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Two Sides of Nature Has Three locations On Anna Maria Island

Two Sides of Nature is as close as a franchise that Anna Maria Island has ever seen.  With six locations and three being on Anna Maria Island it still has a great small town feel.  They also have a location on Longboat Key.

Two Sides of Nature pride themselves as being the premier Southwest Florida shop for 100% cotton colorful clothing and sportswear.  They offer high quality T-shirts as well.  Great quality logos such as Life is good and old guys rule, Two Sides offers great colorful apparel.  Two Sides of Nature also has a great selection of baseball caps as well as a few unique hats.

Looking for some beachy nick nacks?  Two Sides has some of that as well.  Regardless of where you are visiting on Anna Maria Island there is a Two Sides of Nature within 3 miles from you.  Whether it be the Anna Maria City shop or the two located in Bradenton Beach on Bridge Street stop by and pick up a great T-shirt for your mom, dad, pet sitter, or treat yourself to a peruvian cotton T-shirt.

I almost forgot the best part of all about visiting Two Sides of Nature in Anna Maria City.  Two Scoops ice cream is right next door to the Anna Maria City location.  So, do some shopping and then head over to Two scoops for some great ice cream and then take a walk across the street to the public pier.  Walk the Anna Maria City pier while enjoying your ice cream and see what fish are biting.

Anna Maria City, Fl

Bayview Plaza
101 South Bay Blvd
(941) 779-2432

Bradenton Beach, Fl

119 Bridge Street
(941) 779-1237

Bradenton Beach, Florida

108 Bridge Street
(941) 779-1238

Longboat Key, FL

5360 Gulf of Mexico Drive
(941) 387-1762

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Holmes Beach Shopping

Fresh Fish Market on Anna Maria Island

The fresh Fish Market on Anna Maria Island in Holmes Beach is a great local shop to purchase really great, fresh local fish.  They offer a wonderful selection of fresh catches such as red snapper, salmon, shrimp, and much more.  The selection changes daily with the availability of the fish.  They only offer the  freshest fish, thus the name Fresh Fish Market!

When you order your fish, they fillet it for you right on the spot and also offer some really great recipe ideas.  If you are unsure of the best cooking methodology just ask, they are pros and can give you plenty of ideas on how to cook your fresh Anna Maria Island seafood.

Fresh Fish Market is located in Holmes Beach

The Fresh Fish Market located in Holmes Beach often has several seafood recipe cards sitting out for ideas on what to have for dinner or lunch.  On our most recent visit the Ahi Tuna with Mango & Avocado recipe card caught my eye and will be our next seafood cooking adventure.

The Fresh Fish Market of Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Island has more than just raw fish, they also offer a selection of fresh made soups such as New England Clam Chowder.   The Fresh Fish market also has a variety of fresh spices and organic foods provided by Front Door Organics.

If you are looking for a quick bite to eat they have a small spot to sit and offer fresh made to order salads that can have freshly prepared fish or shrimp added on top!  Wonderful selections of hot chocolate, vegetables, and fruit.

The Fresh Fish Market of Anna Maria Island is a must visit if cooking fresh seafood is on your list of things to do while on Vacation.

Fresh Fish Market

5604 Marina Dr.
Holmes Beach, Fl 34217
941-567-6130

Want more choices for fresh fish?  Two great options are both located in Cortez, Florida.  Just off Anna Maria Island in the Village of Cortez.  Starfish Company is a great choice and just to the East of Starfish Company is the Cortez Kitchen.  Both sell raw seafood that you can grab and cook.

If you are cooking seafood you are going to need a vacation rental with a barbecue grill.  Most of our Anna Maria Island Vacation rentals have a barbecue Grill but click here to sort for a rental with a barbecue grill.

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Holmes Beach Shopping

Ace Hardware Store in Holmes Beach Anna Maria Island

Ace Hardware on Anna Maria Island, Fl offers a wide variety of every day tools.  Of course you can get nuts, bolts, screws, nails, and other hardware inside the fairly large store.  You can also get Light bulbs, small portable propane tanks, garden tools, sunglasses, kitchen items, beach items, gifts, candy, soda, and outdoor items.

Ace Hardware Has Local Knowledge

The store has plenty of hired help to assist with any questions.   Most have great knowledge of Anna Maria Island so you can kill a few birds with one stone with just one visit to Ace.

There is plenty to do in the outdoor plaza that Ace is located in…Subway, Peaches, Walgreens, and plenty of shopping can all be found in the East Bay plaza in Holmes Beach.

Ace Hardware
3352 East Bay Drive
Holmes Beach, Fl, 34217
(941) 778-0999

Just a reminder, Island Real Estate of Anna Maria Island is here to help with all your vacation rental or real estate needs.  Give us a call if you think we can help!

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Fishing Report The Things that Locals Know!

Anna Maria Island Florida City Pier Fishing Information

Are you looking for Anna Maria Island City Pier fishing information?

There are plenty of spots to fish on Anna Maria Island.  Many come to Anna Maria, Fl for the sun, the beach, and the fun.  Some come to Anna Maria for some serious fishing.  There are three primary areas one can fish while visiting Anna Maria Island.   Of course people fish on the island.  Off piers, off canals, and off bridges provide fair fishing.  Fishing in the Bay provides for more entertainment as well as more consistent results.  Finally, many go deep sea fishing into the Gulf of Mexico.

There are lots of spots to fish while staying on Anna Maria Island.  You can reserve a canal property and fish right off the canal although results are pretty inconsistent.  If you need some help finding a vacation rental be sure to visit Anna Maria Island’s leading vacation rental company for real time accurate on-line availability.

Many reserve canal front properties and bring down their boat and head out into the waters on their own.  Lastly you can pick up a canal vacation rental and RENT a boat for $800 – $1500 per week.  In fact, Island Real Estate of Anna Maria Island, Inc has a special offer that if you rent a canal property and a boat you will receive a 5% discount off the boat rental.

Fishing the Piers on Anna Maria Island

Fishing can also be had on the public pier in Anna Maria City or on the Rod and Reel pier.  The Rod and Reel pier charges a small fee to fish and will supply bait if needed.  Net fishing can be used up to a certain point on both piers and is clearly labeled.  There are fishing stations supplied with water if you need to cut up bait or big catch.  On my last visit to the public pier I saw a big one get away and one side was filled with young local boys fishing for shark.

I thought different about the boys fishing after I spoke to several other fishermen that were fishing for shark also.  One had caught a bull shark about an hour prior and threw him back because he was told it was not good eating.  Please note, both the Anna Maria City pier and the Rod and Reel pier are not young child friendly as there is no fence enclosing the pier.  Of course both piers in Anna Maria City can double for lunch or dinner also in the restaurants at the end of the pier.

Fishing Bradenton Beach Pier

Bradenton Beach has fishing on the pier also.  At the East end of Bridge street just past Anna Maria Oyster Bay you will find plenty of people fishing.  I have personally witnessed fish being caught at the end of the pier however they were all thrown back due to their size.  At the base of the pier there is a new bait shop that should help with what the fish are biting on.  The Bradenton pier is perfect for the whole family with convenient fishing pole holes all along the fence line.  The pier is fully fenced in so it is more child friendly than the piers in Anna Maria City.  The Bridge street pier also has several swings that the family can sit on and watch the fun.

Fishing The Bridges

I also see several people fishing on any one of the draw bridges off the island as well as some of the smaller bridges along the causeway.  I have never spoken to anyone regarding their success rate however I have seen individuals on several occasions pulling nets with fish in them.  Most of the folks I see on the bridges are pretty serious as the traffic passing by is not usually a visitors idea of fun.

Bay fishing is also known as backwater fishing and is less expensive than deep sea fishing.  A good deal of the catch must be returned to the waters due to size however it is best to discuss specifics with guides you interview.  Most Bay guides have smaller boats and can accommodate about 3-5 passengers however once again check with the experts.  Backwater fishing guides do not have a crew and the cost is about $400 for 1/2 a day.

Off Shore Fishing

Gulf Fishing also known is as deep sea fishing and provides for more action and usually more time on the boat.  Obviously the longer the tour, the deeper the fishing.  Gulf Fishing requires a crew and the boats are larger and typically can accommodate 4-12 passengers.

In addition, you can expect larger tackle to support larger game that should be caught.  Most deep sea captains guarantee entertainment but not the amount of fish they will catch.  They all abide by bag limits and are concerned about keeping the sea healthy since is supports their livelihood.  The cost for deep sea fishing is $650 – $1000 and usually the more passengers the less cost per passenger.  A successful catch will include grouper, snapper, and bigger game.

Booking Fishing Charters on Anna Maria Island

All captains suggest booking ahead of time and Christmas week normally books out one year in advance as well as other popular holiday weeks.  Make no mistakes, I am a beginner when it comes to fishing so I strongly suggest you call Anna Maria local captains for additional information.  If you have additional information please post comments below as our readership will appreciate any added information you can provide.

 

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Holmes Beach Shopping

Walgreens in Holmes Beach is good general shopping for Anna Maria, Fl

Walgreens in Holmes Beach, Florida is no different than most of the Walgreens around the United States.  A few variations would include lots of beach type toys as well as more than your usual varieties of sun block.  You can find medication, grooming supplies, greeting cards, limited jewelery and household items.  The shop also can handle photo development and they have plenty of candy, cold drinks, and grocery staples.

Get Beach Stuff at Walgreens Anna Maria Island

The store is located off East Bay in Holmes Beach and is surrounded by a few quick serve restaurants and plenty of “Beach” shopping.  In addition, if you visit the website below usually you can view the weekly specials so you can better plan your shopping.  The store does serve liquor off to the side of main entrance.

3248 East Bay Drive
Holmes Beach, FL, 34217
(941) 778-0451

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Holmes Beach Shopping

Sand Dollar Gift Jewelery Clothing Shop Holmes Beach Anna Maria Island

The Sand Dollar Gift Shop is one of Anna Maria Island’s finest for its ambiance and style.  When you take your first step into the store you are instantly surrounded by the great smells of exotic scented candles and stones for the home.

As you begin to look around you will start to notice all of the wonderful sand and beach inspired decor for the home as well as a great selection of jewelry.  The clothing and shoes are always up to date and stylish.  But most of all you will be taken back by the charm, friendliness of the staff, and most of all, the affordability.

The Sand Dollar Gift Shop is a definite must see while either visiting or vacationing on Anna Maria Island.  The Sand Dollar is also a must visit if shopping for unique gifts. You can find something for those at home or those here in Florida.  The gift shop is located in the city of Holmes beach.

Sand Dollar Gift Shop

5302 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, FL 34217
(941) 778-2024

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Holmes Beach Shopping

A Great Bakery at Anna Maria Island’s Only Grocery Store Publix

Anna Maria Island usually runs to mom and pop locations, but never fear, we do have one location you will need to stop by during your vacation… Publix Supermarket.  It is a large store that has everything on your grocery list including items for that new recipe you want to try and the best bakery goods this side of the Mississippi.

The Bakery at the Anna Maria Publix

Well that last statement is just my opinion, but wow everything is fantastic.  Whether you need a last minute birthday cake, a unique loaf of bread for dinner or donuts for your office meeting Publix is the perfect place.  Did I mention they also make elegant wedding cakes that are all works of art not to mention delicious.  Usually you go to weddings and they have these frilly cakes that don’t taste as good as they look.  My wedding cake was a Publix original with different shaped tiers and tea lights on the corners.

My husband and I chose a red velvet cake with their famous buttercream icing.  It also had vanilla custard and strawberry filling.  We got so many complements, and there wasn’t any cake left sitting on tables at the end of the reception.  They also have a deli counter that makes sandwiches to order and fresh sushi for the more adventurous.  You can stop there on the way to the beach and get everything you would need for a picnic or just snacks for the kids.

Publix Supermarket
3900 E Bay Dr
Holmes Beach, FL 34217-1983
Main: (941) 778-5422
Fax: (941) 779-2712

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Holmes Beach Shopping

Sterling Anvil is a true GEM on Anna Maria Island! – Now located in Bradenton

No longer in service on the Island, but drive down manatee and you’ll find the new shop just before 26th Street. Take a look at almost any wrist or earlobe on an island resident and more than likely it is adorned with work from the Sterling Anvil – Anna Maria Island’s only local jeweler.   All pieces are handmade on site – the most famous being the “Sterling Anvil link bracelet” – I have one in silver and gold.  They make earrings, bracelets, necklaces, charms, anklets, rings and even have a line of children’s jewelry.

Shopping at the Sterling Anvil Anna Maria Island

I love shopping at the Sterling Anvil and am SO eager for their new location on Gulf Drive to open soon – it looks like they will have even more space to show their wares and for shoppers to browse.    It’s a fool proof place to find presents for almost any occasion and budget – I recently purchased a silver dolphin set which included a necklace charm and earrings for a friend’s daughter’s 11th birthday and I think she hasn’t taken either off since.  Seeing the Sterling Anvil box as she opened her present made her feel like such a grownup!  It was adorable.

The service at the Sterling Anvil has always been excellent.  A few years ago I lost one earring of a more popular design set they sell and they allowed me to purchase just one instead of both – they were really sweet about the situation and helped me out.

I have my eye on a heart shaped charm and plan on running over as soon as their new location opens up – which unfortunately for my shopping addition recovery is practically right across the street from my office.   They also have a lot of nautical themed pieces – turtles, dolphins, sandollars, and starfish and so on.  A perfect beach souvenir from your Anna Maria Island vacation!  Stop in while you are visiting the island – ask around for Carol and I’ll probably be there!

Sterling Anvil
5508 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, FL, 34217
(941) 778-3636

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Holmes Beach Shopping

Anna Maria Island Grocery Store – Publix

There may be a few stores that publicize they are a grocery store on Anna Maria Island but most will agree there is only ONE grocery store on the island.  Publix is a national chain and does a good job of supplying groceries to the fluctuating populations on Anna Maria Island.

Publix on Anna Maria Island

The grocery store is located on East Bay Drive and is in Holmes Beach City surrounded by CVS as well as an outdoor mall that includes several restaurants, Walgreens, Gift and Beach shops.  It is a full service grocery store including a bakery, deli that makes sandwiches, fried chicken, and french fries.  Don’t expect homemade fresh pasta salads but they do have salads prepackaged.

They have a good fresh seafood area as well as meat packaged and fresh fruits and vegetables.  Here is a tip…in high season try to visit the grocery store before you check in if its a Saturday otherwise grab dinner elsewhere and try to grab groceries on Monday.  The high demand of buying groceries on Saturday and Sunday’s during high season sometimes leaves the shelves bare for very popular vacation items.

Publix Super Market
3900 East Bay Drive
Holmes Beach, FL 34217
(941) 778-5422

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Holmes Beach Shopping

Jessie’s Island Store in Holmes Beach Anna Maria Island

Jessie’s Island Store is located on the West side of Marina Drive in Holmes Beach, FL and is otherwise known as the BP gas station.  Jessie’s is a convenience store that offers all the normal convenience store items.  Milk, chips, beverages including alcoholic, candy, maps, and other items that get you through one day or evening.

Jessie’s Island Store Specialties

Obviously the store allows to kill two birds with one stone because you can pick up gasoline for your vehicle also.  Jessie’s offers very reasonable make to order sandwiches, pre-made sandwiches, pasta salads, potato salads, chicken salad, and hot pressed Cubans.

The central location  on Anna Maria Island offers easy access to pick up a quick lunch on your way to the public beach, Holmes Beach skate park, or one of the piers in Anna Maria city.  A quick picnic with the family is just what the doctor ordered!

Jessie’s Island Store

5424 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, FL, 34217
(941) 778-6903