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Top 5 Anna Maria Island Burger Restaurants

When it comes to finding a good place to eat on Anna Maria Island, you don’t have to look far. From Tex-Mex to salad bars, it’s easy to find a meal everyone will enjoy. The island is home to some of the best burger joints, whether you’re looking to lay back and enjoy live music or sit down with family at a gourmet restaurant. Here are the top 5 Anna Maria Island burger restaurants:

Top 5 Anna Maria Island Burger Restaurants

1. Hurricane Hanks

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Chow down at Hurricane Hanks!

Located in Holmes Beach, Hurricane Hanks is sure to make your taste buds happy! With delicious burgers such as Big Texas Roadhouse and The Pub Burger (which are highly recommended), you’re sure to enjoy whatever your stomach desires. With a beachy design and an open bar, Hurricane Hanks is the place to go for great food and a laid-back atmosphere!

2. Island Gourmet Grill

Top 5 Anna Maria Island Burger Restaurants
Enjoy delicious burgers at Island Gourmet Grill!

If you’re looking for a bit of a fancier atmosphere, look no further than Island Gourmet Grill located off Marina Drive in Holmes Beach. Serving mouth-watering burgers such as the Island Burger, which features all your favorite burger toppings as well as a steakhouse onion and blue cheese, you can’t go wrong by visiting. Plus, don’t let the name fool you! A gourmet experience and good prices go together like peanut butter and jelly at this restaurant, keeping you and your wallet happy.

3. Slim’s Place

5 Anna Maria Island Burger Restaurants

Head over to Slim’s Place off Gulf Drive for a casual dinner and great burgers! Voted as the number one sports bar on Anna Maria Island, Slim’s Place offers the perfect experience for family and friends who are looking for a casual lunch or dinner. Plus, with 12 TV’s there’s no reason to miss your favorite sports game! Be sure to check out their burger “The Slim,” which features yummy toppings such as gouda cheese, bacon, and crispy onion straws.

4. Skinny’s Place

Top 5 Anna Maria Island Burger Restaurants
Enjoy great burgers at Skinny’s Place!

Family owned since 1952, Skinny’s Place is home to some of the best burgers on the island. Located off Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach, Skinny’s offers a variety of burgers, from your typical cheeseburger to “The G3,” a triple burger with three cheese. If you’re looking for delicious burgers and great service, Skinny’s Place is the place to be!

5. Duffy’s Tavern

If you’re looking for unique, delicious burgers, Duffy’s Tavern is the perfect place to visit! Found off Marina Drive in Holmes Beach, Duffy’s has been featured on USA Today’s top 10 “Hamburger Heavens,” and is home to many interesting burgers such as the Brie and Caramelized onion Cheeseburger, the Tex Burger, and the Fresh Jalapeño and  burger.

With so many options, burger lover’s everywhere are sure to find a delicious meal at one of our top 5 Anna Maria Island burger restaurants! As actress Erica Durance once said, “We all need to make time for a burger once in a while!”

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Anna Maria Island Fishing in May 1st through May 12th

Anna Maria Island fishing in May has been interesting.

Anna Maria Island Fishing in May

first with a late season cold front making its way to beautiful Anna Maria Island this May made fishing pretty tough for just a few days, but fishing is back on track now!

Anna Maria Island fishing for Snook has been good… when you can find them.

They are on the move. Snook  around Anna Maria Island are in big groups making their way to the passes on both north and south sides of Anna Maria Island to get ready to spawn. Snook usually spawn around the full moons May, June, and July. when they are out and about spawning is some of the best times to catch a really big one. (photo) Which doesn’t happen every trip. Most Snook will range from 20-26inches. With only a few being over 30inches.

Anna Maria Island fishing for tarpon. (photo)

The Season is here. We started out the month doing some juvenile tarpon fishing  up in the river with a lot of success. Now the water off the beaches surrounding Anna Maria Island has cleared up. Tarpon have shown up in the last few days. This is the time to book your tarpon fishing trips. Tarpon off the beach range from 60lbs to 200lbs so get ready for a fight of a lifetime.

Anna Maria Island fishing for Redfish

Anna Maria Island redfish fishing has been awesome. We have had some really large schools of redfish showing up out in the Tampa bay. These Redfish have made my clients very happy over the last few weeks. These fish have been ranging from 26 inches to 36 inches. Fishing with the right tackle my clients who bring their children have been smoking it. kids from the age of seven have caught as big as a 36 inch redfish. (photo) I am also still catching a few redfish around oyster bars on the shorelines of Anna Maria Island.

Anna Maria Trout Fishing (photo)

Anna Maria Island trout fishing still remains strong and consistence. Most Trout are making their way to deeper water from four to eight feet deep. Finding most of these trout in grass patches in beautiful Tampa Bay. that’s all for this week. Thank you so much for reading. Don’t forget to book your trip if your a local or coming to visit in Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, longboat key, Sarasota, palmetto give me a call. I look forward to meeting you.

Thank you Captain Ryan Taylor

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Anna Maria Island July 4th Activities

Get out your lawn chairs! With so much to do, you’re sure to never be bored while visiting the island. If you want the perfect day of play, here are some of the best Anna Maria Island July 4th Activities.

AMI Privateers 4th of July Parade

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Come out and watch the Privateers parade! Photo courtesy of

Known as one of Anna Maria’s biggest events, the AMI Privateers 4th of July Parade is a must-see. Start your morning off from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. with this FREE parade, starting at Coquina Beach and ending at the City Pier in Anna Maria. Everyone is welcome, and try to catch some beads! Just as a warning, many of the floats have a knack for bringing out their water guns, so get ready to be wet!

Festive Foods!

One of my favorite parts about the fourth of July is the delicious food you get to eat! Whether you want to eat at home or eat out, there’s something for everyone.

For you chefs out there, grilling is ALWAYS the way to go on the fourth of July. With Publix right around the corner, you’re sure to find all the ingredients you need, such as ribs, corn, potatoes, and what ever else your stomach desires! Plus, there’s no better time than to get a little crafty with your food. Sweeten up the day with Patriotic White Chocolate Covered Oreos! You can make them right at home, and they’re really easy to make!

Patriotic White Chocolate Covered Oreos- Red, white, and blue chocolate give these Oreos a patriotic touch. Serve them for Memorial Day or the 4th of July!

Activities for Kids

If you’re looking for something to keep the kiddos busy, try out these Glow in the Dark Sensory Bottles. They make for really fun toys, and can actually be educational if you look at the science behind them!

If you want to get up and close with nature, try out this DIY ring toss! All you need is a couple of attachable glow sticks, some sticks (that can easily be found on the island), and some friends to play with!

For more super fun ideas, visit our Pinterest page!

Sandbar Annual Fireworks Spectacular


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Enjoy fireworks at the Sandbar Restaurant! Photo from

If you’re looking for a show of lights, look no further than the Sandbar Restaurant located on the North end of the island! Celebrating 31 years, the fireworks show will begin right after dusk under their wedding pavilion. They can be seen on almost any part of the island, so be sure to look for them!

For those who want front row seats, the restaurant is offering an exclusive VIP package! Included are a private area to watch the fireworks, an array of food prepared by their culinary team, open bar, party favors, and valet parking. Tickets are $140 for adults and $50 for children.

AMI Rules!

While we’re all about having fun, we ask that you please not set off your own fireworks! They can be very unsafe, and the last thing we want is for your vacation to end early. Illegal fireworks include-but are not limited to-roman candles, bottle rockets, and mortars. Legal fireworks such as sparklers, snappers, and snakes will be permitted. Any person found with an illegal firework is subject to a ticket by the Holmes Beach Police Department, so just stay safe and have a good time!

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Fishing Anna Maria Island

Fishing Anna Maria Island in June and summer is here. Usually summer fishing is hot and slow but this year it comparable to spring fishing. On Fire! Bait has still been a little more work, and is still out on the grass flats. To bring this white bait home you start chumming and don’t stop. Chum…throw the net(picture) and chum some more before you pull it all the way in. On the good mornings I can fill up my bait well after three throws of a 12ft net. The Skyway has been holding large schools of whitebait and threadfins. These schools are bigger bait great for Tarpon fishing.

Fishing Anna Maria Island

Fishing Anna Maria Island for Snook (picture) has huge! These Snook have been hungry this time of year, Eating every bait that hits the water. Needless to say my clients have been catching 100 plus Snook with every rod reeling one in. Sizes have ranged from 20-26 inches and a few throughout being 27-33 inches. One hour is plenty of time to fish for Snook and move on to next spot.

Fishing Anna Maria Island for Redfish(picture)…also on fire! I’m telling you this summer is like spring fishing! Everything is on fire. Redfish have been best to catch early in the morning. You have to be up for the challenge, because these Redfish have been 26-34 inches. This year the biggest being a 42 inches. With that being said you need to be up for the challenge because this will be your morning workout. Redfish have been hiding out around docks, but this particular larger school hasn’t been traveling to far. I’ve been able to stay on them.

Fishing Anna Maria Island for Trout (picture)… well its been good. None of my clients have had a whole lot of time for it. Clients have been wanting to stay on the Redfish and Snook. Many of them say they have never seen it this good. Back to Trout fishing there have been some really nice trout out there. Still out in the grass flats. Catching them with white bait. Not to much to say about them due to catching nice Snook, Redfish, some really nice flounder (picture), and snapper.

Fishing Anna Maria Island for Tarpon has been slow.

Unfortunately I can not control mother nature. Tarpon trips booked this year have been on the most windy days. Clients were able to get in on the some of the action. Found some smaller tarpon up in the river. Under the Skyway we hooked and fought more than we landed. That’s the name of the game Tarpon fishing.

Thanks for reading. If you are In the Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Tampa bay, Sarasota, or Longboat area looking for a place to stay check out Or looking for a great day out in the water give me a call to book your trip.

Captain Ryan Taylor


Anna Maria Island Fishing