Have you seen all the funky, little vehicles on Anna Maria Island? But are they golf carts or LSV (light speed vehicles)?
Traditional golf carts that are found on golf courses are really the minority of vehicles you see cruising on the island. They are not allowed on any street that has a 35 mph or higher speed limit including State Road 64 (Manatee Ave), State Road 789 (East Bay Drive), Gulf Drive (north of SR 64), Palm Drive, Marina Drive. However, they may cross the main streets but are also banned from sidewalks, bicycle paths and multi-use paths. All of the traditional golf carts in the city of Holmes Beach are privately owned.
They have in common with the popular LSV that they both need seat belts and must be operated by a licensed driver.
Light speed vehicles travel at faster speeds and in addition need to be equipped with headlights, mirrors and a windscreen and have to be licensed and insured. They are fully street legal.
All rental places on the island offer this kind of transportation. They come in all shapes and colors and look like a lot of fun! If you are staying with Duncan Vacation Rentals take advantage of our Duncan V.I.P. Perks! The island shop “Beach Bums” offers a large, meticulously maintained, rental fleet of bikes, kayaks, paddle boards, surreys, beach supplies, electric golf carts, and electric bikes! Click here for their website. Enjoy 10% off any rental item with your Duncan guest promo code.
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 Island. Duncan 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
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 Vacation. Island 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!
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!!!
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:
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!
As you can see, it was a blast! Hope to see you next year at the Anna Maria Island Trail of Treats!
Bayfest on Pine Ave was a blast last Saturday! The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce staff and volunteers were out on Pine Ave setting up before the sun came up – glad I didn’t have to be out there that early! We made our vacation rental guest aware of the event earlier in the week and also gave them a Bayfest 2017 booklet when the arrived! We love to take great care of our vacation rental guest and keep them informed of all the fun events going on on Anna Maria Island!
A group of us from Duncan Real Estate met at the office at 10:30, made mimosas and headed out to the crowd to hand out Duncan Real Estate fans! When we first started, there was an excellent breeze. It was so pleasant to walk Pine Ave and see all of the fancy vehicles in the car show, over 80 vendors set up with cool items, food vendors that made the street smell so yummy and the big band stage at the very end of Pine Ave. I was nervous as folks didn’t really need a fan to keep them cool because the weather was so nice. BUT, about 30 minutes later, the breeze died down and the heat started to set in. Good thing for us as the fans became a huge hit! We handed out 500 fans in about an hour and a half. Note to self for next years order – order at least 1,000 as the Bayfest goes until 9:00 PM and I am sure many more folks would have loved to been a “fan” of Duncan Real Estate in the middle of the afternoon!
A big thank you to the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce! They always do such a fantastic job on this event and it runs so smoothly. We truly live in paradise with not only the best gulf beaches and sunsets but so many fun things to do on Anna Maria! Team Duncan is looking forward to Bayfest 2018!
Anna Maria Island is such a great place to vacation or live! It seems like every week there is something fun going on for visitors and residents to enjoy. I am super excited about the Budweiser Clydesdales coming to Bridge Street on Bradenton Beach this Saturday, October 14, 2017! The Clydesdales will be on Bridge Street from 5PM – 7PM on Saturday. They are going to make their way from Cortez Beach to Bridge Street, down to the AMOB Pier roundabout and back to Cortez Beach. This is a treat for Anna Maria Island as I do not know of a time when the Clydesdales were here. My plan is to enjoy a fun island cocktail at one of our local spots on Bridge Street before the horses get there and then making a dinner reservation at Blue Marlin after the event!
My question to you is why not make a long weekend out of this event. October is a great time to visit Anna Maria Island as it is a slower time, vacation rentals are at the lowest rates, and the weather is starting to be just perfect! Duncan Real Estate is offering 15% off the majority of our vacation rentals during your stay in the month of October, so take advantage of this additional Duncan Deal. We would love for you to enjoy our fabulous island and also the fun event with the Clydesdales – give our office a call to book your awesome vacation rental!
Hope to see you this weekend!
Like I have said before, there is always something fun to do on Anna Maria Island! This week Saturday, April 22 from 3-9 is the Blues Brews and BBQ on Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach. Tickets are $5 and kids 12 and under are free. Enjoy this beautiful Anna Maria Island weather while enjoying music, food, and brews outside! Also take a walk on Bridge Street and check out all of the cute shops! Good time to buy a Mother’s Day gift! Click here for more information about the upcoming event! Hope to see you on Saturday and we can share a beer together! Cheers, Ginger
Visitors and locals are invited to participate in some Island Easter traditions, including the Easter Sunrise Service at Manatee County Beach, the Easter Egg Hunt at the Sandbar Restaurant and the Easter Egg Roll and Easter Bonnet Contest on Pine Ave. The celebration starts at 8:30 AM on Saturday, April 15th, with refreshments before the kids take their places on the beach. The hunt is open to kids 10 years old and under with baskets to collect their eggs. After the hunt, the Easter Bunny leads the kids and their families up to Pine Avenue for the 8th Annual Easter Egg Roll and Easter Bonnet Contest. There will be fun for the entire family with face painters, changes to roll eggs across a lane with a spoon and egg coloring. At 10:30, judges will look for winning Easter bonnets. The competition is open to kids and grownups alike.
On Sunday, April 16th, the 53rd Sunrise Service will take place at Manatee County Beach. The trolleys start running at 6 AM and the Anna Maria Beach Cafe will open at 6 AM for those needing coffee. All six of the Island’s churches participate in the service. Worshipers are urged to dress for the weather and brings a blanket or chairs to sit! There will be music to accompany the service!
Whew! Lots going on Easter weekend! We look forward to seeing you on Pine Ave
March is by far the busiest month of the year on Anna Maria Island! Honestly, it is easier to walk or ride a bike to get anywhere….we love this time of year! Please click here to check out news from Team Duncan for the month of March and also a fun easy recipe for the Spring! I have tried it and it is delicious!