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Thank You To Perry & Sophie For Being Our Guests – Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals

Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217

Review Name’s: Perry & Sophie Headford

Review Date: Oct. 30/2018

Review Rating: 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Paradise!!!

✔️Terry was extremely helpful from start to finish
✔️The condo was lovely with every mod con
✔️The views from the condo were unbeatable
✔️The island itself was paradise
✔️Food was always fresh and beautifully cooked
✔️The Waterfront Restaurant, Sandbar and Swordfish were our favourite s
✔️Over all stunning
✔️Submitted: Oct 30, 2018 | Stayed: October 2018

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My Response:

Hi Perry & Sophie,

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this awesome review and thank you again for being our guests and we are thrilled you had a great time. Please keep us in mind for your future travel plans we would feel fortunate to have you as our guests again.

Sincerely,

Terry, Sandy & Family

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Advantages of Renting a VACATION Home Over a Hotel-Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals

Vacation rental homes are accommodations that you can rent directly from owners. How do you choose and how we can help?
Our first piece of advice is to plan accordingly and intentionally. Be specific about your needs. We all work hard for our vacations, make sure your accommodations work for you.
Next, book your vacation direct. Booking directly from a property owner rather than through an online booking site will probably save you a substantial amount of money. In the last couple of years, the big online travel agencies have instituted higher commissions from the rental managers and also started charging the travellers. Also when you work directly with the owner it makes for a far more personal experience. Once you have secured your booking with the property owner there are no hidden charges, you will know exactly what your cost will be with no surprise fees later.
Lastly, vacation rental owners will work with your budget, family size, preferences and your personal needs to make your decision to rent a vacation home easier.
Here are a few comparisons between vacation home rentals and hotels —
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AMENITIES — You will find conveniences and amenities at hotels and vacation rental homes. But, vacation homes are homes not just rooms. They include things you expect to find at home. For anyone that loves to cook a kitchen is first and foremost. Some guests enjoy eating out, but want the option to cook some meals in. A vacation rental property provides the convenience of cooking and is cost effective for families on a budget. When children are involved, nothing beats a kitchen. Kids always seem to be hungry and having a spot to make an early morning breakfast or a bedtime snack is crucial for everyone’s vacation happiness. Then there are the times the kids are tired and crabby. Or, us adults are tired and crabby. Sometimes we want to save a few dollars and a kitchen comes in handy. For some a kitchen is a necessity and to do without is not an option. With a hotel stay, dining out and not having to food shop or clean up can be convenient, but it comes at a cost. Full sized appliances, washer and dryer are usually available and included in the cost at rental homes and allow families the luxury of not having to take home a week or more of dirty clothes. Any hotels we have stayed in charge for any laundering services. Parking and Wi-Fi can cost extra at a hotel, but are standard with most vacation rentals. Rental homes often feature gourmet kitchens, luxury linens, big screen televisions with hundreds of channels, pools, outdoor grill with kitchens and more. All these amenities make for a much more comfortable vacation.
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PRICE — For anyone looking to book a vacation, price is usually a major consideration. If you are a solo traveler and are looking for a short simple, inexpensive stay, a hotel is an option. Another option is a vacation rental studio apartment which is typically cheaper than a hotel with the added convenience of a kitchenette. For those budget minded this option provides the advantage of cooking some or all of your meals in which can be a huge savings.
For families, the vacation rental option is almost always less in price then what you would pay at a hotel. The longer the stay at a vacation house rental, the nightly cost could average out to be less than the average hotel night’s stay. Cost savings can also be found in a vacation rental with a kitchen that allows guests to cook meals rather than eating at restaurants. For those travelling with your parents, other extended family members and friends you would be looking at two or more hotel rooms verses one rental. Between the expense of eating out and having to book two (or more) rooms to accommodate everyone, you can blow most of your budget. A home rental is almost always more cost effective.
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SIZE & SPACE — How much space will your party need? Your answer will determine your family needs and will be a key decider as to whether a vacation rental or hotel room is what you want. It is worth noting that an average hotel room is 325 square feet while an average vacation home gives you more than 1100 square feet. A long-term stay in a hotel room when your party is larger than two people doesn’t usually make for a happy stay. When it comes to square footage, vacation rentals are usually your best bet. A hotel room generally offers a king/queen or two double beds and one bathroom.  If you’re lucky, you will get a dorm-room fridge and a tiny coffee maker. Often the fridge is stocked by the hotel so there is not room for your personal drinks or food. Vacation rentals vary widely, but for a similar price to a single hotel room you’ll generally get two bedroom, two bathrooms, a living room, and a kitchen. All of our units have laundry facilities and are fully stocked. The kitchen comes with all the dishes, silverware, pots and pans that you will need to prepare and serve meals.  This is huge for most travellers. Many hotels do offer 2- and 3-bedroom options with small kitchenettes, however they tend to be quite pricey. For a family of three or four a one or two bedroom condo rental will give you the space you need. For large groups a multi-bedroom house with a full kitchen, multiple bathrooms and a living space is a great option. Families could save money by vacationing with a large group in a rental house, which allows the cost to be split. Consider too, the benefits of shared space when traveling with friends or extended family. Would you choose to crowd into someone’s hotel room and play a board game on someone’s bed or would you rather spend time as a group in a living room, dining area or kitchen?
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PRIVACY — Vacation home offers more privacy than a hotel. For people who like having their own space, hotel rooms are not very inviting. Housekeeping coming and going, thin walls, elevator and HVAC noise, crowded pools. With a vacation rental you set the schedule. Sleep when you like, eat when you like and no worrying about the housekeeping schedule. If you want some quality family bonding time and don’t want the intrusion of tourists then you should rent a vacation home. Even with a vacation home rental your children have plenty of opportunity to meet and make new friends at the beach or at any public attractions.
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LOCAL LIFE — Another positive aspect of using vacation rentals is the opportunity to enjoy a more authentic experience instead of being isolated behind the doors of a hotel.  When you go the vacation rental route, you act less like a tourist and more like a resident.  You won’t be dependent on restaurants, will be more likely to grocery shop and cook. When you shop with the locals, you have the opportunity to talk to the locals. A vacation rental property is homey. When you walk out of your front door, you might pass neighbours and engage in conversation. These are regular folks heading to work or maybe like you heading to the beach. These people are a good source for information and will probably be happy to answer any questions you might have about the community. Choosing vacation rentals allows you an inside view into the local lifestyle, culture and architecture that you might otherwise miss. A hotel? You’re surrounded only by other tourists and hotel staff.
When staying with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals-601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217 our focus and concern is you, our guest, and ensuring a comfortable stay and awesome experience. If you have any questions about one of our vacation rentals in Anna Maria Island, about what to see and do, or how best to enjoy the accommodation and its amenities we promise to provide you with all kinds of helpful information, and from our first-hand experience, too.
When planning your next family vacation please contact us at — annamariaislandcondorentals.com
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Our Latest Review:
Reviewer Name: Evan Stalcup

Review Date: Sep 15, 2018

Star Rating: 5
Beautiful Condo Right on the Beach
Left on Aug 30, 2018 for a stay in Aug 2018
My family and I stayed at this condo and it was amazing. From the moment you walk in for the first time, you are taken back by the beauty this unit has to offer. Everything from the floor to the paint on the walls has been renovated and updated. It was so enjoyable to visit this condo. It offers the best views on the beach with an outside deck and a master overlooking the ocean. The unit itself had everything you needed to have a great time on the beach and to just relax and enjoy being on island time. The condo is also close to so many things to do on the island, plenty of places to eat, shop and do adventures, walking distance. There is also a free bus trolley which will drive you around the island so you never have to worry about anything and getting home safe. The best part of this place are the owners, Terry is very easy to work with and super accommodating. He told us the best places to eat, where the locals go! And gave us everything we needed to have the perfect vacation. Couldn’t say enough good things about this place, definitely will be making a return trip and highly recommend anyone wanting the perfect get away to book this unit.My Response:

Hi Evan,

Thank you for the awesome review and thank you again for being our guests. It has been a pleasure working with you and we look forward to having you as our guests again on Anna Maria Island.

Sincerely,

Terry, Sandy & Family

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Note: The above comparisons/information are based on the personal opinion(s) of Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals.
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A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO KAEYLA COFFMAN AND FAMILY FOR THEIR AWESOME REVIEW

Our PERFECT Summer Vacation Every Year!!!

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Terry & Sandy have always went above and beyond to make our stay amazing. I’ve been staying with them since I was a teenager and I now have a husband and family of my own staying in the same unit and location I always have. There is no better place in Florida than to be in a vacation rental that is just like home. I can’t thank you Terry & Sandy enough for opening your homes with my family to share the love of the island with us as well. Each and every year the memories created are once in a lifetime and I am forever thankful for your condos! See you next year!
Submitted: Aug 10, 2018 | Stayed: July 2018
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My Response:

Hi Kaeyla,

Thank you for the awesome review and thank you for being our guests again. I have lost track of how many times you and your extended family have been our guests and our summers would never be complete without out you as our guests on Anna Maria Island.

Sincerely,
Terry, Sandy & Family

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AIRBNB RECONGIZES ANNA MARIA ISLAND CONDO RENTALS AS A “SUPER HOST”

 

We at Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217 are proud of the distinguished recognition bestowed upon us by travel giant Airbnb.com. Our goals are to provide all our guests with the best vacation experience they have ever had, memories that last a life time and personal friendships with our guests. This recognition validates our superior commitment to our guests vacation experience.

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Reviews:

Exceptional Place To Stay!!!
601 Gulf Dr. North, Anna Maria Island, FL, 34217, United States
Date of Stay
Jun 29, 2018
Helpful votes: 5/5
We were very pleased with our stay, the condo and the exceptional customer service we received. Terry went above and beyond to call and email us to ensure we did not need anything and offered many suggestions of things to do. The unit was clean and one of the best we have stayed in. Though the unit is not beach front, it is a minimal walk to the beach. There are so many things to do within the distance of the condo. We will be back next year and staying here again. Thank you for a painless vacation!

My Response:

Hi Amy, Thank you for the nice review it is very much appreciated. I cannot express to you how happy we are that you booked for next year before you even arrived at our condo. We are looking forward to having you as our guests again next summer. Hope you enjoy the rest of your summer. Sincerely, Terry, Sandy & Family

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Exceptional Experience On Anna Maria Island!!!
601 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach, FL, 34217, United States
Date of Stay
Jun 22, 2018
Helpful votes: 5/5
this condo exceeded our expectations. When you walk in the view is the first think you notice and it is mesmerizing. Beautifully decorated with no expense spared. All decor is modern and appropriate with muted tones and designed for comfort. The flooring is a light color of white, greys and light blue but its texture is soft on bare feet. The showers have to have a mention as they were beautiful with granite shower walls and rain fall shower heads. Perfection! Terry was a wonderful host. He checked in on us from time to time to offer suggestions on restaurants and to see if we needed anything. We took his recommendations and he didn’t lead us astray, wonderful food. Sitting on the balcony at night was a favorite pastime. Terry was stocked up with beach chairs, umbrellas, toys and towels. The beds were so soft! you sink right into them. Thank you Terry and Sandy for sharing your beautiful condo with us and we hope to see you soon…Diana Paris

My Response:

Diana, This is such an awesome review and we cannot thank you enough. When you booked our condo for the same week next year it was the best compliment we could have received. It was such a pleasure working with you and having you as our guests. We are so looking forward to having you as our guests again next summer. Thank you again, Terry, Sandy & Family

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Beautiful Condo Wonderful Host
601 Gulf Dr. North, Anna Maria Island, FL, 34217, United States
Date of Stay
Jun 22, 2018
Helpful votes: 5/5
Absolute Anna Maria was in a perfect location . It was decorated beautifully and for a family of 4, it was all the room we needed. The kitchen was a joy to cook in; all new appliances and stocked with everything we might need. the condo overlooks the pool and beach so you really couldn’t ask for a better location. All the neighbors were very nice and helpful and Terry was very attentive. Can’t wait to return! ….J

My Response:

Hi Diana, Thank you for your awesome review. It was our pleasure working with you and having you as our guests. We are thrilled you will be our guests again next summer. Sincerely, Terry, Sandy & Family

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Wonderful Condo And Owners Are Super!!!
601 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach, FL, 34217, United States
Date of Stay
Jun 1, 2018
Helpful votes: 5/5
This is the 2nd time we stayed at this condo! We love it and will definitely stay again! The owners just recently did many updates and its beautiful! Beautiful ocean views and steps away from the beach which is never busy in that area! Terry the owner is helpful with anything thing that you need..where to eat…do you need any information …is the condo good..super awesome owners to work with for sure!! Close to everything on the island and you can take the shuttle if you do not want to use your car! Would definitely recommend this condo to anyone!! Once again THANK YOU Terry and Sandy and family for sharing your paradise with us! Donna and Tony

My Response:

Hi Donna & Tony, Thank you for the awesome review and thank you again for being our guests. It was been a pleasure working with you as always and please keep us in mind for your future travel plans we would feel fortunate to have you as our guests again. Hope you have a great summer. Sincerely, Terry, Sandy & Family

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Best Location On The Island!!!!
601 Gulf Dr. North, Anna Maria Island, FL, 34217, United States
Date of Stay
Jun 8, 2018
Helpful votes: 5/5
Perfect Vacation getaway. The condo was in excellent condition and VERY clean. Balcony view of the pool and an ocean view. This condo is walking distance to many different restaurants, ice cream shop, putt putt, pier, as well as little Beach shops. We parked our car on Saturday and didn’t touch it till Thursday. The owner of this condo is by far the best I have ever worked with. Truly amazing people that genuinely want you to have a GREAT stay at their condo. I would HIGHLY recommend this condo and we will definitely be back!

My Response:

Hi Grant, Thank you for the awesome review and we are thrilled you had a great vacation and stay with us. It was a pleasure working, with you, having you as our guests and we were thrilled you chose our condo to celebrate your birthday at. We look forward to having you as our guests again on Anna Maria Island. Sincerely, Terry, Sandy & Family

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Family Friendly Beach Getaway!!!
601 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach, FL, 34217, United States
Date of Stay
Oct 29, 2017
Helpful votes: 5/5
We absolutely loved the location of this condo! We explored all the beaches but found the one directly across the road had the best beach and least amount of people. We walked to a different restaurant every evening. It’s close to the bridge street warf where we rented fishing rods. Lots of shopping handy too. The condo itself was very well equipped with everything we needed to cook and go to the beach. Beds where super comfy. The TV was huge with a ton of channels…not that we had time to watch it much! Our 3 kids slept in the guest bedroom and had lots of room for their things. All the furniture was very modern and new. The view from the deck is stunning but u can also see the ocean from almost every window. On our arrival there was wine and chocolates on the counter waiting for us. Terry was super helpful and gave us lots of advice on where to eat and what to see. He also gave us his cell number if we needed help with anything. We loved our stay and would return in a heartbeat!

My Response:

Hi Jennifer, Thank you so much for the awwwwesome review. It was such a pleasure working with you and having you as our guests. Please keep us in mind for your future travel plans we would feel fortunate to have you as our guests again. Thank you again for being our guests. Sincerely, Terry, Sandy & Family

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A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO DONNA & TONY CHURLA FOR THEIR AWESOME REVIEW AND FOR BEING OUT GUESTS AGAIN ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND

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This is the 2nd time we stayed at this condo! We love it and will definitely stay again! The owners just recently did many updates and its beautiful! Beautiful ocean views and steps away from the beach which is never busy in that area! Terry the owner is helpful with anything thing that you need..where to eat…do you need any information …is the condo good..super awesome owners to work with for sure!! Close to everything on the island and you can take the shuttle if you do not want to use your car! Would definitely recommend this condo to anyone!! Once again THANK YOU Terry and Sandy and family for sharing your paradise with us! Donna and Tony
 
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My Response

Hi Donna & Tony, Thank you for the awesome review and thank you again for being our guests. It was been a pleasure working with you as always and please keep us in mind for your future travel plans we would feel fortunate to have you as our guests again.
Hope you have a great summer.
Sincerely, Terry, Sandy & Family
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A Big Thank-You To The Rudolph Family For Their Awesome Review

Family friendly beach getaway!!!!
601 Gulf Drive N. Anna Maria Island, Florida, 34217, United States
 Helpful votes: 5/5
We absolutely loved the location of this condo! We explored all the beaches but found the one directly across the road had the best beach and least amount of people. We walked to a different restaurant every evening. It’s close to the bridge street warf where we rented fishing rods. Lots of shopping handy too. The condo itself was very well equipped with everything we needed to cook and go to the beach. Beds where super comfy. The TV was huge with a ton of channels…not that we had time to watch it much! Our 3 kids slept in the guest bedroom and had lots of room for their things. All the furniture was very modern and new. The view from the deck is stunning but u can also see the ocean from almost every window. On our arrival there was wine and chocolates on the counter waiting for us. Terry was super helpful and gave us lots of advice on where to eat and what to see. He also gave us his cell number if we needed help with anything. We loved our stay and would return in a heartbeat!
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My Response

Hi Jennifer, Thank you so much for the awwwwesome review. It was such a pleasure working with you and having you as our guests. Please keep us in mind for your future travel plans we would feel fortunate to have you as our guests again. Thank you again for being our guests.
Sincerely,
Terry, Sandy & Family
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Our favorite beach is simply the beach out front with private access at Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 64217  — A perfect spot to spend the day and ideal for watching the breathtaking sunset. It is simple and pretty and one of the finest Gulf of Mexico beaches along the sun coast.
As our guest, there are other area beaches that you might like to explore. Here is a list in order of distance, closest to furthest from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals.
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Cortez Beach — Featuring 140 feet of undeveloped beach it picks up just south of us and ends at the North part of Coquina Beach. This is a unique “Old Florida” style beach, with tall trees lining the beach along with native grasses, sand dunes and sea oats. Combine this with the sandy beach and beautiful gulf waters to make a picture postcard setting. This is a fabulous beach with a completely different feel from Coquina Beach. There are no life guards so you swim or surf at your own risk and there are no amenities like children’s playgrounds, volley ball areas or beach chair rentals.
Although you can still reserve a picnic pavilion here and there are restrooms nearby this is a much quieter beach.
If you drive, Cortez Beach sits on Gulf Drive South on Anna Maria Island, so just slowly cruise the street while looking for a parking spot on the right (west) roadside parking area. You basically pull off Gulf Drive South and on to the side of the road to park. As you jump out of your car you can taste the salty air. This is a beach where you can enjoy the blue skies, warm Florida sun, white sand and make an exceptional day of it.
This Manatee County Beach is open daily from sunrise to sunset.
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Located on the southern end of Anna Maria Island this is spectacular beach with white sand and turquoise blue water. Coquina Beach offers on duty lifeguards, a concession stand, beach equipment rentals (umbrellas, beach chairs) picnic areas, children’s playground, volleyball courts, water fountains and restrooms. There is a multi-use biking/walking path spanning a large distance. Coquina is lined with tall pine trees offering shady covering for the picnic area where you can enjoy your food and drink. At the southern end of the beach you can sit and watch the boats pass from the west into the inter-coastal waterway looking across at Beer Can Alley. The northern end tends to be a bit quieter where you can relax and maybe if you are lucky you will spot some of the dolphins that frequent the shoreline.
The Coquina beach park is conveniently located on a trolley stop, so you are able to get to it easily from our condo. There is plenty of parking available for those wanting to drive their car.
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Manatee Beach — 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach
This beautiful white sand beach is a popular spot for families visiting Anna Maria Island. With lifeguards on duty, picnic tables, children’s playground and volleyball courts, this is a gorgeous natural Florida beach. There is a Café on the beach with indoor and outdoor seating. Other facilities include rest rooms, changing stalls, showers, water fountains, umbrella and beach chair rentals. There are also picnic tables in the shade, tucked under the Australian pines. For us beach walkers…you can walk for miles, north or south of Manatee Beach. A five minute drive from our condo and right on a trolley stop this public beach is in a central location on the island. There is lots of parking in the good sized lot and it is free! This is a very popular beach that fills up fast. Definitely worth a visit!
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Beer Can Island/Greer Island Park/Hooked Spit
Located on the northern tip of Longboat Key at Longboat Pass drawbridge. this undeveloped white sand beach is a popular hangout for locals. Virtually everyone comes by boat, but you can walk here in low tide like we did. By boat you will have easy access and if you are driving you should park your car at the west end of N. Shore Rd and walk north along the gulf. The beach will curve and you will find many old fallen trees. Continue walking (now east) to Longboat Pass where you will find a group boats anchored to the beach. The entire walk is about half a mile one way and is really tranquil. You don’t have to go all the way down to the boaters and can setup your beach spot anywhere. The swimming here isn’t great, because there are dangerous rip currents in Longboat Pass. It’s safer to swim where you park the car off N. Shore Rd. or across the bridge at Coquina Beach. You will find, even at low tide, there are quite a few rocks to clamber over and it is not really accessible with little ones (except by boat). However, the beach at the Northern end of Longboat is still a wonderful place to visit and to escape the crowds. The twisted trees seem to tell a story and I’m sure they have a lot to tell.
Incidentally there are no public restrooms or lifeguards here.
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Whitney Beach — Approximately a quarter-mile long, Whitney Beach is located directly across from Whitney Plaza at the north end of Longboat Ley. Once you’re on Longboat Key, simply follow Gulf of Mexico Drive until you find a road off to the right near North Shore Rd. This is the area in which you want to be that leads out to Whitney Beach. There is a public parking area conveniently located on Broadway Street just west of Gulf of Mexico Drive. Approximately a seven minute drive from our condo this beach extends southward behind several condominium residences. With no amenities you will have to bring what you require for this beach. This is a pristine beach where you will find lots and lots of shells.
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This beach has beautiful white sand that even in the hottest sun, won’t burn your feet. The water is crystal clear and usually nice and calm. A great location for a beach family picnic, with pavilions, grills, benches, showers, water fountains, playground and restrooms. It does not have lifeguard services. Approximately a ten minute drive from our condo and there is a free trolley stop at the City Pier right next to the park.
Bayfront Park offers some of the best views of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge and Egmont Key with excellent picnic and grilling facilities. Visit this beach to enjoy an afternoon barbecue with your family while enjoying the scenery.
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Bean Point — This gorgeous, secluded white sand beach which wraps around the whole northern part of Anna Maria Island is probably the quietest beach on the Island. Situated on the northern tip of the Island where the Gulf of Mexico meets the Bay the view is as peaceful as it is beautiful. There are no facilities here, therefore, it doesn’t seem to attract tourists so you might very well have the beach to yourself. If you need a break from the Florida sunshine there are lots of pine trees around so you can enjoy the shade. Swimming is not always recommended here because of the risk of strong currents and riptides so please use caution. You can certainly walk along the long shoreline and enjoy the tranquil views. Bean Point is also well known for its incredible sunsets! This is also a great place to fly a kite. Park on any of the side streets in the area and make your way to this beach at the northern tip.
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WHY WE LOVE BRADENTON BEACH (ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND)

Anytime is a good time to soak up the beautiful Florida sunshine on Bradenton Beach, Anna Maria Island! Spend your vacation on the beach, jet skiing, kayaking, or shopping, dining and listening to live music on Bridge Street. Bradenton Beach offers plenty of fun things to do for everyone! Enjoy your next vacation with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals-601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217 as you make memories that will last a lifetime.
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We are located in Bradenton Beach on Anna Maria Island, Florida, on the Gulf Coast only a short drive from Bradenton and Sarasota. Bradenton Beach is a small city and home of Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals. Well known for its sugar-white sand beaches, turquoise waters, bright blue sky, fishing piers and a quaint strip of shops, family owned restaurants and businesses. Upon your arrival you will notice the slow pace of Anna Maria Island. The speed limit on most of Gulf Drive (the main road on Anna Maria Island) is 25 mph with some small stretches a maximum of 35 mph. You will not find any hi-rise buildings and drive-through restaurants are prohibited here. Shunning the building of hi-rise hotels and condominiums, Bradenton Beach has kept that friendly family-oriented feel. Instead you will find companies offering bicycle, kayak, paddleboard, sailboats, Segways and fishing equipment rentals. You can rent a car, but most everything on Bradenton Beach is walkable. There is a FREE Island Trolley that rides north to the City of Anna Maria and south to Coquina Beach with lots of stops in between. For your convenience there is a trolley stop right out front of our condo. There is a Publix grocery store and Walgreens on the Island, both a quick trolley ride away.
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The Beach — With miles of beach right out front of our condo, spend your days basking in beach paradise. Each day you will wake to a different beach.  Always soft white sand scattered with beautiful shells, the waters are generally calm, but the wave height can vary from a foot to barely a ripple. Take walks on the beach, run on the beach, find sea shells and listen to the waves gently lapping against the shore. You can see porpoise swimming by, maybe putting on a little show for you. Expect to see lots of pelicans and other wildlife, fishermen and sometimes manatee. You will find beach chairs provided in your condo, then pick your spot on the beach and relax as you breath in the fresh Island air. Soak in the sunshine and the gorgeous Island atmosphere then cool off off in the crystal clear Gulf of Mexico water. Grab a cooler and enjoy some snacks as you relax in paradise.
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Lots of Activities — Book a Parasailing tour and get a different view of Bradenton Beach. Floating above the clear, blue water of the Gulf of Mexico, parasailing off the coast of Anna Maria Island is like sailing in paradise. With breathtaking panoramic views of the Gulf and intracoastal waterways, dolphins, turtles or stingray can possibly be seen.
Rent a Jet-Ski, sailboat or kayak and explore the local waters. With several boat and eco-tours—you are sure to find something that will suit everyone in your party!
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Bradenton Beach Scenic Highway — the word highway confuse some people, because a highway on the quiet, quaint little city of Bradenton Beach, well that’s just not possible. But, it does meet the criteria of a highway (often referred to as a byway). The Bradenton Scenic Highway is a 3 mile section of Gulf Drive/SR 789 beginning at Longboat Pass Bridge extending to the northern city limits of Bradenton Beach. It is pedestrian friendly and you can safely walk or ride a bicycle along this waterfront stretch. It is beautifully greenscaped and offers amazing views of the Gulf of Mexico, Sarasota Bay and Coquina Beach. Walk or ride a bike along the route and stop to view the wildlife, picnic areas The byway intersects Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach, which continues
The island community located along the Scenic Corridor provides both environmental and historic educational opportunities that have maintained the Old Florida ambiance of both the architectural and natural flavor.
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Dining on Bradenton Beach — Whether you consider yourself a foodie or not, you can’t help but love the variety of local dining available. Waterfront dining, French, Italian or Mexican food, dining with live entertainment— Bradenton Beach has it all! Ice cream shops? Pick your flavour cause we have those too! Enjoy a meal or sweet treat from the list below.
Anna Maria Oyster Bar on The Pier
BeachHouse Restaurant
Big Olaf Creamery
Blue Marlin Grill
Bridge Street Bistro
Bridge Tender Inn
French Table
Gulf Drive Café
Island Creperie
Island Time Bar and Grill
Joe’s Eats and Sweets
Oma’z Pizza and Italian Restaurant
Sharky’s Seagrill
Smoqehouse
The Kokonut Hut
Wicked Cantina
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Shopping — If your looking to find the perfect souvenir, piece of jewellery or treasure then you have come to the right place. Search the quaint and cozy boutiques and shop for pieces of Bradenton Beach to take home with you and keep as memories of your vacation. Some great shops to check out are: Bridge Street Bazaar, Back Alley Treasures, Bridge Street Interiors, Green Turtle Shell & Gift Shop, One Stop Shell Shop, Sea-Renity Spa and Boutique and Tide & Moon Jewellery.
Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals invite you to call us today to book your most peaceful and relaxing vacation.
TripAdvisor Reviews-March/April 2018
  1. My husband and I stayed five days at Bradenton Beach on Anna Maria Island. Our intention was just to unplug and relax. This beach community is perfect! There are good restaurants and access to public beaches easily within walking distance. A free trolley will take you to other communities on the island which makes shopping convenient as well as just exploring the island. Many tours and activities are available from kayak tours, where you’ll likely see dolphins, sea turtles and manatee, to Segway tours. We visited after spring break and the crowds were light. I can see where this area would become less desirable during heavy tourist times because these are small, quaint fishing villages with limited space. I highly recommend this location to enjoy amazing sunsets, fresh fish and tropical cocktails!
  2. Lots of parking. Beautiful white sandy beaches. Nice walking/running path adjacent to the beach. Fun shops and restaurants on Bridge Street.
  3. It was my kids’ first beach vacation. We went to Lido Beach day one, Bradenton Beach day two, and Siesta Key day three. They enjoyed Bradenton the most. Lido sand was pretty rough, Siesta Key’s sand was too fine and was a good quarter mile to get to the water, but they loved Bradenton the most since they had something to do. It wasn’t as busy and there decent sized small shells to find. It kept them interested for hours. Not to mention that the seagulls at Bradenton weren’t nearly as aggressive as Siesta Key.
  4. The ocean is truly good for the soul. I crave the ocean water and waves. Being from northeast North Dakota, one week of beachtime is a means for revival and survival! It’s beautiful living where I do, but there is something medicinal about the ocean! I love the privacy of Bradenton Beach near the location where we stayed. It was our own oasis! Walking on the beach or swimming in the gulf waters were an asylum for us/me. I look forward to coming back for a few more sunsets and the whispering and sometimes turbulent ocean breezes!!
  5. We spent a long weekend here and had a great time enjoying the beach and the beautiful sunsets!! Loved this place!!
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BRIDGE TENDER INN CHARITY EVENT – ANNA MARIA ISLAND – 4/28/2018

Come join the fun and support this Great Event!
Vets & Pets Street Party — Saturday, April 28, 2018 — 12:00 – 6:00 pm
Bridge Tender’s charity event for Vintage Paws & Liberty Manor —
~Pet Friendly Event
~Musicians playing – Brigid’s Cross
~Food and Beer Specials
~Cornhole tournament
~Lots of prizes
~Lots of fun for the whole family
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The Bridge Tender Inn and Dockside Bar located on historic Bridge Street overlooking Sarasota Bay in Bradenton Beach is a favorite among locals and visitors from all over the world. Their extensive menu offers plenty of selection, tasty appetizers, fresh seafood, chicken and duck! The Bridge Tender Inn has three full service bars with live daily entertainment. Travelling by water, there are docks available. By land, free parking in front of restaurant is available. Want to experience great views, endless Bradenton Beach character and old Florida charm? Bridge Tender Inn has it all!
bridge Tender Inn is a short five minute walk from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals601 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach.

I took this YouTube video on one of our recent visits to the Bridge Tender Inn

Brigid’s Cross — since their inception in 1996, Paul and Peggy/Brigid’s Cross play it all…contemporary Irish music, traditional Celtic folk, country, rock, alternatives and their own originals. When they are not traveling, they spend time in their hometown of Cleveland, Ohio playing at some fabulous local venues. In the colder months, They perform right here in Bradenton Beach, which is their Florida base at The Bridge Tender Inn. Paul is a master violinist while Peggy’s main instrument is the keyboard and she is well recognized for her amazing human beer fountain! We have seen them play many times to an always full house at the Bridge Tender Inn. They are so talented, funny and exude high energy as they interact with the crowd. Bridge Tender Inn is top on our list of dining recommendations for our guests of Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals and especially when Brigid’s Cross is on the schedule.
Not only is this an awesome charity event, but great food and great entertainment too!
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Recent Reviews-TripAdvisor
  1. Rustic restaurant right on the water overlooking inlet with boats, pier, picturesque clock tower. Sit under the trees on wrought iron seats with awesome views, enjoying great tropical drinks, good service and ample servings of delicious food. Also live entertainment, sports on TV and indoor seating.
  2. We ate here multiple times on vacation and will return! Awesome location with live music and water views. the food was great and drinks flowed well.
  3. Being from Ohio we heard this band called Brigid’s Cross was playing. Well since we’re old and normally are in bed by 9 we decided to arrive and hour and a half before show time at 7 and watch a few songs. After a great meal, a few drinks , and meeting lots of new friends ( they made us dance) we had the time of our life. We stayed till the end! The music was unbelievable and wow did this couple put on a show second to none. I have heard they always have great talent playing at Bridge Tender Inn. Oh by the way next day we were a little sore haven’t had that much fun in a long time. Strongly suggest this place for great food and a great time.
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REASONS TO VISIT ANNA MARIA ISLAND AND STAY WITH ANNA MARIA ISLAND CONDO RENTALS 

When we bought our first condo in 1989 friends would ask, what is it that you love so much about Anna Maria island?  Once they visited it only took them a few minutes to understand.

For those of you that haven’t stayed with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217  before here are just a few of the things we Love about Anna Maria Island …

—As soon as you arrive you will experience first hand the Old Florida atmosphere. No hi-rise buildings, no chain restaurants or chain stores just lots of quaint shops and restaurants. Locals here are friendly, warm and laid back. Here you will see pastel coloured beach houses with locals and tourists riding bicycles. Anna Maria Island has that old Florida feel with the conveniences of modern living. Any amount of time on Anna Maria Island is the perfect amount of time to melt away the stress you brought with you. With its slow-pace and beauty Anna Maria Island is a perfect place to reconnect with both nature and yourself and one of the many reasons people come back time after time.

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—The beauty of the calm waters and the soft white sand beaches. You can be on your own private beach right out front of the condo from sunrise to sunset. Or, you can choose to go to the popular family-friendly public beach with full facilities like Coquina and Manatee Public Beaches.

—The beautiful weather. With an average of 361 days of sunshine a year making every day a beach day. The average temperature on Anna Maria Island is 74 degrees Fahrenheit or 23 degrees Celsius. When it’s cold or snowing at home you can be walking in your flip flops, wearing shorts, swimming in the pool or lounging at the beach. As I’m writing this the temperature on Bradenton Beach is 84 Fahrenheit or 29 Celsius and Sunny!
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—Sunset watchers beware the incredible sunsets on Anna Maria Island. Any month you visit the Island you are able to catch spectacular sunsets. Such an amazing feeling as you watch the sun drop below the horizon gently into the Gulf of Mexico. Many restaurants on the island offer amazing waterfront views for sunset watchers.

—You don’t need a car on Anna Maria Island. Free Trolley service, Island Monkey Bus, Golf Cart or Bicycle Rental makes getting from place to place easy and convenient. Anna Maria Island is also very walkable.

—Anna Maria Island restaurants serve great food and there are many restaurants to choose from. You can walk along the beach to go out for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Some restaurants are right on the beach offering a “toes in the sand” experience. We can give you the names of at least ten restaurants within a five minute walk from our condo and almost all are kid friendly. You won’t find any chain restaurants on the island, rather quaint island restaurants. Please check our other blogs for restaurant suggestions.

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—There is so much to see and do on Anna Maria Island. A must see is historic Bridge Street, a short walk from the condo with lots of fun shops and restaurants. On Bridge Street you will find a varied selection of restaurants serving breakfast, lunch or dinner.  At the end of Bridge Street is the Bradenton Beach pier where you can watch the boats go by and enjoy the sensational views of Sarasota Bay.  On your way home stop for some ice cream at Big Olaf’s or Tyler’s ice cream shop. At the North end of the Island on Pine Avenue you will find our family’s favourite donut shop, The Donut Experiment. Pine Street is home to lots of local and sustainable boutique shops. Amazing outdoor adventures on Anna Maria Island are plentiful. You can choose from dolphin boat tours, kayaking, biking, snorkelling, stand up paddle boarding, jet-skiing, hiking, parasailing and so much more.

—Your hosts of Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals will help you find just about anything you need, from things you want to do and things you don’t want to do. While on vacation you might want more time at the beach and don’t want to spend time in the grocery store, we will put you in touch with someone to shop for you. If you need help booking tours or rentals of any kind, just ask us.

—If you’re lucky enough to be on an extended stay there are plenty of fun social events in the winter months to get involved with and a lot of volunteering groups that are constantly looking for help. Ask and we will point you in the right direction.

I think after vacationing with us on Anna Maria Island you will find it is a place you won’t visit only once. Like us, you will find it’s a place you want to return to.

Contact us today at 289-660-2331 and let us prepare your dream vacation to Anna Maria Island!

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*Please note — Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals offer the above company names and affiliated links as suggestions only. We are not receiving commissions from any and are listing them only as an aid for our guests. We recommend services that we or close friends and family have experienced so we are confident you will be in good hands.
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