Craft beer lovers can enjoy Florida flavors at hometown breweries while visiting with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida, 34217.

Enjoy these craft breweries where variety is always on tap.

DARWIN BREWERY — 803 17th Avenue West, Bradenton, FL  —  941-747-1970 — Website ~
Across the street from McKechnie Field / LECOM Park 
Open: Wednesday & Thursday 4-10 pm  Friday 4-11 pm  Saturday 12-11 pm  Sunday 12-6 pm
Open Monday & Tuesday during Special Events 
Since 2012 the Darwin Brewery Company has called Bradenton FL home. DBC brews traditional ales and lagers, with specialties in the German and Belgian style. Brewing ten beers year-round, six seasonal and a variety of other specialty beers, Darwin brews are always available on the 14 taps at the DBC taproom. Darwin Beer Company beers can be found at markets, bars and fine restaurants throughout the State of Florida. In 2013, operations were expanded to a fifteen-barrel production facility, taproom and beer garden.
Open: Monday Tuesday Wednesday Sunday 11 am – 12 am
Friday Saturday 11 am – 1 am

Motorworks Brewing, Bradenton’s first craft brewery boasts the largest beer garden in Florida. The 27,000 square foot building, built in 1923 as an automobile dealership is home to Motorworks’ full-production Brewery and Taproom. Located midway between the downtown Riverwalk and the recently renovated McKechnie Fields the brewery is adjacent to Bradenton’s unique Village of the Arts and is in the heart of Bradenton’s expanding downtown entertainment corridor. You will find a spacious deck built around a magnificent 150+ year-old oak tree, a 3-hole putting green, 2 bocce ball courts, over a dozen cornhole sets, life-sized jenga, a live music stage, 22 ft. projection screen and more. More? …. Seems like more than enough to me. Food is served through a local restaurant and a revolving lineup of Food Trucks. When seated you will receive a menu for that day. Your server will take your food order and deliver your food to your table for you. Check their online calendar under Events to see dates for the different Food Trucks. Currently all tours of the brewery are postponed due to construction underway in their production facility. Please check their website for dates when tours are to be resumed.

3 KEYS BREWING COMPANY — 2505 Manatee Ave E BradentonFL — 941-213-0396 — Website ~
Open: Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Sunday 12-10 pm
Friday Saturday 12 pm – 12 am 
3 Keys is a small craft brewery selling their beer in house only.  This allows them to brew what they want when they want. They experiment with fun, new recipes and release 2-3 new beers a week. Specializing in West Coast and German recipes using local strawberries, oranges, grapefruit etc. Offering flavourful light, fruity and low alcohol beers as well as IPAs, pale ales, stouts, dubbels, bocks, porters and wheat beers.
3 Keys focus is on both beer and food that appeals to everyone. Here you won’t find a sports bar or restaurant with table service, rather a craft brewery and family-friendly eatery in an inviting and relaxing atmosphere.
Their menu consists of interesting and wholesome appetizers, soups, salads, waffle sandwiches, tacos, burgers and pizzas.
Great food and awesome beer, a perfect combination.
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Imagine being able to dive or snorkel directly across from your vacation property. When booking with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217 you can do just that!
The Bradenton Beach shipwreck of the Regina makes for a fun Anna Maria Island dive. The dive site sits approximately 175 feet off shore at about 7th Street in only about 20 feet of water and is marked with a buoy. The wreckage itself is over 200 feet long.

The Regina is Florida’s 10th Shipwreck Underwater Archaeological Preserve. The SS Regina built in 1904 in Ireland, sank during a nasty storm in 1940 in about 20 feet of water just off Bradenton Beach, Anna Maria Island. The 247 foot long steel steamer was carrying over 350,000 gallons of molasses between Cuba, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico to US ports along the Gulf of Mexico and East Coast shorelines. The molasses was primarily used for making rum and other items. The Regina was en route to New Orleans which is a principal port of the world’s molasses trade. The vessel, which had been converted to a tanker barge, was being towed by the tugboat Minima when it encountered a cold front, freezing temperatures, with strong winds and 8 to 12 foot waves. As they attempted to seek shelter in Tampa Bay the towing cable broke and they helplessly drifted toward Anna Maria Island running aground on a sandbar. Only 200 yards from shore the crew stayed aboard, afraid that abandoning the ship would drag them under the turbulent waters. Nighttime approached and the Regina’s hull cracked and broke apart. Anna Maria Island residents built fires along the shore to let the crew know they had been seen, unfortunately their wait was not over. The Coast Guard was unable to reach the stranded vessel and several attempts at shooting a line from the beach to the barge by the Bradenton Beach Police proved unsuccessful. The only non-survivor of the crew of 8 was the ship’s cook and his dog. The cook jumped overboard followed by his German Shepherd and disappeared minutes later beneath the waves. The remaining crew were rescued, but the barge and its cargo were lost.

Read more here: they attempted to seek shelter in Tampa Bay the towing cable broke and they drifteThe vessel was seen by a local resident, who reported the situation to the St. Petersburg Coast Guard Air Station. Help would soon arrive, but would it be soon enough?
Read more here: Maria Island residents built fires to let the crew know they had been spotted, unfortunately their wait was not over. The Coast Guard was unable to reach the stranded vessel and several attempts at shooting a line to the barge by the Bradenton Beach Police proved unsuccessful. The only non-survivor was the ship’s cook who jumped overboard into the stormy sea, followed by his German shepherd, and in minutes disappeared beneath the waves. The remaining crew members were eventually rescued, although the barge and all of its cargo were lost.

Seeking shelter from storm

A cold front swept across the Gulf of Mexico, bringing with it strong winds, 8- to 12-foot waves, and freezing temperatures. Those aboard Minima planned to seek shelter from the storm in Tampa Bay, but before they could reach safety, the towing cable attaching the tug to Regina was torn apart in the storm.

Regina and the eight crew members on board began to drift helplessly toward Anna Maria, before running aground on a sandbar.

The vessel was seen by a local resident, who reported the situation to the St. Petersburg Coast Guard Air Station. Help would soon arrive, but would it be soon enough?

As nighttime approached, Regina’s hull began to crack and break apart. The crew stayed on board. Although they were just 200 yards from shore, they feared abandoning the ship would mean getting dragged under the turbulent waters. Instead, they sought shelter in the cramped crew’s quarters at the front of the vessel, despite flooding that reached almost up to their shoulders.

Along the shore, residents built fires to reassure the stranded crew they had been spotted. Unfortunately, their wait was not yet over. USCGC Nemesis and patrol boat CG145, both dispatched from St. Petersburg, were unable to reach the stranded vessel at night in such shallow waters.

Several attempts were then made to shoot a line from the beach to the barge, but each effort fell just short of the stranded vessel. A Coast Guard plane dropped life preserves down to Regina’s crew. All but one were returned to shore by the wind and waves.

One didn’t make it

A man, later identified as the ship’s cook, chose to risk the perilous swim to shore. Onlookers watched in horror as he jumped overboard into the stormy sea, followed just moments later by his German shepherd, only to disappear beneath the waves.

Fortunately, the remaining crew members were eventually rescued, although the barge and all of its cargo were lost. Over the years, the wreck has become a popular destination for scuba divers and snorkelers because of its close proximity to shore.

In fact, Regina is now one of 11 Underwater Archaeological Preserves recognized in the state of Florida. Each site contains interesting archaeological features, and plays host to an abundance of marine life. For more information on these sites and how to find them, visit, and please remember to always use safe diving practices.

Read more here:

The Regina was being pulled by the tugboat Minima moving towards shelter of Tampa Bay when the tow lines snapped. The Regina drifted south in the storm and finally grounded on a sand bar. The storm was so bad the Coast Guard couldn’t get to the ship and several attempts by the Bradenton Beach with a line-towing gun proved unsuccessful. The heavy, high seas beat the barge to the point that it finally cracked and broke apart. AMI residents saw the ship in distress and built bonfires on the beach to let the ship’s crew know they had been seen. The crew was afraid to abandon the ship because the water was so rough and eventually all but the ship’s cook and his dog, were rescued and the Regina sank.Below is a video of what can be found while diving the Regina Sugar Barge.

This wreck is located across the street from the Sea Kat Dive Shop where you can get information about snorkeling / diving. If you’re are looking to dive the Regina wreck or for any Island dives we suggest calling Sea Kat Divers. They can assist you with any scuba diving/snorkelling inquiries. Sea Kat Divers is conveniently located at 105 7th Street North, Bradenton Beach, FL. 941-779-0100. It is a only a couple minute walk from the condo, therefore, parking is not an issue.

Sea Kat Divers is a locally owned licensed dive shop run and operated by PADI Dive Instructor Jim who has years of experience and local knowledge. Your one stop shop on Anna Maria Island offers friendly, family oriented, full service. This dive shop is ready to meet any of your scuba or snorkelling needs, rentals , gear, service, tank fills, and private chartered trips for both scuba and snorkel. They offer personalized daily snorkel trips for $60.00 per person (3 person minimum) to Egmont Key and a two tank scuba dive trip starting at $90.00 per person (3 person minimum) to multiple reefs, wrecks and local dive spots. Each snorkel and dive trip departs around 9:00 a.m. (weather permitting) from the Kingfish boat ramp on Manatee Avenue. To participate on any of Sea Kat Divers trips you must call or stop by the shop to book! All trips are customized to the individual customers wants and generally last around 4 hours. No need to worry if you didn’t bring your equipment, Sea Kay Divers offer offer rentals and sales on everything you might need. If you’re looking for something specific ask Jim and he will try his best to customize your trip.

Reviews Tripadvisor …

1. We dove with Captain Jim on Thursday, November 2nd at a wreck. The visibility wasn’t that great because the gulf was stirred up, but a day on the water can’t be beat. They called us the day before our scheduled dive on Tuesdaybecause the visibility was so bad and kept in touch with us to reschedule. Lesley in the shop is wonderful. Captain Jim did a great job. We will dive with them when we travel to the Bradenton area again.

2. I did my PADI Certification with Jim over Labor Day weekend. Jim did a great job of getting us up to speed quickly! The visibility was a challenge because of all the storms over the past few weeks but Jim found a way to make it work and took us out to the Regina Ship Wreck only about 75 yards off shore right across the street from his Shop. We had a great time and saw a lot of neat stuff. Jim was patient and a great job showing us the ropes. By the last dive everything felt completely natural!

3. What a fun family charter. Saw four Goliath Groupers, a large school of snook, and tons of assorted reef fish. Very helpful and professional. All gear was on the boat ready. At the end of the dive just grab your stuff and walk away. Jim and Joe took care of everything. I also can’t forget Keith at the store. Always helpful always happy and always available for information or to kid around with. Overall a wonderful group of people.

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Is Horseback riding on the beach on your bucket list? If so, you can check it off your list during your stay with us at Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217. If it’s not on your bucket list maybe after you read the following you might want to reconsider.

Palma Sola Bay, on Manatee Avenue, is one of the few places in Florida where you can legally ride your horse on a beach. The calm waters and flat sandy bottom of Palma Sola Bay make it possible to ride on a horse that is swimming. Experience is much more than a beach ride. It is a remarkable interaction with highly trained animals and their trainers. You will take memories home of an authentic Old Florida experience. Each experience is unique, It can be romantic, educational, exciting or a memorable family event.
Horseback riding on the beach is fun for the whole family. Such an awesome experience taking the horses fully in the water for a refreshing swim. For those more daring try the unique experience of HorseSurfing, standing up on the horse while in the water. Either way imagine feeling the warm sea breeze from the back of your horse. And, keep your eyes open for manatees, stingrays and dolphins to swim by.
Some questions you might want to ask before you book your Beach Horseback Ride:
     1. Is riding experience required
     2. Is there an Age or Weight Restriction
     3. Are double riders allowed
     4.  Items you need to bring for your ride
     5. What happens in inclement weather
     6. If having photos taken on your camera is important to you, make sure it is allowed, because some places do not permit it.
Below are two BeachHorse companies we recommend …
Specializing in immersing in the water with your horse, has trademarked the term horsesurfing to describe what they do. This includes riding horses while they swim off the beach in the gentle Gulf waters and for the most adventurous, swimming behind their horse while holding its tail or standing up on the horse in the water. 45 to 60 minute experience rides take place at Palma Sola Bay Park, 8400 Manatee Ave W, Bradenton. This is a small park with a modest beach next to a causeway.

Additional information is available on their website

C Ponies Beach Horses – 8410 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton, FL  941-773-5196

C Ponies Beach Horses might the one to call if you want more than a ride, if you’re seeking an aquatic adventure. C Ponies uses a breed of horse called a Drum Horse (related to the Gypsy horse) because it was originally bred to carry kettle drums during processions. Horses that can do that are clearly not easily spooked. This “bucket list” experience involves riding the horse out into the Bay with a mounted guide. They will cater your ride to fit your equestrian skills offering the perfect ride just for you. Every rider is provided with a saddle, helmet and life jacket if needed.
Visit their website at
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More Things To Do On Anna Maria Island

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Anna Maria Island - Beach House Restaurant


For our guests at Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217, the following list of seven restaurants are all on Bradenton Beach and a 10 minute or less walk from your condo. You can ride the Free Island Trolley that stops on Gulf Drive right out front of your Condo or call Island Monkey, which offers no charge, tip only service 941-565-6542. We do not advise driving as parking is very limited along Gulf Drive and the Bridge Street area.
Beach House Restaurant — Gulf Drive Bradenton Beach – 941-779-2222
This location just minutes from your condo and is directly on the beach. Waterfront dining with a laid-back casual atmosphere featuring indoor seating as well as climate friendly outdoor seating. Great, fresh seafood as well as other fabulous entrees. Have dinner at this beautiful oceanfront restaurant while enjoying the beautiful Anna Maria Island sunsets.
Blue Marlin — 121 Bridge Street Bradenton Beach 941-896-9737
As you walk along Bridge Street you can’t miss Blue Marlin’s vibrant blue color of this historic 1920s cottage. The inside feel is one of a charming seafood house in coastal Maine. The black and white room displays black & white photos of locals and their fish catches. The atmosphere is intimate with antique ship lanterns, fish mounts and oars scattered throughout.
Blue Marlin’s main focus is the fresh fish from nearby Cortez caught daily, it also offers a variety of dishes including steaks, chicken and other landside features. The fish dishes include grouper, snapper, cobia and hogfish prepared many different ways. A must is one of their daily specials and house made dessert specials.
On Friday and Saturday nights there is live entertainment, with a different weekly band playing in the courtyard.

As I mentioned earlier, parking is very limited on historic Bridge Street. If you do drive and cannot find a spot to park just pull to the front door of the restaurant drop off your party and follow their golf cart driver to their off site parking. The golf cart driver will then shuttle you from your car to the restaurant.                                                                                                                                     Reservations strongly recommended all nights.

Bridge Street Bistro — 111 Gulf Drive South 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 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.
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 great!
Lunch – Dinner – Happy hour food – Late-night food – Comfort food
Island Time Bar & Grill — 111 Gulf Drive South, Bradenton Beach – 941-782-1122
Located on the Bridge Street/Gulf Drive circle on Bradenton Beach, Anna Maria Island. The bar is on the ground level below the fine dining restaurant, Bridge Street Bistro.
This open-air bar with a patio features cocktails, seafood & upmarket bar fare in a laid-back setting.Known for the area’s best live entertainment and a relaxed tropical setting their menu is an eclectic combination of American dishes paired with the freshest seafood.​ The outdoor patio offers a view of the Gulf of Mexico. As well, you will enjoy – Live performances · Lunch – Dinner – Happy hour drinks – Great bar food.
Oma’s Pizza — 201 Gulf Drive South, Bradenton Beach – 941-788-0771
A great assortment of Italian entrees, calzones, all served in a casual environment.
All pizzas are hand made to order. Two crust styles, the hand tossed and an inch thick Sicilian. Their pizza is the best!
Lunch – Dinner
Eat in, take-out and delivery available
Wicked Cantina — 101 7th Street North , Bradenton Beach 941-281-2990
This restaurant is about a two minute walk from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals and is a favourite of mine.
A great spot to enjoy the sunset and listen to live music.
Modern laid back atmosphere and if you enjoy 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! Portions are very large and reasonably priced.
Dining inside or on their outdoor patio with beautiful views of the Gulf of Mexico. Live nightly entertainment.
Breakfast, lunch & Dinner
Happy hour MondaySaturday 12-6 pm and All Day Sunday
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Located just a twenty minute drive from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Fl 34217.
Tuesday or Thursdays enjoy a walking tour of downtown Bradenton and see some of its historic neighbourhoods. Combined with visits to some popular and unique restaurants makes for a fantastic day!
Here’s what you can expect… The walking tour is 1.5 miles so dress appropriately, rain or shine and wear comfortable shoes. You will receive food from each restaurant, included in price.  Price also includes non-alcoholic beverages. A beer is provided at Motorworks. Gluten and vegan dietary restrictions are not available.
Tour #1 on Thursday @ 1:00 pm sharp. Explore The Village of the Arts which is a charming mix of art, galleries, specialty shops and restaurants in houses built from 1920 to 1930. Full of interesting and uniques finds in these early 20th century bungalows add an interesting touch to this quaint community. You will enjoy cuisine sampling’s at Arts & Eats Restaurant, Ortygia and Sugar Cubed.
Meet at the Motorworks Brewing-1014 9th Street West, Bradenton, FL in the beer garden. Cost is $45 which includes brewery tour and a craft beer.
Tour #2 on Tuesday @ 1:00 pm sharp. Explore Old Main Street, a rivertown with an energizing history. See the classic buildings that have endured for more than a century, a 1926 shopping arcade and Carnegie Library. At The Fish and Sage Biscuit Cafe sample some of the chef’s specialties.
Meet at the South Florida Museum at 201 10th Street West, Bradenton, FL for a tour which is a $19 value and finish with desserts served by Sugar Cubed artisan bakery.
Cost is $55
Reservations are a must for all tours and must be paid prior to your tour. Call Taste Dining & Travel 941-366-7950 or visit their website
TripAdvisor Reviews
1. During our tour, we visited several studios/galleries and three local, privately owned restaurants — all stops were fantastic! We enjoyed food samples from Arts and Eats, as well as Ortygia and Sugar Cubed. Each sampling was unique and outstanding! Our tour concluded at Motorworks Brewery with a beer (included in the tour price) and a behind-the-scenes brewery tour. Neal Finelli, with Taste Magazine, put together an amazing tour and provided a memorable afternoon. Looking forward to joining another tour in the near future!

2. Tour #1 is the Artistic Foodie Tour offered on Thursdays. A group of 8 of our friends just completed this wonderful outing. Our friendly and knowledgeable guides escorted us on a scenic walking tour of the Village of the Arts, introduced us to local shop owners and included plenty of photo ops. The outstanding food and beverages were generous in amount, creatively presented, well-balanced in flavor, and the chefs were very attentive and engaging. This Foodie tour is a true value, well worth the price of admission!

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Anna Maria Island is a busy place with spring breakers arriving and spring on the horizon.

Easter arrives early this year and the Island is gearing up with fun activities for the whole family. Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217 suggest our guests partake in the following holiday events that are a short drive from the condo or you can take the free Island Trolley.

At the North end of the Island the 32nd Annual Sandbar Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, March 31st. At the Sandbar restaurant refreshments will be served in the Pavilion starting at 8:30 am with the Easter Egg Hunt beginning at 9:00 am sharp. The Egg Hunt takes place directly on the beach and each child must bring his or her own basket to place their eggs in.

Following the egg hunt the Easter Bunny will lead his Walking Parade down Pine Avenue to the 9th Annual Easter Egg Roll and Easter Bonnet Contest. There will be entertaining activities like face painting, colouring and egg rolling between 9:30 am and 12:00 pm. Have fun with your family and friends and have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny. Compliments of the Sandbar will be Mimosas, sausage biscuits and frittatas. And, don’t miss the yummy cupcakes from Hometown Desserts. There will be prizes for the Egg roll and bonnet contest which are sponsored by The Sandbar Restaurant, Anna Maria Sun Newspaper and PAR.On the South end of the island the Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant in Longboat Key is a offering plenty of fun for everyone. The 30th Annual Mar Vista Easter Egg Hunt will take place on Saturday, March 31st at 10:00 am sharp. Come meet the Easter Bunny and please make sure your children bring their baskets. Light refreshments will be served.

RELIGIOUS CELEBRATION – Kiwanis Sunrise Service

This is a great way to start your Easter Sunday. Watch the sunrise as you join in prayer. 

Anna Maria Island churches come together for the Kiwanis Club’s 49th Annual Sunset Service on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018 6:30 AM at the Manatee County Public Beach.
All funds collected will be divided equally among the following participating churches: Crosspoint Fellowship, Roser Community Church, Gloria Demi Lutheran, St. Bernard Catholic Church. Organizations benefitting from this event are programs such as Feeding Empty Tummies, The Manatee Outreach Programs, and the Catholic Faith Appeal Outreach program of the Diocese of Venice and others.
Music by Daniel Paul Anzaldo, accompanied by Drew Thomas.
Reverend Dee deMontmollin, of the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation will deliver the invocation and Rev. Ed Moss, of Crosspointe Fellowship, will be giving the sermon, “Because of The Resurrection.” Rev. Stephen King, of Harvey Memorial Church, and the Rev. Gary Batey, of Roser Community Church, will share Easter Scripture with the gathering. The offertory prayer will be given by The Reverend Rosemary Backer, of the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and Father Michael Mullen, of St. Bernard Catholic Church, will give the Blessed Sacrament.
Easter Sunday come pray on the beach, everyone is welcome.
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All of these bars are a five minute walk or approximately 10 minute drive from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217.

As well, you can ride the Free Island Trolley to all of them.

All of these bars are a five minute walk or approximately 10 minute drive from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals.

As well, you can ride the Free Island Trolley to all of them.

1.  Doctors Office – 5313 Holmes Blvd. Holmes Beach, FL 
The bar is intimate and dark with interesting decor and black and white movies playing in the back room.
*Reviews – 1. The bar is a MUST when visiting Anna Maria Island. Our bartender Sherry was awesome! Super friendly and gave great drink recommendations! The menu is super fun and witty, you can tell a lot of thought when into creating this unique atmosphere. My friends and I ordered a ton of small plates, everything was great. Hard to pick a favorite but I really enjoyed the pimento cheese spread and the tacos! After several drinks we thought it would be fun to order the Fire and Ice beverage. It’s served on fire in a giant bowl….it was awesome!

10/10 would visit again, I wish I was there right now!

2. You must stop here when on Anna Maria Island. It is tiny, intimate place with superb service and top-notch drinks. Stopped in on a Friday night and it was busy. After waiting awhile the four of us were able to get a seat at the bar.

Sherry, our bartender, was friendly, accommodating and was able to point us in the right directions regarding drink choices and menu selections. She was the BEST!
We ordered almost all the small plates that the Doctors Office offers and my favorite was the beer cheese and the charcuterie (get the lavender goat cheese!)
If you’re looking for a place with a great selection of well mixed drinks…look no further!
3. A must place to visit when on Anna Maria Island. Excellent, delicious and creative cocktails. Bartenders are skilled and very knowledgeable. Beer and wines also on menu as well as creative small bites.
2. Island Time Bar & Grill – 111 Gulf Drive S. Bradenton Beach, FL 
Laid back setting with an open-air bar; lots of seating inside and an outdoor patio. Happy hour, late night food, live entertainment. Dancing!
*Reviews – 1. Great, convenient place on Bridge Street. Met Jay on my first day there, who allowed me to hang out with my luggage until my apartment was ready. Went back everyday during my vacation and found that all of the staff were just as friendly as he was. Shout out to Stephanie, Hailey (good luck on your new position there; I’m sure you’ll do fine!), and the girl with the cool earrings. Sorry, I forgot your name. 😉 Food was excellent both downstairs in the laidback area as well as the upstairs, little more dressy restaurant. Great job, Island Time! You’ve earned a patron for life!
2. Had some great live music pretty reasonable beers and Cocktails nice sitting along the ocean just across the street fun place for all ages of adults.
3. Nice laid back place just off the gulf. Listening to some great music and relaxing. C’mon down
3Bridge Tender Inn– 135 Bridge Street Bradenton Beach, FL 
Large restaurant on Bridge Street close to the Bradenton Beach Pier. with lots of bar seating inside and at the dockside bar. You will find great food, drinks and live music.
*Reviews– 1. One of the best places on Anna Maria Island. The staff are always friendly and helpful. The dockside bar offers a great view of beautiful Sarasota Bay and the Bradenton Beach Pier.
2. From the moment you step in to the moment you exit, you are treated with love. Had not visited the “Dock Side” of Ana Maria yet and was pleasantly surprised to walk in whilst wearing my twinkling New York style cap and shimmering top which caught the attention of the lovely owner. Cocktails are fine and appetizers big. Had order 2 thinking it would not be enough to satisfy my hunger. Ended up taking a doggie bag. Great atmosphere, live music, and attention. Thank you!
3. Great outside or inside seating. The outside bar is a great place to hang out. They usually have some form of entertainment. One of our favorites. The mix of locals, visitors, boaters always makes for a fun time. The duck with raspberry sauce is terrific and the sashimi is always a great starter.

4. Slim’s Place – 9701 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, FL 
Located in the heart of Anna Maria Island is offers the most traditional Anna Maria Island experience. It is a sports bar by reputation, there is much more here than what meets the eye. You will hear some of the best stories from the locals while enjoying the wonderful atmosphere of the Island.
*Reviews –  1. Good, solid pizza bar. Waitresses and bartenders were friendly and attentive. Pizza was delicious, even though a bit pricey. High energy level on Saturday evenings.
2. Wonderful service. Food was awesome. Cheesesteak was great, Mac and cheese great. Pizza is good too. Had a grilled shrimp app that was tasty. Best place on the island to find your sporting event on tv. Plenty of space and parking. Will definitely come back.
3. Solid local bar & grill. The atmosphere is very laid back, with slightly older patrons. Good, fast service. Sunday ticket for NFLgames, $3 yuengling or buds. Great wings & olive tapenade, hummus, sampler. Kids menu available.
5. The Ugly Grouper – 5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 
A fun place on Anna Maria Island. Great food and drinks.
*Reviews – 1. Great place for a cocktail and live music in the food is okay. The bartenders were all friendly can be crowded but it it is fun. There is a wonderful sculpture that is displayed there was made for this restaurant it’s worth a look anyway. Like I said the music is good I’ve heard some wonderful Bluegrass here you just have to check the schedule the cocktails are good you have to get here sometimes too early to get a seat the food is okay but it’s just a fun kind of Island Experience. I would recommend it for a night out when you’re on the island. There are also games for kids and adults to play like corn hole and Jenga while you’re checking out the atmosphere
2. Great place to hang out. Music is always great. Especially Tony and his toys. Grouper tacos and fries awesome and great bartenders especially Bee. Love this place!
3. Found this little gem while searching for a place to eat! The food was delicious and seemed really fresh. At the time, there was live music to enjoy by the outdoor seating. The wait staff helped one another out and made sure to meet all expectations by guest. Our server, Jeremy, was busy at the time but made sure to take great care of us. Definitely will return again. A great place to hangout, take scenic pictures, and play outdoor games.
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If you have ever wanted to try stand up Paddleboarding what better place to do it then while vacationing here on Anna Maria Island. Enjoy the warm Gulf waters and gorgeous bay as you explore the natural beauty around you. The scenery is beautiful and catching a few waves and swells is thrilling as you paddle along the coast. Stand up paddle boarding is an excellent way to get in shape and have fun at the same time, and the best thing is, all you need is a body of water which is included in your stay with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217.
The amazing part of Paddleboarding is that because it is so much fun, you don’t feel like you are working out. It is an amazing core workout and it isn’t hard on the joints like running. You get a full body workout using all your muscles to balance on the board while staying in a constant squat to steady yourself. Plus, you also work out your arms, shoulders and back while paddling. It’s like paddling while standing on an excersize ball for two solid hours and you don’t notice how much of a work out it is until later that day/night and you start to feel it in your arms, abs and thighs.
When you’re ready to go we suggest AMI PADDLEBOARD
You can Book Stand up Paddle Board Rentals and tours as well as Kayak rentals and tours direct from their website. All rentals and tours are on Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key, Florida.
AMI PADDLEBOARD offers lessons, tours and board sales providing great service and products. They specialize in teaching first timers how to Stand Up Paddleboard while keeping everyone dry and making sure everyone is having a great time. They also offer private paddleboard parties, corporate “board” meetings, and paddleboard adventure trips. They have boards from 9-14ft to suit 50lbs-350lbs and guarantee everyone can learn to paddleboard. They offer 100% Customer Satisfaction and have taught many ages 6-85 how to Stand Up Paddleboard.

Paddleboard & Kayak Rentals

1 hour – $25 — 2 hours $40 — Half Day (4 hours) $55 —

Full Day (24 hours) $75 — 2 day $145 — 3 day $165 — Week $225

FREE Delivery with  Delivery starting at 8 am

Paddleboard & Kayak Tour – $50 per person

Paddleboard & Kayak Lessons – $50 person

Here is a sample of some great reviews we found —

1.  Amazing tour-went kayaking with Ben from AMI this afternoon – he was wonderful – very knowledgeable about the local area and fun to be with! Highly recommend using AMI paddle and kayak rentals when visiting Anna Maria island or Holmes. Would definitely do again.

2. Enjoyable kayak and paddle boarding tripWe had a great time on an 11 am mangrove tour. Our guide Ben was informative, friendly, and helpful. I received many useful tips standing on and moving around the paddleboard. It was an excellent experience for a beginner. The water is shallow enough that the threat of falling in was no concern. The mangrove tunnel portions added plenty of variety to the scenery. Just a fun and relaxing trip that was absolutely worth taking.

3. SUP AMILovely paddleboard session around the Neal Preserve at 9am on Christmas Eve. The guide Ben and I had the area to ourselves and all was peaceful and quiet. The shallow water meant that we were able to see any critters clearly and I was thrilled to see a starfish as well as horseshoe crabshells and lots of birds including roseate spoonbills. Highly recommend it.

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Beach ‘n Food Truck Festival 

Coquina Beach, Anna Maria Island, Florida

April 14, 2018

10:00 am – 8:00 pm

Minutes from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals 601 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach FL this fun family festival is an all day celebration that takes place along the bright blue Gulf waters and white sandy beaches at the south end of Coquina Beach, just south of the trolley turn around.

There will be plenty of opportunities for shopping, showcasing vendor booths with unique, one-of-a-kind hand made crafts, lots of jewelry items, local artists’ works, collectible items and much more. The artisans are talented and the goods are of great quality and value. A Kids Zone with all kinds of fun games, bounce houses and more for the young ones to enjoy. Local bands will be performing live music to keep you jamming all throughout the day and into the evening.

Entertainment lineup includes —

Mike Sales – Event Emcee – 10AM – 8PM
Tropicool Duo – 10:30AM – 12:30PM
Renegade  – 1PM – 3PM
SoulRcoaster – 3:30PM – 5:30PM
The Karen & Jimmy Band – 6PM – 8PM

The festival will also feature an amazing car show, The Bill Mergens Memorial Car Show, with over 100 classic, antique, custom and muscle cars on display from 10am until 3pm.

And of course, the stars of the show, a variety of Food Trucks serving delectable eats and treats. There is sure to be something for everyone.  Refreshing adult beverages will be available – from wine, margaritas, rum runners and cold beer to soft drinks and water to quench your thirst.

This is a Free, family friendly, community event open to all so come on out and enjoy.

Parking is available on Coquina Beach, but traffic on the Island will be busy. The easiest way to get there is to ride the free trolley to the event, with a stop on a Gulf Drive right out front of the condo . Another option is The Island Monkey Bus which is a no charge, tip only service.

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The Seafood Fest will be held Friday, March 23, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.,  Saturday, March 24, 11a.m. – 10 p.m., and Sunday, March 25, noon – 6 p.m.

Just a twenty minute drive from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida, 34217.

Location : Sutton Park – 6th Street West, Palmetto, FL (Corner of 6th St W and 10th Ave W).
Free Admission
Sunday Free Kids Zone
3 days of Food and Entertainment

Come out and support the Hernando de Soto Historical Society that produce this amazing festival celebrating its 32nd year. They are a not-for-profit community organization producing Manatee County’s largest entertainment events every year. The Desoto Seafood Festival is the primary fundraiser for the Hernando de Soto Historical Society, and has served delicious seafood while providing good times to hundreds of thousands guests and residents of Manatee county.

Not only will you enjoy some of the best seafood around, proceeds from the Seafood Festival will benefit an arm of the society, The Conquistador Historical Foundation. The foundation distributes funds to community charities, provide educational programs, scholarships funds and maintenance of a cultural museum in downtown Bradenton among other things.

The festival is recognized as one of Florida’s most outstanding serving some of the best seafood around. You will also get to enjoy tasty food from area restaurants and food vendors. There will be continuous music from the local scene as well as nationally known recording artists.

This three day event sprawling along the beautiful downtown Palmetto River district provides fun for the whole family.

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