Anna Maria Island Rainy Day Top 7

Paradise needs to have a rainy day or two.  If you are unfortunate enough to catch a rainy day while on Anna Maria Island there is still plenty to do.  Most things to do on a rainy day are off the island in Bradenton, FL however it is just a short drive away.  Most area attractions off Anna Maria Island can be found on Manatee Avenue or Cortez road. Below is our top six things to do while enduring a rainy day on Anna Maria.

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Can you see the rain over the Gulf? Still a beautiful day on Anna Maria Island!

Bowling on a Rainy Day

Just off Anna Maria Island in Bradenton you can find Bowling. Only 15 minutes from Anna Maria, FL you will find open bowling just of Cortez.  Visit our Florida Bowling Blog for more information.

Oakmont Theater

Go take in the latest big screen movie.  The Oakmont Theater is a newly renovated theater just of Cortez only 15 minutes from Anna Maria Island.  There you will find all the normal requirements necessary to enjoy the latest blockbuster of a movie.  Popcorn, reclining seats, hot dogs, candy, soda, everything you need to gain those extra 5 lbs needed to ensure you were on a true vacation.

Fitness Center

Go work out at one of many local fitness centers.  At the time of this blog there are two fitness centers on Anna Maria Island.  One is located in Anna Maria City and Holmes Beach, Fl.  Both have plenty of equipment to ensure you have plenty to do to keep the calories burning.  The Anna Maria City fitness center is about half the size while the Holmes Beach fitness center has more room as well as double the cardio equipment.

Restaurants on Anna Maria Island

Go out to anyone of our fabulous restaurants on Anna Maria island.  Obviously outdoor seating will not work well under rainy circumstances but there are plenty of restaurants to choose from.  Whether it be a breakfast or lunch just to catch up or a 5 course meal your are sure to find plenty of choices on or off Anna Maria Island.

Read a book at the Library

Go relax and read a good book or catch up on the latest magazine gossip or news at the Holmes Beach City Library.  For a small amount you can become a member of the library.  Of course you only need a library card if you plan to take books, CD’s, or DVD’s home for review there.  It’s absolutely free to use the 8 computers they have on site with Internet as well as use their Internet hub for your laptop.  They have an amazing collection of DVD’s, VHS movies, as well as some recent publications for self help or the latest novel you have been looking to read.  The children’s area has plenty of books, games, a computer for their use as well as soft plush toys to play with.

Spa Day

Pamper yourself with a spa day.  Anna Maria Island enjoys many “full meal deal” spas that can accommodate your every whim.  Massage, pedicure, hair, sea wraps, you name it.  Anna Maria City, Holmes Beach, and Bradenton Beach boasts several spa choices to choose from.  In addition there are several individuals that will come to your vacation rental and give you a massage in your accommodations. Perhaps on a covered beach front patio?  It’s a bit tough to schedule a rainy day in paradise but you should be able to plan your spa day last minute as there are plenty of choices on Anna Maria Island.

Enjoy your Anna Maria Island beach rental

The benefit of a beach rental is the feeling of being in a home, and not just a hotel room. Many of the Island Real Estate beach rentals offer great amenities and activities. During your visit you may find DVD players, board games, books and wireless internet to keep you entertained. Some beach rentals also come equipped with ping pong, billiards or Foosball!

Rainy days make you want to curl up on the couch and nap. What better place to do that than in a luxury beach rental?

 

Anna Maria Island Bridge is closing for repairs

Mooo…herding cows is a difficult task as well as cars!Well we have all gone through denial, anger, and now acceptance.  The Manatee Drawbridge is closing Monday, September 29th.  It’s a little like a freight train coming straight at us and there’s nothing we can do!  It’s to late to stop, hit reverse, derail the train, whatever.  Speaking with local business owners we all are just “prepared to roll with the punches.”  Some have scheduled their vacation surrounding the bridge repairs while others remain optimistic that the affect will be minimized from the fabulous planning of the city and the Florida Department of Transportation.  If the bridge repair vendor has planned as much as the Florida DOT we should see the bridge repair complete right on time.

Regarding the traffic congestion its going to get rough.  The folks most affected are those commuting to and from work that rely on the Manatee drawbridge to get to or from Anna Maria island.  Island Real Estate is offering deep discounted vacation rentals for employees of the island that are affected by the bridge closure.  We want to do our part and we can to help!

There is an upside to all this…we should develop some young entrepreneurs that take advantage of the traffic congestion and sell hot dogs or lemonade.  The intersection where we should see the most action (or least for that matter) would be Cortez and Gulf Drive.  Don’t worry be happy, if this is the worst thing Anna Maria, FL residents have to deal with in the next few years then life is very good to us in paradise.  After all, it’s only 45 days, sure its going to be a long 45 days but the events in “Bridge the gap” should help and honestly, I would rather not spend the next 45 days anywhere else!

Bowling is a great activity for Anna Maria Island, Fl visitors

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On a rainy day or a day after too much sun on Anna Maria Island, bowling could be the perfect solution to get the family together and have a Bowling in Bradenton, Florida is great fun for the whole familylittle fun.  The AMF bowling center is just a short 15 minute drive from Anna Maria Island, Florida.  Travel East on Cortez and you will find it on the North side of Cortez.

The bowling center has at least 40 lanes and I have never seen them full without lanes available.  Of cAMF Bowling alley, Bradenton, Floridaourse always call ahead for public bowling times.  AMF rents bowling shoes and bowling balls.  The alley has a small arcade for teenage family members although the games are a bit on the older side.  The bowling center serves alcoholic drinks as well as “bar” food.

Don’t know how to score bowling, no worries, AMF has automatic scoring screens and can raise bumpers so younger players can join in the fun.  They also have bowling aides for children that cannot pick up the ball and under hand throw the bowling ball.  Bowling is fabulous fun for everyone and its a great alternative to the beach while staying on Anna Maria Island.

AMF Bowling Center
4208 Cortez Road West
Bradenton, Fl, 34210
(941) 758-8838

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Anna Maria Island Maps–Addresses Beginning with R-T…

Find where you are going on Anna Maria Island by clicking on the link. Google Maps will make it easy to figure out directions on Anna Maria Island.

Runaway Bay, Unit #176,1801 Gulf Dr. N., Bradenton Beach, FL 34217

Runaway Bay Unit #232, 1801 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach, FL 34217

Runaway Bay, Unit #234,1801 Gulf Dr. N., Bradenton Beach, FL 34217

Runaway Bay, Unit #279,1801 Gulf Dr. N., Bradenton Beach, FL 34217

Safari Suite, 1105 Gulf Dr. N., Bradenton Beach, FL 34217

Sandy Pt, Unit #109, 3601 East Bay Dr., Holmes Beach, FL 34217

Sandy Pt Unit 206, 3601 East Bay Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

Sandy Pt, Unit #207, 3601 East Bay Dr., Holmes Beach, FL 34217

Sandy Pt, Unit #208, 3607 East Bay Dr., Holmes Beach FL, 34217

Sandy Pt, Unit #210, 3607 East Bay Dr., Holmes Beach, FL 34217

Sea Pirate, Unit #2, 3303 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, FL 34217

Starfish2, 2915 South Ave. E., Holmes Beach, FL 34217

Starfish4, 2913 East Ave. E., Holmes Beach, FL 34217

Sundance, 744 N Shore Dr, Anna Maria, Fl 34216

Sunfish 102 – 102 55th St, Holmes Beach, Fl 34217

Sunfish 104 – 104 55th St, Holmes Beach, Fl 34217

Tiffany Place 213, 7000 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, FL 34217

Tropical Sunset #3, 3311 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, FL 34217

Turtle Cove E / W, 3604 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, Fl 34217Email Newsletter icon, E-mail Newsletter icon, Email List icon, E-mail List icon

Anna Maria Island Maps–Addresses Beginning with L-O…

 

Directions to Island Real Estate Vacation Rentals Addresses Beginning with L-O. Click on the link and Google maps will assist you in finding your way to your Anna Maria Island vacation rental. 

LCC, Unit #1, 7300 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, FL 34217

LCC, Unit #3, 7306 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, FL 34217

LCC, Unit #4, 7308 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, FL 34217

LCC, Unit #6, 7312 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, FL 34217

LCC, Unit #7, 7314 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, FL 34217

LCC, Unit #9, 7318 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, FL 34217 

L’Plage 6430, 6430 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

Mango Breeze, 141 50th St, Holmes Beach, Fl 34217

NBV Unit #27, 6250 Holmes Blvd, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

NBV, Unit #55, 6250 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, FL 34217

NBV Unit #63, 6250 Holmes Blvd, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

NBV, Unit #72, 6250 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, FL 34217

OBV, Unit #3, 114 4th St S, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217

OPT, Unit #202, 2700 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, FL 34217 

Anna Maria Island Maps–Addresses Beginning with A-F

Click on the link to find Google Map directions to assist you in finding your Anna Maria Island vacation rental!

Almost Gulf, 203A 69th St, Holmes Beach, Fl 34217

AMIC14, 2600 Gulf Dr., Bradenton Beach, FL 34217

AMIC17, 2600 Gulf Dr., Bradenton Beach FL, 34217

AMIC18, 2600 Gulf Dr., Bradenton Beach, FL 34217

AMIC40, 2600 Gulf Dr., Bradenton Beach, FL 34217

BBC Unit B, 1704 North Gulf Dr., Bradenton Beach, FL 34217

Beach View Unit #4, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

Beach View Unit #5, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

Bermuda Bay Club #12, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217

Bermuda Bay Club #26, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217

BHR Unit #4, 1000 Gulf Dr., Bradenton Beach, FL 34217

Blue Lagoon #1, Unit Coquina, 6602 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, FL 34217

Blue Lagoon #2, Unit Sand Dollar, 6604 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, FL 34217

Blue Lagoon #3, Unit Egret, 6606 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, FL 34217

Blue Lagoon #4, Loggerhead, 217 67th St., Holmes Beach, FL 34217

Blue Lagoon #5, Sandpiper, 213 67th St., Holmes Beach, FL 34217

Cayman Cay, Unit #207, 4307 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, FL 34217

Cayman Cay Unit 203, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

 

Anna Maria Island Maps–Addresses Beginning in 6-9

Click on the link to allow Google Maps to assist you in finding directions to your Anna Maria Island vacation rental home.

602 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

606 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

611 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217

619 Rose St, Anna Maria, Fl 34216

620 Rose Street, Anna Maria, FL 34216

6301A Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, FL 34217

6301 B Holmes Blvd, Holmes Beach, Fl 34217

632 Emerald Lane, Holmes Beach, Fl 34217

6407 Gulf Dr., Unit A, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

6407 Gulf Dr., Unit B, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

700 Jacaranda, Anna Maria, FL 34216

7100 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, FL 34217

717 Jacaranda, Anna Maria, FL 34216

721 North Shore Drive, Anna Maria, FL 34216

730 Holly Road, Anna Maria, FL 34216

7302 Palm Drive, Holmes Beach FL, 34217

738 North Shore Drive, Anna Maria, FL 34216

744 North Shore Dr., Anna Maria, FL 34216

748 North Shore Dr, Anna Maria, FL 34216

779 Jacaranda Rd., Anna Maria, FL 34216

801 North Shore Drive, Anna Maria, FL 34216

810 North Shore Drive, Anna Maria, FL 34216

838 South Bay Blvd, Anna Maria, FL 32416

871 North Shore Drive, Anna Maria, FL 34216

890 North Shore Drive, Anna Maria, FL 34216

901 North Shore Dr., Anna Maria, FL 34216

Anna Maria Island Maps–Addresses Beginning with 4-5

Click on the link to launch directions through Google Maps to help you find your Anna Maria Island vacation rental.

4002 6th Ave., Holmes Beach, FL 34217

407 80th St, Holmes Beach, Fl 34217

408 80th St., Holmes Beach, FL 34217

411 63rd Street, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

412 South Bay Blvd, Anna Maria, FL 34216

414 A Magnolia Avenue, Anna Maria, FL 34216

414 B Magnolia Avenue, Anna Maria, FL, 34216

420 Spring Avenue, Anna Maria, FL 34216

4808A Gulf Dr., Unit A, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

504 69th St., Holmes Beach, FL 34217

504 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

514 68th Street, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

516 68th Street, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

525 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

5613 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, FL 34217

5802 De Palmas Avenue, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

5802 Imperiore, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

Anna Maria Island Manatee Public Beach

The Anna Maria Island Manatee Public Beach is very popular!

Manatee Public Beach

located in Holmes Beach, it allows for easy access since it is at the end of Manatee Avenue/SR64. This is one of three access points to the island.

The Public Beach boasts a very large FREE parking area that handles 120 parking spots however there are plenty of times that the parking is not adequate for the demand. Manatee Avenue does have additional street parking, however, be sure to mind no parking signs. There is a trolley stop at the public beach too!

Manatee Public Beach offers great amenities.  Lifeguards, showers, volleyball courts, playground, swings, slides, gift shop, bathrooms, concessions, and covered eating area with picnic tables make this a great beach spot.  It’s a great place to spend an afternoon people watching, or just relaxing at the beach with family.

The public beach is officially 900 feet in width although it’s difficult for even locals to see where the park really ends since the entire island has public beaches. Within a walk to the beach is a popular restaurant called Skinny’s that serves alcoholic drinks and concessions.  Bring plenty of water and some snacks for children as the heat can quickly take its toll on active children.  For more information call Manatee County Parks and Recreation Department at (941) 742-5923.

Manatee Public Beach
Enjoying a swim at Manatee Public Beach Access

 

Silhouettes at Sunset~May 11, 2008

Walking on water

Enjoy the Sunset and Happy Mother’s Day !

Sheriff Steve Stewart ~ Anna Maria, FL

Even Steve Stewart from our local Sheriff’s department from the city of Anna Maria was able to mix business with pleasure and enjoy the sunset as he maintained our “safe haven”! Steve sends a special “Happy Mother’s Day” to his mom. Continue reading Silhouettes at Sunset~May 11, 2008