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!

Note: Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals offers the above company names and affiliated links as suggestions only. We are not receiving commissions from any of the above and are listing them 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.

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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.”
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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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COSTCO Shoppers — Get Ready! Costco Opening Soon in Bradenton, Florida 

Manatee County’s first Costco, one of the most-anticipated new businesses coming to the Bradenton area, is scheduled to open at 8:00 am on Aug. 21st.
The Costco’s new wholesale warehouse, part of a more than 300,000 square foot retail development at 805 Lighthouse Drive in Bradenton, FL is very close to completion. The project, called the Market Place is located at Heritage Harbour on the northeast corner of State Road 64 and Interstate 75.
Did you know that Costco is one of the largest retailers in the world? As of March 2019 Costco has 770 warehouses worldwide. Costco has long been known for selling bulk quantities of high quality foods and other consumables at discount prices. And, Costco will not stock a product if they feel the wholesale price is too high. If you have been in a Costco store recently did you notice that the aisles are not labelled? And, do you know the reason for that? Costco strategy is that we, their customers will wander the aisles searching for what we came for while putting more items in our carts along the way. The same reason Costco places popular items at the back of their store, again more items placed in our carts, not necessarily what we came for, while we go in search for what we really came to buy. In comparison it is actually easier to find a product in Costco than their Walmart competitor. For example, Costco stores display 4000 products open layout compared to Walmart’s approximately 100,000 products displayed in somewhat cluttered aisles. Certainly something to think about on your next shopping trip. And then there is Costco’s legendary free samples. Yes, you can stand in line to fill up on bites of glazed salmon, sausage bites, spoonfuls of yogurt, crackers and cream cheese and so much more.
No matter what Costco’s strategy is, I don’t know about you, but I love Costco. And not just because of the free samples – you see there is a 99% chance you will not find me in a Costco free samples line-up. I have nothing against the free samples, I actually think it is a great way to ‘try before you buy’ a new product, but I just don’t enjoy standing in those line-ups.
You might be wondering, on your one week vacation with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals, why would you want to shop at a huge warehouse and buy bulk items? The answer is simple, you might not, but there is a lot more to visiting a Costco warehouse than free samples and buying bulk-sized everything. From the health and beauty items, good deals on men’s, ladies and kids clothing, yummy fresh treats from their bakery, I usually manage to find something different in one of the many Costco departments. Oh, and how about the $5.00 Costco Rotisserie Chicken? Pair with a salad and you have an easy meal because really, who wants to cook when they’re on vacation – not me!
As well, many of our guests are staying with us longer than one week and prefer a one stop shopping experience which Costco provides. And, I would never forget to mention our ‘Snowbirds’ — they love to stock up on items for their lengthy visit allowing themselves more time to enjoy the beach, pool and other activities.
Here are a few things I definitely think are worth going to Costco for —
Eggs – you can get everything from conventional to free-range eggs, all at a lower cost than at many other grocery stores.
Costco’s Food Court – Filling and inexpensive it’s hard to pass by without stopping at the food court. Choose from cheese, pepperoni or veggie pizza, frozen yogurt, chicken Caesar salads, chicken bake, turkey provolone sandwiches, organic beef-based cheeseburgers, hot dogs or for those who don’t eat meat, try a plant-based açai bowl. For some shoppers it’s all about the hotdog and sofa, and it really is a deal!— since 1985, the price of the soda and hot dog combo has remained at $1.50.
Cheese – Fancy Cheeses, delicious! The Costco’s cheese aisle offers a variety of high quality cheese and you can get a large piece for a good price.
Costco’s ‘Kirkland’ – Great quality house brand products under their own name. Costco’s Kirkland Signature label offers everything from cereal and olive oil to dress shirts and vitamins. And when they are packaged with the Costco store brand – Kirkland Signature the discounts are sweet.
Rotisserie Chicken – The $5 rotisserie chicken is a loss-leader for Costco, but a bargain for us hungry consumers.
Meat – Their meat department is always well stocked with fresh, very good quality products.
Gasoline – The Costco gasoline station is easy to use, straight in and straight out and gas is typically 6 cents or more per gallon cheaper than other stations.
Beer, Wine and Liquor – Costco sells many alcohol, wine, beer, & spirits under the Kirkland Signature label for great prices.
Other than a brand new, brightly lit, impeccably clean warehouse what else can Bradenton consumers expect with the upcoming arrival of Costco?
A large variety of services will be available — According to latest reports, the site plan for Market Place include — the Hair Cuttery, Amazing Lash Studio, dental office, several restaurants such as Chipotle Mexican Grill, Miller’s Ale House, Longhorn Steakhouse, Panera Bread, Blaze Pizza, Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen, Jersey Mike’s Subs and more!
Remember, Costco is a membership warehouse club. Memberships are available online and in Costco stores.
If you already have a Costcomembership card it is valid at any Costco warehouse in the world. Just make sure you tell the cashier that it is an international card and they will input a special code for you to use your card.
So, when you visit Bradenton’s brand new Costco what will you be buying?
Maybe I’ll see you there, just don’t look for me in one of the food samples line-up. 😊
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Fourth of July Events — Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals

Fourth of July Events — Anna Maria Island 
How are you planning to celebrate Independence Day?
Anna Maria Island is the perfect place to celebrate the Fourth of July and experience the delights as you observe the uniqueness and freedoms of this country.
All of us at Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals look forward to having you spend this special holiday with us!
This year, Anna Maria Island has four planned events — a parade, a picnic, parties and fireworks display.

Privateers’ parade

The annual Anna Maria Island Privateers July 4 parade will begin at about 10 am.
Beginning at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach and travelling north on Gulf Drive through Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach and Anna Maria. The parade ends at the City Pier Park at Pine Avenue and North Bay Boulevard in Anna Maria. Be prepared to catch some beads as the participants throw them to the onlookers. Lots of fun for all! Don’t forget your sunscreen!
JULY 4THAnna Maria City Picnic Celebration
Immediately following the AMI Privateers parade the City of Anna Maria will hold a picnic party in the City Pier Park.
Enjoy lunch — Hot Dogs, Beverages and Entertainment.
12:00 pm until 1:30 pm
For more information, call city hall at 941-708-6130.

Privateers party

After the parade, at about noon, the Privateers will hold a party and reception at the Manatee Public Beach (Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe) 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Celebrate Independence Day and the winners of Privateers college scholarships. The Privateers will present $19,850 in scholarships to 14 students for their college education. Bring your cooler and spend a little time at Manatee Public Beach, one of Anna Maria Island’s famous beaches and enjoy the sunshine.
Celebrate July 4th at The Sandbar! 
Of course the day wouldn’t be complete without some fun and noisy celebrations topped off with fireworks and the Sandbar Restaurant has just the ticket for you.
One of Anna Maria Island’s favourite restaurants is once again hosting their annual dinner party and fireworks display.
Tickets for the dinner party include special seating for the fireworks.
Starting at 6:00 pm 100 Spring Avenue, Anna Maria, FL
For reservations call 941-757-3737
Adults: $155 Kids 12 and under: $50 — Tax and gratuity is included.
Here is a sample of their July 4th Dinner menu:
Starting at 6:00 pm — Champagne Toast
6:30 pm — PASSED APPETIZERS — Shrimp Ceviche | Tomato & Mozzarella Bruschetta | Cheesy Tator Tots Pickled Papaya Spring Rolls | Shogun Farms Sausage and Pimento Cheese
7:00 pm — RAW BAR — Gulf Oysters on the Half Shell | Pine Island Clams on the Half Shell Snow Crab Legs | Peel & Eat Gulf Shrimp | Smoked Fish Dip & Hemp Crackers
7:30 pm — DINNER — Shogun Farms Roasted Wild Boar | Smoked BBQ Chicken | Shrimp & Grits Smoked CAB Brisket Cornbread & Rolls | Macaroni & Cheese | Collard Greens Sandbar Rice | Grilled Vegetables | Farm Fresh Salad
DESSERT — Key Lime Pie | American Flag Cake | Blueberry Cheesecake

The firework display is a public event which will start around 9:00 pm. For those of you that want to see only the Fireworks show you can make your way to the beach north or south of the Sandbar Restaurant. Parking at or near the Sandbar will be limited, therefore we strongly suggest leaving your car at the condo and taking the Free Island Trolley or Monkey Bus.

For more information about the fireworks, call the Sandbar at 941-778-0444.

Off-island activities —

July 4th celebrations off the island include a parade, a picnic, a hot dog-eating contest, Minor League Baseball play and of course, Fireworks!

On Longboat Key July 4, the Chamber of Commerce will present its Freedom Fest beginning with a parade starting at 10:00 am.
In Cortez, the Swordfish Grill and Tiki Bar, 4628 119th St. W., will host its sixth annual Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest at 1 pm.
In Bradenton, the Bradenton Marauders will celebrate the holiday Wednesday, July 3, with fireworks after the baseball game against the Jupiter Hammerheads.
The ballgame will begin at 6:30 pm at LECOM Park, at the corner of Ninth Street West and 17th Avenue West, with the Marauders giving the first 1,500 fans a shirt.
For more information, call the box office at 941-747-3031.
Bradenton and Sarasota will present fireworks displays.
If you would like more information regarding any July 4th events please reach out and ask us.
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Awesome ways to Celebrate Father’s Day on Anna Maria Island 

To celebrate Father’s Day on June 16th – yep, THIS Sunday – The one thing most dads want is to spend time with their kids. This Father’s Day, forgo traditional gifts and give him a keepsake he will always remember. Make June 16th all about fun experiences and quality time together.
Here are a few things to do with Dad while vacationing on Anna Maria Island …
Take a Segway Tour: Fun for the whole family, you can enjoy a guided tour.
Rent Bikes, Scooters or Golf Carts: What a fun way to explore the Island. Pick your riding style and enjoy your tour. Any of these rentals are such a fun way to explore the island. Rent them for the half day, day, or even the week. Don’t forget to stop along the way and treat Dad to some ice cream 🍦
Parasailing: A great way to experience the breathtaking beauty of Anna Maria Island. Parasailing is truly a once in a lifetime experience and a wonderful way to celebrate with Dad. 
Kayak or Paddle Board: Choose from single and tandem kayaks and stand up paddle boards. Consider an Eco Paddle Tours, they are also available.
Jet-ski: Jet skis offer the thrill of flying across the water and allow you to see unique views of Anna Maria Island. You will get the chance to see all kinds of aquatic wildlife exploring the Gulf of Mexico or Intra-coastal waterway. 
Guided Boat Tour: Eco Tours, Boat Tours, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Private Tours, Dolphin and Whale Watching…so many choices, might be best to let Dad pick 😉
Rent a Boat: Considering a boat rental? Be your own captain and rent a pontoon boat for a half day or full day rental. It’s such a fun way to explore the waters of Anna Maria on your own with family and friends. Captains and private charters are also available.
Sunset Cruise: Any evening is a good evening for a beautiful sunset cruise aboard one of Anna Maria’s lovely tour boats like the Anna Maria Explorer or Island Pearl.
Aircraft Flying: See the beauty of the Island from the sky. Take a ride on the amazing Light Sport Aircraft flying along the beaches of Anna Maria. Book Dad’s flight today. 
Fishing Charter: Book your fishing trip for renowned Anna Maria Island charter fishing and cruise along the local waters with an experienced captain.
To book any of the above services, call Julie at —> Book a Little Sunshine.
Not only will you receive excellent service and be well taken care off, Book a Little Sunshine will make it an experience you will never forget. Make sure you tell them you’re staying with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals to receive a discounted rate.
Call 941-524-4275 for more information or book online.
Treat Dad to Ice Cream: Before or after your adventure or an after dinner treat. Do you know the best Ice Cream place on the island? Island Scoops at 103 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach. You really must try it, we guarantee Dad will thank you.
Take Dad out to dinner: As the old saying goes, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Is that really true? I think so … good food creates memories, makes the heart grow fonder, and makes for good dinner table conversations. Treat Dad on Father’s Day at any of the fine restaurants Anna Maria Island offers.
Here are a few of our favourites that we’re sure Dad will like too —
Beach House – 200 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach
The Beach House is a world-class restaurant is just a few minute walk from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals located directly on the beach. You will find waterfront dining with a laid-back casual atmosphere featuring air-conditioned indoor seating as well as climate friendly outdoor seating. Serving superb, fresh seafood as well as other fabulous entrees the Beach House is a top choice when dining on Bradenton Beach. If you are planning dinner at this gulf-front restaurant you will have the perfect spot to watch a beautiful Anna Maria Island sunset.
Sandbar Restaurant – 100 Spring Avenue, Anna Maria
Inside and outside dining, literally yards from the water. Enjoy being seated around a table with your feet in the sand while your food is being prepared creatively and with a wait staff that’s friendly and prompt. Sound inviting? If you are looking for a truly locally sourced dining experience we recommend the Sandbar restaurant. Goods grown in their own farm, serving fish fresh from the docks at Cortez and they make their own breads. Their menu features picked and plated produce, locally grown clams and locally grown fruits and vegetables.
If you are looking to start Dad’s day with brunch? Sunday brunch will be served starting at 10:00 am at the Sandbar.
Dinner will be served at both the Beach House and the Sandbar.
The Moose is calling all Fathers! The Anna Maria Island Moose invites you to visit on Sunday June 16th where you can relax inside or kick back and enjoy some sunshine on their outdoor patio or rooftop terrace. And, Dad will receive a drink on them!
The Moose Lodge has special craft beer taps…maybe 10 on tap…I think that’s more than any other Island establishment?!
The Moose Lodge
110 Gulf Dr. South
Bradenton Beach, Fl. 34217
Waterfront Restaurant – 111 South Bay Blvd., Anna Maria 
Anna Maria’s waterfront casual dining restaurant with a touch of class. It’s slightly higher end than most places in the area, but we think it’s worth it. You can sit outside and enjoy the waterfront gulf view, be seated inside, or on the back patio. Reservations are accepted for inside dining. Patio seating is first come first serve. We recommend their fish tacos, fresh Snapper and the Grouper is fabulous. As well, the Kale and Brussels Sprouts salad is excellent! Great food with fabulous craft cocktails and for dessert their delicious key lime pie … a perfect place to treat Dad! 
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