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A Traveler’s Guide to Holmes Beach, Florida

Welcome to Holmes Beach, Florida! This little seaside town in Manatee County on Anna Maria Island is the perfect place to relax and soak up the sun. Here you'll find miles of sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, and plenty of activities to keep you busy. Whether you're looking for a fantastic vacation rental home for a romantic getaway or a family vacation, Holmes Beach has something for everyone. Best Time to Visit Holmes Beach Phoro Credit: Pelow Media The best time to visit Anna Maria Island, and more specifically Holmes Beach, is from March to May or from October [...]

Ice Cream on Anna Maria Island: The Big Scoop

Picture yourself sitting on the Gulf of Mexico on Anna Maria Island with the blazing Florida sun beaming down on you. You can feel the warmth on your skin and drink in the turquoise waters. It is a glorious setting that could only be made better by one thing: a delectable and cooling ice cream. The good news is Anna Maria Island is home to some of the best ice cream shops in Florida. Here is the big scoop you need on those hot summer days on where to find the island’s best ice cream. Two Scoops Photo Credit: [...]

2022-08-11T23:26:12+00:00Blog, Dining|

Your Guide to the 9 Best Pizza Places on Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island, Florida, offers plenty of sun and fun, but what about food? Anna Maria Island, or AMI, delivers when you’re in the mood for some pizza. Pizza lovers are in for a real treat while visiting this beautiful “slice” of paradise. Anna Maria City, Holmes Beach, and Bradenton Beach offer something for every taste, from a slice of pepperoni to gluten-free options. Try a taco pizza or a calzone and have some of the best pizza Anna Maria Island has to offer.  With so many options, it can be hard to pick one. Anna Maria Island restaurants offer [...]

2022-06-09T01:57:58+00:00Blog, Dining|

The Best Spots for Breakfast on Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island (or AMI) is a little paradise waiting to be explored. White sand beaches, surf, and sun make this a perfect year-round Gulf of Mexico destination. Relax and enjoy the atmosphere as the gulf breeze carries the scents of delicious food and the sea. After you’ve settled into your vacation rental, it’s time to find the best breakfast Anna Maria Island offers. You’ll find anything you can imagine just a few steps from your door. Anna Maria Island chefs know better than most how to make delicious breakfasts. With so many fantastic breakfast options, it’s nearly impossible to [...]

2022-06-09T01:58:07+00:00Blog, Dining, Reviews|

Best Lunch Spots on Anna Maria Island

There's more to Florida than sand and citrus. Florida is a fusion of cultures, colors, and tastes - gifted with 825 miles of sandy beaches, crystal-blue waters, and stunning sunsets. Anna Maria Island is a 7-mile long barrier island on Florida's Gulf Coast. The white sand beaches of Anna Maria Island and Bradenton are home to some of the best restaurants, tropical cafes, and waterfront dining in Florida. And lunch Anna Maria Island, one of the most beautiful islands in the world, can be just as memorable! Beach House Photo Credit: thebeachhouseami via Instagram The Beach House Waterfront [...]

2022-03-29T17:39:46+00:00Blog, Dining|

The 10 Best Seafood Restaurants Anna Maria Island

If you’re planning a trip to Florida and you want to avoid the throngs of tourists, Anna Maria Island is an excellent choice for your getaway. The island sits just below Tampa, and it’s home to some incredible views and stunning beaches. Once you settle into your vacation rental, I know you’ll be eager to explore your surroundings. With beautiful beaches, quaint downtowns, and most importantly, delicious seafood restaurants, there’s plenty to see, do, and eat while enjoying your Anna Maria Island vacation. Fortunately, Anna Maria Island (nicknamed AMI) has some of the best seafood restaurants in Florida. When you [...]

2022-09-27T18:49:12+00:00Blog, Dining|

15 Best Things For Kids To Do On Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island Florida is a popular vacation spot for families. The island has a little over 8,000 inhabitants and attracts thousands of tourists each summer with its beaches and warm weather. Here are some of the top things with kids on Anna Maria Island for the perfect family vacation. 1. Anna Maria Island Beaches The beaches are incontestably one of the main draws of the island. Popular beaches include Coquina Beach, Palmetto Avenue Beach, Manatee Beach, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, and Bean Point. Spending an afternoon at the beach is the perfect opportunity to relax and sunbathe. Your children [...]

2022-04-01T13:30:06+00:00Blog, Dining, Outdoor Activities|

A Fun Guide to the Best Anna Maria Island Bars

With so many great daytime activities and things to do on Anna Maria Island, it’s no surprise that this Gulf of Mexico paradise is such a popular vacation spot. Just a short drive from Sarasota or Tampa, it might be overlooked by outsiders, but once you visit one, we’re sure you’ll want to visit again! What you might not know about the island is just how much fun the nightlife is here, too. While we might not be known for clubs like Miami or casinos like Vegas, we are known to have some great, laid-back bars for you to grab [...]

2022-06-23T15:32:59+00:00Blog, Day trips, Dining|

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 [...]

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