I had the pleasure of being with Sue & Pete Shields, Owners of S&S Tropical Group Rentals, who made a generous donation to the Anna Maria Privateers. Their donation will help fund scholarships and kid’s organizations.
The Privateers really get in the ‘mood’ dressing in Privateer attire! The “ship” can been seen around the Island for various events. Pub Crawls are a blast! This is a non-profit organization and the crew members go out of their way to make every event fun! You never know when you will see the “Skullywag Ship” driving down the highway, but when you do – Wave!
The Blu Mangrove is one of my favorite places to sit on the outside patio with friends while enjoying a warm Florida afternoon. The Marina sits on the Manatee River and you can come by land or water, as dockside parking is available. Happy Hour is everyday starting at 11am ’til 6pm.
A favorite appetizer for me is the Ahi Tuna Wonton cups! The wonton cups are filled with seaweed salad, ahi tuna and topped with ginger and wasabi. 3 cups will run about $14.00.
Add an order of Doc’s Fish spread with tortilla chips for $10.00 and you have a meal!
Dinners are a little pricey, however; the presentation and taste are exquisite!
Have fun in the sun in Florida and visit these great hidden gems! Blu Mangrove is located at 102 Riviera Way, Palmetto, Fl. 34221, in the Riviera Dunes Marina.
When the temperature outside is 80 degrees in December, we head to Tampa’s Riverwalk to get in the Christmas mood! The Riverwalk was amazing last night with all the lights reflecting off the water. The Riverwalk extends 2.4 miles along the Hillsborough River and the Tampa Arts District. A great way to work off those extra pounds from all the holiday parties!
For glistening emerald water of the Gulf Coast! Every beach in Florida reflects rays of sunshine. Take a day and relax on the powdery-white-sandy beaches, watch for dolphins and snap a few pictures of diving pelicans. This is what a little piece of paradise looks like to me.
A fun afternoon in Myakka River State Park. Ride on one of the two largest covered air boats, the “Myakka Maiden,” or the “Gator Gal“. We chose the Gator Gal to see hundreds of alligators lying along the shore. These air-powered vessels venture into the shallow, grassy areas where traditional boats wouldn’t dare to go. The Winter Session for tours go from Dec. 16th to May 31st each year, with the busiest time of year being the Winter. Tickets are sold for same-day tours starting at 9am. They don’t sell ahead of time and you should arrive early for parking. Children 5 yrs & under – free; Adults-13 years & Older $14.00 plus tax and children 6-12 years $7.00 plus tax. They also have eco tram tours. They also have a snack bar and gift shop.
And, yes we did see loads of alligators on the shore and in the water swimming around the boat! Definitely worth the trip.
Click the link below for an interview with Corey Davis, Manager of Woody’s River Roo Bar and Grill, located in Ellenton, Fl. on the beautiful Manatee River. A great waterfront pub with live music, tiki bar and wonderful food! Karaoke for those who are brave enough. Come by car or by boat. This is a ‘local’ favorite for those who enjoy the ‘old Florida style’ dining at its best.
Woody River Roo