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Summer

Anna Maria Island Summer Bucket List Ideas

Sweet Summertime is here and our team at A Paradise wants to help you have the best summer ever. Of course, we can set you up in your dream beach vacation rental or help you relocate here to paradise anytime. If you’re just looking for some fun ways for your family to celebrate Summer creatively here, we’ve got you covered. Whether you’re a local to the Bradenton area or just spending some family vacation time on Anna Maria Island, we’ve got some AMI-specific additions for your Summer Bucket List.

Summer

Jump in the water and play!

We know a beach trip is a given for your Summertime on AMI but how often do you let yourself dunk in and get your hair wet? When was the last time you went parasailing? What about kicking up your feet and floating? Let’s make this an all-in kind of Summer.

Get involved in a local cause

Think about what speaks to your heart. There are so many amazing local organizations, causes, and opportunities to make a difference. Maybe you want to learn how to help protect our sea turtles, or volunteer with the youth at The Center, or find ways to help local animal shelters. Even something as simple as picking up trash on your next beach walk will help make a difference in our local community and bring some extra sunlight to the sunny Summer days.

Find a shark’s tooth

Whether you’re an avid sheller, have an eye peeled for them anytime you’re on the shore, or have never even ventured to think about looking for shark’s teeth on the Anna Maria beaches. Try to spot a small, shiny, black shark’s tooth this Summer. It can really add some fun to your next shoreside stroll.

Ice Cream + Sunset

We know a true AMI Summer is never complete without some of our beautiful sunsets. Make it even sweeter by grabbing an ice cream cone and treating yourself to a delicious dessert and a breathtaking view!

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Send a postcard

It’s so easy to stay in touch these days with cell phones, texting, and social media. Take a few extra moments of thoughtfulness to send a postcard to a loved one! Yes, even if you’re local. It’s such an inexpensive and easy act that can really brighten someone’s day and their next mail-delivery day!

Catch some live music

There are so many fun and talented local musicians and bands! Plenty of local restaurants have live music nights posted daily/weekly on social media so ask around or check out your favorites. If you’re looking for some larger acts too there are some big venues not far away in Tampa and St.Pete!

Travel from one end of the island to the other

Hop on your bike or the trusted trolley just for the sake of the journey! Put on some of your go-to Summer tunes and take in all of the beautiful sights all the way from the North End of AMI near Bean Point to Coquina, or even all the way to Longboat if you’re on two wheels. There is so much goodness all over Anna Maria Island.

Visit somewhere new or new-to-you

No matter how many times you’ve been to AMI or if you’ve lived here your whole life, there is always something new to discover in the area this summer. Visit a newer local restaurant, something off-the-beaten-path, or one you’ve been meaning to try for a long time. Order something outside your ordinary and we’re sure you’ll be delighted!

Summer

There’s our 8 suggestions for additions to your Summer plans list here in the Anna Maria area. We’re always so happy to chat to anyone about island suggestions so stop on in and see us or give us a call anytime if you’re looking for some more ideas. What else do you think is a must-do this Summer on the Gulf Coast? We’d love to be a part of your Best Summer Ever!

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Sea Turtle

What to Do: Sea Turtle Season on Anna Maria Island

It’s that time of year again! The magical nesting season experience for sea turtles stopping by our Anna Maria Island beaches. That, of course, means it’s our time to remind you of the vital parts we play in this and what you can do to ensure the safety of these important and irreplaceable animals. Sea turtles are under a steady threat, and much of it has to do with humans. We love to attract visitors to our Anna Maria Island vacation rentals to see the amazing sea turtles, but we treasure them and take this responsibility of residents on wild and wonderful land seriously.

Sea Turtle

Did you know about 90% of all sea turtles nesting in the United States take place right here in Florida? Sea turtles clearly play an important role in our marine ecosystems. Each sea turtle species uniquely affects the diversity, habitat, and functionality of its environment.

From May to October— Sea Turtles, visiting summer guests, and island residents share AMI and call this island home. It’s important that we all live in harmony together. Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring (AMITW) identified and marked six turtle nests in just the first week of nesting season, which runs through the end of October.

These nests are just the beginning; hundreds more are expected this year, which will result in tens of thousands of hatchlings. To maximize their chances of survival, the best thing to do is eliminate obstacles created by humans.

Checklist from AMI Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring:

– Lights out at 8 pm. Flashlights (and yes, including the lights on your cellphone) are strongly discouraged as they can disorientate nesting females and emerging hatchlings!

– Leave only your footprints! Of course, we want you to enjoy your time on the beach, but large holes and sandcastles are huge obstacles for our flippered friends. Nesting females can easily get stuck in a hole, and emerging hatchlings could easily get confused by a sandcastle. Please, please fill your holes before leaving the beach or fill any surrounding holes you may have seen left behind.

– Don’t trash where you splash! This one is year-round; always carry out what you carry in. Keep our beaches clean, and pick up trash.

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– While boating, it’s a good idea to wear polarized sunglasses to see better into the water. Appoint a wildlife spotter on your boat to keep watch for sea turtles and manatees!

– Never approach sea turtles emerging from or returning to the sea. Our females are exhausted and have traveled thousands of miles to return home to nest. If you see a nest, please leave it be.

If you see people disturbing turtles, call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Wildlife Alert hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922).

More info or to donate: HERE

Thank you for helping care for our sea turtle friends, community, and environment!

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Vacation

Book Your Florida Coastal Vacation Early!

With life making its way back to normalcy and people craving travel and relaxation more than ever, Florida is becoming an even more popular vacation destination. That’s why it’s important to book your vacation rentals early, bid on that beachside home while you can, and most importantly: Do it with a local team you trust right here on Anna Maria Island at A Paradise.

Travel

At a recent Press Conference, the Governor and his team announced that Florida welcomed 30.9 million visitors between October and December 2021, marking the second consecutive quarter that overall visitation has surpassed 2019, pre-pandemic levels. Overall in 2021, Florida had nearly 118 million domestic visitors, the highest level in state history, as residents of other states flocked to Florida as a refuge from lockdown policies

Preliminary estimates from VISIT FLORIDA show that 29 million domestic visitors traveled to Florida in the fourth quarter of 2021, reflecting a 57% increase from the same period in 2020, and a 7% increase from 2019.

Vacation

With the demand for vacation rentals and secondary homes in the beachside bliss of Florida’s Gulf Coast rising, we want to make your vacation planning and home buying is as seamless as possible. While working with the A Paradise team for your rental or realty needs, we vow take excellent care of you because ultimately… We care about our community, a community we would love for you to be a part of.

When you work with our team or book through us, you are ensured: No scams, no tricks, no funny business. We will talk you through every question and concern, and find the perfect fit for you and your group whether you’re looking to visit, rent, or buy. We’ll give you peace of mind and a piece of paradise.

With the uptick in travel and trends continuing upward, the sooner you book the better. So, give us a call or look through our website and let’s make your Florida coastal dreams come true.

Main Office: 941-778-4800 | Fax: 941-778-7090 | Email: info@paradiserealty.com

Toll Free: (800) 237-2252

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date

Easy Romantic Date Ideas on Anna Maria Island

Being in such a beautiful place as the beaches of the Gulf Coast, it’s easy to feel the love. So what about when you want to plan a date night for your loved one in the AMI-area but WITHOUT the stress of long wait times or busy crowds? We’ve gathered some of our favorite stress-free and romantic date ideas on Anna Maria Island so you can plan a special night for your special someone right here in paradise. Whether you’re wanting a night out or something a little simpler – AMI has plenty of great options for any couple!

Order Breakfast In Bed

Start the day off with a classic simplified. Bring your partner their favorite breakfast spot in bed! If they’re more of a coffee-and-pastry type: grab some famous donuts at The Donut Experiment, a fun Belgian waffle at The Waffle Press, or a hot bagel sandwich from Paradise Bagels. Want to indulge in the whole breakfast-in-bed feast? Swing by a local diner like Cortez Cafe or Minnie’s Cafe to pick up your comfort favorites! Best part? When you run out to pick up breakfast to-go, that means you won’t have a messy kitchen to clean! That’s a win/win.

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Beach Picnic

No matter what weather the day brings you can almost always promise a spectacular sunset every evening on the Gulf Coast. A beach picnic is sure to wow your date… but remember, we said stress-free here! Don’t want to worry about acquiring and packing all of your picnic needs? There are some fun local picnic companies that will plan and set up the whole thing for you! Check out the services from Beach Suites AMI that provides luxury beach set-up or just grab a beach blanket and order an awesome grazing box from Gulf Shore Charcuterie!

Sweets for your Sweetie

Whether you want to sit down for dessert at an exciting restaurant like the Chai Latte Creme Brûlée at Slicker’s Eatery, pop in for a quick ice cream at a beloved local creamery like Tyler’s, or bring home something fresh-baked from a bakeshop like Cheesecake Cutie.. There are so many incredible options for sweets for your sweetie here on AMI! No matter what their (or your) sweet tooth craves, it’s always a good idea to sweeten up your date.

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Make Dinner Reservations

Yes, there are many great places to eat on AMI it can be hard to choose which! A major win for us is a place that takes reservations! It’s not the most romantic to say you’ve planned a date and then have to go on an hours-long waitlist a local hot spot. Here we’ve rounded up some of our favorite local restaurants near Anna Maria Island that accept reservations so you can have a relaxing meal with minimal or no wait!

Schedule a Spa Day

This date plan says “I see you, I appreciate you, I care about you.” Help your loved one take a well-deserved spa day! Whether they’re aching for a massage, have mentioned wanting to get a facial, or love treating themselves to a mani/pedi – AMI has some great options for day-spas and salons of all kinds!  Some services will even come right to you! So, book that appointment for your special person and get ready to chill out.

Beach Vacation Rental Weekend

We saved the best for last here… Of course the best date surprise ever, a weekend on the beach. Whether you’re local to the area looking for a staycation or just planning on trip – there are few things more romantic than surprising your sweetheart with a vacation at the beach! It’s important to take time away to relax and enjoy each other’s company and AMI is the perfect place to do that. Whether you’re staying for a night, weekend, or longer – A Paradise has something for you! Give us a call at 941-778-4800 or browse our rentals online!

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4th of July

Celebrate 4th of July near AMI

Time to gather your favorite red, white, and blue getup because it’s almost time for the 4th of July! Thankfully this year there are so many fun events planned so get your sparklers and grills ready! We’ve compiled a list of just a few of the big events planned in the surrounding cities to help celebrate Independence Day in the Anna Maria-Bradenton-Sarasota area with a bang.

ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND

4th of July

First off, while there are no big fireworks shows launching from Anna Maria beaches, there is another family-friendly and safe way to celebrate the 4th on AMI!

With the support of Holmes Beach city leaders, the Anna Maria Island Privateers’ 4th of July Processional is officially back!

This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, July 3, taking off at 10 a.m. from Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach and continuing down Gulf Drive to Pine Avenue and ending at Bayfront Park in Anna Maria. The event is free and open to all families and friends! Just snag a safe spot on the parade route and get ready to wave!

Whether you then plan to head to the beach, hop on a boat, or take a dip in the pool, Anna Maria provides the perfect location to bask in the beauty of paradise. Keep in mind, fireworks should be left to professionals… especially at the beach! Lighting personal fireworks on Manatee County beaches is illegal and can disturb or harm wildlife, including threatened and endangered sea turtles and sea birds. So have fun but please, stay safe and respect our animal & human neighbors.

Palmetto has booked superstar Wynonna Judd and her band The Big Noise to headline this year’s Palmetto Fourth Fest at Sutton Park.

ON THE MAINLAND

In addition to live music, local vendors will be set up at the event offering food and drink.

The festival is free to attend. There’s no reserved seating, so head to the park early with your lawn chairs to stake out a spot. Personal coolers, food and drinks are allowed; alcohol is not.

A fireworks show over the Manatee River sponsored by Palmetto, Bradenton and Manatee County will follow the concert.

Details: Fourth Fest kicks off at 5 p.m. July 4. Fireworks begin around 9:30 p.m. Sutton Park, 1036 Sixth St. W., Palmetto.

4th of July

MANATEE RIVER FIREWORKS SHOW

Palmetto and Bradenton share the love on the Fourth of July with a fireworks display that is visible on both sides of the Manatee River. So grab a spot on the Bradenton Riverwalk, Riverside Drive, a waterfront restaurant or a friend’s boat deck to enjoy the show. There are plenty of locations that give a great view of this spectacular annual fireworks show!

Details: Fireworks are set to begin around 9:30 p.m. July 4 over the Manatee River.

IN SARASOTA/SIESTA KEY

If you want a front-row seat to fireworks near the beach, Siesta Key’s annual fireworks show may be the one for you. The show launches around dusk from near Siesta Key Public Beach and is free to the public.

Details: Fireworks set to launch at dusk on July 4 at Siesta Key Public Beach.

Info on their website.

The Sarasota Bayfront fireworks show is back this year to light up downtown and Sarasota Bay. The fireworks show is the grand finale of the Suncoast Summer Fest , which is set to take place from June 24-July 4 and includes powerboat races and other community events.

Details: Fireworks to launch around 9 p.m. July 4 from near Bayfront Park, 5 Bayfront Dr., Sarasota.

Whatever you decide to do this 4th of July, we hope you spend it soaking up some sun and with loved ones! God bless America.

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Holmes Beach Office

On Anna Maria Island
5201 Gulf Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217
941-778-4800
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Ellenton Office

Located in Ellenton Plaza
945 25th Drive East
Ellenton, Florida 34222
941-729-2381

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