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One of the best parts of this beach is the Anna Marie Beach Cafe. Don't be fooled by its spartan appearance; it is known for its great food and really nice staff. During our first BBC trip to this beach, we heard nothing but favorable reviews about the food--a feat rarely achieved. And while you do have to place your order at a service window, your meal is then served to you at your umbrella-covered table and your dinnerware and refuse is cleared away for you. (Just like at home, huh, gentlemen??) Beer, wine, and a gift and sundry shop are also available. The restrooms are simple, but we've survived them before. Beach chairs and umbrellas are available for rent. For rental prices and options, go to www.amibeachcafe.com/rentalsamenities.
Some of you told us you like to "stay put" and that's just fine. If you find that you've had enough sun for the day, relax and enjoy a simple but spacious shady area on the beach as you consider dinner plans at the café.
Others like a little diversion. For those people, we will offer an optional bus trip 9-minutes south to Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach where you'll find a few pleasant shops (only open ‘til 5:00) and several nice restaurants. Two of them, in particular, are on the waterfront. The large newly-renovated Beach House Restaurant (which is a bit pricey) is on the Gulf with water lapping at its stone shoreline. You can visit their website at www.beachhouse.groupersandwich.com.
On July 2nd, we will use our lottery system to determine reservations for this trip, and you will be notified shortly thereafter of your seat confirmation or waitlist status.
Liability Waiver: The BBC has a revised Liability Waiver specific to our club. Even if you have signed a liability release form in the past for our club, we are asking that you sign the revised one. This will only need to be done one time; not yearly as in the past. Please click on link below, print and sign, and give the form to your bus leader on this trip.
If you stroll about 3 blocks along Bridge Street, you could dine at the picturesque Bridge Tender Inn & Dockside Bar (both inside and outside) on the intercoastal waterway and enjoy the passing boat traffic. Their website is http://places.singleplatform.com/bridge-tender-inn-and-dockside-bar/menu.
We'll proceed directly to Manatee Beach to begin our day of fun. Manatee Beach (in the city of Holmes Beach) is the kind of simpler, unfussy sort of beach you may have visited along the Atlantic Coast or on the shores of a mid-American lake. The water is so clean you can stand in it up to your hips and still see your toes (so make sure your pedicure is at its best, ladies). The sand is perfect for walking along the beach, observing natural life, other beach goers (well, some of them, anyway), dolphins, fish, starfish, and sea shells. The gulf waves are very gentle, making it easy to both float and swim. An added plus--there is a lifeguard on duty.
To join us on this trip, print the reservation form (click on green button below) and mail it along with your check (made out to the BBC) for $25 per person to the address below.
I/we would like to go to Anna Maria Island with the BBC on July 20th. Enclosed is my $25 check (pp).
Print your name(s): ________________________________________________________
I/we wish to be on the bus with these friends ________________________________________
I/we still have a credit with the BBC and I would like to use that credit. _______
If so, consider joining us at
Anna Maria Island
on the Gulf
July 20, 2015
2015 Beach Trips
Seabreeze Recreational Center, 7:00 p.m.
Barefoot Beachcombers Club Quarterly Meeting
Hope to see you happily wiggling your toes on Manatee Beach!
Barefoot Beachcombers Club (‘BBC’ will also suffice)
333 Colony Blvd. #110
The Villages, FL 32162
Also nearby are the Freckled Finn (www.freckledfin.com) and the Blue Marlin (www.bluemarlinami.com) Finally, we have been told that any "Mooses" in our group would be warmly welcomed at the Moose Lodge at the corner of Bridge Street and Gulf Boulevard. They offer tasty causal fare at a reasonable price and are situated right on the beach.
Might you enjoy returning to the memories of your youth at the beach??
Remember to mark your calendar for
July 6, 2015
At a designed time, we will depart from Bridge Street and return north to collect our relaxed Manatee beachcombers to start our journey home.
| Anna Maria Island|
| August 17|| Pass-A-Grille|
| September 21-24|| St. Simon and Jekyll Islands|
| October 19 || Siesta Key|
|November 16|| Venice (Sidewalk Chalk Festival)|
Update on WHERE TO PARK our cars during day trips: We are pleased to report that the Hope Lutheran Church has given us permission to park our cars for our BBC daily trips on their lot at SR 466 and Morse Blvd. While there are several entrances into their lot, the one that appears to be most convenient is north of 466 on Morse Blvd., just before approaching the security gate. The driveway on the right leads directly into the area of the parking lot we have been assigned. Hopefully, this will help shave some time off of our already long days. More information will follow in our trip details