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?
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 — — 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 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
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 –
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 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:
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 –
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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Note: Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals offers the above company names and affiliated links as suggestions only. We are not receiving commissions from the above and are listing only to assist our guests. We recommend services that we or close friends and family have experienced.
The content of this blog is not to be copied, adapted or shared without the written consent of Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals.

Saying Good-Bye to 2018 & Good Riddance to Florida Red Tide

Florida Red Tide — It’s GONE!

Storms are not usually cause for celebration and most of us don’t enjoy cool temperatures, clouds, rain and turbulent waters. But, all of us at Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals celebrated when the recent storms hit Anna Maria Island. Why? Because, these storms gave red tide a fatal beating! The December storms that hit just before Christmas brought colder temperatures, high winds gusting to 50 mph and waves cresting at 10 feet. They effectively broke up the bloom and killed the bacteria as the red tide cells weren’t able to swim towards nutrients needed to feed and continue to bloom. Good-bye and good riddance to red tide!
Red tide has affected our area on the Gulf Coast of Florida, sporadically since August and we are happy to bid it farewell. I have heard many different descriptions of Red Tide, here is my understanding of it …
  • Red tide blooms are not new, they have formed in the Gulf of Mexico for hundreds of years. Excessive blooming of plankton known as Karenia brevis causes red tide. The blooming is natural and it typically occurs it is typically late summer or early fall. The bloom of this algae in high densities often turns the beautiful blue water a murky brown or reddish color.
  • Red tides can last a few weeks or many months depending on conditions that influence the bloom’s growth. These conditions include, water currents, sunlight, speed and direction of the wind, nature in general.
  • Humans do not contract red tide — they exhibit symptoms from being exposed to it. Symptoms are typically burning eyes and throat irritation with a cough and can vary individually.
  • Red Tide can affect the central nervous system of fish and other vertebrates, causing these animals to die. Scientists tell us, mammals like manatee are particularly susceptible because they breathe in the toxin, can ingest toxic food and take in some seawater containing toxins.
  • When we see dead fish the cause is not always red tide; there are other conditions that affect marine life.
So, let’s get back to and expand on the good news!!!
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) recently reported
red tide was not found in any water samples collected last week in Florida waters. Two test sites in Manatee County showed no presence with background levels in waters off Manatee County shores at the Palma Sola Bay bridge. Note: Background concentrations of red tide cause no anticipated effects on people or marine life. Background simply means not present or less than 1,000 cells.
-No fish kills suspected to be related to red tide were reported this week
Their interactive map is updated daily, but due to the holidays, the last samplings recorded were taken Dec. 26 with the next available report available on Friday, January 4th.
Go to for more information.

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium – Beach Conditions Reporting System

Date Reported 2018-12-30 15:02:16
Flag Green
Water Color Moderate
Red Drift None
Red Drift Location Not Available
Air Temperature 78.03 degrees F
Water Surface Temp 64 degrees F
Weather Summary Clear
Respiratory Irritation None
Dead Fish None
Jellyfish None
Beach Debris None
Wind Direction South
Wind Speed 6.32 MPH
Rip Currents None
Surf Calm
Surf Type Shore Break
Surf Height 0-1FT
Crowds Many
Red Tide Current Status – Most recent 8 days of sampling December 28, 2018 Manatee Karenia brevis cells per litre — not present/background (0-1,000)

So how do we feel about all of this and what are we telling our incoming guests?

Pack your bags, load up your car, your best vacation is about to begin.

Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals look forward to welcoming you!

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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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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?
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
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.
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.
Celebrate Christmas on Anna Maria Island
Shopping @ University Town Center, Sarasota
Sunrise December 2018
Sunset December 2018
Christmas on Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach
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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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 ….
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?
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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Where To Stay On Anna Maria Island – Guest Comments & Reviews

Staying On Anna Maria Island – Why Our Guests Chose Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals
There are literally thousands of vacation rentals on Anna Maria Island. Choosing one when you’re looking online can be daunting. You narrow it down to two or three, but how do you decide which one is the right one for you? What is the best location and how do you know? Do you pick a condo on the lower floor or upper floor? One with a view of the pool or with a view of the beach? How do you know if you are getting the best value for your dollar? If you’ve never been to Anna Maria Island or maybe you have been here several times, deciding on just the right vacation rental can be challenging.
What is your criteria when choosing a vacation rental? We have spoke to many guests over the years and it seems price was the biggest factor in booking their rental with location being second. If price is a deciding factor then we’ve taken care of that for you. Since the inception of our vacation rental business we have aimed to keep our prices as low as we can while remaining competitive in a large market. We present the most well stocked and nicely decorated condos and provide the very best value for our guests. Not only are we one of the best values on Anna Maria Island based on price, but we offer far greater amenities than many other vacation rentals out there. We have stocked our condos with every thing we could think of so that when you arrive and you need a certain “anything”– it’s there. And, if you need something that isn’t there we will get it for you.
A few years ago we started to log some of our guest comments. Here are just a few comments that will help you with your decision to book your next vacation with us:
— “I love that you (Terry) were always available and answered all of my questions, even the silly ones.”
— “We love your condo, it far exceeds our expectations!”
— “There are lots of great restaurants here that we haven’t experienced yet because we can cook and grill here.”
— “I love how your condos are equipped with everything!”
— “Nearby areas are beautiful, but I love the beachy feel of your condo and the Island vibe.”
— “We loved that we could walk to so many restaurants and shops, we hardly used our car. We rode the free trolley several times, what a great service!”
— “Anna Maria Island is a bike riders haven. We love that it doesn’t matter where you travel on Anna Maria Island the beach is always nearby. We enjoy riding our bikes on the quiet side streets watching families enjoy the Island and Island life. It makes us enjoy Anna Maria Island even more. Most of the homes are beautiful and nicely cared for.”
— “We can easily ride our bikes from one end of the Island to the other – from Pine Avenue to Coquina Beach. Great exercise!”
— Our guests have compared Anna Maria Island to Bradenton, Sarasota and Siesta Key and tell us, “we appreciate that there’s only one high-rise building on the Island” – the Martinique condominiums in Holmes Beach. They go on to tell us, “Siesta Key is a beautiful area, but it seems really touristy.”
— “The beaches are spectacular and the weather too. Oh, let’s not forget the beautiful sunsets as well!”
— “It feels very safe here. We feel safe wherever we go and the people are very helpful.”
— “People are super-friendly. We found the Island people have a certain feel and are very welcoming. We absolutely love everything about Anna Maria Island and can’t wait to come back!”
— “There is lots of things to do and see. You can attend one of the Island events, enjoy Happy hour and listen to live music at any number of local restaurants.”
— “We loved jet-skiing and seeing what the Island looked like from the water.”
— “We liked seeing a movie at the nearby Oakmont movie theatre and can easily to do a day trip to the many Orlando attractions.”
We think we’re doing a pretty good job and continually strive to provide the best guest experience. We have been blessed with outstanding guests that have blessed us with some pretty stellar reviews.
Have a look at our guest reviews and see what they had to say.
Review Name: Cindy Trepp
Review Date: 11/14/2018
Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Loved it! 601 Gulf Dr. North, Anna Maria Island, FL, 34217, United States
Loved it! We had a great time. Loved the condo, pool and beach. Great restaurants nearby as well. Hope to return in the future.
Review Name: Amy Gorsuch
Review Date: 07/08/2018
Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Exceptional place to stay!!! 
We were very pleased with our stay, the condo and the exceptional customer service we received. Terry went above and beyond to call and email us to ensure we did not need anything and offered many suggestions of things to do. The unit was clean and one of the best we have stayed in. It is a minimal walk to the beach. There are so many things to do within the distance of the condo. We will be back next year and staying here again. Thank you for a painless vacation!
Submitted: Jul 8, 2018 | Stayed: June 2018
Review Name: Diana Paris
Review Date: 07/02/2018
Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Beautiful Condo Wonderful Host!!!!
Absolute Anna Maria was in a perfect location . It was decorated beautifully and for a family of 4, it was all the room we needed. The kitchen was a joy to cook in; all new appliances and stocked with everything we might need. the condo overlooks the pool and beach so you really couldn’t ask for a better location. All the neighbors were very nice and helpful and Terry was very attentive. Can’t wait to return! ….
Review Name: Grant Townsend
Review Date: 07/01/2018
Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Best location on the island!!!!
Perfect Vacation getaway. The condo was in excellent condition and VERY clean. Balcony view of the pool and an ocean view. This condo is walking distance to many different restaurants, ice cream shop, putt putt, pier, as well as little Beach shops. We parked our car on Saturday and didn’t touch it till Thursday. The owner of this condo is by far the best I have ever worked with. Truly amazing people that genuinely want you to have a GREAT stay at their condo. I would HIGHLY recommend this condo and we will definitely be back!
Review Name: Tiffany Tarter
Review Date: 06/23/2018
Review Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Loved it ??
Condo was clean and nice. Surrounded by Awesome restaurants. Anything you would want to do is close. Had a great time!!! Can’t wait to return!!!
Review Name:
Carole & Mark Partington
Review Date: 05/09/2018
Review Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Love The Property And We Are Regulars!!!
The condo was nicely and comfortably decorated.
Beds were very comfortable. Towels were fluffy and very good quality.
The kitchen was very well equipped with everything you need for your stay, including wine glasses and lots of pots and pans. And frying pans that didn’t stick!
Condo overlooks the heated pool and has a view of the Gulf of Mexico.
The free trolley makes travel around the island a lot of fun.
Thank you Terry and family. We hope to book again next year!
Review Name: Lisa Dibbins
Review Date: 12/02/2018
Review Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
“Sparkling Clean And Updated”
Unobstructed views. Just across the street is a very short beach access. Cars stopped for us in both directions every time we wanted to cross.”
“Thank you!!! Not a single complaint!”
Review Name: Earl Benson
Review Date: 11/26/2018
Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Thanksgiving At The Beach!!!
The location was great with a beautiful view, and the unit nicely renovated! Terry was easy to work with and even stopped by once during our stay to check on us. We would definitely stay here again in the future!
Review Name: Perry Headford
Review Date: 10/30/2018
Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Terry was extremely helpful from start to finish
The condo was lovely with every mod con
The views from the condo were unbeatable
The island itself was paradise
Food was always fresh and beautifully cooked
The Waterfront Restaurant, Sandbar and Swordfish were our favourites
Over all stunning!!!
Review Name: Evan Stalcup
Review Date: 10/30/2018
Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Beautiful Condo Right On The Beach
My family and I stayed at this condo and it was amazing. From the moment you walk in for the first time, you are taken back by the beauty this unit has to offer. Everything from the floor to the paint on the walls has been renovated and updated. It was so enjoyable to visit this condo. It offers the best views on the beach with an outside deck and a master overlooking the ocean. The unit itself had everything you needed to have a great time on the beach and to just relax and enjoy being on island time. The condo is also close to so many things to do on the island, plenty of places to eat, shop and do adventures, walking distance. There is also a free bus trolley which will drive you around the island so you never have to worry about anything and getting home safe. The best part of this place are the owners, Terry is very easy to work with and super accommodating. He told us the best places to eat, where the locals go! And gave us everything we needed to have the perfect vacation. Couldn’t say enough good things about this place, definitely will be making a return trip and highly recommend anyone wanting the perfect get away to book this unit.
Review Name: Alison Linebarger
Review Date: 18/23/2018
Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Beautiful view and Great Condo!!
This was our first visit to Anna Maria Island and we will definitely be back. Even with the red tide we had plenty to do and the views made up to not being able to get on the beach. The beach is beautiful at this location. The condo was exactly as described and very comfortable. We would book now for next year if we knew our schedules.
Review Name: Kaeyla Coffman
Review Date: 09/10/2018
Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Our PERFECT Summer Vacation Every Year!
Terry & Sandy have always went above and beyond to make our stay amazing. I’ve been stashing with them since I was a teenager and I now have a husband and family of my own staying in the same unit and location I always have. There is no better place in Florida than to be in a vacation rental that is just like home. I can’t thank you Terry & Sandy enough for opening your homes with my family to share the love of the island with us as well. Each and every year the memories created are once in a lifetime and I am forever thankful for your condos! See you next year!
Submitted: Aug 10, 2018 | Stayed: July 2018
Name: Dina Paris
Review Date: 07/02/2018
Star Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Exceptional Experience On Anna Maria Island!!!
This condo exceeded our expectations. When you walk in the view is the first think you notice and it is mesmerizing. Beautifully decorated with no expense spared. All decor is modern and appropriate with muted tones and designed for comfort. The flooring is a light colour of white, greys and light blue but its texture is soft on bare feet. The showers have to have a mention as they were beautiful with granite shower walls and rain fall shower heads. Perfection! Terry was a wonderful host. He checked in on us from time to time to offer suggestions on restaurants and to see if we needed anything. We took his recommendations and he didn’t lead us astray, wonderful food. Sitting on the balcony at night was a favourite pastime. Terry was stocked up with beach chairs, umbrellas, toys and towels. The beds were so soft! you sink right into them. Thank you Terry and Sandy for sharing your beautiful condo with us and we hope to see you soon…Diana Paris
Review Name: Donna Chrilla
Review Date: 06/18/2018
Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Wonderful Condo And Owners Are Super!!!
This is the 2nd time we stayed at this condo! We love it and will definitely stay again! The owners just recently did many updates and its beautiful! Beautiful ocean views and steps away from the beach which is never busy in that area! Terry the owner is helpful with anything thing that you need..where to eat…do you need any information …is the condo good..super awesome owners to work with for sure!! Close to everything on the island and you can take the shuttle if you do not want to use your car! Would definitely recommend this condo to anyone!! Once again THANK YOU Terry and Sandy and family for sharing your paradise with us!
Donna and Tony
We’re very proud of our 5-Star reviews and grateful to each and every one of our guests. We believe that you can count on personal care, quality and value when you book with us. So when it’s time to book your next 5 star vacation please contact us and see for yourself why our guests chose us over all the others.
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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.
Gulf Drive Café-Bradenton_Beach_
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
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
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
Cortez Cafe
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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