It is always summer on Anna Maria Island! Please call to ask about open weeks! Anna Maria Island has one of the most pristine, un-crowded beaches you will ever visit. Enjoy a champagne breakfast, Duffy's burgers for lunch, or cocktails at sunset! In addition, there are many other fabulous things to do here - Busch Gardens, Universal Studios and Disney are all within a two-hour drive. World-class restaurants and shopping in Sarasota & St. Armand’s circle are just a short drive south, down to Longboat Key and Lido Key. If you are outdoorsy, the swimming, boating and fishing are unbeatable year-round!
Dolphin Cottage, our 'little house' on Anna Maria Island, is a cozy, charming old-Florida home with 3 bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms - perfect for a couple or family. It is very close to the beach, with only two other houses between it and our beautiful, un-crowded beach on the Gulf of Mexico. Anna Maria is less than an hour away from 3 major airports: Tampa (TPA), Sarasota (SRQ) and St. Petersburg-Clearwater (PIE). Just a short trip across the Intracoastal Waterway, AMI is easy to get to, and difficult to leave!
The interior of the cottage is pleasantly rustic with knotty cypress paneling on the walls and ceilings. It has a cute, galley-like kitchen where everything is within reach. There is also a gas grill outdoors. A central living & dining room makes up most of the house, with a dining table, sofas & recliners, TV and digital music player. High-speed wireless internet is also available. There are three bedrooms: one has a queen bed, one has two double beds, and the other has two twin beds. The bathroom recently underwent a well-deserved makeover and now has new ceramic tile on the walls and floor. The half-bath consists of a toilet and shower stall in the garage. There is an outdoor shower also - great for rinsing off the sand and salt!
The beach is a very short walk away. We have many beach chairs, umbrellas & toys. You can also walk or bicycle to the grocery store, other shopping and many great restaurants. There is also a free trolley that runs from north Anna Maria to south Longboat Key (the next island south) and a trolley stop just a short stroll from the cottage.
Dolphin Cottage is pet-friendly. There is a large back yard (no fence.) Dogs are not allowed on the beach, but they can swim at the boat ramp or at the Palma Sola causeway, just a short drive away.
We are Carol & Denise, sisters who love all things Florida, especially our little house on Anna Maria Island. Though we both have real jobs, we would much prefer to be full-time beach bums and spend as much time near or in the water as we possibly can. There is no better place to enjoy this lifestyle than on Anna Maria Island, one of the few remaining barrier islands with little development and lots of old Florida appeal!
Our maternal grandmother bought this house and its neighbor in the early 1960’s and both houses have remained in our family ever since. Many, many happy events – parties, reunions, weddings, honeymoons and celebrations – have occurred here over the years. We enjoy sharing our little piece of paradise with those who appreciate Anna Maria Island for its slow pace, laid-back ambience and quirky charm. Very little has changed in our neighborhood over the last 50 years and best of all, the beach, the Gulf and those unforgettable sunsets are only a short stroll away!
Everyone who has stayed at Dolphin Cottage over the years appreciates the relaxed, cozy charm of this little house. It has lots of good vibes!