A Huge Shout Out To The Cooper Family For Their Awesome Review

Reviewer Name: Mark Cooper

Review Date: Dec 30, 2017
Star Rating: 5+++++++

We had the most amazing stay at this condo. It’s been recently remodelled so has a great mix of modern amenities with old Florida style. The location is excellent and the view of the ocean at sunset unbeatable. Terry was a great host and speedy to reply to any questions we had. We hope to be back. We would recommend to anyone.

“Thank you Terry. We had a perfect stay and hope to be back next year.”

The Beach Sands Condo – 601 Gulf Dr. N. – Anna Maria Island, Fl 34217

My Response:

Hi Mark,

Thank you for the nice review and thank you again for being our guests. We look forward to having you can your family as our guests again soon.

P.S. Hope you liked the gift we sent you for your birthday and we are delighted you choose our property to celebrate your birthday and Christmas.

Happy New Year.

Sincerely, Terry, Sandy & Family

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Business people were concerned after a Dunkin Donuts and Baskin-Robbins ice cream shop opened in Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island in 2017. Will a McDonald’s be next?

Anna Maria Island has always been home to mom and pop shops so the opening of chains opens up the floodgates to, what’s next? Chains want to come to our popular Island that over the last few years has become a year-round vacation spot. What people love most about Anna Maria Island is that Old Florida feeling you get when you visit. There isn’t a McDonald’s, Burger King or Starbucks on every street corner which suits property owners and visitors alike.

For years now people have been talking about the ‘if or when’ a McDonald’s will come to the Island. Rumours have been circulating recently about a McDonald’s opening at 699 Manatee Avenue, the site of a former Bank of America. Since the branch closed permanently December 5, 2017 speculation has been rampant about possible new tenants.

On December 20, 2017 three signs reading “McDonald’s Coming Soon” were found posted on the Bank of America site at the intersection of East Bay Drive and Manatee Avenue. One of the signs was posted facing East Bay Drive traffic, one faced Manatee Avenue West and another was on the turn lane for northbound motorists from East Bay Drive to access eastbound Manatee Avenue West and the Anna Maria Island Bridge.

Not long after sign sightings, the phones at the Holmes Beach city hall were ringing off the hook.  Holmes Beach Commissioner, Pat Morton said,  “it’s somebody’s idea of a joke and it’s not going to happen”. According to Holmes Beach code enforcement officer, Nate Brown, the signs were phoney and posted illegally and he confirmed that the property is not zoned for a restaurant.  From a distance the signs appeared authentic, but looking closely the signs were made of a thin paper covering old political signs from 2016 Forward Manatee. The signs have since been removed.

Gone for now is the excitement — negative or positive — spurred by the purportedly imminent arrival of the burger chain.

My opinion – NO McDonald’s, NO problem, the abundance of restaurants and food options on Anna Maria Island are endless.

We will not be disappointed if a McDonald’s is never built on Anna Maria Island. We, like others, enjoy the quiet Old Florida charm of our beloved Island.

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Anna Maria Island Historical Museum ~ Belle Haven Cottage ~ Old City Jail 

This small museum is worth the stop! The staff are welcoming and extremely knowledgable. All sorts of interesting facts – ie: one of the original island residents was the creator of the Fig Newton recipe! – Or, tourists used to rent WOOL bathing suits at the beach when they visited the island!
We stopped in on a whim while shopping on Pine Avenue and really enjoyed it. You can browse and spend just an hour or you could take your time and spend hours reading and investigating all they have to offer. Great for both adults and children. They offer a scavenger hunt for kids with a prize at the end. Admission is free, but please remember to leave a donation!
Just a short free trolley ride from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island 34217
Learn about the early settlers and the Museum Building that was constructed as an icehouse in 1920. It went on to serve as an automotive garage, a sea turtle hatchery, and a public administration building. In 1992, the City of Anna Maria began leasing the building to the Historical Society for use as a museum. The museum’s exhibits tell the story of the first settlers on the island and their legacy including archived records for research into families and businesses. You can also learn the Island’s fishing and baseball history.
After seeing the Museum visit The Belle Haven Cottage which is a historical cottage furnished with heirlooms and antiques demonstrating early island living. The cottage was originally built on the City Pier in 1920 and was used as a fish packing plant, rental cottage and bait shop. In 1926 it fell into Tampa Bay Bay and was pulled from the waters to become a family home on the Island for decades. Belle Haven was rescued from demolition in 2001 and moved to the Historical Park being restored in 2006.
Continue to the Old City Jail that was built in 1927 to detain local troublemakers and house the rowdies who had a little too much to drink at the local roadhouse. It was used as a jail until it caught fire in the 1940’s. Left with no roof, no windows bars and no door it is used as a photo op for visitors. The jail is one of the most photographed attractions on the island and a  “must-see” site that was featured in Ripley’s “Believe it or Not”.

Sale of Settler’s Bread-On Wednesdays, November through March come for food and fun in the Historical Park.

Taste the original Settler’s Recipe Bread. Proceeds benefit theAMIHS Scholarship Fund. 

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New Years Eve on Anna Maria Island


There are lots of exciting events this year on Anna Maria Island or in nearby Bradenton or Sarasota.

Hosting its festive beachside New Year’s Eve party that rivals the best of them, with a full fireworks display. 

Dinner will be served outdoors on the covered deck as well as inside the restaurant. Enjoy their impressive seafood and cocktails. First-come-first serve tables so come early.

SEAFOOD SHACK – 4110 127th St W,  Cortez, FL 34215    941-794-1235

Seafood Shack’s The Neptune Room will host a most entertaining New Year’s Eve celebration. Includes party favors, multiple bars, drink specials, Chef’s special Party Appetizer Menu and live music & dancing with The Eric Von Band.BRADENTONOld Main Street, 400 12th Street W, Bradenton

Food trucks, pubs, casual eateries, boutique shops, and other independent businesses are all joining in the festivities of Main Street Live this New Year’s Eve.

Aside from an eclectic and unique selection of specialty food providers from all over the city, you will find a bustling center of local live music, family activities, and dancing on the closed off streets.

You will have to take a short drive off of Anna Maria Island for the event, but it is well worth it. Be sure to leave room for a few different dinner options. There’s every type of cuisine available in downtown Bradenton and more. The event starts at 5pm and will continue past midnight.


You are guaranteed a full afternoon and evening of excitement at The Pineapple Drop in Sarasota. 

Rivalling the Times Square ball drop enjoy the fun in a much warmer climate.

The drop occurs at midnight, but the party starts earlier in the afternoon at around 1 p.m. around Lemon Avenue and Main Street. People from all over the country visit for the carnival-like atmosphere, vendors, incredible local food, gifts, rides, live music and a host of other spectacular attractions.

Marina Jack Fireworks – 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota    941-365-4232

Marina Jack’s will be host to a brilliant firework display. The display will be outside the marina at midnight. You can watch the fireworks from an inside table or free at the Bayfront Park or other nearby points.

Inside the marina you’ll get to enjoy live music while dining on elegant seafood and sipping their specialty cocktails.

Seating for dinner at the Deep Six Lounge & Piano Bar and Blue Sunshine Patio Bar & Grill at the marina will start at around 7pm. The dining room will have two seating options, one from 4pm to 7pm and another starting at 8:45pm. Or, take a cruise on the Marina II with a full buffet, while dancing to live music.


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Every once in a while it rains in Paradise. If you happen to be on Anna Maria Island on a rainy day there is still plenty to do. Below is a list of a few things we do to endure a rainy day. Those listed off the Island, can be found on Manatee Avenue or Cortez Road in Bradenton, all a short drive from the condo.

  • Bowling at AMF Bradenton Lanes-4208 Cortez Road West-Only 10 minutes east of Anna Maria Island you will find open bowling on Cortez.
  • Take in a movie at Oakmount Theatre – 4901 Cortez Road West, Bradenton is only 10 minutes from Anna Maria Island.  There you will find all the normal requirements necessary to enjoy the latest blockbuster of a movie.  Popcorn, reclining seats, hot dogs, candy, soda, everything you need to ensure you are on a true vacation.
  • Trolley Hopping (bring an umbrella) – Take the entire day and hop on the free Island TROLLEY. Get off at the many stops and enjoy the many stores, bars and restaurants along the way. Make your last stop at the Island Grocery Store and buy fresh seafood to cook for dinner that night.
  • Visit the Bradenton Beach Library – Relax and read a good book or catch up on the latest magazine gossip or news at the Tingley Memorial Library, 111 2nd Street N. Bradenton Beach. Located two blocks south of Cortez Road, within walking distance of the condo and near a Free Trolley Stop. You do not need to be a member of the library to use the services. You will need a library card if you plan to take books, CD’s, or DVD’s home.  Enjoy their free 24/7 Wireless Access to use with your own device or use their on-site computers with Internet. They have current popular fiction and non-fiction large print books and an amazing collection of movies, as well as magazines and puzzles available for check-out or purchase. They have an ongoing book sale including first editions and rare books. The children’s area has plenty of books, games, a computer for their use as well as toys to play with.
  • Spa Day – Pamper yourself with a SPA DAY.  Anna Maria Island offers many spas that can accommodate your every whim. Massage, pedicure, hair, sea wraps, you name it.  Anna Maria City, Holmes Beach, and Bradenton Beach boasts several spa choices to choose from.  In addition there are several individuals that will come to your VACATION RENTAL and give you a massage in your accommodations. It’s a bit tough to schedule a rainy day in paradise but you should be able to plan your spa day last minute as there are plenty of choices on Anna Maria Island.
  • Enjoy your Anna Maria Island beach rental – The benefit of a beach rental is the feeling of being in a home and not just a hotel room. Our beach rentals offer great amenities and activities. During your visit you may find DVD players, board games, books and wireless internet to keep you entertained. Or, curl up on the couch and take a nap. What better place to do that than in your luxury beach rental.
  • Our last suggestion is to wait a few hours. Anna Maria Island rarely has weather where it rains all day. If you are lucky you just might look outside and the sun will be shining again.
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Christmas Dinner Restaurants – Anna Maria Island


Many of the restaurants on Anna Mara Island are closed on Christmas Day and some on New Year’s Day, therefore, we included several off Island restaurants as well.

We suggest you call ahead or check online for reservations. You will also want to ask questions if you have dietary restrictions.

Some restaurants may have special menu options, buffets and additional holiday offerings. While others offer a limited menu and chef specials.

Many of these restaurants will require reservations so we suggest you call now to avoid disappointment.

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Date: Sunday, December 24, 2017

Sunday Mass with the St. Bernard Community
  • Time: 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
  •            10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
  • Christmas Vigil Mass
    • Time: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    •            10:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    • Date: Monday, December 25, 2017
    • Christmas Day Mass 
    • Time: 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
      •            10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
DateSunday, December 24, 2017
Time9:00 AM     Holy Eucharist
           4:30 PM     Carol Sing preceding the service
           5:00 PM     Holy Eucharist
          10:30 PM    Carol Sing preceding the service
           11:00 PM    Holy Eucharist

Date: Monday, December 25, 2017    Time9:00 AM     Christmas Day Service


Sunday, December 24, 2017 Time: 9:30 – Worship         Time: 10:30 Fellowship

CLOSED – Christmas Day


DateSunday, December 24, 2017


The 5:30 PM Family Service features a Nativity Pageant in which all children are invited to participate. This service is meant especially for families, but all are welcome. There will be singing of carols, special music by the Joyful Noise Children’s Choir and “Good News!” from Dr. Bob O’Keef. All children will receive a gift. The service will end with the singing of Silent Night and the Passing of the Light.

At the 9:00 PM Traditional Service there will be special music and the singing of carols. Dr. Bob O’Keef will bring the message of “Good News!” The service ends with the singing of “Silent Night” and the Passing of the Light.

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