Christmas on Anna Maria Island

Christmas on Anna Maria Island is a fun magical time! When you visit Anna Maria Island during the holiday season, you’re in for an island style delight! The island is decorated “island style” of course, and is full of holiday cheer.

Here are some of the events going on around Anna Maria Island that are sure to get everyone in the holiday spirit!

Christmas on Anna Maria Island

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Anna Maria Island

Make sure you take your family to see the annual lighting of the Anna Maria Island Christmas Tree! It’s a fun event enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. The tree lighting ceremony will be held in the parking lot of the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce located at 5313 Gulf Drive at their annual Holmes Beach Holiday Open House on Friday, December 7th at 5pm.

The event will feature live holiday music, Santa and his sleigh, hot drinks and pastries, as well as holiday cheer!

Anna Maria Island Privateer’s Christmas Parade

Come celebrate this annual event island style! The parade begins at Bayfront Park on Anna Maria Island on December 8th at 10am and travels south along Anna Maria Island ending at Coquina Beach, where you will find Santa handing out gifts to the children. There will also be free hot dogs and pizza for the kids!

Come take part in the holiday spirit! For this parade, you can either sit back and enjoy, or take part in it and help spread some holiday cheer!

Christmas on Bridge Street

Christmas on Bridge Street, an annual family friendly event is taking place on Saturday, December 15th, beginning around 5pm near the historic Bridge Street Pier. Santa will be seen driving around on a golf cart, stopping at participating businesses taking pictures with children. There are holiday events planned for the kids, and those restaurants who are participating will be offering special drinks, or drink specials.

The event will also feature live music as well as Christmas carols!

Silver Surf and BridgeWalk Reviews

Silver Resorts has two resorts, BridgeWalk a Landmark Resort and Silver Surf Gulf Beach Resort, located on Bradenton Beach. Both resorts are conveniently located near Anna Maria Island, Holmes Beach, Longboat Key & Sarasota. Both resorts are highly rated on both Google and Trip Advisor; see what our visitors have had to say about their experience with us!

Silver Surf and BridgeWalk Reviews

Silver Surf Google Reviews 4.4 out of 5 with 217 reviews

Best hotel on the island. Rooms are beautiful and clean. The staff is friendly. And the beach is right across the street. Can’t wait to come here again next year. – Jillian B

The remodel of this place is fantastic! It truly has “old Florida” feel. Rooms are bright, airy and very clean. The staff is friendly and very accommodating. – Karen V

Awesome as always! Clean, friendly helpful staff. Nice renovations. Best part – just cross the street and you’re at the beach, complete with complementary chaises and umbrellas. What could be better? Libby G

These and many other Google Reviews just like it for Silver Surf can be found right here.

Silver Surf Trip Advisor Reviews 4.5 out of 5 with 865 Reviews #2 of 10 Hotels in Bradenton Beach

Our Happy Place is Silver Surf

Everything was fantastic! The staff was extremely helpful. The room was extremely clean and well furnished. We were asked if we were Florida residents; we said yes and received a discount. We look forward to staying there again. – lesandl0rna

My Happy Place

The Silver Surf is my go to place to relax. Everyone is nice and has a smile on their face. Will be coming back soon. Love Anna Marie Island and the beached, but most of all, I love the Silver Surf Inn.  – greenberglolag

Chillin at siver surf

For a lovely chill out just across from the beach very clean accommodation and very very helpful staff we have stayed along this coast line many time and we are already looking forward to returning to silver surf gulf and beach resort. – n9953sQsteve

These and many other Trip Advisor Reviews just like it for Silver Surf can be found right here.

Bridgewalk Google Reviews 4.5 out of 5 with 181 reviews

Arrived for one night. Location is great, pier at one end of the Street, beautiful beach at the other. Centrally located. Julie helped guide us around to a good restaurant. The rooms are spacious, clean and accommodating I would definitely come here again (if price permits). – Ohad P

Wonderful staff and great location! We ended up staying an extra night and there was absolutely no issue. The staff was so friendly and with us traveling with 2 little ones we needed a few extra things and they were so eager to help us in any way they could. We will absolutely stay here again! I love the island life❤ – Courtney B

This place is great!  It has an Old World Charm to it.  It’s right across the street from the beach.  The rooms are big and spacious.  The staff keeps them super clean.  Everyone That works here is just wonderful!!  You get free chairs, towels, umbrella and beach toys to take with you to the beach. 

This is our second stay here and it won’t be our last! – Karly S

These and many other Google Reviews just like it for Bridgewalk can be found right here.

Bridgewalk Trip Advisor Reviews 4.5 out of 5 with 955 Reviews #1 of 10 Hotels in Bradenton Beach

Birthday stay

Great place to stay, excellent staff, you can’t go wrong if you stay here. Close to the beach and many great places to eat. Great shopping all around the hotel and you can walk or take a shuttle all around.  -Trail

Love Bridgewalk.

Bridgewalk is in a great location right across from a beautiful beach and surrounded by great restaurants. The staff were very Friendly. The rooms are stations and are Super clean. Can’t wait to return:) – Vacationer

My escape to Paradise

Best trip I’ve ever had! Gorgeous Townhouse, wonderful maids, and staff. Weather perfect also. Kathy made sure I was comfy and well taken care of along with other staff members. Enjoyed the pool, and shopping, and friend’s visit during the day. and Bistro Restaurant, Island Time Club, AMOB, Mar Vista, Bridge Tender, French Restaurant on Bridge Street, Moose Lodge. Only moved car once to go to Walgreens. Everything at my finger tips. and got to enjoy beach time. :) – Bishop B

These and many other Trip Advisor Reviews just like it for BridgeWalk can be found right here.

BayFest 2018 Is Right around the Corner

Bayfest 2018 will be here before you know it! Bayfest is one of Anna Maria Island’s most anticipated events of the whole year! It’ll be back for its 18th year on October 20th running all day long from 10am to 9pm.

 

Bayfest is a family friendly event presented by the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce. It’s an all-day street festival taking place on the famous Pine Avenue, in the heart of the city of Anna Maria!

BayFest 2018

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BayFest features many fun events such as:

  • Classic Car Show from 10 am to 3 pm where there will be over 100 classic, antique, muscle and street cars on display for your viewing pleasure.
  • A musical line up with Mike Sales, an Emcee from 10am to 9pm. Memphis Rub, Renegade, soulRcoaster, Karen & Jimmy Band, and Dr. Dave Band. See their site for a detailed schedule.
  • Many food vendors including Eliza Ann’s Coastal Kitchen, Hurricane Hanks, The Feast, and the Anna Maria Island Privateers.
  • Refreshments and Snacks, some of which include Kona Ice, Sherry Berry Lemonade, Adult Refreshments, and Soda and Water.
  • Arts and Crafts featuring many blocks of artisans, crafters and vendors with many one-of-a-kind items.
  • Kids Zone which is a fun zone for kids which will include a bounce and some fun inflatables, and of course a Privateers Pirate Ship!

There are many options to get there. Of course there’s the FREE Anna Maria Island Trolley which you can ride to Pine Avenue. There is also parking available at the Crosspointe Fellowship Church located at the north end of Holmes Beach. They will have a dedicated free trolley taking people directly from the church to the City Pier located at the end of Pine Avenue. Limited street parking is available as well. Of course if you’re a guest of Silver Resorts, staying at either our Silver Surf or Bridgewalk properties, you don’t need to worry about parking!

Please be advised that there are no outside coolers allowed, or alcohol to be brought to the event. This is a FREE family friendly event.

Tips for Your Perfect Anna Maria Island Vacation – From the Locals

Any vacation to Anna Maria Island will be a perfect one; you’re in paradise, right? But with some local tips, your chances at an even MORE perfect Anna Maria Island Vacation are even enhanced! See some of our local tips below!

Find Bean Point; you won’t regret it. There are no signs pointing out the way, so it is a local thing. Bean Point is located on the northern end of the island. With no parking lots, it’s easiest to get to by bike or walking. Once you find it, you won’t regret it. It’s where the Gulf of Mexico meets Tampa Bay, and it is beautiful!

Take a stroll down the Rod & Reel Pier. If you’re lucky you might see manatees and or dolphins playing around. Grab a bite to eat, or bring a fishing pole and see what you can catch yourself. Even if you’re not fishing, it’s fun to see what the locals are bringing in. Here’s a hint, Bean Point is pretty close to here!

Perfect Anna Maria Island Vacation

From the northern tip to the southern tip is 7miles, so there’s about 7 miles of beautiful white sand beaches. There are plenty of beaches to visit and explore. There are also plenty of options of how to get there. Rent a car, rent a bike, or hop on the island’s FREE trolley. It runs the length of the island, how’s that for service?

Perfect Anna Maria Island Vacation

Take a stroll along Historic Bridge Street. This is a great place located along the southern end of the island with places to eat, drink, shop, and listen to live music!

Right now there are many sea turtle eggs hatching. Imagine being there to witness these tiny little creatures paddling their way through the sand, racing towards the water! It’s quite the sight to see!

Of course no trip is complete without an Anna Maria Sunset! And stick around afterwards for some star gazing. Due to the sea turtles mentioned above, there are very few lights, so that makes for excellent star viewing! You might see something you’ve never seen before!

July 4th on Anna Maria Island

There’s no shortage of fun summer events here on our little island paradise. Anna Maria Island has plenty of fun things to do all summer long. 4th of July is almost here so it’s time to make your plans now! Here are a few things going on in and around town for the holiday!

July 4th on Anna Maria Island

4th of July Parade

Everyone is invited to the Anna Maria Island Privateers annual 4th of July Parade and Celebration taking place at 10am on Wednesday, July 4th. The parade takes off from Coquina Beach and travels north along Gulf Drive and runs the entire length of Anna Maria Island all the way to City Pier in Anna Maria. There is a celebration to follow at D Coy Ducks! Everyone is welcome to participate, just wear your red, white, and blue!

Longboat Key Freedom Fest

Longboat Key’s Freedom Fest has been going strong for 16 years. It might be the shortest parade route, being only ¼ mile long, but it’s an island tradition followed by a celebration in Bicentennial Park that goes on until 1am. Float participants have an opportunity to win a $500.00 cash prize as long as 10 people participate. Freedom Fest usually has some local crowd favorites such as butterfly releases, and ponies from Sixteen Hands Horse Sanctuary, where children can get up close and personal with these rescued animals.  There will also be face painting, balloon art and games at the celebration. The parade begins at 9am on Bay Isles Road.

Sandbar Restaurant

This year marks the 32nd year that the Sandbar Restaurant will light up the night skies with their annual fireworks celebration! Their fun party has a special events pavilion complete with a VIP package available with Prime Seating. Prime seating is available with a wide array of food as well as a private area to view fireworks. For more information, visit them online.

Anna Maria Island is an island, you can view these fireworks from anywhere, you don’t need to be at the Sandbar to see them. Find your perfect spot anywhere on the beach and watch the free fireworks display! Happy Independence Day! 

 

Relax on Anna Maria Island

What does it mean to really relax? Most of us don’t know how to relax and unwind anymore. Well, you will relax on your Anna Maria Island vacation, it’s the perfect place to do just that! This little slice of paradise will have you rested, relaxed and restored before it’s time to head back to the hustle and bustle of your busy lifestyle.

Relax on Anna Maria Island

Once you get here, and soak in some gorgeous sunshine, take a peek at the beautiful turquoise gulf waters, and the sugary soft white sand, it is almost instantly relaxing. The water is so inviting, you’ll just want to run right in and enjoy the warm waves. Sink your toes in the sand and feel it massaging your tired feet and feel instant invigoration. Take a float on the water and let your worries float away.

This is the perfect time to turn off your phone and just enjoy the views, the gulf breeze and the relaxing sounds of the ocean and the sea life. Did you know that blue, both of the sky and the ocean are proven to be calming colors? The color blue has both a calming and a sedative effect, and can cause the body to become cooler and more relaxed.

Did you know that the ocean has tons of anti-aging minerals? These minerals can counteract the decline of your skin’s elasticity over time, which is something we’re all looking for! A little vitamin SEA or Vitamin D is beneficial too, it is essential for bone health which also creates healthy skin, and could also improve mental health.

Aren’t you ready for a beach vacation on Anna Maria Island now? Along with all these benefits listed above, we’re a laid back beach town. We have the best sunsets around, and we’ve got some of the best sea food around! Book your relaxing get-a-way today!

Anna Maria Island Is Your Perfect Island Escape

What makes Anna Maria Island your perfect island escape? Pretty much everything! There are so many reasons which make our island perfect, let me just name a few.

Perfect Island Escape

Beaches

We have 7 miles of the most beautiful and SOFT white sand beaches, with gorgeous Gulf water views. Bean Point was just named as one of USA Today’s Best Florida Beaches!

Sunset

Anna Maria Island provides the best sunsets around! No trip to Anna Maria Island is complete without taking in one of our gorgeous sunsets.

Old Florida

Anna Maria Island is for sure “Old Florida”. Here we don’t have towering condo’s, we don’t have chain restaurants. We are full of the laid back, easy lifestyle. We live life in flip flops. Of course we do boast restaurants and night life if you’re looking for it, but this is the perfect place to get away from it all and just relax.

Nature

Everywhere you look there is something beautiful. Whether you’re looking at the sea, the sky or your surroundings, it’s all beautiful. We have native birds, native wildlife, native plants, and I mentioned the beautiful sand and Gulf of Mexico water… It’s all gorgeous! You’ll definitely want to pack your camera. There’s a picture perfect moment around every corner.

Transportation

Getting around on the island is easy. There are so many options. Being such a small island you can walk or bike. There are Segway tours available which is fun! There’s no need for car rentals with our FREE Manatee Trolley on Anna Maria Island. Daily service runs from 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. every 20 minutes from the Anna Maria City Pier on the north to Coquina Beach on the south.

Endless Water Activities

With numerous beaches to choose from, there are also numerous water activities. You can boat, jet-ski, kayak, snorkel, paddleboard and the list goes on and on.

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Spring Break on Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island is the perfect place to spend spring break with 7 miles of gorgeous white sand beaches. Many college students are just looking for a place to get away and unwind to prepare themselves for final exams, and Anna Maria Island is just the place to do it!

Spring Break

Here are some perfect ways to spend some carefree days:

  1. Have a beach day! With 7 miles of white sand beaches there are plenty to choose from. Have a secluded beach day at Bean Point, or head over to Coquina Beach or Bradenton Beach where there are plenty of people and activities, as well as picnic areas and food! You can walk the beach and collect shells too!
  2. Take a stroll in our nature preserves. Connecting with nature is a wonderful way to relax and clear the mind from the stress of college life. Be sure to bring a camera as there are plenty of local birds and pretty viewing areas along the way. Coquina Baywalk is just south of Bradenton Beach across from the beach.
  3. Ride the free trolley. The trolley takes you from one end of the island to the other, with plenty of stops along the way. You can even stop on Bridge Street or Pine Avenue and check out the unique shops and restaurants there and pick up a souvenir or two.
  4. Dine on the beach, watching the sunset, while listening to live music. What is more relaxing than that? If you head on over to Anna Maria Island Beach Café on Holmes Beach, you can do all of that. You can even go there for breakfast with all you can eat pancakes! You might even catch a dolphin or two playing in the water while you eat!

Anna Maria Island is the Perfect Vacation

Anna Maria Island will be your perfect tropical getaway. Once you come visit this beautiful seven mile stretch of white sandy beaches and blue gulf waters you might never want to leave, you’ll just keep coming back for more!

What’s perfect about Anna Maria Island? The short answer is EVERYTHING! There’s so much to do and see, and in this “Old Florida” paradise. Here are just some of the things that make a trip to Anna Maria Island the perfect vacation.

  1. Our seven mile stretch of white sandy beaches says it all! A day spent on the beach relaxing taking in the beautiful gulf views is the perfect way to unwind, clear your head, and just enjoy peaceful serenity.
  2. Life on Anna Maria Island is laid back and easy. Whether you’re walking around, shopping, or out eating, life is lived in flip flops. The relaxed atmosphere of our island allows you to take a step back, look around, and just enjoy the beauty.
  3. Whether you’re looking for that perfect family photo, or just love taking in nature, there are photo ops everywhere! Between the gorgeous ocean views, and our PERFECT sunset viewing location, your photos will be amazing!
  4. When you feel refreshed, and ready to explore, the island has so many exciting ways to find adventure. Between walking trails where you can view  some of our local wildlife, to water adventures, to bikes and more, there are so many ways to get out and have an amazing time! Our Island activities are endless!
  5. What’s better than fresh seafood during an island escape? There are many restaurants offering fresh seafood, some of these are even equipped with gorgeous ocean views.

We’re confident that after your visit to Anna Maria Island, you’ll understand why it is the perfect island vacation!

Where To Grab A Bite to Eat On Anna Maria Island

If you’ve come to Anna Maria Island for an island escape, you’ve come to the right place! Our beautiful gulf coast location won’t disappoint. With beautiful blue water and sugar sand beaches, it sure is a sight to see!  Of course all those beach activities will work up an appetite, so here are some places to grab a bite to eat on Anna Maria Island.

Grab a bite to eat

Pancakes on the Beach

What’s better than having pancakes on the beach? Yes, pancakes on the beach with your feet in the sand. The Anna Maria Island Beach Café features breakfast with unlimited pancakes, as well as other breakfast favorites. Sit with your feet in the sand, gazing at the water, perhaps seeing a dolphin or two in the waves. What a perfect way to start the day! Of course it’s also a great place to end the day with live entertainment and gorgeous sunsets too!

Make your own donuts

At the Donut Experiment, every donut is your own creation! Their donuts are made fresh daily, then, you pick from their tremendous selection of icing and toppings to make it your own!

The Sandbar Waterfront Restaurant

The Sandbar is another waterfront restaurant which features an array of fresh Florida seafood, salads sandwiches and appetizers. It is located on the north end, and has been a favorite among visitors and locals alike. Here too you can dine with your feet in the sand and view the gorgeous gulf and spectacular sunsets!

High Quality Mexican Street Food

At Poppo’s Taqueria, you’ll find high quality fast casual food that transfers to their drink selection as well. It’s located in the heart of Anna Maria Island on Bridge Street. They serve fresh to order tacos, burritos, bowls & quesadillas! You won’t be disappointed!

Island Grill Bar & Restaurant

If you’re looking for some American classics, then the Island Grill Bar and Restaurant is for you! With an exquisite menu and a hip environment, it is the ultimate casual dining experience.  This is the perfect complement to your island vacation.