Locking for something different to do?
FREE weekly Water Ski Show every Sunday February 4 to May 6, 2018 at 2:00 pm. The show is near Mote Marine Aquarium on City Island. Once you get to the aquarium just follow the Ski-A-Rees signs.
Just a short drive south along Gulf of Mexico Dr. from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Fl 34217
Come out and watch the Sarasota Ski-A-Rees Water Ski Show Team as they perform a themed and spectacular one-hour water show. Fun for the whole family! Prepare to be dazzled with thrilling jumps and tricks, beautiful ballet and swivel lines as well as breathtaking pyramids. See these world-class champions as they rehearse at their base on Lido Key.
The Sarasota Ski-A-Rees are one of the best amateur water ski shows and the only saltwater ski team in the United States. Founded in October 1957 and with the support of the City of Sarasota and generous private sponsors they have been performing free water shows ever since. Being a non-profit organization, without the help from the City, the Ski-A-Rees would not have a place for practices or performances. They hold regular practices and participate in the Florida State Show Ski Championship, Southern Regional Show Ski Championship and compete in the National Show Ski Championship when possible. They were the 2017 National Champions and in 2016 won the Southern Regional Show Ski Tournament.
We thought the Ski-A-Rees put on a wonderful show with great music and entertaining announcers. They are a very professional group and their show is non stop, exciting and a great family activity. The announcer explains the different tricks, the history, and the equipment of the Ski-a-Rees. The skiers show so much skill with lots of fast moving organizing going on. Displaying their talent while performing tricks and even making a twelve person skiing pyramid made us feel like we had stepped back into the 1950’s except the music is up to date which is sure to please people of all ages.
When you go be sure to get there at least an hour early as it usually draws a big crowd. The bleacher seats, some of which are covered, but most of the seats are in the sun so dress accordingly. Sunscreen and hats for everyone! Bring a cushion if you don’t want to sit on the metal seats. We were in the open area which provides a behind the scenes view of the team. Talking to people seated in the covered stands, they were partially blocked from some stunts, but said it wasn’t often. You can also bring your own lawn chair. There is a shaded area under the trees where you still have a good view of the show.

Free parking and snacks and drinks are available for purchase.

Although the shows and parking are free, donations are appreciated as the Ski-A-Rees are a non-profit organization.

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Alina Wellness Center & Spa – 2219 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach, Florida. 941-778-8400
The atmosphere at Aluna Wellness Center and Spa is extremely relaxing. It is an eco-friendly holistic center offering massage, herbal consultations, beach yoga, organic skincare, acupuncture, pain relief programs and wellness treatments. The center located directly across from the beach, has several treatment rooms, a relaxation and meditation room and a charming zen garden. An eco-friendly facility, chemical free environment with all natural and organic treatment products. They use fresh, locally-grown products and herbs from their spa garden to enhance your healing experience.
From the beautifully decorated tranquil interior to the friendly staff, this is a great spot if you’re looking for an eco-friendly experience. Schedule a massage while on vacation on AMI and stay for a private yoga session. You will leave with a great energizing experience and wonder how much better your vacation can get?! Check out their list of services on-line.
If what you experience inside this spa isn’t enough to relax you, you can visit the meditation room and the zen garden here, plus a newly renovated yoga studio—all located right across from the beach.
Sea-renity Beach Spa & Eco Boutique – 112 Bridge Street,  Bradenton Beach, Florida. 941-779-6836
Whether you’re staying at Anna Maria Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Fl 34217 for a few days, a week or a month a visit to Sea-renity Beach Spa & Eco Boutique will make your vacation even more relaxing.
Beyond a “relaxation feel-good” massage I’ve been told by several of our guests that their massage was more clinical, almost medical, one of the best deep tissue/sports massages they’ve ever experienced.
This spa offers more than your typical day spa. They offer facials, exfoliation, waxing services, seaweed wrap or a massage on the beach. Take your relaxing Anna Maria Island vacation to the next level with a massage in their private tiki hut right on the beach.

Before you leave the spa make sure to check out their Eco-Boutique. Shop local art, wellness items, handcrafted soaps, candles, jewellery and natural clothing.

Sea-renity Beach Spa is also perfect for weddings parties or a girlfriend’s getaway. You need to make sure to book an appointment, but this spa does sometimes accept same day appointments.

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AMI Health & Fitness – 5364 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Island FL 941-778-5446
Open 24 Hours is a full service fitness center offering group fitness, free weights, circuit training, cardio equipment and personal training. Modern machines, new decor makes visiting a truly enjoyable experience. Daily, weekly, monthly and annual memberships are available. AMI Health & Fitness offers you a clean, friendly fitness center with a comfortable Island atmosphere. It also has a big open room which is good for yoga, stretching, or ab workouts.

Yoga Classes – Island Yoga Space 9805 Gulf Drive , Anna Maria, Anna Maria Island FL 941-224-0292

Located at the north end of beautiful Anna Maria Island Florida offering daily classes and creative workshops in a unique, serene setting. Their upstairs studio is directly across from the white sands and turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico, a tranquil location for practicing yoga.

They offer a variety of yoga disciplines. Their daily classes include Vinyasa Flow, Restorative yoga, Gentle Yin yoga, SUP Yoga and Meditation. Whether you are an area local or vacationing in the paradise of Anna Maria Island, you won’t regret choosing Island Yoga Space.

The Centre of Anna Maria Island – 407 Magnolia Avenue, Anna Maria, Anna Maria Island Florida
941- 778-1908

The Fitness Center at The Center of Anna Maria Island is open when The Center is open and is made up of:
Cardio Center
Weight Center
Stretch and Mobility Room
Specialty Fitness Room
Fitness Classes
Fitness Classes: Classes are being added all the time so call or check on-line
Running – The island is 7 miles long. We see runners on the hard pack of the beach all the time or along Gulf Drive every day, sometimes on the sidewalks, often along the side of the road (for lack of sidewalks). So, I suggest, step out the door, run Gulf Drive or head for the beach and run there… or both, yes! How about run south to Longboat Key, which is about 5 miles/one way or North to Bean Point which is approximately 6 miles/one way. There are lots of quiet side streets to run from Bradenton Beach to the City of Anna Maria.

Last suggestion – Walk the beach, or swim in our heated pool. Both are right outside your door and easy ways to stay fit while you enjoy your vacation with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals.

All locations are just a short free trolley ride from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. – Ann Maria Island, Florida 34217

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Come out and Enjoy these MARCH HAPPENINGS on Anna Maria Island 

March 1 – 31, 2018: Beach Market 
Every Wednesday & Sunday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Find island treasures, select fresh produce, tons of arts and crafts, jewelry and more.
All activities and attractions are a short trolley ride from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. – Anna Maria Island, Florida, 34217

March 3, 2018:Anna Maria Island Museum402 Pine Avenue in the Historical Park, Anna Maria,  FL 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Don’t miss Anna Maria Island Heritage Day with a Settler’s Market.
The market will be selling their famous Settlers’ Bread and herbs, honey and produce.  Enjoy the all day live music, Bar-B-Q, museum tours and settler era crafts and demonstrations. See how the early settlers lived with Bee Keeping, Candle Making, Wool Spinning, Quilting, Knitting, Woodworking, Basket Weaving and more. Old fashioned children’s games and scavenger hunt with games and prizes. Kids will love a Pirate Jailbreak.
8:00 AM – 3:00 PM  Free Admission 
It’s the Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves Market, a Flea Market only Pirate Style! 100’s of Vendors. Treasures to be found for everyone. Lots of food to eat. Hamburg’s hotdogs and more.  Buy some fresh veggies while you’re there. Custom Handmade Jewelry, Sharks Teeth on a String, T-Shirts, Golf paraphernalia, Fishing Lures, Antiques Real and not,  BBQ Brisket to Hot Links. Hang with some Pirates, see their 60 foot Pirate Ship.
March 10 – 11, 2018: Next to City Hall in downtown Holmes Beach at 5801 Marina Drive Anna Maria Island 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Organized by the Anna Maria Island Art League. Free admission and parking. The 30th annuaHolmes Beach Spring Fest Fine Arts & Crafts Fest on Anna Maria Island. Fine art and fine craft exhibitors, this event will also include children’s young at art exhibit and art activities.
All of the above are within a short drive from our condo. Or, let someone else do the driving and hop on the Free Island Trolley!
Please keep reading our blogs, more March Happenings will be posted soon!
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Anna Maria Island-Top Ten Seaside Towns


Top 10 Nominees – Anna Maria Island FL, Bellport NY, Bluffton SC, Cambria CA, Cannon Beach OR, Cape Charles VA, Hampton Beach NH, Ocean City NJ, Traverse City MI, Vero Beach FL

To choose the 2018 finalists, nominations were called via social media. Then Coastal Living looked at their rank on the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, percentage of clear and sunny days, healthiness of beaches, commute times, walkability, crime ratings, standard of living and financial well-being of locals, geographic diversity, and Coastal Living editors’ assessment of each town’s “coastal vibe.” The result is an all-star list for 2018 from coast to coast! (Previous winners were not eligible.)

Anna Maria Island was in fourth place spot in the week leading up to the polling closed. I voted as often as they would allow, I sure hope it was enough!

I am one of the many “happiest people” when I’m on the Seaside Town of Anna Maria Island, so the results won’t change anything for me. But, it sure is nice to see Anna Maria Island named in the Top 10. Whether the result is first or tenth anyone living or visiting Anna Maria Island already know the “Happiness in Paradise’ feeling you get while you are there.

The final rankings will be revealed online Tuesday, June 12, 2018. Will Anna Maria Island be declared the happiest seaside town in the United States? We will have to wait a few months to find out. Stay tuned, I will post the results as soon they’re in.

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Anna Maria Island - Beach House Restaurant

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The Florida Maritime Museum

The Florida Maritime Museum   – 4415 119th St W, Cortez, FL 34215

Just a short walk from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217

This is a small, but interesting museum housed in the former Cortez village school on the Cortez Nature Preserve. It is located in the historic fishing village of Cortez and has some wonderful exhibits that tell the history of the only fishing community left in Florida dating back to pre WWII. Founded on the importance of the regional commercial fishing industry, the museum tells a number of stories pertaining to all aspects of Florida’s maritime history.
Very enjoyable displays of the local history, including vintage photos of the founding settlers and the local economy, commercial fishing boat models, a terrific collection of shells from the Gulf of Mexico and other historic artifacts. One particular exhibit focuses on the Cuban fishing ranchos in Tampa Bay. For more than 100 years, Cuban fishermen established seasonal fishing camps along the Gulf Coast where they would catch fish, salt them and ship them back to Cuba to sell. The exhibit explores what brought the Cubans to Florida and what happened to them.
We were fascinated by the dioramas depicting how commercial fisherman and boat builders of the Gulf Coast have historically made their living.
The museum also is home to a research library relevant to maritime subjects research. With an emphasis on Florida’s Golf Coast the library offers a variety of books, diaries, letters, logs and records.
We had a guided tour because they weren’t busy, but you can do a self guided tour and read the information. Our volunteer guide was friendly and passionate about the history of the founding of Cortez settlement. He described the native Americans, Cubans and settlers from North Carolina, who all played a part in the history of the area. He also told us about the history of the local fishing industry. After the tour, which took about 30 minutes, we wandered around and look at the exhibits in detail.
The Museum is very educational surrounded by beautiful grounds to enjoy a walk around. On the second Saturday of each month they have Music on the Porch, which is quite entertaining.

There is a gift shop with some interesting nautical items. The museum is free, but donations are appreciated.

When we left the Museum we strolled down to the Cortez fishing harbour, which is also interesting and only a few blocks away.  Along the way we passed some tiny cute historic cottages and enjoyed a late lunch at a great seafood restaurant.

I highly recommend the Florida Maritime Museum and am so glad we went. What a great place to spend an afternoon!

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One of my favourite shops to visit, the Olive Oil Outpost is so much more than olive oil! This wonderful little shop has a beautiful selection of wine, cheese, infused oils and balsamic vinegars of all different flavours. I have bought some of the most awesome lemon balsamic and coconut balsamic vinegar.

Located at 401 Pine Ave, Anna Maria, FL 34216, USA and just a short trolley ride from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. – Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217.

One visit I found some Himalayan salt, artisan pasta, honey and Ethiopian coffee. At this unique shop you can expect to find everything from, jellies, organic products, artisan pasta, a coffee bar and various gift items.

They also bring in fresh fruit – locally picked strawberries were just coming in when we went last time, and they’re the best I’ve ever had! They regularly stock limes, lemons, onion, squash, and the biggest best green peppers.

As for cheese, seems like every time I go there has been a great selection of cheese out for tasting. And an olive bar. Loads of pasta and sauces and condiments.

When you don’t feel like cooking they have whatever you need for a fabulous meal. Pick up some cheese, local pickles, bread, oranges, honey and don’t forget the wine. Makes for an easy and delicious meal!

We have enjoyed the wine tastings here. Friendly and informative. The wine is usually from one or two places, mostly Italy, but not all. The owners come and discuss their wineries and the wines. They also provide a few trays of tasty small bites for sampling. bar is good and reasonably priced. Very enjoyable low key approach.

Friday is bread day and they have all kinds, ciabatta, Tuscan rounds and rings, semolina, baguettes, focaccia, tomato bread, almond ring, pepperoni rolls and more! The order sometimes gets delayed because they travel to a bakery in St. Petersburg to bring it back fresh.

Depending on the traffic they are sometimes later getting back to the Island. If you come after 1:00 PM it should be there and there should be lots. Trust me, it is worth the wait!

Added attractions: Outside areas to sit and on chilly nights a separate seating area around a fire pit!  Ice water with lemon inside and very friendly service.

This place is just wonderful! A little gem right here on Anna Maria Island with friendly staff offering great products that are reasonably priced. Doesn’t get any better than that!

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