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Ever thought about swimming with manatees?

Ever since we started visiting Anna Maria Island I have wanted to swim with manatees. Finally I got around to it this December and it was such a wonderful experience!

During the winter months, the gulf waters get too cold for the manatees and they spend their time inland where they can find warmer water. About 2.5 hours drive north of AMI are the most known areas, Crystal River and Homosassa Springs.

I drove up to Crystal River and did a boat trip to the Three Sisters Springs. After receiving wetsuit and gear, we looked at a video with information about what one may do and not do. (No approaching the manatees, only passive interaction from us, the manatees have to be actively seeking contact)

It was with great anticipation that I entered the water. My body felt the cold water (the springs are 72F), but the wetsuit soon made it ok to be in the water, floating with a yellow sausage.

Then I saw them, these gentle giants that were resting and feeding in the area outside the confined springs.
They are so big and when you have three of them swimming under you at low tide, it’s kind of intimidating and wonderful at the same time!

Unfortunately there are many that get hurt by propellers and you can tell in my movie that the calf’s mother had a nasty encounter with one, by the large scar on her back.

I was really fascinated and got out of the water as the last one of the group. Boy was I cold by then! Luckily the captain had warm chocolate and I had brought warm clothes, socks and a fleece throw, so it didn’t take too long to warm up again.

My trip with captain Casey was excellent and Manatee Tour and Dive was very close to the springs. We did appreciate that when we went back, being so cold after 1.5 hours in the water. I bought my ticket via Groupon and got a good deal that way.



What’s up on AMI this weekend? Just 14th annual Bayfest!



If you feel for music, sun, fun, food and classic cars make your way to Pine Avenue on Anna Maria Island on Friday and Saturday this week!

Starting at 5pm and ending at 10pm. Saturday October 18th starting at 10am and ending at 10pm.

Music and food court on the six lots field, at the corner of Pine Avenue and South Bay Boulevard.


Friday Night:

Scott Pritchard (MC)  5-10pm

KoKoRay & The Keepers  5:30-7:30 pm

Uncle Johns Band  8-10 pm



Mike Sales (MC)  10am to 10pm

Can’t Turn Left 11am to 12pm

soulRcoaster  12:30 to 2:30pm

Scott’s Garage  3 to 5 pm

Final performance by The Dr Dave Band  8 to 10 pm


The LaPensee Classic Car show is Saturday from 10am to 3pm.

Lots of opportunities for shopping as well, showcasing over 100 vendor booths along Pine Avenue!   Enjoy!!

p.s. and we just happen to have an opening starting October 18th in one of our condos…


Bayfest 2014

It’s official – AMI’s the worst kept secret in Florida!

In 2008 when we started renting our first condo, Anna Maria Island used to be advertised as the “Best kept secret in Florida” – I think we easily can say that’s no longer the case!

Last year TripAdvisor ranked Anna Maria Island as the fourth best island to visit in the US – this year we’re number three!

AMI was awarded ahead of some pretty heavy competition; what about Maui, Hilton Head, Nantucket and Key West??


Sunrise, on your way to the beach 20130920_192254



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