Holmes Beach – Get ready for the 6th Eternal Summer Surf Camp on Anna Maria Island! Growing every year in popularity this season will be no different when hundreds of kids will be catching the waves. This free surfing camp will start June 29th and runs for 6 Sundays until Aug 3rd, from 2-4 pm. Surfers can register online by clicking here or sign up on the beach.
The event is taking place on the beach by the White Avenue beach access in Holmes Beach. This stretch of beach is known for its consistent waves and is very popular with the local surf community. If you’d like to get in the mood for surfing just watch the video from 2009. Warning: you will want to start NOW.
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.
The Eternal Summer Surf Camp is back on Anna Maria Island for their fourth year in a row. The Eternal Summer Surf Camp has been teaching children to surf on White Avenue every Sunday from 2pm – 4pm since the weekend of July 4th and will continue until the end of August.
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.
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.
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.
Grab your beach chairs, pack up a cooler and spend the day at the beach. It is eighty six degrees outside, the average water temperature this time of year is eighty five, and the sugar sand beaches on Anna Maria Island have never been more beautiful. Pristine beaches as far as my eyes can see, and everyone is enjoying their favorite outdoor activities.