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See a Show at The Manatee Performing Arts Center — Bradenton

is located at 502 3rd Ave W, Bradenton, FL just a short drive from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals-601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217. On two stages, the Center features a variety of exciting Broadway musicals and long-time fan favourite plays.
*The Manatee Performing Arts Center— “We are committed to being the community’s premier theater and the region’s center for cultural, educational and artistic expression. Our team works tirelessly to ensure that we deliver engaging excellence for all ages, through the talent we present, the services we offer and the experiences we create. Our goal is not just to entertain you… we want to inspire you.”
Buy tickets online — manateeperformingartscenter.com or Call the Ticket Office at 941-748-5875 for any of the following May Shows …
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Fleetwood Max
May 19th/2018 at 8 PM
Fleetwood Max is the country’s Definitive Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band – an authentic recreation of the music, magic, and incredible stage production of the legendary Stevie Nicks & Fleetwood Mac at the height of their career! From the Rumours album in 1977 to current touring set lists!
The Long Reunion
May 24th – 27th/2018 with performances at 2:00 7:30 & 8 PM
Three friends from a seaside high school – meet for a 25th anniversary graduation luncheon. Their lives have not turned out according to the yearbook predictions. Now that they’re smack in the middle of midlife, they have plenty to relate at The Ocean View Inn with only the beautiful young waitress to distract.
Menopause The Musical
May 30th – June 10th/2018 Performances at 2:00 7:00 7:30 & 8 PM
Inspired by a hot flash and a bottle of wine, writer Jeanie Linders created Menopause The Musical® as a celebration of women who find themselves at any stage of “The Change.” Set in a department store where four women with seemingly nothing in common but a black lace bra meet by chance at a lingerie sale, the all-female cast makes fun of their woeful hot flashes, forgetfulness, mood swings, wrinkles, night sweats and chocolate binges. A sisterhood is created between these diverse women as they realize that menopause is no longer “The Silent Passage.” It is a stage in every woman’s life that is perfectly normal.
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TripAdvisor Reviews:
      1. This exquisite and fairly new building is a welcome and beautiful addition to the Bradenton community. There is ample parking, including valet, if you wish to use it.There are two stages, and performances year round. We saw a performance of Little Women, and while these actors are not members of Actors Equity, they performed their roles admirably. Following the performance, all of the actors gathered in the lobby to meet and greet the theatre patrons…a wonderful touch. We will certainly return.
      2. Fun filled evening, great venue, strong performers and this was certainly a knee slipper. Choreography outstanding. Unbelievable scene staging switches. A fun filled Birthday for me.
      3. We have season tickets to the MPAC and want to support them. Their productions are good and they deserve our support.

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WHY WE LOVE BRADENTON BEACH (ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND)

Anytime is a good time to soak up the beautiful Florida sunshine on Bradenton Beach, Anna Maria Island! Spend your vacation on the beach, jet skiing, kayaking, or shopping, dining and listening to live music on Bridge Street. Bradenton Beach offers plenty of fun things to do for everyone! Enjoy your next vacation with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals-601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217 as you make memories that will last a lifetime.
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We are located in Bradenton Beach on Anna Maria Island, Florida, on the Gulf Coast only a short drive from Bradenton and Sarasota. Bradenton Beach is a small city and home of Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals. Well known for its sugar-white sand beaches, turquoise waters, bright blue sky, fishing piers and a quaint strip of shops, family owned restaurants and businesses. Upon your arrival you will notice the slow pace of Anna Maria Island. The speed limit on most of Gulf Drive (the main road on Anna Maria Island) is 25 mph with some small stretches a maximum of 35 mph. You will not find any hi-rise buildings and drive-through restaurants are prohibited here. Shunning the building of hi-rise hotels and condominiums, Bradenton Beach has kept that friendly family-oriented feel. Instead you will find companies offering bicycle, kayak, paddleboard, sailboats, Segways and fishing equipment rentals. You can rent a car, but most everything on Bradenton Beach is walkable. There is a FREE Island Trolley that rides north to the City of Anna Maria and south to Coquina Beach with lots of stops in between. For your convenience there is a trolley stop right out front of our condo. There is a Publix grocery store and Walgreens on the Island, both a quick trolley ride away.
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The Beach — With miles of beach right out front of our condo, spend your days basking in beach paradise. Each day you will wake to a different beach.  Always soft white sand scattered with beautiful shells, the waters are generally calm, but the wave height can vary from a foot to barely a ripple. Take walks on the beach, run on the beach, find sea shells and listen to the waves gently lapping against the shore. You can see porpoise swimming by, maybe putting on a little show for you. Expect to see lots of pelicans and other wildlife, fishermen and sometimes manatee. You will find beach chairs provided in your condo, then pick your spot on the beach and relax as you breath in the fresh Island air. Soak in the sunshine and the gorgeous Island atmosphere then cool off off in the crystal clear Gulf of Mexico water. Grab a cooler and enjoy some snacks as you relax in paradise.
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Lots of Activities — Book a Parasailing tour and get a different view of Bradenton Beach. Floating above the clear, blue water of the Gulf of Mexico, parasailing off the coast of Anna Maria Island is like sailing in paradise. With breathtaking panoramic views of the Gulf and intracoastal waterways, dolphins, turtles or stingray can possibly be seen.
Rent a Jet-Ski, sailboat or kayak and explore the local waters. With several boat and eco-tours—you are sure to find something that will suit everyone in your party!
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Bradenton Beach Scenic Highway — the word highway confuse some people, because a highway on the quiet, quaint little city of Bradenton Beach, well that’s just not possible. But, it does meet the criteria of a highway (often referred to as a byway). The Bradenton Scenic Highway is a 3 mile section of Gulf Drive/SR 789 beginning at Longboat Pass Bridge extending to the northern city limits of Bradenton Beach. It is pedestrian friendly and you can safely walk or ride a bicycle along this waterfront stretch. It is beautifully greenscaped and offers amazing views of the Gulf of Mexico, Sarasota Bay and Coquina Beach. Walk or ride a bike along the route and stop to view the wildlife, picnic areas The byway intersects Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach, which continues
The island community located along the Scenic Corridor provides both environmental and historic educational opportunities that have maintained the Old Florida ambiance of both the architectural and natural flavor.
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Dining on Bradenton Beach — Whether you consider yourself a foodie or not, you can’t help but love the variety of local dining available. Waterfront dining, French, Italian or Mexican food, dining with live entertainment— Bradenton Beach has it all! Ice cream shops? Pick your flavour cause we have those too! Enjoy a meal or sweet treat from the list below.
Anna Maria Oyster Bar on The Pier
BeachHouse Restaurant
Big Olaf Creamery
Blue Marlin Grill
Bridge Street Bistro
Bridge Tender Inn
French Table
Gulf Drive Café
Island Creperie
Island Time Bar and Grill
Joe’s Eats and Sweets
Oma’z Pizza and Italian Restaurant
Sharky’s Seagrill
Smoqehouse
The Kokonut Hut
Wicked Cantina
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Shopping — If your looking to find the perfect souvenir, piece of jewellery or treasure then you have come to the right place. Search the quaint and cozy boutiques and shop for pieces of Bradenton Beach to take home with you and keep as memories of your vacation. Some great shops to check out are: Bridge Street Bazaar, Back Alley Treasures, Bridge Street Interiors, Green Turtle Shell & Gift Shop, One Stop Shell Shop, Sea-Renity Spa and Boutique and Tide & Moon Jewellery.
Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals invite you to call us today to book your most peaceful and relaxing vacation.
TripAdvisor Reviews-March/April 2018
  1. My husband and I stayed five days at Bradenton Beach on Anna Maria Island. Our intention was just to unplug and relax. This beach community is perfect! There are good restaurants and access to public beaches easily within walking distance. A free trolley will take you to other communities on the island which makes shopping convenient as well as just exploring the island. Many tours and activities are available from kayak tours, where you’ll likely see dolphins, sea turtles and manatee, to Segway tours. We visited after spring break and the crowds were light. I can see where this area would become less desirable during heavy tourist times because these are small, quaint fishing villages with limited space. I highly recommend this location to enjoy amazing sunsets, fresh fish and tropical cocktails!
  2. Lots of parking. Beautiful white sandy beaches. Nice walking/running path adjacent to the beach. Fun shops and restaurants on Bridge Street.
  3. It was my kids’ first beach vacation. We went to Lido Beach day one, Bradenton Beach day two, and Siesta Key day three. They enjoyed Bradenton the most. Lido sand was pretty rough, Siesta Key’s sand was too fine and was a good quarter mile to get to the water, but they loved Bradenton the most since they had something to do. It wasn’t as busy and there decent sized small shells to find. It kept them interested for hours. Not to mention that the seagulls at Bradenton weren’t nearly as aggressive as Siesta Key.
  4. The ocean is truly good for the soul. I crave the ocean water and waves. Being from northeast North Dakota, one week of beachtime is a means for revival and survival! It’s beautiful living where I do, but there is something medicinal about the ocean! I love the privacy of Bradenton Beach near the location where we stayed. It was our own oasis! Walking on the beach or swimming in the gulf waters were an asylum for us/me. I look forward to coming back for a few more sunsets and the whispering and sometimes turbulent ocean breezes!!
  5. We spent a long weekend here and had a great time enjoying the beach and the beautiful sunsets!! Loved this place!!
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*Please note — Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals offer the above company names and affiliated links as suggestions only. We are not receiving commissions from the above and are listing only as an aid for our guests. We recommend services that we or close friends and family have experienced so we know you will be well taken care of.
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OUTDOOR ADVENTURE NEAR ANNA MARIA ISLAND — IN BRADENTON, FLORIDA

TreeUmph — 21805 E State Road 70, Bradenton, FL — 941-322-2130 – Just a short drive from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217
Looking to try something new this vacation? A different type of outdoor activity?
This very unique attraction is suitable for children, parents and grandparents, people of all ages. An elevated outdoor adventure park with climbing, suspension bridges and zip line courses for all levels. Nature lovers take on the challenge of flying from tree to tree through a dense forest of over 30 football fields of terrain.
Guests must weigh 275 pounds or Less to climb at TreeUmph Adventure Course.
There is a total of five courses. Each course is higher and harder than the one before. You move through in order until you have conquered all courses or reach your personal best and decide to stop or are too tired to continue.
Even if your friends and family in your group don’t want to join the activities, that’s okay bring them along. They can watch and take pictures enjoying the fun as much as you.
Guaranteed this adventure will be a memorable one!
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Please call ahead to confirm date/hours and book your adventure.
Hours – November 1 to May 31st
Monday – 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Tuesday – 8:30 AM – 11:30 AMWednesday – CLOSED Thursday – 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Friday – 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Saturday – 8:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Sunday – 8:00 AM – 1:30
Times listed are first and last start times, gates close at sunset.
Check out their website — treeumph.com
TreeUmph is offering some great summer promotions…
Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off*
Take advantage of this GREAT DEAL by purchasing your ticket now for an adventure between June 1st and August 31st. Not sure when you want to climb? Get the same deal with the purchase of a gift certificate and choose your date when you are ready. Use Promo Code ADVANCE18
$80 Unlimited Summer Pass**
For all you tree-climbing, bridge-leaping, adventurers looking to enjoy that endless summer, this is the ultimate way to do it! For only $80, you can enjoy flying through the treelines with us as often as you like between June 1 and August 31st. There is a limited quantity of these gift certificates so get them while you can!
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TripAdvisor Reviews
  1. Very cool place to spend a few hours!! I liked how it was self paced, although some places did get bunched up it was nice to not have to worry about having to have guide “guide” me through the whole thing.
I’m not an expert climber but a lot of the course was pretty easy, except the hard one! I wish it was longer, or I could’ve gone back through it I guess since they weren’t too busy (on a Monday afternoon). I forgot to ask how high it was but it was really high up there!!
I definitely recommend this place – but don’t get the $4 unlimited water bottles because they are the super tiny ones and you can’t “carry” them with you through most of the obstacles. Bring a water bottle with a strap or something if you tend to get really thirsty 🙂
      1. I enjoyed participating with several other family members to complete this challenging ropes course. It was a real workout to spend the morning at TreeUmph! climbing, trekking across obstacles, and zip-lining away. The guides were all very knowledgeable and helpful, with one offering to cinch up my safety harness midway through the course when she saw that my gear was sagging. Highly recommended!
      2. My son and nephew loved every min of it! I love the fact that they were able to enjoy being outdoors and doing something on their own while I could still keep an eye on them. I can’t wait to experience it with my son. Best thing ever.
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    *Please note — Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals offer the above company name and affiliated links as suggestions only. We are not receiving commissions from the above and are listing only as an aid for our guests. We recommend services that we or close friends and family have experienced so we know you will be well taken care of.
    *The content of this blog is not to be copied, adapted or shared without the written consent of Anna Maria Condo Rentals.
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SARASOTA, FLORIDA — THE RINGLING SUMMER CIRCUS SPECTACULAR 2018

Growing up with a fondness for live performance and enjoying many Ringling circus shows in Sarasota, has greatly increased my respect and appreciation for the art form.
For anyone that has never experienced a circus performance before, prepare yourself to be dazzled at The Ringling 2018 Circus Spectacular. You can’t help but enjoy what will be a most amazing hour of incredible family fun. These summer shows are being presented in collaboration with The Circus Arts Conservatory of Sarasota. “Children of all ages” will be entertained by this onstage exhibition of circus artistry. They say it’s for “children of all ages,” and it’s true. There is nothing sweeter than watching families as they watch their children and grandchildren, wide-eyed and open-mouthed, take in all the excitement of the circus. The Ringling in Sarasota is only a 15 minute drive from our condo at 601 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach, FL. Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals highly recommends this show to our guests.
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Where: Historic Asolo Theatre
 
When: June 12, 2018 – July 28, 2018
Time: 11:00am, 2:00pm and 5:00pm
Price: $16 / Adults | $12 / Children 12 and under
 
Preview Performances | All Seats $12
Tuesday – Thursday, June 12-14 @ 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM
Friday, June 15 @ 2:00 PM 
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Opening Night Performance and Celebration | Friday, June 15 @ 7:00 PM | Tickets $50
The fun will begin at 7:00 PM with a performance of this year’s show followed by a gala reception with the artists at 8:00 PM. Hors d’oeuvres, complimentary beer, wine and soft drinks will be served.  A cash bar will be available.
 
Saturday, June 16 – Saturday, July 28 | $16 Adults / $12 Children under 12
Tuesday – Friday @ 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM
Saturdays @ 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM
Summer Circus Bonus! $5 Admission to the Circus Museum
Admission to the Circus Museum is only an additional $5 with your Summer Circus performance ticket! Tickets may be purchased at Admissions on the day of your show.
Buy tickets online at — www.ringling.org / or call 941-360-7399
*Please 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 as an aid for our guests. We recommend services that we or close friends and family have experienced so we know you will be well taken care of.
*The content of this blog is not to be copied, adapted or shared without the written consent of Anna Maria Condo Rentals.
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CELEBRATE MOTHER’S DAY ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND — May 13, 2018

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, a day to celebrate all the moms and women that influence our lives. A Mom can be biological, mother-in-law, adopted, foster or step-mom. It could also be a grandmother, aunt, close relative, a neighbour or co-worker. Each year we celebrate important women in our lives on Mother’s Day.
So what are you doing this year to show Mom how much you love and appreciate her?
If you are one of the lucky ones to be celebrating Mom’s Day as guests of Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217, what are your plans for Mom? You might choose to serve Mom a home cooked meal from your fully equipped kitchen or make a delicious meal on the outdoor grill downstairs of your condo. If you decide to dine out, we think Mom would love lunch or dinner at any of the following three waterfront restaurants offering special Mother’s Day celebrations.
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The Beach House Restaurant – 200 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach 941-779-2222
The closest of the three to Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals, approximately a 3 minute walk south on Gulf Drive. Located directly on the beach this newly renovated restaurant offers indoor or outdoor dining. It might be hard for Mom to choose between the well appointed dining room, dining on the outdoor covered deck or toes in the sand seating, but those are the choices here. No matter where Mom decides to sit we know everyone will enjoy the terrific view of the Gulf of Mexico. On Mother’s Day, starting at 11:30 am the Beach House will be serving chef inspired dishes from the dinner menu.
 
The Sandbar – 100 Spring Avenue, Anna Maria, FL 941-778-0444
Approximately 10 minutes from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals located at the northern part of the Island right on the beach. Listen to the waves along the shore and watch children play in the sand while waiting for your table. Wear your sandals or flip-flops and get the true sand between your toes experience of eating outdoors on Anna Maria Island. The Sandbar also has a very nice bar inside along with a more formal dining room. Known for their delicious seafood and farm to fork produce you can’t go wrong with the Sandbar. If dining in the evening stay and walk out to the beach and watch the gorgeous sunset.
The Sandbar will serve their Brunch menu from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm with the live jazz music provided by the Al Hixon Jazz Band.
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Open: 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
The MarVista is located on the northern part of Longboat Key about a 7 minute drive south of your Anna Maria Island Beach Rentals condo.
The structure was originally built in 1912 and is considered one of the twelve oldest surviving structures on Longboat Key. This restaurant has recently underwent some renovations with a new kitchen and dining room. You will find seating in the quaint dining room or on the outdoor covered deck overlooking picturesque Sarasota Bay.
The atmosphere is the best- lighted trees next to the inter-coastal waterway is a beautiful spot. There is sometimes a wait for a table, but they have a beautiful dock to walk out on with your drinks. Enjoy a fresh Florida seafood meal or choose other delicious menu items. We have always found the food to be great the service excellent.
On Mother’s Day Mar Vista will be offering lunch and dinner menus at regular times (listed above) with fresh from the farm produce and gulf to table seafood expertly prepared by Chef Erik.
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All moms should have a special day, with a common celebration: showing mom how much you love her!
To: All Mothers
Our best wishes for a very special Mother’s Day!
From: The Whyte Family — Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals
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*Please note — Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals offer the above company names and affiliated links as suggestions only. We are not receiving commissions from the above and are listing only as an aid for our guests. We recommend services that we or close friends and family have experienced so we know you will be well taken care of.
*The content of this blog is not to be copied, adapted or shared without the written consent of Anna Maria Condo Rentals.
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ROD & REEL PIER — ANNA MARIA ISLAND RESTAURANT 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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DIGGING IN THE SAND? OK, BUT DON’T FORGET TO FILL THOSE HOLES & BEGINNING OF TURTLE NESTING SEASON MAY 1st

One of our family’s favourite pastimes at the beach is castle building and that includes lots of digging. I have always associated digging holes in the sand as a fun and harmless activity. But, after reading several articles I realize it has become an issue over the past few years and can have serious consequences. There have been cases of injury caused from those seemingly harmless large pits that we beachgoers love to dig. When we first visited Anna Maria Island we were not aware of the beach rules and I’m sure some of our guests at Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217 aren’t either. Hopefully by sharing this information we will increase awareness for the safety of the sea turtles and all visitors.
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Because May 1st marks the official beginning of turtle season on Anna Maria Island I will start with this as the first reason why when we dig the holes we need to fill the holes.
The Loggerhead Turtle is the most common species of sea turtle that nests on Anna Maria Island. Turtle nesting season which runs from May 1 to October is when the sea turtles swim to land and lay their eggs. They crawl up the beach, typically during the night, dig nests, usually by the seagrass, and lay their eggs. As you walk along the beach you might have see marked nests scattered throughout the white sand beaches.
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Anna Maria Island has several enforceable rules to help protect sea turtles and native animals. These include, filling in holes on the beach, not leaving objects overnight such as beach chairs/umbrellas or tent canopies that pose as an obstacle, no littering/pick up trash on the beach, turn off artificial light (no flashlights or flash photography) that could cause disorientation and lastly, if you see a turtle nesting stay back and watch from a distance. Holes also can become traps or impediments for female sea turtles, which must make their way on land to nest.
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So while we are having a great day at the beach digging our holes, remember the only time these female sea turtles leave the water is to nest and these holes can become traps for them. Lights out because baby turtles follow the reflection of the moon on the water so house lights or flashlights will confuse them causing them to travel to land instead of the water. Anna Maria Island is fortunate to have many volunteers that do as much as they can to ensure as many babies as possible make it safely to the water. These volunteers also keep track of the nests and pay close attention as each nest gets close to hatching. With the decrease in sea turtle population let’s all do our part to assist the Island volunteers as they do their part.
Well helping the turtles here are some additional reasons why we should not dig deep holes in the sand:
  • These unexpected holes can injure those walking or running when their foot catches in one. A twisted, sprained or worse a broken ankle is something we all want to avoid.
  • Holes in the sand become dangerous obstacles and make it more difficult for emergency vehicles to get to where they need to be. Those that patrol the beach on 4 wheelers or in any emergency vehicle must navigate around these holes slowing their response time and creating a major hazard for the vehicles as well.
  • Large holes or even smaller holes dug with toy shovels can be harmful not just to the turtles but to other wildlife as well.
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There are endless ways to spend time on our beautiful beach, whether you are in the sand or on the water.
Spending time at the beach is something we all enjoy, so please avoid digging large holes creating a safer beach environment for all of us as well as the turtles. Our beaches are meant for fun and relaxation, so let’s work together to reduce mishaps and injuries allowing everyone a wonderful beach experience.
Well it’s okay to dig, and if you want to dig deep, please do not leave the holes. It is imperative for all beachgoers, to make sure any holes you dig are filled in before you leave the beach.
And, if you see holes left by others do a good deed and fill them in.
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YOUR ANNA MARIA ISLAND VACATION – MAKE IT YOUR BEST!

Once you step foot onto Florida’s Anna Maria Island, walk on the white sand beaches and view the crystal turquoise coloured water and stunningly beautiful sunsets you may not want to return home. Come taste delicious seafood at the many waterfront restaurants, soak up the abundant sunshine and experience all the features of an exotic, tropical vacation on this seven mile long Island on Florida’s west coast. Surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico, Anna Maria Island is comprised of three friendly little towns: City of Anna Maria in the north, Holmes Beach in the middle and Bradenton Beach to the south. All over Anna Maria Island you will find quaint boutiques, family owned restaurants with none of the commercialization associated with many vacation destinations.
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Getting to and Getting Around Anna Maria Island
Book your flight into Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (only 20 miles from the Island), Clearwater/St. Petersburg (45 minutes from the Island) or Tampa International Airport (1 hour from the Island). Anna Maria Island is a small island and is easily walkable. Or, you could consider renting a bicycle from one of the many rental companies on the island that at your convenience will drop off and pick up your bicycle. Bike from Bean Point, the northern point of the Island to Coquina Beach which is a beautiful beach at the South of the Island. We recommend touring the whole Island, the Island is small, but there is lots to see and do.
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Your Accommodations 
Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals offers accommodations for all types of travellers. Check out our website annamariaislandcondorentals.com for properties available. All condos offer complimentary Wi-Fi, fully equipped kitchens and washer/dryers for your laundry needs as well as heated swimming pools Some condos come with screened lanais and access to a grill. Book a condo with poolside, bayside or gulf-facing views. At the recently renovated condos offering upscale details like walk-in showers and granite or quartz countertops and all new kitchen appliances.
Our condos are perfect for a week (or more) away with family.
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Dining
With so many fine restaurants on Anna Maria Island you will find it hard to decide where to dine. But, one thing they all have in common with no exception is their fresh seafood. 
Order the catch of the day on the covered deck at the Beach House Restaurant, Blue Marlin Grill or Waterfront Restaurant, just to name a few. Once you book your vacation with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals we will provide you with a complete list of our favourite places to dine. Many restaurants in Bradenton Beach offer live music while you dine. On your way back to the condo stop at Big Olaf’s for some of the best ice cream on the Island.
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Quiet Night In or Out 
Anna Maria Island is certainly not a party island and most people come to the island to relax and enjoy the old Florida vibe. With no night club atmosphere, we find many of our guests like to enjoy a late night swim in the pool or relaxing in their comfy condo. If you do want a late night out wander down to Bridge Street to one of our favourite restaurants/bars like Bridge Tender Inn, Island Time Bar & Grill or Drift In, all are in Bradenton Beach. With live music playing you can dance the night away and then walk back to the condo in five minutes.
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Plan Your Outdoor Activities 
There is no shortage of outdoor activities on Anna Maria Island (AMI). With the beach directly out front of your condo, sunbathing or building sand castles might be top of your list, but if you’re looking for adventure AMI has lots to offer. Whether you’re interested in paddling, cycling, ziplining, and of course plenty of swimming AMI has it all. Take to the water with an afternoon of kayaking, diving, snorkelling or paddle-boarding. There is a rental company less than a five minute walk on the beach that rents boards, kayaks, sailboat and jet-skis. You might enjoy exploring the Island on your rental bike followed up with a nature walk at one of the several preserves nearby. Want to see Anna Maria Island from the sky? Consider Parasailing and enjoy the beauty of the Island from above. Looking for dolphins, manatees, stingrays or sharks? Anna Maria Island has an abundance of tours available. If you are interested in booking a dolphin tour, deep sea fishing trip, chartering a boat, or something specific, we can make recommendations according to your interests.
Avid golfers can easily head across the Cortez Bridge to the mainland for a round of golf at nearby Manatee Public Golf Club. If you’re not feeling like 18 long holes of golf try the Fish Hole, an awesome mini-putt course on Bridge Street less than 5 minutes from your condo.
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Whatever you choose to do, we promise you can’t go wrong on Anna Maria Island.
But, please don’t take our word for it, contact Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals today and experience it for yourself!
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SEGWAY TOUR BRADENTON BEACH, ANNA MARIA ISLAND, FLORIDA

 Catch the Segway trend and take a tour around Bradenton Beach, Cortez and Longboat Key on a two-wheeled, self-balancing scooter. Cruising along on a Segway, you are basically just standing there while you whiz along absorbing the magical feel of the Old Florida atmosphere on Anna Maria Island. You will enjoy the comfort of a device that does all the work for you leaving your senses free to take in the experience. It is a one of a kind way to absorb the character of the Bradenton Beach area with unobstructed views of the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico. While you ride along laugh and tell stories as you learn some history of the Island and see sites not seen from a roadside view.
Is a Segway adventure something you should do on your vacation? With the stories our friends, families and guests have shared, I highly recommend it as a one of a kind vacation experience.
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Only a five minute walk from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals is — 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217
Segs by the Sea located at: 102 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach, FL
Phone: 941-209-5970 — Website: segsbythesea.com
Segs by the Sea offers a variety of beautiful scenic Segway tours as well as self guided rentals. Over the years Segs by the Sea have shown countless visitors the beauty of the area with Segway tours. Training and helmets are provided. Segs by the Sea also offers bikes, electric bikes, scooters kayaks, stand up paddle boards and golf carts for tours and rentals as well. Jetskis, boat rentals and tours, and parasailing can also be reserved at Segs by the Sea, Bradenton Beach.
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April 2018 TripAdvisor Reviews —
  1. We had the best Segway experience with Jack from Segs by the Sea. He took us on a great 2 hour sightseeing tour & showed us the best way to experience the Segways themselves with confidence & ease. Highly recommend!
  2. We had a blast riding the Segways! They are so much fun and very easy to control once you get the hang of it. They have you practice on a side street for about 10 mins before the tour begins. Our two kids are 12 and 14, and they both did great on them. We took the 90 minute tour at 9am, which included riding the Segways over the bridge to Longboat Key…such a great experience! This is great way to tour the area.
  3. Oh my goodness! I loved it so much!! Skip was a great tour guide! We’re taking the 1 1/2 hour tour next year!
  4. What a fun time!! Perfect for an 11 and 13 year old boys and me, mom. JACK WAS AWESOME! I felt very comfortable and the boys thought he was “cool”. Totally worth the price!!!
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FLYBOARDING ADVENTURE NEAR ANNA MARIA ISLAND

Looking for a different type of adventure while staying with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals? – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217

For those of you that enjoy snowboarding there is a very good chance you will love Flyboarding. They are similar in that the balance of your body is used to control the board and when you are practicing either, both boards feature boots and straps to ensure that your feet are bound to the board.
I had no idea what Flyboarding was until our friends said they were going to try it. After doing a little research this is what I came up with — The Flyboard is a device that is attached to a watercraft. The watercraft follows behind the rider. The Flyboard is roughly the size of a skateboard with bindings or boot attachments for your feet. The binders are there is to ensure that you won’t fall off the board in mid air. Your Flyboard is connected to a hose that connects it to the jet exit of the jet ski. Propelled from water jets from below the device, the water it pumps out is what provides the thrust to get you out of the water and keep you up in the air. How high you go is controlled by the water pressure from the watercraft/jet ski.

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Our friends had a blast when they recently went Flyboarding with Top Gun Flyboards (no, I wasn’t brave enough and decided bystander would be a better title for me). After watching them and talking about their experience here are a few tips/suggestions we put together:
—Before you go having a basic understanding of what Flyboarding is all about. Go on the companies website or watch some on-line videos so you are better prepared for your adventure.
—Book the right amount of time. For a beginner 30 minutes is probably enough. You don’t want to overdue it and be sore and then not be able to enjoy the remainder of your vacation. For those that have done it before, go ahead and book an hour or an all day session for those really adventurous ones.
—While you are flying, focus on something around you rather than constantly thinking of falling. Maybe pick a focal point from the great view around you. This will give you something else to concentrate on rather than the thought of falling.
—You will be wearing a helmet, but a head first crash will still hurt so you want to break the surface of the water to reduce the impact. Hopefully you won’t crash, but if you do try to dive into the water putting your arms above your head, one hand on top of the other much like diving.

Imagine being propelled into mid air soaring above the open ocean. You can experience just that. Book with a local company TOP GUN Flyboards to try this one-of-a-kind adventure. Whether you’re already a fan of flyboarding or if you’ve never tried it, we’re certain it will be an adventure to remember.

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Top Gun Flyboards — 9715 Manatee Ave W Bradenton FL — 941-565-1727
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TripAdvisor Reviews-February & March 2018
Top Gun Flyboards
Awesome experience, very friendly and professional. My 16 year old son loved it! Would definitely do again.
Excellent Adventure/Activity! So much fun!
Great company! Very professional! The guys made sure our entire group had a great experience! Easy enough for everyone to learn how to do!
2-3 attempts to get used to it and then was flying the rest of the time. Safety gear all brand new and staff very helpful and informative.
Very professional organization. New equipment. . John is a skilled teacher. Will be doing this again.
Amazing feeling, great service, great lesson, teacher very polite and patient to teach. I definitely recommend this company
obstacles. Bring a water bottle with a strap or something if you tend to get really thirsty 🙂

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*Please note — Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals offer the above company name and affiliated links as suggestions only. We are not receiving commissions from the above and are listing only as an aid for our guests. We recommend services that we or close friends and family have experienced so we know you will be well taken care of.

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