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Pier to Pier Paradise – the perfect Anna Maria Island Vacation Rental!

Pier to Pier Paradise is a one of a kind Anna Maria Vacation Rental with Duncan Real Estate and ready for you to rent!  This brand new luxury vacation rental home is three stories high and situated on the north end of Anna Maria Island.

Pier to Pier Paradise is just a short walk to the Rod n Reel Pier, the City Pier, Pine Ave and literally across the street from the Tampa Bay.  You will enjoy water views from nearly every room in the house and amazing sunsets for the rooftop deck.  Talk about location – it doesn’t get much better then the north end of Anna Maria Island!

Pier to Pier Paradise offers 4 bedrooms each with an en suite bathroom  plus additional half bathroom.  Every bedroom at this Anna Maria Island Vacation Rental has its own private TV.  On the second level of Pier to Pier Paradise offers a beautifully decorated bedroom with a king-sized bed and a marble tile walk-in shower.  Also on the second level is the living room and entertainment center, dining room, kitchen, game room, 2 terraces facing the Gulf of Mexico.  On the third level are the three remaining bedrooms as well as a lounge with bar, TV, X Box and a terrace with a rooftop access.  The master bedroom is located on the 3rd level offering a kind-sized bed, desk, and a large window facing the inter coastal bay so you can wake up to the sight of the palm trees swaying and the sun rising over the water! The en-suite off of the master has marble countertops, two sinks and a walk-in tiled showered.  Just down the hall is the 3rd bedroom with two sets of twin bunks and decorated in an  adorable whale theme for kids.  The en-suite bathroom for this bedroom includes two sink and a shower with a tub.  The last bedroom offers a king-sized bed, tiled walk-in shower and a private terrace that overlooks the neighborhood and all of mother nature that Anna Maria Island offers.

The backyard of this Anna Maria Island Vacation Rental is beautifully landscaped and faces the beachfront, so you can enjoy the sea-breeze while you lay out by the pool or cook up some burgers on the BBQ grill. Relax in the spa as you listen to the rustling of the palm trees, or take a break in the shade under the covered, tiled deck and cool off under the fans. Have a snack at the bar while you watch a movie on the outdoor TV.

Team Duncan would love to book this Anna Maria Island Vacation Rental for you.  Please give us a call at 941-779-0304

 

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Bring your Boat to Duncan Vacation Rentals!

Any Anna Maria Island traveler knows about our world class beaches but how about bringing a boat next time to one of our Duncan Vacation Rentals? There are several canal areas on the island to pick from. If tucked away on the North end, the Key Royale neighborhood or right on the bay along the center and South of the island the water views will make you want to stay longer.

Anna Maria City

Seagull Way Vacation RentalOn the very North end are side streets off South Bay Boulevard that offer deep water access without bridges to Tampa Bay. Check out Seagull Way if this is what you are looking for. Wake up in this gorgeous 3 bedroom home and have your coffee in bed while overlooking the outstanding view of the bay. The well kept grounds offer your own private retreat.

 

 

Boat access at Haupia HosueAlso in the city of Anna Maria are other sides streets off Gulf Drive that offer canal access. These canals require passing low bridges to reach Bimini Bay and Tampa Bay. Haupia House and Emerald Surf  are located on Hardin Avenue and offer beautiful and serene canal views. You might see a manatee swim by or jumping fish during mullet season.

 

 

Holmes Beach & Key Royale

Port Royale offers great boating on Anna Maria IslandThe bay side of Holmes Beach and Key Royale are a boater’s paradise. Many homes are on a canal or face Tampa Bay directly. The rental miminum for most of these homes are 28 nights due to city rules. If you like to relax for a month and enjoy all the boating and finishing right from your back yard consider Port Royale or Redfish Cottage as your home away from home.

 

 

Bradenton Beach

Bay Winds offers water viewsSome Condos and homes along the center and South of the island are located directly on the Intercoastal Waterway. Watch boats and kayak paddlers come by and enjoy observing our plentiful wildlife. Birds like herons, manatee or dolphins are just some of the animals you encounter in these waters. Bay Winds is a condo complex that offers a beautiful view and fishing from the private dock. Bring your own boat or rent one for a day or longer.  Unit #112 has 2 bedrooms and #113 sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms.

 

 

 

Please contact our rental team for more information on these or other Duncan Vacation Rentals.  We are happy to assist you finding the perfect place for you. Please call our office at 941 779 0304 or send us a message here.

 

 

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In the Mood for Florida Cuisine?

Anna Maria Island Beachside DiningPlenty of restaurants on Anna Maria Island offer the Florida Cuisine that travelers are looking for. Vacationing here means to enjoy beautiful beaches during the day and unwind when dining at sunset. A popular variation is the “Floribbean Cuisine”. It combines Caribbean, Latin American,  classic American and European traditional elements with fresh Florida produce and seafood. 

There are also specialty stores on Anna Maria Island that offer local products like fresh fish, the famous Florida orange juice or other citrus related products. Stop by the new Farmers Market on Pine Ave by the City Pier. It offers fresh produce every Tuesday from 11am-5pm during season. If you see jumping fish in the island canals it is probably mullet. Smoked mullet is a delicacy that should be on your shopping list. Enjoy it on a great lunch sandwich or as cold dinner spread.

Here are other area typical items that you will find on the Anna Maria Island restaurant menus.

Conch Fritters: This edible marine mollusk has a mild and sweet clam-like flavor. You can order a fried version in ball shape or a tomato-based conch chowder. Pronounce it “konk” to sound like a local!

Cuban Sandwich: Derived from the influence of Cuban immigrants this tasty sandwich is a favorite lunch menu item. A buttered Cuban bread comes with sliced pork, ham, Swiss cheese and pickles, will then be heated and flattened with a sandwich press for a crunchy treat.

Florida Lobster: It is also called spiny or rock lobster, has no claws and offers the best meat in the tail.

Grits:  Made from hominy or coarsely ground corn grits are part of a good, old-fashioned Southern breakfast.  Cheese grits are often served as side dish for dinner.

Grouper: This is probably the most popular fish. It is firm and white and served in many variations: grilled, blackened, fried, grouper fingers, seafood quesadillas and in fish tacos. Some dishes are offered at market price. Please ask before ordering!

Gulf Shrimp: The Gulf of Mexico shrimp is tender and sweet.  Restaurants offer them in endless variations.

Hush Puppies: They are cornmeal fritters that are served as a side at lunch or dinner with seafood items like fried fish, oysters, shrimp or scallops.

Key Lime Pie: Key limes are the yellow variety from the Florida Keys which tart flavor gives a Key Lime pie the delicious taste. A Must dessert when visiting Anna Maria Island.

Mahi Mahi: Also known as Dorado or dolphin fish is a lean, sweet fish. Try the Rod ‘n Reel Pier Restaurant for lunch and order their superb Mahi-Mahi sandwich.

Snapper: The Florida Red snapper is the other favorite next to Grouper and is served pan-seared, crab-stuffed, cashew-encrusted, barbecued, baked or grilled.

Stone Crab Claws: During October through May local fishermen will set their traps. The crabs are de-clawed and returned to sea, therefore preserving a bountiful supply of claws for next seasons to come.

Please click here for information on Anna Maria Island restaurants.  Stop by or call our local Duncan Real Estate team at 941 779 0304 for more eatery tips or send us a quick message here.

 

Florida Cuisine

Scrumptious Red snapper, Florida lobster, Gulf shrimp, Stone crabs

 

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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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Happy Hour on Anna Maria Island

Let us be your spirit-ual guide on this journey to catch a good buzz while on vacation. From dollar beers to bogo mai tais we’ve got you covered on all things happy hour. Finding a vacation rental on Anna Maria Island for Easter weekend can be a hard enough task, finding a place to drink shouldn’t be. For transportation, we suggest using the trolley and doing the local trolley crawl or calling the monkey bus. Beach cruisers are a great way to get around but after a few cold ones with the boys we don’t condone it. Catching a shark, getting a nice tan, or finding the love of your life in the back corner of Bortell’s lounge are things to brag about, getting a B.U.I. (Biking While Under the Influence) isn’t one of them.

 

Duffy’s Tavern is our go to for cheap beer, great burgers, and an amazing atmosphere. Closed Tuesday. A no-frills place where you order at the bar and bus your table. The beer is $1.50 for a mug or $9 for a pitcher. This spot caters to locals and travelers alike so expect it to be bustling.

 

From there, head North on the trolley to Harry’s bar and grill. They have a special called “Harry Hour” from 3-5 with drinks specials and live music. Tuesday night is karaoke night so if you’re feeling adventurous and feel that your singing in showers have paid off then come on down. Please call our office in advance so we don’t make the mistake of coming while you’re down there belting your heart out to Seal’s “Kiss from a Rose”.

 

After a few drinks at Harry’s take a dive across the street at Bortell’s lounge. No clear happy hour but the drinks are cheap and the pool tables make this local hangout a box to check on our list. This is a bar, no food so make sure you eat at Harry’s or Duffy’s before or just stick with the liquid bread. Remember this is a marathon, not a sprint.

 

Sunset is approaching and there’s no better place to catch the sun set over the Gulf of Mexico than the Sandbar and Beach House restaurants. The Sandbar is a stone throw away from Bortell’s and the frozen drinks are on point. While watching the sunset try and see the “green flash”. According to local legends, the green flash can be seen when the top of the sun is level with the Gulf of Mexico and right when it descends below the sea, a green flash is emitted. Let us know if you see it, we’re still waiting for our chance.

 

The sun has set and if you played your cards right you can continue on into the night. Bridge street is where the action is at night with various bars and restaurants. Island time and Blue Marlin have the live music, Drift-in and Sports lounge are the more dive bar scenes. If you don’t fancy a trip down to Bradenton Beach we suggest you hit up the Freckled Fin, the Doctor’s Office, Hurricane Hanks, or Decoy Duck’s. All of these bars are located in or around the Holmes Beach Shopping Center. Now we can’t guarantee the drinks will be cheap after 8pm but these spots are a great time that is usually filled with live music. We hope this guide has helped you in your task of finding a place to catch a cool buzz while on vacation just like Jeff Spicoli would have intended.

 

Don’t forget, tipping is more than just a city in China. Tip your bartender!!!

 

Sunny Regards,

Ginger

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Anna Maria Island Strandferien mit Duncan Real Estate

Anna Maria Island in Florida ist eine Ferienidylle am Golf von Mexiko und lädt mit kilometerlangem, weißen Sandstrand zu einem erholsamen Inselurlaub ein. Weitab von Orlandos Freizeitsparks oder der Hektik von Miami bietet Anna Maria Island den natürlichen Lebensraum für eine vielfältige Tier- und Pflanzenwelt wie Strandreiher, Pelikane, Delfine, Manatees und bietet Abwechslung für jeden Geschmack. Die Hauptattraktion ist der Strand mit pulverfeinem Sand und den fabelhaften Sonnenuntergängen. Das ganze Jahr über gehören Angeln, Parasailing, Jetski, Kayaktouren oder Skimboarding zu den beliebtesten Sportarten. Delfin- oder Anglerbootsfahrten sind täglich zu unternehmen. Wöchentliche Veranstaltungen,Kunstgewerbemärkte, Musikfeste und andere Festivals finden insbesondere in den Wintermonaten statt. Von Mai bis Oktober gibt es eine weitere “Jahreszeit” auf der Insel: die Schildkrötensaison. 200 Pfund schwere Loggerhead-Schildkrötenmamas kommen an den Strand zur Nestablage.

Ohne Hochhäuser, aber mit mehreren kleinen Geschäftsvierteln mit Boutiquen, Supermarkt und anderen Einkaufsmöglichkeiten sowie unzähligen Restaurants kann man das Inselflair genießen und gemütlich schlendern oder per Fahrrad, Golfwagen oder mit der kostenlosen Trolley alles bequem erreichen. Die Insel ist mit 2 Brücken mit dem Festland verbunden und bietet viele Sehenswürdigkeiten in der Nähe. 

Anna Maria Island auf einen Blick:

Insel mit 11 km weißen Sandstränden an der Golfküste von Florida
3 Städte:  Anna Maria City, Holmes Beach, Bradenton Beach
8500 ständige Bewohner
Durchschnittstemperatur 23 Grad C
Flughäfen: Sarasota, Tampa, Orlando

Duncan Real Estate bietet seit 2001 verlässlichen Service im Bereich der Ferienvermietung und Immobilienan- und verkauf.  Alle unsere Feriendomizile sind auf unserer Webseite ausführlich dargestellt und die Verfügbarkeit ist immer 100% korrekt.Unser erfahrenes Team freut sich auf Ihre Anfragen per Telefon 941 779 0304 or per email.

 

 

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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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Good news for Anna Maria City Pier Funding!

The Anna Maria City Pier reopening has come one step closer after more funding was approved. Approximately $3 million of the estimated $4.5 million total cost are now in place. The approved 2018-2019 Florida legislative budget includes a $750 000 line item that will go toward funding of the new pier. The city of Anna Maria will receive up to $1.5 million from the Manatee County Tourist Development Council that distributes the collected 5% tourist tax. The mayor Murphy also anticipates about $1.7 million in pending FEMA funds.

Anna Maria City PierBuilt in 1911 as an anchorage to load and unload steamboat passengers from Tampa to enjoy the island beaches the pier had to be closed after Hurricane Irma rushed through in September 2017.  The storm had caused extensive damage and it was decided that the historic Pier will need to be torn down. The Anna Maria City Commissioners are now in the process of putting the pier replacement plan together.

The existing pier will remain closed until it is demolished and replaced by a brand new Anna Maria City Pier to be most likely to open sometime in 2019. Preliminary plans were presented by architect Barron Schimberg that included the restaurant space, bar and bait shop at the end of the pier similar to the current design.

The wooden structure will be replaced with different materials to provide a longer life span of the new pier. The pilings and support frames will be made out of concrete.  Kebony decking which is a modified wood product will be used for the planks. It is supposed to last 50-75 years, is splinter-free and cooler to the touch for the island barefoot living. It will turn to a grey shade to resemble the look of the current pier.

All shops and restaurants situated along historic Pine Ave on Anna Maria Island including Duncan Real Estate are exited to see the plans moving forward. After over 100 years in existence the pier has become an iconic mark to the city and is missed by locals and tourist alike during this time of closure. Please contact us or call our rental team at 941 779 0304 to secure your vacation rental for 2019 and be one of the first ones to walk on the new Anna Maria city pier!

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

Anna Maria City Pier Funding

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New Vacation Rentals with Duncan Real Estate!

Be one of the first guest to stay at these brand new island vacation rentals with Duncan Real Estate on Anna Maria Island!  Some new vacation rentals even offer an introductory pricing.   Click here to see the 6 new vacation rentals Team Duncan has to offer you.

If you are a big fisherman, Santorini would be the place for you.  A quaint duplex with a filet table all ready for you to prepare a fresh Florida meal!  Pier to Pier Paradise is a luxury home with everything that you can think of!  Enjoy the amazing views that Anna Maria Island has to offer at Pier to Pier Paradise.  Baywatch is a great condo within walking distance of the beach and to shopping and dining on Bridge Street – never use your car while on vacation!  Coral Beach has a backyard pool/spa area that you will never want to leave.  Lounge by the pool during the day and then cool off under the covered screened porch with amazing patio furniture to just relax in the rest of the night!  Nautilus 104 is a condo that is literally right on the beach!  You sure do not have to walk far to enjoy the Anna Maria Island Beaches.  Lastly, AMI Du Soleil is a “friend of the sun” and has such a big pool, you will never want to get out of it!

Anna Maria is the perfect spot to spend your spring break and Team Duncan is ready to help you book the perfect vacation rental property for you!

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

Sunny regards,

Ginger

new vacation rentals

 

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