March 18th we got the itch to go see something different. Judy had been to the Red Barn Market in Bradenton and suggested that we give it try. Just west of Bradenton is Anna Maria Island which is a great spot to spend an afternoon.
It is what is called a barrier island along the coast. It is a seven mile strip of white sand.
So this morning we saddled up and the four of us headed out on a day of sun, sand and shopping.
A two hour drive got us to the market and she was right. It is huge. We walked around for at least an hour and we didn't even hit the entire place. We did pick up a couple of items before heading over the bridge to the island.
We arrived at Holmes Beach where we parked and jumped on the free ship utile bus that takes you from one end of the is,and to the other. Our first stop was the southern tip at Bradenton Beach. John and Judy are ready for our adventure of the day.
The Coquina Bay Walk took us up through the shrub, over boardwalks and to different advantage points along the water.
After that hard work in the 90' weather we headed back to the beach for ice cream!!
Then back on the shuttle for the ride to the north tip of the island where there is a pier that you can walk out to a restaurant at the end. Lots of people out there fishing also. A neat spot.
Back on the shuttle again to take us back to Holmes Beach where we went for a nice long walk on the beautiful white sand beach.
A stop at Long Horns on the way home for a lovely dinner to top off another awesome day in paradise.