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Professionally Decorated Beach Basket Just 4 Homes from the Beach W/Heated Pool!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,175 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

2 Master Suites, 1 King and 1 Queen & Two Twins

If you are looking for that Old Florida feel, Beach Basket is located on Oak Ave which dead ends to the white sand beaches and the perfectly clear waters of Anna Maria Island. You are just 5 homes or a 53 second walk to relaxation and sunshine! Built in 1920, this home was restored recently by the owner who is a professional decorator keeping with the classic cottage look. The detail in this home is incredible, from ceiling accents to bead board cabinets with glass doors to the comfortable furnishings by the Pink Pineapple.

The beachy feel continues into both the king master suite with a seating area that leads to the bright and sunny master bath and the queen suite which has a private entrance to the pool area where you will find citrus trees including an Avocado tree and rich tropical landscaping.

Having an occasional guest or bringing the kids? The air conditioned sleeping porch with 2 twins is a perfect place for them or a perfect nook for you to relax and enjoy a good book and a frozen cocktail! Beach Basket is one of our most popular homes so book well in advance to find out why!!

Small Pets Considered!

For our other “Basket”, 1 of the finest vacation rentals on Anna Maria Island please see Mermaid’s Basket (VRBO Listing #557763)




More Details

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 27, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

for providing the perfect location for a special birthday celebration.
Aug 2013
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Anna Maria Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1175 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master Suite
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Sleeping Porch - 2 twin/ single
  • King size beds (1) Master Suite, Queen size Beds (1) Guest Suite, Twin or Single Beds (2) On Sleeping Porch
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 2 beach chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(23 traveler reviews)

Professionally Decorated Beach Basket Just 4 Homes from the Beach W/Heated Pool!
average rating of 4.695652 based on 46 reviews

Love, Love, Love!

  • 5 of 5

I love this beach cottage. It has charm and character with all the modern amenities. This is the second year that we stayed at the Beach Basket. The home is fully stocked with all the linens and towels that you will need. We cooked most meals at home and the kitchen was well stocked. It is just a short walk to the beach and they even have a cart for you to use to take your chairs and towels to the beach. We woke up most mornings to walk on the beach and finished each night watching the sunset. The pool was heated and we were able to enjoy it all day long. It is a wonderful place to vacation.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Nelly, We did try to make Beach Basket modern but yet we tried to retain the original cottagie feel so thanks for affirming we accomplished our goal! I’m glad you found everything you needed in the kitchen and elsewhere but I hope you found some time to enjoy all the great restaurants on the island; some within walking distance! The sunsets are amazing and what a perfect beach to watch them on!! Please do make this a family tradition and come back and see us a third time!!
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Just as nice as the first time

  • 5 of 5

We had stayed previously at this property, and also at another one of this owner's properties nearby. There must be a reason we keep coming back... It is just as represented.

We were extremely lucky this time, in that the weather couldn't have been more perfect. Every day was in the mid 80s, sunny, breezy and with no rain all week. Nice for November! (And the red tide was gone!) That all certainly added to our positive experience!

The location of Beach Basket is ideal. It is on a quiet street, and being a few houses from the sand allowed us to go back and forth to the house from the beach as often as needed. We walked to dinner at the SandBar and Harry's. The beach in that area is wide, clean, and uncrowded, with clear, calm waters. We walked an hour daily along the shoreline. Almost every night we'd head up to the beach to watch the beautiful sunsets before heading to dinner. One time, dolphins frolicked right in front of us as the sun went down.

The home was well furnished and stocked with everything you'd need for the beach and preparing meals. (Publix is an easy, five minute drive away when you want to stock the refrigerator.) The management company was easy to contact and responsive.

We're already looking forward to coming back!

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Penny, Penny, thank you for taking the time in reviewing Beach Basket, we are glad that you enjoy staying at our home! November is one of my favorite months here on the island, the weather is usually perfect! It’s always so special to see the dolphins at play, it never gets old. There are so many good restaurants within walking distance and having the beach so close is ideal to walk off some of those calories. We always enjoy starting our evenings off with a sunset toast before taking a leisurely stroll to a nice dinner and shopping on Pine Avenue. We’d love to have you back at Beach Basket, I’m sure that our management team of Ellie, Suzanne and Bob would love to hear from you as well!
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Lovely bungalow

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I stayed here for two weeks and didn't want to leave. It was comfortable and cozy. Just the type of place we enjoy. Old Florida feel which is quickly disappearing from Anna Maria. Will definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Susan and Family, So glad you appreciate the Old Florida feel that Beach Basket offers as you are correct that it is hard to find these days anywhere in Florida. We lovingly restored the cottage a few years ago and tried to keep as many of the original features as possible while still making it current for those that appreciate modern bathrooms and conveniences like a dishwasher and ice maker. Please do come back to visit us soon.
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Macon Georgia


  • 5 of 5

Awesome trip! Even the red tide did not slow us down. Just moved to the bay. Book again for next year. Already counting the days!

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Judy, Thank you for taking the time to review Beach Basket, we love having guests return to our home and you have returned more than any other guest! We do appreciate it! That red tide did come out of nowhere, I’m glad that you did not let it affect your vacation. Fortunately it usually leaves as quickly as it comes so it doesn't create much of a problem! One of the many great things about Anna Maria Island is no matter where you are, you are always close to the gulf and bay. Don’t like sitting at the gulf beach, just walk or bicycle to the bay beach or vice versa. We look forward to having you come back next year!
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Beach Basket was just as well-designed and comfortable as the photos show!

  • 5 of 5

Beach Basket was just as well-designed and comfortable as the photos show! We loved every part of our stay on AMI and at Beach Basket. The beds are comfortable, the a/c worked great, there were plenty of blankets, towels, cookware, and more. We loved that the pool is a saltwater pool so our niece, who is allergic to chlorine, could swim in it without getting a rash! The outdoor shower and foot rinsing tub were super convenient (although a removable shower head to better reach feet would be even better, now that I think about it). We wanted to use the outdoor grill but never got around to it. We ate at Rod & Reel Pier and at Ginny and Jane E's and had great experiences at both. We also went to Dips for ice cream - delicious!

If I could give any advice to anyone staying here, it would be to know that this isn't luxury accommodations - it's a little cottage that's been there for a long time. Very little about the actual house is new, and it has old home quirks. That's part of what makes it so homey and inviting. Also, be prepared to have to restock on items like toilet tissue, facial tissue, paper towels, laundry detergent, trash bags, and hand soap. We ran out of all of those and replaced four of the items during our stay, and I didn't expect to have to do that. Lastly, I would bring swiffer-like cleaning pad replacements next time, because the wood floors get dirty fast, and neither the broom nor the vacuum worked very well. While there was a swiffer at the house, there were no cleaning pads for it.

However, none of that lowered my rating for Beach Basket. It's still a 5-star VRBO, and I'd come back in a heartbeat!

  • Submitted: May 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Bonnie, We are so glad you found the Beach Basket and all of its amenities to your liking! The salt water filtration system is a big plus to a lot of people particularly ones that have sensitive skin or allergies. Some folks confuse a salt water pool with the salt water of the Ocean and don’t realize that it is simply a filtration system and is far superior to chlorine. Thanks for bringing that to the attention of future guests and also the removable shower head is a great idea!! It sounds as if you took advantage of a lot of the great and fun places to eat on Anna Maria. There are so many it is hard to choose but I am sorry you didn’t get to enjoy cooking on the grill at the pool! The Beach Basket was lovingly restored a few years back including modernizing the bathrooms but we did choose to leave a lot of that Old Florida Cottage charm as we find it so welcoming and homey as well. We do provide “starter supplies” of the items you mentioned but do not provide them for your full stay as that would be impossible to predict the usage of each guest and their length of stay. We will of course check on the broom and the vacuum and replace as needed but in the future please just let our management team know and they would have replaced them for you immediately as we do respond to all guest issues! Hope to see you soon!
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Easter Week 2016

  • 3 of 5

We stayed with our daughter's family, (4 adults, 2 children), at the Beach Basket Easter and the week after in 2016. We enjoyed the nicely kept grounds, private swimming pool and the short walk to the beach. This is a very convenient location for walking to restaurants, coffee shops, rental places etc. We found the cottage very clean and tidy upon arrival. The home is open with the living area running into the kitchen. It had nice TV’s in both bedrooms and living room. The kitchen left a little to be desired with very old cabinets and drawers which did not function well…drawers sticking, doors not closing properly etc. Could use some updating. Bedrooms were a little on the small side but still workable, but the attached baths were very cramped. The shower in the second bath was so small as to make turning around in it quite a chore. Washer and dryer worked well but were in a very inconvenient location right in the main entry. The pool was small but we had a blast playing in it with our grandkids. All in all, a very cozy place to stay with an excellent location.

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Bob, We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay at Beach Basket with its great location and the amenities of the pool and tropical grounds. The pool is one of our favorite features and is 15 X 24 which is above average size for the island considering we are so close to the beach and being on an island the water table is reached almost immediate when you begin to install a pool. Our little slice of paradise, Beach Basket is an incredible part of history as it was built in 1926 and we lovingly restored it 6 years ago keeping most of the original features to maintain the great beach cottage feel. You mentioned the bedrooms were “on the small side” which is the original size of the bedrooms. We felt they were more than adequate as there was plenty of room in the Master Suite for a King bed, as well as nightstands, a dresser, chair and a good sized closet. The Queen Suite also boosts a good sized closet as well as a dresser and night stands. The baths are on the small side but have been updated and we do feel they are more than adequate as we use the cottage quote often and have never had a problem with the size. We do use the outdoor hot and cold shower quite often as well! One of the things we chose to leave were when we restored the cottage was the kitchen cabinets as we just couldn’t bear to part with them with their great finish and antique glass fronts. Perhaps a more modern home would suit your tastes better than the Beach Basket as we do have a 90% occupancy rate with more than ½ being return visitors. To each, his own as they say!! Thank you for taking the time to review our home! PS: I was also puzzled by your comment about the washer and dryer being in the main entry as they are actually located in the back hall of the home.
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Rates & Availability

Anna Maria Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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High Season
Feb 1 2017 - Mar 31 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Apr 1 2017 - Apr 30 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
May 1 2017 - May 31 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Jun 1 2017 - Jul 31 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Aug 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Sep 1 2017 - Nov 17 2017
7 night minimum stay
Nov 18 2017 - Nov 24 2017
7 night minimum stay
Nov 25 2017 - Dec 22 2017
7 night minimum stay
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 5 2018
7 night minimum stay
Jan 6 2018 - Jan 31 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
High Season
Feb 1 2018 - Mar 24 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Admin Fee $85 + Tax
Property Damage Policy $49
Pet Fee $150 + Tax
Cleaning $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
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Nearest Airport
18 Miles
Sarasota/Bradenton 18 Miles or Tampa TPA 50 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.04 Miles
Oak Ave dead ends to the beach! 53 seconds or 246'
Car: not necessary

This home is located on Anna Maria Island, a quaint barrier island nestled in the Gulf of Mexico south of Tampa Bay. Here is one of the only places you can find where the 'old' Florida charm still exists. Seven miles of pristine white beaches awaits you and beautiful sunsets grace the island with their presence every night. The Island has every convenience needed including a Publix grocery store, CVS pharmacy, and Walgreens. There are multiple award winning restaurants that call the island home, such as the Beach Bistro, Sandbar, Beachhouse, and Sign of the Mermaid. Others not to miss are Rod and Reel Pier, Anna Maria City Pier, and Ginny and Jane-e's at the Old IGA. There is plenty of shopping available with hot spots such as the historic Pine Ave and Bridge Street areas. With the beach and the bay just minutes away from your front door, there is plenty to do in the water. Kayaking, snorkeling, fishing, jet-skiing, paddle boarding, and para-sailing are popular activities around Anna Maria Island. With the Island only being seven miles long, there is no need to drive when almost everything is within walking or biking distance. There is also a convenient Trolley Service that runs the length of the Island every day, and is free for everyone to ride. Anna Maria Island has something for everyone, and everyone who comes to visit falls in love with the Island, we are sure you will too.


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