Super Bowl — Tampa, Florida

One of the most watched annual sporting events in the world. It all comes down to Super Bowl LV, the 55th annual showdown between the best of the best in the NFL. Despite how strange the last year was, some things never change—and the Super Bowl is one constant. The Super Bowl is an event football fans as well non-football fans look forward to all year long. This year it is in our neighborhood. After nearly two decades, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have made it back to the Super Bowl.
Oh how I would love to get my hands on some reasonably priced tickets and gift them to some fans I know would love to be among those attending the Super Bowl in person. To clarify, the tickets would be for my husband and our son. They would be over the moon to make the easy drive from Anna Maria Island to Tampa and take their seats at the Raymond James Stadium. I am happy to stay home, rooting for the Bucs from the comfort of the couch. I will watch a little of the game and anxiously wait for the start of the half time show. How lucky or wealthy are those Super Bowl ticket holders? I ask this because I know that it’s not easy to get a ticket and the tickets are remarkably expensive, reaching into the thousands of dollars. When I checked NFL On Location earlier today there are tickets available prices ranging from $5312.50 to $15300.00 per ticket. A little above my budget so no, I didn’t buy any. The value of the ticket price to attend Super Bowl 55 is certainly subjective. If you don’t get tickets to attend and your team wins you are still happy but, paying that large sum and your team loses? Not just the loss, but with that money you could have easily purchased a beautiful new 75” flat screen television instead…ouch that hurts!
While you pick your seat for the big game, enjoy these interesting Super Bowl LV facts…
— The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will face off against the 2020 Super Bowl Champions Kansas City Chiefs. This is the first time these two teams have squared off in the Super Bowl.
— The game will be played Sunday, February 7 with kick-off at 3:30 pm PT 6:30 pm ET
— Super Bowl 55 will be played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.
— This will be the fifth time Tampa has hosted the Super Bowl and the third at Raymond James Stadium.
— The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be the first team in NFL history to play a Super Bowl at their own stadium.
— There is always a first, but so far, no team has ever won the Super Bowl in their home stadium.
— Buccaneers quarterback 43 year old Tom Brady will make his 10th Super Bowl appearance, which is an NFL record. This will be his first outside of New England, where he spent the first 20 seasons of his career with the Patriots.
— Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who won Super Bowl MVP in the Chiefs’ last title, is looking to become the youngest QB in NFL history to win multiple Super Bowls. He won in 2019 at age 24 and is looking to do it again at 25.
— Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman will recite her latest work ahead of the coin toss.
— Marine veteran James Martin will kick off the game with a coin toss.
— Carl Cheffers will referee the game as part of a crew featuring Sarah Thomas, who will become the first woman to officiate a Super Bowl.
— Three-time Grammy Award-winning artist The Weeknd will perform at the halftime show. You can expect his halftime show to start around 8 pm ET.

— Super Bowl LV will be televised on CBS. NBC was originally scheduled to broadcast the 2021 game and CBS had the 2022 Super Bowl, the networks swapped years so the NBC would have both the Super Bowl and Winter Olympics in 2022.

— Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Super Bowl LV will be the lowest-attended Super Bowl ever. Attendance has been capped at about 22,000. That number includes 7,500 vaccinated health care workers that will attend the game on an all-expense paid trip. The stadium will be about a third full.
So where will you be sitting to watch the Super Bowl? We will be staying home and are looking forward to a great take-out feast from one of our favourite local restaurants. We have already pre-ordered so when game day arrives we aren’t scrambling to get our order together, we just have to pick-up.
Celebrations will look a lot different this year because of COVID-19, but there are safe ways to cheer on your team while you enjoy your favourite foods. For those watching the game in our Anna Maria Island area, there are many restaurant dining options with outdoor space.
Takeout is also a great option to consider and it is always nice to support the local restaurants.
Here are a few we recommend for dine-in or take-out…
Beach House — 200 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach 941-779-2222
Bridge Tender Inn — 135 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach 941-778-4849
Island Time Bar & Grill — 111 Gulf Drive South, Bradenton Beach 941-782-1122
Kokunut Hut — 900 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach 941- 778-1919
Old Hamburg Schnitzelhaus — 3246 East Bay Drive, Holmes Beach 941-778-1320
Slim’s Place — 9701 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria 941-567-4056
Solo Pizza — 3246 East Bay Drive, Holmes Beach 941-778-8118
Wicked Cantina — 101-7th Street North, Bradenton Beach +1 941-281-2990
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Welcoming 2021 on Anna Maria Island

As 2020 comes to an end, we thank our guests for your support and even more for your friendship. Wishing you all health, happiness and an abundance of blessings this coming year. See you in 2021!
A heartfelt thank-you to our cleaning and building maintenance partners for your hard work and your commitment especially through these challenging times.
And on a personal note, we would like to thank the amazing frontline and essential workers, teachers and humanitarians, who place service to society above all else. You are all heroes and you are something to celebrate each and every day!
I don’t think there is a better place than Anna Maria Island to kick off the start of a new year.
So What’s Open on Anna Maria Island?
— Our white sand beaches are open
— The Island Branch Library in Holmes Beach and The Tingley Memorial Library in Bradenton Beach.
— The Holmes Beach skate park, basketball courts, pickleball courts and tennis courts.
— The Center of Anna Maria Island. A non-profit community center offering programs and learning opportunities for all ages. The Center offers adult, youth, and family programs for local community members and island guests. Facilities include ball fields, a gymnasium, tennis & basketball courts, a fitness center, dance classrooms, and meeting facilities. www.Centerami.Org or call (941)778-1908 for more information.
— Exciting activities like dolphin cruises, kayaking, fishing and bicycling.
Contact us for some local recommendations.
— The Beach Market at Coquina Beach offers fresh local produce, unique arts and crafts, jewelry, local artists, hand crafted apparel, pottery, purses, health and beauty items, live music and more. The fresh Gulf air and sunshine are free.
The market is held on Sundays and Wednesdays through March.
— The Anna Maria City Pier and the Pier Grill is now open. Closed in 2017 due to damage from Hurricane Irma, residents and visitors are delighted with the re-opening of this county landmark. The City Pier Grill & Bait Shop offers full food menu with beer and wine service. Open seven days a week from 7 am to 10 pm with reduced operating hours on major holidays.
All seating is outdoors, offering picnic tables, high-top tables and barstools along with benches throughout the pier, featuring live music regularly. Bait shop options include live and frozen bait, tackles and fishing rod and bait bucket rentals.

— Local preserves and recreational trails are open, including Robinson Preserve, Grassy Point Preserve and Neal Preserve.

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Outdoor Beach Market at Coquina Beach – Anna Maria Island

Whether you’ve visited us before or it is your first time on Anna Maria Island there is plenty of activity waiting to welcome you.

One of our favourites is a visit to the Beach Market at Coquina Beach. The Beach Market is a free, family friendly, seasonal market located a short walk from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals Inc. A perfect place to shop outdoors, especially this year as we avoid crowded indoor shopping space. Also, this is a great way to support local businesses while learning where they are from and how they make what they sell. 

At the Coquina Beach Market you will find a variety of quality artisans and vendors selling home baked goods, a colourful array of fresh local produce, hand crafted clothing, antiques, and unique original artwork everywhere you look. With so many unique items you’re sure to find something that will thrill those on your Christmas list.

Imagine telling your friends and family you walked along a pathway covered with tall pine canopies looking out at the beautiful turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico to buy their Christmas gift. They might not believe you, until…you show them your pictures!

You will feel the great vibe as you walk throughout this market as it truly portrays the spirit of Anna Maria Island. We hope you enjoy shopping the many great local vendors as much as we do.
The Beach Market at Coquina Beach is open for the 2020/2021 season —
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
December to March on Sunday and Wednesday.
Open Wednesday and Friday for those of you staying with us from April to July.

The event is located at 2650 Gulf Drive South, Bradenton Beach.

As you stroll the market you can enjoy listening to the AMI String Band as they perform live from 10:30-2:30. And, if shopping in the Florida fresh air makes you hungry the Coquina Cafe is open serving good food and drinks.

For everyones safety the vendors are social distancing, wearing masks and have hand sanitizer and wipes at their booths. Patrons are expected to follow social distancing and are encouraged to wear masks.
Here are some of the vendors you can expect to see (there are so many more) —
Beach Boho Life – check out the delicate stackers for just $19 each or 3 for $49!
These are very popular and the quantities are limited (especially the Seafoam green). Look for the teal tent at the south end of the market.
Crushable Hats These hats are terrific! So comfortable to wear and you can pack them in your suitcase without worrying about crushing them. They stay on at the beach, are great for boating and when walking on a windy day.
Feisty Mermaid – Her unique work make great gifts. She actually uses recycled items!
Glass Whiskers – Christmas Shadow Boxes that Light up! Tree changes colors. Measure 6″ x 6″. Handcrafted by Gary Drouin and available for a limited time at the Beach Market. Another great Christmas gift idea!
Licorice Guy – the best licorice! Red, Black, Cinnamon, Chocolate, Watermelon and Green Apple, 😋
Mermazing Kreationz – Beautiful creations by incredible artist Natasha. Unique pieces for you and for gifts.
Monetti Apparel – designer Rejane Monettibrings exciting new creations as well as her famous UV Visors, Rompers, Skorts, dresses and so many other unique looks. All of her designs are made from people’s requests and she is happy to create anything based on what you want. Each and every one of her styles has a story- ask her, she’ll be happy to share.
New Image Jewelry is such a great booth at the Beach Market at Coquina Beach. If you are looking for jewelry for you or as a gift you really should check them out. So many great pieces for men and women. They have such fun pillow covers too, including holiday covers.
Philly Finest Bakers – they make the best cookies, pies and scones. On December 6th Grannie Annie will be taking order for cookie trays. They make great gifts!
PursesJust4U – as the name suggests I thought it was just purses, nope!
Fair Trade Handmade Jackets, Long & Short and Children’s too! Lots of other inventory to choose from. PursesJust4U
Regina Textile – a new vendor to the Beach Market family. Anyone looking for apparel and products made of all natural cotton and hemp you will love this booth!
Sticks and Stones – You will find beautiful rings, coral sets and other incredible pieces at the Beach Market.
Uniquely Yours – Great selection of cute facemask lanyards. While shopping at the Beach Market we are encouraged to wear our masks.
The Beach Market is one of the many wonderful places to visit on Anna Maria Island. If you’re looking for other ideas or have any questions please call or drop us a line.
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Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals Thanksgiving Dining Options

Thanksgiving is a day to remember all things, big and small, that we have to be thankful for. Like many celebrations in 2020 Thanksgiving will look a little different. As we take extra safety precautions we can still enjoy a delicious meal and celebrate the day.

If you don’t want to cook Thanksgiving dinner you can enjoy a full holiday feast from one of several local restaurants or grocery stores. Open for either dine-in service, carry-out or delivery, most will be especially busy. Please, to avoid disappointment make your reservations or place your take-out order now.
The following are conveniently located near your Anna Maria Island  vacation condos. **Walking distance from your condo.
AMI Beach Café – 4000 Gulf Drive., Holmes Beach
Located directly on Manatee Public Beach this is a great option if you want to enjoy a meal while spending your day at the beach. Open from 7:30 am – 5 pm it is famous for “All You Can Eat” pancakes and fried fish. Celebrate Thanksgiving at the beach while making unforgettable memories to take home with you.
**Blue Marlin Seafood Restaurant – 121 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach
A cottage from the 1920s transformed into a top spot for skillfully prepared freshly caught seafood brought over from the docks of nearby Cortez Village. The menu offers a variety of light options as well as some larger entrees. Blue Marlin serves fabulous craft cocktails. After dinner enjoy one of their fabulous desserts.
**Bridge Street Bistro – 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach
Located on historic Bridge Street the atmosphere here is relaxed yet refined, 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. Dinner will not be your usual turkey and dressing with their menu offering steak, seafood, lobster tails and duck. 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
Open from 11:30 am – 9 pm call for reservations 941 – 782 – 1122
**Bridge Tender Inn – 135 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach
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. Bridge Tender Inn serves delicious surf and turf, chicken, pasta, duck as well as giant burgers and sandwiches. They are open from 11:30 am to 9 pm and offer indoor seating, covered patio seating as well as dockside bar seating.
941 – 778 – 4849
Harry’s Grill – 9903 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria
Open Thanksgiving day at noon with live entertainment on the patio from 3-5 pm. Thanksgiving dinner special starts at 4 pm with live entertainment beginning at 6 pm.
This is a really fun restaurant serving delicious food with inside or outside dining options available. Like everything about this restaurant, the outdoor ambiance is casual, with twinkling string lights hanging from the palm trees and patio heaters adorning the area. The inside is small but features a large bar and several tables.
The menu offers a varied selection from fresh Mahi Mahi, BBQ, Smokehouse Bacon Burger, chili cheese fries and more! Choose from their large selection of beer on tap and some great local craft beers.
941 – 567 – 5999 Order on-line for curbside pick-up,or delivery.
**Island Time Grill – 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach
Located on the Bridge Street circle, the Island Time Bar and Grill is on the ground level below the Bridge Street Bistro. An open-air bar with a patio featuring cocktails along with an extensive menu with items like Surf and Turf, Lobster Mac ‘n Cheese, Ahi tuna, Mahi, Grouper, burgers and tacos. Great food with a perfect laid-back Island atmosphere.
Open: 11:30 am – 10 pmCall: 941 – 782 – 1122
The following restaurants/grocery stores options are located off Anna Maria Island, but not far from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals Inc.
BOSTON MARKET – 5002 Cortez Road W., Bradenton.
Boston Market will be open from 9am-6pm on Thanksgiving Day. Dine-in, carry-out and delivery are available.
A selection of turkey, ham or prime rib Thanksgiving meals for carry-out or delivery that come complete with mashed potatoes, rolls, pie and other sides. The meals are chilled and simply require heating, and options for 4-6 or 12 people are available ($79.99-$159.99). You can also pick out individual mains and sides.
Columbia Restaurant – 411 St. Armands Circle, Sarasota
Located in beautiful St. Armands circle thus icon dating back to 1959 is the oldest restaurant in Sarasota. The Columbia will be open 11 am – 10 pm on Thanksgiving. The restaurant will be serving from their regular menu as well as a Traditional Thanksgiving meal featuring roast turkey with a house-made stuffing made from their great-grandmother’s recipe. The meal, costs $24/adults and $6/children under 10), also includes the restaurant’s famed Original “1905” Salad, whipped potatoes, homemade cranberry sauce, vegetables, sweet potato casserole and warm Cuban bread. And, treat yourself to a pitcher of their sangria, it is our favourite!
In addition to restaurant’s holiday dine in the Columbia will offer a full, traditional Thanksgiving feast for curbside takeout. For $149.95 + tax the convenient, fully prepared holiday meal for 10 people and comes with full reheating instructions.
The meal includes:
* 12-pound roasted whole Vermont turkey
* Columbia stuffing: Our grandmother’s recipe of Italian sausage, ground beef, chopped chicken livers, apples, water chestnuts and raisins
* “1905” Salad®: Crisp iceberg lettuce with julienne of baked ham, natural Swiss cheese, fresh tomato, olives, grated Romano cheese and our famous garlic dressing
* Loaf of fresh-baked Cuban bread
* Sautéed baby carrots and green beans
* Whipped russet potatoes
* Homemade cranberry sauce
* Giblet gravy
* Choice of dessert: A whole pumpkin pie or Key lime pie
All orders must be placed by 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19. To order, call 941-388-3987
Orders will be picked up on Wednesday, Nov. 25 at an appointed time between 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Curbside Takeout spots at each restaurant.
CREMESH EUROPEAN RESTAURANT – 7232 Manatee Ave., W., Bradenton.
Cremesh European Restaurant will offer a set four-course dinner featuring creamy potato leek soup, a spring-mix salad with goat cheese and raspberry vinaigrette and a choice of entrée (roast turkey with trimmings, roast pork rouladen, and vegetarian stuffed mushrooms). Dessert is Chef Pavel Hasenohrl’s pumpkin cheesecake or peach pie. A glass of house wine or beer (or soda) is included with each adult meal.
Take-out is also available; orders must be placed by Nov. 23.
Details: Reservation only. Reservations will be accepted for seatings from 1-2 p.m. and 4–5 p.m. Adults: $49 per person. $18 children’s meal available for ages 11 and under. $20 deposit per person required.
Info: cremeshrestaurant.com941-896-9422.
EUPHEMIA HAYE Restaurant – 5540 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key
A long time favourite since 1975, enjoy a fine dining Thanksgiving meal at Euphemia Haye Restaurant on Longboat Key. Open from 2-9 pm, the regular menu and daily specials are available. In addition, there will be two Thanksgiving Day specials: a sliced turkey plate with prune stuffing, gravy and honey-glazed carrots or a quarter duck entree with sage stuffing, raspberry sauce and honey-glazed carrots.
A limited number of meals and pies for curbside pickup will be available. Orders must be placed by Friday, Nov. 20.
Info: euphemiahaye.com941-383-3633.
Harry’s Continental Kitchens – 525 St. Judes Drive, Longboat Key
This Longboat Key favourite is open for Thanksgiving from 1:00 to 8:00 pm serving a special three course dinner. The cost is $41/per person $57 with premium wine pairings $32 entrée only. First course includes soup or salad, Five Spiced Butter Nut Squash Soup with Maple Syrup drizzle and Spiced Pecans or Fall Apple Salad Fiji Apple, Craisins, Cherry Tomato, Spiced Pecans, Baby Spinach, Crispy Shallots, Lemon-Honey Vinaigrette. ENTRÉE is fresh Roasted Turkey with Apple-Walnut Stuffing, Giblet Gravy Cranberry Relish, fresh Green Beans Almondine, Mashed Idaho and Sweet Potatoes. For dessert choose from Traditional Pumpkin Pie, Apple Cheese Cake, or Chocolate Pecan Pie.
Harry’s Deli TO-GO – Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner $27/person/ENTRÉE includes Fresh Roasted Turkey with Apple-Walnut Stuffing,
Giblet Gravy, Fresh Green Beans Almondine, Cranberry Relish,
Idaho & Sweet Potatoes Mashed, Cranberry-Nut Bread and Dessert Traditional Pumpkin Pie, Apple Cheese Cake or Chocolate Pecan Pie
Order by Sunday, November 22 to pick up Wednesday, November 25 11 am -7:00pm
Deli is Closed Thursday
Whole Food Market – 6701 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton
Enjoy a Festive Feast of whole roasted turkey or sliced ham with sides of your choice and two desserts, or the a roasted turkey breast dinner for four, which includes the sides of your choice. Paleo and vegetarian options are available. Place orders online or over the phone and pick up your meal in store from Thursday, Nov. 19 until Thanksgiving day. A minimum of 48 hours prior to pick-up is required.
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Dining on Anna Maria Island — ‘Tis the Season for Stone Crabs & Spookfest!

Two of our favourite beachfront restaurants boast the freshest crab that you’ll ever eat. Available now for a limited time come out for a taste and judge for yourself. The Beach House and Sandbar Restaurants, both award winning beachfront restaurants, are offering Stone Crabs fresh from the ocean (their friend Brian Lacy catches these crabs) straight to their kitchen where they are prepped and brought right to your table.⁣⁣
The Beach House, minutes from Anna Maria Island Maria Island Condo Rentals Inc. is a perfect family friendly restaurant overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. With indoor and outdoor dining and plenty of room for kids to play on the beach while you enjoy the sunset, a tropical drink, and fresh locally sourced cuisine.
While you’re enjoying the fresh stone crabs or any one of their tasty menu options order the drink of the month
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and be entered to win outstanding prizes!
The Beach House’s Gold Coin Margarita with Patron Tequila until October 31st and enter to win (must be 21+ to enter)
• a bottle of Patron Tequila
• the one of a kind barrel the Patron was distilled in with certificate of authenticity
• a $100 gift card to the Beach House
The Sandbar Restaurant located at the north end of the Island, approximately 10 minutes from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals Inc. guests can dine with a drink in their hand, and toes in the sand. Right on the water’s edge this is a perfect spot to catch a spectacular Anna Maria Island sunset. Enjoy their famous stone crabs, fresh from the ocean, prepped and onto your plate with the cocktail of the month special.
Order the Sandbar’s refreshing BlackBerry Lemonade with Banyan Vodka
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order by October 31st and you will be entered (must be 21+ to enter) to win:
• a bottle of Banyan Vodka
• A tour & tasting at the St Pete’s Distillery
• a $100 gift card to The Sandbar
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This year the Sandbar Restaurant will be hosting a special Halloween event, October 31st 🎃 SPOOKFEST 🎃from 6-9 pm at the Sandbar Pavillion (adjacent to the restaurant).
Price is $20 per adult and $10 per child which includes food, drink, craft and loot bag.
Adults can enjoy samples from Wicked Dolphin Distillery, St. Pete Distillery, Western Son Vodka, Crystal Head Vodka and Parrot Bay!
  • Bob Wood’s cured ham, Teddy’s focaccia, Gamble Creek tomato jam, house-made ricotta, olive oil
  • Nashville-style Hot Chicken Biscuit – lightly fried chicken breast marinated in Nashville-style hot sauce, Teddy’s house-made biscuit, house brined sweet onions
  • Saffron Seafood Salad – shrimp & lobster, romaine lettuce, Teddy’s mini croissants, saffron aioli
  • Green Plantains with Toffer’s green chorizo, salsa verde
  • Empanadas – Florida silver corn, tomatoes, black beans, red onions, lime crema
From 6pm-7pm entertainment for kids will include a Mask Decorating Activity.
And, at 7:30 there will be a social-distanced screening of the transfixing film, Steven Spielberg’s masterpiece, JAWS.
To learn more and purchase tickets click on the link below
Last, but not least because this deal is too good not to pass on to our fabulous guests!
Get a FREE $20 Gift Card for a limited time. With every $100 purchase you receive an additional $20 bonus card!
Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals  hope you enjoy your visit with us.
If there is anything we can do to make your stay more enjoyable please reach out to us. We’re always happy to help!
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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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December — Holiday Things to Do on or Around ANNA MARIA ISLAND – Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals

Visiting with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals this year? Check out this list of holiday
things to do.
December 5 – December 22 — Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And then Some) at Manatee Performing Arts Center located at 502 Third Avenue West in Bradenton. Performing every Christmas story ever told — plus Christmas traditions from around the world, seasonal icons from anicent times to topical pop-culture, and every carol ever sung.
Friday, Dec. 6 @ 6:00 pm — Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce tree lighting, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach
Holiday Open House from 5-8:00 pm — Holmes Beach holiday celebration when area businesses will stay open late for some holiday shopping. There will be light bites, refreshments and entertainment. Gulf and Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 941-778-1541
Holiday of Lights on St. Armands
Friday, December 6 — Holiday of Lights on St. Armands
One of our favourite places to eat and shop—St. Armands Circle! This special event “Holiday Night of Lights” is St. Armands official kick off to the holiday season. Join their Christmas carol sing-along at 6:00 pm followed by the tree lighting ceremony. Of course Santa will be there and pictures are available from 6:30-8:00 pm. As you are enjoying your walk around the circle don’t miss the live nativity scene at St. Armands Key Lutheran Church. Information:
Saturday, December 7 from 9:00 am-1:00 pm—Holly Berry Bazaar and Food Market, Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1638
10:30 am-2:00 pm—Lester Family Fun Day at the Center of Anna Maria Island, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. This 18th annual fun day offers lots of fun activities for the whole family. The fun includes pony rides, balloon animals, a dunk tank, crafts, cookie decorating, bounce house and more. There will be burgers, hotdogs and soda available to purchase. Games are 25 cents. And, the most important guest, Santa, will arrive at noon,. Information: 941-778-1908
5:30-7:30 p.m. —Maritime by Candlelight, Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez. Information: 941-708-6120
Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra’s “A Glorious Hallelujah!
Sunday, Dec. 8 @ 2:00 pm — Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra’s “A Glorious Hallelujah!” holiday concert, Palma Sola Presbyterian Church, 6510 Third Ave. W., Bradenton.
Sunday, December 8 at 6:40 pm Roser Memorial Community Church Bethlehem Walk — The walk begins in front of the church, located at 512 Pine Avenue in Anna Maria. Wear a costumes or come as you are (some costumes are available at the church on a First come basis) and bring a flashlight. The walk is a re-enactment of the joy of Christmas Eve with Mary, Joseph and animals travelling from inn to inn with Christmas carols being sung. Upon return to the church the birth of a Jesus Christ will be celebrated and sandwiches, cookies and hot chocolate will be served.
December 12- December 22 — A Classic Crosley ChristmasManatee Performing Arts Center, Powel Crosley Theater
Enjoy favorite traditions and new celebrations from the Crosley Players. Crosley’s
arrive for A Christmas Carol from the 1930s, Music Most Merry with the Mistletones from the 1950s, and hop aboard the Polar Express with siblings Christopher and Agnes Smith from the 1980s. Weather permitting, the opening and closing of each show will occur outside on the back patio and last for about 15 minutes each. It can be cool on the Bay, so dress accordingly.
Friday, Dec. 13 @ 4:00 pm — Holiday Carols in the Park, City Pier Park, Pine Avenue and North Bay Boulevard, Anna Maria. Information: 941-347-0109
5-7:00 pm — Anna Maria Island Centre shopping plaza holiday walkabout, 3218 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-7978
5:30-8:00 pm — Anna Maria Holiday of Treasures, Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. Information: 941-374-0109
Anna Maria Island Privateers Christmas Parade
Saturday, Dec. 14 @ 10 a.m. — Anna Maria Island Privateers Christmas Parade
The Privateers annual Christmas parade starts at Bayfront Park in Anna Maria and runs the entire length of the island. It will travel along Gulf Drive and pass right in front of Anna Maris Island Condo Rentals so finding a perfect viewing spot will be easy.
Ending at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach where Santa boards the Privateers flagship, Skullywag.
December 14 from 4-8:00 pm — Christmas on Bridge Street
The Bridge Street merchants host this annual Christmas celebration on Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach. Bridge Street will be closed to traffic for this fun event. For everyone’s enjoyment there will be live bands, local Sweet Adeline singers, a cornhole tournament and free children’s Christmas ornament making activities.
7:00 pm — Holiday Lighted Boat Parade Bradenton Beach
While you are enjoying the holiday festivities on Bridge Street, you can also enjoy the spirit of the season watching owners set sail on their beautifully lit boats. The second annual Bradenton Beach Holiday Boat Parade will begin at 7:00 PM in the Intracoastal Waterway. The boat parade can be viewed by land. The parade will start south of Longboat Pass Bridge head North passing the Bridge Street Pier ending at the Bradenton Beach Marina. In total, the parade is expected to take 60 – 90 minutes.
Tip: Your best viewing will be from the Bridge Street Pier or the Cortez Bridge where the parade ends. These two spots will provide an optimal view of the lighted boats. As the boats approach the Bradenton Beach Marina near the end of the parade they will come right beside the pier before turning into the Marina.
Information: 941-778-2288
Selby Gardens Lights In Bloom
December 14, 2019 – January 4, 2020 — Selby Gardens Lights In Bloom
Stroll through the Selby Gardens at 811 South Palm Avenue in Sarasota. More than two million sparkling lights shine and twinkle transforming the Selby Botanical Gardens at the 16th annual “Lights in Bloom” celebration. You can explore and view the tropical holiday wonderland with nightly visits from Santa and his elves (before Christmas Eve). Take a tour of the holiday decorated Mansion. There will be children’s arts and crafts, activities and games, plus live entertainment. Grilled foods will be available for purchase. The gardens is closed on Christmas Day and there will be No Lights in Bloom December 31 and January 3. For tickets and additional information //
Now through to January 6, 2020 UTC Holidays on the Green
The Mall at University Town Center, 140 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota
Featuring a real ice skating rink, ice sledding, horse drawn carriage rides and a classic carousel. Friday’s and Saturdays at 7 pm enjoy holiday movies on the lawn.
In the spirit of the season we hope you enjoy these holiday events.
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Celebration of Thanksgiving with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals

Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away. For millions of Americans it is a time to celebrate the fall harvest and give thanks for blessings of the past year.
When you think of Thanksgiving, what images come to mind? Roast turkey?
For some, it is roast turkey with the family gathering around the table for Dad’s famous gravy, watching football, football and more football, or perhaps the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
For others, it means spending Thanksgiving on Anna Maria Island — in a warm climate, with tropical cocktails, soft, sugar white sand beaches and where every hour is “happy hour.”
If you haven’t booked your vacation yet, take a moment and click here or give us a call to book your vacation today.
For those of you that have already chosen one of our beautiful vacation homes, it’s time to start planning your Thanksgiving dinner. You might choose to prepare your favorite recipes using the fully stocked kitchen in your vacation home. We have everything you need to prepare the ultimate Thanksgiving dinner.
Or, you may want to enjoy the comfort of your accommodations, but don’t necessarily want to cook, here are some options available to you. You can order an entire Thanksgiving meal from Publix supermarket located in Holmes Beach or The Fresh Market just off Anna Maria Island on Manatee Avenue in Bradenton. Both offer a great variety for your Thanksgiving feast. And, for your convenience you can order on-line and choose to pick-up or have it delivered right to your door. Also, consider Boston Market or Cracker Barrel, I have more on these below.
Preparing a Thanksgiving meal can take hours, sometimes even days, depending on what dishes you’re preparing and how many people you’re serving. If you’re like me and would rather leave the cooking to the professionals, consider making a reservation at one of these popular restaurants.
Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe (4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 941-778-0784) For a unique beachside Thanksgiving dinner, head over to the Beach Cafe located on Manatee Public Beach. Their family friendly Thanksgiving Buffett with all the “fixings” is available between 12:00 and 5:00 pm for just $19.99. Menu items to order will be offered as well. Enjoy Thanksgiving blessings while basking in the warm Florida sunshine and listening to the relaxing sound of the Gulf of Mexico. Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe offers casual gulf front patio and indoor dining on beautiful Holmes Beach.
Boston Market (5002 Cortez Road West, Bradenton 941-792-8366)
Boston Market offers a full menu of Thanksgiving food order for carry-out, delivery or dine-in from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. In addition to sliced turkey breast and rotisserie chicken, choose from holiday sides, appetizers and whole pies.
Bridge Street Bistro (111 Gulf Drive South, Bradenton Beach, 941-782-1122) makes it easy to enjoy Thanksgiving with a buffet dinner from 12:00 to 8:00 pm. Selections include salad, cheese display, turkey, prime rib, pan crusted salmon and your choice of 3 plated desserts. Adult $29.95 Child under 12 $14.95.
Reservations highly recommended.
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store (2203 Cortez Road West, Bradenton 941-778-0000) The restaurant chain states “Thanksgiving is a specialty.” Offering a special “Homestyle Turkey n’ Dressin” Thanksgiving meal for dine in guests from 11:00 am -10:00 pm. Heat n’ serve and to-go meals can be ordered as soon as 24 hours in advance.
Eliza Ann’s Coastal Kitchen (5325 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 941-238-6264) will feature a three-course menu from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm. Special chef’s selection include, salad/soup/duck confit, turkey/grouper/sea scallop/braised rib/vegan shepherd’s pie, lemon butter cake/bread pudding/pumpkin cheesecake bar/artisanal cheese plate. To reserve, call (941) 238-6262 or through OpenTable.
Marina Jacks (2 Marina PlazaSarasota 941-365-4232 ext 4) A short drive from Anna Maria Island you can dine and celebrate with sweeping views of Sarasota Bay. Starting at 11:00 am, the Main Dining Room will offer holiday specials throughout the day. Their dinner menu will also be featured. Specials will include a Traditional Roasted Turkey with Mashed Potatoes, Savory Herb Sausage Stuffing, Gravy, Green Bean Almondine and Cranberry Sauce for $27. Other Specials will include a Pepper Crusted Prime Rib served with Horseradish Sauce and Au Jus for $33. Rock Lee will be performing on the Piano Bar starting at 6:00 pm. Live music at 4:00 pm by the band Kettle of Fish will be featured on the Blue Sunshine Patio Bar. If you prefer to combine dinner with a boat cruise there will be two holiday cruises featured. Times are 1-3-5 and 7:00 pm featuring live music from Dan Crawford. The special buffet menu features Caesar Salad, Roasted Turkey with trimmings, Pan Seared Mahi with a Saffron Cream Sauce, Pumpkin Pie, Key Lime Pie, and Chocolate Fudge Cake. Both cruises are priced at 59.95 per adult, and 39.95 for children ages 3-9, plus tax and service charge.
Reservations are Required 941-365-4232 Ext 4.
Pier 22 Restaurant (1200 First Avenue West, Bradenton 941-748-8087) casual fine dining in downtown Bradenton with a view of the riverfront. Thanksgiving menu includes a mix of everyone’s traditional food favourites. The Thanksgiving meal is from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm. Call for reservations at 941-748-8087.
ZOTA Beach Resort (Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, 941-248-1207) Thanksgiving day buffet brunch from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm $49.95 for adults, $24.95 for children 4-11) at the resort’s Viento Kitchen + Bar. Featuring carved, roasted turkey breast, honey-baked ham, a smoked salmon display, grilled lemon pepper chicken, a chilled seafood bar and chef attended omelet station. A full bar will be offered; upgrade a meal with bottomless mimosas for an extra $10.
Reservations are required.
What do you do after a big meal on Thanksgiving?
Well, it’s time to Black Friday shop! Black Friday is the unofficial beginning of the Christmas Holiday shopping season. What can be more fun than joining people as they run from store to store in search of the best deals, looking to snag deep discounts. With the area malls and individual stores offering extended hours you can head to the outlet mall in Ellenton or University Parkway in Sarasota for some sure to be great deals.
But, what about those of us who don’t like crowds, and would rather just enjoy the beach? The Monday following Thanksgiving is Cyber Monday so if you choose to avoid the crazy crowds you can do all your shopping online. Thank goodness for the internet!
While there is a lot to do, eat, and buy during what might be your first Thanksgiving with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals, it is important for us to remember what the original intent of the holiday was — to give thanks and to count our blessings.
Happy Thanksgiving from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals!
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Allegiant Air Makes Flying to Bradenton/Sarasota (SRQ) Easier

Thinking about booking your fall or winter vacation? Our units at Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals have been recently renovated and are ready for you!

Helping to make traveling easier for our guests, Allegiant Air, the Las Vegas based budget airline, has added 24 new nonstop routes from smaller US cities to Bradenton/Sarasota (SRQ).
Air Allegiant’s latest expansion includes flights to the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, which by the way, is our favourite airport to fly into. It is a relatively small airport, easy to navigate, with car rentals available and the best — it is only a 15 minute drive from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals.

The new flights, which can be booked on the airline’s website, will generally be offered twice a week. Some flights are seasonal, others will operate year round. As you might expect the introductory fares will probably not be available for travel around Thanksgiving, Christmas or other peak travel periods.

Here’s where Allegiant is adding flights to and from: Sarasota, Florida (Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport) —
St. Louis, Missouri (MidAmerica St. Louis Airport): Seasonal service begins Nov. 15 with one-way fares starting at $69.
Des Moines, Iowa: Seasonal service begins Nov. 23 with fares starting at $79
Rockford, Illinois (Chicago Rockford International Airport): Seasonal service begins Nov. 23 with fares starting at $69.
Flint, Michigan: Seasonal service begins Nov. 24 with fares starting at $69.
Fort Wayne, Indiana: Seasonal service begins Nov. 24 with fares starting at $69.
Knoxville, Tennessee: Year-round service begins Nov. 21 with fares starting at $59.
Louisville, Kentucky: Seasonal service begins Nov. 25 with fares starting at $59.
South Bend, Indiana: Seasonal service begins Nov. 25 with fares starting at $69.

These eight additional destinations bring Allegiant’s total out of the SRQ airport to 20 cities. Allegiant has by far the most routes of any airline operating at Sarasota-Bradenton. The airline started service at SRQ in April 2018 with three destinations and announced an additional nine in November 2018.
The new flights in November 2019 are expected to bring nearly 54,000 new passengers a year through the airport. According to airport sources, Allegiant has flown 228,000 passengers in its 15 months at SRQ and had an economic impact of $138 million on the community over that time.

Other destinations from Sarasota/Bradenton airport serviced by Allegiant are:
Asheville, N.C., through Asheville Regional Airport.
Baltimore, through Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.
Cincinnati, Ohio
Cleveland, Ohio, through Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.
Columbus, Ohio, through Rickenbacker International Airport.
Grand Rapids, Mich., through Gerald R. Ford International Airport.
Harrisburg, Pa., through Harrisburg International Airport.
Indianapolis, IN
Nashville, Tenn., through Nashville International Airport
Richmond, Va., through Richmond International Airport.
Syracuse, N.Y., through Syracuse Hancock International Airport.
Washington D.C./Baltimore MD

Flight dates, times and fares can be found at

Discount airline fares are almost always enticing. Allegiant, like fellow discount airlines Spirit and Frontier, charges low base fares plus fees for “extras,” including seat assignment, carry-on or checked bag, in-flight drinks and food and more.

Here are 10 things to know about Allegiant before you book —


The ticket price only gets you a seat on the plane. Yes, your seat and a personal item only! The airlines charge extra for seat assignments, checked and carry-on bags, snacks and drinks, including water. To avoid add-on fees check the carrier’s website.
Print your own boarding pass. Allegiant charges to print boarding passes at the airport. Allegiant charges $5 per boarding pass printed by an airport agent at select airports. (The airline doesn’t have kiosks.)

Allegiant does not accept reservations for carriage of fare-paying unaccompanied minors or unescorted children under the age of fifteen (15) years. Children fourteen (14) years and younger must be accompanied by an adult fifteen (15) years or older. Special supervision for any travelers is not offered.
Bags don’t fly free, even carry-on bags. Passengers are allowed one free personal item that stores completely under the seat in front of you such as a backpack, purse or laptop bag. There is no charge for one personal item, provided it does not exceed size requirements.
Want to bring a standard carry-on bag to put in the overhead bin? You’ll pay. Carry-on bag fees vary by carrier and when you pay for the carry on. (See #6 below.) The airline closely monitors the size of those carry-ons.

Each bag must weigh 40 lbs or less and the outside measurements of each bag must not exceed eighty (80) inches. Applicable fees will be applied for those bags exceeding the weight and size limits. The total number of bags allowed may not exceed 4 per passenger. On Allegiant, travelers will pay $25-$30 for the first checked bag during online booking, $45 after booking but before they get to the airport and $50 at the airport. Bottom line: Save by paying for your bags when you book your ticket.
For those us of that like to over-stuff our bags — Don’t. Well, not unless you want to pay. The weight limit for checked bags on Allegiant (see #6) is 40 pounds, not the standard 50 pounds allowed at major airlines. Overweight bag charges apply in all cases.Overweight bags fee — add $50 – $75

Whatever you do, don’t bring a bag to the gate in an attempt to avoid bag fees. Some major airlines often ask for volunteers to check their bags for free on full flights where overhead bin space is bound to fill up. Allegiant charges $50 to check bags at the gate. If you plan to bring a carry-on, pay for it when you book your ticket.
You have limited rebooking options if your flight is canceled or delayed. Because Allegiant doesn’t offer daily flights, if your flight is canceled for weather or mechanical reasons you might not get out for a couple of days.

To prepare for or avoid add-on fees always check the carrier’s website.

Discount airlines certainly grab our attention with low fares, but remember the purchase price is only one factor. Cheap flights are cheap… but don’t forget the ancillary fees. Everything from checked luggage to printed boarding passes to a soft drink while aboard can quickly make a cheap fare pretty pricey.
When you’re looking to maximize every dollar, every trip, it’s worth comparing prices between budget and major airlines.

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Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals — Inspirational Beach Quotes

How is it already August? Summer is flying by; doesn’t it always?
As September approaches, the lazy days at the pool, sand between your toes, and thoughts of the end of summer, you might just find yourself thinking about your next vacation.
The definition of a vacation varies. For some it is: sitting on a lounge chair, reading a book, with your favourite drink in your hand, all the while considering your dinner options. And, a time to recharge and restore your body and mind.
To others, vacation is: an adventure, lots of excursions, seeing historical sights, and embracing a different lifestyle. Which do you prefer — relaxing or sightseeing? Both are fabulous, serve entirely different purposes and both can be experienced while visiting Anna Maria Island. For me, I like a combination. I love the beach with all of of its tranquil beauty. I also love art, history, and just a little bit of shopping. And, Anna Maria Island never disappoints me!
As you plan your next vacation with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals, hopefully these quotes (some of my favourites) will provide you a little bit of inspiration.
  1. “Beach Rules: Soak up the sun. Ride the waves. Breathe the salty air. Feel the breeze. Build sandcastles/ Rest, relax, reflect. Collect seashells. Bare-feet required.”- Unknown
  2. 2.“I followed my heart, and it led me to the beach.” – Unknown

    3.“Because there’s nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it’s sent away.” – Sarah Kay


    4.“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

    5.“Life takes you down many paths but my favourite ones lead to the beach.” – Unknown

    6.“The beach is not always a place, sometimes it’s a feeling.” – Unknown

    7.“We dream in colors borrowed from the sea.” – Unknown


    8.“A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in.” – Robert Orben

    9.“Take vacations. Go as many places as you can. Whenever you can. You can always make money. You can’t always make memories.” – Unknown

    10.“If you need me, call me on my shell.” – Unknown


    11.“To escape and sit quietly on the beach – that’s my idea of paradise.”- Emilia Wickstead

    12.“The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul.” – Robert Wyland

    13.“Why do we love the beach? It is because it has some potent power to make us think things we like to think.” – Robert Henri

    14.“At the beach, life is different. Time doesn’t move hour to hour but mood to moment. We live by the currents, plan by the tides and follow the sun. “ – Sandy Gingras

    15.“I want to be where the sun warms the sky” – Madonna

    16.“Sometimes in the waves of change we find our true direction.” – Unknown

    17.“The beach is not always a place, sometimes it’s a feeling.” – Unknown

    18.“Feeling stressed? There’s a beach for that. – Unknown

    19.“If there’s heaven for me, I’m sure it has a beach attached to it.” – Jimmy Buffett

    20.“Nothing soothes the soul like a walk on the beach.” – Unknown


    I hope reading these quotes lifted your spirits and have you daydreaming of the warmth of the sun on your skin while splashing the Gulf of Mexico waters with your feet. Or maybe, they brought a sense of nostalgia from your last beach trip and have inspired you to plan another vacation with us.
    If you are looking for more details to help plan your upcoming trip, please check out some of our other posts!
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