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Sea Turtle Nesting Season on Anna Maria Island

Sea Turtle Nesting SeasonMay 1st is just around the corner, so that means that Sea Turtle nesting season on Anna Maria Island is about to begin. Really it can begin any time now. Volunteers on Anna Maria Island are getting ready to take watch on the beach for signs of nesting so they can protect them when they do begin making their nests.

The most common type of turtle to make their nests here on our island are loggerhead turtles. If you’ve visited here before between the months of May and October, you’ve probably seen nests marked off throughout our 7 mile stretch of white sandy beaches. Not only are these loggerhead turtles amazing to watch, but they are a vital part of our ecosystem and help to keep our beaches beautiful. They graze on sea grass and help to provide key nutrients promoting the healthy growth of vegetation which is crucial for other types of marine life.

These turtles are facing extension, mostly due to human interference, between fishermen’s nets,  and trash in our seas, but the biggest problem they face is being disorientated. When the babies hatch, they follow the light from the horizon leading them to the ocean. Here are ways you can help them get there safely.

  • Turn off any lights that are visible to the beach as to not confuse nesting sea turtles between sunset and sunrise
  • Don’t use flashlights, lanterns or a camera with a flash at night on the beach
  • Don’t light or use fireworks
  • Don’t leave items on the beach such as beach chairs or umbrellas, they can deter sea turtles from nesting and disorient the hatchlings
  • If you’re playing on the beach and dig a hole, please fill it in so it doesn’t create a trap for a turtle
  • Please, never touch a sea turtle; it is the law, and if you see someone touching one, report it to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. They have an alert hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922).

You can have it All on Anna Maria Island

When you’re looking to book your vacation, don’t forget about Anna Maria Island. It’s located just north of Sarasota and just south of Tampa. It’s the perfect location on the Gulf with beautiful views AND temperatures. On an Anna Maria Island vacation, you can have it all!

You can have it All on Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island isn’t only known for their gorgeous sunsets, yes they are gorgeous, and you’ll have to be sure to schedule one in while you’re here. But they also have the most beautiful white sand beaches you’ll ever see! With the beautiful blue tones of the Gulf of Mexico in the background, it’s the most picturesque view around!

Our beaches are the perfect spot for long walks, building sand castles, spotting dolphins or manatees. They both love the warm shallow water. We often see them playing along the shore. They are also the perfect spot for shelling. There are plenty of shells and sand dollars to be found along your stroll. With 7 miles of beaches, you’re sure to find something beautiful along the way.

Did you know that you can get to all of our beaches without a car? There is a free trolley service that runs from each point of the island. So you’re free to explore each beach without the hassle of a car!

If the beach isn’t your thing, there are plenty of shops and restaurants to be found. There are also many water sports that can get you out on the water to go fishing, kayaking, and jet skiing, or flying high in the sky!

Whether you’re planning a girl’s weekend, a family vacation, a spring break trip or a romantic getaway, Anna Maria Island is the place where you can have it all! You can do everything, or nothing at all and it will be the perfect vacation you’ll never forget!

Don’t Miss Out on Your Morning Cup of Joe on Your Anna Maria Island Vacation

Cup of JoeThere’s no need to give up your morning cup of Joe while on your Anna Maria Island beach vacation. We’ve got many great coffee shops around town for you to choose from. No need to get that caffeine headache! Check them out!

 

The Donut Experiment

210c Pine Ave, Anna Maria, FL 34216

While they’re known for their delicious donuts, their coffee is quite yummy as well. They have a variety of hot coffee, espresso, cappuccino, both hot and iced lattes, and the newest craze cold-brewed iced coffee! Come for the donuts (for the kiddos) and stay for the coffee!

Anna Maria Island Beach Café

4000 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, FL 34217

What’s better than sipping your coffee while gazing at the gulf watching dolphins play in the water all while having your toes in the sand? You can have all that plus all you can eat pancakes and sausages here! The kids can even play in the sand while you’re still enjoying your coffee too!

Ginny’s & Jane E’s

9807 Gulf Dr., Anna Maria, FL 34216

This café and bakery has a full menu of specialty coffees. They make lattes, cappuccinos, Italian style macchiatos, breve’s, and Americanos. They offer a wide variety of milk and non dairy options as well as a wide variety of flavors. They also specialize in smoothies if you’re looking for that healthy breakfast option. You can either dine in, or take out from their fabulous bakery too!

Back Alley Treasures

108 Historic, Bridge St, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217

Back Alley Treasures is located right on historic Bridge Street and features an eclectic mix of food, drink and funky treasure! Their coffee shop serves hot and cold espresso, fresh brewed coffee, island smoothies as well as a pastry selection for a light breakfast. You don’t want to miss it!

Anna Maria Island Your Perfect Holiday Escape

Looking to get away for the holidays? Anna Maria Island is your perfect holiday escape. With beautiful gulf views, and sugar sand beaches, and warmer temperatures than most of the United States, it really can’t be beat.

Perfect Holiday Escape

Some might think that with the warm weather that there is a shortage of that “holiday feel” but you couldn’t be further from the truth. The Anna Maria Island area is full of holiday cheer. What’s better than seeing a Christmas Tree on the beach? Or seeing palm trees decorated with lights? The island is full of beautiful decorations.

Tonight there will be a Lighted Golf Cart Parade (how fun is that) starting at 6:30 pm Coquina Beach Café located at 2650 Gulf Drive South, Bradenton Beach FL 34217 and will end around 7:30. The parade route runs north to the historical Bridge Street, onto the rotary on Church St, then down Gulf Drive heading south to Bradenton Beach City Hall. This is an inaugural event, in support of TIFF (To Inform Families First) TIFF is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting emergency contact registration. Over 13,000,000 have registered in Florida alone, and it is currently used in six different states. This is a fun event to come out and experience while supporting a great cause!

What’s better than watching fireworks on New Year’s Eve while sitting on the beach with the sand in your toes? Well, on Anna Maria Island you can do just that! Everywhere on the beach is a great view, and even if it is a bit chilly, you’re not going to freeze! There’s a party at Gulf Drive Cafe & The Kokonut Hut with free sparklers, a free champagne toast a midnight, and dancing under a tiki hut all night long!

Give us a call at 866-779-2545 or 800-441-7873 to book your island escape today!

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!