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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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The Silver Kings Are Back! Bring the Tarpons on

Anna Maria Island is home to one of the best fisheries in the world and tarpon play a major role in making this area a key destination for anglers. Tarpon are a large fish that usually weigh anywhere from 60-280 lbs. They are prized as one of the top sport fish to catch. Known for their acrobatic stunts and long runs when hooked, Tarpon are a migratory fish that make their run through the waters here during the months of May and June. These fish can be found off the beaches or in the passes on the North and South end of Anna Maria island. Tarpon can be targeted using live bait, thread fin herring on an incoming tide and crabs are best on a strong outgoing tide. Be aware that these fish can be spooked quite easily. Positioning your boat strategically can be a determining factor in catching one of these beasts. Circle hooks and a long leader line are essential when rigging your fishing rod. Whether you are an avid angler or this is your first-time fishing for tarpon, Anna Maria island is your one stop shop for these marvelous fish.

Here is a few recommendations on guides in the area, 941-447-1063 is Captain Carson & 941-812-5256 for Captain Colby Gregory. Need a place to put your boat? See below for a list of all of our vacation rental homes with canal access.

Duncan Real Estate Vacation Rentals

If you find that perfect canal vacation rental, give our rental team a call today at 941-779-0304 and we will get you all “hooked” up!

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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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A great spot to gather on Anna Maria Island!

I had the best day yesterday on Anna Maria Island!  I got to see about 10-12 of my friends from high school and it had been awhile since I have seen some of them.  We all decided to meet at the AMOB Pier at the end on Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach.  What a perfect place to meet.

All of us got there around 5:00 PM and to our surprise, they had the BEST happy hour deals!!!  $4.00 call liquors, .50 off beer and wines, and buy one appetizer and get one half off!  Let me tell you, we all took full advantage of all of these deals.  I had a frozen wine – yes, I said frozen wine.  It was a Kim Crawford blend with a grapefruit/jalepeno vodka.  Does it get much better than that!?  We all ordered different appetizers so that we could share and sample a bunch of them.  My favorite was the smoked fish dip and the calamari!!

I would highly suggest trying the AMOB Pier on Bridge Street anytime.  They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner!  And I still have not even mentioned the view – you can sit inside or enjoy the covered outdoor sitting area right on the bay! We had to sit inside because you know those Florida summer rains – it started to pour!  Check out the website for AMOB Pier!  http://www.oysterbar.net

 

 

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Cheers and let me know when you get a chance to try out this great spot to gather on Anna Maria Island!

Ginger

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Memorial Day Weekend on Anna Maria Island!

The long Memorial Day weekend is always so much fun on Anna Maria Island.  If you are not enjoying the beach for the day, you are more than likely on a boat at one of 3 places – Jewfish Key, Eggmont Key or Bird Key.  All three of these places are super popular to go by boat and let me tell you, it felt like every boat  owner was out over the weekend!  I was lucky enough to go boating both Saturday and Sunday over the holiday weekend.  Everyone brought a snack to share and what they wanted to drink.  You literally can stand in the water and enjoy eating, drinking and hanging out with friends.  You always see other people you know while on one of these keys!   It really seems like the place to be not only over a holiday weekend but any weekend during the summer months! If you are not a boat owner, Anna Maria Island has plenty of marinas that offer boat rentals.  We used Bradenton Beach Marina for our rental on Sunday and it was perfect!  We picked up the boat at 12:30 and had it until 4:30.  Just the right amount of time on the water!  Plenty of seats, cup holders, covered seating, and storage!  What more could you ask for. memorial day 2017   Here is a photo from Jewfish over Memorial Day Weekend!  Hope to see you out there next time you are on the water! Sunny Regards, Ginger

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Fishing Anna Maria Island

Captain Mark Howard

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.

Captain Mark Howard http://www.sumotimefishing.com/

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 http://www.annamariafishingcaptain.com/

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!

 

 

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Rainy Days on Anna Maria Island

Rainy Days at the Beach

RAINY DAY ACTIVITIES ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND

I know it is a disappointment when you travel to the beach and your day gets rained out.  Never fear, there is plenty to do to keep busy and explore the beautiful Anna Maria Island!  Here is a list to name a few:

  • Wander through our fascinating history at the AMI Historical Society on Pine Avenue, hours vary, typically 10-1 daily except Sunday.
  • Shop till you drop for area souvenirs at many of our island shops.
  • Visit Florida Maritime Museum in Cortez on 119th St.
  • While away a gray afternoon with a book from our public libraries in Holmes Beach & Bradenton Beach.
  • Shop the Ellenton Outlet Mall at the Intersection of 301 and I-75.
  • Visit the Red Barn Flea Market located at Hwy 301 in Bradenton
  • Take in a performance in our local Island Players Playhouse at NE corner of Pine and Gulf Dr.
  • Ride the free Trolley for island exploring.
  • Check out our art galleries and visit artsy shops.
  • Visit The Ringling Museum in Sarasota.
  • Take a step back in time at the AMI jail on Pine Ave.
  • Visit Mote Marine Museum (N. LBK) to learn about local marine/fish life in S. Longboat Key.
  • Visit the car museum in Sarasota.
  • Take a trip to local ice cream shops. (See our shopping activity list).
  • Mail some Anna Maria Island post cards to friends, and make them wish they were here.
  • Check your email with free wireless at AMI Chamber of Commerce.
  • Search around for your retirement home with a local Realtor.
  • Visit South Florida Museum, see the Manatees!
  • Visit the Chamber of Commerce to gather more information about the island.
  • Visit some local fish markets for local FRESH fish!
  • Take a day trip to St. Armand’s for unique shopping and romantic lunch/dinner opportunities.
  • Max out your credit cards shopping at our unique shops on Pine St. and perhaps early Christmas ideas.
  • Treat yourself to a manicure or pedicure at one of our island pamper shops.
  • Visit Mixon’s Fruit Farm. Take a tour of their facility in NE Bradenton.
  • Many restaurant/bar Happy Hours on the island! See our Happy Hour List on our website!
  • Walk the beach in the rain, great way to have the beach to yourself!!
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Bean Point Experience

BEAN POINT EXPERIENCE

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.

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