in Sarasota. All of which are fairly close to the Sarasota Airport.

If you are looking for more night life than what Anna Maria Island has to offer then Sarasota is probably your best bet. Sarasota has a fabulous night life with plenty of things to do. Sarasota is rich with arts and culture and it shows through to their restaurants, bars and night life. A great Sarasota bar is Evie’s Tavern located in downtown Sarasota.

Tortilla Bay Southwest Grille In Holmes Beach

Do you love tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and nachos?  One place on Anna Maria Island that will satisfy your Tex-Mex craving is Tortilla Bay Southwest Grille in Holmes Beach.  Tortilla Bay is located in the Island Shopping Center and is open everyday of the week from 11AM – 9PM.  Not only is all the food delicious, but it’s also fairly priced. A must try is the Queso cheese dip, it’s fantastic! I could literally eat it all day, everyday.

Tortilla Bay is like a fast food restaurant without the drive thru. It’s great place to grab a bite on the run or have a quick inexpensive meal inside.  Walk up to the counter, place your order and grab a seat, the waitress will bring your food out to you when it is ready.

Tortilla Bay restaurant is located on Marina drive which makes it a convenient stop with plenty of parking.

Address: 5318 Marina Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Phone: (941) 778-3663
Hours: everyday of the week from 11AM – 9PM

Hurricane Hanks Pub and Grub On Anna Maria Island

Everyone needs to eat and when you are in Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island you must stop at Hurricane Hanks Pub & Grub for lunch or dinner.  Hurricane Hanks is in the S & S Plaza located at the intersection of Gulf Drive and Marina Drive in Holmes Beach.  This island style pub has it all, salads, sandwiches, steaks, seafood, and a full liquor bar, with bartenders who know their drink recipes.

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Columbia Restaurant on St. Armand’s circle, Sarasota

The Columbia restaurant is mainstay in Sarasota as well as Tampa.  If you are looking for fine dining with some shopping before or after the Columbia on St. Armand’s circle is a great choice.  They serve elegant dinners and lunches all year around.  Located on St. Armand’s circle the restaurant makes for a great day trip from Anna Maria Island.  Grab a lunch at the Columbia, walk around and go Shopping on St. Armand’s circle and pick up an ice cream as a mid afternoon snack.

The Columbia restaurant originally started in the Tampa area and you can find the Columbia in Tampa, St. Pete, Clearwater and several other Florida locations.  As soon as you walk up to the restaurant you feel a positive vibe.  There is limited seating outside of about 25-30 seats with at least 100 inside.  The elegant restaurant has a large interior bar and the exterior is made to feel like an extension of the interior.’ Continue reading Columbia Restaurant on St. Armand’s circle, Sarasota

Olive Garden is a great Bradenton Italian restaurant

Olive Garden is a great economical place to eat if staying on Anna Maria Island or in Bradenton, Florida.  The Bradenton

Olive Garden Restaurant has outdoor seating for the great balmy nights of the West coast of Florida.  The restaurant has a bar for waiting or just to eat or have a quick cocktail or bit to eat.  Typically the Olive Garden is a great place to eat for busy nights on Anna Maria Island.  The restaurant is about a 20 minute drive from Anna Maria Island.

The Olive Garden is primarily Italian although they do have a few traditional dishes.  Beef, Pork and Fish dishes.  The restaurant often offers all you can eat bread as well as soup or salad.

The Olive Garden has great spaghetti, chicken Parmesan, heck anything Italian is good.

Olive Garden Restaurant
4420 West 14th Street
Bradenton, Fl, 34207

Want another great Italian choice just off Anna Maria Island?  Try Oma’s just off Anna Maria Island on Manatee Avenue.

Sharky’s Seagrill Offers Fine Dining With Casual Flair

If you like fine dining in a casual atmosphere, visit Sharky’s Seagrill in Bradenton Beach on Anna Maria Island where award winning, European-trained Chef Anton and his wife Marie serve up great food and good times at reasonable prices.

Sharky’s features a wide selection of Fresh Florida Seafood, Black Angus Prime Rib, Steaks and Pastas. Specialties include Seafood Gasparilla, Michigan Pork Chop, Key West Grouper and Lobster Tails. Each day Sharky’s Market Fresh Seagrill features five different varieties of fresh fish grilled to perfection. Sharky’s Pasta selections feature authentic Italian flavors in dishes such as Tortellini Gorgonzola, Rigatoni Ala Toscana, Penne Pollo Portabello, Linguini with Mussels and Fettuccine con Fruta di Mare.

Sharky’s has a full bar with Cocktails, Domestic and Imported Beers, and a selection of fine wines. Happy hour prices are in effect from 4 till 7. Sandwiches and appetizers are available at the bar until midnight daily. The restaurant is open 7 days a week, from 4pm to midnight.

Sharky’s also features live entertainment.

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Beach House Restaurant – Outdoor dining and great Florida seafood

The Beach House restaurant is located in Bradenton Beach on Anna Maria Island  just past the street light after the Cortez Bridge heading south.

Experience great waterfront dining on the Gulf of Mexico with breathtaking views and fresh Florida seafood. It is the perfect place for family dining with plenty of room for all the kids to play on the beach while you sip on a tropical drink and enjoy great food while listening to live entertainment by local artists. You can choose, if you like, to have your meal inside the dining room or on the waterfront deck. There is even a covered Gulf front area, which makes it perfect rain or shine.

Beside the regular lunch and dinner menus, Beach House offers a happy hour menu at the bar including delicious libations and small plates.  In addition to fresh local seafood you can find farm fresh produce on the menu. The Grouper sandwich is a popular menu item, but be sure to check out any seasonal offerings like the stuffed squash blossoms from Gamble creek farms.

The Beach House is a wonderful spot to enjoy a gulf sunset after a long day at the beach. If you like to take a look at some spectacular sunset pictures visit our Anna Maria Island  blog and get in the mood for a nice dinner at The Beach House.

It is also a great place to have a wedding. The Beach House is an award-winning location for beach weddings, receptions or any special event. Maybe if you are in luck you’ll witness one of the happy couples exchange their vows.

You can even do a little shopping in their gift and souvenir shop located at the entrance area of the restaurant.

The Beach House Restaurant
200 Gulf Dr
Bradenton Beach, Fl 34217
Phone (941) 779-2222