Havana Cabana, Anna Maria Island's Cuban restaurant

 

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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 http://www.havanacabana.net/ 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
941-254-4999

Top 5 Ice Cream Places on Anna Maria Island

Hey dudes and dude-ettes!!  You’re back with The Island Kid right here on Kids Corner, the best place to get the best news on Anna Maria Island.  I’m here today to tell you guys about the absolute best places on the island to get your ice cream fix. Now, here on Anna Maria Island, there are plenty of places you can go if you want a frozen treat to eat. But if you’re unsure of which places are best and which places to rule out. Read on for good info!coffee ice cream

            Best Places for Ice Cream on Anna Maria Island

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1: Two Scoops: This ice cream shop is a small shop nestled between Two Sides of Nature and across from the Anna Maria City Pier. With 32 rotating flavors, some as weird as blueberry pie and as normal as your classic vanilla, your pallet will always be pleased. They also have pastries, assorted lunch foods, and candy bars.

2: Dips: An ice cream shop near Three Island Monkeys and The Loft #5 in Anna Maria, this itty-bitty place packs the punch when it comes to ice cream. With thousands of flavors and topping variations, your experience will never be a bore.  Plus the classic candies and toys on the wall are great for a trip down memory lane.

3: Stir it Up: Recently opened on Pine Avenue, this is a frozen yogurt shop with some colorful walls. . . and toppings, too! Pick a flavor or two, or all of them, then add the topping(s) of your choice. This place charges frogurtby the ounce, so take as much as you desire. With many revolving flavors and 36 different garnishes, the possibilities are endless! 🙂

4: Joe’s Eats and Sweets: This place is the bomb.com. It’s got everything from chocolate to cotton candy & nerds and more! They also have pie on a stick-yes, on a stick- and various types of milkshakes and malts. This place is big colorful building right near Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach, so climb the steps, and check it out!

5: Holy Cow: No, I’m not shocked, they just have really good ice cream!  This place has many different combos of flavors and toppings, plus much more. They include a little mini gift shop inside the shop, plus indoor and outdoor seating. So feel free to enjoy your ice cream while browsing the trinkets.

(Bonus Insider Tip:   One more for good measure- Tyler’s Ice Cream is just over the bridge in Cortez Village.  Well worth the jaunt to enjoy some delicious gourmet flavors-literally hundreds over the years!  They have locally themed, as well as delicious classic flavors…and finding out what their latest is, is always part of the fun.  Their ice cream sandwiches are delish!  But creating your own flavor of shake just can’t be beat!

Bonus Bonus tip – about 15 minutes off Anna Maria Island is a fantastic custard shop called Sweet Berries.  They mix all kinds of goodies in their custard ice cream and call it a concrete.  yum!

Whether you’re looking for just one spot or want try them all, these places are the best on the island.  So next time you’re visiting, go check ’em out! Let us know what you thought, and check back with us here on Kid’s Corner.

Bradenton Beach Marina Boat Rentals

Bradenton Beach MarinaThe Bradenton Beach Marina has the largest fleet of boat rentals on Anna Maria Island.  It is located at 402 Church Ave, in Bradenton Beach.  BBM purchased many new boats in 2013 including 18’ Bowriders.  They rent everything from Jet Skis to large pontoon boats by the hour or by the day.

Anna Maria Island’s geographical location creates lots of opportunities to explore.  The Gulf of Mexico opens up to its east, Tampa Bay to the North, the Manatee River to the west and Sarasota Bay to the south.  With a boat or Jet Ski, you can explore it all.  Perhaps you’d enjoy a day trip to Egmont Key, or a quick run to Sarasota for dinner.

For more information, check out their website or give them a call (941) 778-2288.

Need some Anna Maria Island Vacation Rentals that allow for docking a boat?  No problem, we have the answers for your perfect vacation home on a canal.  Be sure to contact us if you have any questions.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2012 Home Games

Tampa Bay Buccaneers logoEnjoy NFL action live and in person at the next home Tampa Bay Buccaneers Game, just less than an hour from the beaches of Anna Maria Island!  Sunday November 25th at 1pm in Raymond James Stadium the Bucs take on the Atlanta Falcons in a classic NFC South Divisional matchup.  Catch Josh Freeman, future Hall of Famer Ronde Barber and the November 4th Offensive Player of the Week RB Doug Martin in action.  Tickets available from just $35 at www.buccaneers.com.

Sarasota Medieval Fair is great day trip for Anna Maria Visitors

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Hear ye, hear ye!  The Sarasota Medieval Fair occurs annually in the month of November.  Just a short trip from Anna Maria Island it is a perfect day trip for visitors.  The Sarasota Medieval Fair is located at the Sarasota Fairgrounds on Fruitville Road rain or shine from 10-6 each weekend.  Enjoy performances by Jousters and Human Combat Chess.  Jump in and participate in craft demonstrations of pottery, basket weaving, blacksmith work, torched glass beading and even leather working.  Bring your appetite because the turkey legs are HUGE and the beer is served cold.

Tickets are available at the Medieval Fair website.

Visit Island Real Estate’s top ten list of things to do for more ideas of what to do when visiting Anna Maria Island.

Canine Christmas Festival Bradenton, FL

Santa DogCanine Christmas Festival 2012!

Each year the Bishop Animal Shelter holds a Canine Christmas Festival to raise awareness and money for dogs in the Bradenton, Fl area.  It is a fabulous time for all with parades, awards, raffles and everything in between.

If your a visitor to Anna Maria Island fear no more.  Island Real Estate offers plenty of Anna Maria Island Pet Friendly vacation homes that can be rented out.  The Anna Maria Island Sun Newspaper has an annual canine Christmas parade as well with local celebrity judges that tally the votes.

Too many things happening around the holidays to name in this post but a favorite among locals are the Holmes Beach and Anna Maria City walk about as well as the Anna Maria Island Privateer parade.  Sorry, who could forget the Anna Maria Island Community center holiday event.  Maybe the best information page we can provide is a previous December Anna Maria Island Events page to give our visitors some ideas of what to do.  Take a look, we hope this helps your holiday spirit!

Bishop Animal Shelter
5718 21st Ave W.
Bradenton, FL

 

Christmas Parade on Anna Maria Island

Christmas parade on Anna Maria Island
Anna Maria Island Christmas Parade

CHRISTMAS PARADE on Anna Maria Island

Christmas Parade & Santa Open House
December 08,2012 at 10am

As another holiday season rapidly approaches, the Anna Maria Island Privateers would like to invite you to participate in their 2012 Christmas Parade on December 8th, followed by our Santa Open House at Coquina Beach; where the man in red will be handing out gifts to the youngsters. This much anticipated annual event brings great joy to children and adults, islanders and visitors alike.

We hope you will celebrate this special kick-off to the Holiday Festivities by enjoying the parade, which begins at Bayfront Park then travels south along Anna Maria Island, through the three island cities of Anna Maria, Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach. We hope everyone can come out and enjoy the experience and spread the joy to others!

More information and online registration visit the Anna Maria Island Privateers website at CHRISTMAS PARADE.

Home Depot Workshops for Kids

Kids' Workshop near Anna Maria IslandThe Home Depot offers Kids’ Workshop near Anna Maria Island on the first Saturday of every month.

Designed for children ages 5-12, the kids can enjoy making a FREE craft project from 9am-12pm on the first Saturday of each month.  They receive hands on instruction, a commemorative pin and certificate of achievement, not to mention, their very own Home Depot workshop apron.

Check with their website each month to see what they will be making.

Check out Island Real Estate’s top ten things to do information pages that make your visit to Anna Maria Island a breeze.  Visit our top ten things to do as a family.  Top ten things to do if you are a kid on Anna Maria Island.  AND lots more top ten lists of things to do!

Bradenton Blues Festival 2012

Update:  this festival has become an annual event for visitors to Anna Maria Island.  The Bradenton Blues festival typically occurs in early December.  Visit their home page for more information for time and location of the Bradenton Blues Festival.

The first annual Bradenton Blues Festival features a team of top blues artists all day in a beautiful setting, right on the Manatee River.
This awesome experience features food, drink, art, plus an array of vendors and, of course, fantastic live music.

Bradenton Blues Festival

The line up includes:
Steve Arvey Horn Band featuring Henry Lawrence
Homemade Jamz
Southern Hospitality
Johnny Sansone
Dave “Biscuit” Miller
Kenny Neal
Ruthie Foster
and Ben Prestage between acts

The inaugural festival kicks off on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at the redeveloped Riverwalk overlooking the Manatee River in Historic downtown Bradenton.  Just minutes from the beaches of Anna Maria Island, this festival will be fun for all ages.  Gates will open at 10am and the shows will start at 11am.

Bradenton Blues Festival
Realize Bradenton, Inc.
P.O. Box 9114
Bradenton, Florida,
34206

Cortez Schoolhouse Centennial Celebration

Uh oh! Looks like these events are just fun memories now.

But don’t worry! There are tons of exciting activities and events taking place on Anna Maria Island all year long, every year!

Take a look at some of my favorites below:
Cortez Fishing Festival Blog
Halloween Events Blog
Local Art Events
Local Festivals