Tag: Vacation

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.

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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!

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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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Land

Best Way to Invest in Buying Land in Florida

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Want to make the move and put some roots down in Florida? We’ll cut right to the chase here: The housing market is pretty wild right now, and trying to find the right home for you in the right location can be daunting… Especially in the coveted Gulf Coast area. But, there are other ways to set your family up with some space in Florida for decades: Buy land!

If you’ve been looking for land for sale in Florida, we can certainly help. Through Florida’s diverse landscape, from beautiful flat properties to sunny and scenic beaches to picturesque wetlands and hardy pine forests, Florida is an ideal place to buy rural land. That said, excellent properties are out there for those with the patience and knowledge about what it takes to buy land in Florida. Not sure if it’s for you? We can help figure it out!

Whether you’re looking to build a ranch, farm, grove, or homestead — there are plenty of options! In fact, we have a whole team dedicated to it. Our experienced land company deals primarily with agricultural real estate. We also offer full acquisition services for the distinguished investor, large holding companies, developers, and agriculture clients.

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There are many benefits to buying in Florida you may not know about, especially in the Bradenton/Parrish/Sarasota areas. One of the largest industries in the state is agriculture, which has kept prices for agricultural land consistently solid, and because Florida is a recreationally-oriented state, land values along the coast and lakes has continued to remain strong.

A major plus of investing in land now is that Florida is growing and will continue to grow. If you have the opportunity to purchase in the hottest agriculture real estate state, it’s without question a worthy investment. If you choose the right piece of land, it can appreciate without taking any time out of your busy schedule. While some vacant land buyers make their purchase with the intent of cultivating farmland or building on it, make sure to consult with one of our land professionals on topics such as: Whether the land realistically suits your plans, which zoning laws may apply, and which agricultural and other tax breaks may apply.

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We know buying land is a big investment and can seem like an overwhelming commitment; that’s why the members of our team are well-versed and fully prepared to answer any and all questions you may have. We live and work in the Manatee and Sarasota County areas, so we want to make sure our neighbors are excited about the potential to become local landowners! There are so many opportunities available to you, and our team is ready to guide you in the right direction.

Check out our website for some of the beautiful properties available, and don’t hesitate to reach out.

Photos courtesy of Visit A Paradise

Village of the Arts

Visit Bradenton’s Village of the Arts

Whether you’re nursing a sunburn inside, want to avoid some beach traffic, or just want to experience a different part of the Anna Maria Island area— there’s always something to do on the Gulf Coast. Just a few miles inland from AMI is the city of Bradenton that has so much to offer. One of our personal favorite spots? The Village of the Arts, a colorful, fun, and eclectic neighborhood not far from Downtown Bradenton and Lecom Park.

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This historic neighborhood is where artists and creatives alike come together to make our city a bit brighter and celebrate all of the beauty its residents have to offer. These colorful streets include over 275 individual properties and stretch from 9th Avenue West to 17th Avenue West between 9th Street West and 14th Street West. 

The unique cottages and bungalows themselves are cute enough to make a drive to see but the offerings inside many of them are just as exciting. In the Village of the Arts (VOTA) you can find everything from award-winning restaurants to specialty shops, studios, healing arts, bakeries and some of Bradenton’s best art galleries.

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The Artists Guild of Manatee was formed in 1999 as a non-profit with a mission to build a community where artists live and work while enhancing quality of life and creating a harmonious environment. It really is something special, especially on their renowned “artwalk” days. You can join the VOTA community during their artwalks the first Friday night and Saturday afternoon of every month, where you’ll be greeted with live music, incredible food and unique indie art spanning every genre. At a VOTA artwalk you can get an excellent overview of the merchants in the area.

If you want to scope out your gameplan beforehand or can’t make an artwalk day, no worries! They have handy maps online you can check out here or just go on a leisure stroll and see for yourself. Even if you don’t have a particular destination in mind, we guarantee you’ll discover some surprisingly delightful art and incredibly friendly people. In the Village, there is beauty everywhere you look!

As always, you can chat with our experienced team of locals for their favorites at Village of the Arts! You really can’t go wrong with supporting our local eateries, artists, and creatives in the Bradenton area.

Photos courtesy of Village of the Arts

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.

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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.

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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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Anna Maria Island

Transportation Tips: Getting Around on Anna Maria Island

On Anna Maria Island, we relish in our slower pace of life. It’s a place to slow down, rest, and relax. Because we are a smaller island, it’s totally acceptable (and recommended) that you explore our whole island to find all the magic that awaits from the North End of Bean Point to the tip of Coquina Beach. Best part when visiting AMI? You definitely don’t need to worrying about renting a car for your whole crew! We’ve decided to highlight some of our favorite creative and more environmentally-conscious ways to get around.

Trolley

A major staple of Anna Maria Island is our FREE trolley! Sit back, relax, enjoy the view and leave the driving and parking to someone else. Hop on and off as often as you like. Early birds will be excited to know island trolley service starts at 6am from both ends of the loop. Trolleys typically run at 20 minute intervals until 9pm, then every 30 minutes until 10:30pm.. Trolleys offer both air conditioned and open-air seating and are such a fun way to get from one end of the island to another, with plenty of stops along the way. Just wait at one of the trolley stops within operation hours and they’ll come pick you up, no payment, plan, or bus card needed!

Ride-Sharing/Airport Rides

While we may be a small town we’re not totally old-school. Ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft are available on Anna Maria and surrounding areas! If you’re specifically looking for a ride to your rental from the airport, we recommend using a local driving service. There are plenty of safe options we can recommend in the area, just ask our team when booking or planning your trip and we can provide some suggestions!

Monkey Bus

Commonly referred to as “The Monkey Bus”, their unmistakable fleet is available to drive you wherever you want to go! Get this… rides are free- the drivers and their fleet run entirely on tips! Want a ride to dinner? Need to run a couple errands? Want a safe ride back from getting drinks? Give the Monkey Bus a call! Unlike the trolley, their vehicles can cross all the bridges, meaning you are not necessarily limited to the Island if you need a ride in-town or in Cortez. You can also pre-book trips which is great for larger groups! If you’re looking for an added fun twist, they even have a karaoke-equipped vehicle! Just be sure to bring some cash to generously tip your local driver! Open daily Noon to 3:00 a.m.

For Rides Call 941-565-6542

Bikes

Our favorite option… Explore the island like a true islander: On bike! With Anna Maria Island being only 7 miles long from one end to the next it’s easy to get from place to place on a bike. Hopping on a bike is the perfect way to explore Anna Maria Island and stop at some of the wonderful shops, bars, or beach spots it has to offer. Pack your wheels or rent a variety of different bikes from one of the many affordable local rental shops like Beach Bums on Pine Avenue. Some rentals even include bikes so be sure to ask when booking with us at A Paradise! Just don’t forget your helmet and to stay safely on the sidewalk or in bike lanes and the island is yours to ride!

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Direct

Best Way To Plan Your Stay on AMI: Book Direct

These days there are countless ways to try and find a rental in any desired vacation destination. There are other national websites, booking platforms, apps, even social media. All it takes is a quick Google search of “Vacation Rentals on Anna Maria Island”. But, if you’re looking in a particularly popular vacation spot, it can be hard to know what to trust. That’s why it’s smart when booking your vacation rental in AMI, you book direct through a trusted local company.  Traditional rental management companies offer an established reputation and vetted rental properties. 

Here at A Paradise, we’re all longtime locals who love to work and play in the same place you’re heading to your vacation. We’re here to check on all of the properties, help you feel confident in your selection, and offer a local’s perspective on all the best suggestions.

It’s that personal connection we offer that really makes the biggest difference when searching for your perfect beach vacation rental. You can stop into our office or give us a call to talk to a real person in real time who will listen to your real wishes. A personalized service and first-hand recommendations that can give much more reassurance than just an app.

Even more than that, we know the houses we manage. We live in the area, and we care deeply about our community. We truly hope that everyone who visits falls in love with paradise like we have. To do so, we genuinely want to help people have the best vacations of their lives.

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That’s why we take great pride in being a trusted source to help your crew make memories on Anna Maria Island. We want to help you find the best vacation rental for your needs and wishes, at the best rate possible, with no crazy unseen service fees that don’t provide a service. We want to help you fall in love with the Gulf Coast area and get you in that perfect beach vacation rental you’ll want to return to for years to come.

Give us a call to get started: (800) 237-2252

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Now’s The Time: Book your AMI Vacation

You’ve dreamt, you’ve researched, you’ve talked about it. Now’s the time to make it happen. Planning your relaxing and reinvigorating vacation to the Anna Maria Island beaches is the best thing to add to your to-do list. And now’s the best time to book before our busy season kicks off in November!

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For the rental industry in Florida, most tourists come in winter— between Thanksgiving and Easter. The hottest months of August and September are known as our ‘off-season’ here on AMI, which usually just means a bit less traffic. But as the temperatures drop to the ideal tropical 80’s of the Floridian winter months, it makes total sense that more people want to make their way down to warm up on the beautiful Gulf beaches. Who wouldn’t want to trade in a snow shovel for a sand castle?

Have no fear, even in busy season we promise to take the time and care to find the right fit for you and your group. Don’t worry about scouring endless rental sites for the right vacation rental and hoping a stranger isn’t duping you, our experienced team of locals and simple-to-use online database has you covered for that. We have countless beautiful properties available for the next weeks and months that are calling your name. They’re ready for booking if you are!

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No matter if it’s busy season, the holidays, the heat of summer, or just a short staycation.. Our team is in love with our island paradise and want you to fall in love with it, too. That’s why we’re dedicated to make your AMI experience as seamless and wonderful as possible. We will work with you to put you in the right vacation rental, help you find your dream home, or even just give you suggestions on itineraries and recommendations from locals! We’ve even compiled a list of our favorite local restaurants that take reservations year-round.

Taking a vacation on Anna Maria Island will provide the ideal paradise in a time when we could all use something special to look forward to. It’s impossible to walk our beaches during a sunset and not feel an emotional release – that’s our guarantee. Check out our many wonderful rentals still available or give us a call so we can find the right fit for your trip… Now, let’s get this vacay started!

Photos from Visit A Paradise Website

AMI QUestions

Answers to the Most Common Questions about AMI

You’re planning a trip to Anna Maria Island… Excellent decision!

If it’s your very first time or just your first time in awhile, there’s probably a lot of planning and research involved. That’s why we’ve gathered up the “Most Googled” questions about AMI to easily put all the answers in one place! These questions were taken straight from Google’s auto-populate function for most frequently asked questions. Have a specific question? Give us a call to chat with one of our knowledgeable team members!

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1. What is Anna Maria Island known for?

White sandy beaches, calm and clear waters, relaxing small-town vibes, kind community, Gulf Coast fresh fish, and the best rental and realty company: A Paradise (Okay, we may be a little biased on that last one.)

2. Is Anna Maria Island expensive?

It doesn’t have to be. Just like any vacation spot, it’s entirely up to you! There are luxurious waterfront rentals and fine-dining options galore, or boho beach shacks and casual burger joints a-plenty. Whether you’re splurging or squeezing it in, we can help you plan an AMI vacation to comfortably fit your budget.

3. Do you need a car on Anna Maria Island?

Nope! This 7-mile stretch of island is really accessible with many transportation options. It’s walkable and very popular to ride bikes! There’s also the great gift that is our FREE Public Trolley service that takes from one end to the other with plenty of stops in between and unique ride share services like the Monkey Bus!

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4. What part of Anna Maria Island is best?

It’s ALL good. Really!

5. Is Anna Maria Island actually an island?

Can confirm. This little barrier island in Manatee County sits beautifully on the Gulf Coast of Florida.

6. Is Anna Maria Island popular?

It is, but it still has that small-town, relaxing vibe. It’s one of the things we’re most proud of! However, with an increase in popularity definitely means… Plan ahead! Give us a call or check out our available rentals to book your perfect vacation rental in plenty of time for your trip.

There are Google’s most commonly asked questions about Anna Maria Island! Still unsure of a few things? You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers. Give us a call and we’ll make sure you’re pointed on the right path towards your trip to paradise: (800) 237-2252

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Spas

Relax at Anna Maria Island’s Best Spas

It’s been a long day (week, month, year, etc) and you just need to relax. Of course, coming to the crystal clear waters and powdery-sand beaches of Anna Maria Island is the perfect vacation to kick back and unwind. But, to really take the zen to another level we highly recommend a visit to a spa. Whether you’re aching for a massage, feeling a facial, or wanting to freshen up your look – AMI has some great options for day spas and salons of all kinds! So, book that appointment and get ready to chill out in paradise — you deserve it!

Aluna Wellness Center

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2219 Gulf Dr N, Bradenton Beach, Anna Maria Island
941-778-8400
WEBSITE

Aluna Wellness Center and Spa in Bradenton Beach is an eco-friendly holistic center offering massage, organic skincare, acupuncture, and wellness treatments. The center boasts four treatment rooms, a relaxation and meditation room and a lovely zen garden located directly across from the beach. Aluna Wellness brings together authentic ancient healing traditions from around the world with contemporary therapies to nurture your whole being. They offer a wide variety of holistic therapies including: acupuncture, massage, cold laser therapy, herbal consultations, beach yoga, pain relief programs, body scrubs and organic facials. 

Sea-renity Beach Spa & Bou-tiki

112 Bridge St, Bradenton Beach, Anna Maria Island
941-779-6836
WEBSITE

Experience authentic Island-Style Relaxation & Stress Relief indoors + out on the beach, with the island’s first & only massage in their private tiki hut right on the beach. Indoor massage therapy with excellent facials and painless waxing services, too. And check out the Bou-tiki, with Gulf-inspired gifts, local art, handcrafted soaps, candles and jewelry.

Island Therapeutics

5500 Marina Dr. Suite 6, Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Island
941-216-8884
WEBSITE

Centrally located on AMI, Island Therapeutics is a unique massage center that uses a multi-disciplinary approach to massage therapy. The practitioners at Island Therapeutics are committed to providing each client with supportive, professional, client specific treatments that ensure you get the most of your service. 

Body & Sol Spa and Wellness

9805 Gulf Drive 2nd Floor, Anna Maria, Anna Maria Island
941-650-5441
WEBSITE

Their day spa is located in the historic IGA building in Anna Maria. With 4,000 sq ft, they are the largest natural full service spa on the island of Anna Maria. Their mission is to ensure each client receives the highest level of service that they can offer. Massage, Bridal Hair and makeup, Waxing, Natural Pedicures and Manicures, Hair Styling for Men and Women, Facials, and Yoga Classes.

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Acqua Aveda

5311 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Island
941-778-5400
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Acqua Aveda Salon and Spa Winners of the People’s Choice Awards year after year for Best Day Spa and Best Hair Salon. Located in Holmes Beach, Florida, the 2,600-square-foot salon and spa is the perfect place to experience island renewal. From wedding day to work day and everyday in between let the experienced team at Acqua create services to bring you and the world back into balance.

No matter what spas or services you choose, we hope your time on Anna Maria Island brings you peace and serenity. Give us a call and we’re happy to help plan your next island trip and get you set up at a slice of beachfront paradise! (800) 237-2252

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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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