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First time to AMI this Sunday... Have a few questions!

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First time to AMI this Sunday... Have a few questions!

We are excited to visit AMI for the first time this Sunday. I have a few questions.

1. Need recommendations for a nice dinner for adults only. Somewhere preferably on the beach with beautiful views.

2. Is Publix the only grocery? We are staying at the north end of the island and wondered if there was anything toward that end ?

3. Opinions on renting golf carts for the week? I would love to but my husband is skeptical. If we do rent them, is it possible to go the entire length of the island on the cart?

4. My kids would like to go shopping one day- like at outlets. Any outlet mall close by

5. I've been watching the weather closely down there - shows storms every day!! Are we in for a week of rain and storms?

6. Does the trolley take you the full length of the island. And what happens if you are somewhere past the time the trolley runs and you need a ride home. Then what?!

Thanks so much for your help!!

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1. Re: First time to AMI this Sunday... Have a few questions!

1. Beach bistro. Expensive, but really nice.

2. There is a small grocery on Pine. Publix for any major shopping.

3 a few parts you cannot go, not many, ask where you rent

4. Ellenton outlets, about 30 minutes.

5. Yes, there could be rain and showers every day. Generally for 20 to 30 minutes. Not all day

6. Yes, trolley does most of I sland, but does miss north of Pine. Island Monkeys is a tips only golf cart taxi. Google them.

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2. Re: First time to AMI this Sunday... Have a few questions!

1 The SandBar http://sandbar.groupersandwich.com

2 Yes Publix is the only shop.

3 Not sure but a great way to get around.

4 Ellenton Outlet Mall 30 mins drive from the Island http://www.premiumoutlets.com

5 not sure

6 Yes Trolley runs length of Island if you are late out try Island Monkeys http://islandbeachmonkeys.com

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3. Re: First time to AMI this Sunday... Have a few questions!

The golf cart experience is awesome, it will allow you to cruise around the entire island and see things you would not normally see on the trolley or in your car. There are only a few streets that you can not drive on but they do not impact your travel at all. I recommend FunandMore Rentals, Dwayne is great to work with and he will deliver the cart to you and explain everything. We rented a 6 seater the last time and it was so comfy, easy to drive and so much fun. I highly recommend it, if you get it for the week I doubt that you will use your car at all.

I love Publix, it has everything you need but there are a few little stores on Pine Street that will have groceries and things you could stock up with.

Of course Beach Bistro is the place for the romantic beach dinner but be prepared to spend a lot of cash!!! An alternative would be the Beach House Restaurant, very good food and also on the beach.

Edited: 05 August 2013, 15:02
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4. Re: First time to AMI this Sunday... Have a few questions!

We are just south on Longboat and the weather is wonderful. I believe a 40% chance of rain means that maybe 40% of the people will see brief rain. We saw very few golf carts last night cruising around AMI. I would think a bike would be a better option. Easier to park! Beaches and streets were crowded. I have posted a few comments on the Longboat forum under "first impressions" if interested.

This area is beautiful.



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5. Re: First time to AMI this Sunday... Have a few questions!

The Beach House.

I would mainly use Pib;ix even though they aren't the closest to you. Just use the closer shops for items you run out of.

Ellenton as said the closest outlets, but several good malls in Sarasota.

Rains everyday (if briefly) in FL in Summer. Remember than 30% chance of rain means 70% chance you'll stay dry.

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6. Re: First time to AMI this Sunday... Have a few questions!

That's the forecast every day because it's summer.

I've been here since Saturday and it has rained a little, but not for long or every day. No rain at all yesterday. The *worst* thing that happened was getting caught in a morning shower on Sunday while bike riding...which was awesome because we were hot, and it made me feel like a kid again.

BTW if you decide against the golf cart, biking is great up here on the North end.

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