Mike Norman Realty Blog

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

Anna Maria Fishing

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

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

Christmas on Anna Maria Island

Best Places to See Christmas Lights on Anna Maria Island and in Sarasota

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

anna maria island fall events

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

RiverRunGolfLinks Bredenton, FL

River Run Golf Links

Anna Maria Island is a spectacle of nature. You can find sprawling maritime habitats with wild native animals, from rare migratory birds and owls, to some of the highest bottle-nosed dolphin and manatee concentrations in the country. The scenery is stunning, and the River Run Golf Links runs right through the heart of the area. […] Read more

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Fall 2017 Anna Maria Island Activities and Events

Anna Maria Island is tucked away in the Southwest corner of Florida and remains quiet enough to keep out a flood of tourists but popular enough to deliver on some fantastic attractions. With several Anna Maria Island vacation rentals and exciting local activities and events, there are many opportunities to search for your next vacation […] Read more

Hunsader Farms Annual Pumpkin Festival

Upcoming Anna Maria Island Halloween Events

If you’re planning on taking an Anna Maria Island family vacation this October, you’re in luck as there are plenty of Halloween events to enjoy to fill your schedule out. Choose from a variety of exciting activities in nearby Sarasota and Bradenton, as Southwest Florida stays warm and pleasant this time of year, offering an […] Read more

Sea Turtle Race

As summer swoops around, so does sea turtle nesting season. This year, the Sea Turtle Conservancy will throw its 10th annual Tour de Turtles event, which kicks off on July 30th. By using specialized satellite telemetry, sea turtles are tagged, released into the wild and tracked during their migration period… from nesting beach to foraging […] Read more

anna maria restaurant

The Sandbar Restaurant

Location: 100 Spring Ave, Anna Maria, FL Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. For some of the most relaxing and picturesque beachfront dining that you can find on Anna Maria Island, be sure to reserve at least one dinner at the Sandbar Restaurant. This beautiful Anna Maria Island restaurant is one of the island’s longest […] Read more

anna maria city pier restaurant

The City Pier Restaurant

Location: 100 S. Bay Blvd Hours: Sunday to Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. At the historic Anna Maria City Pier is an incredible restaurant that started off as a gift shop and later turned into one of the most visited seafood eateries on the island. This […] Read more