One of the best ways to enjoy a family or group vacation to Anna Maria Island in luxury is to book a spacious vacation rental home or condo. In most of our rentals you will get a full kitchen with all of the equipment, tools and utensils you need to make home cooked meals. Making home cooked meals and enjoying them during a picnic with the stunning beach scenery of Anna Maria Island as your backdrop is one of the top things to do and activities for families and groups.
Cooking at your Anna Maria Island vacation rental can save you a substantial money on your trip costs, especially if you are traveling with your family or a group. If you plan on cooking often, it helps to know where the island’s best grocery stores are, so in this article you will find plenty of information for your convenience.
Also, if you will be spending some of your time biking on Anna Maria Island, many of these grocery stores can easily be reached from your vacation rental. If you plan on staying in the city of Anna Maria on the north side of the island, you’ll have several conveniently located options available to you for grocery shopping. However, there are also several quality stores near the center of the island in Holmes Beach which are a short bike or drive no matter where you are staying.
Where Do I Buy My Groceries?
The Olive Oil Outpost
The Olive Oil Outpost is a gourmet grocery store located at 401 Pine Ave. This is a popular place to get high quality ingredients for home cooking with a wide range of different imported delicacies available for purchase including cheeses, vinegars, olive oils and other gourmet oils, salami, chocolate, pasta, sauces, olives, wine, coffee, and much more. Be sure to check out this store for some very unique and flavor filled grocery items that you can use to make the most amazing meals at your Anna Maria Island vacation rental.
Anna Maria General Store
The Anna Maria General Store is located at 503 Pine Ave and offers a nice selection of grocery items and foods from local suppliers. Here you can purchase a wide range of different foods including peanut butter, breakfast items, cereal, fresh fruits and vegetables, milk, nuts, wine, beverages, snacks and more. You can also purchase freshly made foods here at very reasonable prices such as delicious sandwiches, cookies, and other desserts. The store also receives fresh fruit juices from local farms including lemonade, tangerine, grapefruit and orange juices.
Publix Super Market at Holmes Beach
As one of the largest supermarkets on Anna Maria Island, the Publix Super Market at 3900 E Bay Dr is the place to go for many of your grocery shopping needs. As a more traditional grocery store, you’ll find all of the staples that you may need for cooking a wide range of different meals, as well as gourmet items. If you want to save time on your shopping and have access to the widest range of different food items, this is the place to go.
Time Saver Food Store
If you are staying in the Holmes Beach area or if you are nearby, the Time Saver Food Store at 5353 Gulf Dr is an ideal spot to grab a few groceries and several wine options. Although it is a smaller store, you’ll find a number of different convenience items and a great selection of wines and cheeses. This is also one of the few liquor stores on the island, and it is open later than many of other liquor stores. Their customer support is very helpful and can give you great information about where to find the perfect ingredients for your next delicious homecooked meal as well as details about wine pairings.
Island Fresh Market
The Island Fresh Market is located at 5604 Marina Dr. in Holmes Beach and offers a great selection of local seafood, sustainable foods, and other produce and food products. Be sure to visit if you’re looking to purchase some of the island’s incredible and fresh local seafood or the catch of the day.
Bridge Street Market
The Bridge Street Market on Anna Maria Island is held every Sunday on the historic Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach from November through April and is the place to go for fresh produce, premade foods, seafood, gourmet foods and much more. As one of the Bradenton area’s most popular farmer’s markets, you’ll be able to purchase some very unique and delicious foods to cook with here.
Coquina Beach Market
When you’re out enjoying the peacefulness of the sparking white sand and clear waters of Coquina Beach, you can also stop at the nearby Beach Market at Coquina Beach to pick up some unique local foods, vegetables, fruits, and other fresh ingredients for cooking or premade meals. This market is open from November through July and December through April. The free Anna Maria Island trolley will take you to the area where the beach market is held for your convenience.