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Unique Island

A May 2005 trip to Holmes Beach by mattmurphy

Quote: What a wonderful island experience. If you are looking for glitz and glamour, this is not your island. Anna Marie Island prides itself on keeping its image. There is no McDonald's, Starbucks, or any other chains. Everything is mom-and-pop and locally owned businesses.

Unique Island

Overview

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The water and the beaches. We were blessed with seven sunsets, three of which were while we ate dinner on the sand--does it get better than that?

Quick Tips:

Don't expect hustle and bustle; this is an island proud of its history and fights commercialization as much as possible.

Best Way To Get Around:

There is a free trolley service that runs pretty much all day, but I probably would recommend a car.

Umbrella Beach Resort

Best Of IgoUgo

Hotel

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Best Things Nearby:The island and the beach. We loved Anna Marie Island, composed of Anna Marie, Bradenton Beach, and Holmes Beach--7 miles in length. We were directly across the street from a great public beach.Best Things About the Resort:The units were HUGE. We had a B-side unit, so we had an ocean view. I think our unit was 1,500 square feet, and our porch led directly to the pool. The resort itself is very small--about 13 units--so it never felt crowded.Resort Experience:The resort was very unique for beach resort. All the units are three-story with a garage, but there are two separate styles. The B-side units have ocean views and have the garage on the b...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 23, 2005

Umbrella Beach Resort
3805 Gulf drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34218
(941) 778-6667

Anna Marie Island

Restaurant | "I'll talk about a couple"

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Sandbar Restaraunt - You sit directly on the beach and have an awesome view. We did dinner/sunset here, but I think this would have been a better lunch spot. Lots of sandwiches, but not a lot of dinner entrees. The conch fritter appetizers where great. Rod 'n' Reel - Literally on a pier on the bay side close to the tip. Very small restaurant, but great food. My wife loved her Ahi tuna, and I had garlic grouper, which was great. Beach House - Probably the most popular. Again on the beach, owned by the same people as the Sandbar. The lobster-stuffed red snapper is fantastic. Gulf Drive Cafe - Known for breakfast, it was first-rate. Mr. Bones - Great Ribs! We...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 23, 2005

Anna Marie Island
Anna Marie Island
Holmes Beach, Florida

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Even though RCI says it is near the beach, don't be fooled. You are a 30-second walk from sand!! You have to walk across a street, but then you are in the public beaches' parking lot. It was closer than a lot of places we have stayed that are physically on the beach. The units were huge, the resort staff friendly, the island was beautiful, and we couldn't have asked for better!

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indianapolis, Indiana

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