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ANNA MARIA ISLAND CONDO RENTALS – GUESTS FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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 … annamariaislandcondorentals.com and take a look at our restaurant blogs.
Still have a question that we haven’t answered here?
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A Special Thank You To The Benson Family For Being Our Guests At Thanksgiving

Reviews Name: Earl Benson

Review Date: 11/25/2018

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thanksgiving at the beach!!!

The location was great with a beautiful view, and the unit nicely renovated! Terry was easy to work with and even stopped by once during our stay to check on us. We would definitely stay here again in the future!
Submitted: Nov 26, 2018 | Stayed: November 2018
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My Response:

Hi Earl,

Thank you for taking the time to leave this nice review and thank you again for being our guests at Thanksgiving. It was a pleasure meeting you and we look forward to having you as our guests again on Anna Maria Island.

Sincerely,

Terry, Sandy & Family

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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.
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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
Winterfest
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!
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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.
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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.
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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!
If you are looking for luxury accommodations check out our website.
We’d love to have you as our guests!
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PLAN TO ATTEND — SYMPHONY ON THE SAND-ANNA MARIA ISLAND CONDO RENTALS

Saturday, November 10, 2018 — 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Coquina Beach, Gulfside Park
2650 Gulf Dr. S., Bradenton Beach
(south end of the island)
4:30 am – 7:30 pm
A wonderful event to experience while you are visiting beautiful Anna Maria Island. Imagine watching the sunset, listening to the symphony, while you are seated directly on the sand bordering the Gulf of Mexico. You can make that spectacular image a reality with a beachfront concert at Coquina Beach Gulfside Park on Anna Maria Island. The 6th annual Symphony on the Sand will be presenting this event for all musical and gourmet enthusiasts featuring the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra (AMICCO) on Saturday, Nov. 10th from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm. The Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra and professional soloists will be performing tunes from Broadway musicals, noted popular and classical music and patriotic favourites. Emcee for the event will be local television personality. There are several seating and food options available at this years event. The Beach|House, Bradenton Beach, The Lazy Lobster of Longboat Key, Harry’s Continental Kitchens, Longboat Key, Hometown Desserts, Anna Maria and the Coquina Cafe at Coquina Beach are this year’s featured local restaurants.
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Coolers and outside food and alcoholic beverages are not allowed into the concert or onto the beach.
This is a rain or shine event so dress accordingly. Dress attire is your preference, whether you choose cocktail or casual dress, remember this event is directly on the sand so we suggest wearing comfortable shoes.
There is plenty of free parking at Coquina Beach and a Trolley stop on site. There is also a convenient Trolley stop at the door step of Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217. The Free Island-wide trolleys will be running before and after the concert.
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On-line tickets are available only until noon Friday, November 9th so buy them now before they are sold out. If all tickets are not sold out, they will be available at the door on the day of the event.
To purchase tickets online go to: symphonyonthesand.com
• $125 – Ticket/Person Includes: Table Seating (at table of 10) with delicious small plates by area restaurateurs, complimentary fine wine and select beer
• $50 – Ticket/Person Includes: Concert Chair with 2 drink vouchers per ticket & concessionaire food purchase options
• $20 – Ticket/Person Includes: General Admission bring your own seating with cash bar & concessionaire food purchase options.
Manatee County is contributing $30,000 to help cover the costs of the stage, sound, and lighting, and what is left will help pay the musicians’ stipends. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra Youth and Outreach Programs.
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7th Annual Cortez Stone Crab & Music Festival Coming November 10-11, 2018

Cortez Stone Crab and Music Festival
November 10 & November 11 @ 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday November 10 and Sunday November 11, 2018 marks the 7th annual Cortez Stone Crab & Music Festival in the historic fishing village of Cortez.
Enjoy fresh stone crabs and listen to live music at this annual November festival held in the parking lot at the Swordfish Grill and Tiki Bar, 4628 119th St. W. in Cortez, Marker 49 by boat.
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Come out and support the locals – local artists, local musicians, local vendors, local business, local restaurant workers and local fishermen!
This Free outdoor event featuring stone crabs, stone crabs and more stone crabs and of course, live music on three stages both days.
Those attending this years festival can be sure of plenty of fresh seafood supplied by local fishermen, Florida Blue Crab and 1,200 pounds of stone crab, and counting is ready, which include jumbos and colossals. There will be lots of ice cold drinks to compliment your stone crab with some amazing live music. Don’t miss the Saturday performance by Berry Duane Oakley, son of original Allman Brothers Band bassist Berry Oakley. The music will continue into the evening on stages at Swordfish Grill & Tiki Bar and The Cortez Kitchen.
A large tent will be set up for sun or rain protection, local artists will be displaying their goods and there will be an awesome Kid’s zone for the little ones to enjoy. Fun for everyone!
Check out the weekend schedule of the many talented local music acts appearing on three different stages:
Saturday, Nov. 10
10 a.m. – TH & C – main stage
Noon – Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones – main stage
Noon – TC & Randy – Swordfish Tiki stage
2 p.m. – Alowicious – main stage
4 p.m. – Berry Oakley’s Jive Ass Review – main stage
6 p.m. – IPA – Cortez Kitchen stage
6 p.m. – The Kat Crosby Band – Swordfish Tiki stage
Sunday, Nov. 11
10 a.m. – Terry Helm – main stage
Noon – Memphis Rub – main stage
Noon – TC & Randy – Swordfish Tiki stage
2 p.m. – Twinkle and Rock Soul Radio – main stage
3 p.m. – Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones – Cortez Kitchen stage
4 p.m. – Damon Fowler – main stage
5 p.m. Dr. Dave Band – Swordfish Tiki stage
This festival began as a block party for the locals and fishermen when John Banyas, 4th generation fisherman and the owner of Cortez Bait & Seafood, Inc. wanted to give the fishermen a party to kick off stone crab season. Over the last number of years it has grown exponentially; last year there were close to 20,000 people in attendance.
This years festival will benefit the Manatee Chapter of Fishing for Freedom and and the children of Port St. Joe, the sister city of Cortez. Who is Fishing for Freedom and what do they do? Fishing for Freedom is a growing organization of volunteer citizens dedicated to preserving our constitutions, the environment, economy and citizen’s rights through responsible scientific, ecological and biological management. The local chapter spends much of their time fighting against net bans and other legislation that make it extremely difficult for commercial fishermen to do their jobs and make a living. They also organize and participate in rallies and Coastal Cleanup events right here in Manatee County.
When you arrive or before leaving the festival, you might like to wander around the charming village of Cortez. Cortez is the oldest active fishing village in Florida and a great place to watch the local fishermen as they unload their daily catch. Or, take a walk through the historic village and visit the old fish houses and a boat yard. Admire some beach bungalows and charming cottages along the way with views of the Cortez water with pelicans, herons and egrets gathering nearby.
Enjoy your day!
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How to get there from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals — 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217
Walk – A very walkable distance, it takes approximately 25 minutes and is an easy route from your condo. Take Gulf Drive, left on Cortez, then right on 119th Street West. When you get close there are signs posted and the crowds are sure to give it away.
Monkey Bus – You might catch one along the way or call ahead This is a fun way to get around, on and off the Island. This is generally tip for service bus, but going off the Island (even though it is very close) there might be a fee for service. Better to call ahead and ask 941-565-6542.
Drive – Free parking will be available at the FISH Preserve, 116th Street West, with shuttles to the festival. Guests are advised to enter at 116th Street. Various volunteers will be running shuttles all day long.
Boat – Marker 49
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New Non-Stop Routes from LONDON UK & HAMILTON, Ontario, CANADA to TAMPA

Travelling will be easier (and less expensive) for our guests from LONDON UK & HAMILTON, Ontario, CANADA as Tampa International Airport announces new non-stop routes and a new carrier.
For our London guests, the drive from Tampa International Airport to Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217 is 1 hour verses 3 hours to Orlando International Airport. That 2 hours in time savings means you have already been to the supermarket, arrived at your condo, loaded up the refrigerator, unpacked and are now heading to the beach before your flight has even landed in Orlando.
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As Tampa International Airport recently announced a new, non-stop flight from Tampa to London on Norwegian Airlines we shouted “hooray! Beginning October 31, the direct route from Tampa Airport to London’s Gatwick Airport will operate twice weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The Norwegian flights will fly out of Tampa at 10:50 p.m. Wednesdays, arriving in London at 10:45 a.m. Thursdays. On Saturdays, flights will leave at 10 p.m. with arrival in London at 9:55 a.m. Sundays. From London, the flights will leave Wednesdays at 2:55 p.m. to arrive in Tampa at 8:35 p.m., and on Saturdays at 2:05 p.m. to arrive in Tampa at 7:45 p.m.
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Norwegian Airlines boasts it is the world’s sixth largest low cost airline and is a great choice for budget conscious traveller looking for international flights. British Airways already flies daily between Tampa and Gatwick so now passengers will have a choice of two nonstop airlines to London. As of today’s date, I checked for a Tampa to London round trip on the same days in November and found Norwegian’s introductory air fares much lower on the outbound and return flights than on British Airways. Check for yourself, bookings are available online at Norwegian’s web site with some introductory one-way economy fares available.
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Tampa International Airport is also offering new nonstop flights to Canada via a new carrier, Swoop. As a subsidiary of West Jet, Canada’s second largest airline, Swoop, was formed in June of this year and is Canada’s first true ultra-low-cost carrier. Swoop announced in August its entrance into the United States market with five new international flight routes, including one for Tampa and one to Orlando. It began October 20 offering nonstop flights between Tampa, Florida and Hamilton, Ontario. The new routes are offered in three weekly services.
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As Canadians know, it is expensive for airlines to operate out of Toronto, therefore making air travel out of reach for some. For many people that have been driving to Buffalo, New York looking for less expensive airfare (yes we are among those) flying out of Hamilton is a great option and welcome news. Hamilton is such a great location, easy to reach from in or around the greater Toronto area. According to the director of research at the Tampa International Airport, working with Swoop has resulted in lower fares and greater competition which in the end benefits passengers. Today, I checked flights from Hamilton to Tampa and got unbelievable one-way fares of $119 Canadian dollars including taxes! Check out their low fares at flyscoop.com.
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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.
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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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Enjoy 2018 FALL EVENTS With Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals 

There is always something happening on Florida’s Gulf Coast, Anna Maria Island and the fall season is a beautiful time to visit. The average fall temperatures range from 85°F in September with December’s daily high temperature of 73°F. From farmer’s markets to fun local events you will find plenty of things to do on the island and in the Bradenton area. Here is a list of some of our favourite events that you might enjoy during your stay with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals-601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217.
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Bayfest – held on Pine Avenue in Anna Maria, this years date and time for the 18th annual Bayfest is October 20, 2018 from 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM. This Free family crafts, food and music festival is a fun filled event with live music, a huge classic car show, unique arts and crafts vendor and a kid’s zone. There will be a large selection of food choices and treats, adult beverages, and live music. The classic car show will be from 10am – 3pm with over 100 antique, classic, custom, and muscle cars.
This year, proceeds will go toward aiding in economic relief assistance for local tourism industry workers.
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Bridge Street Market in Bradenton Beach – located at 107 Bridge Street the market is held on Sundays from November through April from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Visit your favorite vendors and enjoy fantastic food, beautiful art and jewelry, great local musicians, fresh produce, and more. Well you are there take a stroll along historic Bridge Street. You will find lots of unique shops and restaurants. At the south end is the Bridge Street pier where you can relax and enjoy a beautiful view of the inter-coastal waterway and watch the boats pass by. The pier offers shaded benches, a clock tower and if you are watchful, you can see manatees around the pier.
There is something almost magical about wandering along Bridge Street.
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City of Anna Maria Market – The City of Anna Maria is hosting a farmer’s market from October 2018 to May 2019 from 8:30 am – 2:00 pm at the City Pier Park (the corner of Pine Avenue and South Bay Blvd). Florida produce is available along with herbs, plants, flowers, baked goods and more. When you are finished at the market stroll along Pine Avenue and experience some of the many attractions it has to offer. You will find irresistible boutiques, craft shops, salons, an abundance of restaurants, dessert shops, jewelry stores, clothing stores, art galleries, and gift shops.
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Cortez Nautical Flea Market – Saturday, October 20th 8 am – 1 pm with a rain date set for Saturday, October 27th. This 21st annual FREE event will be held at the Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th Street West, Cortez. Parking is available at the F.I.S.H. Preserve. Travelling east from your condo the Preserve is located on the right (look for signs). Expect to find lots of marine products, dive gear, fishing gear, antiques and more. There will be live music and food.
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Coquina Beach Market – Come and stroll the Beach Market at Coquina Beach from 10-4 every Sunday from November through July (excluding Easter, Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day and Memorial Weekend in 2019) In December market days are extended to include both Sunday and Wednesday through to May 2019. A great way to spend the day as you stroll the beach and the shops. I love the variety of shops with many unique items. You will find local artists, beautiful wood wall art, produce, jewelry, arts and crafts and more! Come and watch local artisans creating and find that perfect souvenir of your trip to Florida. The talented AMI String band strolls the market from 10:30 -2:30. Enjoy the beautiful white sand beach and enjoy lunch with drinks on the deck overlooking the Gulf at Coquina Beach. There is something for everyone to enjoy with a perfect view of the beach and even a play area for the kids.
The Beach Market is at 2650 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach at the trolley stop, concession stand area and is wheel chair and stroller friendly. Ride the FREE trolley to the market or park in the FREE parking lot. Manatee County does not allow dogs
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Symphony on the Sand – While you are visiting beautiful Anna Maria Island experience this musical event, a beachfront concert at Coquina Beach Gulfside Park, Anna Maria Island. The 6th annual Symphony on the Sand presents a musical and gourmet event featuring the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra (AMICCO) on Saturday, Nov. 10th from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm. The Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra and professional soloists will be performing tunes from Broadway musicals, noted popular and classical music and patriotic favourites. Emcee for the event will be local television personality. This is a rain or shine event and tickets can be purchased online at symphonyonthesand.com
• $125 – Ticket/Person Includes: Table Seating (at table of 10) with delicious small plates by area restaurateurs, complimentary fine wine and select beer
• $50 – Ticket/Person Includes: Concert Chair with 2 drink vouchers per ticket & concessionaire food purchase options
• $20 – Ticket/Person Includes: General Admission bring your own seating with cash bar & concessionaire food purchase options.
Online tickets will be available until noon on Friday, November 9. If not sold out, tickets will also be available at the door on the day of the event.
The Beach|House, The Lazy Lobster of Longboat, Harry’s Continental Kitchens, Hometown Desserts and the Coquina Cafe at Coquina Beach are this year’s featured restaurants.
Manatee County is contributing $30,000 to help cover the costs of the stage, sound, and lighting, and what is left will help pay the musicians’ stipends. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra Youth and Outreach Programs.
There is plenty of free parking at Coquina Beach and also a convenient Trolley stop on site. Free Island-wide trolleys are running before and after the concert.
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Veteran’s Day Parade – Veterans Day – a great way to remember the sacrifice the service men and women have made keeping the United States free.
Join in the parade on November 12, 2018 from 1:00 -2:00 pm on Pine Avenue on Anna Maria Island, Florida. Not walking in the parade? Then come out to watch, honour and thank those for their service to the country. The parade starts promptly at 1:00 at City Hall in the City of Anna Maria and will go down Pine Avenue to City Pier Park. The parade will feature three high school marching bands, floats, Privateers, a military fly-over and a few hundred marching veterans. There will be a free Ice Cream Social at the ANna Maria Island Historical Museum immediately following the parade.
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Transportation to Events (or anytime) on Anna Maria Island: We love the free transportation our island offers. It lets you focus on the gorgeous landscape that makes Anna Maria Island so special and takes the worry out of driving and trying to find available parking. Anna Maria Island Free Trolley service travels the entire island. The trolley runs daily beginning at 6:00 am at 20 minute intervals until 9:00 pm then every 30 minutes until 10:30 pm. Trolley stops are 2-4 blocks apart. They are well marked, look for a green sign with a Trolley on it.
Another free and fun means of transportation is the “Monkey Bus.”  It really is not free, but a tip for service operation. It is a great way to get around the island and they operate fairly late. As well, they can seat any number of passengers from their 8 passenger golf cart to their mini bus.  They can be reached at 941 565-6542.
If you would like more information regarding any of the above events, we are happy to assist you. Please contact us ~ annamariaislandcondorentals.com
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NEW FLIGHTS TO SARASOTA-BRADENTON AIRPORT (SRQ)

With Low Fares to High Demand Destinations
The Sarasota/Bradenton International airport is one of my favourite airports. It is convenient, only 15 minutes from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals-601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217, but that’s only one reason I love SRQ. This airport is so inviting with its friendly and welcoming staff. It is small, modern, clean, with comfortable seating and Free strong/super fast wi-fi. The airport is easy to navigate which for me completely takes away the dread associated with large airports. The baggage area is easy to find and the car rentals are in the same area. These last two are both very favourable considerations, especially if your vacation leave is only one week. Less time spent travelling, means more time spent enjoying the reason that you are here, your vacation.
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So what’s not to love about SRQ? Some travellers complain that there are very few airlines that fly into SRQ and those airlines that do, require a transfer or stopover along the way. The limited number of restaurants and stores and their early closing hours, with some not open on the weekends. Another complaint is that there are not enough low budget airlines to book flights with.
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Well, flying into the Sarasota/Bradenton airport (SRQ) just got easier as well as less expensive. Frontier Airline recently announced they will be offering direct, non-stop flights from Atlanta beginning December 10, 2018. Flights between Sarasota Bradenton International Airport and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport will be offered three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. As an added bonus to this already great news, Frontier is offering special introductory fares as low as $39 each way!
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This is the latest in a series of new destinations offered via budget airlines. Earlier this year, SRQ and Frontier announced new non-stop flights to Cleveland and to Philadelphia. Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport and Frontier Airlines will provide the service to Cleveland and Philadelphia beginning in December. The flights to Philadelphia International Airport begin on December 10, 2018 with flights offered Mondays and Fridays. In April of this year, Allegiant launched its first Sarasota routes, flying to Pittsburgh, Indianapolis and Cincinnati.
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Since the addition of Allegiant and Frontier to the airport this year, traffic numbers are increasing. According to airport authorities July saw a 30 percent increase in passenger traffic, with a 23 percent increase in June, and a 16 percent increase in May. So, what will SRQ do to keep up with this increased traffic flow? The airport authority has authorized the expenditure of $228,501, plus a 10 percent contingency, to install 148 more feet of baggage belt in three locations in the terminal. Also, airport officials are beginning to think about overflow parking this winter and the long-term possibility of adding a parking garage. With the growth of SRQ airport bringing in increased revenue to area businesses I’m sure we will be hearing news of many improvements over the next few years.
Recent Yelp Reviews —
  1. What a great airport! I always think the small ones have the best customer service, since they’re not nearly as busy as the large ones. This airport is super clean & that includes the bathrooms – which is always a plus! The women’s restrooms come with an additional shelf for your purse or bag – which is ALWAYS appreciated :)There’s a small selection of places to eat/drink past security. But it’s sufficient and does include a Starbucks! Gates have lots of charging stations in the seating area so you aren’t searching for a place to plug in (or have to sit on the floor in the corner). Ride-sharing is clearly labeled so if you need an Uber or Lyft it won’t be complicated to find where to go. And there are plenty of people waiting to pick you up so you won’t wait forever in the heat. Overall, I love flying in here – stress free & clean!
  2. It’s got everything you need for a tiny airport – 1 coffee shop & a restaurant before security and the same on the other side.  As someone who use to fly every week for 5 years, this little airport is growing but still super easy to get in and out of.  Only way to make it better would be the parking shuttles frequency but so long as it isn’t raining ya a very easy walk. Overall very clean and friendly airport
  3. Very small airport yet so simple. Time frame from entrance to boarding gate was about 40 minutes. Air mall is practically non existant. There is a Starbucks and one bar which included very little seating. Overall it went smoothly
  4. Tiny airport, no lounges, very limited eating and drinking options, but very helpful staff from check-in to boarding.
  5. This is a great airport, easy in and out. Now parking is even better since the addition of the covered area.
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