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Gulf View Retreat, Beach Views, Pool, Firepit, 2 Kayaks, PaddleBoard, 3BR/2Ba

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,580 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Top floor of 2 floors duplex,2 Decks/Beach, Gulf Views, Pool,3 BR/2 Ba,1660sqft

Anna Maria Island is Florida's best kept secret: beautiful white beaches, older Florida charm, award winning restaurants, golf courses nearby, and pristine shopping all within easy walking and driving distance, or jump aboard the free 'Anna Maria Island Trolley', which stops near Gulf View Retreat. The beach is white sugar sand and 7 miles long. The area is known for its splendid sunsets.

Spend the day on the beach at Sunset Park, which is a simple 90-second walk around the corner from the Gulf View Retreat, or hang out fishing in one of the many great spots nearby or in a boat on the Gulf of Mexico. The Katie Pierola Sunset Park beach area across the street is located right on the 7 miles of unobstructed Anna Maria Island beaches. Sightings along the Gulf of Mexico beach and inter-coastal waterway include Manatees, Rays, Dolphins, many kinds of fish, huge Pelicans, Blue Herons, Egrets, Osprey, Terns, Gulls, and other amazing creatures. Some people even get married at the Sunset Park beach area and stay in the home with family! Common sites along the beach areas include Sea Turtle nests and bird nesting sanctuaries during special times of the year.

While the beach on the Gulf of Mexico is 7 miles of uninterrupted sand with very few people next to our home, if you want crowds of people at the public beaches, you can go south to Coquina Beach at the south end of Bradenton Beach and Anna Maria Island, or to Manatee County Beach at the west end of Manatee Avenue in Holmes Beach, or to Anna Maria Pier at the east end of Pine Avenue for the intercoastal/Tampa Bay access. Anna Maria Pier is a special place where many times you can see fish, rays, dolphins, and manatees swimming underneath you as well as fish from the dock and have a nice meal or an ice cream cone at Two Scoops Ice Cream Shop.

The Herb Dolan Park, an easy five block walk or bike ride on 26th Street North and Avenue A, is an open park area with a terrific view of Sarasota Bay, Anna Maria Sound and Tampa Bay. The Herb Dolan Park features picnic areas, basketball court, playing field, swing set, play structure and a Kayak launch.

After enjoying the beach or park, you can use two outdoor showers next to the beach toys and next to the pool to wipe the beach sand off before getting in the pool. Kick your feet in the water in the new heated swimming pool with a special sun shelf for toddlers or adults to sit on with Adirondack-style chairs including nice tile siding and multiple sitting shelves. Relax in the soft green grass of our Zoysia lawn next to the pool tossing a ball or playing a game of Corn Hole or Golf Toss. Head up to the Crow's Nest deck and watch the dolphins swim by in the Gulf of Mexico next to the beach. If you're in the mood to tour around the rest of the island, catch the free trolley out the back door and it will take you to any of the beaches, restaurants, shops or grocery stores along Gulf Drive anywhere on Anna Maria Island. Take the trolley one stop down (or stroll along the beach the one mile) to the old historic Bridge Street area of Bradenton Beach to enjoy the Key West style restaurants and shops. If you enjoy painting or photography, the sunsets are among the best in the world.

The new swimming pool includes a large sun shelf where you can place the plastic Adirondack-style chairs in the water and kick your feet around the water, which is about 6-8 inches deep. The sun shelf also includes a fountain. Then the pool has a sitting shelf around 18 inches deep. The rest of the pool is about 3 to 5.5 feet deep. The pool includes two more sitting shelf's on the far end that are around 18 inches deep. One of those extra sitting shelves on the far end has a soaker spout to massage bad backs. Use the pool toys provided including water noodles, beach balls, and other throwing balls. The new pool includes lots of deck, yard area, and landscaping to sit around and watch the kids play in the pool.

Surrounding the swimming pool and pool deck is soft grass that is easy on the feet as well as various palm trees of different sizes that increase your privacy including Areca Palms, Queen Palms, Fishtail Palms, and Palmetto Palms. A large Frangipani/Plumeria tree creates beautiful large flower blossom clusters usually in May or June, which smell ideal and are the basis for Hawaiian leas.

The Gulf View Retreat, the top floor of a 2-floor home, offers everything you need for your beach stay! Beach toys for the kids are available in our outdoor shed. Dishes, pots, pans, linens and towels are all provided - just bring your swimsuit and enjoy! The Gulf View Retreat features a split plan with the master bedroom having it's own bathroom and on the other two queen-size bedrooms sharing one bath. There is an additional pull out sofa bed in the family room. Granite countertops throughout the unit provide luxury at your fingertips. Other amenities to perfect your stay include:

Open decks with Gulf of Mexico views

New Pool with large Sun Shelf and many Sitting Shelf's

2 Kayaks

Paddle Board

Fire Pit with lighted Areca Palms and comfortable chairs

Big Yard

Crows Nest third-floor balcony makes enjoying the sunsets and night-time stars an incredible experience

High Speed Wireless Internet service with 72 MB per second speeds

Cable on the high definition flat screen TV

New Trane air conditioning unit

1,660 square feet living spa

The Gulf View Retreat is the independent second floor of the home, while the first floor can be rented separately through the Pool-Side Retreat listing ( Each floor is a completely self-sustaining, independent unit with its own BBQ, patio furniture and entry way. Both floors can be combined for family reunions, retreats or multiple family vacations if you contact us, where both floors would include:

Complete privacy for the entire home

Sleeps 18 People

6 Bedrooms and 2 Sleeper-Sofas in common areas

12 Beds of differing sizes

5 Car Parking Spaces

5 Televisions

3 Bathrooms

2,600 square feet

2 Granite-Countertop Kitchens

2 Washers & 2 Dryers

2 Grills

Private Crows Nest third-floor balcony makes enjoying the sunsets and night-time stars an incredible experience

Private New Pool with large Sun Shelf and many Sitting Shelf's

New Fire Pit with lighted Areca Palms and comfortable chairs surrounding it

Open lanai and patio

Big Yard

Wireless Internet service with 20MB per second speeds

6 Bikes for riding around the neighborhood including kids bikes

2 New Trane air conditioning units

1 Paddleboard

2 Kayaks

And much more...

Our home is much easier to navigate than 3-story duplexes on Anna Maria Island because our first floor is on the ground level and the second floor is one easy set of stairs. Other homes on the island tend to require climbing multiple flights of stairs up or taking elevators because their homes begin on the second floor and go up to the third floor.

If you rent just the Gulf View Retreat, then there are a few 'common' areas for the two floors including the pool, yard, fire-pit, toys and 3rd story 'Crow's Nest' deck. Contact us for a Reunion Retreat where you can rent both floors including the entire house for special occasions.

In case you would like to look at the Gulf View Retreat on Google Earth or another mapping program, the physical street address of the Gulf View Retreat is:

Gulf View Retreat

2208 Avenue C

Bradenton Beach, FL 34217

(if you know Bradenton Beach, this location is right near the only S-curve on Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach, which encourages traffic to slow down as well)

Our kids enjoy building sand castles, playing whiffle ball in the beach breeze on the sand along with Frisbee (heavy Frisbee recommended). If the kids dig their hands into the sand, they can find little water bugs in small shells, etc. but please resist the temptation to bring them back to the home as they start stinking as they die <g>. Extra beach toys and souvenirs can be found at Island Bazaar.

Live music nightly at Manatee Public Beach with dinner on the beach (a little greasy) and the margaritas at the outdoor bar are good. Ice Cream afterward at Holy Cow Ice Cream is good and if you can time it for 7pm one night, then you see the owners feed the fish, eel, and shark, etc. The knick knacks and signs there are also interesting to read and possibly purchase.

Cortez fishing village restaurants have excellent seafood and some have live music. Cortez Kitchen is our favorite on the dock.

Coquina Baywalk is real nice to watch the sunrise or anytime. Bean Point and Coquina Beach are great beaches to visit along with Sunset Park next to home.

Our kids love taking the free trolley around the corner up to Anna Maria Pier and looking for fish in the water (especially in the morning to early afternoon when you can see well through the clear water), talking to the fisherman, and eating at the restaurant or getting ice cream at Two Scoops. The Blueberry Pie ice cream is my favorite... Trolley stops by the home every 20 minutes from about 6am to 10pm.

We have 3 favorites for breakfasts: 1) Rod & Reel Pier 2) Ginny's & Jane E's and 3) The Donut Experiment (fun for the kids but not completely filling).

There is a small reef of rocks about 150 feet northwest from the Sunset Park Beach directly west of our home. I like to swim out to it and then dive down 8-10 feet to see colorful fish like the striped Sheepshead, etc.

If you like this home and want to see how we care for our other homes on Anna Maria Island and next to Casey Key and make them pleasing for our guests, please see the listings on the VRBO website with a slash and the listing number below:

977187 - Beach View Retreat - Anna Maria Island

557191 - Gulf View Retreat - Anna Maria Island

614098 - Pool Side Retreat - Anna Maria Island

933895 - Palm Isle Retreat - Anna Maria Island

1021349 - Dolphin Beach House - Casey Key

1021417 - Manatee Beach House - Casey Key

More Details

Rex Geissler
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 19, 2017

About Rex Geissler

Growing up in Florida, my wife enjoyed the best of the beaches. It was always a special time to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet with family and friends. Michele had heard about the beaches south of Tampa where she grew up but did not experience them until we went to Anna Maria Island with our family. We fell in love with the area. And since my husband is from Colorado and we live on a mountain property named Quartz Mountain Ranch, the island beach gives us an incredible contrast to the mountains.

Rex Geissler purchased this house in 2014

Why Rex Geissler chose Bradenton Beach

When we first saw this property, we fell instantly in love with it. There is a warmth in this home and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

What makes this house unique

The proximity to the beach, the unobstructed Gulf views from the Gulf View Retreat deck and from the Crows Nest deck, the brand new heated swimming pool, the Fire Pit with lighted Areca Palms, the paddle board, 2 kayaks, and the closeness to the trolley stop make this the perfect property to enjoy all that the Anna Maria Island has to offer!

Guestbook comments from the owner

I have rented places on aMI before and this is the place I will come back to. Quality furnishings, Wolfgang-puck Pans, fridge with icemaker and frosted mugs. Beach chairs and toys if you have children. Beautiful bedrooms and everything you need. The pictures on line are what you get and more. What a view and we loved the crows nest deck. Our first vacation with another couple. Worked out great with 2 bathrooms too.
Apr 2014
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Bradenton Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1580 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • 90-day cancellation policy with $250 or 10% cancellation fee
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower , Towel closet
    Guest Bath - toilet , shower , Cabinets
    Outdoor Shower 1 - outdoor shower , Head shower and feet/leg shower
    Outdoor Shower 2 - outdoor shower , Head shower and feet/leg shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Family Room Sleeper Sofa - 1 sleep sofa /futon , 50" HiDef 4K LED Cable TV, queen, ceiling fan, reading lamp
    Sunny Yellow Bedroom with 35" Cable TV - 1 queen , 35" Cable TV, ceiling fan, reading lamp, large dresser,close
    Blue Nautical Bedroom - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Ceiling fan, two closets, night stand
    Master Green Bedroom, TV, Master Bathroom - 1 queen , Cable TV, fan, walk-in closet, reading lamp, large dresser
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 6 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
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Gulf View Retreat, Beach Views, Pool, Firepit, 2 Kayaks, PaddleBoard, 3BR/2Ba
average rating of 4.873016 based on 64 reviews

Great place. Fantastic location! Easy to work with owners.

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying here. Perfect for our family of 6. One block from the beach. House was fully stocked w paddle board, kayak, beach toys...pretty much everything we needed. Great views from the top deck and easy to walk to beach front restaurants. Highly recommmed.

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for staying with us Lori & David. It was great having you. We are glad that you "loved staying here" and that it was "fully stocked" with the beach toys. Best Regards, Rex & Michele
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Grumpy Old Men

  • 5 of 5

Perfect place for a group of seniors. (Families would love it ).Great place to explore attractions in the St Petersburg area or the Sarasota area.

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your kind response and we understand you have great singing voices! We love having a "Perfect place for a group of seniors. (Families would love it)." Hope you come back and visit another time. Regards, Rex
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Perfect place to unplug

  • 5 of 5

We love the Gulf View Retreat! This was our second stay and won't be the last. Our family can't decide what aspect we enjoy most - proximity to the beach, backyard pool, use of the wagon and all the beach essentials, trolley access, the views of the gulf or the comfort of the home. Thankfully, we don't have to decide because it's all available. Rex and Michele respond quickly and make things super easy.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for visiting a second time. We love having you stay at our home and hope you come back again! Regards, Rex & Michele
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Great home

  • 5 of 5

We rented both places loved it. We will be renting again. Very nice place.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Kelly. We are glad that you enjoyed both the Gulf View Retreat and the Pool Side Retreat. Can't wait for you to come back! Regards, Rex & Michele
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Cleveland, OH

Great location for a lazy beach week

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at the property, and the proximity to the trolley made it easy to get around without a car. We had everything we needed at the house, and Rex and Michelle were both helpful and responsive when we had questions.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Kim, Thanks so much for your kind words. We are so glad you had a fun and lazy week! Hope you can return again one day. Regards, Rex & Michele
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Comfort and Location

  • 5 of 5

Excellent property. Fantastic location with easy access to the beach and trolley. Outstanding hosts.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your kind review Chris. Blessings to you and your kids and hope that the ankle is better. We are glad that you were able to visit. Best Regards, Rex and Team
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Nearest Airport
14 Miles
Sarasota(SRQ),Tampa(TPA), St. Pete-Clearwater(PIE)
Nearest Barpub
0.6 Miles
The Kokonut Hut Bar at Gulf Drive Cafe
Nearest Golf
11 Miles
Manatee Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
17 Miles
Interstate 275 to Tampa Airport, Interstate 75 N/S
Nearest Restaurant
0.4 Miles
Sharkey's SeaGrill
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Bradenton Beach
Car: not necessary

Enjoy the best of the Gulf of Mexico in Sunset Park on an island only 2 minutes from the beach! Sunset walks along the incredible Gulf of Mexico. Gulf view from our home, closeness to the best beaches in the US. New heated pool with a sun shelf and fire pit, and take the paddle board and the kayak on the Gulf of Mexico. Great restaurants and the peace and quiet of seclusion are waiting at your Anna Maria Island Retreat!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

Discount if paid by checks more than 6 weeks before rental begins
3 payments possible if booked more than 4 months out
USA Credit Card Fees - 3% extra
International Credit Card Fees - 6% extra

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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