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Vacationing With Your Dog on Anna Maria Island!

Booking a vacation home offers many great benefits when it comes to planning your vacation—and one of those awesome perks is being able to bring along your fury companion with you! With many pet friendly homes available, you can book your getaway to Anna Maria Island without having to leave your four-legged pal at home. They are considered...
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Local Attractions: Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

When you are visiting Anna Maria Island—you are closely located to some of the best attractions that Florida has to offer! Just a short 20 minute drive South from Anna Maria Island you will find the Mote Marine Aquarium and Research Facility. Here you will be able to see over 100 species of marine life and meet scientists—for... Read more

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Romantic Dinner Spots on Anna Maria Island!

Love is in the air on Anna Maria Island this Valentine’s Day and what could be more romantic than spending cupid’s holiday with your toes in the sand overlooking a gorgeous sunset over the waters of the Gulf of Mexico! If you are spending February 14th on Anna Maria Island or are looking for some great romantic spots...
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5 Reasons to Visit Anna Maria Island in the Spring

Anna Maria Island is an absolutely wonderful place to vacation to in the Spring. We have so much to see and do on this world renowned 7 mile island. From outdoor activities, water sports, festivals, and cultural events. Anna Maria Island has something for everyone to enjoy. Take a look at some of the great reasons to visit...
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Anna Maria Island Voted 26th Best Island by Conde Nast Traveler

Anna Maria Island has been voted as world’s 26th best island in the world by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine’s! The Top 30 islands in the world were a part of the Reader’s Choice awards for 2014 and Anna Maria Island was the only Florida Island to make the list. Some of the other islands that made the list... Read more

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New Year’s Eve Events

With the holiday season nearing an end, we still have some celebrating to do! With New Year’s Eve just around the corner, we wanted to share with you, some of the great spots on the Island as well as the neighboring areas that offer fun events to help you say goodbye to the old and ring in the... Read more

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Holiday Shopping on Anna Maria Island

If you are looking to do some holiday shopping than look no further than the shops and boutiques of Anna Maria Island! With lots of unique and local shops to choose from, you are sure to find something for everyone on your list this year. Whether you are looking for some fun fashions, jewelry or accessories for the... Read more

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Holiday Events on Anna Maria Island

December is a great time of year to visit Anna Maria Island! With the spirit of the holidays all around, you will find fun and family friendly events that everyone is sure to enjoy. From Pirate Parades to delicious evenings filled with treats and beverages—our quaint and cozy Island offers it all! If you are thinking of getting... Read more

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Anna Maria Island Vacation Rentals vs. Hotels

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between renting a hotel room versus booking a vacation rental home? While most of us think of a hotel as the only option when it comes to traveling—many are surprised to find that booking a vacation home is a much more convenient option! For more tips and information in regards...
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Things To Do in The City of Anna Maria

Shopping: The popular Pine Avenue is a colorful street bursting with local shops and boutiques! From fashion to art, home décor and coastal apparel, you can find it and smiling local faces here. If you are looking to snag the latest fashion trends stop by the Pink and Navy Boutique, The Island Cabana or Shiny Fish Emporium! If...
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Celebrating Independence Day on Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island is a wonderful place to celebrate any occasion—whether it is a birthday, family reunion or national holiday! Independence Day is a very special time on Anna Maria Island and is celebrated on both July 3rd and the 4th. With spectacular firework displays reflecting in the Gulf waters, a fun for all parade and much more—you...
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Island Dining-Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach and Anna Maria!

The City of Anna Maria: If you have a sweet tooth or a love for donuts than you will absolutely fall in love with Anna Maria Island Donuts! This great shop offers DIY donuts that are made right before your eyes, watch the entire journey from gooey dough to fryer to deliciousness dipped in your choice of 4...
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Things To-Do on Bradenton Beach

Bradenton Beach offers so many fun things to do while on your Anna Maria Island vacation! Whether you are looking to relax beach-side, indulge in some shopping or intend to fish during your entire stay—there is something fun to do for everyone! Dining: If you are a foodie, than you will love the variety of local cuisine that...
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Whale Sharks Spotted off the Coast of Anna Maria Island

When you visit Anna Maria Island, you will be amazed by all of the amazing marine life that you will get to see! From dolphins to stingrays, from egrets to pelicans and so much more—this beautiful Barrier Reef Island is thriving with incredible sights to see! This week, a group of local boaters got a very special treat...
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Parasailing on Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Vacations is on Anna Maria Island, which is a gorgeous barrier reef island that offers pristine powdery white sand beaches, fantastic local cuisine, amazing sunsets, views of dolphins and manatees and much more! There are so many different ways that you can explore the Island, whether you enjoy a leisurely stroll by foot, prefer to feel...
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Fun Things to Do Near Anna Maria Island

When you think of Florida, several things might come to mind including gorgeous beaches and exciting theme parks. It might seem when you are considering your Florida vacation that you might have to choose between one or the other, but the stunning Anna Maria Island offers the best of both worlds with its fantastic central location! If you...
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Anna Maria Island Vacation Rentals Special

Last Minute March Special!  Book Hunters Point from March 9–14 for only $4,072 – all in!! Hunters Point is a unique and special vacation “luxury compound” that provides all the exceptional amenities that a discriminating vacationer is looking for in a unique setting. This outstanding 6 bedroom, 5.5 bathroom property has an amazing 500+ feet of water frontage! No need to...
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Sea Turtle Nesting Season on Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island’s 7-mile stretch of white sand beaches is more than just a paradise for locals and visitors alike! It is also the home to many beautiful animals including five different species of Sea Turtles and with the month of May just around the corner we are steadily approaching Turtle Nesting season. The most common species of...
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Anna Maria Vacation’s New Amenity – Professional Linen Service

Packing for your Anna Maria vacation is no easy task! Much like an intricate puzzle, you meticulously place each item in its designated area. You might have even made a check-list to make sure that nothing gets left behind. You look down at your masterpiece, perfectly folded bathing suits, shorts, shirts, flip-flops and everything you need for your...
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Where To Eat On Anna Maria Island

For such a tiny place Anna Maria Island is home to a surprising amount of culinary jewels. Whether you’re looking for hearty food on the go for the family or an upmarket bistro for an intimate candle lit dinner you’ll find it on this jewel of the Gulf. Here are some that I return to time and again...
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Three Beaches You Must Visit On Anna Maria Island

If you’re thinking of a vacation on Anna Maria Island then I’m betting that you’re a sun worshipper like me. It’s easy to think of the island as one continuous beach, after all it is a seven-mile long sliver of sand sitting in the balmy waters of the Gulf of Mexico. For sure, you’re never more than a...
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Anna Maria: A Slice Of Island Life

Talk to someone who makes Anna Maria Island their regular vacation destination, or even someone who’s just been once (though that’s a rare breed indeed), and the description you’ll hear time and again is “Old Florida”. That simple phrase conjures so many images: clean, white sand, the sparkling blue of the ocean as the sun sits low on...
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Three Great Ways To Make Your Anna Maria Summer Vacation Amazing

What does summer mean to you? Here on Anna Maria Island, summer vacation covers a broad spectrum of activities and adventures! While some choose to spend their days relaxing with their toes in the white sand, others choose to explore the aquatic world with kayaking and paddle boarding. Some find their own personal brand of adventure by exploring...
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Shelling: The Perfect Pastime On Anna Maria Island

The 7 mile stretch of sandy beaches that is Anna Maria Island offers fun for everyone. Want to work on your tan? Just find a spot, stick on some sun screen, stretch out and let the Florida sun do the rest. If you want to take in the sights then take an easy stroll along the beach before...
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Your Guide To Fishing On Anna Maria Island

If your idea of relaxing on vacation is catching your own dinner then Anna Maria Island might be the best spot for you. The waters of the Gulf of Mexico are home to an astounding variety of fish, from mackerel and flounder to the sport fisherman’s quarry of sharks and barracuda. With miles of sandy beaches and two...
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Activities & Entertainment for your Anna Maria Getaway

While Anna Maria Island might be best known for its pristine beaches and miles of blue waters the Island offers a lot more than just a sunny day at the beach. With a free Island trolley service running every 20 minutes from 7am until 10:30pm (excluding holidays) it’s easy to explore the Island, and you are never too...
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Tee Off Around Anna Maria Island At These 5 Great Golf Courses

Anna Maria Island is home to many fantastic events and adventures, and one of the best things about the Island is that you’re never too far from what the mainland has to offer, including a wonderful game of golf. You’re spoiled for choice as there are a number of courses within a 25-mile radius of the Island, each...
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Dining on Anna Maria Island.. With a View!

Just picture this: You and your family have just spent several wonderful hours on the white sand beaches of Anna Maria Island, you have worked on your tan, collected more shells than you can carry and played an exhilarating game of Volleyball. As you check your watch, you realize that what seemed like a few hours actually turned...
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Rise & Shine!! Breakfast on Anna Maria Island

In last week’s blog we touched on some of the delicious dining options on the Island that offer dinner with a view, but there’s so much more on offer for those of you who judge a vacation by the scrumptious food you get to experience. We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day...
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Perfect Pampering: Indulge Yourself With an Anna Maria Island Spa Treatment

When you envision your ideal beach vacation what do you picture? If you can see yourself being pampered ocean-side with massages, spa treatments, manicures and pedicures then here is your guide to the most relaxing vacation you will ever take! Sit back and relax, knowing that your family is having the time of their life on the Island,...
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Anna Maria Island Great Outdoor Activities – The Call Of The Wild

If you’re an outdoors type of person, and love to be immersed in nature then Anna Maria Island is an ideal vacation spot. The Island has an incredibly diverse eco-system, with many truly wonderful and unique animals from sea turtles and manatees to oystercatchers and laughing gulls finding their home here or in the surrounding waters of the...
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All Aboard! Transport & Getting Around On Anna Maria Island

Want to know one of the great perks of vacationing on a 7-mile long island? Leaving your car keys at home and traveling by other means, from the ordinary to the quirky. No matter where you choose to vacation on the Island, you are never too far from enjoying any of the fantastic amenities including the restaurants, shops,...
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Island Paradise: New Luxury Home On Anna Maria Island

There have been a lot of new and exciting properties brewing on Anna Maria Island and one of those spectacular new properties has just been recently completed. Bayfront Paradise is an absolutely stunning custom luxury home that is tucked away on a quiet residential street and faces the beautiful Bay. As soon as you enter the property you...
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