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Suncoast Cuisine – Private Chef

Looking for a delicious, professionally made meal, but want to stay in the comfort of your own home or an Anna Maria Island vacation rental? Well you are in luck! Chef Melissa with Suncoast Cuisine is just who you want to get in contact with.

Suncoast Cuisine brings the restaurant to you with Chef Melissa’s amazing, up-scale style dining. Don’t worry about shopping, or preparing the ingredients, Suncoast Cusine will shop and prepare the food for you. All you need to provide is a kitchen for the chef to work her magic in. 

Suncoast Cusine menus are customizable, so even the pickiest eater will be pleased. This is perfect for a causal group dinner while on vacation, or a special occasion! This is a fantastic alternative to going out to a restaurant, which can be hectic during busy season. 

Suncoast Cuisine can be contacted by phone or email
(727) 286-1352
mdedloff@gmail.com

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Anna Maria Island Vehicle and Airport Transportation

There are lots of choices for auto transportation on Anna Maria Island.  Sure you can pick up a Lyft or an Uber but using someone local that knows the area is half the fun!  The drivers listed below are local and they know Anna Maria Island.  Wouldn’t you rather spend your time traveling from the Sarasota or Tampa International Airport learning all the great things your driver can suggest you do on your visit to Anna Maria Island?

We have had some incredible feedback on the drivers below and imagine for 35-75 minutes having the time of a local to tell you about all fun things to do, places to eat, and out of the way local hot spots!

Don’t forget, professional transportation can help as well for that night out the town if traveling to Sarasota or Tampa as well.

Coastal Elite Limousine

Coastal Elite Limousine offers a fleet of Luxury Town and Country Minivans as well as Ford Expedition SUV’s.  The driver is local, born and raised on Anna Maria Island. Be sure to ask his favorite places to go eat, best activities, you name it! Airport service to Tampa International Airport starts at $100 and service to Sarasota airport is $55.  These estimated do include gratuity!  For more details on rates, schedules, be sure to call (941) 348-4971.  Coastal can help with any Anna Maria Island Transportation needs.Anna Maria Island Transportation

Anna Maria Island Airport Transportation

Alan and Andrea Shields of Anna Maria Island Transportation have a host of vehicles at the ready for all your local transportation needs. They currently have a Lincoln Town Car and several Sport Utility Trucks available.  Anna Maria Island Transportation has been finalist for three years in a row for the Anna Maria Island Chamber small business of the year award.  An enormous honor to just be a finalist and certainly a strong sign the are respected in the Community for their Anna Maria Island Transportation business.  For more details on rates, schedules and information call (941) 527-5602.

Please Note: This information has been gathered as a convenience.  We cannot guarantee the rates.  Please call individual vendor for details.

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Anna Maria Island and area golf courses

If Golf is your game then Anna Maria Island provides a relaxing central location to a great deal of local Golf Courses.  Anna Maria Island does have one private 9 hole executive golf course for members only however in the Summer they do allow short discounted memberships for the avid golfer.  Golf in the morning and go to the beach and visit with family in the afternoon.  What could be better?  There are Key Royale Vacation Rentals that surround the golf course or just a walk away.  Let our sponsored real estate professionals help find your golfing paradise or if a shorter stay is in order then review the vacation rentals available very near the Key Royale Club.

There are options on the mainland.  North West Bradenton has several courses, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch and Sarasota are all great options as well.  See our list below of golf courses worth visiting.

Anna Maria Island Golf

Buffalo Creek Golf Course
This is a public golf course
8100 Erie Road
Palmetto, Florida, 34221
(941) 776-2611

IMG Academies Golf and Country Club
This is a private golf course
4350 El Conquistador Parkway
Bradenton, FL, 34221
(941) 758-1466

Imperial Lakewoods Golf Course
This is a Semi-Private Golf Course
9680 Buffalo Road
Palmetto, Fl, 34221
(941) 747-9432

The links at Greenfield Plantation
This is a public golf course
10325 Greenfield Plantation Blvd
Bradenton, Fl, 34202
(941) 747-9432

Manatee County Golf Course
This is a public golf course and closest to Anna Maria Island
6415 53rd Avenue West
Bradenton, FL, 34210
(941) 792-3288

Pinebrook/Ironwood Golf Club
Executive Golf Course
4260 Ironwood Circle
Bradenton, Fl, 34209
(941) 792-3288

The River Club
This is a Semi-Private Golf Course
6600 River Club Blvd
Bradenton, Fl, 34202
(941) 751-4211

River Run Golf Links
This is a public golf course
1801 27th Street
East Bradenton, Fl, 34208
(941) 708-6331

River Strand Golf Club
This is a Semi-Private Golf Course
7155 Grand Estuary Trail
Bradenton, Fl, 34212
(941) 708-3617

Stoneybrook at Heritage Harbour
This is a public golf course
7900 Stone Harbour Loop
Bradenton, Fl, 34202
(941) 746-2696

Terra Ceia Bay Country Club
Executive Golf Course
2802 Terra Ceia Bay Blvd
Palmetto, Fl, 34221
(941) 729-7663

University Park Country Club
This is a Semi-Private Golf Course
7671 The Park Blvd
University Park, Fl, 34201
(941) 359-9999

Waterlefe Golf and River Club
This is a Semi-Private Golf Course
1022 Fish Hook Cove
Bradenton, FL, 34202
(941) 744-9771

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Anna Maria Island Newspapers

Anna Maria Island has two local newspapers for the island. Both newspapers are located in Holmes Beach but provide news to the entire island.  Anna Maria Island is fortunate to have two local papers as well as one mainland newspaper that handles Bradenton, Florida newsworthy events.

Bradenton Local news coverage

The Bradenton Herald is by far the largest newspaper as it primarily focuses on Bradenton which is the mainland just to the East of the island.  Anna Maria Island is covered within the newspaper however normally a small portion of the news since Bradenton is a much larger city than the island.

Anna Maria Island local newspapers

We have two newspapers on Anna Maria Island.  The Anna Maria Island Sun covers Anna Maria Island and is located in Holmes Beach.  They have been providing local news for decades.  The second Anna Maria island local newspaper called the  Islander covers Anna Maria Island newsworthy events.  Believe it or not, the Islander has been around even longer than the Anna Maria Island Sun.  Both newspapers are sure to attend large events and especially attend our three city local governmental meetings and a great resource for city government happenings.  After all there are three cities on the island!

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Outdoor Dining on Anna Maria Island

There is nothing better than relaxing on Anna Maria Island and dining outdoors.  It is a fabulous way to enjoy our tropical weather and enjoy the great outdoors!  Anna Maria Island does boast some fabulous restaurants that offer dining with waterfront views.  Open air dining with a waterfront view is pretty spectacular.

Lots of choices below and hopefully we have wet your appetite enough to go visit a few.  Be sure to check out our Frequently Asked Question pages for more information on Anna Maria Island.

Sandbar – 100 Spring Ave, Anna Maria
Sandbar offers direct Gulf front Dining.  Plenty of parking located in Anna Maria City.

The Waterfront – 111 South Bay Blvd, Anna Maria
The restaurant offers views of the public pier from outdoor covered dining.

Anna Maria Public Pier – 100 South Bay Blvd, Anna Maria
The public pier offers mostly dining inside but has phenomenal Bay views.  Sorry 2020 pier was rebuilt.  Awaiting restaurant choice of City.

Bridgetender – 135 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach
The restaurant has a small area where outside seating is offered.  The area has views across the street to the intercoastal.

Island Time Bar & Grill – 111 Gulf Drive South, Bradenton Beach
Open-air setting, across the street from the Gulf and is located on a main thoroughfare with lots of people watching options.

The Beachhouse – 200 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach
Direct Gulf front with tons of seating, some covered and the ability to host very large parties.

Coquina Café – 2650 Gulf Drive South, Coquina Beach
Direct Gulf front dining with a bar and very large dining area with lots of televisions to enjoy a sporting event or two.

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Top 13 Ways to Keep Anna Maria Island Beaches Clean

Doing your part to keep Anna Maria Island beaches clean is easy. Every year humans dump plastics and garbage into our ecosystem, but if we employ mindfulness this can change. The impact of garbage on the beaches and in waterways is an enormous strain on wildlife. This effect works its way up through the food chain, and has global implications.

Plastics effect on marine birds and wildlife

A 2015 study found that nearly 90% of seabirds are ingesting plastics. Plastics and garbage not only effect seabirds, but also harm hundreds of species of Marine life.  Researchers have found many animals deceased with plastic in their stomach and digestive tracts. A few species include sea turtles, whales, dolphins, fish and sea lions.

Up to 80% of marine debris can be attributed to urban runoff and land based sources. This figure gives us insight into the effect of human habits. We can decrease this number by making small changes in our daily life, especially when visiting the beaches of Anna Maria Island.

Top 13 ways to keep Anna Maria Island Beaches Clean

1. The Two Minute Beach Clean

Any time you visit a beach on Anna Maria Island, or elsewhere, you should practice the two minute beach clean. A simple movement, the two minute beach clean started in coastal England. Any time you visit a beach take two minutes from your trip and clean up any debris you see. It’s easy to do a two minute beach clean, and you’ll leave feeling accomplished in doing your part.

2. Be a Conscientious Angler

Fishing line and tackle can take up to 600 years to decompose enough to no longer effect marine animals. When you are fishing on the beaches of Anna Maria Island keep this in mind. Never leave behind debris, and NEVER cut lines caught on wildlife. Reel, remove, release is the best way to care for entanglement, and is the only solution to prevent wildlife deaths.

3. Leave plastic bags at home

Plastic bags are easy to lose on a trip to the beach, and don’t help keep Anna Maria Island beaches clean. Plastic bags can easily fly away with even the smallest of breezes. When you visit Anna Maria Island beaches leave the plastic bag at home, and instead, use a reusable tote or beach bag.

4. Use garbage receptacles

Garbage receptacles are found at almost every public beach access on Anna Maria Island, so use them. Never bury trash in the sand, and always take a quick look around before you leave. If a piece of trash become caught in the wind, chase it down!

5. Join a Beach Clean

Many different organizations and groups hold beach cleaning events. Cleaning the beach sounds like a difficult task, but it is actually fun. Cool off in the gulf, get a little sun, and enjoy the outdoors. Occasionally you may even find something interesting on the beach. Jewelry, coins, sunglasses, beach toys and tons of other goods are rescued from the beaches when you help keep Anna Maria Island beaches cleans. You never know what you’ll find while picking up garbage.

6. Ditch single use plastics

Single use plastics are a huge contributor to marine pollution, and are easily lost at the beach. Avoiding single use plastic is a practice you can implement in your everyday routine, and not just during a trip to Anna Maria Island.

Ask yourself these questions about single use plastic:

Is it really so hard to bring a spoon from home, then bring it back at the end of the day? Why couldn’t you bring a reusable cup instead of a solo cup you’ll use for just a few hours? Is going to the store to buy temporary utensils and flatware actually more convenient than just grabbing the things you already have at home? Does single use plastic actually make your trip more convenient, or is it just something a manufacturer has sold you on?

7. No Butts!

Cigarette butts are one of the most common types of garbage you will find on the beaches of Anna Maria Island. It takes cigarette butts 10-12 years to decompose, so they really start to build up, especially around sand dunes. Smoking on the beach exposes others to second hand smoke, and really just isn’t polite. No one wants to smell cigarette smoke instead of fresh salt air. If you must smoke at the beach NEVER put your butts out in the sand, and pick a fire safe receptacle to park your butts.

8. Leave the pets at home

There are no pets allowed on Anna Maria Island beaches. As much as we love our pets, they can make beaches a very dirty place. Pet waste can become a health hazard due to fecal bacteria, and can also contain parasites that cause health issues for humans and other animals. Only bring you pets to designated pet friendly beaches. If you are visiting Anna Maria Island with a pet you will find pet friendly beaches to the East of the Manatee Bridge along the Palma Sola Causeway Park.

9. Don’t Build Fires

Fires of any kind are not permitted on Anna Maria Island beaches. Fire can easily spread on the beach, and cause great ecological damage to sensitive beach dune. Debris leftover from fires makes the beach dirty, and an unsafe place for beach wildlife.

10. Barbecue in designated areas

Many of the public beaches on Anna Maria Island offer designated grilling areas. Grilling on the beach can be unsafe for both people and wildlife. You can find designated grilling areas on Anna Maria Island at Coquina Beach, Manatee Public Beach and Bay Front Park.

11. Pick up Food Waste

Pieces of food left on the beach are harmful. When you leave the beach don’t leave food around. Human food is not meant to be eaten by beach wildlife, and can attract predator species out to coastal areas. When predator species come on to the beach they disturb natural processes such as nesting. Food can attract animals such as Raccoons and Feral Cats that don’t belong. These predators will stick around, and eat shorebirds, baby birds, and both bird and turtle eggs. These predators can have an enormous effect on beach ecosystems.

Do not feed wildlife! The seagulls might be cute, and persistent, but DO NOT FEED THEM! Seagulls are not meant to eat human food, and can become sick. Seagulls can also confuse plastics with human food, and mistakenly eat plastic. When you feed seagulls on the beach it makes them aggressive toward people causing them to snatch food out of your hand. This behavior is bad for both the Seagull and people, and does not help keep Anna Maria Island beaches clean.

12. Be a Conscientious Boater

It is all too easy for plastics and garbage to fly off your boat. When enjoying the waters around Anna Maria Island be sure to keep items secure. Pinterest offers tons of great boat organization hacks to keep items in place and secure. If you come across floating garbage while boating pluck it out of the water, but only if you can do so safely.

13. Donate to Environmental Organizations

There are tons of not for profit organizations that care for the environment on both local and global levels. You can help keep Anna Maria Island beaches clean by supporting the efforts of organizations such as Keep Manatee Beautiful. This organization is dedicated to litter prevention. Also, consider supporting the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring. This great non-profit monitors and protects local wildlife, and they also help keep Anna Maria Island beaches clean with beach clean up efforts.

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Help keep Anna Maria Island beaches clean!

Reserve your Anna Maria Island vacation rental or accommodations today at AnnaMariaIsland.com!

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Acqua Aveda Salon, Spa, and Store.

Welcome to Aqua Aveda Salon, Spa, and Store in Holmes Beach.  This full-service, award winning salon and spa is ready to make you feel relaxed, and renewed.

Aqua Aveda offers everything from lash extensions and hair styling, to facials and deep-tissue massages. The incredibly talented and friendly staff here will have you feeling pampered and confident when you walk out their doors. Who doesn’t like to feel pampered and confident?

They offer services such as; natural nail care, hair coloring & styling, facials, hair & scalp treatments, waxing, and more. Gentlemen, don’t be shy to stop by. They have an awesome Men’s Spa. Treat yourself to a fresh haircut, some grey blending, a manicure & pedicure, hair removal, or a refreshing facial.

Stop by the next time you’re on Anna Maria Island, you wont be disappointed!

 

Acqua Aveda

5311 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach
Monday: 9am – 5pm
Tuesday: 9am – 7pm
Wednesday:  9am – 5pm
Thursday: 9am – 7pm
Friday/Saturday: 9am – 5pm
CLOSED SUNDAY

 

If you’re feeling a big hungry after being pampered, head over to Eat Here located in the same plaza.

 

 

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The Best Jewelry Stores on Anna Maria Island

Are you looking to find a unique gift from one of the local jewelry stores on Anna Maria Island?  Luckily, there are many locally owned and operated shops and boutiques to choose from!

Top Five Jewelry Stores on Anna Maria Island

From Pine Avenue to Bridge Street, there are many shops carrying high quality, hand-crafted, beach, wedding and destination jewelry. For your convenience, we have carefully selected our Top Five Jewelry Stores on Anna Maria Island.  Though it was tough trying to narrow down the list, We think these are the best jewelry stores on Anna Maria Island.

Creations by L

Creations by L is in Holmes Beach and will delight those who must have that special “one-of-a-kind” piece. Lois incorporates semi-precious stones, Swarovski crystals, freshwater pearls and gorgeous beads into her designs. She also offers classes from May through October, and you can take home your own hand-made memory. Her very special wedding collection is amazing and she will customize jewelry to your wishes. So please stop by Creations by L to browse the selection at our number 5 pick!

Restless Natives and Back Alley

The number 4 choice for jewelry shopping actually has 2 locations, Restless Natives in Holmes Beach and the Back Alley in Bradenton Beach.  About 25 local artists display their pieces, including beer bottle cap pendants and “green” jewelry.  One peek in either shop and you will know why we love them!Sand Dollar necklace

The Sand Dollar

The Sand Dollar comes in our third favorite place for jewelry on Anna Maria Island.

Known more for their unique beach style home goods and gifts, this “must” visit store on every list. But the jewelry at the Sand Dollar is amazing too!  Here you will find accessories like nowhere else on the island…rings, bracelets, earrings and necklaces, many of these are statement pieces to wear and you will want to come back again! The Sand Dollar has a great online store too, for your fix when you are not in Holmes Beach: Sand Dollar.

The Hive Gifts and Arts

Once located in The Old Post Office Plaza of Anna Maria, The Hive is now one of the merchants of Bridge Street. Special selections of imported silver jewelry from Bali, Denmark, Italy, South Africa, and Tibet as well as locally hand-made jewelry will suit your individual personality.

Bridge Street Jewelers

Finally, the number one choice for jewelry shopping on Anna Maria Island is Bridge Street Jewelers.  They brought the first certified master jeweler and gemologist to the island and were the first to introduce the Anna Maria Island destination bracelets which are patented and trademarked. To coordinate with the destination jewelry line, they also have Anna Maria Island rings, earrings and pendants.  Bridge Street Jewelers also carries a selection of fine jewelry from diamond engagement rings to sapphire starfish earrings.

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Bridge Street Market in Bradenton Beach

Located in Bradenton Beach is the Bridge Street Market! This event takes place every Sunday in November through April, from 10AM – 3PM. It is a wonderful way to get out and see some great local vendors and their creations! Enjoy delicious food, listen to some great local musicians, and purchase some beautiful locally made jewelry, art, and more.

Bridge Street Market
107 Bridge Street
Bradenton Beach
For more information call: 215-906-0668

While you’re there, check out some of the awesome restaurants and shops located on Bridge Street, including: Bridge Street Bistro, Blue Marlin Grill, Bridge Street Bazaar, and many more!

 

 

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Anna Maria Island Creamery and Bakery

Baked goods and sugary goodness is what you’re in store for at Anna Maria Island Creamery and Bakery. Located toward the North end of the Island, this shop is  just two blocks before Pine Ave. Here you will find Handmade Italian gelato, premium soft serve, and sorbettes. Among classic bakery items like croissants and danishes, this bakery also sells William Dean truffles (known from the Hunger Games).

Anna Maria Island Creamery and Bakery

This family owned business uses fresh fruit and local dairy. They even produce their gelato on site! If you’re a chocolate lover, you’ll appreciate the fact that they have 8 different chocolate based flavors. Or you could go for their delicious dairy-free sorbetto. The kiddos will really enjoy the customized sundaes they do. Now lets talk about the bakery aspect of the Anna Maria Island Creamery and Bakery.

The bakery offers danishes, croissants, and more! Though, this bakery also carries a very unique product, William Dean truffles. These truffles are known for their flavor combos, like peanut butter & jelly, port & fig, etc. In fact, you can choose from 36 flavors of the William Dean truffles.


9801 Gulf Dr, Anna Maria, FL 34216
(941) 896-5308
Open from 10am – 10pm everyday

 

 

If you liked this blog (and ice cream), then you’ll definitley apprecaite our “Ice Cream Options on Anna Maria Island” blog.