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Blue Marlin Seafood

Blue Marlin Seafood The Freshest Seafood on Anna Maria Island! Blue Marlin Seafood is located in a quaint 1920’s cottage on Historic Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach. Offering a great variety of seafood dishes as well as chicken, steak, burgers and more. Their beer & wine bar features nautical ship-lamps providing cozy lighting for an […] Read more

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Captain Mike’s Fishing Charters

If you are looking for the perfect fishing excursion, look no further! Captain Mike’s Fishing Charters is the best on Anna Maria Island! With over 35 years experience locally, Captain Mike knows exactly where to find the fish! Enjoy a full or half day trip fishing on the Gulf of Mexico, Sarasota Bay, or Tampa […] Read more

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Best Parks for Biking Near Anna Maria

From paved beachside paths, to tree-lined trails, and long stretches of pristine sand to explore, the Anna Maria Island area is a great place to go biking. Cycling is one of the best ways to see the area’s diverse sights, attractions, and wildlife while getting a bit of much-needed exercise. Be sure to spend a […] Read more

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Top Kids Activities for Easter

Spending the Easter long weekend down south? Don’t worry about missing out on family traditions such as Easter egg painting, chocolate hunting, visiting with the Easter Bunny – Anna Maria Island has it all. There is always an abundance of things to do on and near Anna Maria Island, and Easter time is no exception. […] Read more

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Best Places to Take a Boat Rental for the Day

There’s quite a bit to enjoy on Anna Maria Island, from the colorful family attractions to the vivid vistas overlooking the gulf. Hidden within secret alcoves along the coast and along major preserve areas near the island, you can find seriously incredible places to take a boat rental. Some of the best locations are right […] Read more

Bean Point on Anna Maria Island

Many consider Bean Point on Anna Maria Island to be one of the most beautiful beaches and historic sites in the country. The white sand, variety of local wildlife, and clear turquoise water makes this spot look straight out of a dream or movie. You will want to put it on your list of places […] Read more

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Spend Valentine’s Day on Anna Maria Island

You can have a typical romantic evening Feb. 14th… again, or you and your loved one can spend a Valentine’s Day on Anna Maria Island. You can have a nice dinner in any city and have a little romance with a glass of wine. But Anna Maria Island provides the quintessential backdrop of romance and […] Read more

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Best Nature Parks to Take Your Kids For A Hike Near Anna Maria

Anna Maria Island is known for its splendid wildlife viewing, rich ecology, and its sprawling sandy-white beaches. So, it should come as no surprise that the island and the surrounding area has numerous densely-packed nature parks for your pleasure. Hike the weaving trails on the island or right off it at some of Florida’s finest […] Read more

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Best Area Attractions within a 30 Minute Drive of Anna Maria Island

Florida vacationers looking for incredible hiking trails, glorious views of the Gulf of Mexico, and sandy-white beaches could do no better than Anna Maria Island. But what helps make the island so special is all the things to do within a 30-minute drive. You can stay at any of the beachside vacation rentals on Anna […] Read more

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Best Places to See AMI Christmas Lights

Christmas spirit is in the air here on Anna Maria Island. As another year comes to a close, holiday events are abundant. Christmas lights are a favorite holiday tradition, and Anna Maria Island is a great place to view them. While many homes on the island and in Bradenton and Sarasota string up colored lights […] Read more

New Year’s Holiday Events on Anna Maria Island

The holiday season brings us festivities spanning the entire month of December on Anna Maria Island, marching us headfirst into another glorious year. What are some of the best Christmas or New Years events on Anna Maria Island to capstone another great year? Don’t miss the following during your next beach vacation here! The “Land […] Read more

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Benefits of Hiring a Concierge and Errand Service on an Anna Maria Island Vacation

The idea of “relaxation” and “vacation” should go hand in hand. Yet, anyone who has traveled with extended family, children, or challenging guests will realize that these two words are sometimes at odds. It shouldn’t be this way, of course. Vacation should be comfortable and fun. Any visitor to Anna Maria Island knows that it’s […] Read more