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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.

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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!
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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.
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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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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!
Menu:
  • 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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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: starmandscircleassoc.com
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 //selby.org/events/event/lights-in-bloom-2/
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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Thank You To Karin Lail For The Best Review We Have Ever Had

If I could give ten stars I would. My family of six recently stayed for a wedding we were attending on Anna Maria Island. Our stay far exceeded our expectations. Terry was a responsive and organized host. We received thorough information about the condo and check-in as well as extra information from Terry about local attractions and transportation options well before we arrived. We happened to rent a car and it was so nice that the condo included our own free marked parking spots. . Also the trolley stopped right outside the condo and Ubers were quick and easy to get. The location was absolutely perfect and just steps from the beach. The condo was stocked with beach chairs and beach towels for our use. We also were able to inexpensively rent paddle boards and kayaks right on our part of the beach which my family really enjoyed. We also used the condo pool which was just downstairs outside our room. The location was walkable to Bridge Street as well as other fun bars and beachside restaurants where you could watch the sunset. It was only a short walk for mini golf and ice cream too! The condo itself was absolutely beautiful. There were sliding doors from the bedroom and from the living room to a deck with tables and chairs overlooking the bay. The view was stunning. The condo was so clean and well-stocked. There was plenty of kitchen supplies, multiple TVs, washer, dryer, iron, hair dryer, tons of towels, even Board games to play. It had everything we could of possibly needed! I highly recommend this property and this host!

My Response:

Hi Karin,

Thank you so much for this awesome review I think it is the best review I have every received. Thank you again for being our guests. It has been a pleasure working with you and we would feel fortunate to have you as our guests again. We hope you have a great summer.

Sincerely, Terry, Sandy & Family

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Happy NATIONAL STRAWBERRY DAY! 

Celebrate at the Florida Strawberry Festival!
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Who knew there was such a thing as National Strawberry Day?

As much as I love strawberries I wasn’t aware they had their own day. Well it’s true, today, February 27th, is National Strawberry Day! It’s a day created to celebrate those little red fruits bursting with sweet perfection! These juicy, sweet berries just happen to be one of the most popular fruits in the world and they deserve to be recognized.

Here are a few fun facts about strawberries …
  • There are approximately 8,000 acres of strawberry fields in Florida
  • California produces 80% of the strawberries in the United States.
  • Florida is second in production. The Florida season runs from December to May and peaks during March and April. To meet the demand, winter strawberries are usually imported between November and May.
  • Strawberries are the only fruit with seeds on the outside—about 200 of them. A berry has its seeds on the inside.
  • Since the seeds are on the outside, strawberries aren’t true berries, like blueberries or grapes.
  • Strawberries are a member of the rose family.
  • Ninety-four percent of United States households consume strawberries.
  • Strawberries at room temperature are sweeter than cold strawberries.
  • Strawberries are low fat, low calorie; high in vitamin C, fiber, folic acid, potassium.
  • Strawberries contain more vitamin C than oranges.
  • Strawberries contain no cholesterol.
  • Strawberries are the first fruit to ripen in the spring and must be picked at full ripeness; they cannot ripen once picked.
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Celebrate National Strawberry Day with a fresh bowl of strawberries and cream, a strawberry smoothie, toast smothered in strawberry jam, or a scoop of strawberry ice cream. Yum!
Attending the Florida Strawberry Festival is another way you can celebrate the delicious, bright red strawberry, where it is the main attraction. This 11-day community event celebrates the strawberry harvest of Eastern Hillsborough County. Fill up on strawberries and strawberry themed foods during your visit to the festival. You can enjoy strawberries—straight from the patch, Creamy Strawberry Whip, Strawberry Shortcake, Strawberry Pizza, Strawberry Cobbler, Strawberry Lasagna, Strawberry Milkshakes, Chocolate Dipped Strawberries and much more.
There is expected to be more than 500,000 visitors attending the 48th annual festival which is held at the Plant City (Strawberry Festival) Fairgrounds.
The Florida Strawberry Festival runs for 11 days from February 28 to March 10. Gates open daily at 10:00 am, and close at 10:00 pm.
Admission is $10 for ages 13 and up. Children ages 6 to 12 get in for $5 and children under 5 are free with paid adult admission.
Discount Admission Tickets are available from February 1 to March 11 at participating Publix Super Market locations.
Enjoy the festival’s headline entertainment, youth livestock shows, midway rides, exhibits of commerce and more!
 
 
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STILL LOOKING FOR THAT PERFECT MARCH VACATION?

Look no further — Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals has a few openings left, but supply is limited. Book now, Book direct, NO Booking Fees
Anna Maria Island is the ideal place for a beach getaway
✅ Sunshine & lots of it!
✅ 7 miles of world famous white sandy beaches
✅ accommodations reasonably priced with all the amenities you will need
✅ close to airport – Bradenton/Sarasota, Tampa, Clearwater/St. Petersburg
✅ beautiful sunrises
✅ spectacular sunsets
✅ family-friendly
✅ this popular destination offers the best of both worlds — relaxed “Old Florida Charm” atmosphere, pristine nature and all amenities
✅ A perfect getaway spot, offering amazing attractions spanning from wildlife excursions, dolphin boat tours, water sports, to science museums and much more.
✅ neighbourly and friendly locals
✅ no hi-rises or tall buildings to obstruct your view
✅ Quiet even during spring break
✅ No car needed – 7 mile long Island you can bike, walk, rent a golf cart
✅ FREE Island Trolley
✅ Amazing Fresh Local seafood
✅ historic attractions – Bean Point and its scenic views of the Gulf of Mexico and wildlife, Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach, Anna Maria Historical Society
And, if that isn’t enough to entice you, take a look at this …
Anna Maria Island Weather Forecast — March 2019
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For the perfect way to enjoy the best that Anna Maria Island has to offer we have some spectacular amenity loaded condos. Check them out on our website today or call us at (289)660-2331 or (905)449-8696.
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Holiday Events On Anna Maria Island – Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals

You won’t find snow on Anna Maria Island, but we do have plenty of events to keep you and your family in the holiday spirit! Here are a few of them:
Saturday, November 24, 2018
Bridge Street Tree Lighting Ceremony – Bradenton Beach
The Bridge Street Merchants annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony is scheduled for approximately 5:45 p.m. on Saturday, November 24. The Christmas tree will be near the roundabout at the east end of Bridge Street, very close to the Bridge Street Pier and will be visible from Gulf Drive. The tree will be lit when it gets dark enough to illuminate the decorations. At present, talks are in the works in hopes of securing some local carollers to share their vocal talents.
Saturday, December, 1, 2018
17th Annual Lester Family Fun Day 
10:30 AM – 2:00 PM with Santa arriving at Noon!
Come out and enjoy some good old fashioned fun at old fashioned prices – Admission is Free and Activity tickets are only 25 cents each! The event is being held at The Center of Anna Maria Island, 407 Magnolia Avenue, Anna Maria. Family fun including, pony rides, face painting, games, cookie decorating, Mechanical Reindeer, Bounce House and more! There will be plenty of yummy food, hot dogs, Duffy’s Burgers and Tyler’s Ice Cream.
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Friday, December 7, 2018
Holmes Beach Open House & Tree Lighting
Where: Tree Lighting will take place at AMI Chamber, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM Tree lighting will be at 6:00 PM
Get in the holiday spirit with an evening stroll downtown Holmes Beach shopping and art district and a festive tree lighting celebration. Enjoy listening to Christmas music by CrossPointe Fellowship Holiday Carolers and watch as children’s eyes light up seeing Santa and his sleigh. The Holmes beach Open House and Tree Lighting event begins with a beautiful tree lighting celebration in the Anna Maria Chamber of Commerce parking lot, and then it’s time to explore the shops and choose from many dining options. Many shops will remain open until 8 or 9:00 providing Holliday treats, live music and special sales to boost your season spirit. This event will truly bring out the Christmas spirit.
Privateers Christmas Parade 
Saturday, December 8, 2018
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Privateers Christmas Parade 
The Anna Maria Island Privateers will host their annual Christmas parade. The parade travels the entire length of the Island starting at Bayfront Park, 316 N Bay Blvd, Anna Maria and ending at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach. It will travel along Gulf Drive and pass right in front of Anna Maris Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217 so finding a perfect viewing spot will be easy. After the parade, at Coquina Beach, Santa Clause will be handing out gifts to the children. Come out and see this wonderful parade that brings joy to everyone watching.
Sunday, December 9, 2018
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
An Island Christmas at CrossPointe Fellowship Church presented by The Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra. Come and enjoy this unique and accomplished Chorus and Orchestra. Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra is a cultural mainstay of the Florida Gulf Coast made up of professional and volunteer musicians thrilling their audiences year after year.
CrossPointe Fellowship
8605 Gulf Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida
Weekend Event – Saturday, December 8 & Sunday, December 9, 2018
Winterfest
10:00 AM – 4:30 PM 
On the second weekend of December head over to WINTERFEST, a Festival of Fine Arts & Crafts Show taking place at City Hall Field in Holmes Beach. This event is sponsored by the Anna Maria Island Art League and features food, drinks, live music, and of course a great selection of arts and crafts that you can purchase from local artists.
Where: 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, Florida
Admission and parking are free!
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Friday, December 14, 2018
The Island Centre Holiday Celebration
Holmes Beach
5:00 pm – 7:30pm
There will be snow on Anna Maria Island at this holiday event. Actually, a snowstorm, sponsored by The Islander Newspaper. Snow will definitely be falling and for those of us from the North, it will look a lot like Christmas.
You’re invited to a holiday open house at the AMI Centre Shops. This holiday celebration on Anna Maria Island is at the Centre Shops in Holmes Beach located on East Bay Drive just south of Publix. Santa will visit with the kids on the Privateers Santa Sleigh with holiday cheer from the Centre’s local shops and businesses. The Centres’ shops will be staying open late to spread holiday cheer with refreshments, food, entertainment, treats and fun for all!
Friday, December 14, 2018
Members of the recently-formed Love Bradenton Beach business collective are planning a lighted golf cart parade on Friday, December 14. Presently, details have not been released, but more details are expected soon. If you would like more information about this event, please contact us.
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Saturday, December 15, 2018
Christmas on Bridge Street
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
The Bridge Street Merchants will host their annual Christmas on Bridge Street holiday celebration on Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. This year’s Christmas on Bridge Street event starts around 5 p.m. and takes place along the east end of Bridge Street, near the roundabout, the Bridge Tender Inn and the historic Bridge Street Pier.
Santa Claus will be arriving in a Golf Cart and will go from store to store to visit with the children and have pictures taken. There will be live bands on a flatbed in the parking spaces along Bridge Street in front of the Bridge Tender Inn. The band will remain stationary for the most part, but will occasionally go around the block with the band playing. As well as live music bands you can expect to see some Christmas carollers. Participating merchants are planning holiday crafts activities for the kids and some bars and restaurants will offer special drinks or drink specials.
The Privateers also will be on hand for the Dec. 15 Christmas at the Drift In holiday fundraiser. Proceeds from that event will help provide Christmas gifts and holiday meals for this year’s adopted holiday families.
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Saturday, December 15, 2018
Lighted BoatParade
While you are enjoying the holiday festivities on Bridge Street, you can also enjoy the spirit of the season watching the lighted boat parade. The Bradenton Beach Holiday Boat Parade will begin at 7:00 PM in the Intracoastal Waterway. The boat parade can be viewed by land and is being sponsored by the Bradenton Beach Marina and Island Pearl Excursions. The parade will start near the Cortez Bridge and head south to Longboat Pass Bridge where it will turn around and head back to the North passing the Bridge Street Pier ending at the Bradenton Beach Marina. In total, the parade is expected to take 60 – 90 minutes.
Tip from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals: Your best viewing will be from the Cortez Bridge when the parade starts or historic Bridge Street Pier at the latter part. 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. If you stand about halfway down the pier on the north side the boats will be about 50 feet away from you.
In the spirit of the season we hope you enjoy these holiday events!
If you are looking for luxury accommodations check out our website.
We’d love to have you as our guests!
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PLAN TO ATTEND — SYMPHONY ON THE SAND-ANNA MARIA ISLAND CONDO RENTALS

Saturday, November 10, 2018 — 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Coquina Beach, Gulfside Park
2650 Gulf Dr. S., Bradenton Beach
(south end of the island)
4:30 am – 7:30 pm
A wonderful event to experience while you are visiting beautiful Anna Maria Island. Imagine watching the sunset, listening to the symphony, while you are seated directly on the sand bordering the Gulf of Mexico. You can make that spectacular image a reality with a beachfront concert at Coquina Beach Gulfside Park on Anna Maria Island. The 6th annual Symphony on the Sand will be presenting this event for all musical and gourmet enthusiasts featuring the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra (AMICCO) on Saturday, Nov. 10th from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm. The Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra and professional soloists will be performing tunes from Broadway musicals, noted popular and classical music and patriotic favourites. Emcee for the event will be local television personality. There are several seating and food options available at this years event. The Beach|House, Bradenton Beach, The Lazy Lobster of Longboat Key, Harry’s Continental Kitchens, Longboat Key, Hometown Desserts, Anna Maria and the Coquina Cafe at Coquina Beach are this year’s featured local restaurants.
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Coolers and outside food and alcoholic beverages are not allowed into the concert or onto the beach.
This is a rain or shine event so dress accordingly. Dress attire is your preference, whether you choose cocktail or casual dress, remember this event is directly on the sand so we suggest wearing comfortable shoes.
There is plenty of free parking at Coquina Beach and a Trolley stop on site. There is also a convenient Trolley stop at the door step of Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217. The Free Island-wide trolleys will be running before and after the concert.
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On-line tickets are available only until noon Friday, November 9th so buy them now before they are sold out. If all tickets are not sold out, they will be available at the door on the day of the event.
To purchase tickets online go to: symphonyonthesand.com
• $125 – Ticket/Person Includes: Table Seating (at table of 10) with delicious small plates by area restaurateurs, complimentary fine wine and select beer
• $50 – Ticket/Person Includes: Concert Chair with 2 drink vouchers per ticket & concessionaire food purchase options
• $20 – Ticket/Person Includes: General Admission bring your own seating with cash bar & concessionaire food purchase options.
Manatee County is contributing $30,000 to help cover the costs of the stage, sound, and lighting, and what is left will help pay the musicians’ stipends. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra Youth and Outreach Programs.
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Happy Halloween! From: Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals, Bradenton Beach, Florida

Anyone can enjoy Halloween. It is not just for kids, adults can have fun too. For me, Halloween is more than dressing up, it’s about getting into the spirit of Halloween.
What’s your favourite part? Costume parties, telling ghost stories, watching scary movies?
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Here are the things I love about Halloween —
  • Being creative, you can dress up and be anyone/anything you want to be.
  • Halloween decorations are not as complicated as other holidays and typically are not overly expensive.
  • Halloween celebrates excess sugar. It’s all about consuming special treats and who doesn’t like to indulge their sweet teeth?
  • It’s the only day of the year we allow and encourage our kids to talk to strangers. They knock on the doors of people they don’t know, shout “trick-or-treat” and expect to get a treat in return.
  • Halloween music is the best. Who doesn’t love Michael Jackson’s Thriller, The Monster Mash, The Rocky Horror Picture Show The Time Warp, Ghostbuster Theme Song, The Addams Family Theme Song, Rockwell Somebody’s Watching Me, Ding Dong The Witch is Dead?
  • You don’t have to worry about what to get someone for Halloween. Forget about gift planning, gift-wrapping, and gift returns. Buy some candy to hand out (or eat yourself) and everyone is happy.
  • I think the real beauty of Halloween is, there are no age restrictions and it is completely voluntary.
With Halloween just around the corner what are you going to do? You can prepare to watch your favorite horror movies and featured TV shows. As well, you might consider these things to do while vacationing with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals.

Bradenton Beach Ghost Tours

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The Paranormal Society of Bradenton is hosting family-friendly walking tours which are held Tuesday through Saturday at 8:00 pm. Each tour is approximately 90 minutes and begin next to Island Time Inn (across from Island Time Bar & Grill).

You will hear chilling Anna Maria Island ghosts stories and the area’s strange but rich history. Your tour guide will tell you ghostly tales from the founding of Bradenton Beach right up to the present day. Your journey begins at Bridge Street with stories about Bridge Tender, the Pier, Drift Inn & Island Time Bar & Grill. You’ll also learn about a number of ship wrecks and the mysterious woman seen walking along the water on Bradenton Beach. This is a great way to understand the Island’s history as Bradenton Beach tour stories are based on research, eyewitness accounts, and paranormal books connected to factual and historical events. Please remember while you are on tour that what you hear is the truth. This is not theatrical, these tours are based on fact. Get your cameras ready. We invite you to join them!
Bradenton Beach paranormal tours Tickets are – $15 for adults and $10 for children over 5, kids 5 and under are free – Buy tickets online in advance via PayPal on the Paranormal Society of Bradenton’s website. When purchasing tickets online – please add a tour date, party name in the PayPal instructions and a phone number in case the tour needs to be cancelled.
Tickets for the Bradenton Beach Ghost Tour are very limited. Once they are sold out, you will have to choose a different date. To ensure that you get a spot on the ghost tour that you would like to take, you are required to purchase your tickets in advance. There are no refunds and they do not allow walk-ups to join the tour. They will tour in light rain, but if it begins to storm the tour will be cancelled and a a refund will be given or credit for another tour. Same day tickets MUST be purchased by 5:00pm EST for 8:00pm tour.
Email psobfl@gmail.com or call 941-704-0621 with any questions.
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Bridge Tender Inn Halloween Party — 3:30 pm Tiki Trivia
Halloween Bash and Costume Street Party from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
At 7:00 pm enjoy awesome live music with Brigid’s Cross

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Enjoy 2018 FALL EVENTS With Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals 

There is always something happening on Florida’s Gulf Coast, Anna Maria Island and the fall season is a beautiful time to visit. The average fall temperatures range from 85°F in September with December’s daily high temperature of 73°F. From farmer’s markets to fun local events you will find plenty of things to do on the island and in the Bradenton area. Here is a list of some of our favourite events that you might enjoy during your stay with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals-601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217.
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Bayfest – held on Pine Avenue in Anna Maria, this years date and time for the 18th annual Bayfest is October 20, 2018 from 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM. This Free family crafts, food and music festival is a fun filled event with live music, a huge classic car show, unique arts and crafts vendor and a kid’s zone. There will be a large selection of food choices and treats, adult beverages, and live music. The classic car show will be from 10am – 3pm with over 100 antique, classic, custom, and muscle cars.
This year, proceeds will go toward aiding in economic relief assistance for local tourism industry workers.
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Bridge Street Market in Bradenton Beach – located at 107 Bridge Street the market is held on Sundays from November through April from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Visit your favorite vendors and enjoy fantastic food, beautiful art and jewelry, great local musicians, fresh produce, and more. Well you are there take a stroll along historic Bridge Street. You will find lots of unique shops and restaurants. At the south end is the Bridge Street pier where you can relax and enjoy a beautiful view of the inter-coastal waterway and watch the boats pass by. The pier offers shaded benches, a clock tower and if you are watchful, you can see manatees around the pier.
There is something almost magical about wandering along Bridge Street.
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City of Anna Maria Market – The City of Anna Maria is hosting a farmer’s market from October 2018 to May 2019 from 8:30 am – 2:00 pm at the City Pier Park (the corner of Pine Avenue and South Bay Blvd). Florida produce is available along with herbs, plants, flowers, baked goods and more. When you are finished at the market stroll along Pine Avenue and experience some of the many attractions it has to offer. You will find irresistible boutiques, craft shops, salons, an abundance of restaurants, dessert shops, jewelry stores, clothing stores, art galleries, and gift shops.
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Cortez Nautical Flea Market – Saturday, October 20th 8 am – 1 pm with a rain date set for Saturday, October 27th. This 21st annual FREE event will be held at the Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th Street West, Cortez. Parking is available at the F.I.S.H. Preserve. Travelling east from your condo the Preserve is located on the right (look for signs). Expect to find lots of marine products, dive gear, fishing gear, antiques and more. There will be live music and food.
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Coquina Beach Market – Come and stroll the Beach Market at Coquina Beach from 10-4 every Sunday from November through July (excluding Easter, Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day and Memorial Weekend in 2019) In December market days are extended to include both Sunday and Wednesday through to May 2019. A great way to spend the day as you stroll the beach and the shops. I love the variety of shops with many unique items. You will find local artists, beautiful wood wall art, produce, jewelry, arts and crafts and more! Come and watch local artisans creating and find that perfect souvenir of your trip to Florida. The talented AMI String band strolls the market from 10:30 -2:30. Enjoy the beautiful white sand beach and enjoy lunch with drinks on the deck overlooking the Gulf at Coquina Beach. There is something for everyone to enjoy with a perfect view of the beach and even a play area for the kids.
The Beach Market is at 2650 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach at the trolley stop, concession stand area and is wheel chair and stroller friendly. Ride the FREE trolley to the market or park in the FREE parking lot. Manatee County does not allow dogs
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Symphony on the Sand – While you are visiting beautiful Anna Maria Island experience this musical event, a beachfront concert at Coquina Beach Gulfside Park, Anna Maria Island. The 6th annual Symphony on the Sand presents a musical and gourmet event featuring the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra (AMICCO) on Saturday, Nov. 10th from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm. The Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra and professional soloists will be performing tunes from Broadway musicals, noted popular and classical music and patriotic favourites. Emcee for the event will be local television personality. This is a rain or shine event and tickets can be purchased online at symphonyonthesand.com
• $125 – Ticket/Person Includes: Table Seating (at table of 10) with delicious small plates by area restaurateurs, complimentary fine wine and select beer
• $50 – Ticket/Person Includes: Concert Chair with 2 drink vouchers per ticket & concessionaire food purchase options
• $20 – Ticket/Person Includes: General Admission bring your own seating with cash bar & concessionaire food purchase options.
Online tickets will be available until noon on Friday, November 9. If not sold out, tickets will also be available at the door on the day of the event.
The Beach|House, The Lazy Lobster of Longboat, Harry’s Continental Kitchens, Hometown Desserts and the Coquina Cafe at Coquina Beach are this year’s featured restaurants.
Manatee County is contributing $30,000 to help cover the costs of the stage, sound, and lighting, and what is left will help pay the musicians’ stipends. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra Youth and Outreach Programs.
There is plenty of free parking at Coquina Beach and also a convenient Trolley stop on site. Free Island-wide trolleys are running before and after the concert.
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Veteran’s Day Parade – Veterans Day – a great way to remember the sacrifice the service men and women have made keeping the United States free.
Join in the parade on November 12, 2018 from 1:00 -2:00 pm on Pine Avenue on Anna Maria Island, Florida. Not walking in the parade? Then come out to watch, honour and thank those for their service to the country. The parade starts promptly at 1:00 at City Hall in the City of Anna Maria and will go down Pine Avenue to City Pier Park. The parade will feature three high school marching bands, floats, Privateers, a military fly-over and a few hundred marching veterans. There will be a free Ice Cream Social at the ANna Maria Island Historical Museum immediately following the parade.
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Transportation to Events (or anytime) on Anna Maria Island: We love the free transportation our island offers. It lets you focus on the gorgeous landscape that makes Anna Maria Island so special and takes the worry out of driving and trying to find available parking. Anna Maria Island Free Trolley service travels the entire island. The trolley runs daily beginning at 6:00 am at 20 minute intervals until 9:00 pm then every 30 minutes until 10:30 pm. Trolley stops are 2-4 blocks apart. They are well marked, look for a green sign with a Trolley on it.
Another free and fun means of transportation is the “Monkey Bus.”  It really is not free, but a tip for service operation. It is a great way to get around the island and they operate fairly late. As well, they can seat any number of passengers from their 8 passenger golf cart to their mini bus.  They can be reached at 941 565-6542.
If you would like more information regarding any of the above events, we are happy to assist you. Please contact us ~ annamariaislandcondorentals.com
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Note: Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals offers the above company names and affiliated links as suggestions only. We are not receiving commissions from the above and are listing only to assist our guests. We recommend services that we or close friends and family have experienced.
The content of this blog is not to be copied, adapted or shared without the written consent of Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals.