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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.

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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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Nightlife

Nightlife on Anna Maria Island

While our quaint 7-mile paradise on the Gulf Coast, Anna Maria Island, is known for its quiet simplicity and relaxing vibes… We also know how to cut a rug and have a good time! There are so many fantastic options to sip a drink, do some dancing, befriend some locals, or catch live music. In fact, you can find all of that and more at these nightlife spots we’re highlighting on Anna Maria or very close by! We also tried to mostly list places that are open past dinner hours. Alright, let’s get this island party started!

Nightlife

Casual and Classic

Our first suggestion has to go to our dear neighbors at Hurricane Hanks. In fact, if you’ve rented with us we’ve probably sent you to Hanks before— we love their team and their offerings! Some other casual and classic bars on Anna Maria we love are Slim’s Place, Duffy’s Tavern, and Freckled Fin Irish Pub. They all serve some of the very best pub food, too! Freckled Fin often has some great live music and the others are a go-to place to catch some sports on TV.

Bridge Street

Arguably the busiest area for nightlife on Anna Maria Island is along Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach. It has something for everyone! Everything from local dives (we’ll get to those below!) to frozen tiki drinks to family-friendly places to dance to live music. You can easily walk down Bridge Street and see what fits your night’s plans. Head to Daiquiri Deck for a sweet daiquiri, or stop in to Blue Marlin or Island Time for some delicious dinner and family-friendly dancing to live entertainment. Another mention, The Kokonut Hut is a bit further up in Bradenton Beach but is truly right on the beach!

Night Life

Crafty and Comfortable

This place is all about good vibes and great products. Slicker’s Eatery in Cortez is the place to try a fun craft cocktail (we recommend the Smoked Old Fashioned), sip some local beers, and try something from their fresh and eclectic menu. Slicker’s is quickly becoming known as a favorite place to have an exciting drink and some great laughs. They even make all of their syrups in-house with natural ingredients!

Upscale Ambiance

Want to start your night with some upscale ambiance and exciting cocktails? Check out The Doctor’s Office or The Waterfront Restaurant. They have some fun drink menus that really show off the skillset of their inventive bar staff. These are particularly great nightlife spots for a nice date night on AMI.

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Local Dives

To us, a “dive” is a term of endearment especially when talking about these local watering holes. When referencing the local-renowned DCoy Duck’s in Holmes Beach it has been said: “Wherever you start, this is probably where you’ll end up.” The same could be said for some other local favorite bars like Sports Lounge, Anchor Inn Pub, Tommy Knockers Saloon, Bortell’s Lounge. They each offer something different and are beloved and frequented by the locals for many years so definitely belly up to the bar and keep in mind you’re visiting a local stomping (and often) dancing ground!

Important things to keep in mind:

  • There is never an excuse to drink and drive, especially with how easy safe transportation is to find on the island. There is a free trolley that runs from 6am-11pm every day, but if you’re out past that there is always the Monkey Bus or Uber/Lyft rides are available as well! Check out our transportation tips here!
  • Almost ALL of the above suggestions have live music at some point so we recommend heading to their individual Facebook profiles or giving them a call for the most up-to-date entertainment offerings!

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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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Anna Maria City Pier

Visit the Anna Maria City Pier

When Hurricane Irma caused major structural damage to the Historic Anna Maria City Pier on the North end of AMI, it felt like a main piece of the island’s most beloved landmarks was now gone. Thankfully, our supportive community was dedicated to bring back the pier and make a fresh start of memory-making on a new pier. One big bright spot of 2020 was the re-opening of the City Pier.

Many believe that it’s truly not a trip to AMI without a visit to the City Pier. Ideally, with an ice cream cone in hand and a fishing pole in tow. Island locals and visitors alike have created countless fond memories created on this pier. We couldn’t be more thrilled to have access to the Pier back and better than ever!

Anna Maria City Pier

The new Anna Maria City Pier opened on a limited basis in June for the first time since the pier closed in September 2017, but full access to the $6.8 million structure and its grill and bait shop opened earlier in December. Now, you can visit the pier for a nice stroll, great meal, beautiful view, or relaxing spot to fish.

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The City Pier Grill and Bait Shop, owned and operated by longtime island locals, serves an extensive and largely locally-sourced options for any craving. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a beer and wine license and features six taps offering domestic and local craft brews, along with canned beers, and a wine selection.

All seating is outdoors, offering picnic tables, high-top tables and barstools along with benches throughout the pier, and the restaurant plans to feature live music regularly. Bait shop options include live and frozen bait, tackles and fishing rod and bait bucket rentals.

Fishing coincides with the grill and bait shop hours, which are 7 a.m.-10 p.m daily.

So, we’ll see you at the new City Pier, 100 N. Bay Blvd, you can’t miss it!

Photos from City Pier Grill Facebook

Anna Maria Island

Enjoy an Anna Maria Island Vacation this Fall

As we hit the mid-point of October and Fall is officially in full swing, it’s undeniable that the end of the year is quickly upon us. A year that has been full of uncertainty, change and for many of us, a lot of canceled plans. Thankfully, there is still time to redeem the last part of 2020 and have the vacation of a lifetime on Anna Maria Island.

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Anna Maria Island Vacation for Any Reason

Whether your holiday plans have changed or you want a little getaway before or after the busy holiday season inevitably takes over – At A Paradise we’ve got something for everyone seeking a tropical retreat. If your family wants to get out of the house and reconnect if you want a couples weekend to escape the cold, or even for just a solo beach vacation… It’s easy to feel at peace at the beaches of AMI. Even if you’re a local who can’t travel to visit faraway family, why not have a staycation on Anna Maria Island over the holidays? Make the most of paradise!

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There’s no better way to relax and reignite an attitude of gratitude than on our powdery sandy beaches and crystal clear calm waters. You can seek a warm refuge and get some Vitamin-D soaking up the sun, unplug for the day on a fishing charter, or go on a family bike ride to tour the whole island. The best part? Our weather is absolutely glorious this time of year. With our many outdoor activities and plenty of beach spots, you can rest assured your vacation is safe whether you want some outdoor adventure or just a nice spot to catch up on some reading and catch some rays.

Taking a vacation on Anna Maria Island will provide the ideal paradise in a time when we could all use a little bit of joy. 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 this Fall!

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Desoto National Memorial Park

Visit Bradenton’s Desoto National Memorial Park

Looking to get outside, stretch your legs, and learn a bit of Florida history along the way? Visit Bradenton’s Visit Bradenton’s Desoto National Memorial Park! Visitors can attend living history demonstrations, try on a piece of armor, or walk the nature trail through a Florida coastal landscape similar to the one encountered by conquistadors almost five hundred years ago.

The History

On a sweltering day in May of 1539, Hernando de Soto and an army of over 600 soldiers splashed ashore in the Tampa Bay area. This park in Northwest Bradenton, just a few miles off of Anna Maria Island, commemorates the 1539 landing of Hernando de Soto and the first extensive organized exploration by Europeans of what is now the southern United States. The mission of De Soto National Memorial is to preserve the controversial story of this exploration and interpret its significance in American history.

The Memorial

The memorial includes about 26 acres, where the Manatee River joins Tampa Bay. It has 3,000 feet of coastline and eighty percent of the area is mangrove swamp. So, there is lots of Florida landscape to explore and enjoy at DeSoto park. Other park activities include nature trails and guided trail walks, fishing, bird watching, and picnicking. Park admission is free, so bring the whole family!

Check their website for frequently updated times for events, shows, and programs in the near future.

Photos courtesy of Desoto National Memorial.

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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