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Dan and Dawn Howard

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, german

Close to the Beach - Private Pool - Great Rates for Fall!

18 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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3 bedrooms, 3 baths, sleeps 8

ISLAND DAWN - Ground level 3 bed/3 bath home (with 2 master suites) just right for the perfect beach getaway. Take a dip in the lush, tropical (heated) pool, take a short stroll (just 2 blocks) to the best beach on the island, connect to our wi-fi, or relax in our screened lanai with a good book from our collection.

Ideally suited for fun and relaxation, with comfortable furnishings and plenty of amenities for a laid-back holiday. The 1st master features a king bed overlooking the pool, a comfortable sitting area, large walk-in closet, and bath with shower. The 2nd master features a queen bed and private bath with spacious shower. Both masters have televisions, DVD, and CD players. The 3rd bedroom has two twin beds and is decorated in a fun, beachy theme. The 3rd bathroom across the hall features a tub/shower combo.

The living area has a queen sleeper sofa, oversized chair, recliner, a large television, DVD player, DVD collection, books, games, and Playstation.

Find us on Facebook: We've created a Facebook page for 'Island Dawn Vacation House'. Come visit us and become a 'fan.'

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Dan and Dawn Howard (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, german

Guestbook comments from the owner

We stayed for our daughter's wedding and found Island Dawn to be the perfect retreat. The house is very well equipped for cooking and even had a margarita maker! The pool and lanai were beautiful and we spent all of our free time relaxing poolside. The location is great - no busy streets to cross and the beaches are perfect. Can't wait to stay again.
May 2012
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Close to the Beach - Private Pool - Great Rates for Fall!
average rating of 4.7777777 based on 20 reviews
Indianapolis, IN

Great time at Island Dawn!

  • 5 of 5

We (sadly) just returned from the magic of AMI and back to the real world, but can't say enough about Island Dawn!

1st, the house: laid out great for us - we have 3 daughters, two are close in age. They shared one room (twin beds), the third got one master, we took the other. Nice separation between the one master and the other bedrooms, so we got some privacy, living room in the middle. Dinner every evening in the lanai and the missus and I had our morning coffee out there as well. Beds were comfortable, bathrooms were well-stocked. Kitchen was well appointed also; the house was everything we needed.

2nd, the pool - Simply put, wonderful. Salt water filter, not chlorine - so easy on the eyes. The heater works, we only used it once but it came in handy for some nightswimming on our last day.

3rd, the location - it took me about 5-ish minutes to walk to the beach, loaded with stuff and wearing flip-flops. Well-placed, close enough to the beach that we spent most of the day there, every day. Wasn't too far for us to retreat back to the house for our...uh, "bio breaks". We also rented a kayak and it was only a few minutes to the 63rd street boat ramp to launch into Bimini Bay.

4th, the beach stuff/garage - WOW. Just wow. I've rented from other places and they all say "we have what you need for the beach". Well, these people have a couple of bikes (and a compressor to fill the tires - hint hint), boogie boards, floating rafts, fishing gear, chairs, umbrellas, kites, a couple of canopies, a big wagon to haul it all, we left a "corkscrew" device to anchor one umbrella (comes in handy!) - WAY above what I expected to find.

5th, the intangibles - again, can't say enough about how great the setup was. Felt like home. We've been to AMI before but their stash of menus turned us to places we'd never visited! Ended up reading some books they had - my wife liked one so much we ended up buying it in the airport! It's quiet at night, peaceful in the morning, had plenty of stuff for misc purposes - tools, appliances, etc.

6th, the owners - everyone says "we're quick to respond" - they walk the walk. I emailed them more than I thought I would and they responded quickly and thoroughly each time, never made me feel like I was badgering them. Very impressive!

This is a long review, hopefully you find it useful. This is a great unit and we look forward to staying there for our future trips to Anna Maria Island!

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the awesome review! It was our pleasure to have you and your family stay at Island Dawn. We love sharing the house with great people and are so happy you found AMI and discovered her treasures! Thanks so much for all the feedback and care you took of the house. It's great to have such wonderful renters! Looking forward to your next stay!
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Wildwood, MO

A wonderful house but the Owners made it great

  • 5 of 5

The house is a very short walk from the beach. Very clean and well appointed.

Our kids loved the "Island Cruiser" Bikes in the garage. There was everything we needed.

The pool was great. Clean and warm.

The AC next to the bed made for a great nights sleep with cool air and all the white noise you could need.

The bathrooms were fine. The closets big and bright. The master closet is not a walk in - it's a walk Through.

The outdoor screened in porch is where we played games which were at the house. Lots of fun!

We did have one HUGE problem. There was construction right next door. 7 AM pounding of hammers and saws. I am sure it's finished now but at the time - UGG!! We notified the owners and they made us an offer that MORE then compensated for the noise. We received quick and respectful apologizes. It was clear that they didn't know the construction was going on. We would ABSOLUTELY rent from them again if we go back. I keep saying that the OWNER makes the rental. This just proves it.

We had a lot of fun going to the fish market and the piers. Took a great sail boat ride and had a wonderful time. Thank you to the owners for being so very respectful to us.

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect rental for families!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a week in July in this rental and it was perfect for us. All 3 bedrooms had comfortable beds and we all had our own bathroom. Everything was clean and the kitchen is fully stocked with everything, you only need to shop for food. They even had a margarita maker! The pool was beautiful and the landscaping and lighting around the pool offered privacy and a great place to hang out after a day at the beach. One of the best features of this house is all the items they have in their garage for you to use. That made our drive from NC way easier because we didn't need to bring anything. They had a large cooler with wheels, a beach cart, noodles, boogie boards, lots of beach chairs, 2 pop up tents, tons of buckets/shovels/sand toys for the kids, beach towels, lots of kites, a cast net for fishing, inflatable rafts, paddle ball, frisbee's and even 2 bicycles! We did have to rent a bike because one of theirs had a flat tire but that's ok. The location is so convenient to Pine Ave where there are tons of shops, places to eat and the best ice cream shop on the island, Two Scoops. We rode the bikes over there a lot to shop and hang out. It took us 10 minutes to ride all the way over to the pier. The walk to the beach is only 2 blocks so that's very convenient and the beach at the end of their street was amazing. There are so many great places to eat on the island, we never had a bad meal but we ate in quite a bit because they have an awesome BBQ gas grill. We went paddle boarding, jet skiing, snorkeling, played putt putt (twice because that was fun) and to the beach every day. It really was the perfect vacation. A must do is going to the Shiny Fish Emporium on Pine Avenue and painting sand dollars for $10. They provide all the brushes, paints, you name it and even ideas for inspiration if you're not sure what to paint. They also put sparkly spray on it to seal it and a gorgeous ribbon to hang it. Great for kids but all of us were 17+ and we had a blast. A great memory keepsake. I highly recommend this rental to anyone looking for a great place to stay close to the best beaches and shopping on the island. It was perfect for the 6 of us and would definitely stay here again if we ever went back. PS, it's not far from Tropicana Field so we also took in a Rays game, and they won!!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lisle, IL

Great Island Home and Retreat!

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful stay and thoroughly enjoyed this beautifully decorated home. Loved that it is so close to everything of interest on the island ...beaches, restaurants, groceries, public tennis courts, parks, and sightseeing. The home felt quite spacious and was very clean on arrival. The pool area has a peaceful and private feeling, and the interior living areas are very comfortable and provided a serene setting for my vacation. I had visited this house some years ago, and was amazed at how it has been transformed recently into a wonderful home and fun retreat. I would gladly stay here again.

  • Submitted: May 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Naperville, IL

Perfect Place for Us

  • 5 of 5

We keep coming back. This lovely place meets our needs perfectly. We walk the beach, eat seafood at local restaurants, bicycle the island, relax and enjoy life. The kitchen has everything needed for cooking. The new gas grill this year is a great addition - no more charcoal. We had visitors several times this year and the layout is perfect. The guest bedrooms and bathrooms are on the other end of the house providing privacy. The grandkids love both the pool and the beach. The pool area is small, but private and nicely landscaped.The sounds of the fountains helps put me to sleep. When the weather is nice, we enjoy the lanai.

A couple more local things to try - the Anna Maria Community Center for Yoga/Pilates and lots of other stuff. Also you can get a local library card and the island branch of the Manatee Public library is great for books, DVDs, and kids books.

Thanks to Dawn and Dan for sharing their lovely house.

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Slice of Heaven

  • 5 of 5

We were lucky to spend a week on the island and the home was perfect for a mid-winter escape. We'll be coming back next year!

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
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Nearest Airport
18 Miles
Sarasota Bradention International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Duffy's Tavern
Nearest Golf
1.5 Miles
Key Royale Club
Nearest Motorway
18 Miles
Interstate 75 and Rt. 64 Manatee Ave.
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
The Beach Bistro
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Public Access at Beach Bistro
Car: not necessary

Anna Maria Island is a relaxing beach community on the Gulf of Mexico. The dining and entertainment options are many, and there are miles of beautiful white beaches to relax or play on. Recreation on the island includes sailing, fishing, parasailing, tennis, golfing, and kayaking. Getting around on the island is easy. You can drive, take the free trolley, walk, bike, or rent a segway scooter. Great shopping is available from the high-end shops at St. Armand's Circle in Sarasota to the outlet mall in Bradenton, with plenty of great local arts and crafts located right here on the island. There are local festivals, local theater, the Mote Marine Aquarium and Ringling Museum of the Circus in Sarasota, Bishop Planetarium in Bradenton, and Grapefruit League baseball in both Bradenton and Sarasota. Disney World and the assorted family parks of Orlando are just two hours away. And there is nothing like a sunset over the Gulf. Anna Maria Island welcomes you home!

Other Activities: kayaking


Rates & Availability

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Late Summer
Jul 9 2016 - Aug 12 2016
7 night minimum stay
Late August 2016
Aug 13 2016 - Aug 26 2016
7 night minimum stay
Autumn 2016
Aug 27 2016 - Nov 18 2016
7 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving 2016
Nov 19 2016 - Dec 2 2016
7 night minimum stay
Early December 2016
Dec 3 2016 - Dec 23 2016
7 night minimum stay
Christmas 2016
Dec 24 2016 - Dec 31 2016
7 night minimum stay
Early 2017
Jan 1 2017 - Apr 28 2017
7 night minimum stay
May 2017
Apr 29 2017 - Jun 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
June 2017
Jun 3 2017 - Jun 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
4th of July 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 7 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer 2017
Jul 8 2017 - Aug 11 2017
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $150
Cleaning $125
Tax Rate 11.5%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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Anna Maria Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Away From It All
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • This beach house has a bathroom for every bedroom. Each is beachy in its own way, and all are equipped with removable showerheads. The second master has a walk in shower, and a couple of bar grips to assist guess who may need some extra balance.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • The First Master Bedroom has a King bed and a great view, overlooking the tropical pool area outside. It has an individual air conditioning system, separate from the rest of the house, so that you can choose your personal level of comfort. There is a television, DVD player, CD player, and a private sitting area just inside the French doors. There is a very large walk-through closet for your clothes and belongings, and a private bath/shower. The Second Master Bedroom has a Queen bed with a canopy. There's a flat-screen TV, a CD player, and a private bath with a large walk-in shower. The shower is equipped with a couple of support bars for guests who could use some extra balance. The third bedroom is a bright, beach-themed room with twin bed. The room has it's own television, and assorted board games in the closet. The third bathroom across the hall has a bath/shower combo. There is also a queen sofa sleeper in the living room that sleeps 2.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Porch Furniture
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Yard
  • 5 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Island Dawn is ready for your beach vacation! We have a beach cart and plenty of beach gear available, including chairs, noodles, a cooler, and boogie boards - and it's a straight two block walk to the Gulf beach. At the house, the screened lanai is a perfect spot for breakfast or lunch, with a table and four chairs for diners, and a sitting area with two chairs and a small couch. On the other side of the screen, the heated pool is surrounded by a combination of tropical foliage and places to recline. We have plenty of books, magazines, and DVDs, a PlayStation 2, puzzles and games for people of all ages.

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