Just got back from our yearly visit to AMI. Had a great time as usual.
Day 1: Fly from Burlington VT to Orlando. Since we couldn't check into our condo on AMI until Saturday, we decided to spend 2 nights in Orlando. Don't really like it there...way too crowded and too many people!!
Saturday the 17th. Drove the 2ish hours to AMI. Not much traffic getting onto the island at all (around noon). Was surprised. Hung out at my inlaw's place until we could get into our condo.
We stayed in The Villas on Highland Ave in Bradenton Beach. AWESOME location. a block from the beach and couple blocks to Bridge Street. Condo is really nice but small. We didn't care though 'cause we weren't in it much! WE rented through Gulf Bay Realty and they are great.
What we did: Went to Joan Durante Park in Longboat Key and walked the paths. Gorgeous and a must do IMO. Walked on Leffis Key/Coquina Bay Walk. Another must. Went to the beach of course. Spent an afternoon in Ellenton at the outlet mall. Went to the Mote Aquarium and Save our Seabirds.
Where we ate:
Jose's Real Cuban Food: on Cortez off island. EXCELLENT. Looks like a hole in the wall place but the food is great.
Rotten Ralphs: We always go there. Not really for the food but for tradition I guess.
Bridge Tender: Same as above.
Eat Here: LOVED this place. Excellent meal. Not really kid friendly though there were some kids there. The lobster tacos were great.
Sharky's: I don't see this place get mentioned a lot on this board. We go every year and I've always had a great meal. It's a little pricy but worth it IMO.
Bonefish Grill: Off island, corner of Cortez and 75th. For a chain restaurant its decent. My husband really liked his roughy fish (sp?). My scallops and shrimp were overdone but still flavorful.
Star Fish Co: off island in Cortez. GET THERE EARLY. We arrived around 11:15 for an 11:30 arrival and there was already a line! My inlaws and husband really liked their oyster po-boys. I had grilled shrimp which was great.
Other: We walked a lot. Great island for walking.
We rented an air mattress from ABC rentals in Holmes Beach. We use them every year.
Hmmm...what else? I'm sure there is more!
Had a great time as usual and are looking forward to our 5th visit next year!