Planning Your Ideal Vacation — Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals

We understand there is so much more to your vacation than just accommodations.
When you think about your next holiday what comes to mind?
We’ve put together the following information to help you choose your vacation destination.
Where should we go? Looking for something that is not a densely populated tourist hot spot? Anna Maria Island (AMI) Florida is a little gem along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico that offers a perfect mix for those seeking total and utter relaxation or those wanting a more active, but still relaxing vacation. Anna Maria Island with 7 miles of bright, white powdery sand beaches, crystal clear turquoise water and old Florida charm is a popular tourist destination unlike others. The locals have done an amazing job of maintaining the island’s charm with no chain restaurants and no high rise buildings. You will find old beach cottages, gently swaying palms tress and award winning picture perfect beaches. Combine all that with the beautiful Florida sunshine and you have the idyllic atmosphere of Anna Maria Island. Watching sunrises colouring the radiant sky or viewing spectacular sunsets you will be delighted you have come to this beautiful Island.
Where will we stay? Stay with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals and you will have everything you could possibly need to spend a vacation in paradise. From the white sandy beaches of Anna Maria Island, private beach access, luxurious condos featuring a heated pool, lanais overlooking the beach or pool and amazing location, we offer everything you need for a blissful, tropical vacation. 
When should we book? Reserving your rental at least six to 12 weeks before you travel will improve the variety of inventory available. Typically our rates are not subject to the same changes as airfares or hotel rates. Thinking the inventory is unlimited? It’s not. Supply is limited and when supplies run out, so does your chance to book. So, our advice…if you like it, book it as soon as possible.
When is the best time to go? Anytime. If you want to enjoy a tropical climate, then Florida is the place for you. Florida has an average annual high of 80F, offering year round sunny, warm weather.
Every year residents from the northern United States, Canada and other cold weather countries flock to Florida in search of sunny skies and warmer temperatures. Because of this people think the months from January to April offer the best weather of the year. But, other months offer an equally perfect vacationing environment –
For example, Anna Maria Island, Florida from December to March sees average day temperatures from low 70’s to high 70’s. April to June low to high 80’s and July and August mid-high 80’s with some low to mid 90 degree temperatures. September to November low to high 80’s.
In my opinion, May and mid-September through November offer the best in terms of ideal temperatures – both air and water. Average daily highs ranging from low to mid 80’s and Gulf of Mexico water temperatures hovering around 80F delivers near perfect conditions for your vacation. These months are usually dry with lowish humidity and on top of that are quieter months. The snowbirds are gone, kids are in school which mean you have the Anna Maria Island beaches almost to yourselves.
Temperature tolerance is different for each of us. Some people think they will melt in the Florida summer heat. For me, summertime weather on Anna Maria Island is ideal. From June-August, average daily high temperatures range from 85 F – 91 F. With a 5-15 mph tropical beach breeze felt most prominently on the beach, most find it is quite comfortable. The Gulf of Mexico is typically 5-10 degrees cooler than the air temperatures making the water pristine! A swimsuit, cooler and beach umbrella are all you need for a most enjoyable day on the beach.
As you plan the perfect trip, remember any time of year is a great time to vacation in Anna Maria Island. 
How will we get there? Plane, bus, train or car? 
One of the many advantages of choosing Anna Maria Island as your travel destination, is that it is easily driveable from most American States and Canada. Plus, there are five International Airports within 2 hours of Anna Maria Island. Most visitors either fly or drive, but if that’s not your thing and you are willing to spend a little more time, consider travelling by train or bus which is as much an experience as it is transportation. Wether you arrive via air, train or bus there are many transportation services available to pick you up and deliver you safely to our condos.
How far is it from the airport? The closest airport to us, Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ), is approximately 15 minutes. SRQ is a relatively small airport making it very easy to navigate. The baggage area is easy to find and the car rentals are in the same area. In 2018 SRQ added a series of new destinations flights from budget airlines to/from some very popular locations. With many low cost, non-stop flights now being offered, Sarasota Bradenton International Airport is our the airport of choice. Tampa International Airport (TPA), another great options for our guests, is exactly 1 hour door to door. TPA offers an abundance of flights to many destinations. The driving time to: Orlando International (MCO) 1 hour 50 minutes, Clearwater/St.Petersburg (PIE) 45 minutes, and Fort Myers Southwest Florida (RSW) 1 hour 40 minutes; these are great airports as well.
How can we get around? Worried you won’t have a car when you arrive, don’t be. Unbelievable as it may seem, you really can get around the seven mile Island of Anna Maria without a car. Anna Maria Island offers you several transportation options: the Free Island Trolley operates daily from 6:00 am to 10:30 pm running approximately every 20 minutes. It will take you from Anna Maria at the northern tip to Coquina Beach, the Southernmost point of the Island & yes, it is FREE. Island Monkey Bus, a tip only ride service on Anna Maria Island and beyond. Golf cart Rental is readily available and a fun way to see the Island. Bike rental. Walk. Shopping, restaurants, and loads of activities are all within walking distance of our vacation property.
Upon booking with us, we are happy to help you choose the means of transportation that is right for you.
What will we do when we’re there? There is plenty to do on Anna Maria Island (AMI) Whether you’re looking for a quiet escape from reality or prefer a more lively experience there’s something for you on the island. You can go to the beach. With private beach access you will find less crowds in an area that’s almost exclusively yours. Walk the beach, you have 7 miles of it to enjoy or if you want true relaxation, sit and listen to the sound of the waves. You can bike the Island. Rent a bike and discover the Island, the peaceful neighbourhoods and the slow lifestyle of AMI. Follow along an unbeaten path, you never know what you might find. Go Paddleboarding, jet skiing, sailing or kayaking. Rentals are available right on the beach. Walk to Historic Bridge Street on Bradenton Beach. You will find lots of quaint shops, restaurants, and a nice pier at the end of Bridge Street. Well you’re there stop for a game of mini-putt and then to the courtyard at Blue Marlin where you can listen to live music and enjoy some delicious seafood. Rent a Golf cart or take the Free trolley to the North end of the Island. Have your picture taken at the old Anna Maria Jail and go shopping on Pine Avenue. With no shortage of shops you will find quaint, boutique clothing stores, culinary specialty stores, and more! Take your wallet as is likely you will find something you want to buy.
Can I play golf? – There is only one golf course on Anna Maria Island and it is gorgeous! The club is members only, but you can pay a guest fee of around $500. A little pricey for most, but don’t be discouraged there are many courses near Anna Maria Island.
Bradenton Country Club is a beautiful course designed with fountains, lots of trees, and lagoons. It is a 18 hole course located just 10 minutes east of the Island.
Timber Creek Golf Course is a nine hole course located 10 minutes east of Anna Maria Island. Not only is it a budget friendly course, but perfect for beginners and families. 
Manatee County Golf Course is located in West Bradenton, about 10 minutes from Anna Maria Island. This public course will challenge even you scratch golfers.
IMG Academy Golf Club is a prestigious club located about 15 minutes from Anna Maria Island. Facilities include a driving range.
So as you can see, yes you can golf when vacationing on Anna Maria Island. For a full list please inquire upon booking with us.
Can we take yoga classes?
Yoga on vacation, of course! Beach yoga or in studio classes are available.
All weekly studio classes are on a DROP-IN basis. Gentle and Flow classes limited to 25 students. Restorative classes limited to 15 students. Once your reservation with us is confirmed please request yoga information. We will be happy to provide you with everything you need to get in touch with the local yoga group.
Is it a good place for the kids? Not only is Anna Maria Island beautiful, it is also a great place for families. The island is not overly large. It is big enough to offer lots to do and yet small enough that everything is easily accessible.  On AMI, you won’t experience long lines, crazy traffic or other headaches while on vacation with your little (or big) ones.
Here are a few of our family favourites:
Go to the beach – Build sandcastles, swim, throw a ball around, bury each other in the sand. There are so many fun things to do at the beach.
Hunt for seashells – You can find shells anywhere on the beach, but for really great shelling go to Greer Island aka Beer Can Island. Located just south of Coquina Beach it is a perfect spot to grab some beautiful shells.
Get Donuts – This is always at the top of our list. The Donut Experiment for the most delicious donuts. You must experience these made to order donuts with multiple options of glaze, toppings galore, and even a drizzle of choice!
Play Miniature Golf – A fun activity for all ages. Who doesn’t love watching the ball sink in the hole? On historic Bridge Street which is full of other shops, restaurants and activities, so you can spend a whole morning, afternoon or evening there.
Or, rent kayaks and tour the mangroves, visit Mote Marine & Aquarium in Sarasota, parasail, the list is almost endless.
Where will we eat and drink? Our condos are complete with fully equipped kitchens and there are several nearby markets to find fresh local seafood, locally grown seasonal veggies and fresh spices. There is also a Publix Supermarket on the Island a few minutes from our condo and Island delivery service is also available.
We always suggest our guests dine out at least once. Why? Because the food on the Island is amazing! Beach towns aren’t always known for great food, but that’s not the case on Anna Maria Island. Whether you opt to dine at an upscale restaurant or prefer a more casual relaxed atmosphere you won’t be disappointed with the island’s culinary offerings. There are many restaurants in Anna Maria Island, each one offering something to suit every taste and palate. Would you like to dine with your toes in the sand, indulge in the freshest local seafood in a classy beach setting? Whether you prefer American food, Italian, barbecue, pub food, Mexican, German, you name it, you will find it on Anna Maria Island!
The following restaurants are all within walking distance of our condo. Walking times range from 2 to 15 minutes: Anna Maria Oyster Bar On the Pier, Beach House, Blue Marlin, Bridge Street Bistro, Bridge Tender Inn, French Table, Island Creperie, Island Time Bar & Grill, Kokunut Hut, Oma Pizza & Restaurant, Seafood Shack, Smoqehouse, Tide Tables Restaurant, Wicked Cantina.
When planning your next vacation, put Anna Maria Island on the top of your list. We’re certain you will be delighted as you take your first step on the white powdery sand beaches and look out onto the long stretch of turquoise water. For us, each visit is a beautiful as our first visit. Even after 30 years, we are still in awe of the breathtaking beach views and everything else AMI has to offer. We invite you to visit the white sandy beaches of Anna Maria Island where our favourite place in the world becomes your favourite place too!
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YOUR New Year — YOUR Things to Do — Anna Maria Island 

The beginning of a new year is always a reflective time. The New Year brings new energy and is a time resolutions are made. The best New Year’s resolution our family ever made, and I must add, the one we actually kept, was to take more vacations to Anna Maria Island.
If you are vacationing with us in Anna Maria Island now, or have already booked your next vacation with us, I would say you have started your New Year right!
Whether you are a returning guest of Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals or coming for the first time, the island offers an abundance of activities. You can design your vacation to be as busy or as leisurely as you want it to be.
Here are a few fun events for you to consider during your January visit —
Farmer’s Market – City of Anna Maria 
Every Tuesday through May 14th the City of Anna Maria is hosting a farmer’s market at City Pier Park at the corner of Pine Avenue and South Bay Blvd. Your choice of Southwest Florida produce as well as herbs, plants, flowers, baked goods & more! Market hours are 8:30 am – 2:00 pm
Fun Family Event — Movies in the Park
Enjoy these classic shows. All shows will take place at City Pier Park, 101 N Bay Blvd. Anna Maria every Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm
1/2/19 – SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE (2017)
1/16/19 – INSIDE OUT (2015)
1/23/19 – SHOW DOGS (2018)
1/30/19 – FIRST KID (1996)
Please be aware that all shows are weather permitting. Bring your chairs and blankets, select refreshments are provided.
Please call 941-708-6130 ext. 121 for further information and cancellations.
Healthy Walking Tours 
Start your New Year with a happy, healthy walking tour. Put on your walking shoes and dress for the weather to discover some of the best nature spots Anna Maria Island and the surrounding area has to offer.
Sign up for any of these short walking tours with Coastal Climate Walks. On these weekly Friday morning tours you will have lots of time to interpret nature and cultural history. All tours are guided by Professional Master Naturalists and/or NAI Certified Interpretive Guides.
All walks are Friday’s 9:30-Noon/1:00 pm at Coastal Parks
Locations and Event Dates:
  • Emerson Point: Florida’s First People Jan. 11 or March 1
  • Ken Thompson: Sea Level Rise Jan. 18 or March 8
  • Perico Preserve: Coastal Resilience Jan. 25 or March 15
  • Leffis Key: Early Restoration Efforts Feb. 1 or March 22
  • Robinson Preserve: Mangrove Migration Feb. 8 or March 29
  • Grassy Point & Neal Preserve: Intracoastal Feb 15 or April 5
  • Felts Preserve: Bird Migration Changes Feb 22 or April 12
Cost: $25/person   4-pack $80   Series $150 Attend all 7 tours – get one FREE!
To Register or for additional information contact:
Around the Bend Nature Tours — — 941-794-8773
Theatre Production at Island Players
Celebrating their 70th season the Island Players Community Theatre is Manatee County’s oldest Community Theater. Located at the north end of Anna Maria Island this theatre continues to provide artistic experiences for the communities while utilizing young and local talent.
From January 10 – January 27, 2019 the theatre is showcasing their version of I HATE HAMLET. I Hate Hamlet is a dramatic comedy written in 1991 by Paul Rudnick set in John Barrymore’s old apartment in New York City. The play follows successful television actor Andrew Rally as he struggles with taking on the role of Hamlet and dealing with a girlfriend who wants him to play Hamlet in Central Park. This is the only stage role his agent, Lillian, has found for him, but Andrew hates Hamlet! The ghost of John Barrymore, who, clothed as Hamlet, has come back to earth for the sole purpose of convincing Rally to play the part. Barrymore is very convincing and Andrew decides to play Hamlet. But when a Hollywood friend shows up offering Andrew a new role in a television pilot, with a potentially large salary and fame, Andrew is forced to choose between Shakespeare, whom his girlfriend loves, or television, where he is loved by millions. Will he stay or not stay? Come find out. You are sure to enjoy this entertaining production of I Hate Hamlet, in this quaint, historic theatre in Anna Maria Island.
Performances are Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8:00 pm with Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm. Single tickets are $20.00 each. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Box Office located at 10009 Gulf Drive (corner of Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue), Anna Maria. The theatre can be reached at 941-778-5755 for ticket reservations or on their website
The Outlaws LIVE Concert 
At The Center of Anna Maria Island, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, Florida
Saturday, January 19th / Doors open 6:00 PM / Opening Act 7:00 PM
Showtime 8:00 PM / Reserve seats are $50.
This is a concert you don’t want to miss. Do you remember this southern rock band formed in Tampa in 1972? You might remember the Outlaws 1975 best known hit “There Goes Another Love Song.” Come and see their show, hear their new songs when the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (BACVB) brings the Outlaws to Anna Maria Island. As part of a series of concerts planned in 2019 the BACVB hopes to bolster tourism and boost the local economy with each venue receiving 100 percent of ticket and food sales from the concerts. Rich Engler, the first inductee in the Pittsburgh Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, will be producing the concerts at the same time he celebrates his 50th year as a concert producer in 2019.
This particular performance will prove to be a balancing act for the production crew. The Anna Maria community center holding the concert, is in a neighborhood where this type of entertainment is not characteristic. Some residents might love the music while others might find the “noise” bothersome. But, those involved in bringing this concert to the community have stated that they will do everything to make this unique experience a good one for all. They want to give the residents and visitors the feeling of intimacy by giving them an opportunity get up close and personal with the artists.
For the Outlaws, this is their chance to bring their band back into the light, to show how much they love making music.
Over the years, The Outlaws experienced several hardships. They went through personnel changes, ill-fated reunions, bitter trademark battles, the tragic deaths of co-founding members Frank O’Keefe and Billy Jones in 1995, and songwriter/vocalist/lead guitarist Hughie Thomasson in 2007. Many people feared that The Outlaws’ trail had come to an end. Not so, after 40 years, The Outlaws are back. They are on the road, on the radio and their fans are loving it.
I have seen the Outlaws perform a few times before and they never disappoint – actually they seem to get even better with age. If you get the opportunity to see this band, you should – they are a true Southern Rock legend.
To purchase tickets visit —
In between any of these fun events be sure to —
  • Enjoy soaking up the sun on our beautiful white sandy beach with our own private beach access
  • Walk along the shores of Anna Maria Island where the sand is silky soft yet firm enough to walk
  • Lay by the pool for that dose of R&R you came for
  • end your perfect day watching one of the breathtaking sunsets Anna Maria Island is known for
  • Shop on Bridge Street
  • Dine at the unique area restaurants. Some of the best seafood restaurants on the Gulf coast, popular among locals and visitors are within walking distance from our condo.
May Your New Year bring you to Anna Maria Island, where there is always something to fill your time.
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A Year in Reflection…Our Gratitude…Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals

2018 has been another successful and exciting year for Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals. As we reflect on the past year, we thank each person who has helped us along the way. Thank you to our returning guests, first time guests, and those who have referred guests. We appreciate those who have supported us throughout the year. This, of course, includes our family and friends and those who work with us.

Our Housekeeping/Cleaning team: We give thanks to our experienced and efficient cleaning company; their main priority is to ensure the comfort of our guests. Respect and mutual appreciation form the basis of our relationship resulting in a reciprocal give and take. Our cleaning crew enrich our condos with their valuable knowledge, skills and genuine enthusiasm making sure our guests stay will be a wonderful experience. Our housekeeping ensure a positive guest impression while working hard physically, with a high degree of time pressure and continually deliver the highest possible quality. 
Their work is a reflection of us; a sincere thank-you for all that you do! We value our relationship and look forward to working together in 2019. 

Our Maintenance Group: In a pleasant way you are always available and our communication with you is superb. We rely on your honesty and integrity. We feel that we can call you at any time for your expert opinion.  We rely on your expertise which eases any worries we may have with our properties. Having you as part of our team ensures that our business runs smoothly.
Our Guests: Our guests are the very best and and we value you! It is always a pleasure to host the wonderful guests that travel to Anna Maria Island and stay in our vacation rental homes. We realize our guests are looking for a memorable experience and we make every effort to enhance each and every aspect of their stay. We know that there are many options when booking a vacation in Anna Maria Island. We place an emphasis on the smallest details that set our condos apart from the others. We make sure that we provide more than just the ‘bare necessities’ – we go that extra mile. We offer 24-Hour check-in, Fast and convenient WIFI, Cable Television on smart TVs, full size washer and dryer, complimentary welcome basket, small kitchen appliances, well stocked kitchens with a full supply of plates, glasses, mugs, and silverware, bathroom amenities, comfy beds, and plenty of beach supplies. And, as a convenience for our guests, we work with local businesses to make it easy for guests to book services such as transfers and tours. It’s little details like this that keep our guests happy and wanting to return. It is our desire to go above and beyond all other Anna Maria Island vacation Rentals and I believe we achieve that. Thank-you to each and everyone of you that entrusted us with providing you a vacation of a lifetime. Come back and visit again soon!
We’re sure that 2019 will bring even more wonderful guests our way. With the exceptional group we work with, we are ready!
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Say Good-Bye to 2018 and Hello to 2019!
What better way to celebrate New Year’s Eve than toasting with champagne on the sandy shores of Anna Maria Island?
Where are the best places to bring in the New Year in Anna Maria Island?
Ring in the New Year at The Beach House Restaurant with their annual fireworks display. Tables can be reserved ahead of time under the restaurant’s covered pavilion for a fee and will be ready by 9:00 pm. There will be a DJ on their deck from 9:00 pm to 1:00 am with the fireworks show at midnight. There will be lots of party favours and a photo booth set up. Take home some photos of your big smiles as you ring in the New Year on Anna Maria Island. If you go you don’t need to worry about transportation as your condo is about a three minute walk to the Beach House.
The Beach House Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach 941-779-2222
If you would rather a quiet relaxing dinner in the condo and enjoy the fireworks display later, Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals offers you your own private beach access very close to the Beach House Restaurant. The fireworks will launch gulf side right outside the restaurant. A couple minute walk and you have a great viewing point for the beautiful fireworks. Take your beach chairs and enjoy the evening as you eagerly await the illumination of the night sky.
A short distance from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals, The Seafood Shack will be hosting their own country-themed NYE party.
You are invited to ring in the New Year with the Eric Von Band in their Neptune Room from 8:00 pm to 1:00 am. The cost is $20 per person for general admission tickets which offer guests full access to the party with music and dancing. They include your cover charge and all ticket processing fees for seating or standing areas that are not assigned or reserved. There are also a number of reserved Table Packages available for those wanting their own spot for the evening, but they are limited. The Table Packages include cover charge for each person, all ticket processing fees, a reserved table and seating. ‘Your table’ will have your name on it and is yours for the entire evening. Space is limited so call now for tickets. Tickets may not be available at the door.
The Seafood Shack will be serving some of their favourite light bites menu items which are sure to please everyone. Food options will be offered from 8:00 to 11:00 pm.
There is ample parking available for guests and it’s Free.
If you choose not to drive, the Seafood Shack is approximately a 10 minute walk from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217, or we suggest using the Monkey Bus, a convenient tip only transportation service. You may want to call them ahead, as reservations might be required. Uber is also another option.
The Seafood Shack, 4110, 127th Street West, Cortez 941-794-1235
As your hosts, we hope we have provided you with the vacation you won’t soon forget and will happily help you find the New Year’s Eve celebration you are looking for.
Contact us for other events to choose from in nearby Bradenton and Sarasota.
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MERRY CHRISTMAS EVE & HAPPY HOLIDAYS from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals, Bradenton Beach, Florida 

Christmas is a festive time on Anna Maria Island including beautiful Christmas trees, plenty of twinkling lights with generous splashes of red tinsel. The only thing missing is the snow drift, but for those northerners seeking a respite from winter’s chill, the warm weather, blue skies, and turquoise waters are sure to be a welcome sight.
No matter what time of year you come to Anna Maria Island there is plenty to see and do. If you haven’t stayed with us before we would love to have you. Please check our “Calendar and Rates” page for availability.
Christmas is one of our most popular times, so avoid the “Christmas Rush” and book now for 2019.
Celebrate Christmas on Anna Maria Island
Shopping @ University Town Center, Sarasota
Sunrise December 2018
Sunset December 2018
Christmas on Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach
Christmas – Bradenton Beach Pier
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Christmas at the pool
To all of our guests, past, present and future, we appreciate you!
We wish you the most wonderful holiday season.
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We are experienced and dedicated vacation rental owners with a real passion for hosting and are honoured to be recognized as a ‘Superhost’ by Airbnb.
There is no denying Airbnb recognizes hosts who work hard. The Airbnb Superhost program boasts over 400,000 members around the world. With a freshly updated program, Airbnb hopes it will enable hosts to become more successful, cater to more guests and ultimately, achieve more bookings.
Our letter from Airbnb ….
So what did we have to do to become a Superhost? There are certain requirements and we met them all!
  • Of course we needed to have an account in good standing. Our performance was measured over the past 365 days. 
  • We completed at least 10 trips OR successfully completed 3 long term reservations that total at least 100 nights
  • We maintained a 50% review rate or higher
  • Maintained a 90% response rate or higher
  • We had Zero cancellations (Airbnb allows some extenuating circumstances exceptions)
  • We needed to maintain a 4.8 overall rating
The real compliment to earning Superhost status is we didn’t even apply. But, we did work really hard to meet the programme requirements.
Sounds simple enough? Well, not as simple as you might think. It’s an extremely competitive market with millions of Airbnb listings all over the world. We go above and beyond and offer our guests the best service possible.
We are proud of our 100% response rate. When we receive a booking we respond right away. Yes, like a fire cracker. Guests are often surprised and thank us for contacting them so quickly, saying, “we just booked that minutes ago”.
Our reviews speak for themselves↵↵↵
Zero cancellations, yep you read that correctly. Pretty awesome, right?
It sure is nice to be recognized and we kinda think we deserve it, but we think it is unfair to take all the credit. We attribute our success to not only our hard work, but to our amazing guests as well!
So as we extend a warm thank-you to Airbnb for this recognition we also send a BIG thank-you to our guests, it is always our the privilege to host you.
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5 Places To Grab A Great Breakfast In Anna Maria Island – Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals

Good Morning Anna Maria Island!  Rise and Shine! You are finally here and your long anticipated vacation is beginning. Time for a yummy breakfast, but not sure where to go for the best Island breakfast? Does the sound of Creme brûlée French toast awaken your taste buds? How about a bowl of fresh fruit salad, Island style?

We’ve got you covered with 5 places to grab a great breakfast in Anna Maria Island.
Gulf Drive Café-Bradenton_Beach_
Take an early morning walk along the beach then stop for breakfast only minutes from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217. And, if you like eating literally at the beach’s edge, this place is for you. There is indoor or outdoor dining options, both with a welcoming Island atmosphere no matter where you choose to sit and eat. The restaurant is usually busy, but with the beautiful view you really don’t mind the wait.
The Cafe is well known for their Belgian waffles, but they have just about everything under the breakfast sun as well. Try their homemade oatmeal or French toast – you can’t go wrong! Their seafood quiche is also quite delicious!
Good food, good price, prompt and friendly service with a spectacular view of the Gulf of Mexico.
Location: 900 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217
Hours: Breakfast served from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm
Island Creperie – Bradenton Beach
A taste of Paris on Bradenton Beach. This pretty eatery is a little gem tucked away on Bridge Street and an easy walk from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals. With the many charming shops and eateries on Bridge Street you might miss it and that would be a shame. This place is a great take on a French breakfast!
The owner of the Creperie is French, which is evident with the restaurant’s fantastic French flare and culture’s care for the best fresh ingredients.
An extensive menu with so many delicious crepes choices on the menu it’s difficult to choose, but I am sure that you could not go wrong with any of them. My favourite is the Nutella fruit crepe which features pears and a berry compote which is divine! Another item to try is the gourmet croissant which is loaded with eggs, cheese and bacon – you can also have it with sausage or ham.
I love the cozy environment, charming decor and friendly staff.
What more can I say to entice you? — Absolutely adorable! Excellent table service! Delicious crepes & coffee! Enjoy!
Location: 127 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217
Hours: 8:30 am to 1:30 pm Wednesday – Monday (closed Tuesday)
Ginny’s and Jane E’s Cafe and Coastal Store – Anna Maria
I Love coming here! I love the large number of menu choices, homemade food and eclectic dining room. You will immediately notice the quirkinesses of this place, with various trinkets and souvenirs adorning throughout with a mix of different tables and chairs. I love that the board of gluten free options posted is big and obvious. When you arrive you place your order and they bring you your food. There are some really good, healthy food choices that will energize you for exploring the rest of your day. If you like cinnamon rolls, you won’t be disappointed, they are huge and flavorful. The Creme brûlée French toast is amazing and the gluten-free pancakes with blueberries are tasty and filling. I also love their selection of various coffees.
Weekends and holidays can be very busy, which is a testimony to not only the popularity of this iconic place, but also the quality and variety. Don’t be put off by the line-up as they are quickly attended to and then will build again.
The staff is excellent and super friendly as well.
After your delicious breakfast it’s a must to shop in their gift shop where you will find a unique collection of prints, jewelry and different island stuff.
Location: 9807 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, FL 34216
Hours: open every day 7:00 am to 4 pm
Peach’s – Holmes Beach
You can certainly set yourself up for the day with American breakfasts and Peachs is no exception. Delicious food, friendly service and a diverse menu makes this a great place to start your day. Their menu options are plentiful including fresh squeezed orange juice! They offer plenty of healthy and indulgent menu items that are freshly made. Some of my personal favourites are: French toast, Egg Benedict, Siesta omelette, and their very fluffy pancakes.
I must say, their fruit is always fresh and their muffins are amazing. My last visit I ordered the parfait and it was huge and worth every bite.
I appreciate when restaurants are amenable to special orders and Peach’s is always willing to accommodate any of our special requests.
Good service, great food, Peaches is definitely one of the Island’s best for breakfast.
Location: 3240 East Bay Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Hours: 6:00 am to 2:30 pm Daily
Cortez Cafe
This little gem is located in a small strip plaza in the historic Cortez Fishing Village which dates back to the late 1890s. It is a long-established, unpretentious family business offering good quality food with great value. There is always a wait during the busy season, but their food and service is consistently great no matter how busy they are. The café is always full of locals and you always get a warm welcome.
Serving the standard breakfast fare of eggs, omelettes, pancakes, bacon, sausage and hash browns are spot on and, importantly, served hot. If you like Eggs Benedict I can promise they are excellent here!
This is a really great breakfast place with large portions, delicious and very satisfying food. Service is attentive and friendly.
Location: 12108 Cortez Road West, Cortez, Florida 34215
Hours: Open daily 6:30 to 2 pm
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All of these questions are on the listing description and can be found in your booking confirmation but, when planning our vacation we often have a million things to think about and sometimes forget some small, but very important details.
Here is a list of our most commonly asked questions:
1. When will I receive the check-in instructions?
All confirmation and arrival instructions will be e-mailed to you via a digital welcome package. Sixty days prior to your arrival and after your balance is paid in full you will receive your check-in instructions. Then, three days prior to your check-in date you will receive an automated e-mail asking you to confirm that you have received your check-in instructions. Your check-in instructions include directions and arrival instructions including your personal code to the key-less lock.
2. How do I check in?
We aim to start your vacation off right and have equipped our units with a key-less door lock. Your e-mail with the check-in instructions included your personal code to the lock. This code was generated for you to be used throughout your stay.
3. What time can I check-in?
Check-in time is 3:00 PM
4. Can I check in early?
We understand that due to travel schedules our guests sometimes arrive early and are eager to get into their accommodations. Unfortunately, the condo may not be ready for our guests. In order for our housekeeping staff to do a thorough job cleaning and taking care of any maintenance issues preparing the condo for your arrival, it is essential that they have a window of uninterrupted time to complete all tasks. Please call if you require an early check-in and we will do our best to accommodate you.
5. Where do we park? There are two covered, reserved parking spots just below your unit. Parking is provided on site for two cars. Parking spots are clearly market with the unit number you are staying in.
6. Do you provide linens or towels? Yes, we provide all linens and towels for our yes, we provide all linens and towels for our guests.
7. Bathrooms?
Umm… yes, our units have bathrooms 🙂
Our condos have 2 full bathrooms. The master bedroom has its own en-suite bathroom and the second bedroom has an adjoining bathroom. Both are 4 piece and recently have been beautifully renovated.
8. Is there a washer and dryer available? Yes, there is a private, full size washer and dryer available in our units.
9. Can I check out late?
Check-out time is 10:00 AM.
Arrangements can be made for a late check-out, but requests must be communicated in advance. All requests will be considered, but cannot always be accommodated.
Our housekeeping staff arrive promptly at 10:00 AM to prepare our units for the next guest arrival. If another guest is not arriving on the same day and maintenance is not scheduled it might be possible to arrange a late check-out.
10. What do I do at Check-out?
Small items can easily be left behind so please make sure you check all drawers and closets for any personal belongings. Please empty out the refrigerator and place any trash in the large receptacle bins outside. Although a housekeeping attendant comes after you leave to ensure the property is clean, we ask you to leave the property in the same condition you received it in. Our housekeeping staff will take care of the rest.
11. Do you have restaurant recommendations?
We sure do, in fact many of the best restaurants we recommend are only a short walk from our condo. We have a number of suggestions and have dined at each and every one of them so we can provide you with our personal reviews. A list of restaurants was included in your digital welcome package, or you can visit our website at … and take a look at our restaurant blogs.
Still have a question that we haven’t answered here?
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Holiday Events On Anna Maria Island – Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals

You won’t find snow on Anna Maria Island, but we do have plenty of events to keep you and your family in the holiday spirit! Here are a few of them:
Saturday, November 24, 2018
Bridge Street Tree Lighting Ceremony – Bradenton Beach
The Bridge Street Merchants annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony is scheduled for approximately 5:45 p.m. on Saturday, November 24. The Christmas tree will be near the roundabout at the east end of Bridge Street, very close to the Bridge Street Pier and will be visible from Gulf Drive. The tree will be lit when it gets dark enough to illuminate the decorations. At present, talks are in the works in hopes of securing some local carollers to share their vocal talents.
Saturday, December, 1, 2018
17th Annual Lester Family Fun Day 
10:30 AM – 2:00 PM with Santa arriving at Noon!
Come out and enjoy some good old fashioned fun at old fashioned prices – Admission is Free and Activity tickets are only 25 cents each! The event is being held at The Center of Anna Maria Island, 407 Magnolia Avenue, Anna Maria. Family fun including, pony rides, face painting, games, cookie decorating, Mechanical Reindeer, Bounce House and more! There will be plenty of yummy food, hot dogs, Duffy’s Burgers and Tyler’s Ice Cream.
Friday, December 7, 2018
Holmes Beach Open House & Tree Lighting
Where: Tree Lighting will take place at AMI Chamber, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM Tree lighting will be at 6:00 PM
Get in the holiday spirit with an evening stroll downtown Holmes Beach shopping and art district and a festive tree lighting celebration. Enjoy listening to Christmas music by CrossPointe Fellowship Holiday Carolers and watch as children’s eyes light up seeing Santa and his sleigh. The Holmes beach Open House and Tree Lighting event begins with a beautiful tree lighting celebration in the Anna Maria Chamber of Commerce parking lot, and then it’s time to explore the shops and choose from many dining options. Many shops will remain open until 8 or 9:00 providing Holliday treats, live music and special sales to boost your season spirit. This event will truly bring out the Christmas spirit.
Privateers Christmas Parade 
Saturday, December 8, 2018
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Privateers Christmas Parade 
The Anna Maria Island Privateers will host their annual Christmas parade. The parade travels the entire length of the Island starting at Bayfront Park, 316 N Bay Blvd, Anna Maria and ending at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach. It will travel along Gulf Drive and pass right in front of Anna Maris Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217 so finding a perfect viewing spot will be easy. After the parade, at Coquina Beach, Santa Clause will be handing out gifts to the children. Come out and see this wonderful parade that brings joy to everyone watching.
Sunday, December 9, 2018
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
An Island Christmas at CrossPointe Fellowship Church presented by The Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra. Come and enjoy this unique and accomplished Chorus and Orchestra. Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra is a cultural mainstay of the Florida Gulf Coast made up of professional and volunteer musicians thrilling their audiences year after year.
CrossPointe Fellowship
8605 Gulf Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida
Weekend Event – Saturday, December 8 & Sunday, December 9, 2018
10:00 AM – 4:30 PM 
On the second weekend of December head over to WINTERFEST, a Festival of Fine Arts & Crafts Show taking place at City Hall Field in Holmes Beach. This event is sponsored by the Anna Maria Island Art League and features food, drinks, live music, and of course a great selection of arts and crafts that you can purchase from local artists.
Where: 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, Florida
Admission and parking are free!
Friday, December 14, 2018
The Island Centre Holiday Celebration
Holmes Beach
5:00 pm – 7:30pm
There will be snow on Anna Maria Island at this holiday event. Actually, a snowstorm, sponsored by The Islander Newspaper. Snow will definitely be falling and for those of us from the North, it will look a lot like Christmas.
You’re invited to a holiday open house at the AMI Centre Shops. This holiday celebration on Anna Maria Island is at the Centre Shops in Holmes Beach located on East Bay Drive just south of Publix. Santa will visit with the kids on the Privateers Santa Sleigh with holiday cheer from the Centre’s local shops and businesses. The Centres’ shops will be staying open late to spread holiday cheer with refreshments, food, entertainment, treats and fun for all!
Friday, December 14, 2018
Members of the recently-formed Love Bradenton Beach business collective are planning a lighted golf cart parade on Friday, December 14. Presently, details have not been released, but more details are expected soon. If you would like more information about this event, please contact us.
Saturday, December 15, 2018
Christmas on Bridge Street
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
The Bridge Street Merchants will host their annual Christmas on Bridge Street holiday celebration on Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. This year’s Christmas on Bridge Street event starts around 5 p.m. and takes place along the east end of Bridge Street, near the roundabout, the Bridge Tender Inn and the historic Bridge Street Pier.
Santa Claus will be arriving in a Golf Cart and will go from store to store to visit with the children and have pictures taken. There will be live bands on a flatbed in the parking spaces along Bridge Street in front of the Bridge Tender Inn. The band will remain stationary for the most part, but will occasionally go around the block with the band playing. As well as live music bands you can expect to see some Christmas carollers. Participating merchants are planning holiday crafts activities for the kids and some bars and restaurants will offer special drinks or drink specials.
The Privateers also will be on hand for the Dec. 15 Christmas at the Drift In holiday fundraiser. Proceeds from that event will help provide Christmas gifts and holiday meals for this year’s adopted holiday families.
Saturday, December 15, 2018
Lighted BoatParade
While you are enjoying the holiday festivities on Bridge Street, you can also enjoy the spirit of the season watching the lighted boat parade. The Bradenton Beach Holiday Boat Parade will begin at 7:00 PM in the Intracoastal Waterway. The boat parade can be viewed by land and is being sponsored by the Bradenton Beach Marina and Island Pearl Excursions. The parade will start near the Cortez Bridge and head south to Longboat Pass Bridge where it will turn around and head back to the North passing the Bridge Street Pier ending at the Bradenton Beach Marina. In total, the parade is expected to take 60 – 90 minutes.
Tip from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals: Your best viewing will be from the Cortez Bridge when the parade starts or historic Bridge Street Pier at the latter part. These two spots will provide an optimal view of the lighted boats. As the boats approach the Bradenton Beach Marina near the end of the parade they will come right beside the pier before turning into the Marina. If you stand about halfway down the pier on the north side the boats will be about 50 feet away from you.
In the spirit of the season we hope you enjoy these holiday events!
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We’d love to have you as our guests!
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Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – Latest News from The Sandbar, Beach House & Mar Vista Restaurants

A family of three Waterfront Restaurants featuring fresh seafood, Old Florida Charm offering breathtaking views.
The Beach House Restaurant is the closest of the three, just a three minute walk south of Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island Florida 34217. Families will enjoy the Beach House where their kids can play on the beach while you enjoy the sunset, a tropical drink and fresh Florida seafood. The Beach House is an award-winning location for beach weddings, receptions or any special event.
The beachfront Sandbar Restaurant on the North end of Anna Maria Island is the perfect place to enjoy the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico from their dining room or outdoor covered deck. The Sandbar is one the most popular places on Anna Maria Island where you can dine with yours toes in the sand.
The Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub is approximately 2 miles south of us, located on the North end of Longboat Key in the heart of historic Longboat Village. Arrive by boat (Intracoastal mile marker 39) or by car to enjoy fresh Florida seafood inside the quaint dining room or on our outdoor covered deck overlooking picturesque Sarasota Bay.
Some recent news from these fabulous restaurants:
  • Stone Crab Season is here — Stone Crabs are back in full force. Beach House, Sandbar and Mar Vista all have these environmentally friendly and delicious crab claws in stock most nights. Supply is of course based on the success of the local crabbing fleet, but so far, they have been able to keep up with demand.
  • There is something new on the Beach House menu. The Beach House Torpedo Sandwich, looks like a sure way to take care of your hunger. The sandwich features Bob Woods’ Sausage on a house-made hoagie roll with a side of house-made pickled relish and house-made potato chips. Sounds yummy!
  • The next time you dine at the Beach House enjoy a New Shopping Experience. The Beach House team has been working extra hours to make your shopping experience at the Beach House extra special. You will find all new items just in time for the coming holiday season. They have worked hard and have done an amazing job of making your shopping easier. Come take a look, I think you will agree!
  • Extended Savings at Mar Vista – While it has ended at the Sandbar and the Beach House, the $10 off of $30 promotion has been extended at Mar Vista through the end of November. To print your coupon, go to: //
  • Now, for those of you that have been asking about Thanksgiving Holiday Hours: The Sandbar, Mar Vista and the Beach House will again be following their past tradition and all three restaurants will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. This allows their employees to spend the day celebrating with their families and enjoying a wonderful holiday. They will re-open on the Friday after Thanksgiving with normal hours of operation.
  • We are all looking for ways to make gift shopping easier and the Beach House, Sandbar and Mar Vista Restaurants offers you a simple way to get an early start on your Christmas shopping with this great offer. A great Christmas Gift Idea that everyone on your list will love and just another reason to visit any three of our favourite restaurants on Anna Maria Island. For every $100 you buy in gift cards, you get a $25 bonus gift card and the cards are good at all three locations. The Holiday Gift Card Sale Promotion ends January 7, 2019. Be sure to order by December 16 for Christmas Eve delivery. Gift cards to the Sandbar, Beach House and Mar Vista are always available at all three restaurants, you can also buy them online at – https/ E-Gift Cards are available instantly. Email, print or redeem directly on your mobile phone. Mailed Gift Cards – Available from their online store. You will be mailed a plastic gift card and shipping is free.
  • The Chiles Restaurant Group, owner of the Sandbar, Beach House and Mar Vista restaurants gives back to the community. Ed Chile’s knows the value of investing and giving back to the community. The group recently supported the Drink Pink Campaign and sold 1,317 pink drinks in October. For every drink sold they promised to donate $1 to We Care Manatee, therefore, donating $1,300. They will also be donating $1,317 to support breast health services for local women who otherwise couldn’t afford these services. So grateful to their guests, they publicly thanked them for embracing this great fundraiser. Way to go The Chile’s Group!
While vacationing with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals be sure to dine at one or all of these three restaurants and discover for yourself why these “Old Florida” restaurants are favorites for locals and tourists alike.
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