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Anna Maria Island Blog & Reviews

Retail Therapy On Anna Maria Island

Whether you are on a mission or just window shopping around town, Anna Maria Island and Cortez Village offer the perfect shops to visit as you begin your retail therapy. They have one-of-a-kind boutiques that cater to a wide range of people so there is a place for everyone to find the perfect souvenir. Stop by a few shell shops or visit a handmade clothing store, no matter what you are looking for they have it. You can't forget to take your friends back home a trinket, so stop by one of the many beachwear stores to find the perfect [...]

February 24th, 2021|Categories: Blog, Day trips|

Golf Cart Rentals On Anna Maria Island

Nothing screams a beach vacation quite like a golf-cart ride around town and to the beach. You can pack your family, friends, and even your beach gear on the golf cart and take on the adventurous day. Explore the seven-mile stretch of land from a drive on the beach. Drive to the beautiful, white-sand beaches, delicious restaurants, and spectacular shopping. The island is so small that you can rent a golf cart and never even have to drive a car around once you arrive. To experience Anna Maria Island in the best way possible, renting a golf cart is definitely [...]

February 23rd, 2021|Categories: Blog, Day trips, Outdoor Activities|

Guide To The Best Bars on Anna Maria Island

You’re on vacation in Florida, and you set your sights on Anna Maria Island — a short drive from Bradenton Beach — with its beautiful white-sand beaches, some of the most fantastic fishing spots in the Gulf, and unforgettable dining experiences. But let’s not forget the Anna Maria Island bars and all they have to offer. Which one do you visit on your first day to take your mind off things and settle into the island vibe? The Doctor’s Office Photo Credit: doctorsofficeami via Instagram Don’t let the name fool you; this is not your general practitioner’s office [...]

January 28th, 2021|Categories: Blog, Day trips, Dining|

Visit The Best Piers on Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island is home to three prominent, public piers. Ideal for everything from people watching to fishing, the piers also make for prime spots to catch a breathtaking Gulf Coast sunset. Anglers will revel in the ample supply of snapper, jack crevalle, sheepshead, and black drum that linger near the Anna Maria Island piers, bridges, and other structures. Each of the piers in this area is worth a visit to sample its unique offerings and views. Don't forget your camera, because you're sure to capture plenty of epic sights to share with friends and family back home!    Rod [...]

January 22nd, 2021|Categories: Day trips, Outdoor Activities|

A Reflective Place for Contemplation

I booked this property on a whim to extend a writing retreat into a working holiday. I am so glad I did! I got to catch up on grading sitting on a porch overlooking one of the most beautiful views I’ve ever seen! The property itself is so quiet and peaceful you feel as if you are in another world. Rain or shine, I walked and ran the trail below the pool every day. The waterfall is gorgeous, but even more so the overlooks on the planned development. You are also centrally located for Panther Valley, Gorges, and other nearby [...]

December 27th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

A Wonderful Stay!!!

A clean, spacious facility. Well equipped. A wonderful heated pool (which we needed as the weather was a little cooler than we expected.) A short walk across the street to the beach! A short walk to bars and restaurants! All in all, we were very, very happy with our choice! 12/12/2020 at 8:03 PM Joseph Fornal     You responded on 12/20/2020 at 5:50 PM   Hi Joseph, Thank you for your awesome five star review and thank you again for being our guests. It has been a pleasure working with you and we hope you will be our guests [...]

December 20th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Review|

Would Definitely Stay Here Again!

Would definitely stay here again! We had a great time at the Anna Maria Island Bay Watch Bungalow. The communication was quick, easy and the place looks exactly like it does in the pictures. It's large, bright and clean. It had everything we expected except handsoap in the bathrooms. It's a 1-minute walk to their dock on the Intercostal and a 5-minute walk to the Gulf. The pool was heated and clean. Plenty of restaurants with bars within walking distance. Free Trolley transportation up and down Gulf Drive. I have recommended to a few friends already! 12/19/2020 at 11:59 AM [...]

December 19th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Review, Reviews|

Top Ten Things To Do On Anna Maria Island

Just south of St. Petersburg lies one of Florida's small barrier islands, Anna Maria, which gleams with seven miles of far-reaching white beaches and features picturesque beach town shops and eateries.  Local Floridians gained access to Anna Maria Island in 1921 when the wooden Cortez bridge was built to connect the islet to the mainland, and it's been a well-kept secret amongst natives ever since. Anna Maria Island maintains quintessential seaside features: it's lined with reduced-speed roads that bustle with golf carts and bicycles. Islanders also offer a free trolley service that runs up and down the island all day.  [...]

December 17th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

Guide To Christmas On Anna Maria Island

Spending the most magical time of year on an island getaway in Florida might seem a little unconventional. Fortunately, there’s plenty of holiday cheer to go around and things to do on Anna Maria Island.  Whether you’re a new resident or a first-time visitor, we share Anna Maria Island Christmas activities suitable for holidaymakers of all ages. What this balmy vacation hotspot lacks in snow, it more than makes up for in Christmas spirit.  Enjoy Christmas on Bridge Street with the AMI Privateers  Photo Credit: aparadiseonami via Instagram Every year, the Anna Maria Island Privateers host a Christmas [...]

December 16th, 2020|Categories: Dining, Outdoor Activities, Seasonal Guides|

Property was perfect with excellent communication prior, during and after our stay.

Property was perfect with excellent communication prior , during and after our stay. Perfectly positioned property on AMI. We enjoyed the easy access to the beach as well as central location to all amenities. Property was clean and accurately described with several additional features making our beach time more enjoyable. Highly recommend! 11/28/2020 at 12:44 PM   My Response:   Hi Lance,   Thank you for your nice five star review and thank you again for being out guests. It has been a pleasure working with you and we hope you will be our guests again on Anna Maria Island. [...]

December 1st, 2020|Categories: Reviews|

Review – Anna Maria Island Beach Palms 5B

Marilee Collins: We loved the condo and really enjoyed the deck view . Of the beautiful in Intra-coastal Waterway. We were a minute walk from the beach. The condo is extremely well furnished . And most of all ver, very clean! 11/26/2020 at 8:12 PM   My Response: Hi Marilee, Thank you for your five star review and thank you again for being our guests. We work very hard on our cleaning standards and thank you for your acknowledgment.. It has been a pleasure working with you and we hope you will be our guests again on Anna Maria Island. [...]

November 29th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Anna Maria Island Kayaking Guide

Anyone visiting Florida's Gulf Coast is surely going to be spending a fair amount of time enjoying the white sandy beaches and fabulous blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Water sports like kayaking and paddleboarding offer a unique way to explore this breathtaking environment from a new perspective. Anna Maria Island is home to numerous kayak rental companies providing everything you'll need, including single kayaks, tandem kayaks, paddleboards, life jackets, guided kayak tours, quick pickup, and even free delivery to your Anna Maria Island vacation rental. While last minute rentals are generally available, it is always preferable to have [...]

November 25th, 2020|Categories: Day trips, Outdoor Activities|

Anna Maria Island Fishing Guide

Located in Florida's Tampa Bay, there's a good reason why Anna Maria Island is one the nation's hottest fishing spots. Surrounded by the crystal clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico and hosting seven miles of pristine white sand beaches, not to mention Florida's famous subtropical climate, Anna Maria Island elevates your saltwater fishing trip to the next level. Options abound, from pier and shore fishing to deep sea excursions from numerous fishing charters, so there is no end to the options for getting your line in the water. The range of methods is only outnumbered by the types of [...]

November 9th, 2020|Categories: Outdoor Activities|

Beach Palms 2B “Paradise”

Review #25960550 5 Stars We will definitely be returning to Anna Maria Island for a vacation, hopefully to this very same property. The property manager, Terry, has a wealth of knowledge about the island from attractions to restaurants. He is a polite and timely individual. As soon as payment was received he communicated everything we needed, there was no waiting or asking him to provide anything. The rental unit was immaculate. Everything inside was brand new, from appliances to flooring to bedding. Everything was fresh and new! The view of the bay was first rate. We watched the sunrise every [...]

April 26th, 2019|Categories: Reviews|

Guest Review

Oct 24, 2017 A Special Thank You To The Novak Family For Their Nice Review!!! “The location of this small condo was spectacular! You are steps away from the pool and only a 2 minute walk to pristine white sand beach! The complex is small and quiet. We were able to sleep in when we wanted. Sunrises on the balcony were picture perfect and sunsets on the ocean, memorable. Anna Maria Island/Bradenton Beach is one of my favorite places to visit in Florida. Terry’s condo helped make it affordable!

October 24th, 2017|Categories: Reviews|
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