Anna Maria Island Summer beach rentals are the best way to enjoy the hottest season of the year! Here is our 2017 list of the best places to check out for your Summer getaway.
Anna Maria Island Summer Beach Rentals 2017
While Island Real Estate offers amazing gulf front luxury rentals, this list has more laid back options. These are definitely great for money conscious folks that are just looking to relax by the gulf. Summer is for enjoying time off without stress, and all these rentals are just perfect for that! From couples retreats to family getaway there is something for every group.
Safari Suite – Sleeps 4
Safari Suite is a great one bedroom Bradenton Beach condo just across the street from gulf beaches. This laid back unit offers a king bed and queen sleeper sofa. While this unit might be one bedroom, it won’t feel too cramped for groups of 4. Enjoy stainless steel appliances and nice peeks of the water from the open balcony.
Katie’s Beach Bungalow – Sleeps 5
Katie’s Beach Bungalow is a great old Florida cottage charmer. Located on the south end of AMI on a narrow portion of Bradenton Beach, this cottage is just a short walk to gulf beaches. Find a king, queen and day bed to sleep 5 guest in this 2 bedroom home. The backyard is like your own private oasis with a heated pool and spa, propane grill and plenty of room for lounging in the sun.
Villa 5 – Sleeps 6
Villa 5 is a two bedroom unit just a short walk from EVERYTHING in Bradenton Beach. Nestled in a quaint four unit complex this condo has all you need for an easy vacation by the coast. Walk to beaches, shopping, nightlife, dining and free trolley stops. Also enjoy the heated community pool and propane grills. Sleeps six guests with one king, one queen and a queen sleeper sofa.
Palm Gables – Sleeps 6
Palm Gables will make you very pleased. Here you’ll spaciously sleep 6 guests with three bedrooms. Find great amenities like stainless steel appliances, a heated community pool and open balcony with water views. This unit may only have a modest silver rating, but it truly offers a luxury beach experience.
Holly Jewel – Sleeps 6
Holly Jewel offers a lovely slice of island living just a short walk from secluded Bean Point beaches. This single family home has three bedrooms with a king, queen and two twin beds. Relax on the upstairs deck, or in the lush backyard looking over the canal.
Long board and Short board – Sleeps 6 each or 12 total.
Located on the popular White Avenue in the city of Anna Maria, Long board and Short board are fun for both large and small groups. White Avenue is one of the island’s most notorious surfing spots, so this duplex is aptly named. Each side sleeps 6 guests, or you can reserve the entire home for up to 12. There is a shared heated pool with a waterfall feature and lovely outdoor lounge. This house is perfect for a Summer vacation to Anna Maria Island.
Enjoy Summer while it lasts with one of our Anna Maria Island Summer Beach Rentals of 2017!
There are things locals always have to explain to Anna Maria Island vacationers. While you may be an expert at the island life, chances are at one time you were new to the scene.
14 Things Locals Always Have to Explain to Anna Maria Island Vacationers
Anna Maria Island is a quirky little island that both locals and vacationers love. Here are 14 things you may, or may not, have know about this place we call paradise.
1. Three cities
Anna Maria Island might only be seven miles long, but we have three distinct cities. The north end is called Anna Maria or the city of Anna Maria. In the middle we have Holmes Beach, and to the south Bradenton Beach. Each has it’s own vibe, but all are beautiful.
Sunblock is crucial, and you need to put it on BEFORE you get to the beach. Lather SPF on at least 20 minutes before you plan on being in the sun. REAPPLY every 2 hours. Yes you can get sunburned while in the water. The sun also reflects off the surface of the water and sand, so under an umbrella doesn’t make you safe from damaging rays. Higher SPF’s are better protection, and spray on sunblock, though convenient, typically isn’t as effective. Also, drink lots of water.
Please mind the wildlife and NEVER FEED THE GULLS. Don’t let the kids chase birds, stay away from turtle nests, and call Wildlife Inc. if you find injured or sick animals. Not only does Anna Maria Island have nesting sea turtles, but we have two species of tortoise. If you find a turtle on the beach and it doesn’t have flippers then leave it on the beach. It’s likely a box turtle or Gopher tortoise. They live in the dunes not the water. From May to October DO NOT leave anything on the beach, fill in holes and flatten sand castles. Be sure all beach facing lights are off, so nesting turtles and hatchlings don’t become disoriented.
Bugs happen. They just do. Invest in a bottle of deet spray if you are a mosquito magnet. Even the cleanest homes, shops and restaurants will have the occasional pest. Welcome to Florida! Luckily Florida also has Lizards, Geckos and a unique wildlife food chain to help keep bugs in check. Here is a link to the Manatee County Mosquito Control Schedule.
5. Where is the…
Before you come to the island, take a look at a map. You’ll notice there is really only one main road that runs the length of the island. It does change names, Gulf Drive, East Bay, Marina Drive, and isn’t necessarily straight, but it is the main drag. Often tourists wonder about getting lost, and ask how to get places. Getting around is extremely simple once you catch your bearings. The free trolley is a great way to get a feel for the area. Often if you are unsure where your destination is the trolley driver can help. Island Real Estate does offer local maps too!
6. Gators don’t like the beach
Yes, Florida is home to some crazy prehistoric, bite your arm off, big scary Alligators. However, salt water is not the natural habitat of the gator, and none have been spotted on AMI in decades. Ask any Anna Maria Island native and they’ll laugh at the idea of a gator on the beach. If you plan on visiting any fresh or brackish water (a mix of salt and fresh) that is an entirely different story. Any non-salt body of water is fair game for gators. Even if you don’t see “do not swim” signs near fresh water, it’s probably best to avoid getting in or near it.
7. Respect the Gulf of Mexico
While visiting the beach always check for the color coded swimming condition signs. The gulf is a powerful body of water. On a rough day even the strongest adult swimmers can be quickly caught up. Always use extreme caution, look for rip tide warning signage, swim with a buddy, and never allow children to swim without an adult. If your group has inexperienced swimmers consider avoiding the very northern beaches where under currents are strongest. Always respect the power of the gulf.
Yes, people do live on Anna Maria Island year round, and no they are not all fat, happy, tan retirees.
Anna Maria Island is a unique community. We have our own elementary school, people work full time jobs, and no our houses are not completely filled with tons of sand. Okay, maybe our houses have a little bit of sand though… The island community is unlike anywhere else in Florida. If you are looking to make the island your full time home contact an Island Real Estate Sales Agent!
Don’t even try to figure out EXACTLY what the weather is going to be like for your stay.
Trying to figure out the rain is like herding gators. Pointless and stressful. Visitors love to ask locals what they think the rain will be like. Nobody likes a vacation ruined by rain, but there isn’t one solid answer.
Predictions change regularly, but some trends are constant. Florida is a sub-tropical climate so we get rain all seasons of the year. During the summer months we have rain roll in around 4-5pm, almost daily, for an hour and then it clears before sunset. Late summer is usually the wettest. Winter is mild. Spring and Fall are warm and sometimes hot.
Hurricane season lasts from June 1st through November 30th. If you get travel insurance for your trip you’ll be covered for evacuations due to named storms. The great thing about modern weather tracking is the ability to closely monitor large storms. In the rare event that the island needs to be evacuated you’ll have ample time to do so.
10. Don’t collect live shells.
Shells play an important roll to local ecosystems. Collecting living shells is not only illegal without permit, but ethically in poor judgement. You must hold a saltwater fishing license to collect any living shell including Sand Dollars, Starfish, Whelks, Conchs, Urchin and many others. Bag limits are 2 per person per a day.
People love to collect Sand Dollars, but be sure they are white in color as these ones are already dead. Living Sand Dollars will be more of a gray color. It is okay to gently touch them but please put them right back.
While beach combing is relaxing and fun please don’t over collect dead shells. Limit yourself to less than a quart size container. Even dead shells play an important roll in the gulf. If you take all the dead shells where will hermit crabs live?
11. Pick it up!
Don’t leave any trash on the beach. Millions of sea and shore birds around the world die every year due to ingesting plastics and garbage. Sea life can become entangled too. Trash on the beach isn’t just dangerous, but unsightly. If you do see trash, do your part to help, and pick it up!
12. Stingray Shuffle
The Stingray shuffle might sound like a funny dance move, but it is a sure way to avoid a ray run-in. Stingrays are extremely non-aggressive animals but they carry a unique defense mechanism. By simply shuffling your feet you can avoid a painful trip to the beach.
13. Where to park.
Parking can be limited on Anna Maria Island, but we have a few suggestions. First, if you can avoid driving and use alternatives such as the Trolley, Uber and local shuttles you won’t have to deal with parking. Here is our guide to alternative transportation.
Also be sure to read our Anna Maria Parking Guide to help you find less popular parking areas and avoid getting a ticket too!
14. Anna Maria Island Vacation Rentals
Anna Maria Island vacation rentals are absolutely fantastic! AMI offers a huge selection of rentals and none are too far from the beach! Typically rentals are offered Saturday to Saturday and ALL beach rentals have a 3 night minimum. Book your next stay today!
Now you can enjoy your next Anna Maria Island vacation in the know. You won’t even have to ask the things locals always have to explain to Anna Maria Island vacationers!
Summer is here and you need to do something fun with the kids! Here is our list of 5 Anna Maria Island Vacation Rentals kids will love visiting.
5 Anna Maria Island Vacation Rentals Kids will LOVE
Sure, everyone needs a little downtime to relax and do nothing, but the entire Summer doesn’t have to be filled with your kid’s face stuck in an electronic devise. Give your little ones the best beach adventure of their childhood with these 5 great Anna Maria Island beach rentals!
In addition to these 5 suggestions we snuck in 2 extra options just like you sneaky parents that try to add a vegetable into your kids meal. (We see you with that butter pasta and broccoli.)
The name of this rental tells it all! Fun in the Sun is a great spot for a kids Summer vacation. Here you’ll find plenty of space for up to six guests with one king, one queen and two twin beds. Enjoy the sparkling backyard pool with a fun fountain feature and covered lounge area. Inside you’ll find a DVD player with movies, or rent a new release from the Red Box at Publix super market or CVS Pharmacy.
Not only is Fun in the Sun just a short walk to the beach, but it’s also near free trolley stops. Kids adore riding the free trolley!
Playa Casanas North is a no frills beach rental where kids can play like kids. Enjoy direct gulf front accommodations in this cozy low key destination. All parents know that getting ready for a beach trip can be a pain, but when you have a rental right there everything becomes easier. You don’t have to worry about packing the cooler, snagging a parking spot or finding a bathroom. When mom and dad can relax everyone has a better time.
Inside Playa Casanas North you’ll find a queen bed, two twins and a queen sleeper sofa. One of the nice features of this rental is the price point is extremely reasonable for the amazing location. Give your kids a beach vacation that won’t break the bank. If you plan on vacationing with relatives or another family rent Playa Casanas South too!
This beach rental will have both kids and parents in love with island living. This spacious 5 bedroom home comfortably sleeps 12 guests, and is only separated from the beach by 6 houses! Mom and dad will love the style and luxury amenities of this platinum rated home. Banyan Breeze is colorful with a touch of beach whimsy.
Of the 5 rooms, one bedroom offers two twins and another offers a bunk bed. There are plenty of options for kids to sleep comfortably without having to share a bed with a sibling or cousin.
This is a great laid back beach rental for when you just need to get away and relax on the beach. You’ll find 2 bedrooms with a queen, two twins and a queen sleeper sofa. Nothing about Turtle Nest is “too fancy” for the kids, but you’ll still find great amenities.
Turtle Nest is a duplex, but you’ll have your own private pool and outdoor shower. The kids will think the little turtle in the bottom of the pool is super cute! On the other half of this duplex you’ll find Sunray, which is equally as laid back and accommodating.
North Beach Village 54 is a fun rental updated Spring of 2017. Here you’ll find everything for a comfortable stay for 6 with 3 bedrooms and a den. There is one king, one queen, a twin/double bunk and one twin and a day bed. None of the kids will have to share a bed, and they will love you for it!
The decor is colorful and beachy, so the kids will feel right at home. Plus your right next to the community pool! Bring your dogs up to 25 pounds for this Summer getaway.
Every kid needs a trip to the beach during the Summer! Plan a trip your kids will be talking about for years to come with one of these Anna Maria Island Vacation Rentals Kids will LOVE.
For decades now, researchers have studied and proven the health benefits of green space, but more recent findings point to blue space as a far superior influence on the health of people and communities.
What is green space and blue space?
Green space is a term referring to an area of grass, trees and foliage often found in urban areas. Green spaces are typically created for recreational, aesthetic and environmental purposes. Blue space is similar to green space, but refers to rivers, marinas, ponds, lakes, fountains, oceans and bodies of natural or man made water.
Both green and blue spaces have a great impact on human health, but a 2016 study has concluded that blue spaces have greater benefits than green spaces. Researchers note that blue space has a much more dramatic effect on our mental health than green space. People feel less depression and psychological distress with blue space. While green space does have benefits, blue space has more of a profound impact.
Blue space makes people healthy and happy.
A trip to Anna Maria Island is the blue space you need. There are tons of reasons why spending time with the clear blue gulf waters surrounding the island are good for your health!
Blue spaces gives us down time.
It seems like everyday our brains and lives are filled with things to do, schedules to stick with and obligations to complete. When you visit Anna Maria Island you get time to relax and unwind from the stress. Everybody needs down time to do nothing, think about nothing and quietly gaze at the blue gulf waters.
Blue space makes us calm.
Staring at liquid blue brings us to a state of calm. Watching the waves crash, smelling the salt air and feeling the warm breezes all lull us into a perfect state of calm and serenity.
Blue space is uplifting to our emotions.
Enjoying blue water views sends the blues away. Blue space has proven to help with depression. Everyone gets a little down, and for some, depression and anxiety are a daily battle. Spending time at the beach with water helps clear negative thoughts and emotions that lead to depression. Perhaps looking at such a large blue body of water like the gulf makes our own problems seem small in comparison to the great big world.
Blue space makes us more creative.
It’s hard not to be inspired by blue hues. The beauty of water is memorizing and lets our brain drift to our aspirations. Those who spend time meditating on blue scenes are better able to unlock the creative portions of their brain. When you aren’t feeling the stress and worries of daily life, your brain can take a step back and re-approach problems and ideas from a more creative perspective.
Blue space brings people closer together.
When you visit these spaces with friends and loved ones its hard not to form closer emotional bonds. The collective experience of enjoying blue space is infections like the domino affect of a yawn. The color blue is psychologically associated with honesty, loyalty and trust so its easy to see how blue surroundings can make us feel those emotions toward our friends and family.
Many studies site blue as the most popular favorite color, so it’s no wonder that people love these environments. Anna Maria Island is surrounded by blue making it the perfect place to get a dose of the blue stuff!
An Anna Maria Island 4th of July beach vacation should be on everyone’s bucket list! What better way to spend the day than relaxing while the family enjoys swimming in the gulf on a hot Summer day?
Anna Maria Island 4th of July Beach Vacation
4th of July on Anna Maria Island is an experience unlike any other holiday. There’s a buzz of excitement in the air that words just can’t explain. A feeling like the day will be one you’ll never forget.
4th of July beach prep
This holiday is one of the busiest beach days every year, so you’ll want to come prepared. The biggest benefit of planning a vacation centered around Independence Day is you’ll already be on the island, so you won’t have to fight traffic. Smart right? Even better, since you’ll be staying in a vacation rental so close to the beach, you can pick your spot ahead of the crowd!
Find some really great deals on 4th of July beach rentals at IslandReal.com!
Plan on purchasing everything you’ll need one or two days prior. Why stress last minute? Beach vacations are supposed to be relaxing.
Be sure to put on Sunblock 20 minutes before you’ll be in the sun, and re-apply every two hours. Over exposure to the sun can cause symptoms such as fever and nausea. A sunburn is a sure way to ruin a beach vacation.
The Privateers 4th of July Parade
Every year The Privateers, a non-profit organization, host the Anna Maria Island 4th of July parade. There is nothing better than a small town parade, and this one is fun and heart warming. Starting on the south end of the island on Coquina Beach the parade runs the entire length of the island ending at Pine Avenue in the city of Anna Maria. Catch candy and beads and be sure to watch out for the squirt guns! This family fun event is free and starts at 10am.
Hanging out on the beach
Since the parade ends around noon you’ll have the entire rest of the day to wait for the evenings fireworks. This is when all the fun really happens!
For something different at the beach try renting a paddle board or even beach games from one of the many great rental companies on AMI. Find some suggested here.
Obviously you’ll want to have some great food and drink items. We have put together a list of great picnic and dining ideas along with a fun selection of beach games on Pinterest.
Sandbar Fireworks Display
While enjoying an Anna Maria Island 4th of July beach vacation you’ll get the chance to catch a great show on the beach! The only fireworks allowed on the beach are Sparklers. However, you can gather along the coast and catch the Sandbar Restaurant’s annual display. From just about anywhere on the beach you’ll have a view of the fireworks, but for a real fun time purchase tickets for a front row view. Follow this AMI fireworks guide to book your seat!
When you visit the beach for this holiday you’re sure to feel like you Independence Day is complete with fun, family and beach time. Plan your Anna Maria Island 4th of July beach vacation today!
Here are 6 ways to celebrate World Oceans Day on Anna Maria Island. While the powder fine sand and blue water on Anna Maria Island are worth celebrating everyday, follow our guide on how to help keep AMI waterways beautiful on this special day.
6 Ways to Celebrate World Oceans Day on Anna Maria Island
It’s easy to help keep Anna Maria Island beautiful. Follow our guide for World Oceans Day, not just on June 8th, but eveyday!
Clean it up!
The best way to celebrate World Oceans Day is by picking up garbage on the beach. Even though our beaches are wonderfully pristine, there is a good chance you probably encounter at least a little bit of garbage every time you visit. Today be the change, and pick it up!
You don’t have to spend hours walking along the coastline to feel like you made a difference. If you only spend two minutes picking up trash you have helped! You’ll be amazed at how much stuff you’ll find in even a short period of time. As you look for garbage on the beach check out clumps of seaweed and the areas around sea oats. Litter and trash tend to get caught up in these areas. However, be sure to keep off the sand dunes and sea oats as they are a very fragile and important environment.
When you start picking up trash there’s a good chance onlookers will see you, and be more cautious about their own garbage. You may even find your actions cause others to join in!
Every year millions of birds and marine animals die from ingesting or becoming entangled in plastics and litter. The health of these animals depends on you to help!
Another great way to help save the Oceans is by donating to organizations who support this cause. Mote Marine Laboratory is a fantastic organization that will be accepting donations for World Oceans Day. They will be hosting a 48 hour giving event June 2-4, but donations are welcome any time!
Mote Marine is an amazing facility that not only works to save Marine life, but educates people of all ages about the unique species and environments in Florida. Every year they rescue tons of endangered sea turtles along with many other programs that help humans gain better understanding of the world.
Practice Responsible Boating
A great way to help world Oceans is by boating responsibly. Never throw garbage into the water, and if you see floating debris try to pick it out. Be sure trash is in a safe receptacle to ensure it doesn’t blow off into waterways.
In Florida it is safe to say all bodies of water have marine animals. Always be aware of your surroundings when boating, and be on the lookout for wildlife. Follow signage and idle zones marked specifically to warn of Manatees. Dolphins, Manatees and Sea Turtles are too often hit by boat propellers. Do your best to avoid speeding through the areas where they are known to live.
Keep your boat in areas that are appropriate for your make and model of vessel. Running your boat aground in Florida waterways can damage sea grasses that provide food and shelter to marine life. Never tie your boat up to Mangroves or allow your anchor to drag through reef environments.
Eat Sustainable Seafood
Sustainable Seafood is always the best alternative. Sure we all love those high-end Tuna cuts, but there are so many different species of seafood that often go over looked.
Over fishing is a global problem. Without careful conservation some species could disappear from the worlds oceans in just a few decades. When you choose sustainable fish you choose healthy oceans.
There are many questions to ask when purchasing sustainable fish. Was it net or line caught? was it farm raised or wild? Domestic or import? Asking these questions to your local fish monger will allow you to find more ethically sourced seafood.
You can help reduce the effects of climate change on our oceans by reducing your carbon footprint. This isn’t a new idea, and there are tons of ways to be mindful of your energy use. Leave your car and walk or bike when you can. This is easy to do on Anna Maria Island! Everyone knows you can bike all over, hop on the free trolley, or even walk to your destination while visiting the Island.
Other ways to reduce your energy consumption include taking the stairs, switching to compact fluorescent light bulbs, and don’t over set your thermostat. Making tiny efforts to change the way you consume energy is a great way to reduce carbon and the negative effects of climate change on world oceans
Take time to learn about oceans and waterways, and inspire others to help make a difference. When you learn how oceans are vital to a healthy earth you’ll find yourself taking steps to protect it.
Visit local aquariums, science centers and wildlife attractions dealing with marine life. Educate yourself about oceans then take your knowledge and inspire others to help save the ocean!
Do your part this year and celebrate World Oceans Day on Anna Maria Island!
An Anna Maria Island 4th of July Beach Rental makes for a fabulous summer vacation! There is no better way to celebrate American independence than relaxing on the beach.
Top 10 Anna Maria Island 4th of July Beach Rentals
While the island is fun and relaxing year round, 4th of July is a great time to visit. During your stay you’ll find the small town Independence Day Parade starting in the morning. Then at night enjoy the fireworks display at the Sandbar Restaurant too!
It’s not too late to book your Anna Maria Island 4th of July Beach Rental. We have put together this fantastic list of the best places to stay for the holiday July 1-8. You’ll find a variety of options to fit any size group. From direct gulf front luxury to laid back old Florida cottages these 10 Anna Maria Island beach rentals are fun and relaxing!
North Beach Village 54 – Sleeps 6
North Beach Village 54 is new to the Island Real Estate vacation rental program. This lovely town home is about two blocks from gulf beaches, and offers a heated community pool. The three bedrooms offer plenty of space for everyone to spread out plus much of the furnishings and decor are brand new. Dogs up to 25 pounds welcome with pet fee.
Palm Isle Village 3201 – Sleeps 6
The adorable Palm Isle Village 3201 was recently remodeled with a fun pastel coastal style. It’s just across the street from gulf beaches and offers a central location near free trolley stops, shopping, dining and the popular Manatee Public Beach Access. This two bedroom unit offers a heated community pool, roof top views and two bathrooms. Your family will love this Holmes Beach rental!
Island Oasis – Sleeps 10 – 20% Off base rate!
Island Oasis is a large family home with 5 bedrooms. This Holmes Beach rental is where island luxury and family time collide for an unforgettable experience. During your stay you’ll be 5 houses from the beach, but you still have amazing gulf views from the roof top balcony. The backyard offers a heated pool and spa with waterfall feature. You’ll love the covered lounge area complete with propane grill, flat screen television and pool table. Pets under 25 pounds welcome with pet fee.
Heron – Dolphin – Sleeps 8 – 20% Off base rate!
Heron – Dolphin is a laid back duplex less than two blocks from coveted Bean Point beaches. Sleeping 8 guests total, each unit offers 2 bedrooms and 2 baths. The backyard has a shared heated pool and spa, two propane grills and plenty of seating. These units are great for two smaller families looking to enjoy paradise together. You can also rent just one individual unit for groups of four or less.
Sunset Beach 204 – Sleeps 4
Sunset Beach 204 is a lovely condo in south Holmes Beach. Here you’ll enjoy direct beach views in a quiet gulf front setting. This unit offers a screened lanai balcony looking over the heated community pool and the beach too! During your stay you’ll feel right at home. Gulf front rentals are highly sought after for 4th of July weekend making this a popular spot for the holiday. You’ll find this unit extremely accommodating for four guests with two bedrooms and two baths.
Captain’s House – Sleeps 6
Captain’s House is a fun three bedroom rental with a touch of that old Florida charm visitors love. Here you’ll find many recently updated amenities perfectly mixing with a classic Florida style of architecture. The backyard is a nice area to relax around the sparkling pool while cooking a 4th of July barbecue on the grill. This Holmes Beach location is just a short walk from shopping, dining and free trolley stops too.
Water’s Edge 105 S – Sleeps 4
Water’s Edge 105 S is just steps away from beautiful Gulf of Mexico beaches. This updated one bedroom unit sleeps up to four guests comfortably with one king bed and a queen Murphy bed. The community heated pool looks directly over the beach for a perfectly peaceful spot to relax during the holiday. This complex also offers elevators to make moving luggage a breeze.
La Casa Marie – Sleeps 6
La Casa Marie is located in the exclusive La Casa Costiera complex on direct gulf front. You’ll be steps from the beach! This luxury condo offers a fun colorful style, wet bar with wine chiller and many high-end finishes. Your balcony offers glimpses of the gulf and those amazing salty breezes. You’ll be able to see the Sandbar fireworks display from the beach front of La Casa Marie during your stay.
East Winds – West Winds Sleeps 16
East Winds and West Winds are both lovely single family home just a few blocks walk from gulf beaches. Everything you look for in a family vacation destination is waiting at these homes. Everyone can really spread out here and enjoy a comfortable getaway. East Winds is perfect for those groups that have lots of kids because one guest room offers two sets of bunks and the den has a bunk bed too!West Winds is equally accommodating to families. Relax in the backyards with the pool and fire up the grill. Reserve one of these units for smaller groups of 8 or both to sleep 16!
Enjoy the holiday like you’ve never before and reserve the perfect beach destination with Island Real Estate! An Anna Maria Island 4th of July beach rental is the ultimate way to bring family together while celebrating American freedom!
Here are 5 restaurants that will transform your Anna Maria Island vacation! While the beautiful beaches, friendly people and luxury family beach rentals are plenty to rave about, the island has a few eateries that truly affect the way travelers feel about AMI.
Restaurants that will Transform your Anna Maria Island Vacation
There is one thing people all over the world have in common. Eating. Everyone requires nourishment. However, food isn’t just a requirement, it’s often an emotional experience that started before you were even born.
Many of us can think back on meals that effect us on an emotional level. Like that casserole your mother made every Sunday when you were a kid. The way your husband makes that secret barbecue sauce recipe before firing up the grill. Or even that special meal you had during your travels in Florida.
These Anna Maria Island restaurants are the exact place to go for that meal you’ll think of years from now. These are flavors and feelings you’ll take home and tell all your friends about. Not only are these restaurants full of fantastic menu items, but they offer a glimpse into the island life. Each has a culture all of it’s own, but still connects with those unique local island vibes.
Rod & Reel Pier – Seafood with a view.
The Rod & Reel Pier has been serving up traditional Florida fare since 1947. Wonder up to the bay side of north Anna Maria, and you’ll find what looks like an old house on a small old fishing pier. There’s always people fishing and lounging outside enjoying the gorgeous views of Tampa bay, Egmont Key and the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. This is a nice place to relax. The crowd is a mix of locals and tourists and everything is low key.
The menu at Rod & Reel is indicative of a typically simple and casual Florida eatery. Find basics like chicken wings, peel and eat shrimp and a Grouper sandwich. Each day you’ll find a different selection of fresh fish grilled, blackened or fried served with mango chutney or garlic butter.
This is the spot for a no frills meal with cold beers. Service moves at its own pace. The staff might be friendly, or they might be salty. Either way just relax and go with the flow. There is a bar downstairs and a dining room up top. Locals tend to prefer the bar seating. The beer selection is limited and mostly domestic, but this spot isn’t about fancy brews. Its about the experience of eating on beautiful blue waters, enjoying warm weather, doing a little lazy Florida fishing, and relaxing island style.
The Sandbar – Sunsets and Tourists
The Sandbar is the quintessential island dining experience. Toes in the sand dining room, sun burnt to a crisp tourists, fruity frozen cocktails and sunsets so pretty you just can’t even believe your eyes. This type of restaurant experience is why you decided on a Florida vacation!
The menu is more eclectic than one might expect from a touristy destination. A little bit of everything from southern home cooking to high-end seafood. Find things like shrimp and grits, sliders, fish tacos and even caviar too! The Seafood tower is a great option for tasting a variety of seafood including lobster tail, seasonal crab, shrimp, oysters, clams and smoked fish dip. Along with a lovely menu, The Sandbar offers a full service bar and a fantastic wine menu.
When you are looking for that fun beach bar vibe with a family friendly atmosphere, good food and accommodating service head over to The Sandbar in Anna Maria. There’s nothing like sitting in a crowd of happy vacationers all relaxing and watching the sunset while enjoying a great meal on the gulf.
Bridge Tender Inn – Salty characters and local culture.
The Bridge Tender Inn is where you’ll find a salty good time with funky local characters and some pretty decent food too. Finding those places that the locals frequent are what really makes a vacation feel authentic. Yes the touristy places are super fun. However, you have to find the local hangouts to really get a feel for an area, and this is one of them!
The Bridge Tender is nestled along north Sarasota Bay at the end of Historic Bridge Street. They offer both indoor and outdoor seating with a bar on the water and one inside too. There is nothing up-tight about this restaurant. Everyone is laid back and having a good time. The no frills staff are eager to please and have fun too, but not without a little of that salt life attitude only Floridians have.
The menu has something for everyone. Find crab cakes, burgers, Grouper and sandwiches. A lot of pub grub type of items, but with some nicer selections like roast duck and steaks.
The Bridge Tender Inn is extremely family friendly, but is open late to accommodate those looking for night life. From time to time you’ll find live music, and during Football season you’ll find a lot of Packers fans watching the games.
Grab a rum and coke and a crab cake and sit back with a view of the bay and the Anchorage. The Anchorage is the area in North Sarasota Bay where many year round residents anchor their various house boats. For many the Anchorage is not only home, but a way of life. If you hang out at the Bridge Tender long enough you’re sure to meet an Anchorage character.
Beach Bistro – Fancy fine dining and beach views.
The Beach Bistro is an award winning gulf front restaurant that will leave you amazed. Nestled in Resort 66 in Holmes Beach, the Bistro has been providing the island with fine dining since 1985. You won’t find anything else like it on Anna Maria Island and the locals will agree!
Here the menu offers only the finest ingredients. Find items like fresh caught seafood Bouillabaisse, foie gras, steaks and lobster too. Everything is of the highest quality as owner Sean Murphy’s primary goal has always been the pursuit of perfection. Along with an award winning menu, you’ll find an outstanding wine selection and a lovely full service bar.
Not a large restaurant the dining room offers an intimate setting great for celebrations, romantic evenings and special occasions of all sorts. Service at the Beach Bistro is above average in every way. You’ll truly feel taken care of as your server and support staff guide you through an amazing dining experience. Because the Beach Bistro has been serving the island for decades, you’ll always find locals enjoying their evenings here. It’s not uncommon for Sean Murphy to stop by your table as he loves meeting his guests in person.
Anna Maria Island has such a laid back feel that even this fine dining establishment still feels warm and welcoming. This dining experience is truly one of a kind.
Star Fish Company Restaurant and Market – The “real” old Florida.
Located in one of the countries oldest fishing villages, Starfish Market is an absolute must when visiting Anna Maria Island. The Cortez Fishing Village is located just over the Cortez bridge from the island. Everyday boats hull in fresh caught fish and seafood to feed Florida and beyond.
As you make your way from the main road through the village you’ll find quaint old cottages, tons of boats and a quiet neighborhood setting. Generations of families have been fishing from the shores in this community and it’s apparent as you look around. Many of the fishermen working for the Starfish fleet live in the village. You’ll feel like you have been transported back in time while in Cortez.
Star Fish offers both a restaurant and market. All restaurant seating is outdoors along the water where the fishing boats are kept. You’ll literally watch the days catch coming to dock while dining here.
The Menu is simple, fresh and classic old Florida Seafood. Find Gulf Shrimp, Grouper, Smoked Mullet and clams. Seasonal favorites include Stone Crab claws and Spiny Lobster. The side dishes are nothing but southern with cole slaw, hush puppies and grits. Order at the bar, find a table and the staff will call your name when the order is ready. Food is served in crisp white paper boxes. Bring cash!
Dining at Star Fish is something special. Sitting on North Sarasota Bay eating local seafood, watching the salt beaten boats come in, and Pelicans looking for a handout. This is the essence of what Florida once was, and continues to live on at Starfish.
These are the restaurants that will transform your Anna Maria Island Vacation in ways you never thought!
From mingling with locals, to enjoying a sunset with a group of strangers, to an intimate fine dining experience. Enjoy the true authentic flavor of the island life on your next Anna Maria Island getaway!
Anna Maria Island is the perfect ladycation beach destination for your squad. From beautiful beaches to fantastic accommodations and activities, the island is an amazing spot to gather your best gal pals and relax in paradise.
Anna Maria Island is the Perfect Ladycation
While on Anna Maria Island you and your girl friends will have a blast. Follow this great ladycation beach guide for an authentic beach experience! No matter your age or where you are from, women always know how to have fun on island time!
Beaches and Outdoor Activities
While it’s no secret that Anna Maria Island has some of the best beaches in Florida, fewer know about the great outdoor adventures available.
When your gal group finally gets its fill of powder sand, sun kissed skin and turquoise gulf, try one of these outdoor activities.
Sup Yoga is a fun way to try your hand at both Paddle boarding while getting a good relaxing stretch!
Horse Surfing is a great activity. There is nothing like riding a horse on the beach.
Nature walk at Robinson Preserve. Find Manatee Counties best green space just off Anna Maria Island.
Stroll the piers. Anna Maria Island offers three public piers. All are great for sight seeing, fishing and a meal with a view.
Dining and Nightlife
Anna Maria Island is home to many fantastic eateries and does offer a unique nightlife. You’re sure to find a great place for your gals to enjoy a glass of wine, fantastic food and fun conversation.
Just about anywhere you dine on island time, you’ll find the experience pleasant. From high-end gulf front seafood like the Beach Bistro to family friendly pizza joints like Oma’s. There is something for every taste.
When the sun sets its time to head out for drinks and entertainment. There are many night spots to try. Historic Bridge Street is a popular option for drinks and live music with places such as the Bridge Tender. In Holmes Beach you can find craft cocktails at The Doctors Office, and live music at Ugly Grouper.
One of the nicest features of Anna Maria Island is the free trolley service. From 6am to 10:30pm find free air-conditioned trolleys with one passing about every 20 minutes. This is not only great for those looking to visit the bars, but makes it easy to see and do everything stress free.
Salons and Shopping
Anna Maria Island is home to a ton of adorable locally owned boutiques and amazing full service salons.
While visiting Anna Maria Island you and your lady friends must do a little shopping. You’ll find unique shops all around the area. Grab the gang and head to Pine Avenue, the city center of Holmes Beach, Bridge Street and everywhere in between!
If your crew is into pampering, then Anna Maria Island Salons have you covered! From massages to full on make overs, you can have it all with this list of Salons and Spas.
Anna Maria Island Accommodations and Beach Rentals
Whatever your group budget, there are tons of beach rental options on Anna Maria Island. From direct beach front luxury to laid back villas and old cozy cottage charmers, there are hundreds of rentals to pick from. Because the island is a mile across at the widest, you’ll be close to the beach anywhere you stay. Check the selection of rentals below or see a full list here.
Bring the entire squad to My Sister’s Beach House.
Gal palling around at Tina’s Piece of Paradise.
A besties getaway at Appletini.
Once you and your friends visit you’ll understand exactly why Anna Maria Island is the Perfect Ladycation beach destination! Gather your gals, ditch the guys at home and plan your trip today!
An Anna Maria Island Memorial Day Beach Rental is an excellent way to celebrate with family and friends while enjoying the holiday! Memorial day is a time to not only reflect on those who lost their life defending America, but to enjoy the company of the ones you love.
Villa 1 is a quaint one bedroom condo just a short walk from gulf beaches, free trolley stops, shopping and dining. This small four unit condo building offers a community heated pool and grills too. Great for small families or even a couples getaway, this spot is premium.
Starfish Beach 3 – Sleeps 6
Starfish Beach 3 is a great two bedroom cottage style condo just a block from gulf beaches. During your stay you’ll love relaxing on the sand or swimming in the heated community pool. This home is well-equipped with everything your family will need for the perfect week in paradise.
Water Colors – Sleeps 8
If your family is looking for luxury then Water Colors is the spot for you! Everything about this four bedroom home is high-end. From the Anna Maria location to the decor and amenities you’re sure to be impressed. Enjoy roof top views of the gulf in addition to a lovely heated pool and spa. Pets up to 25 pounds welcome with pet fee.
Sunset Glow – Sleeps 10
Sunset Glow is a well-appointed family home with five bedrooms. Its just two blocks from gulf beaches and also nearby to free trolley stops. The backyard is great for a family get together with a propane grill, sun deck, covered lounge area, and a heated pool and spa. Dogs up to 50 pounds welcome with pet fee.
Almost Gulf Front – Sleeps 12
Your family will love spending time at Almost Gulf Front. This six bedroom home is less than two blocks to gulf beaches and offers a laid back tropical style. The spacious open floor plan is great for gathering your group all in one spot. In the backyard you’ll find a heated pool and salt spa. The covered lounge area has a fun Tiki bar vibe perfect for grilling up a Memorial Day Feast!
Enjoy a fun filled holiday with one of these great Anna Maria Island Memorial Dayt beach rentals from IslandReal.com!
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