Rent a true island home in an unspoiled paradise. We made our home an classy yet comfy getaway, furnished with oriental rugs, dark hardwood and artwork purchased on our trips around the globe. So it's more like going to your second home than a rental. One of the owners grew up on this island, and now works as a food writer traveling around the world but returns here to cook, write, read and relax, so you'll find a well-stocked kitchen and lots of books. You'll be surrounded by other homes, not condos or hotels, just 300 yards/meters to the white sandy beaches.
The master suite includes a super comfy Sealy king bed, while the second suite has two rooms, one with a new Sealy queen bed and the other with a double bed; those rooms have their own private patio. Both suites and the living room are equipped with brand-new flat-screen TVs. The dual suite setup works well for families or couples traveling together.
We're well set up for kids with lots of beach toys (so you don't have to buy them). A stroller, fold-away crib, high chair and other items are available.
All are guests are greeted with a lovely 'welcome' basket with goodies plus we always make sure there's tea and coffee for the first couple of days. You're free to use anything in the fridge or cupboards, including oils, vinegar, condiments, spices, herbs, etc.
It's a great area for golfing, diving, fishing and other sport. The owner has provided a dining guide, plus tips on where to score great seafood to grill on your own. There's a private dock in a nearby marina that can be used if you rent a boat or kayak, or just for fishing. There's a stop for the free island trolley just steps outside the door.
The island itself is known as a haven for sea turtles. There are numerous small restaurants, bars and cafes on the island, and rental agencies for bikes, children's needs and kayaks. It has seven miles of white sandy beaches, including a large public beach with a small cafe featuring live music and monitored by professional lifeguards. Scuba diving, para sailing, windsurfing, sea kayaking and deep-sea fishing are popular activities.
Great golfing, dining and culture nearby: On the mainland, there are more than 20 golf courses within an hour's drive! The island also has three historic docks for fishing at which poles are available for reasonable rental. There's an up scale shopping area, St. Armand's Key, on an adjacent island. The area is known for the arts, with the impressive Ringling Museum and Sarasota Opera Company on the mainland as well as several theatres. All kinds of dining, from great ribs to fine cuisine, are available.
Close to theme parks!: Orlando and major theme parks are about 2 hours drive away. We have information about Disney in our guides that we put together for our guests. You'll find lots of information on what to do and see.
The owner grew up on Anna Maria Island and loves it in a way you can only love a place that's 'home.' We leave a detailed list of sights to see and places to eat, along with a lovely 'welcome basket' for every guest. The place is managed by the owner's mother who lives just a few blocks away.
The house has a nice 'vibe' to it. It just feels comfortable. Plus, the lot is loaded with palm trees. It's close to the owner's mother, plus close to the beach. The neighborhood is a quiet residential area with friendly people. All the other homes in the area have permanent residents.
This house is truly our home, not a standard rental. We love great beds, soft sheets, lots of books. When you're here, you'll feel like you're at home.
Anna Maria Island is located off the central West Coast of Florida on the Gulf of Mexico. It lies about 65 km south of Tampa/St. Petersburg and about 30 km north of Sarasota. It is about 175 km to Orlando theme parks. It's about 400 km to Miami, on the other side of the state. The island itself is about seven miles long, flanked by white Gulf beaches on one side, and inter coastal waterway the next. The house is in Holmes Beach, one of the three small towns on the island. The island itself is known as a haven for sea turtles and the northern portion of the island is rather undeveloped. There are several small restaurants, bars and cafes on the island, and rental agencies for bikes, children's needs and even kayaks. The closest airport is Sarasota-Bradenton Airport, but Tampa International Airport is usually the best value option for international flights. Some people opt to fly into Orlando, but be reminded it is about a two hour drive.
Other Activities: Deep sea fishing, para sailing, kite surfing, kayaking are also popular.
Golf: There are 20+ golf courses within an hour's drive of the island, including four public courses. The Florida weather makes it an ideal golf spot.
Ski: Water skiing, Stand-up Paddle Boarding and kite surfing are abundently available along the Gulf coast shoreline, just minutes from the home. Rental companies such as Beach Bums will deliver water sports equipment to you or to the beach for no charge and at reasonable rental rates.
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