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VISIT A BRADENTON WINERY & VINEYARD

A 40 minute drive from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217, Rosa Fiorelli Winery and Vineyard is located just south of Lake Manatee in Bradenton. The picture perfect 10-acre property is home to a working vineyard, where rows of grapes are grown, harvested and bottled. Rosa Fiorelli Winery & VineYard is a family owned and operated winery in Bradenton, Florida originating in 1998. It is the only grape winery and vineyard on the gulf coast of Southwestern Florida.
They offer group and private tours, as well as a variety of special events throughout the year which include the use of the facility for weddings, baby showers and receptions. Tours depart every hour on the hour and are available during regular business hours on the weekends. Reservations are not necessary for standard tours, but large groups need to reserve ahead. You can book all tours on line. Due to other events, tours may not be available some days so please call or check their website before planning your visit to avoid disappointment. There are tours with lunch options available that include the standard tour and following the tour you can enjoy one of several lunch options in their vineyard pavilion, at a picnic table in the vineyard, or under the umbrellas near the winery. Visit their website for more details.
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To contact Rosa Fiorelli Winery: 941-322-0976
Hours: Wed: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Thurs: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Fri: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Sat: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Sun: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Mon: CLOSED
Tues: CLOSED
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TripAdvisor Reviews:
  1. GREAT SERVICE A+ Beautiful little winery with fantastic service! The tour guide was so kind and welcoming. I absolutey loved the tour and tasting.
  2. Friendliest staff and great wines My group and I loved our visit at Fiorelli Winery. The staff was incredibly accommodating and some of the friendliest people we’ve met in Florida. The wines we tasted were also very good and we ended up bringing back a few bottles home. The scenery is also beautiful!
  3. We found this place while staying in the area and looking for something to do. So glad we did. Eric (owner) & Eric (uncle and groundskeeper) are doing a great job with this place in just 2 years of ownership. The tour was very informative and the wines were very good too. Highly recommend it.
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SUNDAY BEACH MARKET ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND

A great way to spend a few hours is with a visit to Anna Maria Island’s very own beach market. When vacationing, aside from such things as diving, local tourist attractions, food, drink, beaches, festivals and enjoying the company of other travellers and locals, I have always enjoyed finding local markets. A market is a great place to sample real local life, no matter where you are. Despite the draw of the big shopping centres with the “big store” names in the Bradenton/Sarasota area over local markets, the market is still the place to get local produce and crafts or a place to hang out and meet people. For me a market is an essential part of life in the local community.
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The Anna Maria Island Beach Market on Coquina Beach is especially unique in that it is right on the beach and within walking distance of Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217.
Anna Maria Island is known for its quiet charm and this quaint beach market is a true reflection of the Island it is located on. The setting is gorgeous under the shaded pine tress along beautiful Coquina Beach running beside the vendors’ booths with a breathtaking view of the Gulf. With over 100 vendors this is a great place to shop for treasures and have lunch at the Beach Cafe. You will find a wonderful mix of high quality and friendly vendors with a wide variety of clothing, jewelry, handcrafted goods, fresh produce, baked goods, essential oils and lots more. You get a really welcoming vibe seeing musicians wandering around playing various instruments entertaining the people.
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This is definitely a perfect place to stop when you’re out at the beach or looking to find that unique gift. Hours of shopping pleasure with lots of unusual, unique, one of a kind items you won’t find anywhere else. Many markets have several of the same types of vendors you won’t find that at Coquina Beach Market because here no two are alike.
There are lots of ways to get to the Market – you can walk, bike, drive or take the free trolley that runs the entire length of the island. From Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals you would catch the Gulf Drive southbound trolley. If you drive there is plenty of Free parking available.
Shop without the crowds in this relaxed, casual atmosphere with a beautiful view of the beach. I can’t think of a better way to shop!
JUNE AND JULY – 2018
Beach Market
When: Every Sunday between June 1 and July 29, 2018 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Find island treasures, select fresh produce, and view all the arts and crafts, jewelry and more.
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Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival

June 23 – July 4, 2018 — Sarasota, Florida
The Sarasota Boat Races called the Suncoast Offshore Racing Grand Prix first took place in 1984 and has since become an annual event. It is the longest continually run boat race in the United States. Not just a boat race, but a festival with lots of activities. There will be dozens of high performance boats participating in a downtown parade and exhibition and race in the Gulf of Mexico. Another real plus of this festival is proceeds from the events surrounding the race benefit Suncoast Charities for Children.

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Admission: Free and event is open to the public.

There are VIP tickets available for purchase to watch the race from the Sandcastle Resort. Visit — sarasotapowerboatgrandprix.org

Location: The event takes place in the waters off Sarasota and various resort locations.
The best place to view the Sarasota Boat Races/The Suncoast Offshore Racing Grand Prix, is from Lido Key Beach. The race course runs from New Pass (north of Lido Key/south of Longboat Key) to Big Pass (south of Lido Key/north of Siesta Key). Anywhere along Lido Public Beach, you will have a great view of the offshore power boat racing. The crowds will be large, but it is spread out and with the water right in front of you bring your swimsuit and stay cool by watching the race from in the water.
Be prepared to come early, as some die-hard fans will arrive between 5 and 6 am looking for good parking spots and to stake out their spot on the beach. Everyone will be looking for the best angle to see the offshore racing boats. Expect to see brightly colored umbrellas and picnic shades, along with racing fans that bring grills filling the beach side with the wonderful aroma of hamburgers, hot dogs and other barbecued treats.
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Here are a few of the more popular events during the festival:
• June 24, 2018: Suncoast Grand Prix Car Show: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Additional details pending.
• June 28, 2018:  The offshore Grand Prix Festival Kickoff Party Fundraiser Doors open at 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. More info pending.
• June 29, 2018: “Meet & Greet Who’s In The Driver’s Seat & Autograph session,” Hyatt Regency Ballroom, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, $5.00 Adults/Kids 18 & Under Free. 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
• June 29, 2018: “Boats by the Bay” Party in the Pits: Powerboats on display plus meet the race teams along with food, drinks and live music. 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. Van Wezel Parking lot ,777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL.
• June 29, 2018: “Boats by the Bay” Party in the Pits: Miss Powerboat P1 Swimwear Contest. Top prizes: $500, $750, $1,000! 6:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Van Wezel Parking lot ,777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL.
June 30 – July 1, 2018: Grand Prix Fan Fest. See teams up close prepping for the race, watch the races LIVE under a tent plus music, food, full bar, vendors. Free admission. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Van Wezel Parking Lot, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL.
• July 1, 2018: Race Team Award Presentations: Free admission and open to the public, 5:30 p.m. Centennial Park, 1105 10th St., Sarasota, FL
July 4, 2018: Fireworks over Sarasota Bay, Island Park, Free. 9 p.m.
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The Sarasota Boat Races are awesome to witness as some of the offshore racing boats reach speeds of over 100 mph on the straight-aways of the six and a half mile long race course off Lido Key Beach. While the racing is happening you will also see
numerous helicopters overhead with medical staff and emergency divers aboard prepared to provide medical response should a mishap occur on the water. They will be keeping their eyes on the boats, drivers as well as marine animals.
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To get to Lido Key Beach from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217: take Gulf Drive South to St. Armand’s Circle and bear to the left around the Circle (west) toward Lido Key Beach. Turn left (south) on to Ben Franklin Drive and look for parking spots on the street or at the Lido Key Beach public parking lot, south on Ben Franklin Drive. If no parking is available, double back to St. Armand’s Key and look for free parking lots around the rear of the shops on St Armand’s Circle (look for the free parking signs around the Circle).
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CELEBRATING INDEPENDENCE DAY ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND — July 4, 2018

Fourth of July — a celebration of the signing of the Declaration of Independence dating back to July 4, 1776. On that date in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence and formed the United States of America.
The Fourth of July has emerged to be much more than just a historic date as Americans celebrate the holiday in various ways. Even for people from all over the world, Fourth of July is one of the most talked about occasions.
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In order to celebrate the Fourth of July with as much patriotism as possible, many Americans like to have picnics, barbecues or family reunions followed by fireworks and are sure to have the American flag waving outside their homes.
While others are celebrating in every corner of the land each year our family looks forward to celebrating Independence Day on Anna Maria Island. The annual Anna Maria Island Privateers parade signals the start to what is always a fun filled day. The 2016 parade was attended by 20,000 Parade Watchers with 115 Parade Entries and over 850 participants. The 7 mile parade route begins at 10:00 am from Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach (South Entrance) proceeding along Gulf Drive and ending at the City Pier in Anna Maria. It passes right in front of our condo – Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217 so getting a spot is never a problem and front row viewing is guaranteed.
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Following the parade, we like most others love spending the day at the beach. To honour the day you can spot me wearing my red, white and blue swimsuit. You will find our beach relatively quiet compared to the public beaches on the Island that are packed with people socializing and looking to catch some rays before the evening fireworks.
Following a nice day at the beach it’s then barbecue time with our American friends. We pull out our beach chairs and gather around the pool side grill. Many of our friends have their own Fourth of July recipes that they share with us and we enjoy year after year. As Canadians we like the idea of celebrating the occasion with red, white and blue foods. My favourite to make is a white parfait topped with blueberries and strawberries. Traditionally it’s blue lemonade for the kids and red or blue cocktails for the adults. I let my imagination go a bit wild at our Fourth of July celebration showing patriotism for all Americans.
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Pretty much every city in America has a fireworks celebration and the Anna Maria Island fireworks display rates right up there with the best. The Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Avenue, Anna Maria will be hosting its 32nd Annual Sandbar Restaurant Fireworks Spectacular. If you plan to go there for dinner seating at the restaurant is first come, first served. The fireworks display begins after dark, weather permitting and is is free. We will be travelling to the Sandbar firework display on the Free Island Trolley or Island Beach Monkey, tip only service. If you have questions or need assistance we are always happy to help, so please contact us.
With lots to do on Anna Maria Island go out and celebrate the founding of America. If you, like us are not American, join in the fun enjoying quality time with friends and family.
Book your next vacation with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals and be part of our 4th of July celebrations.
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BEACH HOUSE RESTAURANT — HAPPY HOUR TIME HAS BEEN EXTENDED

The Beach House Restaurant — Great food, beautiful unobstructed views of the Gulf of Mexico and all around awesome atmosphere where you can eat with your toes in the sand! Located at 200 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach, just a few minute walk from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217. The Beach House Restaurant opened in 1993 and recently underwent a major remodel, wow, what a huge improvement! Since the completion of the renovations there is indoor or outdoor seating available year round in any type of weather. With the installation of transparent vinyl curtains and overhead heaters and misters, rain or wind is no longer an issue. Also, a new, state-of-the-art rotating overhead awning system rotates 180 degrees to allow for total sunlight or closes to allow for complete cover and shade. When entering the restaurant you are led through the gift shop with lots of Florida items. We always stop and take a look, inevitably purchasing a memory to take home with us. You pass through the indoor dining area which leads to the outdoor seating. Our preference is to be seated outdoors – we never want to miss the million dollar view of the Gulf, but indoor seating is comfortable and tastefully done.

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The Beach House known for its fresh local gulf-to-table seafood and farm-to-fork produce has an extensive moderately priced menu. On our most recent visit we ordered calamari as an appetizer, which is amazing and our entrees included the seafood trio and short rib taco which were also amazing. The home made rolls with pina colada butter are delicious! They have a good selection of craft beer and some tasty tropical drinks. No dessert for us, but the party beside us ordered The Beach Castle and Key Lime Pie and said they were both excellent, so maybe next time.

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If all of this isn’t enough, now there is one more reason to make the Beach House your favourite place to dine while visiting with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals. Celebrating summer a little early, the Beach House has extended their Happy Hour time. Happy Hour is now available from 11:30 pm – 5:00 pm Monday through Friday!
Enjoy delicious Margarita’s, Strawberry Daquiri’s, Miami Vice and Pina Colada’s all 2 for 1. Welcome cocktails, drafts and house wines are also 2 for 1.

This will definitely be a place you will want to return…not just for Happy Hour. This is a perfect place for lunch or dinner. Also a great place to catch a stunning Florida sunset.

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JetSurf – A Different Water Experience

Anna Maria Island surrounded by crystal blue waters is a perfect place for water sports. Many of us have water skied and jet-skied, but have never been on a motorized surfboard that are designed to give you the ultimate water Jet board experience. Jet surfing is one of the coolest activities to practice on the water, especially if you’re new to the world of water sports. All you need to get started is a Jetsurf motorized wakeboard and you can learn how to cruise on top of the water with ease. JetSurf is made of carbon fiber produced by F1 and MotoGP racing engineers and is the lightest motorized surfboard with the most powerful motor in its category. It weighs less then 43 lbs and reaches speeds up to 34 mph.
JetSurf power boards can be used in any water conditions – WAVES OR NO WAVES
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If would like to experience JetSurfing while vacationing with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217 consider giving Surf’sUp Watersports a call to book a lesson and ride.
Their number is 941-720-9910 or check out their website — surfsupwatersportsfl.com
Located at AMI Beach Fun Rentals — 3228 East Bay Drive, Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Island, FL Surf’s Up Water Sports FL is proud to offer the JetSurf to Florida, United States. A family run business with a passion for water sports and boating, the Shonts family is captivated by most water activities – tubing, wake boarding, jet ski-ing and water ski-ing. The family lived on the Mississippi River in a houseboat for 7 years and now bring their love of water activities into their new Company, Surf’s Up Water Sports. They offer lessons and Rentals of the JetSurf to Anna Maria Island and beyond. Their slogan “Born for Fun” is what they maintain…a fun thrill ride. Rider safety is their absolute first concern while providing that thrill ride. Call Surfs Up Watersports today and be the first of your friends to ride the future that is JetSurf.
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Surf’s Up Watersports Reviews-TripAdvisor
  1. Lance is a great instructor and a heck of a guy! Had a great experience and JetSurf boards are so much fun!!!! Lance was very patient and knowledgeable while teaching! I will for sure be visiting him the next time I am on the island! If you wakeboard or snowboard you need to give this a try!
  2. Lance is a great instructor and even better guy! Check him out in Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island – you wont be disappointed. He has the best surfing spot in all of Florida. Great for beginners and experts alike. A must try for all action sport enthusiasts and thrill seekers. Lance had myself (25) and my father (55) riding in no time (our first time gas surfing or even regular surfing). We signed up for one hour and ended up spending 3 hours riding. A perfect Christmas Eve!
  3. Great Company! Fantastic instructor, wonder experience. Very convenient, great water, easy access, great equipment, jetski support.
  4. A MUST DO!! Crazy Fun! Had a great time Jet-Surfing. Lance is a quick instructor, was up and riding in no time. Equipment is well maintained and beach was a nice safe location to learn to ride at. I’m a repeat customer.
  5. MUST DO ACTIVITY! Had the pleasure of joining Lance for a Jetsurf lesson and hired a Jetski while visiting the island on vacation. It was a rare opportunity to try jetsurfing for the first time and I loved it, it’s a great experience that everyone should try. Tuition from lance was first rate and I was up and riding on my first try, he and Barbera went above and beyond to make sure that everyone was well looked after while I was on the water. Children loved the jetski and we say dolphins whilst out. Highly recommended, I’ll be back next time I’m visiting the island!
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DOLPHIN TOUR — ANNA MARIA ISLAND 

With Gulf temperatures averaging 84 degrees and 361 days of sunshine per year the surrounding waters of Anna Maria Island are known as the nursery because of the large number of dolphins that raise their young here.
Anna Maria Island is known for its quaint feel and the unspeakable beauty of the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico that surround it. It is also the perfect place to see dolphins. What better way to spend an afternoon than spotting some of the island’s most beloved dolphins. To see these amazing mammals in the wild you will truly appreciate how beautiful they really are. The dolphin excursion is great for so many reasons, one of which is that it will be one of those rare moments in modern life where you can completely disconnect. Apart from your camera, there are no modern distractions, and as you sail away from the coast what can be more liberating than being able to switch off and become completely immersed in the moment. As you glide effortlessly through the waves let your worries drift away.
 
Rated by TripAdvisor as one of the best tours on Anna Maria Island, Anna Maria Island Dolphin Tours offers unique coastal views and historic island information. Depart on a dolphin and Wildlife adventure exploring the Gulf of Mexico and the quiet beauty of the Bay. Cruise the grass flats to look for manatees grazing and dolphins playing. At low tide you can often view wading birds on the exposed grass flats.
Listen to commentary during the tour, telling you what you want to know about dolphins, pointing out landmarks and possibly hear some humorous stories about past trips. Don’t stress about the perfect spot to sit on the boat, every seat allows for a picturesque view. If you are hoping for an Instagram-worthy photo right away, be patient and you will probably leave seeing more dolphins than you ever expected.
When it comes to vacation experiences that will last a lifetime, The Salty Dolphin/Anna Maria Island Dolphin Tours is sure to top the list. Plan your dolphin adventure to see some of the most beautiful creatures in their natural habitat – you’ll be glad you did!
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Salty Dolphin Tours — 5325 Marina Drive, Anna Maria, FL 941-281-3461
Anna Maria Island Private Dolphin Tours offers 1 1/2 hour public guided Dolphin Eco Tours as well as two hour and more private guided Dolphin Eco Tours. Three and Four hour tours are also available. A quick visit to their website will give you all the information you need. If you are looking for an up close and personal view of Manatee, Sea Turtles, Eagles, Roseate Spoonbills, Osprey and other tropical wildlife then look no further. Tours are customized for each group.
Recent TripAdvisor Reviews:
    1. My sister, a friend and myself took the dolphin tour yesterday and it was so much fun. Captain Ben is so knowledgeable and friendly and helped make our adventure so enjoyable. He took the time to make sure we could see the dolphins and manatee, but was careful to not encroach too far in their natural habitat. I highly recommend Captain Ben. If we make it back here someday we will definitely be taking one of his tours again. So much fun!!!
    2. Great time touring the bay with Ben as our captain. Saw about a dozen dolphins and one turtle. Also saw several variety of nesting birds. Ben diverted us from an approaching storm and gave us a great tour. All in our party had a great time.
    3. We saw lots of dolphins!! We had a great trip with Captain Ben early last month. We took a 2pm trip and were fortunate to see many pods of dolphins and a dozing manatee on our journey. Ben was very knowledgeable and careful to ensure the sea-life was not disturbed. The trip was leisurely and good fun. Thank you very much; our expectations were exceeded and my 12 year old can now say she saw dolphins, which she had always dreamed of. Good value for money.
    4. 12 of us girl friends booked a sunset tour with Salty Dolphin Tours. Boat was ready right on time and captain Ben was great! Dolphins were swimming along the boat, he made a pit stop for some of the gals, and he was just a pleasure the entire trip.
    5. I traveled to Anna Maria Island from Hudson, WI with eleven of my best girlfriends from high school to celebrate our 60th birthday’s. We call ourselves The Ya-Ya’s. The dolphin tour with Captain Ben was one of the best highlights of the trip! He is so knowledgeable and a lot of fun! We saw several dolphins jumping and following us in the wake of the boat. It was fabulous! Thank you Captain Ben! We’ll be back!
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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.

TOP GUN Flyboards

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.

*The content of this blog is not to be copied, adapted or shared without the written consent of Anna Maria Condo Rentals.