Annual Murder Mystery Dinner Theater


Who Dun it? Find out at Anna Maria Islands annual  Murder Mystery Dinner Theater. The dinner (which in 2018 was a two night event) has a different theme each year.

This fundraising dinner gets the audience involved, and is always a night full of fun, laughter, and murder of course.

Tickets for the Murder Mystery are $45, and go towards supporting the Center of Anna Maria Island.

Besides crime and food, there are also raffles, a live auction, and a cash bar.


The cast of a previous AMI Mystery Murder Dinner Theater
When: the 2018 murder mystery dinner took place the 3rd weekend of february (friday and saturday). 
Where: The Center of Anna Maria Island, 407 Magnolia Ave, Anna Maria, Florida 34216
Phone: The Center’s phone number is, (941) 778-1908
This Event is for adults only!



Outdoor Dining Anna Maria Island – Dine and Drink El Fresco!

Outdoor Dining Anna Maria Island is the quintessential way to hang out in beautiful tropical climate! There’s nothing better than when going out to grab a bite to eat or drinks, having the warm island breeze surrounding you. Some of the wonderful restaurants I’ve listed below have beautiful water views of either the crystal clear Gulf or Bay, or an open-air setting directly across the street from the beach.

The fresh air of AMI always makes your food taste that much better and your drinks that much tastier, bringing you relaxing vibes that will be sure to lift your spirit. I have suggested different places from smaller and more quant spots, to casual any-time spots, to romantic night spots.

Outdoor Dining Anna Maria Island

Sandbar – 100 Spring Ave, Anna Maria

Direct Gulf front


The Waterfront – 111 South Bay Blvd, Anna Maria
Bay views


Anna Maria Pier – 100 South Bay Blvd, Anna Maria
Out in the middle of the Tampa Bay


Bridgetender – 135 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach
Direct bay front


Island Time Bar & Grill – 111 Gulf Drive South, Bradenton Beach
Open-air setting, across the street from the Gulf

Island time

The Beachhouse – 200 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach
Direct Gulf front


Coquina Café – 2650 Gulf Drive South, Coquina Beach
Direct Gulf front

Outdoor Dining Anna Maria Island

Havana Cabana, Anna Maria Island's Cuban restaurant



The Havana Cabana Grill is a Cuban restaurant situated on the Marina Drive, Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island. The restaurant has a large selection of dishes available for people eating in and ordering out. The food served is a mixture between Greek, Italian and Cuban traditional dishes and there are a variety of others. There are dinner specials available and for the adventurous spirits out there the catch of the day will offer a delicious fresh meal. Be sure to ask what it is!! There is a relaxed atmosphere in the restaurant and one immediately feels at home and welcome.

On my visit to the Havana Cabana I had an authentic Cuban sandwich and my aunt had the Sopa del Dia, both of which were extremely good. I would recommend any of the sandwiches that are made with Cuban bread. There is so much to choose from and I will definitely be going back. The restaurant is owned and managed by John Droukas who is also the chef, you can be sure one of the better chefs on the island. The best way in testing the theory is by testing the food. We were served by a kind lady by the name of Michelle Ruiz del Vizo who was very knowledgeable of the state of Florida and its cultural heritage. We learnt from her the meaning behind the term ‘cracker’, used to describe people who are born in Florida. The term derived from the crack of the whip above herds of cattle that were being herded by the first Floridian residents, early pioneers of the region. She is a proud Cuban cracker.

To view what is available you can visit which is a website containing the menu and contact details.

Now, enough reading for you and time to crack on to the Havana Cabana grill to experience the culinary delight that awaits you.


Havana Cabana Grill
5904 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217

Ocean Star Review. . . For Kids!!! :)

Hey kids!  You’ve made your way back to Kids Corner, the #1 island blog written by kids, for kids.  I’m here to talk about one of the best Asian food places on the island, Ocean Star.  Not only does it have awesome food, but the atmosphere is very realistic and entertaining.  Read on if you want to learn more.

Ocean Star is this great sushi and Japanese food restaurant located at the Galati Marina.  It hcontact_oceanstarlogoas the most yummiest sushi and dumplings you’ve ever tasted.  And no matter what you like there’s something on the menu to amuse everyone.

So let’s start with the food.  Honestly, I would have to say that sushi is their specialty.  My favorite has to be the Hawaiian Role-Tuna and Cream Cheese tempura with eel sauce-soooo good!  I mean, the other items I have tried on the menu were fantastic, don’t get me wrong, but I think the thing they spend more time perfecting their sushi than anything else.  But if you’re not exactly the sushi type, Ocean Star has plenty of other options for you.  They make a variety of tempura dishes (fried veggies and fish – finger food that satisfies even people like my brother).  They also serve many different types of rice, dumplings, soups, noodles, and even steak, to satisfy your hunger.  So feel free to eat up and enjoy!

Next, the atmosphere.  As soon as you walk in the door, it’s as if you’ve entered a whole different world.  In short, it’s very different than your everyday mealtime.  You can eat at a table, in a booth, at the bar, or in a canopied-in booth with strips of seating area all around the table.  To add to the realistic Japanese ambiance, the lights are dim and the chefs are constantly preparing food right in front of you, which adds to the awesome mood.

So, to conclude, Ocean Star is a fun, awesome restaurant that serves great food, has a fantabulous atmosphere, and is a great place to eat whether you have a special event or are just looking for a cool place to eat for dinner or lunch.  Well, i gotta go.  See ya l8tr. Byeeeee!!!!!!!!

Anna Maria Island Top Ten Restaurants

Anna-Maria-Island-RestaurantsLooking for tasty food while you’re on the Anna Maria Island? Well you’re in luck we have composed list of island restaurants from fine dining, to beachfront restaurants, pizza, and where to get the best burger on the island. We have plenty of tasty restaurants to choose from on AMI but the ten restaurants below are a MUST VISIT!

1) Beach Bistro in Holmes Beach – Enjoy fine dining on the Gulf of Mexico with an excellent wine selection and amazing entrée’s.

6600 Gulf Drive
Holmes Beach, FL, 34217
(941) 778-6444

2) Sign of the Mermaid in The City of Anna Maria – A unique dining experience on Anna Maria Island with award winning key lime pie.

Gulf Drive
Anna Maria, FL, 34216
(941) 778-9399

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Anna Maria Murder Mystery Play

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Who Dunn It??  Find out at the Anna Maria Island Community Center on Saturday, November 3, 2012.  The Community center presents the Anna Maria Murder Mystery play.

This annual fundraising dinner gets the audience involved in the Anna Maria murder mystery.

Follow the plot of the wealthy manor owner who’s death could be on the hands of any of his guests.

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Alive With Outdoor Activities This Spring

May Event List
Events This Spring!

Anna Maria Island and Manatee County are alive with outdoor activities this spring. Concerts, festivals, and celebrations for everyone to enjoy.  Take a look at some of the upcoming events for the rest of May and the beginning of June.

The Anna Maria City Pier is celebrating its 100th birthday this weekend; you will not want to miss this event and the surprises that are in store for your entertainment!  If you would like more information on other events in Bradenton, Sarasota, and Anna Maria Island, contact Island Real Estate today (941)-778-6066.

Friday May 13th 5:30pm

Friday Nights with music by Mike Sales
AMI Beach Cafe at the Manatee Public Beach
Music by Mike Sales and Scott Blum will host a drum circle beginning 30 minutes before sunset.

Friday May 13th 6pm

Anna Maria City Pier Centennial Parade
Parade departs from Crosspointe Fellowship Church
The Privateers will host the parade leaving Crosspointe Fellowship Church to the City Pier.

Saturday May 14th 10am – 9pm

Anna Maria City Pier Centennial Celebration
Historic Anna Maria City Pier
Enjoy food and wine on Pine, local artists, and a firework display to celebrate the City Piers 100th birthday!

Sunday May 15th 9am – 11am

Native Plant Tour
Robinson Preserve
Enjoy a guided native plant tour at Robinson Preserve call for more details (941)-722-4524.

Wednesday May 18th 11:30am – 1:30pm

Courthouse Concert
Manatee County Courthouse downtown Bradenton
Courthouse Concert featuring Henry Lawrence, please bring a non-perishable food donation.

Friday May 20th

Unveiling of the Privateers Ice-cream
Tyler’s Ice Cream
Join in on the fun at Tyler’s as they unveil there new Ice Cream!

Saturday May 21st 7pm – 11pm

Music In The Plaza
Parking plaza of Fist Bank downtown Bradenton.
Experience an outdoor evening with libations, food, dancing, demonstrations, and live music from Have Gun Will Travel.

Saturday, June 4th 4pm – 7pm

Museum Night at Art Center Manatee- Artifacts!
South Florida Museum, downtown Bradenton
This month’s museum night will be held across the street at ArtCenter Manatee.

Saturday June 4th & Sunday 5th 9am – 4pm

Wildlife Inc. Blood Drive
St. Bernard’s Church in Holmes Beach
A private donor will contribute $100.00 to Wildlife Inc. for each person who donates a pint of blood in the name of Wildlife, Inc. You can provide much needed blood and help us to fulfill our mission at the same time.

Mike Sales Sings Music About Anna Maria Island

Mike Sales and other Anna Maria Island organizers attempted the world’s longest beach conga line in Bradenton Beach on Anna Maria Island Saturday, April 23. The proceeds from the event went to the Moonracer No-Kill Animal Rescue founded by Lisa Williams.

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Anna Maria Island Area Events This Weekend April 15th 2011

Friday April 15

Anna Maria Island Senior Adventures Group

Annie Silver Community Center

102 23rd Ave Bradenton Beach

Call for schedule (941)-962-8835

Founder’s Day Festival

Holmes Beach City Hall Field

5801 Marina Drive Holmes Beach

5pm – 10 pm live music, arts & crafts, Skate Park, children’s play area, Island food court, and a car show.

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Music For Everyone This Spring – Downtown Bradenton

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This spring downtown Bradenton & riverfront community will be alive with events that showcase music.  Shop, dine, and celebrate Bradenton’s unique mix of arts, culture, and heritage downtown along the riverfront this spring.

Take a look at the Music Slam event list for April and May below.  If you would like more information on this spring’s Music Slam or any other events in Bradenton, Sarasota, and Anna Maria Island, contact Island Real Estate.

Saturday, April 16th 1-2:30pm

History & All That Jazz

Palmetto Historical Park & Manatee County Agricultural Museum.

Enjoy a free Jazz Ensemble, and guided tours of the park’s historical buildings.

Thursday, April 21st 6-10pm

Get Down Downtown

Old Main Street Downtown Bradenton.

Head downtown, and hang out with your friends, eat some food, and grab a drink while listing to live music in the streets of Bradenton.

Wednesday, April 27th 2:30-7:30pm

Musical & Fashion Show

Desoto Historical Society Bradenton Municipal Auditorium.

You do not want to miss the 2011 De Soto Heritage Musical Festival which will feature skilled dance routines.

Saturday, April 30th 6 & 7:30pm

Classics at Ortygia Ristorante

The Village of The Arts.

World renowned tenor Joe Spinella will sing in the Ortygia Courtyard, and Chef Gaetano Cannata will delight you with classic food and wine.

Wednesday’s, May 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th

Courthouse Square Concerts

Realize Bradenton

Free live concerts in May at the Historic Courthouse in downtown Bradenton featuring Henry Lawrence, Michael Mac, & a Jazz Ensemble.

Thursday, May 5th – Sunday May 22nd

Signin’ In The Rain,

The Manatee Players

This musical is a return to the old fashioned showbiz glamour and big dance numbers.

Friday, May 6th 6-9:30pm

Musical Chairs Art Walk

The Village of the Arts

Art and Music everything from bluegrass to an interactive musical sculpture.

Saturday, May 7th 3-7pm

Rock ‘n’ Art

Art Center Manatee

Rock N Roll concert and cool art activities; don’t miss the family fun featuring local bands and artists.

Saturday, May 7th 4-8pm

Sing into Spring!

South Florida Museum

Sing along with your favorite musical kids flick and put on your own Karaoke show. Food will be available at normal price.

Every Saturday In May 9am-2pm

Farmers Market

Old Main Street Bradenton

Fresh produce and live music in the streets of downtown Bradenton.


Saturday May 14th 11:30am – 2pm

Jazzy Ladies

ArtCenter Manatee Courtyard by Marriott

Luncheon & Fashion Show, with fashions from Irene’s in Holmes Beach.

Thursday, May 19th 6-10pm

Get Down Downtown

Old Main Street Downtown Bradenton.

Head downtown and hang out with your friends, eat some food, and grab a drink while listing to live music in the streets of Bradenton.

Friday, May 20th Sunset

Reels at Rossi free film

Rossi Park Bradenton

Don’t miss this family musical with heart, and food will be available for purchase.

Saturday, May 21st 7-11pm

Party on The Plaza Manatee Young Professionals and Realize Bradenton

First Bank 1301 6th Avenue West Bradenton

Join your friend’s downtown Bradenton for live music, drinks, and delicious appetizers under the stars.

Saturday, May 28th 8-9pm

Sonic Art With Paul Ramshaw

Palmetto Art Center

Paul Ramshaw’s electro-acoustic compositions are created from micro-samples of live orchestral and operatic vocal sources.