So here’s what I would do if I wasn’t working today! I would drive past my office in Holmes Beach and head straight to Bay Front Park in Anna Maria, unload my bicycle and go for a ride. As my stomach starts to grumble with hunger I would stop at the Rod N Reel Pier for some breakfast. Remember that breakfast is the most important meal of the day even if you’re eating bacon, eggs, & home fries at your favorite island restaurant.
After breakfast it’s time for a little adventure so I would go see my friends at Yolo Parasail for a relaxing boat ride and sky high view of Anna Maria Island. If you have never been parasailing off the coast of Anna Maria Island you should put it on your to do list!
As the morning comes to an end and the afternoon is just about to begin I would go soak up some rays on Holmes Beach for a couple of hours while looking at the amazing pictures I took from my parasailing adventure. If you are at one of the public beaches you can enjoy some ice cream too.
Now it’s time to go see my good friends at Segs By The Sea in Bradenton Beach for a SEGWAY tour. We start our tour on Bridge Street and head to the beach. Travelling south along the paved beach path through Coquina Beach and up over the Longboat Key Bridge and back. If you have never been on a SEGWAY before don’t worry one of the fabulous tour guides will teach you how to ride, and in about five minutes you will be comfortable and confident on a SEGWAY.
As the Sun is setting on our return trip to Bridge Street the day is almost over but the night is just beginning and now I’m hungry once again. In the mood for good food and live music I head just a couple of doors down to The Blue Marlin where I meet friends and family for diner & drinks. The Blue Marlin is famous for their fresh fish & seafood that they purchase daily from local seafood markets. I’m not the biggest seafood lover but absolutely love the burgers, steak sandwich, and of course ice cold beer outside in the Trap Yard where on the weekends you can enjoy live entertainment from local musicians.
So that’s what I would do if I wasn’t working in paradise today… But I am working today at Island Real Estate on Anna Maria Island and would like to get you here too!
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The National Clean Beaches Coalition has awarded it’s highest rating of “Blue Waters” to the five beaches on Anna Maria Island. This certification is granted by the Washington D.C. based council. A ceremony was held Wednesday November 14th at Coquina Beach where the five “Blue Water” flags were given to city officials by coalition founder Walter McLeod signaling that our beaches are healthy and clean. These flags will fly over the certified beaches of Coquina Beach, Cortez Beach, Manatee and Holmes Beach and Anna Maria Beach.
These five local beaches were chosen based on criteria and extensive testing that include water quality, beach and intertidal conditions, safety, services, animal habitat conservation and erosion management. This Clean Beaches Coalition is the first national environmental certification of beaches.
Locals are thrilled yet not surprised at the award – we know we have the best and cleanest beaches anywhere!
This is the Island Real Estate photo contest result. Drum roll please…. The above sandcastle photo was taken by Heather Reece, of her daughter Rose building a sandcastle on Anna Maria Island after a trip to Duffy’s.
Canons blasting and swords drawn, the Anna Maria Island Privateers led the annual 4th of July parade, tossing beads and candy from their ship as they sailed the entire length of Anna Maria Island. Organizations from all over Anna Maria Island were represented in the parade. Local merchants, music, and even Island Real Estate showed their patriotism by waving the red white and blue, and greeting the bystanders with toys and treats. Anna Maria Island Independence day is a must visit.
Anna Maria Island is the best place to celebrate the Independence Day, 3 nights of stunning firework displays lighting up the night sky, a parade, and the world’s best beaches you can’t go wrong. Just after dark on July 2nd at the Mar Vista Restaurant, July 3rd at the BeachHouse Restaurant & July 4 that the SandBar Restaurant the Chiles group hosted stunning fireworks displays for the celebration.
Do your children want to learn how to surf? Picture this; you relax on the beaches of Anna Maria Island as your children attend the free surf camp during your Anna Maria Island Vacation.
The Eternal Summer Surf Camp (ESSC) has been teaching children how to surf on Anna Maria Island since 2008. By their third year, they had over 300 kids sign up, and it’s now one of the largest surf camps IN THE WORLD!
Now, there are over 2,000 young attendees every summer.
But it’s not all about surfing to the ESSC, God also plays a huge role in their lessons. The Eternal Summer Surf Camp was founded by a few surfers who saw an opportunity to make Christ Relevant to kids through the instruction of surfing. Their “about” section on their website even states,
“Eternal Summer Surf Camp was started by a few surfers in Bradenton, Florida who saw an opportunity to use surfing as way of reaching kids for the Kingdom of God.”
Eternal Summer Surf Camp is a non-profit Christian surf camp that is free to kids, and operates solely on donations from generous people and organizations.
The camp typically starts the first Sunday of July, and is held every Sunday for 6 weeks. It’s two hours long, and they only require your child brings water and sunscreen. The boards will be provided.
When: Every Sunday beginning the first sunday of july for 6 CONSECUTIVE weeks Where: the beach off of White Avenue on the north end of Anna Maria Island. Time: 2pm – 4pm Price: free Parking: Parking is located in the parking lot at Crosspoint Church, directly across Gulf Drive from White Ave. You can also park in the dirt parking lot on the west side of Gulf drive and White Ave.
The word on the beach is that the weather is still extremely cold and nasty in most of the county. Imagine yourself spending your days on the beaches of Anna Maria Island soaking up the sun, swimming, enjoying water sports, or anything else that your heart desires. At night treat yourself to dinner and drinks at one of our exquisite Anna Maria Island restaurants.
Coquina Public Beach is located in Bradenton Beach just south of Bridge Street and spans all the way to the Long Boat Key Bridge. Coquina Beach is a local’s favorite beach on Anna Maria Island. For activities, there is a paved walk/bike path the entire length of the beach, and multiple volleyball courts.
A gorgeous beach, be sure to avoid swimming on the very southern tip of the island, obeying warning signs, as the water running under Longboat pass is strong with rip tides. Stay withing the large designated swimming area.
Coquina Public Beach has two public restrooms, concession stand and more than one lifeguard tower. There is also a lovely shaded grilling & picnic area, as well as a pirate ship playground on the beach for children. Make the most out of your Anna Maria Island vacation and visit all of our public beaches, leave us a comment here or on Facebook, and let us know which Anna Maria Island Beach is your favorite.
Bay Front Park is located at the north end of the Island in the City Of Anna Maria and is one of the quieter beaches on Anna Maria Island. Bay Front Park is the perfect place for a picnic, with covered tables, grills, public restrooms, and a playground on the beach for children everyone is happy.
Bay Front Park offers quite beaches, and spectacular views of the Sky Way Bridge, if you are coming from Bradenton take Manatee Avenue West to the beach. Once you have gone over the bridge onto Anna Maria Island make a right onto Gulf Drive. Keep heading north on Gulf Drive, when you come to the stop light in Holmes Beach make a right onto Marina Drive. You will head north on Marina Drive through Holmes Beach to The City of Anna Maria and make a right onto Pine Avenue, take Pine Avenue all the way to the stop sign, make a left onto North Bay Blvd and the park is on your right.
If you are already on the island or are enjoying your Anna Maria Island Vacation and would like to go to Bay Front Park or any other Anna Maria Island beaches take the Anna Maria Island Trolley its free.
Take a look at the video below, featuring a beautiful Blue Heron eating a fish at sunset on Coquina Beach. Coquina Public Beach is located in Bradenton Beach just south of Bridge Street at the south end of Anna Maria Island.
Manatee Public Beach is located in Holmes Beach where Manatee Avenue runs right into the Gulf of Mexico. Manatee Public Beach has free parking, picnic tables, public restrooms, a playground on the beach for children, a fishing pier, a café right on the beach with food and drinks, and a lifeguard on duty.
Manatee Public Beach is a great place to spend the day playing volleyball, fishing, swimming, or just relaxing in the Florida sun. If you are enjoying your Anna Maria Island Vacation and are in need of transportation jump aboard the Anna Maria Island Trolley(it’s free!!!) and can take you to all of Anna Maria Island’s Beaches. When you get hungry or feel like a cold drink you don’t even need to leave the beach, take a stroll to the café at Manatee Public Beach, they offer both inside and outside dining areas, I’m sure will find a sandwich or a tasty snack to cure your appetite. Next to the café is a gift shop with souvenirs and blow up rafts. Manatee Public Beach also has a small beach bar where you can grab a cold beer and watch the sun slowly slip away into the Gulf Of Mexico.