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Bamboo Apt 2 - Beach View- West of Gulf Drive- Perfect for Snowbird Couples

Bedrooms 1
Space 500 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

Spacious & Simple Fully Equipped ground floor 1 BR Apt. West of Gulf Drive

Stay with us if you like:

* A place right on the beach with no busy streets to cross.

* Your own private sun patio with table & chairs & BBQ

* Peace and quiet

* A clean and spacious apartment

* A fully equipped kitchen with full size appliances and all cookware

* A king size bed with 450 TC sheets (can provide twins if you'd prefer)

* Complimentary beach towels, beach umbrella, cooler, and chairs

* On-site laundry

* Reserved parking

* Walking distance to Publix, Walgreens, the Beach Cafe, and the playground.

Our small, five unit complex is right on the Gulf, with spacious, tropical gardens, beach front patios and grills, and an individual sun patio to call your own, complete with table, chairs, and umbrella. Relax and read the paper in the mornings, or enjoy supper and watch the sunset.

The interior is decorated with a tropical flair, including rattan furniture in the bedroom, dining room, and living area- but we've kept and reupholstered everyone's favorite vintage easy chairs. Be sure to look at our framed collection of black and white beach photos taken on the property in the 1930's and 1940's.

The bedroom has a king-sized bed and walk-in closet. The queen size sleeper sofa in the living room accommodates two more people comfortably.

The Cafe on the Beach for all-you-can-eat pancake breakfasts, casual lunches, and relaxing dinners is just a few steps away. Grocery stores and restaurants are 3 blocks away, and the free trolley will take you up and down the Island.

We have three other VRBO units available on this property- VRBO 77482 and VRBO 327896 (our duplex cottage) and VRBO 738184, which is fairly similar to this one.

Keywords: Duplex; Old Florida; Apartment: Right on the beach; Simple; Quiet

More Details

Property Manager
Alice Torres Sutton
Member since: 2006
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 June, 2018

About Alice Torres Sutton

Hi! Our family has owned this property since 1971. My grandparents built it as their retirement home, and now it belongs to us. My mom, Gladys, is on the left in this photo, and that's me, Alice, on the right. Mom passed away in 2014, but her spirit of hospitality continues. I live up in Tampa, and visit the beach every weekend with my husband and family.

Alice Torres Sutton purchased this apartment in 1971

Why Alice Torres Sutton chose Holmes Beach

Our family has always loved the Island, especially this spot, since my grandparents had friends from Tampa who lived close by. The apartment has a beautiful view of the beach across a garden and wildflower meadow. Our gulf-front patio has towering Australian pine trees, so you can sit in the shade on hot days, and feel a glorious breeze. The patio adjacent to the apartment is perfect for sunbathing even in the winter, because it's shielded from the wind. The Island has an old-fashioned small town vibe, so you can leave your cares behind.

What makes this apartment unique

Our apartment is part of our five-unit family-owned complex, all one story duplexes. Our guests tell us they love the ease of walking out the door right onto a patio to read the paper, grill out, or just relax, without the hassle of stairs and long walks often found in condominiums. Families especially appreciate it, since the beach is just across the meadow it's easy to take the little ones to the water's edge, without a long walk toting 'beach stuff.' This year, we had a family of green herons nest in one of the pine trees, and everyone enjoyed waiting for the eggs to hatch. We also had a turtle's nest right on the beach in front of our place!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Holmes Beach in Manatee County

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Guest must execute full rental agreement prior to Owner's final acceptance of reservation.
  • Wkly/nightly: $250 due at reserv.; bal due 21 dys in adv. Monthly: $500 at reserv., 25% at 90 days in advance, bal due 21 dys in adv. No refunds.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • All towels and linens supplied, including two beach towels. Owner supplies two rolls of toilet paper, and two bars of soap. There is a hair dryer in the vanity.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • King size beds (1) Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Queen size sleep sofa, with pillow top mattress.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • Horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Beach chairs and umbrella provided, additional beach items on request, walking distance to beachfront playground.


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Bamboo Apt 2 - Beach View- West of Gulf Drive- Perfect for Snowbird Couples
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 6 reviews
Maitland, FL

Completely serene

  • 5 of 5

The apartment was clean, the grill, patios, and lounge chairs were great. We heard the waves all weekend, not cars. A little bunny greeted us in the morning as we mosied through the wildflowers to the beach. Just perfect!

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi! Thank you for being such wonderful guests and for taking the time to post such a great review! We loved having you stay with us and hope that we'll see you again soon. Alice PS-- glad you got to see one of the wild Island bunnies- they are a pretty rare sight these days.
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Tulsa, OK

Abundant Charm

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I stayed in unit 1 of the duplex. The unit is very well maintained and clean. It is far enough off the main road to be quiet yet it is close to everything you need especially the Publix grocery store. The pictures are accurate. You walk out of the front door and straight ahead of you is the beach.The beach stretches as far as the eye can see in either direction so it wasn't crowded and was wonderful for long walks.

We did the Zegway by the Sea tour and highly recommend it especially at the beginning of your visit to the island. We also found the list of restaurants helpful. We liked the Waterfront restaurant best for lunch or dinner.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jan-2014
  • Date of Stay: December 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Sharon-- I'm so glad that you had a good vacation, and enjoyed your stay at our place. Thank you for taking the time to write a review! Please have a great Spring, and come stay with us again. Alice
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Merritt Island FL


  • 5 of 5

A good friend & I were looking for a 3 day escape & the Bamboo Apartments fit our needs perfectly! The property is old FL, built in 1916, and beautifully maintained. Mother & daughter owners, Gladys & Alice, were both very helpful. Alice helped us put this trip together in 3 days & Gladys,who lives in one of the apartments, was available to answer questions and give us a tour of two of the open units. A LOT of history and charm; we felt warmly welcomed our entire stay!

The pictures depict the native & manicured landscaping (as well as the rooms) perfectly. There are several areas to relax and enjoy the view while having either morning coffee or an afternoon cocktail. There are paths to the powder white beach that has shells galore & beautiful sunset views.

As for places to eat: The Cafe on the Beach had the best eggs benedict I have had in a long time & very reasonably priced. We had dinner at the Beach house and lunch at the Sandbar; both wonderful and ALL 3 are right on the beach...toes in the sand! If you are a shopper, there are several options that are just a short drive from this location. We spent one day browsing St Armands Circle; about a 25 minute drive with many shops and restaurants to enjoy.

We had a wonderful stay and are already trying to put another trip together before the end of the year.

I am a Gulf coast girl (Destin FL) transplanted to the East coast of FL for the past 17 years. I feel like Anna Maria Island is a secret that has been kept from me! Who knew there were beaches "almost" as white as Destin a mere 2 hours from home?!

I would recommend this property to friends & family for a lovely, relaxing getaway. Thanks again to Alice and Gladys for their wonderful hospitality!

  • Review Submitted: 16-Sep-2011
  • Date of Stay: September 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best Kept Secret On the Island

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I discovered this serene spot 6 years ago and come back as often as our schedule allows. There are many places on the Island to choose from but we found our little piece of "heaven" with Alice and her Family at The Bamboo Apartments. We love that we feel like family when we visit. Our apartment is always clean and cozy, and we love to watch the sunset from our private beach front patio. We enjoy walking to explore near by shops and restaurants and Alice has given us some great places to explore for local flavor. We went to The Star Fish Company just off Cortez Road for some fresh Grouper one afternoon. It was fantastic to sit on the docks, watch the fishing boats come in and eat really fresh seafood. I recommend this to all who visit the Island. We will definately be back to our island paradise...I hope you enjoy it as much as my husband and I do. :-)

  • Review Submitted: 15-Sep-2011
  • Date of Stay: April 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tampa, FL

tidy "Old-Florida" charm - very simple and clean.

  • 4 of 5

Like Florida used to be before it was carpeted with condos! We love going to the Bamboo Apartments - owner is very accommodating and welcoming. Clean and tidy - lots of shade under Australian pines - right on the beach. Reasonably priced. We always make a stop at the surf shop down the street. I am a Florida native and Anna Maria is our favorite beach community. Beautiful beaches for sunning and swimming, great places to eat, very casual atmosphere. You can ride bikes everywhere or take the trolley. No pool, if that matters.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Apr-2010
  • Date of Stay: April 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bradenton, Florida

Bamboo Is The Best!

  • 5 of 5

Where do I begin? We LOVE Bamboo. LOVE it! In fact, we love it so much that last November we invited our closest friends and family to join us there so that they could also experience the beauty and charm of the property. I have been visiting Anna Maria Island for 30 years and feel so grateful to have found Bamboo. The staff is like family. They are kind and caring from start to finish. The location is absolutely perfect. It is close to everything; yet, it is incredibly private. The units are quaint. The sunsets are gorgeous. It truly a magical property that the family has infused with great love and care. I highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a laid back wonderful vacation .. and, I'd prefer that you visit when I am not there so that the unit is available for me! he he he

  • Review Submitted: 31-Mar-2010
  • Date of Stay: November 2009
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Sarasota Bradenton
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Beach Cafe
Car: not necessary

We're located on a quaint, 7 mile long tropical island on the west coast of Florida, easily accessible to three major airports (Tampa, St. Pete/Clearwater, Sarasota-Bradenton).

The island has smaller buildings, nothing more than three stories high, with a laid back vibe. Our place is walking distance to a number of restaurants, and two blocks from the free Island Trolley stop which will take you everywhere else.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Holmes Beach, Florida South Central Gulf Coast

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Summer 2018
1 May 2018 - 14 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
JULY 4TH 2018
3 Jul 2018 - 5 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
30 Aug 2018 - 3 Sep 2018
5 night minimum stay
Fall 2018
15 Sep 2018 - 14 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
21 Nov 2018 - 25 Nov 2018
5 night minimum stay
Winter 2018
16 Dec 2018 - 31 Jan 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
21 Dec 2018 - 25 Dec 2018
5 night minimum stay
29 Dec 2018 - 2 Jan 2019
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £37.68 + Tax

Deposits or rental payments are non-refundable unless owner is able to re-book entire stay. See rental agreement for complete terms and conditions. During Winter Season, on occasion there are stays of less than one week available between longer bookings. The nightly rate will apply during those circumstances. Special Rates apply Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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