Florida Re-Opens and We’re Getting Ready to Welcome you Back!

We can’t wait to have you back. We know you are patiently waiting and ready to come and we hope it won’t be much longer now.

While we ourselves continue to wait patiently, we will continue with the deep cleaning of all our properties and be ready the minute Anna Maria Island rentals open back up.
At this time no rental check-ins are allowed, but there are positive signs that this could change. On April 29th the Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, released an Executive Order 20-112 establishing “Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery” to begin today, May 4th. The order advises that “All persons in Florida shall continue to limit their personal interactions outside the home,” but allows for many businesses and public service providers to reopen at partial capacity.

Welcome news for Anna Maria Island as their three county operated beaches which have been closed since March 20th were given the go ahead to re-open today. Coquina, Cortez and Manatee Public beaches re-opened today with some restrictions in place. They will be open from 10am to 9pm seven days a week. There is a 2 hour parking limit with parking passes given to drivers when entering lots. These passes have an expiry of 2 hours. Beware if you are parked longer than the specified 2 hours — you can face $250 fines and towed cars for violators! Chairs, coolers and canopies will be allowed. Restrooms will be open, but concessions, playgrounds, amenities and picnic shelters will remain closed.
Please remember, social distancing guidelines still apply — Keeping groups to 10 or less and and maintain at least 6 feet between groups.


Most area restaurants are choosing not to re-open yet, but are offering pick-up or delivery. Presently, the following restaurants on Anna Maria Island and nearby, are open for TAKEOUT/DELIVERY.

▪ Bridge Tender Inn, 135 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. 941-778-4849. Offering takeout and delivery.
▪ Cortez Cafe, 12108 Cortez Rd. W., Cortez. 941-792-0030. Offering takeout.
▪ Cortez Kitchen, 4528 119th St. W., Cortez. 941-798-9404. Offering takeout and will bring to your car.
▪ Cremesh European Restaurant, 7232 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. 941-896-9422. Offering takeout and curbside pickup (Tue., Fri. and Sun. only).
▪ Danny’s Pizzeria, 7220 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. 941-795-1111. Offering takeout and delivery.
▪ Eat Here, 5315 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach. 941-778-0411. Offering curbside pickup and delivery.
▪ Euphamia Haye Restaurant, 5540 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key. 941-383-3633. Offering curbside pickup.
▪ French Table, 103 Gulf Dr. N., Bradenton Beach. 941-779-1930. Offering takeout and delivery.
▪ Gio Fabulous Pizza & Martini Bar, 4805 Cortez Rd. W., Bradenton. 941-792-3388. Offering takeout, curbside pickup and delivery via Uber Eats.
▪ Gulf Drive Cafe & the Kokonut Hut, 900 Gulf Dr. N., Bradenton Beach. 941-778-1919. Offering takeout.
▪ Hometown Desserts, 507 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-896-9735. Offering sweets for carryout and curbside pickup.
▪ Lucky Frog Restaurant, 4625 Cortez Rd. W., Bradenton. 941-795-2132. Offering takeout and curbside pickup.
▪ Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub, 760 Broadway St. N., Longboat Key. 941-383-2391. Offering takeout and package sales.
▪ Minnie’s Beach Cafe, 5360 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach. 941-778-4140. Takeout and delivery available. Free breakfast or lunch meal offered for children.
▪ Oma’s Pizza, 201 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. 941-778-0771 open daily 11am- 10pm Free delivery and curbside pick-up.
▪ The Sandbar, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria. 941-778-0444. Offering takeout and package sales.
▪ Scott’s Deli, 5350 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach. 941-778-3000. takeout and delivery.
▪ The Seafood Shack, 4110 127th St. W., Cortez. 941-794-1235. Offering takeout and patio is open for seating from 12-7pm.
▪ Star Fish Company, 12306 46th Ave. W., Cortez. 941-794-1243. Offering pickup.
▪ Swordfish Grill, 4628 119th St. W., Cortez. 941-798-2035. Offering curb side and dockside pickup.
▪ Tide Tables, 12507 Cortez Rd. W., Bradenton. 941-567-6206. Offering takeout.
▪ Wicked Cantina, 101 Seventh St. N., Bradenton Beach, 941-281-2990,
Anna Maria’s Sandbar and Mar Vista on Longboat Key are offering a takeout menu, grocery list and once a week organic produce box from the Gamble Creek farm. The Beach House in Bradenton Beach is closed.

University Mall Sarasota

Following the announcement by Governor DeSantis that he is partially lifting the stay-at-home-orders, some retailers in Bradenton reopened today. The partial reopening order allows retail stores, museums and libraries to open at 25 percent indoor capacity.
Those that reopened are the Mall at University Town Center, Bealls and Ellenton Premium Outlets.
I just want to go to the beach, but if shopping is your thing, I advise a quick call call before heading out to confirm hours of operation.

As you dream about your next trip with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals please continue to — be kind, be safe and be 6 feet apart!
We will see you soon!

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Beach Workout – Anna Maria Island, Florida

You’ve arrived at your destination, beautiful Anna Maria Island and are looking forward to a wonderful holiday. You are anticipating white sandy beaches, sunny weather, and delicious cocktails. Your only concern is — maintaining your fitness while enjoying your holiday. Being on vacation doesn’t mean you have to skip your workout. A beach workout is a perfect way to start your day. Some simple beach workouts will have you looking and feeling amazing from the day you arrive until the day you leave.

When you’re staying with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals you can take advantage of the beautiful coastal scenery and do your workouts at the beach. The fresh salt air, the feel of the sun on your skin as well as the added resistance of the sand are the makings for a better and more efficient workout.
An added bonus — once your beach workout is complete, instead of hitting the shower you can jump into the ocean for a refreshing cool off.
Well there is no equipment needed for excellent beach workouts, please don’t forget to apply your sunscreen and stay well hydrated!
Here are some suggestions that are sure to help you meet your fitness goals while not imposing on your relaxing vacation.
You can definitely get a sweat on in the water. You probably already have your swimsuit on so hit the beach and make a splash! Take advantage of your beach vacation with the added benefit of working out on a liquid treadmill in the refreshing Gulf of Mexico. And, I can’t think of a better way to enjoy the beautiful Florida weather than a workout in the water. A swimming workout is easy on your joints, bones and muscles, burns calories and firms every muscle in your body. It is also known to relieve stress and tension while refreshing and renewing us. And, don’t forget to bring your beach chair along so after your workout you can pick the perfect spot to sit back and relax.
Running is a popular type of exercise on the Florida beach and running on the sand is much different and harder than it is on cement or the treadmill. Running on beach sand will be a workout your body isn’t used to, making it more effective.
Barefoot or shoes? You will see a mix of runners, some choose to wear shoes, although many prefer to run barefoot. Running barefoot allows you to use your whole foot enabling your feet to move through their natural range of motion. This can help strengthen different muscles, but pay attention to any unusual aches or pains you may experience especially if you have plantar fasciitis, ankle injuries, or any lower leg problems. For those that like to run barefoot, be careful of fish hooks, sharp shells and broken glass.
Wet sand or dry sand? Wet, hard sand creates a dense, stable surface. Soft sand creates a higher level of instability, which makes you work harder.
If you choose to wear your shoes on the beach, you can run in the soft sand you work harder and have lots of sand in each shoe when you’re done or you go for the hard sand while trying not to get your shoes wet.
You can also consider running in the water. What a feeling you get with the water splashing up on your legs as you run. Plus, the bonus of slightly firmer footing than the loose sand further up on the beach.
An added perk to beach running — the cool beach breeze blowing on your face giving you a continuous cool down effect.
Walking on the sand isn’t easy. Scientists say it takes 2.1-2.7 times more energy to walk or run on the sand than it does to move at the same pace on hard surfaces. You know the feeling … you take a step forward, your foot sinks into the sand and shifts as you push a little harder trying to get a little traction. Yep, that energy you are using strengthens the muscles between your feet and back, especially your calves, quadriceps and glutes. So, as you are enjoying your next beach walk, remember, you are really working those muscles. And, the dryer the sand, the harder the work.
Beach Bear Crawl
Simple, but effective — begin in a plank position with your arms fully extended. Then, slowly crawl forward in the sand like a bear using your arms and feet.
You can do these pushups inside your vacation rental, but doing them on the beach with the uneven terrain will challenge your body in new ways. The softness of sand makes push-ups harder. Begin in a plank position with arms fully extended and lower your body until your face is almost touching the sand. Repeat until you feel fatigued. Facing the water puts your body at a decline which is more challenging. Beginners may find it easier to face away from the water so your body will be at an incline.
Sand Sprints
Want to boost your cardiovascular fitness? Running sprints on the beach will do it.
The resistance from the sand makes these more strenuous than regular sprints, so don’t overdo it – you’ll feel them quickly.
Warm up by easy running on the beach. When you’re ready go hard and sprint for 20 seconds pumping your arms trying to cover as much ground as you can in the short amount of time. Then give yourself a minute or two of recovery, to allow almost full recovery so you can put maximum effort into each sprint. Repeat. Aim for 10 sprints. Sounds easy enough 🙂 Then cool down walking slowly on the beach to bring your heart rate back down.
Walking Sand Lunges
Walking lunges are an ideal leg workout for the beach. Lunging in the sand is an excellent glute and thigh workout, and doing it on the beach means you can enjoy the peaceful view while on vacation. The sand makes for adequate resistance and requires you to really use your stabilizing muscles. Begin by slowly lunging forward with one leg; then lunge forward with the other leg in a continuous motion while moving in a forward direction. Complete several sets of this exercise until your legs feel fatigued.
Beach Yoga 
Ohhh, the power of a yoga workout. Get stretched and relax with some beachside yoga. Imagine—enjoying the beach with light activity, connecting with nature and your own spirituality. Beach yoga is the perfect way to surround yourself with serene scenery as you deeply inhale the fresh salt air and get the sensational, warm feeling as the sun touches your skin. The softness of the sand will enable you to create poses that would normally require you to stop and put down a blanket for padding. Anna Maria Island is relaxing and laid back, an absolutely perfect place for beach yoga.
If you are interested in group yoga classes on the beach please contact us Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals and we will provide information.
Whatever form your workout takes, we wish you a wonderful beach vacation on Anna Maria Island, Florida. We hope your visit with us is filled with many great moments making beautiful take-home memories.
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Saying Good-Bye to 2018 & Good Riddance to Florida Red Tide

Florida Red Tide — It’s GONE!

Storms are not usually cause for celebration and most of us don’t enjoy cool temperatures, clouds, rain and turbulent waters. But, all of us at Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals celebrated when the recent storms hit Anna Maria Island. Why? Because, these storms gave red tide a fatal beating! The December storms that hit just before Christmas brought colder temperatures, high winds gusting to 50 mph and waves cresting at 10 feet. They effectively broke up the bloom and killed the bacteria as the red tide cells weren’t able to swim towards nutrients needed to feed and continue to bloom. Good-bye and good riddance to red tide!
Red tide has affected our area on the Gulf Coast of Florida, sporadically since August and we are happy to bid it farewell. I have heard many different descriptions of Red Tide, here is my understanding of it …
  • Red tide blooms are not new, they have formed in the Gulf of Mexico for hundreds of years. Excessive blooming of plankton known as Karenia brevis causes red tide. The blooming is natural and it typically occurs it is typically late summer or early fall. The bloom of this algae in high densities often turns the beautiful blue water a murky brown or reddish color.
  • Red tides can last a few weeks or many months depending on conditions that influence the bloom’s growth. These conditions include, water currents, sunlight, speed and direction of the wind, nature in general.
  • Humans do not contract red tide — they exhibit symptoms from being exposed to it. Symptoms are typically burning eyes and throat irritation with a cough and can vary individually.
  • Red Tide can affect the central nervous system of fish and other vertebrates, causing these animals to die. Scientists tell us, mammals like manatee are particularly susceptible because they breathe in the toxin, can ingest toxic food and take in some seawater containing toxins.
  • When we see dead fish the cause is not always red tide; there are other conditions that affect marine life.
So, let’s get back to and expand on the good news!!!
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) recently reported
red tide was not found in any water samples collected last week in Florida waters. Two test sites in Manatee County showed no presence with background levels in waters off Manatee County shores at the Palma Sola Bay bridge. Note: Background concentrations of red tide cause no anticipated effects on people or marine life. Background simply means not present or less than 1,000 cells.
-No fish kills suspected to be related to red tide were reported this week
Their interactive map is updated daily, but due to the holidays, the last samplings recorded were taken Dec. 26 with the next available report available on Friday, January 4th.
Go to for more information.

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium – Beach Conditions Reporting System

Date Reported 2018-12-30 15:02:16
Flag Green
Water Color Moderate
Red Drift None
Red Drift Location Not Available
Air Temperature 78.03 degrees F
Water Surface Temp 64 degrees F
Weather Summary Clear
Respiratory Irritation None
Dead Fish None
Jellyfish None
Beach Debris None
Wind Direction South
Wind Speed 6.32 MPH
Rip Currents None
Surf Calm
Surf Type Shore Break
Surf Height 0-1FT
Crowds Many
Red Tide Current Status – Most recent 8 days of sampling December 28, 2018 Manatee Karenia brevis cells per litre — not present/background (0-1,000)

So how do we feel about all of this and what are we telling our incoming guests?

Pack your bags, load up your car, your best vacation is about to begin.

Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals look forward to welcoming you!

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Red tide is the result of a harmful algal bloom which generally occurs in late summer or early fall. Fortunately, Anna Maria Island does not often see severe outbreaks as the blooms occur in the South Western Gulf of Mexico and don’t always make their way into our region.
In most of the cases in Florida and the Gulf of Mexico the species is called Karenia Brevis or K. Brevis as it’s commonly known. The microscopic organism exists offshore throughout the year and It only becomes a problem when the algae blooms at high concentrations.
Red tide is not something new, records show red tide in Florida for decades.
Some people believe that pollution has made the situation worse, but there is no direct link. Florida red tides develop 10-40 miles offshore, away from man-made nutrient sources and were observed in the mid-1900s before the coastlines were heavily developed. The wind, currents, and weather are factors in transporting red tide inshore. Once red tides are inshore the blooms can grow using man-made nutrients. Some believe that harmful algae in the water discharged from Lake Okeechobee (a freshwater lake located in SW Florida) might have caused or worsened the situation, but scientists say that this is not true.
Florida red tide can discolor water a red or brown hue, but the water can also remain its normal color during a bloom.
Red tides can last as little as a few weeks or longer and can subside and then reoccur. Dissipation depends on many factors including, sunlight, nutrients, water temperature and water currents.
The Florida red tide organism produce toxins that can affect a variety of marine animals. The accumulation and persistence of brevetoxins in these marine animals and environments such as seagrass and sediment can eventually lead to the transfer of these toxins to larger animals, including sea turtles, birds and marine mammals.
Karenia Brevis can only survive in marine waters, but when waves crash onshore, the cells break open allowing the breveto cells produced to become airborne. When the K. Brevis is present and winds blow onshore some people experience tearing eyes, sneezing, runny noses, coughing or scratchy throats. Offshore winds usually keep respiratory effects experienced by those on the shore to a minimum. The Florida Department of Health advises people with severe or chronic respiratory conditions, such as emphysema or asthma, to avoid red tide areas.
Swimming during a Florida red tide is safe for most people. For some people, it can cause skin irritation and burning eyes. If you experience irritation, get out of the water and thoroughly wash off.
During a red tide it is safe to eat local finfish as long as the fish are filleted before eaten. Although toxins may accumulate in the guts of fish, these areas are disposed of when the fish are filleted. Shellfish bought in store or served in restaurants are safe to eat during a bloom because the shellfish are tested monitored by the government for safety. Any illegally harvested and unregulated shellfish are particularly dangerous and should never be consumed. The Florida red tide toxin can not be seen or tasted and cooking or freezing does not destroy the toxin.
The harmful effects of a red tide are caused when the organism dies and toxins are released. Control of Florida red tides by killing the red tide organism and eliminating toxins in the water while not harming the environment is a complex issue. Presently there is no practical or acceptable way to do this.
Florida red tide is a natural phenomenon, but it can be an unwelcome and inconvenient occurrence for vacationers. There are lots of things to do other than going to the beach. Here are a few suggestions:
-Shop local boutiques — Bridge Street on Bradenton Beach or Pine Avenue on Anna Maria
-Kayaking, Paddle boarding, jet skiing in Intercostal waterways not affected
-Visit Aquariums — Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, Sarasota or South Florida Museum, Bradenton
-Art galleries on Anna Maria Island — Artists Guild Gallery, Studio at Gulf & Pine, Island Gallery West
-Walk, bike or bird watch at a nearby preserve — Robinson Preserve, Perico Preserve
-Rent or charter a boat
-Horseback riding
-golf, mini put, adventure and obstacle courses that are outside the reach of the airborne toxins
Any questions or for additional information please call us Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals
Links & Sources: 
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission —
Mote Marine Laboratory Inc —
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601 Gulf Dr N Bradenton Beach


Exceptional place to stay!!!

Review Date: July 8/2018

Reviewed by Amy Gorsuch

Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals-601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217
601 Gulf Dr N Bradenton Beach
We were very pleased with our stay, the condo and the exceptional customer service we received. Terry went above and beyond to call and email us to ensure we did not need anything and offered many suggestions of things to do. The unit was clean and one of the best we have stayed in. It is a minimal walk to the beach. There are so many things to do within the distance of the condo. We will be back next year and staying here again. Thank you for a painless vacation!
Submitted: Jul 8, 2018 | Stayed: June 2018
My Response:

Thank you for the nice review it is very much appreciated. I cannot express to you how happy we are that you booked for next year before you even arrived at our condo. We are looking forward to having you as our guests again next summer.

Hope you enjoy the rest of your summer.

Terry, Sandy & Family

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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:
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.


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.
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.
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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Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival

June 23 – July 4, 2018 — Sarasota, Florida
The Sarasota Boat Races called the Suncoast Offshore Racing Grand Prix first took place in 1984 and has since become an annual event. It is the longest continually run boat race in the United States. Not just a boat race, but a festival with lots of activities. There will be dozens of high performance boats participating in a downtown parade and exhibition and race in the Gulf of Mexico. Another real plus of this festival is proceeds from the events surrounding the race benefit Suncoast Charities for Children.


Admission: Free and event is open to the public.

There are VIP tickets available for purchase to watch the race from the Sandcastle Resort. Visit —

Location: The event takes place in the waters off Sarasota and various resort locations.
The best place to view the Sarasota Boat Races/The Suncoast Offshore Racing Grand Prix, is from Lido Key Beach. The race course runs from New Pass (north of Lido Key/south of Longboat Key) to Big Pass (south of Lido Key/north of Siesta Key). Anywhere along Lido Public Beach, you will have a great view of the offshore power boat racing. The crowds will be large, but it is spread out and with the water right in front of you bring your swimsuit and stay cool by watching the race from in the water.
Be prepared to come early, as some die-hard fans will arrive between 5 and 6 am looking for good parking spots and to stake out their spot on the beach. Everyone will be looking for the best angle to see the offshore racing boats. Expect to see brightly colored umbrellas and picnic shades, along with racing fans that bring grills filling the beach side with the wonderful aroma of hamburgers, hot dogs and other barbecued treats.
Here are a few of the more popular events during the festival:
• June 24, 2018: Suncoast Grand Prix Car Show: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Additional details pending.
• June 28, 2018:  The offshore Grand Prix Festival Kickoff Party Fundraiser Doors open at 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. More info pending.
• June 29, 2018: “Meet & Greet Who’s In The Driver’s Seat & Autograph session,” Hyatt Regency Ballroom, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, $5.00 Adults/Kids 18 & Under Free. 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
• June 29, 2018: “Boats by the Bay” Party in the Pits: Powerboats on display plus meet the race teams along with food, drinks and live music. 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. Van Wezel Parking lot ,777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL.
• June 29, 2018: “Boats by the Bay” Party in the Pits: Miss Powerboat P1 Swimwear Contest. Top prizes: $500, $750, $1,000! 6:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Van Wezel Parking lot ,777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL.
June 30 – July 1, 2018: Grand Prix Fan Fest. See teams up close prepping for the race, watch the races LIVE under a tent plus music, food, full bar, vendors. Free admission. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Van Wezel Parking Lot, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL.
• July 1, 2018: Race Team Award Presentations: Free admission and open to the public, 5:30 p.m. Centennial Park, 1105 10th St., Sarasota, FL
July 4, 2018: Fireworks over Sarasota Bay, Island Park, Free. 9 p.m.
The Sarasota Boat Races are awesome to witness as some of the offshore racing boats reach speeds of over 100 mph on the straight-aways of the six and a half mile long race course off Lido Key Beach. While the racing is happening you will also see
numerous helicopters overhead with medical staff and emergency divers aboard prepared to provide medical response should a mishap occur on the water. They will be keeping their eyes on the boats, drivers as well as marine animals.
To get to Lido Key Beach from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217: take Gulf Drive South to St. Armand’s Circle and bear to the left around the Circle (west) toward Lido Key Beach. Turn left (south) on to Ben Franklin Drive and look for parking spots on the street or at the Lido Key Beach public parking lot, south on Ben Franklin Drive. If no parking is available, double back to St. Armand’s Key and look for free parking lots around the rear of the shops on St Armand’s Circle (look for the free parking signs around the Circle).
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Our favorite beach is simply the beach out front with private access at Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 64217  — A perfect spot to spend the day and ideal for watching the breathtaking sunset. It is simple and pretty and one of the finest Gulf of Mexico beaches along the sun coast.
As our guest, there are other area beaches that you might like to explore. Here is a list in order of distance, closest to furthest from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals.
Cortez Beach — Featuring 140 feet of undeveloped beach it picks up just south of us and ends at the North part of Coquina Beach. This is a unique “Old Florida” style beach, with tall trees lining the beach along with native grasses, sand dunes and sea oats. Combine this with the sandy beach and beautiful gulf waters to make a picture postcard setting. This is a fabulous beach with a completely different feel from Coquina Beach. There are no life guards so you swim or surf at your own risk and there are no amenities like children’s playgrounds, volley ball areas or beach chair rentals.
Although you can still reserve a picnic pavilion here and there are restrooms nearby this is a much quieter beach.
If you drive, Cortez Beach sits on Gulf Drive South on Anna Maria Island, so just slowly cruise the street while looking for a parking spot on the right (west) roadside parking area. You basically pull off Gulf Drive South and on to the side of the road to park. As you jump out of your car you can taste the salty air. This is a beach where you can enjoy the blue skies, warm Florida sun, white sand and make an exceptional day of it.
This Manatee County Beach is open daily from sunrise to sunset.
Located on the southern end of Anna Maria Island this is spectacular beach with white sand and turquoise blue water. Coquina Beach offers on duty lifeguards, a concession stand, beach equipment rentals (umbrellas, beach chairs) picnic areas, children’s playground, volleyball courts, water fountains and restrooms. There is a multi-use biking/walking path spanning a large distance. Coquina is lined with tall pine trees offering shady covering for the picnic area where you can enjoy your food and drink. At the southern end of the beach you can sit and watch the boats pass from the west into the inter-coastal waterway looking across at Beer Can Alley. The northern end tends to be a bit quieter where you can relax and maybe if you are lucky you will spot some of the dolphins that frequent the shoreline.
The Coquina beach park is conveniently located on a trolley stop, so you are able to get to it easily from our condo. There is plenty of parking available for those wanting to drive their car.
Manatee Beach — 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach
This beautiful white sand beach is a popular spot for families visiting Anna Maria Island. With lifeguards on duty, picnic tables, children’s playground and volleyball courts, this is a gorgeous natural Florida beach. There is a Café on the beach with indoor and outdoor seating. Other facilities include rest rooms, changing stalls, showers, water fountains, umbrella and beach chair rentals. There are also picnic tables in the shade, tucked under the Australian pines. For us beach walkers…you can walk for miles, north or south of Manatee Beach. A five minute drive from our condo and right on a trolley stop this public beach is in a central location on the island. There is lots of parking in the good sized lot and it is free! This is a very popular beach that fills up fast. Definitely worth a visit!
Beer Can Island/Greer Island Park/Hooked Spit
Located on the northern tip of Longboat Key at Longboat Pass drawbridge. this undeveloped white sand beach is a popular hangout for locals. Virtually everyone comes by boat, but you can walk here in low tide like we did. By boat you will have easy access and if you are driving you should park your car at the west end of N. Shore Rd and walk north along the gulf. The beach will curve and you will find many old fallen trees. Continue walking (now east) to Longboat Pass where you will find a group boats anchored to the beach. The entire walk is about half a mile one way and is really tranquil. You don’t have to go all the way down to the boaters and can setup your beach spot anywhere. The swimming here isn’t great, because there are dangerous rip currents in Longboat Pass. It’s safer to swim where you park the car off N. Shore Rd. or across the bridge at Coquina Beach. You will find, even at low tide, there are quite a few rocks to clamber over and it is not really accessible with little ones (except by boat). However, the beach at the Northern end of Longboat is still a wonderful place to visit and to escape the crowds. The twisted trees seem to tell a story and I’m sure they have a lot to tell.
Incidentally there are no public restrooms or lifeguards here.
Whitney Beach — Approximately a quarter-mile long, Whitney Beach is located directly across from Whitney Plaza at the north end of Longboat Ley. Once you’re on Longboat Key, simply follow Gulf of Mexico Drive until you find a road off to the right near North Shore Rd. This is the area in which you want to be that leads out to Whitney Beach. There is a public parking area conveniently located on Broadway Street just west of Gulf of Mexico Drive. Approximately a seven minute drive from our condo this beach extends southward behind several condominium residences. With no amenities you will have to bring what you require for this beach. This is a pristine beach where you will find lots and lots of shells.
This beach has beautiful white sand that even in the hottest sun, won’t burn your feet. The water is crystal clear and usually nice and calm. A great location for a beach family picnic, with pavilions, grills, benches, showers, water fountains, playground and restrooms. It does not have lifeguard services. Approximately a ten minute drive from our condo and there is a free trolley stop at the City Pier right next to the park.
Bayfront Park offers some of the best views of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge and Egmont Key with excellent picnic and grilling facilities. Visit this beach to enjoy an afternoon barbecue with your family while enjoying the scenery.
Bean Point — This gorgeous, secluded white sand beach which wraps around the whole northern part of Anna Maria Island is probably the quietest beach on the Island. Situated on the northern tip of the Island where the Gulf of Mexico meets the Bay the view is as peaceful as it is beautiful. There are no facilities here, therefore, it doesn’t seem to attract tourists so you might very well have the beach to yourself. If you need a break from the Florida sunshine there are lots of pine trees around so you can enjoy the shade. Swimming is not always recommended here because of the risk of strong currents and riptides so please use caution. You can certainly walk along the long shoreline and enjoy the tranquil views. Bean Point is also well known for its incredible sunsets! This is also a great place to fly a kite. Park on any of the side streets in the area and make your way to this beach at the northern tip.
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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.
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.
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
The Kokonut Hut
Wicked Cantina
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.
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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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The Rod & Reel Pier
Address: 875 N Shore Dr, Anna Maria, FL 34216
Phone: 941-778-1885
Hours: Mon – Sun 8:00 am – 9:00 pm

At the north end of the Island about a ten minute drive on the free trolley from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals-601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217 you will find one our favourite restaurants, the Rod & Reel Pier. One of our top three favourites, it is a definite must try when you visit beautiful Anna Maria Island. This is not a fancy pier restaurant, but an Island favourite for locals and tourists and a perfect place to start your day with breakfast, enjoy a mid-day lunch meal or a relaxing sunset dinner. The restaurant is located at the end of the Rod and Reel Pier offering casual dining, serving great food at a reasonable price. The Rod & Reel serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with a great selection on every menu. Seating is available inside or on the covered outside deck. They don’t take reservations so there is often a wait for a table. Our wait time isn’t usually to long and to pass the time we go downstairs to their unique bar that serves beer and wine. The staff are all very down-to-earth and make you feel at home. The menu is fairly simple, and while the menu dishes are really good, I have found their fresh seafood specials are often better. They have several specials on the blackboard and you’re given the options of having your fish fried, grilled or blackened. Our last visit the blackened Mahi dinner I ordered was the best I have ever tasted. I enjoy the Fish and Chips as well. I always like to end the meal with their delicious key lime pie.
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But, it isn’t only the food we go for, the spectacular views of the clear turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the Sunshine Skyway Bridge keep us coming back. I saw my one and only Green Flash while dining at the Rod & Reel, so for me it’s also the thought of seeing my next green flash. An unforgettable experience for me, one I hope everyone will get to experience.
After your meal you can watch folks fishing from the pier and enjoy the warm bay breezes. Talk to some of the locals, most enjoy sharing their stories of life on Anna Maria Island. For a small fee rent a pole and fish right off the Rod & Reel dock or walkways. With any luck you just might catch your next meal.
One more piece of beauty on Anna Maria Island awaits you in the relaxing atmosphere at the Rod & Reel Pier.
TripAdvisor Reviews April 2018
1. I love this place. Tiny little restaurant on fishing pier ot north end of island. It has spectacular views of the sunset and Sunshine Parkway Bridge to St Pete. Although they don’t have many tables, they turn over fast. Service is friendly and fast. Reasonable prices especially on beer. It’s the only place I have been able to find amberjack. Several daily fresh catch specials, grouper, ahi, tuna and steak. I always look forward to going back and have never been disappointed

2. Great location! Very informal service and set up but the staff are lovely and it is as much a locals place as it is for tourists. Head up early to watch the sunrise, you may see dolphins and can watch the fisherman at work. Great view whilst in the restaurant too. Definitely worth a trip.

3. The seafood dishes were excellent very fresh. My fried oyster platter was amazing! They don’t take reservations so you need to get there early or be prepared to wait quite a bit. They do have a bar you can order drinks while you’re waiting and have a pretty good view of the sunset. It’s not very big but it’s right over the water which was perfect for our family of six. We enjoyed watching people fish from the pier as we were waiting. We wished we had room for their key lime pie but we were stuffed!

4. As informal as it gets but great food and service, best views ! Walk up but if there is a wait, grab a brew and sit out with the fishermen and watch for manatees and dolphins

5. If you like your fish.. this is one of the best places to eat in Anna Maria. The range is huge and how you have it cooked .. blackened, chipotle .. it’s a bit more restricted for non fish eaters but burgers and sandwiches are on the menu. Busy place so will need to go put name down and then watch the world go around in the pier. My boys loved it.

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