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Five Popular Longboat Key Restaurants

Are you looking for some dining alternatives while on your Anna Maria Island vacation? Take a couple of evenings (or afternoons) and venture down to Longboat Key. There are some awesome Longboat Key restaurants to enjoy. Most have the luck of boasting beautiful water views and a special ambiance; others offer a casual feel where you can come straight from the beach. Here are five of the most popular ones:

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Visit Mote Marine

Whether you are new to the island or are a regular visitor, Mote Marine and Aquarium (a.k.a. ‘the Mote’) is definitely a must-see at some point during your vacation. It is a fun place to take the family (or friends) for a day of exploring and getting up close and personal with the sea life that inhabits the area waters as well as bodies of water around the world.

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Anna Maria Island Fishing: Where to Go

If you drive by any of the Anna Maria Island boat ramps or one of the local marinas, one thing you are sure to see is people heading out to fish at almost any time of day. Anna Maria Island fishing is one of the most popular activities with vacationers and locals alike.

Whether casting their lines off one of the three piers, setting up their equipment along the shoreline, or heading out into the water by boat, there is nothing like feeling that pull on the line and knowing that there is something on the other end just waiting for you to reel it in.

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Tips to Help You Learn How to Stand Up Paddleboard on Vacation

Everyone wants to learn how to stand up paddleboard as they watch others out in the water. In reality, we love to watch them go in the water. When they don’t and seem to glide through the water, we think to ourselves that it must be fairly easy to do – that is, until we actually get up on one. Suddenly, we’re the ones losing our balance and going in the water…not once, not twice, but over and over again.

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Summer Vacation Tips from the “Locals”

As school winds down and summer is just around the corner, families are making their plans for their summer vacation  — typically to the beach. Whether you go to the same place every year or venture to a new coastal area each year, it is always great to get summer vacation tips from the people there – the “locals.”

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A&A Baby & Beach Rental


Choose from our wide range of well known brands. From easy to install car seats, strollers, cribs and rollaways, we have what you need to make your vacation hassle-free. 

We also offer Beach Equipment Rentals that includes all the essential gear you will need when you spend your vacation at the beach.

A&A Baby & Beach Rental delivers to Sarasota, Siesta Key, Longboat Key, Bradenton, Holmes Beach, Bradenton Beach, Anna Maria Island, Lakewood Ranch, Osprey, Nokomis and Venice.

Lighting Bug Golf Cart

Lightning Bugz LSV  offers 100% Electric Low Speed Vehicles on Anna Maria Island. Resembling a traditional golf cart, our LSVs are street legal, may be driven at night, and each has a storage bin for beach chairs, toys, and coolers. LSVs have seat belts and are child seat friendly. Our carts travel upwards of 25mph and may be driven on local roads with a speed limit of 35mph or less. A Lightning Bugz LSV is a great way to travel around the island to the beach or area attractions, and produce zero emissions!

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CONSIDER IT DONE – Errands and Personal Assistance for Island Guests

Many services available to make your stay more relaxing. Before you arrive we can have your rental unit stocked with food, drinks or anything else you need. While here we can help with transportation, errands, touring, accompaniment/companionship and computer assistance. We do just about anything you can’t do, don’t have time to do or just don’t want to do. Visit our website or give us a call. Office 941-896-4089   Cell 989-274-4672  Email

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Island Pet Sitting Service

Clare Talbert…941-778-2343 or 941-730-8574

Peggy Burch…941-778-1622 or 941-730-7896

References will be provided at the orientation visit.

How it works…leave your pet in the comfort of your own home or rental unit; allowing for minimal interruption of their daily routines.

A Good Sit (One visit per day)
For the dog that is able to come and go through a doggy door. This dog is ok with alone time; needs minimal attention and will have one quick visit a day for fresh food, water and a little love. $20/Day

Happy dog (Two visits per day)
For the dog who needs a little more exercise and a chance to get out of the house. A couple of visits a day is perfect for this dog. There will be a walk around the neighborhood with a couple of potty breaks. $40/Day

Lucky dog (Three visits per day)
For the dog whose attention span is a little shorter… Perhaps a younger dog with lots of energy. The happy dog will have three visits and more adventurous walks to burn energy and with your permission, some basic obedience training. $60/Day

Additional services 
Overnight stays: some pets are more comfortable and less stressed when they have someone stay with them overnight. We will stay with your pet through the night 9pm to 6am . $65/Night stay