Coquina Bike Path ~ Bradenton Beach – Anna Maria Island’s Best on The Beach

Anna Maria Island is a great place to take a family walk, bike ride, or just enjoy the breath taking views of the Gulf of Mexico. Don’t let the name fool you, the Coquina Bike path is not for just bikes but includes patrons strolling down the Gulf Waters.  The Coquina bike path is paved and stretches between Coquina beach and Cortez Beach.  Located in Bradenton Beach just south of Bridge Street, you will find Cortez Beach.

This beach offers free parking and lots of it!  As you move further south into Coquina Beach, you will find public restrooms, picnic tables, beach showers, and lifeguards on duty.  Coquina beach also has a café that serves burgers and hot dogs right on the beach.

One of my favorite things to do is take a nice, easy bike ride through Coquina Beach. I start at the south end of the island under the Long Boat Key Bridge and head north towards Cortez Beach along the paved path. Take the time to enjoy island wildlife as you are greeted by squirrels, native birds like the Blue Heron, and if you are lucky, you may see dolphins or manatees enjoying their Florida lifestyle.

If you can’t bring your own bicycle, there are lots of places to rent them on Anna Maria Island.   Most folks love Bradenton Beach because there are plenty of accommodation choices as well as dining and shopping within a stroll away.

Island Real Estate guest property directions

Island Real Estate Vacation Rental directions

Our information page provides Island Real Estate  vacation rental directions.  The Easiest vacation rental to find are several on Holmes Boulevard including but not limited to 6301 Holmes Blvd.  Below are several lists that provide links to Google maps that show directions from our Island Real Estate office to your vacation rental. The lists below show ranges of properties and use the rental property code found on our website. If you have any questions call one of our vacation rental specialists for more information.

Directions for properties with property code 1 on Anna Maria Island
Directions for properties with property code 2 – 3 on Anna Maria Island
Directions for properties with property code 4 – 5 on Anna Maria Island
Directions for properties with property code 6 – 9 on Anna Maria Island
Directions for properties with property code A – F on Anna Maria Island
Directions for properties with property code G-H on Anna Maria Island
Directions for properties with property code L – O on Anna Maria Island
Directions for properties with property code P on Anna Maria Island
Directions for properties with property code R – T on Anna Maria Island
Directions for properties with property code V – W on Anna Maria Island

Island Real Estate of Anna Maria, Fl Vacation Rentals
6101 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, FL, 34217
877 778 6066

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.

Marauders Baseball All Summer Long At McKechnie Field

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Catch the Bradenton Marauders all summer long at McKechnie Field.  The Bradenton Marauders are a Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Tickets are on sale for the 2011 season and available online. Click here and browse their online schedule.

Group tickets are also available and require a minimum of 10 people that must be booked at least 24 hours in advance.  All groups will receive a Marauders souvenir cup, a voucher for free soda fill-up for that cup, and a group welcome!

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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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Anna Maria Island Has Two Libraries

Tingley Memorial Library

The Tingley Memorial Library in Bradenton Beach is one of two libraries on Anna Maria Island.  Tingley Memorial Library is a privately funded non-profit organization existing on donations and volunteer help, and is independent of the county library system. Tingley Memorial Library is located two blocks south of the Cortez Bridge, just off of gulf drive behind Bradenton Beach City Hall.

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CURRENTLY CLOSED: FREE BEER!!!…Tomorrow ~ As Always At Rotten Ralph’s On Historic Bradenton Beach Pier

 

Our beloved Rotten Ralph’s is currently closed, but Anna Maria Oyster Bar will be taking it’s place.   

Not to worry!  Visit our restaurant summary page with lots of other choices.  Currently Anna Maria Island Oyster Bar is slotted to go in the Bradenton Beach pier spot.

It doesn’t matter if you live in Florida or if you came to Anna Maria Island for vacation, Rotten Ralph’s Restaurant on Historic Bradenton Beach Pier is a great place for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You can come by land or sea to eat, drink, go fishing, and enjoy beautiful views of Sarasota Bay. Rotten Ralph’s is a full service restaurant and offers inside and outside dinning, a floating boat dock, a bait shop, and fishing is free on the pier.

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Coquina Bay Walk at Leffis Key Preserve

Bradenton Beach – Let’s take a stroll down the boardwalk through the mangroves along Sarasota Bay. The bay walk at Leffis key will not cost you a dime and has plenty of parking.  Leffis key is located on the south end of Anna Maria Island on the bay side directly across from Coquina Beach.

Directions to Leffis Key

Coming from Long Boat Key head north to Anna Maria Island.  Once you have gone over the bridge onto Anna Maria Island you will see Coquina Beach on your left hand side and the boat ramps and a picnic area to the right.  Just after the boat ramp on your right hand side you will see the parking area for Leffis Key. 2351 Gulf of Mexico Drive

Leffis Key
Leffis Key Great Blue Heron overlooking Sarasota Bay.

The easiest way from Bradenton is to take Cortez Road west to the beach. After you have gone over the bridge onto Anna Maria Island take a left and head south towards Coquina Beach. Leffis Key is right before the boat ramp on your left hand side.
As you enter Leffis Key get your cameras ready because the Anna Maria island wildlife will be waiting for you. When we were there on Monday we saw a hawk, a blue heron, rabbits, crabs, and lots of small fish swimming in the lagoons.  There are a lot of different species of young fish that take refuge in the lagoons here to avoid larger fish and predators in the bay. You may see young mullet, red drum, snook, and sheepshead in these shallow lagoons.

Looking for off island Wildlife viewing and hiking opportunities? Check out Robinson Preserve.

Leffis Key
Leffis Key view from the top of the upland ridge in the center of the park.

 

Map to Anna Maria Island during Manatee Avenue bridge closure

Anna Maria Island Bridge Closure courtesy of FDOTOn September 29th the draw bridge which connects North West Bradenton to Anna Maria Island will be closed for repairs until November 13th, 2008.  The bridge spans over Sarasota Bay or is better known as State Route 64 or Manatee Avenue West.  This is important knowledge for our guests arriving during the bridge closure as most google maps as well as our normal web site map takes your  automobile drive over the Anna Maria Island bridge which will be closed.  After a full day of traveling, the potential 45 minute U-turn detour can start your vacation off to a bad start.  For more information on the Manatee Avenue West bridge closure visit the Florida Department of Transportation website.

For the detour map to Island Real Estate of Anna Maria Island, inc’s office from TAMPA INTERNATIONAL Airport visit this link.

For the detour map to Island Real Estate of Anna Maria Island, inc’s office from SARASOTA/BRADENTON INTERNATIONAL Airport visit this link.

As usual if you have any questions visit http://www.islandreal.com/ for more information or please call our office toll free at 877 778-6066 for more information.  We are here to help!