ANNA MARIA ISLAND SUMMER 2018 TURTLE TALK 

Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch is a group coordinating with county, state and federal efforts in the conservation of sea turtles. The sea turtles to nest on the island will either be loggerhead or green sea turtles. Manatee and Sarasota County hosts the highest density of loggerhead nests in the Gulf of Mexico.
During turtle season, May 1 through Oct. 31, dedicated volunteers walk along Anna Maria Island to scan for distinct sea turtle tracks. Their job is seven days of the week with no holidays, requires special training, and includes early-morning walks along the beach. They walk along the sandy beach and waterline each day looking for any tracks a sea turtle may have left overnight. For more than thirty years volunteers have monitored twelve miles of Manatee shoreline. Their monitoring includes turtle activities, protecting the nests, and watching the hatchlings depart as they make their way into the Gulf of Mexico. They watch with the hope mature loggerheads will return in about 30 years.
Periodically Anna Maria Island Turtle Walk offers Free Turtle Talks. These events are open to the public.
*Turtle Talk Tuesdays and Saturday——- July and August
FREE Tuesday Morning and Saturday Mornings
10 AM rain or shine every Tuesday Morning during July and August at Crosspointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, Florida
and 9 Am Saturday mornings through August weather permitting Manatee Public beach  in the shade toward the south entrance look for the ATV. Saturday morning talk will include turtle lighting workshop.
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Come gather with the volunteers of the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch as we walk you through a day in the our life as we survey for nesting turtles on the beaches along the shores of Anna Maria.
We will present a 30 minute program of fun photos, videos and great funny stories that happened on our nesting beaches. We will answer your  questions .  We have free activity books and temporary tattoos with cute little turtles as well as many other free handouts. We will offer  our AMITW , stickers, transfers and ball caps and educational turtle books for a donation. Help us help the turtles on AMI. 100% of all funds collected go toward saving sea turtles on our island.
There will also be a Turtle Talk presentation at the Waterline Resort, 5325 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, Florida on Thursday, July 19, 2018 from 6:00 – 7:00pm.
Come out and listen to this dedicated group of volunteers and learn about all the amazing things they do. If you can attend this informative event we highly recommend it. Fun event for all ages!
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Tickets Available — Call 352-214-3884 or e: sales@waterlineresort.com
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**Join us poolside, where the Volunteers of the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch speak about the wildlife on our island and how you can help preserve it.
AMITW Staff will discuss 35 years of nesting beach activities in a lively presentation with pictures and stories about their work with nesting shorebirds & sea turtles.
Deck yourself out in turtle gear or stock up on turtle gifts! AMITW shirts, caps and note cards are available in the Dockmaster’s Office at Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club.
Temporary turtle tattoos, Flippers and Feathers Activity books, and the very popular Official AMITW Wildlife Certificates will be available at the presentation for FREE!
You may also donate by Adopting a Nest for the upcoming 2018 Nesting season. AMITW volunteers will be standing by to take adoptions. Questions about Adopting? Call Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch at (941) 778-5638.
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RETHINK PLASTIC – SKIP THE STRAW SUNCOAST CAMPAIGN

Plastic is great, we thought it made our lives easier, that it can be recycled or that it just disappeared. Plastic does not biodegrade, it only breaks down to microplastics. Microplastics are tiny shards of plastic less than five millimetres in length and can come from a variety of sources one of them being the breakdown of plastic bottles and bags. Microplastics can now be found in: our oceans, our drinking water, in the tissues of marine mammals, stomachs of seabirds and water birds such as ducks.
We are now becoming aware of the reality that plastic is plaguing our environment. Plastic does not just disappear, it pollutes our water sources and soil like a disease.
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Americans use 500 million plastic drinking straws every day. The average use of a plastic straw is 20 minutes, but it will be around for approximately 600 years and many will end up in our oceans.
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Eliza Ann’s Coastal Kitchen right here on Anna Maria Island is one of a growing number of area beach restaurants that have joined the new campaign “Skip the Straw Suncoast.” This campaign was created to reduce and eliminate the use of single-use plastics straws and food containers. As part of the campaign to save the environment Eliza Ann’s and other Island restaurants will not be giving straws to their customers.
Did you know? —
• Since 1950, it is estimated that 9 billion tons of plastic has been produced and that more than 8 million tons of plastics waste end up in our oceans every year
• Only 9 to 12 percent has been recycled.
• American throw away 100 billion plastic grocery bags every year! A plastic bag takes up to 1,000 years to break up.
• Plastic bags tends to float on the surface and can be mistaken for jellyfish which is a food staple for turtles and other marine life.
• Larger pieces of plastic also floats on the surface and can be mistaken as food.
  • By 2050 scientists predict plastic will outweigh fish in the ocean pound for pound.
• Medical studies are indicating serious health risks associated with plastics and polystyrene exposure.
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So what can we do?
Stop using plastic straws, use a reusable bottle or mug for your beverages, even when you go out, use reusable bags (a single plastic bag can take 1,000 years to degrade), don’t use plasticware at home and take your lunch to work in reusable containers and bags. Although a great start, these are just few of many ways to reduce your waste in your every day life.
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Adjust our thinking…
Old: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
New: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (Refuse the straw, Reduce plastic consumption & Reuse the plastics we already have, Recycle responsibly
Say NO to plastic straws and any kind of one-time use plastic items. The best option to reduce plastic waste items is to not generate them at all.
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ANNA MARIA ISLAND AREA BEACHES

BEACH HEALING

The beach…what images do you conjure when you hear the word BEACH?
For me, I picture sunshine, white sand, turquoise water, a beach chair and a good book. The beach is my favourite place to relax and recharge. A day at the beach also provides many health benefits and scientific studies reveal that a day at the beach is proven to:
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Soothe muscle and joint pain — Swimming in the sea improves your strength and flexibility without putting stress on your joints. Water workouts can ease arthritis and muscle pain. For those suffering with chronic pain there isn’t the strain and impact in the water that exists with land workout so water exercise might be a good choice. Swimming or exercising while at the beach is also free and refreshing.

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Help you breath easier — Many reports say that scientists have found that salty air is good for you. Breaking waves emit tiny air particles that inhibit airborne bacteria, allergens and pollutants. Inhaling these microscopic molecules help clear out our lungs by loosening mucus and reducing inflammation which results in an easier time breathing. So it seems ocean air is wonderful for your lungs.
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Strengthen your bones — Sun exposure is the most natural and by far the best way to boost our vitamin D levels. Vitamin D is made in the skin when it’s exposed to sunlight. Vitamin D has many roles in the body and is essential for maintaining strong and healthy bones. Combine the sun with a walk on the beach to increase the benefit. Walking in the sand is considered a weight bearing activity and takes 2-3 times more force and effort than walking the same distance on pavement. Walking on a beach in the sand tends to be more relaxing than walking on a treadmill or track so we often walk further distances without even realizing it. Your steps will probably increase with less effort, more enjoyment and your bones will thank you!
Heal rough, dry skin — Salt is naturally antibacterial therefore, acne, scrapes, cuts, sores, are likely to heal quicker after spending time in the sea. Seawater is rich with antibacterial compounds like iodine which helps to fight infections and the magnesium and potassium in seawater help relieve inflammation. Seawater can keep your complexion clear and reduce redness and roughness. Skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis can improve due to the slightly drying effects from the sodium found in saltwater. For those with psoriasis, the addition of UV light from the sun can help greatly.
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Help you to sleep better — Do you find after a day at the beach you sleep better? It can be from any one of these reasons. The sound of ocean waves trigger the release of relaxing theta brain waves and the fact that you are in vacation relaxation mode can set the tone for better sleep. Being out in the sun suppresses the production of melatonin and when we get out of the sunlight our brain releases melatonin making us want to sleep. Sunlight is one of the best ways to re-set our internal biological clock which helps regulate our sleep cycle. We are usually more active when we are at the beach whether it’s an early morning run, lugging all the beach paraphernalia, setting up the umbrella, swimming or beach volleyball. There are so many activities to choose from and we know exercise helps to promote better sleep. Most anything you do at the beach includes a dose of exhausting UV rays. For most people more beach =better some sleep.
Book your vacation with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals -601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217 and head to the beach for some healing.
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SUNDAY BEACH MARKET ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND

A great way to spend a few hours is with a visit to Anna Maria Island’s very own beach market. When vacationing, aside from such things as diving, local tourist attractions, food, drink, beaches, festivals and enjoying the company of other travellers and locals, I have always enjoyed finding local markets. A market is a great place to sample real local life, no matter where you are. Despite the draw of the big shopping centres with the “big store” names in the Bradenton/Sarasota area over local markets, the market is still the place to get local produce and crafts or a place to hang out and meet people. For me a market is an essential part of life in the local community.
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The Anna Maria Island Beach Market on Coquina Beach is especially unique in that it is right on the beach and within walking distance of Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217.
Anna Maria Island is known for its quiet charm and this quaint beach market is a true reflection of the Island it is located on. The setting is gorgeous under the shaded pine tress along beautiful Coquina Beach running beside the vendors’ booths with a breathtaking view of the Gulf. With over 100 vendors this is a great place to shop for treasures and have lunch at the Beach Cafe. You will find a wonderful mix of high quality and friendly vendors with a wide variety of clothing, jewelry, handcrafted goods, fresh produce, baked goods, essential oils and lots more. You get a really welcoming vibe seeing musicians wandering around playing various instruments entertaining the people.
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This is definitely a perfect place to stop when you’re out at the beach or looking to find that unique gift. Hours of shopping pleasure with lots of unusual, unique, one of a kind items you won’t find anywhere else. Many markets have several of the same types of vendors you won’t find that at Coquina Beach Market because here no two are alike.
There are lots of ways to get to the Market – you can walk, bike, drive or take the free trolley that runs the entire length of the island. From Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals you would catch the Gulf Drive southbound trolley. If you drive there is plenty of Free parking available.
Shop without the crowds in this relaxed, casual atmosphere with a beautiful view of the beach. I can’t think of a better way to shop!
JUNE AND JULY – 2018
Beach Market
When: Every Sunday between June 1 and July 29, 2018 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Find island treasures, select fresh produce, and view all the arts and crafts, jewelry and more.
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SEVEN NIGHTS – OUR SEVEN FAVOURITE RESTAURANTS ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND

From the beautiful white sand beaches with crystal-blue water and picturesque sunsets, Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217 offers the truly perfect place to spend your next vacation. And, with so many delicious fresh seafood and waterfront restaurants in the area here are our seven top notables to make your stay on Anna Maria Island a well-fed one.

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Beach House Restaurant – 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach – 941-779-2222
This location is just minutes from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals and is directly on the beach. Here you will find waterfront dining with a laid-back casual atmosphere featuring air-conditioned indoor seating as well as climate friendly outdoor seating. Serving superb, fresh seafood as well as other fabulous entrees the Beach House is a great choice when dining on Bradenton Beach. Have dinner at this beautiful gulf-front restaurant and enjoy the beautiful Anna Maria Island sunsets.

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Bridge Street Bistro – 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach – 941-782-1122
Located on historic Bridge Street right in the heart of all the activity on Anna Maria Island. The atmosphere here is relaxed yet refined and the attire is resort casual. This is an out of sight spot that could be missed because it is on the third floor above Island Time Bar and Grill. They do have an elevator, for those who don’t desire to climb stairs.
Their food is consistently good and the staff gives you a personal touch service. We often order steak or Cedar planked salmon and and have not been disappointed.
They offer indoor and outdoor dining. The outdoor terrace with tables overlooking the Gulf of Mexico offers a fabulous view of the amazing sunsets.
A quiet atmosphere with a well appointed menu at reasonable prices Bridge Street Bistro continues to exceed our expectations at every visit.

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Bridge Tender Inn – 135 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach – 941-778-4849
Located very close to the Bradenton Beach Pier you will find this very nice Waterside restaurant. Enjoy dining as you watch the many boats go by all while listening to live music. They offer indoor seating, covered patio seating as well as dockside bar seating. Food is always great!
Lunch – Dinner – Happy hour food – Late-night food

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Eat Here – 5315 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach 941-778-0411
Caual upscale restaurant. Menu is somewhat limited but they have many unique choices and their specials change often. They always offer some good vegetarian options. Outdoor and indoor searing. The restaurant is small so it is a good idea to call ahead to make a reservation. If you love eating good food together with great service you must try this recommended restaurant!

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Island Creperie – 127 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach – 941-778-1011
Island Creperie is a small, charming cafe. We have eaten breakfast here countless times and each time enjoyed their delicious selection of crepes. Their extensive dinner menu offers a nice variety of entrees with their nice selection of affordably priced wine.
Previously open for breakfast and lunch this restaurant recently opened for dinner, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.
This French Bistro with quaint decor and nice atmosphere serves some of the best food on Anna Maria Island.

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Waterfront Restaurant – 111 S Bay Blvd, Anna Maria – 941-778-1515
The Waterfront offers a peaceful setting with higher than average menu offerings making it a favourite for locals and tourists. Having frequented the restaurant on many occasions we have always found the food to be great and the service terrific. The fresh local seafood is wonderful including their crab cakes, grouper, fried shrimp and corn chowder – – all excellent!
Call ahead to make reservations for the inside dining, but the outside patios are on a first-come basis and there is usually a wait. The outdoor patios are well ventilated with ceiling fans and a constant sea breeze, which makes it the perfect place to dine.
For those expecting a water view this restaurant is across the road from the water and the vegetation blocks a direct view. If a view is important, this might be an issue, otherwise I highly recommend it.
This all-around winner is open every day of the week –
Sunday to Thursday 11:30 am to 9:00 pm – Friday and Saturday 11:30 am to 10:00 pm

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Wicked Cantina – 101 7th St N, Bradenton Beach 941-281-2990
Beautiful views of the Gulf of Mexico, live entertainment, great food and an awesome atmosphere. This restaurant is about a two minute walk from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals and is a family favourite.
A perfect spot to enjoy the sunset and listen to live music. If you are looking for some great Mexican food you will not be disappointed. Their food is made from scratch daily in their kitchen. They serve complimentary chips & salsa and are known for some of the best Margaritas on the Island! Their fresh made guacamole, quesadillas and delicious bacon wrapped Jalapeño Stuffed Shrimp. Portions are very large and reasonably priced. Dine inside or on their outdoor patio and take-out is offered as well. Always great live nightly entertainment. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Open everyday 7:30 am – 10:00 pm

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WHY WE LOVE BRADENTON BEACH (ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND)

Anytime is a good time to soak up the beautiful Florida sunshine on Bradenton Beach, Anna Maria Island! Spend your vacation on the beach, jet skiing, kayaking, or shopping, dining and listening to live music on Bridge Street. Bradenton Beach offers plenty of fun things to do for everyone! Enjoy your next vacation with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals-601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217 as you make memories that will last a lifetime.
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We are located in Bradenton Beach on Anna Maria Island, Florida, on the Gulf Coast only a short drive from Bradenton and Sarasota. Bradenton Beach is a small city and home of Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals. Well known for its sugar-white sand beaches, turquoise waters, bright blue sky, fishing piers and a quaint strip of shops, family owned restaurants and businesses. Upon your arrival you will notice the slow pace of Anna Maria Island. The speed limit on most of Gulf Drive (the main road on Anna Maria Island) is 25 mph with some small stretches a maximum of 35 mph. You will not find any hi-rise buildings and drive-through restaurants are prohibited here. Shunning the building of hi-rise hotels and condominiums, Bradenton Beach has kept that friendly family-oriented feel. Instead you will find companies offering bicycle, kayak, paddleboard, sailboats, Segways and fishing equipment rentals. You can rent a car, but most everything on Bradenton Beach is walkable. There is a FREE Island Trolley that rides north to the City of Anna Maria and south to Coquina Beach with lots of stops in between. For your convenience there is a trolley stop right out front of our condo. There is a Publix grocery store and Walgreens on the Island, both a quick trolley ride away.
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The Beach — With miles of beach right out front of our condo, spend your days basking in beach paradise. Each day you will wake to a different beach.  Always soft white sand scattered with beautiful shells, the waters are generally calm, but the wave height can vary from a foot to barely a ripple. Take walks on the beach, run on the beach, find sea shells and listen to the waves gently lapping against the shore. You can see porpoise swimming by, maybe putting on a little show for you. Expect to see lots of pelicans and other wildlife, fishermen and sometimes manatee. You will find beach chairs provided in your condo, then pick your spot on the beach and relax as you breath in the fresh Island air. Soak in the sunshine and the gorgeous Island atmosphere then cool off off in the crystal clear Gulf of Mexico water. Grab a cooler and enjoy some snacks as you relax in paradise.
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Lots of Activities — Book a Parasailing tour and get a different view of Bradenton Beach. Floating above the clear, blue water of the Gulf of Mexico, parasailing off the coast of Anna Maria Island is like sailing in paradise. With breathtaking panoramic views of the Gulf and intracoastal waterways, dolphins, turtles or stingray can possibly be seen.
Rent a Jet-Ski, sailboat or kayak and explore the local waters. With several boat and eco-tours—you are sure to find something that will suit everyone in your party!
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Bradenton Beach Scenic Highway — the word highway confuse some people, because a highway on the quiet, quaint little city of Bradenton Beach, well that’s just not possible. But, it does meet the criteria of a highway (often referred to as a byway). The Bradenton Scenic Highway is a 3 mile section of Gulf Drive/SR 789 beginning at Longboat Pass Bridge extending to the northern city limits of Bradenton Beach. It is pedestrian friendly and you can safely walk or ride a bicycle along this waterfront stretch. It is beautifully greenscaped and offers amazing views of the Gulf of Mexico, Sarasota Bay and Coquina Beach. Walk or ride a bike along the route and stop to view the wildlife, picnic areas The byway intersects Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach, which continues
The island community located along the Scenic Corridor provides both environmental and historic educational opportunities that have maintained the Old Florida ambiance of both the architectural and natural flavor.
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Dining on Bradenton Beach — Whether you consider yourself a foodie or not, you can’t help but love the variety of local dining available. Waterfront dining, French, Italian or Mexican food, dining with live entertainment— Bradenton Beach has it all! Ice cream shops? Pick your flavour cause we have those too! Enjoy a meal or sweet treat from the list below.
Anna Maria Oyster Bar on The Pier
BeachHouse Restaurant
Big Olaf Creamery
Blue Marlin Grill
Bridge Street Bistro
Bridge Tender Inn
French Table
Gulf Drive Café
Island Creperie
Island Time Bar and Grill
Joe’s Eats and Sweets
Oma’z Pizza and Italian Restaurant
Sharky’s Seagrill
Smoqehouse
The Kokonut Hut
Wicked Cantina
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Shopping — If your looking to find the perfect souvenir, piece of jewellery or treasure then you have come to the right place. Search the quaint and cozy boutiques and shop for pieces of Bradenton Beach to take home with you and keep as memories of your vacation. Some great shops to check out are: Bridge Street Bazaar, Back Alley Treasures, Bridge Street Interiors, Green Turtle Shell & Gift Shop, One Stop Shell Shop, Sea-Renity Spa and Boutique and Tide & Moon Jewellery.
Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals invite you to call us today to book your most peaceful and relaxing vacation.
TripAdvisor Reviews-March/April 2018
  1. My husband and I stayed five days at Bradenton Beach on Anna Maria Island. Our intention was just to unplug and relax. This beach community is perfect! There are good restaurants and access to public beaches easily within walking distance. A free trolley will take you to other communities on the island which makes shopping convenient as well as just exploring the island. Many tours and activities are available from kayak tours, where you’ll likely see dolphins, sea turtles and manatee, to Segway tours. We visited after spring break and the crowds were light. I can see where this area would become less desirable during heavy tourist times because these are small, quaint fishing villages with limited space. I highly recommend this location to enjoy amazing sunsets, fresh fish and tropical cocktails!
  2. Lots of parking. Beautiful white sandy beaches. Nice walking/running path adjacent to the beach. Fun shops and restaurants on Bridge Street.
  3. It was my kids’ first beach vacation. We went to Lido Beach day one, Bradenton Beach day two, and Siesta Key day three. They enjoyed Bradenton the most. Lido sand was pretty rough, Siesta Key’s sand was too fine and was a good quarter mile to get to the water, but they loved Bradenton the most since they had something to do. It wasn’t as busy and there decent sized small shells to find. It kept them interested for hours. Not to mention that the seagulls at Bradenton weren’t nearly as aggressive as Siesta Key.
  4. The ocean is truly good for the soul. I crave the ocean water and waves. Being from northeast North Dakota, one week of beachtime is a means for revival and survival! It’s beautiful living where I do, but there is something medicinal about the ocean! I love the privacy of Bradenton Beach near the location where we stayed. It was our own oasis! Walking on the beach or swimming in the gulf waters were an asylum for us/me. I look forward to coming back for a few more sunsets and the whispering and sometimes turbulent ocean breezes!!
  5. We spent a long weekend here and had a great time enjoying the beach and the beautiful sunsets!! Loved this place!!
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DIGGING IN THE SAND? OK, BUT DON’T FORGET TO FILL THOSE HOLES & BEGINNING OF TURTLE NESTING SEASON MAY 1st

One of our family’s favourite pastimes at the beach is castle building and that includes lots of digging. I have always associated digging holes in the sand as a fun and harmless activity. But, after reading several articles I realize it has become an issue over the past few years and can have serious consequences. There have been cases of injury caused from those seemingly harmless large pits that we beachgoers love to dig. When we first visited Anna Maria Island we were not aware of the beach rules and I’m sure some of our guests at Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217 aren’t either. Hopefully by sharing this information we will increase awareness for the safety of the sea turtles and all visitors.
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Because May 1st marks the official beginning of turtle season on Anna Maria Island I will start with this as the first reason why when we dig the holes we need to fill the holes.
The Loggerhead Turtle is the most common species of sea turtle that nests on Anna Maria Island. Turtle nesting season which runs from May 1 to October is when the sea turtles swim to land and lay their eggs. They crawl up the beach, typically during the night, dig nests, usually by the seagrass, and lay their eggs. As you walk along the beach you might have see marked nests scattered throughout the white sand beaches.
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Anna Maria Island has several enforceable rules to help protect sea turtles and native animals. These include, filling in holes on the beach, not leaving objects overnight such as beach chairs/umbrellas or tent canopies that pose as an obstacle, no littering/pick up trash on the beach, turn off artificial light (no flashlights or flash photography) that could cause disorientation and lastly, if you see a turtle nesting stay back and watch from a distance. Holes also can become traps or impediments for female sea turtles, which must make their way on land to nest.
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So while we are having a great day at the beach digging our holes, remember the only time these female sea turtles leave the water is to nest and these holes can become traps for them. Lights out because baby turtles follow the reflection of the moon on the water so house lights or flashlights will confuse them causing them to travel to land instead of the water. Anna Maria Island is fortunate to have many volunteers that do as much as they can to ensure as many babies as possible make it safely to the water. These volunteers also keep track of the nests and pay close attention as each nest gets close to hatching. With the decrease in sea turtle population let’s all do our part to assist the Island volunteers as they do their part.
Well helping the turtles here are some additional reasons why we should not dig deep holes in the sand:
  • These unexpected holes can injure those walking or running when their foot catches in one. A twisted, sprained or worse a broken ankle is something we all want to avoid.
  • Holes in the sand become dangerous obstacles and make it more difficult for emergency vehicles to get to where they need to be. Those that patrol the beach on 4 wheelers or in any emergency vehicle must navigate around these holes slowing their response time and creating a major hazard for the vehicles as well.
  • Large holes or even smaller holes dug with toy shovels can be harmful not just to the turtles but to other wildlife as well.
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There are endless ways to spend time on our beautiful beach, whether you are in the sand or on the water.
Spending time at the beach is something we all enjoy, so please avoid digging large holes creating a safer beach environment for all of us as well as the turtles. Our beaches are meant for fun and relaxation, so let’s work together to reduce mishaps and injuries allowing everyone a wonderful beach experience.
Well it’s okay to dig, and if you want to dig deep, please do not leave the holes. It is imperative for all beachgoers, to make sure any holes you dig are filled in before you leave the beach.
And, if you see holes left by others do a good deed and fill them in.
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YOUR ANNA MARIA ISLAND VACATION – MAKE IT YOUR BEST!

Once you step foot onto Florida’s Anna Maria Island, walk on the white sand beaches and view the crystal turquoise coloured water and stunningly beautiful sunsets you may not want to return home. Come taste delicious seafood at the many waterfront restaurants, soak up the abundant sunshine and experience all the features of an exotic, tropical vacation on this seven mile long Island on Florida’s west coast. Surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico, Anna Maria Island is comprised of three friendly little towns: City of Anna Maria in the north, Holmes Beach in the middle and Bradenton Beach to the south. All over Anna Maria Island you will find quaint boutiques, family owned restaurants with none of the commercialization associated with many vacation destinations.
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Getting to and Getting Around Anna Maria Island
Book your flight into Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (only 20 miles from the Island), Clearwater/St. Petersburg (45 minutes from the Island) or Tampa International Airport (1 hour from the Island). Anna Maria Island is a small island and is easily walkable. Or, you could consider renting a bicycle from one of the many rental companies on the island that at your convenience will drop off and pick up your bicycle. Bike from Bean Point, the northern point of the Island to Coquina Beach which is a beautiful beach at the South of the Island. We recommend touring the whole Island, the Island is small, but there is lots to see and do.
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Your Accommodations 
Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals offers accommodations for all types of travellers. Check out our website annamariaislandcondorentals.com for properties available. All condos offer complimentary Wi-Fi, fully equipped kitchens and washer/dryers for your laundry needs as well as heated swimming pools Some condos come with screened lanais and access to a grill. Book a condo with poolside, bayside or gulf-facing views. At the recently renovated condos offering upscale details like walk-in showers and granite or quartz countertops and all new kitchen appliances.
Our condos are perfect for a week (or more) away with family.
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Dining
With so many fine restaurants on Anna Maria Island you will find it hard to decide where to dine. But, one thing they all have in common with no exception is their fresh seafood. 
Order the catch of the day on the covered deck at the Beach House Restaurant, Blue Marlin Grill or Waterfront Restaurant, just to name a few. Once you book your vacation with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals we will provide you with a complete list of our favourite places to dine. Many restaurants in Bradenton Beach offer live music while you dine. On your way back to the condo stop at Big Olaf’s for some of the best ice cream on the Island.
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Quiet Night In or Out 
Anna Maria Island is certainly not a party island and most people come to the island to relax and enjoy the old Florida vibe. With no night club atmosphere, we find many of our guests like to enjoy a late night swim in the pool or relaxing in their comfy condo. If you do want a late night out wander down to Bridge Street to one of our favourite restaurants/bars like Bridge Tender Inn, Island Time Bar & Grill or Drift In, all are in Bradenton Beach. With live music playing you can dance the night away and then walk back to the condo in five minutes.
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Plan Your Outdoor Activities 
There is no shortage of outdoor activities on Anna Maria Island (AMI). With the beach directly out front of your condo, sunbathing or building sand castles might be top of your list, but if you’re looking for adventure AMI has lots to offer. Whether you’re interested in paddling, cycling, ziplining, and of course plenty of swimming AMI has it all. Take to the water with an afternoon of kayaking, diving, snorkelling or paddle-boarding. There is a rental company less than a five minute walk on the beach that rents boards, kayaks, sailboat and jet-skis. You might enjoy exploring the Island on your rental bike followed up with a nature walk at one of the several preserves nearby. Want to see Anna Maria Island from the sky? Consider Parasailing and enjoy the beauty of the Island from above. Looking for dolphins, manatees, stingrays or sharks? Anna Maria Island has an abundance of tours available. If you are interested in booking a dolphin tour, deep sea fishing trip, chartering a boat, or something specific, we can make recommendations according to your interests.
Avid golfers can easily head across the Cortez Bridge to the mainland for a round of golf at nearby Manatee Public Golf Club. If you’re not feeling like 18 long holes of golf try the Fish Hole, an awesome mini-putt course on Bridge Street less than 5 minutes from your condo.
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Whatever you choose to do, we promise you can’t go wrong on Anna Maria Island.
But, please don’t take our word for it, contact Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals today and experience it for yourself!
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SEGWAY TOUR BRADENTON BEACH, ANNA MARIA ISLAND, FLORIDA

 Catch the Segway trend and take a tour around Bradenton Beach, Cortez and Longboat Key on a two-wheeled, self-balancing scooter. Cruising along on a Segway, you are basically just standing there while you whiz along absorbing the magical feel of the Old Florida atmosphere on Anna Maria Island. You will enjoy the comfort of a device that does all the work for you leaving your senses free to take in the experience. It is a one of a kind way to absorb the character of the Bradenton Beach area with unobstructed views of the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico. While you ride along laugh and tell stories as you learn some history of the Island and see sites not seen from a roadside view.
Is a Segway adventure something you should do on your vacation? With the stories our friends, families and guests have shared, I highly recommend it as a one of a kind vacation experience.
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Only a five minute walk from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals is — 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217
Segs by the Sea located at: 102 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach, FL
Phone: 941-209-5970 — Website: segsbythesea.com
Segs by the Sea offers a variety of beautiful scenic Segway tours as well as self guided rentals. Over the years Segs by the Sea have shown countless visitors the beauty of the area with Segway tours. Training and helmets are provided. Segs by the Sea also offers bikes, electric bikes, scooters kayaks, stand up paddle boards and golf carts for tours and rentals as well. Jetskis, boat rentals and tours, and parasailing can also be reserved at Segs by the Sea, Bradenton Beach.
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April 2018 TripAdvisor Reviews —
  1. We had the best Segway experience with Jack from Segs by the Sea. He took us on a great 2 hour sightseeing tour & showed us the best way to experience the Segways themselves with confidence & ease. Highly recommend!
  2. We had a blast riding the Segways! They are so much fun and very easy to control once you get the hang of it. They have you practice on a side street for about 10 mins before the tour begins. Our two kids are 12 and 14, and they both did great on them. We took the 90 minute tour at 9am, which included riding the Segways over the bridge to Longboat Key…such a great experience! This is great way to tour the area.
  3. Oh my goodness! I loved it so much!! Skip was a great tour guide! We’re taking the 1 1/2 hour tour next year!
  4. What a fun time!! Perfect for an 11 and 13 year old boys and me, mom. JACK WAS AWESOME! I felt very comfortable and the boys thought he was “cool”. Totally worth the price!!!
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*Please note — Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals offer the above company name and affiliated links as suggestions only. We are not receiving commissions from the above and are listing only as an aid for our guests. We recommend services that we or close friends and family have experienced so we know you will be well taken care of.
*The content of this blog is not to be copied, adapted or shared without the written consent of Anna Maria Condo Rentals.
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SUNSET TOURS-ANNA MARIA ISLAND

Watch as day turns into night off the coast of Florida on a sunset cruise from Bradenton Beach, Anna Maria Island. Enjoy the scenery and peaceful calm of a sunset cruise on board a catamaran vessel with plenty of space for everyone. Enjoy the narrative as the captain shares his/her knowledge of the Island. You will have the best views to take your best photos of a colourful Anna Maria Island sunset, while you cruise past multi million dollar homes and get an up close view of the beauty of Anna Maria Island paradise. Settle in to watch the tropical magic of the flaming sun as it meets the horizon and sinks into the Gulf of Mexico. A sunset cruise is perfect for families, couples, honeymooners, and kids alike!
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We suggest booking with a premier boat tour company right here on Bradenton Beach. Walk or drive, this tour company is at the East end of Bridge Street on the Pier. Only a five minute walk from your Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island – vacation property. Or, take the FREE Island Trolley service, with a stop right out front of your condo.
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Paradise Boat Tours – 200 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach 941-465-8624 paradiseboattours.com

Prices are as follows ….
• Children ages 3 to 13 are $20 and Under 3 isfree
• Seniors are $25
• Adults $30
Advertised on their website — 95% of Tours see Dolphins and great for all ages. Very safe and stable catamaran.
You are allowed to bring food and beverage (including alcohol) on board with you.

Bring a jacket, as the night air on a sunset boat ride tends to be cooler at times.
Arrive early especially if you’re driving as parking is very limited. If you come too early, no worries, there’s lots to see and do on Bridge Street. Stroll along the pier, watch people fish, or admire the beautiful boats as they pass by. There is always something to see on the Pier.
Enjoy your sunset cruise, a perfect way to end your day!

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Recent reviews, TripAdvisor & Yelp

Our family with little ones ranging from 1 year to 10 years old traveled with First Mate Jessica and Captain Chris tonight for a sunset cruise. We saw a ton of dolphins and had a wonderful time. Chris and Jess were amazing. Such a great, worthwhile experience.

Wonderful company that makes you feel welcome and right at home. Captain Chad and Firstmate Jessica were very friendly and knew the exact spots to go to find dolphins and see the sunset. They knew the history of the area, pointed out certain landmarks and narrated the tour which was wonderful!

We took our daughter and granddaughter on a sunset cruise and had a fantastic time! First Captain Chris took us to see dolphins and first mate Jessica explained all about the dolphins. She told us what kind of dolphins they were, how much they eat, how they sleep and how the nicks on their dorsal fin distinguishes which dolphin they are. Then we sailed out between Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key just far enough to watch the sunset.

Jessica even took pictures of each family using their own camera/phone and a special light so you could still see our faces with the sunset behind us.
Wonderful sunset cruise with Jake and Chad! Not only fabulous sunset with pictures by Jake but also saw several pods of dolphin along with informative dialogue. Highly recommend!!

We visit AMI every spring. Last week, we had the pleasure of taking a boat tour with Captain Mike & Erin. They were fantastic; very friendly & knowledgeable of the area & the wildlife. We saw several dolphins & our hosts even knew their names! We took the last cruise & enjoyed a stunning sunset. This is also a great choice for kids; our girls were treated so nicely & were gifted with a dolphin trinket, which they really appreciated. Parking in this area can be an issue, so allow plenty of time to find a spot, or take public transportation. We look forward to taking this cruise again next year.

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*Please note — Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals offer the above company name and affiliated links as suggestions only. We are not receiving commissions from the above and are listing it only as an aid for our guests. We recommend services that we or close friends and family have experienced so we know you will be well taken care of.

*The content of this blog is not to be copied, adapted or shared without the written consent of Anna Maria Condo Rentals.