Ever see a white pelican during your stay on Anna Maria Island?
These birds more than likely travelled a farther distance than you to get to Anna Maria Island! Their migratory journey started at the world’s largest biome known as the Boreal forest all the way to marshy wetlands on the Gulf of Mexico. This epic journey is made possible due to their long wingspan (up to 9ft) and the flock forms v-formation allowing them to conserve energy. Their feeding behavior is quite different than our local native brown pelican that dives for their food. The buoyant white pelican forages through a feeding strategy wherein a flock will form a circle or semi-circle and, using coordinated bill dipping and wing beating, drive prey toward shore where it is more easily caught. If you are vacationing with us during the winter months and want to see this rare hunting technique we suggest frequenting the protected bays around Anna Maria Island. Robison’s preserve and the Perico preserve are two other great areas where you can see this take place
The most common members of the Delphinidae family, the Bottlenose dolphins are a staple of Anna Maria Island and have attracted tourists worldwide. Locals and vacationers alike come to marvel at the acrobatic feats these dolphins display from time to time.
Dolphins are active predators and have a diverse diet of fish, crustaceans, and squids. Sometimes one of our guests at our vacation rentals will be lucky enough to witness the dolphins in action. A method the dolphins use in our area is called “pin wheeling”. Dolphins in the Intracoastal Waterways may roll onto their sides with one of their flippers raised high as if to create a barrier. They encircle a large school of fish, splashing their tail flukes and forcing the school of fish to tighten until the dolphins are able to capitalize on this quick meal.
Whether you plan to come to Florida for a trip to Disney World or to beat the cold winter up North. We at Duncan Real Estate highly suggest that you include time in your vacation to appreciate the natural habitat the gulf coast of Florida. The best time to see these dolphins hunt is in the bay areas right at sunrise or sunset. Below is a clip from youtube showcasing one of their hunting techniques. Enjoy!
Early Monday morning, Anna Maria Island and the surrounding areas were hit by unannounced Tropical Storm Emily. She came in with a vengenze causing areas to flood, trees became uprooted and even a tornado touched down in NW Bradenton. Thankfully, we have not heard of anyone getting hurt during the storm but sad to say that some of our local businesses really got the brunt of it.
Our maintenance team has been disbatched to many of our vacation rental properties to make sure all is okay. The only semi-major report that came in was a tree that broke off and landed on the next door neighbor’s car of one of our rentals. With a quick response, Team Duncan took care of this small issue. We were also glad to see that the streets of Anna Maria were not as flooded as they can be.
Nothing like starting the week off with a Tropical Storm! Hope that this is the only one that we have to deal with - if we can even be so lucky!
Sorry it has taken me a few days to be in touch. Myself and the vacation rental team have been busy cleaning up after Tropical Storm Colin. Thankfully, our office on Pine Ave and over 90 vacation rentals weathered the storm with very few issues. I was very nervous driving on some of the roads out here as they get flooded quickly, but the MINI Cooper did just fine. Anna Maria Island has survived many of name storms and Colin is just another example of how “strong” this island is. The maintenance staff has walked all of our vacation rental properties and cleaned up all of the yards over the last week……wow, they are pooped! Needless to say, we take care of our properties!
Here is to no more storms this season…all of my toes and fingers are crossed! Hope to see you over the 4th of July!
Wow! I just stopped by Beach Bums right down the street on Pine Ave and what a great place! Not only do they have the cutest retail shop, but they offer just about everything you could want or need while you are on Anna Maria Island. Want a bike to ride around the island, drive your family around on a street safe golf cart or take a kayak tour? Beach Bums will be able to take care of any of these items for you. PLUS, they deliver right to your vacation rental….how great is that? Here are some of the items that they rent:
• The best range of Bikes on the island, including tandems • Children’s bikes, 3-wheelers and Surrey Bikes • The best range of Kayaks and Baby Equipment • A fully stocked Shop with all your vacation needs including our own unique range of designer t-shirt • Check out our eco-friendly option: Golf Carts, which are great fun! • Kayak Tours of the local area run by Captain Scott, a Sea Captain and marine biologist •Beach Bums is now Selling and Renting Pedego Electric Bikes. Many people would like to ride a bike, but find it impractical or impossible because of hills, distance, health reasons, knee problems, and aging. Electric bicycles make it possible for family and friends to enjoy bike riding without worrying about endurance and other physical differences. • When a horse drawn carriage or limousine just won’t do, Beach Bums will create a luxury open-aired Bridal Surrey Bike or Street Legal Golf Cart for your Wedding!
Make sure to check out their website! http://www.beachbumsami.com/
I had the pleasure of meeting with Lauren while I was there. She is one of the owners of Beach Bums and so very nice. Duncan Real Estate and Beach Bums have set up a preferred customer discount. So if you rent with Duncan Real Estate, you will receive a nice discount on your items!
Off to ride around on my golf cart from Beach Bums! Talk to you later
I know it’s customary to come to the beach to bask in the sun and sand. We love those days too! Here at Duncan Real Estate on Anna Maria Island one of our office’s favorite things to do is, you guessed it. FISHING! If you have a love of fishing the way we do, you know it’s never too cold or too hot to cast a line into the beautiful Gulf of Mexico or any of our surrounding Bay Areas. Anna Maria Island is home to some of the finest fishing captains. Here are some of Duncan Real Estate on Anna Maria Island favorite fishing Captain’s.
For a family friendly fishing experience Captain Mark Howard offers fishing charters on the Manatee River, Tampa Bay, Longboat Key, Sarasota Bay and The Gulf of Mexico. His 23 foot Hydrasport 230 Baybolt with a Yamaha 250HP motor and a custom tower will provide your crew with a comfortable fishing experience that you are sure to remember. Whether you are looking for a full or half day adventure he will provide license, gear and live bait. Obviously the season will determine what your group will be fishing for but you may have the opprotunity to catch snook, trout, redfish, cobia, tarpon, kingfish, spanish mackrel, and maybe even sharks!
Captain Mac Gregory guides out of Anna Maria Island, Florida. Captain Mac specializes in fishing for tarpon, snook, redfish, grouper, snapper, cobia, permit, and sharks. He has been featured on Stihl’s Reel in the Outdoors with Joe Thomas numerous times highlighting his tremendous fishing skills.
We hope this helps you enjoy you stay! Here fishy, fishy, fishy!
If visiting Anna Maria then a visit to the beautiful Bean Point with beautiful white sands and turquoise seas is a must. It is located at the North end of city of Anna Maria on North Shore Dr. There are several public walking ‘narrow’ paths between the homes to access the point. Parking is limited and monitored on Gladiolus and Fern St. You will need to make sure that all four wheels are off the road and that your car is pointing in the direction of traffic to avoid traffic violations. Just follow the beach access points which are plentiful and enjoy! The tides can be a very dangerous and strong for swimming at times, so beware. Sharks and tide both can be life threatening in this area. Beautiful, but one should be aware of strong tide and water currents and a good swimmer.
All earth’s natural beauty is the statement here! One can also reach the Rod and Reel Pier by walking around Bean Point to the North.
Anna Maria Island visitors have another spectacular place to be active and see some of Manatee County Florida’s most beautiful wildlife! For the past four years, with the help of a generous donation by the Neal family, crews have been hard at work turning 120 acres just east of the Manatee Ave. bridge into an ecological gem that overlooks the Sarasota Bay.
Rich with history, this beautiful public asset was once home to Native Americans. With some of the characteristics remaining, a history lesson is just one of many things to enjoy when visiting Neal Preserve. Visitors can view the open waterway from the observation tower, walk through the salt marshes on elevated boardwalks, and hike through the mangrove forests on packed shell trails.
There is free parking and free entry to Neal Preserve. It is also easy to access by bike, with trails connecting to nearby Robinson Preserve.
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Duncan Real Estate specializes in all phases of buying, selling, and renting on Anna Maria Island, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, and the surrounding areas. We maintain Anna Maria Island’s largest selection of homes and condominiums for sale, plus a diverse selection of beachfront and “in town” rental properties. We also provide professional, comprehensive property management services designed to ensure both you and your guests will have many happy returns. We do business the way it was meant to be -friendly, trustworthy and with your best interests in mind.