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BOATING & FISHING IN THE SUN ON TURQUOISE WATERS

Welcome to Anna Maria Island, Florida, a wonderland of sugar white sand beaches, laid back lifestyle and a place that offers family friendly fun. Whether you are looking to relax on the white sand beach with your book or want to explore the area by boat, Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217 has accommodations that suit everyone.
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For boaters and anglers there is nothing like being able to fish from a dock right outside of your waterfront rental. We have several 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom vacation properties located in Bradenton Beach that overlook the bay and are perfect for spending time outdoors and fishing off your private dock. Want to bring your own boat? You can conveniently secure your boat to your private dock. If you are interested in renting a boat, there are lots of area rental companies that will deliver straight to the dock at your condo.
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After a day of boating and fishing you can swim in the heated pool and later sit back, relax and take in the views of the water on your own private balcony directly overlooking the inter coastal waterway. Cook your catch using your fully stocked kitchen and then enjoy your meal inside or on your outdoor furnished patio.
Anytime you want some sun and sand head over to the beach which is located on the west side of your vacation rental condo.
These rentals are suitable for families as they can easily accommodate up to 6 people. For larger groups we offer multiple condos in the same building. All are available with every amenity you need.

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The waters around the island are home to several different types of fish such as Cobia, Flounder, Grouper, King Mackerel, Redfish, Snapper, Permit, Sea-Trout, Shark, Snook, Tarpon, and many others.
A few minute boat ride away is the historic fishing village of Cortez, where you can learn about the local fishing industry, purchase bait and tackle and get your fishing license.
Here are the closest of several Manatee County public boats ramps —
Kingfisher Point Boat Ramp, 752 West Manatee Ave. Holmes Beach / 941-742-5923
Coquina Bayside Landings North, 2000 Gulf Drive South, Bradenton Beach / 941-742-5923
Memorial Park, 63rd Street East, Holmes Beach / 941-778-1541
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If you are looking to rent a boat these are our recommendations —
Cortez H2O Watersportz – 4110 127th Street West, Cortez / 941-538-4290
Cortez Watersports – 4328 127th Street West, Cortez / 941-798-3721
Bradenton Beach Marina-402 Church Avenue N Bradenton Beach / 941-778-2288
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*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.
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ROD & REEL PIER — ANNA MARIA ISLAND RESTAURANT 

The Rod & Reel Pier
Address: 875 N Shore Dr, Anna Maria, FL 34216
Phone: 941-778-1885
Hours: Mon – Sun 8:00 am – 9:00 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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Anna Maria Island Dolphin Tours!

07/31/2017

One of the most frequently ask questions our guests ask is where can I find a dolphin tour.

Anna Maria Island condo rentals highly recommend Captain Kim.

Set sail for fun and relaxation with boat rides and tours from Captain Kim’s Boat Rides and Charters. We provide all the excitement of the high seas without the hassle of renting or buying equipment. Just step onto our pontoon or deck boat and get ready for a breezy day of dolphin and bird watching, sand bar hopping, or just some good old rest and relaxation. Perfect for the whole family, the tours last up to three hours.

For almost 20 years, Captain Kim has provided quality and affordable boat tours for Anna Maria Island and Cortez, Florida. A licensed captain and commercial fisherwoman specializing in dolphin watching and ecology tours with star fish, sand dollars, and sea horses just to name a few of the things you can find. Kim brings her passion for the seas to every boat ride.

Located at in the Cortez Village less only a few minutes drive from Absolute Anna Maria. Call Kim at (941)920-3307. Website: http://www.kimscharters.net/about.html

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