Most sought after location! Courtyard, Washer/Dryer Full Kitchen Sleep Sofa ACT!
About Mark Owner/Manager
My wife and I own this property. We are retired and available should you need any help during your stay. We have no mortgage so you can have peace of mind knowing it won't be foreclosed on or sold. We take great pride in making sure that everything is spotless. We think our location is second to none on Anna Maria Island, for peace & tranquility and, easy access to Beach steps on one side and Bay just steps on the other. Big courtyard. Plenty of outdoor seating. Tropical landscaping. Everything to make your vacation enjoyable is included except your flip flops.
Mark Owner/Manager purchased this Bungalow in 2013
Why Mark Owner/Manager chose Bradenton Beach
*ZERO STAIRS! Unlike most rentals on Anna Maria Island that are elevated by up to 3 stories (that's a lot of stairs when carting luggage, beach chairs, groceries, etc.) Our beautiful vacation rental is ground level. * ZERO BOOKING FEE, except for a service fee that HomeAway now charges our guests and this fee does not go to us. *ZERO DAMAGE WAIVER FEE * ZERO HEADACHES. When there is an issue, it is personally, promptly and politely handled by the owners (my wife or I). Unlike most rentals who operate through an agent who handle way too many other rentals and hate to deal with "problems". Having traveled to many tropical vacation destinations we found ourselves returning to this area over & over. We found that we no where else can compare with the Anna Maria Island sunsets, the warm, calm, crystal clear turquoise waters and, the abundance of wildlife at 2 nature preserves.. Anna Maria Island is a small community of beach houses and condos. It is one of the few places you can go to without high rise hotels or fast food joints. There is a great 'old Florida' charm on this island. We love it so much we decided to invest and live here during most of the year! We are always happy by how many families have become our repeat guests.
What makes this Bungalow unique
If you are looking for a truly relaxing beach get-a-way, our newest beach home is it! Located on a narrow part of the island, the water is on both sides! Enjoy an evening cocktail on your brick courtyard underneath the tropical palm canopy. Walk just a few steps & watch the sun set over the Gulf Of Mexico or walk just a few steps in the other direction & watch the sun rise over the bay while relaxing on our big bench on our dock! This unit is NOT elevated on stilts like most homes on Anna Maria Island. So, you can walk into your ground floor home without the hassle of lugging groceries and luggage up/down any stairs! You will have a private parking space right outside your unit. We offer an outdoor shower. Perfect after a day at the beach! We also offer a full size washer/dryer. Not coin operated like some places! You will have a private storage bin where you will find umbrellas, chairs, fishing gear & toys. Recent Ice cold A/C system with remote controls from each room. You will find a cozy living area. Love seat sofa & Lazy Boy leather reclining chair. This unit is very clean & tastefully decorated with beautiful appointments. There is one full bathroom. The en suite shower features a genuine Jacuzzi shower head with multi massage settings. A very enjoyable shower experience! The fully equipped kitchen is also fully stocked with all the pots, pans, plates & dining area & living room with comfy couch. For your indoor entertainment there's a flat screen tv with stereo DVD CD & wireless internet. You are literally steps to the beach & a few blocks from a waterfront park, offering playground & a new kayak launch. They rent kayaks there too.Just around the corner on Gulf Drive is a Trolley stop. This is a free trolley that runs the length of Anna Maria Island providing fun access to shopping & dining. You can walk to the historical Bridge Street area & pier with its many restaurants & shops. Let this be your home away from home! Come for 3 days, a week or a month
Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
We can’t say enough good things about this VRBO! It was in a wonderful location with easy access to everything. It was clean and had everything we needed! We really look forward to coming back and staying here again. Such a wonderful experience!!
As advertised, short walk to the beach, fishing and to restaurant.
Great location. Small, quaint space for an individual or a couple. My only complaints are that the shower is extremely small, my wife even had trouble shaving her legs. The A/C unit in the bedroom area makes a constant annoying racket. Very limited parking.
Nestled in between beauty
It was our first time to the area. We lucked out by coming across this beautiful property. It was clean, comfortable and adorable You have the best of both worlds here, steps from the beach and bay. The experience and property exceeded our expectations with all of its charm. We enjoyed fishing on the pier, grilling out, riding the free trolley and enjoying our long weekend togehter. We didn't want to leave, and extended a night. I know we will be back, thank you!
This place is exactly as described. It is within easy walk to beach or bay. We stayed in April, but it was very quiet. The courtyard was great, there are plenty of chairs and tables. The space itself is very nice. We weren’t very comfortable in the bed, but that is not the owners fault. We met the owners. They are very friendly and accommodating. I would absolutely recommend this place.
Jeffrey and Lynn Lynch
Thanks for the 5 star review. Thanks for the great compliments. The biggest compliment is that you are returning as our guests! Sorry you have a bad back. Please remind me to provide you with a mattress topper when you return.
We stayed in a lovely, well appointed unit in a garden paradise setting!
The owners/hosts for the property are two of the nicest and most accommodating people you will meet. They are available to assist and help with any of your needs. During our stay, the furnishings were updated with a number of new furniture items, including a power recliner, which I would have liked to take home with me! If it gets a little chilly, just turn on the electric fireplace/heater installed in the living room cabinet. To everyone reading this, you will enjoy your stay!
Thanks for the great review. Glad you like the updates! We are always updating the rental. Guests that stayed last winter who are returning this winter will not recognize the place with all the improvements. We look forward to having you back again. Our favorite reaction when guests arrive is "wow".
Location, Location, location. Walk or ride our bikes to all the activities, National Nature preserve with long boardwalks that wrap around bay for breathtaking views, beach front restaurants where you can eat on the white powder sand, Marina's, huge fishing pier, parasailing, Segway rentals, pubs, entertainment, outdoor markets, and much more. Free trolley picks you up on our street corner and takes you anywhere on island and another brings you to see the sites of neighboring Sarasota! NO NEED FOR CAR!!
We are on best part of island! Steps away from our our dock on the bay where you can fish, kayak, or just enjoy the breathtaking scenery. Watch for manatee and dolphins! Return home and grill what you catch on our gas grill! On the other side of property is our incredible beach which offers white powder sand and warm Turquoise water! Ride our bikes a short ways to Coquina Beach and enjoy all the public beach offering i.e., outdoor grills, beach volleyball, shopping, cafe on the beach and more! Just across street is the great Preserve called Baywalk at Coquina beach. COME be our guest and join the many who have become regulars.
What is there to do?
Anna Maria Holmes Beach Bradenton Beach and Beyond
A few examples of AREA ATTRACTIONS
While Anna Maria Island is known for laid back living and relaxation, should you wish to participate in the local scene there's an abundance of activities. If you enjoy biking, Bradenton Beach has a designated bike trail along Gulf Drive. Old Bridge Street has Putt Putt Golf and while you play, there is a misting system so you can stay cool. At the end of Old Bridge Street is a pier for your fishing pleasure as well as a restaurant. There are a variety of restaurants on Old Bridge St making it possible to satisfy every appetite.
Whether it's pizza or French crepes to fish tacos, you can find a meal to satisfy. There are also shops and the US Post office is located here so you can mail post cards to your friends back home.
Naturally you can swim in the crystal clear emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Snorkeling is also fun or surfboarding, parasailing or kayaking. Several local business will rent you all the necessary equipment. Naturally there are golfing and tennis too.
There's really a wide range of things to do here, if you want to have an action packed time you will find plenty. Of course you can always stroll along the shore collecting shells and then watch an incredible sunset with your favorite beverage. Kids would enjoy a visit to Bradenton to see Snooty the manatee. The area of Manatee/Sarasota counties also has great off shore fishing, jet skiing, kayaking, golfing, tennis, shopping, museums, and art galleries to explore.
Be sure to observe all the turtle watch rules as the Ridley turtles are building nests from early May and baby turtles are hatching on our beaches. You might even go on a turtle watch tour with our local turtle lady. Look in the paper for her schedule.
The entire island of Anna Maria has many reasonably priced awarding winning restaurants.The Sign of the Mermaid Restaurant has not only delicious food as in breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but the owner is a triple time National Pie contest winner. Be sure and stop by.
Of course, check out the local newspaper for the latest events about the island. The A.M.I. SUN is just one. It's free and had lots of information you can use on current happenings.
Holmes Beach is famous for the Beach Cafe, Skinny's a small local hamburger, hotdog storefront plus along Gulf Drive you will locate the island grocery store, Publix and several island strip centers with your last minute beach items such as snacks, lotions, toys and beach towels.
OFF THE ISLAND
Mote Science Lab is just a short drive off the island and on to Longboat Key just a few miles to the south. Both you and your kids will enjoy a visit to this 'hands on' science stop. This is where many of the rescued injured animals, occasional birds, turtles, etc are taken to recuperate and then are returned to nature.
ESPECIALLY for kids:
G WIZ is located in Sarasota near the VanWizzel a block off of Tamiami. This is a state of the art Science hands on museum. Well worth the visit. Check it out on line to see what they are featuring. Call for cost.
Disneyworld, Epcot Center, the Everglades, visit close by Sarasota with the Ringling Museum, Saint Armand's, and Selby Gardens.