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September
26

Anna Maria Island Staycation Ideas for Every Season

Anna Maria Island

Who says you need to leave home to enjoy a vacation? When you live near Anna Maria Island, staycations are just as fun as any exotic getaway. Whether you live on the island or want to rent a local property for your getaway, here are five things you can do around Anna Maria Island at any time during the year.

  • Visit Coquina Beach
    No Florida staycation is complete without a trip to the beach, and Coquina Beach is one of the best on Anna Maria Island. With everything from changing stations to picnic tables and grills and plenty of space for games like volleyball and Frisbee, you'll have everything you need for a full day of fun. When you're ready to wind down, you can stroll down Coquina Baywalk, a short, easy wheelchair-accessible trail that takes you on a picturesque journey along the island's coastline.

  • Go Kayaking in the Mangroves
    Florida's coastline is known for its uniquely beautiful mangrove forests. These marshy areas are filled with tall, densely rooted trees sprouting straight out of the slow-moving water, combining land and sea in a way that few other landscapes can match. Places like Bimini Bay and the Robinson Preserve are full of mangroves that are perfect for some quiet kayaking.

    You're free to head out on your own, but guided tours are also available for people who want a bit more structure during their outing. Most of these tours include the cost of kayak rentals in the booking price, so they're a great option if you don't have a kayak of your own. 

Parasailing

  • Go Parasailing
    After you've toured Anna Maria Island and sailed its surrounding waters, there's still one more way to explore this gorgeous place: by air. Parasailing is an easy and fun way to see the island from a whole new angle. It's thrilling to soar a few meters above the water, and most people find it much more approachable than similar activities like hang gliding. 

    There are many boat captains offering parasailing tours off the Anna Maria coastline, and some will even take you further into the Gulf of Mexico if you ask. 

  • Explore Bridge Street
    When you need a break from the sun, you can head over to Anna Maria's famous Bridge Street. Take your time sightseeing among the beautiful old buildings, grab some lunch on a seaside patio, and stop into a shop or two. 

    There are also plenty of experiences to enjoy while exploring this area. The street contains several galleries filled with works by notable local artists, and many are free to enter. You can also visit The Fish Hole Miniature Golf to play a round of mini-golf that your whole family is sure to enjoy. Don't forget to stop by the street's 700-foot pier, the only place where you can enjoy a leisurely walk over the sea-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico. 

  • Take a Sunset Cruise
    Want an unforgettable date night activity? A sunset cruise around Anna Maria Island may be just what you're looking for. There are many boats available for private and group evening tours around the 7-mile island. You'll enjoy fresh sea breezes, get a chance at spotting dolphins and manatees, and finish your ride with a view of a glorious sunset. 

Life around Anna Maria Island is so blissful that it makes every day feel like a vacation. Contact us today to take a look at our roster of properties in this area, including many Sarasota homes for sale just 20 minutes away from Anna Maria Island. We'll help you make all your seaside dreams come true.

February
28

Fishing Charters on Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island

No matter whether you choose Bradenton homes for sale or Sarasota homes for sale, you're in luck – you can visit a little piece of paradise whenever you want. Our real estate agents know one of the best things about living in the area is the chance to savor all Anna Maria Island has to offer.

This seven-mile barrier island off the coast of Manatee County is lauded far and wide for its fishing and its vintage 1950s and 1960s-era residences. Fishing has attracted visitors from across the country since 1938, but locals have the chance to enjoy it any time they wish.

Anna Maria Island is the destination of a large number of local fishing charters. Many of them are small, family-owned operations that have been in business for years. They give you a great way to explore and learn more about the area – and you just might catch a tasty fish.

Let's look at some of the noteworthy fishing charters now:

  • A Rodbender Fishing Charter – 4122 Via Piedra Circle, Sarasota, FL 34233
    Departing daily from Hart's Landing in Sarasota, A Rodbender Fishing Charter is a charter for all ages and all experience levels. You can score the catch of a lifetime with full fishing equipment included! Just don't forget to bring your own sunglasses and sunscreen.

  • AMI Charters – See Website for Location Details
    AMI Charters is the work of four local captains (and one kayaking expert) leading you on saltwater adventures in and around Anna Maria Island. In addition to classic fishing trips and tours, you can also select a romantic sunset cruise or a five-hour fun run that will bring you to restaurants and sand bars only accessible by boat. AMI also has a robust list of fishing tours, especially for the little ones.

  • Island Discount Tackle – 5503 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
    Island Discount Tackle offers a little bit of everything you might need to make the most of your island adventure. Since 1988, it has created an authentic experience staffed by expert fishermen. Once you're fully geared up from "the biggest little tackle shop in Florida," book your charter fishing trip, parasailing, dolphin, or snorkeling journey. It might just be the thing that convinces you to check out Holmes Beach homes for sale.

  • Fishy Business, LLC – See Website for Location Details
    Fishy Business, LLC is a fishing charter boat service led by USCG-certified Captain Rick since 1986. With inshore flats and nearshore Gulf trips out to nine miles, Captain Rick provides it all – license, bait, and tackle. The 2012 Fishy Business is fully equipped with Lowrance GPS and the latest fish finders.

  • Anna Maria Charters – See Website for Location Details
    Described by its customers as "truly top-notch," Anna Maria Charters prides itself on the number of options it offers its guests near Anna Maria Island homes for sale. With four boats ranging from flats to offshore, you can customize your experience with five distinct options: Inshore spinning and fly fishing, nearshore fishing trips, offshore fishing trips, tarpon-only fishing trips, and tarpon-only fly fishing.

  • Florida Fishing Fleet – 4628 119th Street West, Cortez, FL 34215
    Florida Fishing Fleet operates from the very heart of the historic Cortez fishing village. You can opt for a split charter or private fishing charter, including license, rods, bait, tackle, ice, and fish cleaning done for you. With an experienced and charismatic crew and excursions of up to 12 hours, it'll introduce you to one of the best things about Cortez homes for sale.

Contact us to discover more about real estate throughout Manatee County.

September
13

Galleries to Explore on Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island

Walking through an art gallery is a lovely way to connect with your feelings and expand your understanding of the world. So often, artists create images that evoke emotions that words can't express.

Luckily, Anna Maria Island has some lovely art galleries where talented, local artists showcase their pieces. Plan a trip to one (or more) of these galleries.  

  • Cove Gallery & Boutique: 104 Bridge St., Bradenton, FL  34217
    Just minutes away from many Bradenton Beach homes for sale, this unique gallery features ocean-inspired artwork. At Cove Gallery & Boutique, you'll find shadowboxes made from beach wood, paintings of waves, and beachy drawings. Admire the artwork, or purchase some for your own home.

    Cheryl Gonsalves's work is featured at Cove. She uses watercolors to create paintings of the ocean and seaside villages. Another prominent artist is Corin Finnie, who creates dreamscapes and murals. Guests also love admiring the sea glass creations of Avery Jackson.

  • Artists' Guild of Anna Maria Island: 5414 Marina Dr., Holmes Beach, FL 34217
    The Artists' Guild is a nonprofit organization that seeks to unite and support artists in the region. More than 150 artists belong to the guild, and most display their art here from time to time. Inside, you'll see everything from photography to pottery to pastel creations.

    This gallery is not far from many Holmes Beach homes for sale. They also offer online art classes, and each month, a different artist's work is featured in their front windows. 
    Gallery West
  • Island Gallery West: 5368 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, FL 34217
    Island Gallery West was created in 1990 by a small group of artists, and it has grown since then. In 2021, it was named Anna Maria Island's Favorite Art Gallery by Sun. Here, you'll find all sorts of art, from mosaics to jewelry. There are also plenty of paintings and drawings, of course. The gallery is always staffed by an artist who can answer your questions and show you around.

    Island Gallery West features a different artist each month, so you can stop by often and always see something new. 

  • The Studio At Gulf & Pine: 10101 Gulf Dr., Anna Maria, FL 34216
    The Studio at Gulf & Pine is the perfect place to stop after a long day of looking at Anna Maria Island homes for sale. This large indoor gallery was founded by Rhea Chiles, the former First Lady of Florida.

    At The Studio, you can view and purchase artwork, or you can take classes. They offer community classes on painting, drawing, and even culinary arts throughout the year. This gallery is very involved in local preservation and historical efforts.

  • Anna Maria Island Art League: P.O. Box 1243, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
    The Anna Maria Island Art League is not a traditional gallery but an organization created to support local and emerging artists through various festivals and events throughout the year. Their Springfest takes place annually on the beach and is a great place to view and purchase locally made art. If you become a member, you can enjoy discounts on classes and workshops.

Whether you're a lifelong artist or someone just learning to appreciate the beauty in art, these Anna Maria Island art galleries are well worth exploring. If you're new to the island and looking for a place to live, contact us. Our real estate agents can help guide you in your home search and help you find the right property for your art collection.

October
2

One Particular Harbour: Plan Your Gulf Getaway

Are you searching for a place where you can relax with your family and friends? Our real estate agents invite you to leave your worries behind and spend hours enjoying a staycation at One Particular Harbour.

Only moments away from the beach, award-winning golf, shopping, dining, and entertainment, One Particular Harbour is a gated community that caters to adults and families of all ages.

Short term stays include access to amenities such as a deep-water marina, restaurant, pool, grilling area, and children's area. For those visiting for more than 30 days, enjoy the extended amenities of Harbour Isle. A waterfront beach club, private pool, sky bar, kayak launch, fitness center, and yoga lawn can be yours to enjoy throughout your staycation.

One Particular Harbour 376-303

  • One Particular Harbour 376 – 303 | 3/3 Sleeps 7
    Spend quality time with your family in this luxurious three-bedroom condo. The open floor plan includes a screened-in lanai that accommodates indoor/outdoor living. Designed to comfortably sleep seven, there are two bedrooms with queen beds, one of which as an in-suite bathroom. The master has a king bed, an amazing view, and a lavish bathroom.

One Particular Harbour 387-402

  • One Particular Harbour 387 – 402 | 3/3 Sleeps 7
    This penthouse with a lagoon view will make you feel on top of the world during your stay. Both the master suite and one guest room host a king bed. The third bedroom has a queen bed and bunk beds, perfect for children! Enjoy cooking meals conveniently in the island kitchen before relaxing in the spacious entertaining room. With laundry and cooking appliances in the unit, as well as equipment like bikes, fishing poles, snorkeling gear, and beach items for guest use, you'll feel like you're living in an exclusive resort.

One Particular Harbour 380-103

  • One Particular Harbour 380 – 103 | 3/3 Sleeps 7
    Lose track of time admiring gorgeous sunsets from the screened-in lanai of this unique unit. One king bed sits in each master and guest suites while the third bedroom features a queen bed and two twin beds. Stay in and entertain as you enjoy the convenience of a fully-stocked kitchen and spacious dining area. With everything you need to make you feel at home, this unit was designed for R&R.

One Particular Harbour 387-201

  • One Particular Harbour 387 – 201 | 2/2 Sleeps 5
    Cozy into this two-bedroom unit and take advantage of its proximity to the shore. A queen sleeper sofa and queen bed in the guest room offer comfortable accommodations for guests while the king in the master bedroom offers hours of privacy. With a spacious kitchen, entertaining area, and lanai with seating, you can spoil yourself in this charming unit.

One Particular Harbour 388-301

  • One Particular Harbour 388 – 301 | 2/2 Sleeps 5
    This new unit is ready to provide an exceptional staycation to two couples or a small family who want to get away. King beds are in both rooms while the living room sofa pulls out to a queen bed for additional guests. A dream kitchen and courtyard views from the lanai offers plenty of spaces to relax after a day spent on the beach.

Are you ready for a staycation on Anna Maria Island? Our team receives approximately 10 rental inquires for this property daily, so don't delay booking your getaway.

Better yet, would you like to call this slice of paradise home? Whether you want to visit for a week or live here for years to come, contact us to discover our best Bradenton homes for sale and for rent in the area.

June
26

Paradise on the Gulf of Mexico: All About Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island

Located on the Gulf Coast of Florida, Anna Maria Island is just a short drive from Sarasota and Bradenton. Drive onto the island, and you'll discover a lovely, quaint beach town that offers a step back in time. You won't find the high-rise condos and hotels that many beach towns now have, instead you'll discover a laid-back lifestyle and quiet village charm. Homeowners searching for the beauty and peacefulness of a tropical island, just a short drive from city sights, will find a perfect place to call home on Anna Maria Island.

A Historical Haven

Like many cities in the state of Florida, Anna Maria Island was originally discovered by indigenous tribes, followed by Spanish explorers prior to the 1600s. However, no one resided on the island permanently until more than 300 years later. The Anna Maria Beach Company was established in the early 1900s to develop the foundation for residential and commercial life on the island. The Anna Maria Historical Society's Museum is a wonderful stop for history buffs who are interested in the island inhabitant's roots.

Sunny Skies are Always in Season

Those who wish for a retreat from the snow and shivering temperatures of the north will have plenty of opportunities to bask in the warm Florida sun on Anna Maria Island. The fall and spring offer the most temperate times to visit, with summer heat and humidity typically high and afternoon thunderstorms common. In the winter months, the temperature does drop from the 90s/100s down into the 70s/50s, giving residents a comfortable climate to still enjoy the outdoors with a light jacket. Hurricane season runs from May to the end of October, and although hurricanes are always a possibility, Anna Maria Island is often undisturbed.

Island Life at Its Finest

You'll discover plenty to see and do living on Anna Maria Island. Fishing, sailing, swimming, watersports, and other aquatic activities are always favorites, allowing you to spend hours of fun on the beach. There are dozens of restaurants, shops and boutiques lining the island, and gorgeous sunsets to enjoy on most evenings. A free island trolley runs a regular schedule with stops up and down the island.

So Much More Just Over the Bridge

While many prefer lazy days on the beach, city life is just a short drive away. Museums, art galleries, shopping, and dining options await you in Sarasota, Bradenton, St. Petersburg, and Tampa. Sports fans enjoy MLB spring training games in Sarasota and Bradenton, as well as MLB, NFL, and NHL action in Tampa.

Would you like to call this lovely island home?  To discover more about living on Anna Maria Island, including links to community information regarding schools, the economy, employment, etc. click here to visit our informational page on Anna Maria Island.  

Contact us today to browse Anna Maria Island homes for sale and find your perfect slice of island paradise. If you would like to experience everything Anna Maria Island has to offer while house hunting, consider renting one of our fabulous vacation homes where you can unwind for hours on our sugar sand beaches.

June
10

Top Fishing & Sailing Charters Around Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island Fishing Charters
If you're touring Anna Maria Island homes for sale, then you're considering buying a home where the rest of the world dreams of vacationing. With its many quaint shops, award-winning restaurants, and beautiful beaches, there's never a shortage of things to do here. 

Our REALTORS® recommend taking a short break from house hunting to get a taste of what island life is like. Spending the day on a fishing or sailing charter is a great way to do just that. Here are a few of our favorite charter services to help you get started. 

  1. AMI Charters: 114 Beach Ave. Anna Maria Island, FL 34216
    For the ultimate day of saltwater adventures, you can't go wrong with AMI Charters. Book a full, three-quarter, or half day inshore/nearshore fishing trip. If you're not a fishing fan, you can also choose to leave your poles behind and enjoy the sites instead.

    AMI Charters offers daytime family sight-seeing trips, sunset cruises, and a "fun run" option that gives you a chance to check out the nearby sandbars, private islands, and dockside restaurants and pubs. This is a great way to enjoy the benefits of having a boat without the hassle of having to drive! 
  1. Snapper Addict Fishing Charter: 2652 Gulf Dr. S. Bradenton Beach, FL 34217
    Captain Layne Ostrander has been fishing the local waters his entire life, and now he brings his knowledge and experience to you. Snapper Addict Fishing Charter specializes in light tackle and reef fish including snapper, grouper, shark, hogfish, cobia, and kingfish.

    You'll love Captian Layne's laid-back and entertaining personality. Keep an eye out during the charter, because there's a good chance you might see some sea turtles and dolphins while you're out on the boat. Once you make it back to land, make sure to spend some time driving around the south end of the island, where you can get a good look at some of the beautiful Bradenton Beach homes for sale
  1. Tampa Bay Fishing with Captian Matt: 526 69th St. Holmes Beach, FL 34217
    If you're looking for a fishing experience you won't soon forget, plan to spend a day with world-renowned Captain Matt Ercoli. You can book one of his Tampa Bay Fishing Charters for half, three-quarters, or a full day. Species targeted on this charter include tarpon, snook, trout, redfish, snapper, and more.

    The charter includes all of your ice, bait, tackle, licenses, and even fish cleaning. All you need to bring is whatever you want to eat and drink, and a great attitude! After your day of fishing is done, make sure you take the scenic route home so you can check out some of the Holmes Beach homes for sale along the way.  
  1. Kathleen D. Sailing Catamarans: Keys Marina 5501 Marina Dr. Holmes Beach, FL 34217
    If a fun and relaxing sailing excursion is more your style, you'll love Kathleen D. Sailing Catamarans.  Options include dolphin watches, Egmont Key excursions, sunset sails, and private charters for up to 20 people.

    In addition to Anna Maria Island, Kathleen D. tours are also available in Siesta Key and Longboat Key, giving you the chance to experience even more of what Florida has to offer. 
  1. Anna Maria Charters: 752 Manatee Ave. Holmes Beach 34217
    Offering an array of fishing options including inshore spinning and fly fishing, nearshore, offshore, and tarpon-only trips, as well as sight-seeing and dolphin tours, Anna Maria Charters gives you the ultimate in flexibility.

    These family-friendly, full-service charters are extremely accommodating, helping to ensure that you'll enjoy every minute of your day on the water. 

Catch the Deal of a Lifetime on Anna Maria Island

When you work with us, you don't have to fish around for a good deal. Our REALTORS® know the area inside and out and will help you find the home you've been dreaming of. Contact Wagner Realty and learn how much easier home buying can be with us by your side. 

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