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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... Read more

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Things To Do on 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... Read more

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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... Read more

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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... Read more

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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... Read more

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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... Read more

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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... Read more

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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... Read more

Anna Maria Island Vacation Rentals – Island Retreat

Last Minute Special!  Book Island Retreat for  7 nights in Sept 9th, 2014-November 21st, 2014 for only $1,995–all inclusive!! Key West meets Anna Maria Island in a dream vacation home. Island Retreat combines the best of both worlds, oozing a traditional south Florida style outside, with shaded balconies and intricate wooden architecture, with unrivaled, modern luxury on the inside… Read more

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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... Read more

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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... Read more

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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... Read more

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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... Read more

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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... Read more

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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... Read more

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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... Read more

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... Read more

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... Read more

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... Read more

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... Read more

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... Read more

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,... Read more

Great Outdoor Activities – The Call Of The Wild On Anna Maria Island

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... Read more

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,... Read more

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... Read more