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Once we have eaten our lunch, either from the Cafe or from home, and soaked up the sun and gentle Gulf waves, we will finish our day in the City of Bradenton Beach, incorporated in 1953, at the southern end of the island.  Since at its widest point, the island is only 8 blocks wide, there are many shops and restaurants in close walking distance.   Villagers always feel right at home because there is a roundabout right in the center of town, at the intersection of Gulf and Bridge Streets.  


Just a bit further, and you will find the iconic  Anna Maria Oyster Bar on the Pier, featuring waterfront dining on the Bay.

A short walk along Bridge Street to the Bay side of the island, you'll find The Bridge Tender Inn Restaurant, Dockside Grill & Bar,  on Bridge Street (naturally).  


We’ll make a stop at the highly popular Beach House Restaurantdirectly on the Gulf, on Gulf Street first.  If you didn't get your fill of sandy toes, this restaurant offer dining right on the beach.

You can choose to eat there or stroll to one of several other restaurants in the immediate area, stopping to shop along the way of course. 

Manatee Beach in the town of Holmes Beach is a long-time Club favorite because of its soft sand, shells, its crystal clear water and its ‘old school’ approach to island development.  Homes or buildings on the island must be less than 37’ tall.  Two men, George Bean and Charles Roser, were the driving forces behind the limited development and preservation of the island.  Mr. Roser also left the world the Fig Newton cookie.  Mr. Bean left us Bean Point Beach on the northern tip of the 7 mile long island in the City of Anna Maria.  From it, you can see the convergence of the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay.  It is beautifully scenic, but because of the tides, hazardous to swimmers.

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Once we arrive at Manatee Beach, you’ll want to stop in at Anna Maria Beach Café, known for its great food with patio dining under umbrellas.  You can preview their menu out at:  The Café is also a sundry store, gift shop and offers beach rentals on a first come, first served basis.  One chair is $8.50, one umbrella is $19.99; an umbrella + two chairs runs $29.99 (+tax).  (Try as I might, I was unable to get them to agree to reserve chairs for us, but they assured me that at 11am on a Monday, they will have rentals available.  I suggested that if they didn’t and any of our members ended up plopping down on the sand……we would enlist their help to get those members back up on their feet!)

I/we would like to go to Manatee Beach on Anna Maria Island with the BBC on Monday, May 16th.  Enclosed is my $28 check (pp). 

Print your name(s):   __________________________________________________


PLEASE NOTE:  The first lottery draw is limited to BBC Members only - not guests.

I/we wish to be on the bus with these friends (name up to four) ___________________________________________________________________


I/we still have a credit with the BBC and I would like to use that credit.  _______

Please provide a phone number that the Club could use in the event we needed to

reach you during the beach outing:   ______________________________

I am or will be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 by May 2nd  ___________

This will be my/our first trip to Anna Maria Island _____________________

If this trip interests you and you are fully vaccinated prior to May 2nd, print the reservation form** (click on green button below) and mail it along with your check (made out to the BBC) for $28 per person to the address below.  On May 3rd*, we will conduct our lottery and you will be notified shortly thereafter of your seat confirmation or waitlist status. *This means that we will pick up all of the mail from Safe Ship at the close of business on May 2nd.  ** The reservation form (or a sheet of paper with all information from the form, is required.


Barefoot Beachcombers Club (‘BBC’ will also suffice)
333 Colony Blvd. #110
The Villages, FL 32162

You could instead hand your addressed envelope to a person at the counter at Safe Ship in Colony Plaza, saving you the stamp and ensuring that the mail does not delay your form.

No matter where you choose to dine, you will have many unique and artsy shops to enjoy.  For a complete listing of restaurants and shops in the City of Bradenton Beach, check this:

You might also want to save a little time for a visit to Island Scoops.

At the end of the our time in the city of Bradenton Beach, having our fill of the nostalgia that Anna Maria Island offers and the bounty of its restaurants, our buses will carry us safely home, when we will no doubt, look a lot like this tuckered-out kitty. 

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Liability Waiver:  The BBC has a Liability Waiver specific to our club.  This needs to be done only once, 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 or mail it with your reservation form and payment if you have not already previously completed the waiver.

One fabulous barrier island -- three unique towns -- one of our favorite beaches. 

Come to Anna Maria Island with us on Monday, May 16th; from 8:30am to 8:30 pm