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4th of July on Anna Maria Island!

The week of the 4th of July is always a fun and busy time on Anna Maria Island.  It is a time to celebrate America, be with family and friends and enjoy the glorious beaches of Anna Maria IslandDuncan Real Estate is just about fully booked for the week of the 4th.

Parade on Anna Maria Island

If you are staying with us during the week of the 4th of July, you might enjoy some of the exciting activities that are going on all day/night.  Start your day off with the Anna Maria Island Privateers 4th of July Parade.  The parade begins at 10 AM on the south end of Anna Maria Island at Coquina Beach and covers the entire Island all the way to Bay Front Park.  It typically last two hours and is a really fun time – for both kids and adults.  Make sure to wear your red, white and blue and sunscreen too!

Picnic on Anna Maria Island 

Immediately following the parade, Picnic in the Park starts at Bayfront Park on the north end of Anna Maria Island.  This picnic is free and will serve hot dogs, chip and drinks – it is free to all so make sure to come out!  The kids can play on the playground while you enjoy taking a swim in the water.  Bayfront Park offers plenty of shade and tables to enjoy a family picnic.  Duncan Real Estate is right up the street from Bayfront Park – stop by and say hello to us.

Beach on Anna Maria Island

After your belly is full from the picnic, it may be time for you to sit and relax on the beach.  Isn’t that why you are here on vacation!  The white sands, crystal clear gulf water and a breeze that is hard to beat is all the more reason to take your family out to the beach and just enjoy all of it.

Fireworks on Anna Maria Island 

Once the sun goes down and hopefully you have enjoyed the one of a kind Anna Maria Island sunset, stay at the beach as you will see the sky light up from the fireworks!   The Sandbar Restaurant host the annual fireworks and puts on a wonderful show.  You really can be sitting anywhere on the beach to enjoy them.  The Sandbar does offer a VIP ticket with dinner, drinks, and first class seats for the fireworks, just call them at 941-778-0444 to reserve yours.

As you can see, Anna Maria Island offers so much for the 4th of July!  Make sure to call Duncan Real Estate and a member of Team Duncan would love to help you book your next vacation.  941-779-0304

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Plan your Summer AMI Vacation on Bradenton Beach!

The kids are done with school and it is time for you to plan some fun summer trips!  Why not put Anna Maria Island on your list on places to visit and have a AMI Vacation!?  With 7 miles of beaches and endless things to do, AMI is the perfect spot for your summer vacation.

Here at Duncan Real Estate we offer 100 vacation rentals for you to choose the perfect AMI VacationIsland Blessings is a brand new vacation rental with Duncan Real Estate and offers up to six people a perfect AMI Vacation!

This three bedroom / two bathroom private home is located in Bradenton Beach, one of the cities in Anna Maria Island.   Bradenton Beach is on the south end of Anna Maria Island and besides the beach, there is much for you to choose from.  You and your family could play a game of miniature golf at the Fish Hole and then enjoy some delicious ice cream at Joe’s East and Sweets!  If you are super hungry after miniature golf and need some lunch, head down to the end of Bridge Street to AMOB Pier.  Kids eat for a penny an inch which a fabulous deal and they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Pier!

Enjoy many of meals while enjoying the water views and dolphin sightings while on your AMI Vacation!  Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach also offers shopping, dining, live music, and tours of the island by Segs by the Sea!  Your options are endless.

After a day on Bridge Street, head back to Island Blessings and enjoy a dip in the heated pool or relax in the jacuzzi while sipping on a glass of wine.  The kids would enjoy casting a fishing line from the private boat slip that Island Blessings offers to you while on your AMI Vacation!  If you are super tired and just ready to settle down and cool off inside, Island Blessings has two family rooms with lots of seating and TVs to enjoy a movie or to catch up on the news.

A full day on Anna Maria Island calls for a great night sleep!  You have a choice of three bedrooms at Island Blessings.  The master bedroom has a queen size bed with a flat screen TV.  The first guest bedroom has a full size bed and twin bunk beds. The second guest bedroom has a twin bed.  Wake up and enjoy your morning coffee and breakfast in the newly updated kitchen or outside by the pool.  Can you think of a better way to enjoy your AMI Vacation then views of the water first thing in the morning!

Our team at Duncan Real Estate would be happy to answer any questions about Island Blessings you may have and to book your AMI Vacation!   Just give us a call at 941-779-0304 and anyone on our rental team is ready to work with you!  You can also check out other activities on Anna Maria Island on our website – www.teamduncan.com  We have a section on our site that tells you the many things to do while on your AMI Vacation!

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Turtle Season starts!

The official start of the Anna Maria Island Turtle Season was May 1st.  Loggerhead nests were already found on Captiva Island and Longboat Key. This indicates that Anna Maria Island will soon see its first nest as well. For over 30 years the volunteers of the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch have made tremendous efforts to help our sea turtles. They are monitoring 12 miles of Manatee County shoreline. Each morning the beaches are walked and new nests are getting staked and observed for the next two months. After about 60 days the little hatchlings are making their way to the water during night time. Once the nest has hatched, it is getting inspected and shells are counted. Sometimes straggling hatchlings are left behind and get saved. So far, the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch has protected 4454 nests, counted 301 694 turtle eggs and helped about 271,680 hatchlings.

You can show your support for the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch by adopting a sea turtle nest laid on Anna Maria Island. A plaque of your choice will be placed for a $100 tax-deductible donation. There are also Turtle Talks organized which take place every Tuesday at 10 am at the CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Stop by and experience a 35 min presentation which informs via video and photo displays, Q&A session and other interactivities.

There are a few simple rules all of us enjoying this island can follow to make it another successful turtle season this year. The mother turtles and the hatchlings are easily distracted by artificial lights that appear visible on the beach.  Unfortunately, disorientations happen every year.  If you encounter a nesting mother do not take flash pictures or disturb in any way. Loggerheads don’t have a “reverse gear”. For that reason, beach chairs or other items left behind on the beach can become deathly traps for the turtles. Also, sand digging is fun but fill in any holes after your beach day.

The turtle season runs until Oct. 31. and the 2018 hatchlings will return to this region once they reach maturity in about 20 years.

 

If you like more information about the Turtle Watch volunteers stop by at our office 310 Pine Avenue. Our team has some past and current members.

Are you looking for a beach front rental to be close to the natural display of nightly nesting activity? Call our rental team at 941 779 0304 to secure the best spot on our beautiful white beaches or send us a quick message here.

 

 

 

 

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Bay Watch – Bradenton Beach Vacation Rental that Can’t be Beat!

The views from Baywatch are just one of the many amenities this Bradenton Beach vacation rental has to offer!  A cozy 2 bedroom/2 bath condo in Bradenton Beach that sleeps up to 5 people.  You will enjoy views from the kitchen, dining room, and living room.  Step out onto the covered porch and sip your morning coffee while watching the sunrise over the bay.  You can also enjoy peeks of the Gulf of Mexico from the porch off the living room.

When you arrive at Baywatch, you enter into a bright hallway with the eat in kitchen to your right.  The kitchen is very well equipped and you will want for nothing.  You can also have a more formal meal in the dining room while enjoying the views of the sparkling waters!   Rest and relax in the open living room after a day at the beach or a stroll during sunset.

The master bedroom offers a king size bed with an en suite bathroom.  Baywatch also has a second bedroom with a queen bed and 1 twin for the family of 5.  This Bradenton Beach vacation rental can sleep up to 5 people very comfortably.   During your stay, you have a washer and dryer available for your use so that you can wash all of the sand off of towels and bathing suites.

Want to fish, take a dip in the pool, walk to the beach or shop for local flare?  Baywatch is the perfect Bradenton Beach vacation rental for you!   You literally can walk to anything you would need from Baywatch.  The beach is 3 houses away, the pier to fish off of is just steps away from your front door and the pool is just down the steps.  Bridge Street is just south of you in Bradenton Beach filled with shops, restaurants and fun bars to enjoy the island lifestyle.  If you are tired from a long day at the beach, you can use the free island trolley to get you to Bridge Street for an evening of entertainment.

 

Look no further for the Anna Maria Island getaway!  Baywatch has it all and is ready to rent.   Give a member of Team Duncan at Duncan Real Estate a call today to book your Bradenton Beach vacation rental!  941-779-0304

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Here come the food trucks on Anna Maria Island!

One of Anna Maria Island’s most popular event is coming up:  the Beach N’ Food Truck and Music Festival on Saturday, April 14th from 10 Am – 3 PM.  This fun family festival is an all day celebration right along side the azure Gulf waters and white sandy beaches at the south end of Coquina Beach, just south of the trolley turn around.  The food trucks on Anna Maria Island will be ready to serve you!  Duncan Real Estate has many great rentals within walking distance of this fun event in Bradenton Beach!  Give a member of Team Duncan a call today to book a vacation rental for this fun event.  941-779-0304

 

Local bands will be performing live music to keep you jamming all throughout the day into the evening. Check out this great entertainment lineup:

Mike Sales – Event Emcee – 10AM – 8PM
Tropicool Duo – 10:30AM – 12:30PM
Renegade  – 1PM – 3PM
SoulRcoaster – 3:30PM – 5:30PM
The Karen & Jimmy Band – 6PM – 8PM

There will be plenty of opportunities for shopping as well, showcasing vendor booths with unique, one-of-a-king items from jewelry, local artists’ works, collectible items and much more. A Kids Zone with all kinds of fun games, bounce houses and more for the young ones to enjoy will be set up.

The festival will also feature an amazing car show, The Bill Mergens Memorial Car Show, with over 100 classic, antique, custom and muscle cars on display from 10am until 3pm.

And of course, the stars of the show, a variety of Food Trucks serving delectable eats and treats. There is sure to be something for everyone.  Refreshing adult beverages will be available – from wine, margaritas, rum runners and cold beer to soft drinks and water to wet your whistle.  The food trucks on Anna Maria Island will be ready to serve you!

This is an entrance free, family friendly, community event open to all to enjoy.

Parking is available on Coquina Beach. You can also park in other locations further away along Bradenton Beach, Manatee Public Beach, etc. and ride the free trolley to the event. The Island Monkey Bus is another option to leave the driving to someone else and not have to worry about parking. Traffic to the island gets heavy during season after 10am, so plan to come early to enjoy all the festivities.

The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce sponsors this event.  For more information, call the Chamber at 941-778-3986.  Team Duncan looks forward to seeing you this Saturday!!

 

Sunny regards,

Ginger

 

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Anna Maria Island Entertainment on a Budget

Being on Anna Maria Island you can enjoy all the free sunshine on the beach but you might like to explore the area as well. Here are some ideas for the entire week for your Anna Maria Island entertainment on a budget.

Monday: John and Mable Ringling Museum
Free admission to the Museum of Art exhibits and the grounds. The 20 acre estate was purchased 2011 by the famous circus owner and his wife. They built an opulent house on the bay “Ca’ d’Zan” or “House of John” in the Venetian dialect and surrounded it by beautiful gardens. Their love for Italy and the arts is displayed in their vast collection housed in a 21-gallery museum including paintings by Rubens and a replica of Michelangelos’s David. The circus museum, Ca’ d’Zan and other exhibits require a ticket.

Tuesday: Ace’s Live
Live music is better and free is best! Check out “Ace’s” on Cortez Rd just a short drive over the Cortez Bridge. This local favorite is hosting live music almost every day of the week. There is usually only a cover charge on the weekends. Click here for the weekly schedule.

 

Wednesday: Anna Maria Island Historical Museum
Free admission. Learn about the island history and how it started as Indian fishing camp, the first homesteader in 1893, the Island’s roaring twenties culture and the early Pittsburgh Pirates spring training days. The complex features the main building that used to be an ice house, the original City Jail, the Belle Haven cottage that once was located on the City Pier and a garden of plants native to Anna Maria Island. There is also a scavenger hunt for kids. Open Monday-Friday 10 am – 1 pm.

Thursday: Marietta Museum of Art&Whimsy
Free admission.  You cannot miss the museum traveling on US 41 South of the airport. Just look for the grand pink flamingos! A growing collection of artwork by mostly living artists shows paintings, sculptures and stained glass. Stroll through the oak grove sprinkled with art pieces, cascading orchids and other tropical plants.
Open November – May. Thursday-Saturday 1- 4pm. $5 donation suggested.

Friday: Bradenton Riverwalk
Free concert at 400-seat Mosaic Amphitheater on the Bradenton Riverwalk. Enjoy the Manatee River at sunset as backdrop for this live music event. The Music in the Park series is every Friday night during March and April from 6-8 pm. Click here for the complete schedule.

 

Saturday: Island Branch Library
Free varying events throughout the year. Learn Mahjong, Origami or CPR training. Click here for the event schedule. Ride the free trolley that stops every 20 minutes at the stop on Gulf Drive right next to the library.

 

 

Sunday: Sarasota Drum Circle
Free Event on the Siesta Key Public Beach by the main pavilion. Join the free-flowing fun, dance or just listen to the weekly sunset drumming celebration. It starts about one hour before sunset and has become a local phenomenon.

Anna Maria Island Entertainment

For more ideas for Anna Maria Island Entertainment please stop by at our Duncan Real Estate office on historic Pine Ave. We have lots of flyers and brochures of local vendors. Our local team can provide you with more tips or just call us at 941 779 0304.

 

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Busy Bunnies on Anna Maria Island Easter!

Anna Maria Island Easter Tradition will continue on Anna Maria Island this week Saturday,  March 31 beginning at 8:30 at the Sandbar Restaurant at 100 Spring Ave, Anna Maria.  The restaurant will serve breakfast-type refreshments for children 10 and under and the egg hunt on the beach will begin at 9 AM!

Next, the Easter Bunny will lead a parade to Pine Ave, where the contests and games will take place – bonnet contest, easter egg roll, face painting, games and coloring!  Photos with the Easter Bunny will be taken by Dara Caudill and music will be provided by DJ Chuck Caudill!

Thank you to the Sandbar and Hometown Desserts for providing refreshments and treats on Pine Avenue!  The easter egg roll will be 9:30-11 AM with the bonnet contests judging at 10:30 AM.  Make sure to pop into Duncan Real Estate when you head down Pine Ave.  We have goodies to hand out to the little bunnies for Anna Maria Island Easter.

For further information, please call the Sandbar at 941-778-0444 or Duncan Real Estate at 941-779-0304 or send us a quick message here.

Happy Easter!Anna Maria Island Easter

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Where can you find Green Beer on Anna Maria Island?!

Where’s the green beer at?

 

green beerFiguring out where to drink on St. Patrick’s Day can be a daunting task. Whether you’re staying at one of our vacation rentals or a resident on Anna Maria Island, we got you covered on where to go for the festivities.

Duffy’s Tavern has always been a staple on Anna Maria Island and their St. Patrick’s day celebrations do not fall short. Green beer and traditional dishes stay flowing all day Saturday to commemorate the Irish roots Duffy’s tavern was founded on. In the heart of Holmes Beach, Duffy’s Tavern is our top pick.

The newly opened Freckled Fin just around the corner is guaranteed to be a good time this Saturday. With Irish flags draped all around the edifice, we’re certain the traditional menu items will be amazing and the live music will be even better. If you can handle more than one stop on your boozy day we suggest hitting Duffy’s tavern in the day and Freckled Fin at night.

Bridge street is always known for the night life and St. Patrick’s day definitely won’t disappoint. You have options there. Hit Island Time for a cocktail, Blue Marlin for dinner, Sports for an after dinner drink, and the Drift-in if you want to keep the party going and make your Irish heritage proud.

Off the island, we got more options!  Clancy’s will be packed more than a college bar offering penny beers on game day. Ask someone in Manatee County where to go on St. Patrick’s day and we would bet our lucky 4-leaf clover that they will say Clancy’s. It’s a sight to see so grab your phone call a Lyft and head there if you want some time on the mainland. Not too far away is Paddy Wagons. A relatively new bar located next to the Anna Maria Oyster Bar on Cortez. The green beer will be flowing and the crowd won’t be as bad as Clancy’s. Downtown is your 3rd option on the mainland. They block the street off and the surrounding bars all participate. Get a different perspective on the area. Our food recommendation there is O’Bricks (the name probably gives it away but they are definitely celebrating St. Pats) or Jennings Provisions. A new small plate and wine/beer bar. Maybe they will have green Lola wine?

Enjoy Saturday Irish or not and make sure to plan on watching the St Paddy’s Day parade on the island which is Sunday, march 18th beginning at 4:00 in Holmes Beach!

You can reach Duncan Real Estate at 941.779.0304 or send us a quick message here.

Cheers!

 

 

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St Paddy’s Day Parade on Anna Maria Island!

You will not want to miss out on the St Paddy’s Day Parade on Anna Maria Island.  The date is set – Sunday, March 18th beginning at 4:00 PM.  The parade will assemble in the Eat Here parking lot at Marina and Gulf Drives starting at about 2 and then travel north on Marina and Palm Drives, ending at 78th Street.

Years ago Sean Murphy loaded up his kids and neighborhood friends into an old green lawn trailer and carrying a parade permit and blasting music from a boom box, drove down the middle of Gulf Drive to the amusement of bystanders and vacationers!  This was the 1st annual Anna Maria Island St Paddy’s Day Parade, according to Murphy, the owner of three Holmes Beach establishments – Beach Bistro, Eat Here and the Doctor’s Office.

A few years later, the parade had grown to include bands and floats and to attract thousands of paradegoers!  Murphy invited everyone to “get with the St Pat Spirit” and join the parade – it is free to stroll with the bag pipers, pirates, leprechauns, marching bands and community groups.  If you want to join in the parade fun as a participant, please call the Beach Bistro at 941-778-6444.

Duncan Real Estate has been in the parade for many years.  This year, we decided to enjoy the parade from the streets and holler at all the floats and friends!  We hope to see you all there too!!!

Cheers,

Ginger

St Paddy's Day Parade

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Trail of Treats was a Hit!

As I always say, Anna Maria Island always has such fun activities going on and the Anna Maria Chamber plays a big hand in this.  The Trail of Treats started at the Chamber after school with a costume contest and then the kiddos were sent out with a list of businesses on Holmes Beach, Anna Maria and Bradenton Beach that were handing out candy!

The rush started coming around 5:30 and Team Duncan was ready to roll!  We set up “shop” at our picnic table with Tootsie pops, necklaces/bracelets, and adult beverages!  Let me tell you, the adult beverages were a hit!  Over and over again, we heard that Duncan Real Estate was the best spot and most fun.  We had several groups come back by for seconds (on the adult beverages more than the candy)!

Here are a few photos of the ladies of Team Duncan that worked Trail of Treats:

LL, LS, EQEQ and CK LS and EQ

 

All of the kids were so cute and so polite!  We had to tell them to take two tootsie pops!  Take a look at all of the cuties we saw at the Trail of Treats!

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As you can see, it was a blast!  Hope to see you next year at the Anna Maria Island Trail of Treats!

 

Boo!

Ginger

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Contact us or call Duncan Real Estate today at 941-779-0304 to speak with our knowledgeable real estate specialists.