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Celebrating VALENTINE’S DAY On ANNA MARIA ISLAND – Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals

Did you know that in America, Valentine’s Day is the second most popular day to dine out? Valentine’s Day is the most romantic dining holiday of the year and right around the corner, so let us, Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals help you prepare. Anna Maria Island is the perfect vacation destination with the best dining options, perfect whether you’re celebrating with your significant other, best friend, or family.We’ve combed through the most romantic restaurants in the area to select our favorites based on personal and guest reviews, menu, service, and ambiance.
To help you choose the perfect spot, here is a list, in alphabetical order of our favourites for romantic dining on Anna Maria Island:
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Beach Bistro – 6600 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach 941-778-6444
Take a five-star cuisine, five star attentiveness, refined but nicely understated cozy atmosphere looking right out at the Gulf of Mexico and you’ve got one over-the-top Valentine’s Day experience. Enjoy dishes like Grilled Swordfish, Roasted Maple Leaf Duckling, Rack of Lamb embellished with port wine and roasted asparagus all with some culinary flourishes that go above and beyond. For dessert try the Chocolate Truffle Terrine or Key Lime Pie, delicious!
You can savour a beautiful dinner in their dining room or outside on the beach with your toes in the sand while enjoying amazing food and a beautiful sunset.
Many consider this to be the finest dining experience in the area. Some guests have told us it is a little pricey, but they go on to tell us the food is worth every penny. If you’re looking to impress your significant other this might be the place!
Note: If you don’t make it here for Valentine’s Day, don’t worry, the Beach Bistro is romantic year round.
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Beach House – 200 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach 941-779-2222
If all you did was sit at one of the tables and drink a glass of water, you would enjoy yourself. Fortunately, with Chef Will’s creativity the Beach House offers so much more than that. Offering delicious dishes all with an emphasis on sustainability and local ingredients, picked produce from their own farm and fresh from the Gulf seafood.
Located directly on the beach with indoor and outdoor dining and sweeping views of the Gulf of Mexico. Dine with your toes in the sand, listening to live music and enjoy a relaxing evening as you watch the sunset over the Gulf.
Note: This is one of my personal favourite restaurants on Anna Maria Island.
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Blue Marlin Grill – 121 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach 941-896-9737
Located in an original 1920s cottage on historic Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach.
The Blue Marlin is known on Anna Maria Island for their quality, fresh, local seafood and offers fine dining without that “stuffy” feeling. The restored beach cottage decor is a perfect combination of classic yet nautical and chic, a lovely atmosphere. The wall art blends well with the nautical ship lamps which provide a warm, relaxing feeling.
You will enjoy their appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, entrees and desserts. Blue Marlin is a special place for a special meal.
Note: Reservations are a must! Parking can be a problem. It is about a five minute walk from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals or you can take the Free Island Trolley or tips for service Monkey Bus.
After dinner take a romantic walk on the pier at the East end of Bridge Street.
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Bridge Street Bistro – 222 Gulf Drive South, Bradenton Beach 941- 782-1122
The Bridge Street Bistro main dining room, is located on the 3rd floor and boasts panoramic views of the gulf with indoor and terrace seating.
Watch the sunset while enjoying expertly prepared cuisine. The entrees, including Grouper, Cedar Planked Salmon, Duck and Filet Mignon, are delicious, but the chocolate beyond reason for dessert is the ultimate indulgence.
Note: it is very easy to confuse this dining area with their sister restaurant, Island Time Bar and Grill which is downstairs.
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Eliza Ann’s Coastal Kitchen – 5325 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach 941-238-6264
Valentine’s Dinner 2019 from 4 PM – 10 PM Three Course Prix Fixe Menu
Enjoy a romantic dinner at Eliza Ann’s Coastal Kitchen with a Three Course Prix Fixe Menu. You will find a variety of options in all three courses that are sure to please everyone. For your second course/entree you can select, Seared Sea Scallop & BBQ Pork Belly, Colorado Rack of Lamb, Peruvian Surf & Turf or Red Snapper Ramen. 
The food and service here is good and the attmosphere is nice. They have a beautiful patio overlooking the canal that you can watch the boats come in-and-out.
For reservations call 941-238-6264 or book on OpenTable through their website.
Note: Located at Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club
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French Table – 103 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach 941-779-1930
If you’re looking for romance, you can never go wrong with a nice French restaurant. And, if cozy and quaint is what you’re looking for, French Table should get your reservation. French Table is a small family business serving authentic French food and the atmosphere is incredibly pleasant. The food, especially their homemade bread, Scallops and Shrimp, Duck, Pate Carbonara Fettuccini and dessert are delicious. We have found the portions are a little smaller, but they do leave you feeling satisfied. This is definitely a place where you’ll want to take your time and enjoy this little gem.
Note: Parking is limited, but the French Table is less than a five minute walk from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals. Highly recommend making a reservation.
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Isola Bella Italian Eatery – 5904 Marina Drive Holmes Beach 941-242-5309
Who doesn’t like Italian food? It’s always good, when you head to Isola Bella on Anna Maria Island. A small family run restaurant serving real Sicilian cuisine made with fresh ingredients, from simple and authentic recipes, with a wine list selected accordinglyThe dishes are authentically prepared and served by a wonderful Sicilian family. They even make their own pasta! You can feel the Love they pour into their foods! 
Notethis restaurant has only been open for approximately 1 Year and the food seems to taste better every time we go.
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Waterfront Restaurant  111 Bay Blvd. South, Anna Maria 941-778-1515
This beautiful, upscale restaurant is known for cuisine inspired by seasonal flavors and the finest ingredients. Whether you prefer shrimp, scallops, salmon or steak there is no end to delicious dishes served at this waterfront restaurant. And, their handcrafted cocktails are the best!
Indoor and outdoor seating is available. The indoor seating is quite charming, lending itself to a lovely romantic atmosphere. There is outdoor seating at the front of the restaurant overlooking the water as well as outdoor patio seating to the back. You will find both are cozy and casual.
Note: This is a very popular restaurant on Anna Maria Island so call now for a reservation. They might already be fully booked for Valentine’s Day, but any day is a good day to dine at the Waterfront.
One of the key ingredients to having a romantic evening out on Valentine’s Day is choosing the right restaurant. The above restaurants are all conveniently located in proximity to Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals. We think you will enjoy any one of them, but to ensure that you make the right choice, please, call them ahead to make your reservations and also to make sure the menu can accommodate any special dietary needs.
Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals are honoured that you have chosen us to provide you with the most memorable vacation and hope that your Valentine’s Day dinner is one to be to remembered. ❤
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PLAYING PICKLEBALL ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND – Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals

Thinking of playing pickleball while vacationing with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals? Excellent! No reason you can’t enjoy your game at home and on vacation too. With the increasing popularity of pickleball the number of places to play is increasing, but we have found on our travels that many destinations do not offer facilities to play.However, when you are vacationing with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals, no worries, we have you covered. But, before we get to the where, let’s talk a little bit about the game itself.
 
At any sports complex you will find people playing all kinds of paddle or racket sports. Tennis and racquetball are two of the most popular of this variety of sport, but there are other creative options available. For those of you that have never played or are new to the sport of Pickleball you might be curious to know more about the game.
 
You may have just learned of Pickleball, but it isn’t new, it was actually invented in 1965 by three Washington dads to provide a game that the whole family could play together. In 1975 it was recognized as “America’s newest racquet sport”, and by 1990, pickleball was being played in all 50 United States.
 
So, what is pickleball? It is a combination of tennis, badminton and ping pong. It can be played with 2–4 people on a court similar to the size of a badminton court. The net in Badminton is elevated, a Pickleball net is low to the ground like on a tennis court. Instead of using a racquet and tennis ball, players use paddles made from solid wood or composite materials and a perforated plastic ball, a “Wiffle ball.” Pickleball is a sport that can be enjoyed both indoors and outdoors and has it own unique set of rules. It can be played as singles or doubles. When you serve you do it underhand. Only the serving team is able to score a point and after every point teammates switch spots.
 
A game is played to 11 and the victor must win by at least two points. Pickleball is a sport for all ages. Being played on a smaller court makes it popular for retired aged folks as they can get their exercise without having to play on a larger sized tennis court and you can actually carry on a casual conversation while playing.
 
Younger adults also like playing on the smaller court and enjoy an intense game testing their hand eye coordination much like ping pong. When I compare Pickleball to other sports, I find Pickleball is easier to get the swing and serving down because of the paddles and smaller court. When I first started to play tennis it took me months to get good enough to play a game, but when I started playing Pickleball it only took me a few hours to get the rules and techniques down.
 
The game of Pickleball can be a fun, competitive or a social game that almost anyone can play. For some players it is an adrenaline rush of playing great and winning. For me, it’s about the social interaction and experiencing the physical, mental, and social benefits of feeling great!
Okay, now where can you can play Pickleball in Anna Maria Island?
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The Center of Anna Maria Island, 407 Magnolia Avenue, Anna Maria, FL
Phone: 941-778-1908
Pickleball — February 2019 Monday and Wednesday 12:30 – 3:00
Tuesday Thurs Friday Sat 10:30 – 1:30
Note: The last hour of Pickleball is for lessons & less competitive play
Drop In Fee $15
Tennis or pickleball pass for $45 a month
Weekly and Monthly rates are available
Center hours — Monday – Thursday 7am-9pm
Friday – 7am-8pm
Saturday 8am-3pm
Sunday Closed
The Center offers Individual and Family – Day, Weekly, Monthly Passes 
Included in Pass
• Fitness Center – Fitness and wellness classes
  • Tennis Courts
  • Pickleball
  • Open Gym and field time
  • Playground
While you’re enjoying the glorious beauty of Anna Maria Island, come on out and get your game on. Click on the link below and you will see, The Center isn’t limited to only Pickleball.
 
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Mark your Calendar — FABULOUS FEBRUARY Events In & Around ANNA MARIA ISLAND-Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals

Anna Maria Island (AMI) is known for its palm trees, incredible white sand beaches and beautiful turquoise water. Add to that, the quaint feel of this beautiful destination and you have one of the best places in the world to visit.
 
Thousands of tourists flock to our Gulf coast area each year to soak up the sun, catch some waves and feel the sand between their toes, but there are more things to do in Anna Maria Island than spending time at the beach. I would be lying if I didn’t say heading to the beach to relax isn’t one of my favourite things to do, but I also enjoy the many inviting activities the Island has to offer.
 
Check out this list of things to do while you’re visiting Anna Maria Island.
Healthy Walking Tours – Select one or more of these happy, healthy walking tours. Lace up your sneakers and dress for the weather to discover some of the best nature spots Anna Maria Island and the surrounding area has to offer.
  • Leffis Key: Early Restoration Efforts February 1 
  • Robinson Preserve: Mangrove Migration February 8 
  • Grassy Point & Neal Preserve: Intracoastal February 15
  • Felts Preserve: Bird Migration Changes February 22 
Cost: $25/person   4-pack $80   Series $150 Attend all 7 tours – get one FREE!
To Register or for additional information contact:
Around the Bend Nature Tours — aroundbend.com — 941-794-8773
On these weekly morning tours you will have lots of time to interpret nature and cultural history. All tours are guided by Professional Master Naturalists and/or NAI Certified Interpretive Guides. All walks are Friday’s 9:30-Noon/1:00 pm
 
February 2 – 3, 2019: The Holmes Beach Arts and Crafts Festival benefits the North American Butterfly Association. Come check out the handmade jewelry, ceramics, fiber art, paintings, stained glass, photography, live music and food plus plants, orchids, handmade soaps, gourmet spices, a green market and more. Free admission. Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Sunday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Holmes Beach City Hall, Event Field, 5801 Marina Drive, Anna Maria Island, FL.
 
February 2 – 3, 2019: 19th Annual Plantation Festival at Gamble Mansion and Plantation. 3708 Patten Avenue, Ellenton, FL. Look for the Landmark white picket fence and turn right into the main park entrance. 
Enjoy an arts and crafts show, a student art competition, free tours of the Gamble Mansion, food and beverage vendors and more. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Free admission and $1 donation for parking.
While you are in the area, you might consider going to the Ellenton Premium Outlet Mall. It is only about 5 minutes East of the Gamble Mansion and offers some nice outdoor walking as well as some great buys!
 
February 3, 2019: Enjoy Sarasota’s own Ski-A-Rees Water Ski Team and their 1st Sunday afternoon show of the new season at 2 p.m. at Ski-A-Ree Stadium. This free show takes place at 1602 Ken Thompson Parkway (near/behind Mote Marine Aquarium on the water.)
The Ski-A-Rees put on a wonderful show with great music and entertaining announcers. They are a very professional group and their show is non stop, exciting and a great family activity. The skiers display their talent performing tricks and their skill while making a twelve person skiing pyramid. When you go be sure to get there at least an hour early as it usually draws a big crowd. There are bleacher seats, some of which are covered, but most of the seats are in the sun so dress accordingly. Sunscreen and hats for everyone! Bring a cushion if you don’t want to sit on the metal seats. We were in the open area which provides a behind the scenes view of the team. Talking to people seated in the covered stands, they were partially blocked from some stunts, but said it wasn’t often. You can also bring your own lawn chair. There is a shaded area under the trees where you still have a good view of the show.
Free parking and snacks and drinks are available for purchase.
Although the shows and parking are free, donations are appreciated as the Ski-A-Rees are a non-profit organization.
If you miss their first show on February 2, you’re in luck, the Ski-A-Reese Ski Team will also be performing February 10, 2019, February 17, 2019 and February 24, 2019. All shows take place at 2:00 pm at 1602 Ken Thompson Parkway-look for the Ski-A-Reese signs
 
Visit the spectacular Ringling in Sarasota —
February 4, 2019: Come out for Ringling by the Bay on the Bolger Campiello at The Ringling Museum, featuring live music and dancing 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Admission: $5 – $15. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Tickets may be purchased in the Visitors Pavilion on the day of the event, purchased online at ringling.org or by calling 941-358-3180.
Limited seating is available. Ringling Museum grounds, Bayshore Gardens. 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota.
 
February 7, 2019: Ringling Underground – enjoy live music and art in the Museum of Art Courtyard 8:00 pm -11:00 pm. This event features an eclectic mix of local and regional live music. While you’re there be sure to check out the display of work by up-and-coming artists in the Museum of Art Courtyard. Select galleries will be open until 11:00pm. Admission: $15. Free for Members and College Students w/ ID and free with “Art After Five” admission. Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road Sarasota, FL. 941-358-3180 or online ringling.org
 
February 7 – 18, 2019: The Florida State Fair is held annually at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa 4800 N U.S. Highway 301, TAMPA, FLORIDA
Phone: 813-621-7821
The 2019 Florida State Fair brings 12 Days of Fun, featuring rides, amazing agricultural exhibits featuring over 5,000 animals, excellent craft show and a great variety of fantastic food. Parking is Free at the fair.
You can buy tickets online, at any of our local Publix stores or at the Fair Box Office located on the Fairgrounds open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Fair Box Office – 813-740-4640.
There are some on-line price discounts. Go to – tickets.floridastatefair.net
 
February 9, 2019: There’s a street party for you: “Main Street Live!” on Historic Old Main Street in downtown Bradenton. There will be live music starting at 5:00 pm. This popular party closes the street to vehicular traffic and the streets will be lined with arts and crafts vendors and food trucks. Music ends at 10 p.m. but Old Main Street will remain closed until midnight.
 
February 9, 2019: Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves Market on beautiful Coquina Beach, Gulf Drive South, Anna Maria Island. From 8:00 am – 3:00 pm, it’s a treasure hunt at “The Thieves” Flea Market. With 100’s of Vendors you can search for treasures and say hello to the Pirates on their 60 foot pirate ship. Choose from custom made jewellery, t-shirts, golf paraphernalia, fresh produce and more.
Free admission.
 
February 9, 2019: Family fun at the 5th annual Bradenton Area River Regatta on the Manatee River. This year the Free event features, boat races, food fest to satisfy any appetite, kids zone on both shores of the river, fireworks and more!
Watch the boat races from either the Bradenton or Palmetto river fronts or on the bridge itself. Featuring, Powerboat Superleague Formula-2—splitting the surf at speeds over 120/mph and added this year Formula-3 racing with speeds hitting 100/mph.
Enjoy live music on two main stage venues…In Bradenton—national recording artists and Bradenton natives: We the Kings…and on Palmetto’s main stage, country music group: the Andy Pursell Band from Arcadia, FL.
An after dark fireworks display over the river provided by Zambelli Internationale, will light up the sky with pyrotechnic brilliance to end the day with an exhilarating blast of multi-coloured beauty.
Mark your calendar — the all FREE, fifth annual Bradenton Area River Regatta
8:00 am – 10:00 pm Downtown Bradenton’s Riverwalk and in Palmetto.
 
Sunday, February 10, 2019 – New Orleans Nighthawks Jazz Band
Concert Series, Roser Church, 512 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria, FL
The New Orleans Nighthawks are a seven-piece jazz band and have been playing together for about 8 years. Most of the band members are snow-birds coming to Florida between October and April. They play Dixieland and swing tunes in a New Orleans traditional jazz style. With a solid rhythm section from the band’s leader on clarinet, two trombones enhanced by banjo, bass, drums and vocalist, they provide a unique and mellow, yet driving and exciting sound. This concert will be held in the Roser Community Church Sanctuary at 4:00 PM. Doors open at 3:00. A free-will offering is appreciated and will help to make these dynamic events possible.
 
February 12, 2019: It’s the 16th Annual Anna Maria Jazz Fest. Featured will be jazz standards of the past 70 years! Proceeds benefit the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra. $10 advance, $15 at the door. 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm at the Sandbar Restaurant Pavilion, 100 Spring Ave, Anna Maria Island.Tickets: 410-812-2468 or at the AMI Chamber, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Island, FL.
 
February 16, 2019: It’s the Pittsburgh Pirates Annual Pep Rally 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Where: Manatee Avenue West & Old Main Street in downtown Bradenton, FL
The Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training Headquarters in Bradenton, Florida is known as “Pirate City.” This years pep rally will feature a photo booth, player appearances and free autographs, games, live music, face painting, various vendors, family fun and more. The Pirates are celebrating their 51st year in Bradenton this year. Show your spirit and wear your best Pirates colors or costume.
 
February 16 – 17, 2019: Enjoy the 8th Annual J.D. Hamel Park Arts & Crafts Show in the open air. Featuring the creations of talented artists and crafts people from all over. 10:00 am – 4:30 pm both days. Free admission and free parking in the Palm Avenue garage. Main Street and US 41 in Sarasota, across from Marina Jack’s.
 
February 16 – 17, 2019: Enjoy the 3rd Annual Lido Beach Winter Fine Art Festival in an outdoor gallery of original fine art and crafts. Meet with the talented artisans as you view their sculpture, painting, ceramics, woodworking, fiber art, photography, jewellery, metal work and more. Find the piece of art for your home or office that you have been looking for, or commission a piece made specifically for you. Admission is free. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Lido Key, 400 Benjamin Franklin Drive, Sarasota, FL.
 
February 16 – 17, 2019: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm both days. Don’t miss the 37th Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival, being held in historic Cortez, Florida.
Cortez established itself as a fishing village in the 1800’s and is one of the last remaining fishing villages on Florida’s southwest Gulf Coast. This annual event has grown from 500 attendees when it debuted in 1981 to 25,000 in recent years.
This fishing festival celebrates the area’s commercial fishing industry and features continuous live music, arts and crafts, kid’s activities, lots of food, including locally caught seafood.
Admission to the festival is $4; children under 12 are free. Festival proceeds are used by the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage (FISH) to expand and restore the 95-acre FISH Preserve east of the village on Sarasota Bay.
Parking is limited. There will be off-site parking with shuttle service available.
While you’re here in Cortez, experience “Old Florida” with a walk through the village, past the small charming cottages. Visit the old fish houses, seafood restaurants and the Florida Maritime Museum, which documents a unique culture and traditional life on Sarasota Bay.
 
February 23 – 24, 2019: It’s the 19th annual Fine Arts Festival of Manatee County a juried event that takes place at the beautiful Riverwalk Park in Downtown Bradenton. Open to the public, admission and parking is free in the Bradenton Financial Center, 1402 Manatee Avenue West.
The festival is being held Saturday from 9 am – 5 pm and Sunday from 9 am – 4 pm and features local, regional and national award-winning artists. There will be artist demos, shopping, music vendors as artists display their work in this juried show with cash prizes. Featuring fine craft, painting, jewelry, clay, stained glass, leather and more hosted by the ArtCenter Manatee. Proceeds of this festival benefit ArtCenter Manatee’s Education and Outreach programs. Please visit www.artcentermanatee.org for more information.
 
February 24, 2019: Baseball fans…The Pittsburgh Pirates will celebrate their 51st Spring Training season in Bradenton as the home schedule begins with the game vs the Miami Marlins at 1:05 pm at LECOM Field, 1611 9th St W, Bradenton, FL
 
February, 25 the Pirates take on the Boston Red Sox in Bradenton. Game time 1:05
 
February, 27 the Toronto Blue Jays are in Bradenton to play the Pirates at 1:05 pm. Tickets: mlb.com
 
Now Through – March 10, 2019: Circus Sarasota celebrating 22 years of Big Top Performances! Previous headliners have included comic daredevil, Sarasota’s own international star, Bello Nock and Sarasota’s high wire artist, Nik Wallenda.
International circus artists will leave audiences awestruck. Every year features a new cast in an intimate one-ring European style Big Top. This year’s show features incredible artistry on the Cyr Wheel, a modern blend of aerial dance and majestic horses, hand-to-hand acrobatics, high wire, teeterboard, juggling and much more.
The all new winter production features performances at various times and dates. Ticket prices range from $15 – $55. Performances take place Under the air-conditioned Ulla Searing Big Top at Nathan Benderson Park behind the Mall at UTC. The Big Top opens 1 hour before show time. Big Top Parking: $5 for local charities. 140 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota, FL.
Contact a ticketing representative at (941) 355-9805 for more information, or purchase tickets online at any time – circusarts.org
 
I believe that covers the majority of our February events. Please let us know It there is something that you are interested in that is not on our list. Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals will help you find whatever it is that will make your perfect vacationfabulously perfect!
 
And, if you haven’t booked your winter escape yet, contact Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals today!
 
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Planning Your Ideal Vacation — Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals

We understand there is so much more to your vacation than just accommodations.
When you think about your next holiday what comes to mind?
We’ve put together the following information to help you choose your vacation destination.
Where should we go? Looking for something that is not a densely populated tourist hot spot? Anna Maria Island (AMI) Florida is a little gem along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico that offers a perfect mix for those seeking total and utter relaxation or those wanting a more active, but still relaxing vacation. Anna Maria Island with 7 miles of bright, white powdery sand beaches, crystal clear turquoise water and old Florida charm is a popular tourist destination unlike others. The locals have done an amazing job of maintaining the island’s charm with no chain restaurants and no high rise buildings. You will find old beach cottages, gently swaying palms tress and award winning picture perfect beaches. Combine all that with the beautiful Florida sunshine and you have the idyllic atmosphere of Anna Maria Island. Watching sunrises colouring the radiant sky or viewing spectacular sunsets you will be delighted you have come to this beautiful Island.
Where will we stay? Stay with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals and you will have everything you could possibly need to spend a vacation in paradise. From the white sandy beaches of Anna Maria Island, private beach access, luxurious condos featuring a heated pool, lanais overlooking the beach or pool and amazing location, we offer everything you need for a blissful, tropical vacation. 
 
When should we book? Reserving your rental at least six to 12 weeks before you travel will improve the variety of inventory available. Typically our rates are not subject to the same changes as airfares or hotel rates. Thinking the inventory is unlimited? It’s not. Supply is limited and when supplies run out, so does your chance to book. So, our advice…if you like it, book it as soon as possible.
When is the best time to go? Anytime. If you want to enjoy a tropical climate, then Florida is the place for you. Florida has an average annual high of 80F, offering year round sunny, warm weather.
Every year residents from the northern United States, Canada and other cold weather countries flock to Florida in search of sunny skies and warmer temperatures. Because of this people think the months from January to April offer the best weather of the year. But, other months offer an equally perfect vacationing environment –
For example, Anna Maria Island, Florida from December to March sees average day temperatures from low 70’s to high 70’s. April to June low to high 80’s and July and August mid-high 80’s with some low to mid 90 degree temperatures. September to November low to high 80’s.
In my opinion, May and mid-September through November offer the best in terms of ideal temperatures – both air and water. Average daily highs ranging from low to mid 80’s and Gulf of Mexico water temperatures hovering around 80F delivers near perfect conditions for your vacation. These months are usually dry with lowish humidity and on top of that are quieter months. The snowbirds are gone, kids are in school which mean you have the Anna Maria Island beaches almost to yourselves.
Temperature tolerance is different for each of us. Some people think they will melt in the Florida summer heat. For me, summertime weather on Anna Maria Island is ideal. From June-August, average daily high temperatures range from 85 F – 91 F. With a 5-15 mph tropical beach breeze felt most prominently on the beach, most find it is quite comfortable. The Gulf of Mexico is typically 5-10 degrees cooler than the air temperatures making the water pristine! A swimsuit, cooler and beach umbrella are all you need for a most enjoyable day on the beach.
As you plan the perfect trip, remember any time of year is a great time to vacation in Anna Maria Island. 
How will we get there? Plane, bus, train or car? 
One of the many advantages of choosing Anna Maria Island as your travel destination, is that it is easily driveable from most American States and Canada. Plus, there are five International Airports within 2 hours of Anna Maria Island. Most visitors either fly or drive, but if that’s not your thing and you are willing to spend a little more time, consider travelling by train or bus which is as much an experience as it is transportation. Wether you arrive via air, train or bus there are many transportation services available to pick you up and deliver you safely to our condos.
How far is it from the airport? The closest airport to us, Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ), is approximately 15 minutes. SRQ is a relatively small airport making it very easy to navigate. The baggage area is easy to find and the car rentals are in the same area. In 2018 SRQ added a series of new destinations flights from budget airlines to/from some very popular locations. With many low cost, non-stop flights now being offered, Sarasota Bradenton International Airport is our the airport of choice. Tampa International Airport (TPA), another great options for our guests, is exactly 1 hour door to door. TPA offers an abundance of flights to many destinations. The driving time to: Orlando International (MCO) 1 hour 50 minutes, Clearwater/St.Petersburg (PIE) 45 minutes, and Fort Myers Southwest Florida (RSW) 1 hour 40 minutes; these are great airports as well.
How can we get around? Worried you won’t have a car when you arrive, don’t be. Unbelievable as it may seem, you really can get around the seven mile Island of Anna Maria without a car. Anna Maria Island offers you several transportation options: the Free Island Trolley operates daily from 6:00 am to 10:30 pm running approximately every 20 minutes. It will take you from Anna Maria at the northern tip to Coquina Beach, the Southernmost point of the Island & yes, it is FREE. Island Monkey Bus, a tip only ride service on Anna Maria Island and beyond. Golf cart Rental is readily available and a fun way to see the Island. Bike rental. Walk. Shopping, restaurants, and loads of activities are all within walking distance of our vacation property.
Upon booking with us, we are happy to help you choose the means of transportation that is right for you.
What will we do when we’re there? There is plenty to do on Anna Maria Island (AMI) Whether you’re looking for a quiet escape from reality or prefer a more lively experience there’s something for you on the island. You can go to the beach. With private beach access you will find less crowds in an area that’s almost exclusively yours. Walk the beach, you have 7 miles of it to enjoy or if you want true relaxation, sit and listen to the sound of the waves. You can bike the Island. Rent a bike and discover the Island, the peaceful neighbourhoods and the slow lifestyle of AMI. Follow along an unbeaten path, you never know what you might find. Go Paddleboarding, jet skiing, sailing or kayaking. Rentals are available right on the beach. Walk to Historic Bridge Street on Bradenton Beach. You will find lots of quaint shops, restaurants, and a nice pier at the end of Bridge Street. Well you’re there stop for a game of mini-putt and then to the courtyard at Blue Marlin where you can listen to live music and enjoy some delicious seafood. Rent a Golf cart or take the Free trolley to the North end of the Island. Have your picture taken at the old Anna Maria Jail and go shopping on Pine Avenue. With no shortage of shops you will find quaint, boutique clothing stores, culinary specialty stores, and more! Take your wallet as is likely you will find something you want to buy.
 
Can I play golf? – There is only one golf course on Anna Maria Island and it is gorgeous! The club is members only, but you can pay a guest fee of around $500. A little pricey for most, but don’t be discouraged there are many courses near Anna Maria Island.
Bradenton Country Club is a beautiful course designed with fountains, lots of trees, and lagoons. It is a 18 hole course located just 10 minutes east of the Island.
Timber Creek Golf Course is a nine hole course located 10 minutes east of Anna Maria Island. Not only is it a budget friendly course, but perfect for beginners and families. 
Manatee County Golf Course is located in West Bradenton, about 10 minutes from Anna Maria Island. This public course will challenge even you scratch golfers.
IMG Academy Golf Club is a prestigious club located about 15 minutes from Anna Maria Island. Facilities include a driving range.
So as you can see, yes you can golf when vacationing on Anna Maria Island. For a full list please inquire upon booking with us.
Can we take yoga classes?
Yoga on vacation, of course! Beach yoga or in studio classes are available.
All weekly studio classes are on a DROP-IN basis. Gentle and Flow classes limited to 25 students. Restorative classes limited to 15 students. Once your reservation with us is confirmed please request yoga information. We will be happy to provide you with everything you need to get in touch with the local yoga group.
Is it a good place for the kids? Not only is Anna Maria Island beautiful, it is also a great place for families. The island is not overly large. It is big enough to offer lots to do and yet small enough that everything is easily accessible.  On AMI, you won’t experience long lines, crazy traffic or other headaches while on vacation with your little (or big) ones.
Here are a few of our family favourites:
Go to the beach – Build sandcastles, swim, throw a ball around, bury each other in the sand. There are so many fun things to do at the beach.
Hunt for seashells – You can find shells anywhere on the beach, but for really great shelling go to Greer Island aka Beer Can Island. Located just south of Coquina Beach it is a perfect spot to grab some beautiful shells.
Get Donuts – This is always at the top of our list. The Donut Experiment for the most delicious donuts. You must experience these made to order donuts with multiple options of glaze, toppings galore, and even a drizzle of choice!
Play Miniature Golf – A fun activity for all ages. Who doesn’t love watching the ball sink in the hole? On historic Bridge Street which is full of other shops, restaurants and activities, so you can spend a whole morning, afternoon or evening there.
Or, rent kayaks and tour the mangroves, visit Mote Marine & Aquarium in Sarasota, parasail, the list is almost endless.
Where will we eat and drink? Our condos are complete with fully equipped kitchens and there are several nearby markets to find fresh local seafood, locally grown seasonal veggies and fresh spices. There is also a Publix Supermarket on the Island a few minutes from our condo and Island delivery service is also available.
We always suggest our guests dine out at least once. Why? Because the food on the Island is amazing! Beach towns aren’t always known for great food, but that’s not the case on Anna Maria Island. Whether you opt to dine at an upscale restaurant or prefer a more casual relaxed atmosphere you won’t be disappointed with the island’s culinary offerings. There are many restaurants in Anna Maria Island, each one offering something to suit every taste and palate. Would you like to dine with your toes in the sand, indulge in the freshest local seafood in a classy beach setting? Whether you prefer American food, Italian, barbecue, pub food, Mexican, German, you name it, you will find it on Anna Maria Island!
The following restaurants are all within walking distance of our condo. Walking times range from 2 to 15 minutes: Anna Maria Oyster Bar On the Pier, Beach House, Blue Marlin, Bridge Street Bistro, Bridge Tender Inn, French Table, Island Creperie, Island Time Bar & Grill, Kokunut Hut, Oma Pizza & Restaurant, Seafood Shack, Smoqehouse, Tide Tables Restaurant, Wicked Cantina.
When planning your next vacation, put Anna Maria Island on the top of your list. We’re certain you will be delighted as you take your first step on the white powdery sand beaches and look out onto the long stretch of turquoise water. For us, each visit is a beautiful as our first visit. Even after 30 years, we are still in awe of the breathtaking beach views and everything else AMI has to offer. We invite you to visit the white sandy beaches of Anna Maria Island where our favourite place in the world becomes your favourite place too!
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YOUR New Year — YOUR Things to Do — Anna Maria Island 

The beginning of a new year is always a reflective time. The New Year brings new energy and is a time resolutions are made. The best New Year’s resolution our family ever made, and I must add, the one we actually kept, was to take more vacations to Anna Maria Island.
If you are vacationing with us in Anna Maria Island now, or have already booked your next vacation with us, I would say you have started your New Year right!
Whether you are a returning guest of Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals or coming for the first time, the island offers an abundance of activities. You can design your vacation to be as busy or as leisurely as you want it to be.
Here are a few fun events for you to consider during your January visit —
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Farmer’s Market – City of Anna Maria 
Every Tuesday through May 14th the City of Anna Maria is hosting a farmer’s market at City Pier Park at the corner of Pine Avenue and South Bay Blvd. Your choice of Southwest Florida produce as well as herbs, plants, flowers, baked goods & more! Market hours are 8:30 am – 2:00 pm
Fun Family Event — Movies in the Park
Enjoy these classic shows. All shows will take place at City Pier Park, 101 N Bay Blvd. Anna Maria every Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm
1/2/19 – SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE (2017)
1/9/19 – KICKING AND SCREAMING (2005)
1/16/19 – INSIDE OUT (2015)
1/23/19 – SHOW DOGS (2018)
1/30/19 – FIRST KID (1996)
Please be aware that all shows are weather permitting. Bring your chairs and blankets, select refreshments are provided.
Please call 941-708-6130 ext. 121 for further information and cancellations.
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Healthy Walking Tours 
Start your New Year with a happy, healthy walking tour. Put on your walking shoes and dress for the weather to discover some of the best nature spots Anna Maria Island and the surrounding area has to offer.
Sign up for any of these short walking tours with Coastal Climate Walks. On these weekly Friday morning tours you will have lots of time to interpret nature and cultural history. All tours are guided by Professional Master Naturalists and/or NAI Certified Interpretive Guides.
All walks are Friday’s 9:30-Noon/1:00 pm at Coastal Parks
Locations and Event Dates:
  • Emerson Point: Florida’s First People Jan. 11 or March 1
  • Ken Thompson: Sea Level Rise Jan. 18 or March 8
  • Perico Preserve: Coastal Resilience Jan. 25 or March 15
  • Leffis Key: Early Restoration Efforts Feb. 1 or March 22
  • Robinson Preserve: Mangrove Migration Feb. 8 or March 29
  • Grassy Point & Neal Preserve: Intracoastal Feb 15 or April 5
  • Felts Preserve: Bird Migration Changes Feb 22 or April 12
Cost: $25/person   4-pack $80   Series $150 Attend all 7 tours – get one FREE!
To Register or for additional information contact:
Around the Bend Nature Tours — aroundbend.com — 941-794-8773
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Theatre Production at Island Players
Celebrating their 70th season the Island Players Community Theatre is Manatee County’s oldest Community Theater. Located at the north end of Anna Maria Island this theatre continues to provide artistic experiences for the communities while utilizing young and local talent.
From January 10 – January 27, 2019 the theatre is showcasing their version of I HATE HAMLET. I Hate Hamlet is a dramatic comedy written in 1991 by Paul Rudnick set in John Barrymore’s old apartment in New York City. The play follows successful television actor Andrew Rally as he struggles with taking on the role of Hamlet and dealing with a girlfriend who wants him to play Hamlet in Central Park. This is the only stage role his agent, Lillian, has found for him, but Andrew hates Hamlet! The ghost of John Barrymore, who, clothed as Hamlet, has come back to earth for the sole purpose of convincing Rally to play the part. Barrymore is very convincing and Andrew decides to play Hamlet. But when a Hollywood friend shows up offering Andrew a new role in a television pilot, with a potentially large salary and fame, Andrew is forced to choose between Shakespeare, whom his girlfriend loves, or television, where he is loved by millions. Will he stay or not stay? Come find out. You are sure to enjoy this entertaining production of I Hate Hamlet, in this quaint, historic theatre in Anna Maria Island.
Performances are Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8:00 pm with Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm. Single tickets are $20.00 each. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Box Office located at 10009 Gulf Drive (corner of Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue), Anna Maria. The theatre can be reached at 941-778-5755 for ticket reservations or on their website islandplayers.org
The Outlaws LIVE Concert 
At The Center of Anna Maria Island, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, Florida
Saturday, January 19th / Doors open 6:00 PM / Opening Act 7:00 PM
Showtime 8:00 PM / Reserve seats are $50.
This is a concert you don’t want to miss. Do you remember this southern rock band formed in Tampa in 1972? You might remember the Outlaws 1975 best known hit “There Goes Another Love Song.” Come and see their show, hear their new songs when the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (BACVB) brings the Outlaws to Anna Maria Island. As part of a series of concerts planned in 2019 the BACVB hopes to bolster tourism and boost the local economy with each venue receiving 100 percent of ticket and food sales from the concerts. Rich Engler, the first inductee in the Pittsburgh Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, will be producing the concerts at the same time he celebrates his 50th year as a concert producer in 2019.
This particular performance will prove to be a balancing act for the production crew. The Anna Maria community center holding the concert, is in a neighborhood where this type of entertainment is not characteristic. Some residents might love the music while others might find the “noise” bothersome. But, those involved in bringing this concert to the community have stated that they will do everything to make this unique experience a good one for all. They want to give the residents and visitors the feeling of intimacy by giving them an opportunity get up close and personal with the artists.
For the Outlaws, this is their chance to bring their band back into the light, to show how much they love making music.
Over the years, The Outlaws experienced several hardships. They went through personnel changes, ill-fated reunions, bitter trademark battles, the tragic deaths of co-founding members Frank O’Keefe and Billy Jones in 1995, and songwriter/vocalist/lead guitarist Hughie Thomasson in 2007. Many people feared that The Outlaws’ trail had come to an end. Not so, after 40 years, The Outlaws are back. They are on the road, on the radio and their fans are loving it.
I have seen the Outlaws perform a few times before and they never disappoint – actually they seem to get even better with age. If you get the opportunity to see this band, you should – they are a true Southern Rock legend.
To purchase tickets visit — manateeperformingartscenter.com
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In between any of these fun events be sure to —
  • Enjoy soaking up the sun on our beautiful white sandy beach with our own private beach access
  • Walk along the shores of Anna Maria Island where the sand is silky soft yet firm enough to walk
  • Lay by the pool for that dose of R&R you came for
  • end your perfect day watching one of the breathtaking sunsets Anna Maria Island is known for
  • Shop on Bridge Street
  • Dine at the unique area restaurants. Some of the best seafood restaurants on the Gulf coast, popular among locals and visitors are within walking distance from our condo.
May Your New Year bring you to Anna Maria Island, where there is always something to fill your time.
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A Year in Reflection…Our Gratitude…Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals

2018 has been another successful and exciting year for Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals. As we reflect on the past year, we thank each person who has helped us along the way. Thank you to our returning guests, first time guests, and those who have referred guests. We appreciate those who have supported us throughout the year. This, of course, includes our family and friends and those who work with us.

Our Housekeeping/Cleaning team: We give thanks to our experienced and efficient cleaning company; their main priority is to ensure the comfort of our guests. Respect and mutual appreciation form the basis of our relationship resulting in a reciprocal give and take. Our cleaning crew enrich our condos with their valuable knowledge, skills and genuine enthusiasm making sure our guests stay will be a wonderful experience. Our housekeeping ensure a positive guest impression while working hard physically, with a high degree of time pressure and continually deliver the highest possible quality. 
Their work is a reflection of us; a sincere thank-you for all that you do! We value our relationship and look forward to working together in 2019. 

Our Maintenance Group: In a pleasant way you are always available and our communication with you is superb. We rely on your honesty and integrity. We feel that we can call you at any time for your expert opinion.  We rely on your expertise which eases any worries we may have with our properties. Having you as part of our team ensures that our business runs smoothly.
 
Our Guests: Our guests are the very best and and we value you! It is always a pleasure to host the wonderful guests that travel to Anna Maria Island and stay in our vacation rental homes. We realize our guests are looking for a memorable experience and we make every effort to enhance each and every aspect of their stay. We know that there are many options when booking a vacation in Anna Maria Island. We place an emphasis on the smallest details that set our condos apart from the others. We make sure that we provide more than just the ‘bare necessities’ – we go that extra mile. We offer 24-Hour check-in, Fast and convenient WIFI, Cable Television on smart TVs, full size washer and dryer, complimentary welcome basket, small kitchen appliances, well stocked kitchens with a full supply of plates, glasses, mugs, and silverware, bathroom amenities, comfy beds, and plenty of beach supplies. And, as a convenience for our guests, we work with local businesses to make it easy for guests to book services such as transfers and tours. It’s little details like this that keep our guests happy and wanting to return. It is our desire to go above and beyond all other Anna Maria Island vacation Rentals and I believe we achieve that. Thank-you to each and everyone of you that entrusted us with providing you a vacation of a lifetime. Come back and visit again soon!
 
We’re sure that 2019 will bring even more wonderful guests our way. With the exceptional group we work with, we are ready!
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CELEBRATE NEW YEAR’S EVE IN BRADENTON BEACH, ANNA MARIA ISLAND

Say Good-Bye to 2018 and Hello to 2019!
What better way to celebrate New Year’s Eve than toasting with champagne on the sandy shores of Anna Maria Island?
Where are the best places to bring in the New Year in Anna Maria Island?
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Ring in the New Year at The Beach House Restaurant with their annual fireworks display. Tables can be reserved ahead of time under the restaurant’s covered pavilion for a fee and will be ready by 9:00 pm. There will be a DJ on their deck from 9:00 pm to 1:00 am with the fireworks show at midnight. There will be lots of party favours and a photo booth set up. Take home some photos of your big smiles as you ring in the New Year on Anna Maria Island. If you go you don’t need to worry about transportation as your condo is about a three minute walk to the Beach House.
The Beach House Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach 941-779-2222
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If you would rather a quiet relaxing dinner in the condo and enjoy the fireworks display later, Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals offers you your own private beach access very close to the Beach House Restaurant. The fireworks will launch gulf side right outside the restaurant. A couple minute walk and you have a great viewing point for the beautiful fireworks. Take your beach chairs and enjoy the evening as you eagerly await the illumination of the night sky.
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A short distance from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals, The Seafood Shack will be hosting their own country-themed NYE party.
You are invited to ring in the New Year with the Eric Von Band in their Neptune Room from 8:00 pm to 1:00 am. The cost is $20 per person for general admission tickets which offer guests full access to the party with music and dancing. They include your cover charge and all ticket processing fees for seating or standing areas that are not assigned or reserved. There are also a number of reserved Table Packages available for those wanting their own spot for the evening, but they are limited. The Table Packages include cover charge for each person, all ticket processing fees, a reserved table and seating. ‘Your table’ will have your name on it and is yours for the entire evening. Space is limited so call now for tickets. Tickets may not be available at the door.
The Seafood Shack will be serving some of their favourite light bites menu items which are sure to please everyone. Food options will be offered from 8:00 to 11:00 pm.
There is ample parking available for guests and it’s Free.
If you choose not to drive, the Seafood Shack is approximately a 10 minute walk from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217, or we suggest using the Monkey Bus, a convenient tip only transportation service. You may want to call them ahead, as reservations might be required. Uber is also another option.
The Seafood Shack, 4110, 127th Street West, Cortez 941-794-1235
As your hosts, we hope we have provided you with the vacation you won’t soon forget and will happily help you find the New Year’s Eve celebration you are looking for.
Contact us for other events to choose from in nearby Bradenton and Sarasota.
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MERRY CHRISTMAS EVE & HAPPY HOLIDAYS from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals, Bradenton Beach, Florida 

Christmas is a festive time on Anna Maria Island including beautiful Christmas trees, plenty of twinkling lights with generous splashes of red tinsel. The only thing missing is the snow drift, but for those northerners seeking a respite from winter’s chill, the warm weather, blue skies, and turquoise waters are sure to be a welcome sight.
No matter what time of year you come to Anna Maria Island there is plenty to see and do. If you haven’t stayed with us before we would love to have you. Please check our “Calendar and Rates” page for availability.
Christmas is one of our most popular times, so avoid the “Christmas Rush” and book now for 2019.
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Celebrate Christmas on Anna Maria Island
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Shopping @ University Town Center, Sarasota
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Sunrise December 2018
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Sunset December 2018
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Christmas on Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach
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Christmas – Bradenton Beach Pier
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Christmas at the pool
To all of our guests, past, present and future, we appreciate you!
We wish you the most wonderful holiday season.
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ANNA MARIA ISLAND CONDO RENTALS ARE AIRBNB SUPERHOSTS

We are experienced and dedicated vacation rental owners with a real passion for hosting and are honoured to be recognized as a ‘Superhost’ by Airbnb.
There is no denying Airbnb recognizes hosts who work hard. The Airbnb Superhost program boasts over 400,000 members around the world. With a freshly updated program, Airbnb hopes it will enable hosts to become more successful, cater to more guests and ultimately, achieve more bookings.
Our letter from Airbnb ….
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So what did we have to do to become a Superhost? There are certain requirements and we met them all!
  • Of course we needed to have an account in good standing. Our performance was measured over the past 365 days. 
  • We completed at least 10 trips OR successfully completed 3 long term reservations that total at least 100 nights
  • We maintained a 50% review rate or higher
  • Maintained a 90% response rate or higher
  • We had Zero cancellations (Airbnb allows some extenuating circumstances exceptions)
  • We needed to maintain a 4.8 overall rating
The real compliment to earning Superhost status is we didn’t even apply. But, we did work really hard to meet the programme requirements.
Sounds simple enough? Well, not as simple as you might think. It’s an extremely competitive market with millions of Airbnb listings all over the world. We go above and beyond and offer our guests the best service possible.
We are proud of our 100% response rate. When we receive a booking we respond right away. Yes, like a fire cracker. Guests are often surprised and thank us for contacting them so quickly, saying, “we just booked that minutes ago”.
Our reviews speak for themselves↵↵↵
Zero cancellations, yep you read that correctly. Pretty awesome, right?
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It sure is nice to be recognized and we kinda think we deserve it, but we think it is unfair to take all the credit. We attribute our success to not only our hard work, but to our amazing guests as well!
So as we extend a warm thank-you to Airbnb for this recognition we also send a BIG thank-you to our guests, it is always our the privilege to host you.
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5 Places To Grab A Great Breakfast In Anna Maria Island – Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals

Good Morning Anna Maria Island!  Rise and Shine! You are finally here and your long anticipated vacation is beginning. Time for a yummy breakfast, but not sure where to go for the best Island breakfast? Does the sound of Creme brûlée French toast awaken your taste buds? How about a bowl of fresh fruit salad, Island style?

We’ve got you covered with 5 places to grab a great breakfast in Anna Maria Island.
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Take an early morning walk along the beach then stop for breakfast only minutes from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217. And, if you like eating literally at the beach’s edge, this place is for you. There is indoor or outdoor dining options, both with a welcoming Island atmosphere no matter where you choose to sit and eat. The restaurant is usually busy, but with the beautiful view you really don’t mind the wait.
The Cafe is well known for their Belgian waffles, but they have just about everything under the breakfast sun as well. Try their homemade oatmeal or French toast – you can’t go wrong! Their seafood quiche is also quite delicious!
Good food, good price, prompt and friendly service with a spectacular view of the Gulf of Mexico.
Location: 900 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217
Hours: Breakfast served from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm
Island Creperie – Bradenton Beach
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A taste of Paris on Bradenton Beach. This pretty eatery is a little gem tucked away on Bridge Street and an easy walk from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals. With the many charming shops and eateries on Bridge Street you might miss it and that would be a shame. This place is a great take on a French breakfast!
The owner of the Creperie is French, which is evident with the restaurant’s fantastic French flare and culture’s care for the best fresh ingredients.
An extensive menu with so many delicious crepes choices on the menu it’s difficult to choose, but I am sure that you could not go wrong with any of them. My favourite is the Nutella fruit crepe which features pears and a berry compote which is divine! Another item to try is the gourmet croissant which is loaded with eggs, cheese and bacon – you can also have it with sausage or ham.
I love the cozy environment, charming decor and friendly staff.
What more can I say to entice you? — Absolutely adorable! Excellent table service! Delicious crepes & coffee! Enjoy!
Location: 127 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217
Hours: 8:30 am to 1:30 pm Wednesday – Monday (closed Tuesday)
Ginny’s and Jane E’s Cafe and Coastal Store – Anna Maria
I Love coming here! I love the large number of menu choices, homemade food and eclectic dining room. You will immediately notice the quirkinesses of this place, with various trinkets and souvenirs adorning throughout with a mix of different tables and chairs. I love that the board of gluten free options posted is big and obvious. When you arrive you place your order and they bring you your food. There are some really good, healthy food choices that will energize you for exploring the rest of your day. If you like cinnamon rolls, you won’t be disappointed, they are huge and flavorful. The Creme brûlée French toast is amazing and the gluten-free pancakes with blueberries are tasty and filling. I also love their selection of various coffees.
Weekends and holidays can be very busy, which is a testimony to not only the popularity of this iconic place, but also the quality and variety. Don’t be put off by the line-up as they are quickly attended to and then will build again.
The staff is excellent and super friendly as well.
After your delicious breakfast it’s a must to shop in their gift shop where you will find a unique collection of prints, jewelry and different island stuff.
Location: 9807 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, FL 34216
Hours: open every day 7:00 am to 4 pm
Peach’s – Holmes Beach
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You can certainly set yourself up for the day with American breakfasts and Peachs is no exception. Delicious food, friendly service and a diverse menu makes this a great place to start your day. Their menu options are plentiful including fresh squeezed orange juice! They offer plenty of healthy and indulgent menu items that are freshly made. Some of my personal favourites are: French toast, Egg Benedict, Siesta omelette, and their very fluffy pancakes.
I must say, their fruit is always fresh and their muffins are amazing. My last visit I ordered the parfait and it was huge and worth every bite.
I appreciate when restaurants are amenable to special orders and Peach’s is always willing to accommodate any of our special requests.
Good service, great food, Peaches is definitely one of the Island’s best for breakfast.
Location: 3240 East Bay Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Hours: 6:00 am to 2:30 pm Daily
Website: peachs.net
Cortez Cafe
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This little gem is located in a small strip plaza in the historic Cortez Fishing Village which dates back to the late 1890s. It is a long-established, unpretentious family business offering good quality food with great value. There is always a wait during the busy season, but their food and service is consistently great no matter how busy they are. The café is always full of locals and you always get a warm welcome.
Serving the standard breakfast fare of eggs, omelettes, pancakes, bacon, sausage and hash browns are spot on and, importantly, served hot. If you like Eggs Benedict I can promise they are excellent here!
This is a really great breakfast place with large portions, delicious and very satisfying food. Service is attentive and friendly.
Location: 12108 Cortez Road West, Cortez, Florida 34215
Hours: Open daily 6:30 to 2 pm
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