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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 60 steps from the backyard. 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 1-minute, 60-step walk from the back yard of 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. Common 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 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. 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 that is adjustable from a low gurgle to 5 feet high. 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 shelf's 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 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 Fire Pit Kayak Paddle Board Big Yard Crows Nest third-floor balcony makes enjoying the sunsets and night-time stars an incredible experience Wireless Internet service with 15MB per second high speeds Cable on the high definition flat screen TV New Trane air conditioning unit
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 (http://www.vrbo.com/614098 or vrbo #614098). 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:
Sleeping 18 People 6 Bedrooms 5 Car Parking Spaces 3 Bathrooms 4 Televisions 2,600 square feet Complete privacy in and around the home
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.
Anna Marie Island Shopping available at http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g635970-Activities-c26-Anna_Maria_Island_Florida.html...moreless
Satellite / Cable:
3 Televisions with cable channels. The first TV is High-Definition in the Living Room has around 300 Channels. The other two TVs are in the Master Bedroom and Guest Bedroom and include Channels 2-70...moreless
3 Televisions with cable channels. The first TV is HiDef in the Living Room. The other two TVs are in the Master Bedroom and Guest Bedroom....moreless
Games, Cornhole Bag Yard Game, and Beach Toys including Paddle Board, Kayak, 6 Boogie Boards, 3 Squirt Guns, 7 Fun Noodles, 5 Buckets, 2 Floaties, 2 Blow-up Arm Bands, 1 Beach Ball, and 9 Beach Chairs...moreless
Away From It All
Sports & Activities
Local Services & Businesses
Beach Views from inside Gulf-View Retreat, Beach Views from Patio/Deck of Gulf-View Retreat, Beach Views from Crows Nest Deck of Gulf-View Retreat, and only 60 steps from the property to the beach...moreless
Ocean Views from inside Gulf-View Retreat, Ocean Views from Patio/Deck of Gulf-View Retreat, Ocean Views from Crows Nest Deck of Gulf-View Retreat, and only 60 steps from the property to the beach...moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
Golf Privileges Optional
Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
Seating for 8 people
New Trane Air Conditioner as of October 2014....moreless
Free 15 Megabit per second Wireless Internet. Wireless Password will be provided in Welcome Binder after Reservation Booking. ...moreless
Iron & Board
Free nationwide phone calling. Phone number will be provided in Welcome Application and Welcome Binder after arrival....moreless
bring your own coffee and condiments however. :)...moreless
Dishes & Utensils
basics like salt, pepper, garlic powder, etc......moreless
Amazing Crows Nest balcony above the roof provides beautiful views of the Beach, Gulf of Mexico, waves, sunsets and palm trees! Balcony includes three backed benches for sitting and electric outlets....moreless
2 adult and 2 children's bicycles are provided....moreless
Deck / Patio:
Main deck with grill, chairs, and tables. Crows Nest deck for best gulf views. 8 Adirondack-style chairs and a lanai chair set w/ table are available for the patio, pool sun shelf, fire pit, and yard...moreless
Kayak / Canoe:
Beach Toys include 2 Kayaks one of which has 2 seats, 1 Paddle Board, 6 Boogie Boards, 9 Beach Chairs, 3 Squirt Guns, 7 Fun Noodles, 5 Buckets & Shovels, 2 Floaties, 2 Blow-up Arm Bands, 1 Beach Ball...moreless
Lanai / Gazebo:
8 Adirondack-style chairs and a lanai chair set with table are available for the patio, heated pool with sun shelf, fire pit, and lawn....moreless
Lawn / Garden
Propane grills and grilling tools are provided....moreless
Water Sports Gear:
2 Kayaks, 1 Paddle Board, 6 Boogie Boards, 9 Beach Chairs, Umbrellas, 3 Squirt Guns, 7 Fun Noodles, 5 Buckets & Shovels, 2 Floaties, 2 Blow-up Arm Bands, Beach Towels, + 1 Beach Ball for you pleasure!...moreless
Pool / Spa
Private heated pool for your family and friends if you would also rent the Pool-Side Retreat listed at http://www.vrbo.com/614098 with calender. Otherwise, it is shared with only 1st floor guest....moreless
If you would like to also rent the 1st floor Pool-Side Retreat listed at http://www.vrbo.com/614098, then the pool is private for only your family and friends. Check the other unit calendar for avail...moreless
Winter High Season 2016 Dec 19 - Apr 15, 2016 7 night min stay
Spring 2016 Apr 16 - Jun 24, 2016 7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Saturday
July 4th Independence Day 2016 Jun 25 - Jul 8, 2016 7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Saturday
Late Summer 2016 Jul 9 - Aug 19, 2016 7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Saturday
Fall 2016 Aug 20 - Dec 17, 2016 7 night min stay
My Standard Rate 7 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
Fees and Rental Conditions:
Property Damage Protection$59
Cleaning$135 + tax
We'd love to share our home with you! We have 2 independent self-sustaining units - Pool-Side Retreat (entire 1st floor - http://www.vrbo.com/614098) and the Gulf-View Retreat (entire 2nd floor - http://www.vrbo.com/557191). Both units can be combined for family retreats or multi-family vacations! Each unit shares a few 'common' areas: the pool and yard, the fire-pit, & 3rd floor Crow's Nest.
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Interstate 275 to Tampa Airport, Interstate 75 N/S
Car: Not Necessary
Enjoy the best of the Gulf of Mexico in Sunset Park on an island only 60 steps 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!
Year Purchased: 2014
About the owner: Growing up in Florida, I enjoyed the best of the beaches. It was always a special time to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet with family and friends. I had heard about the beaches south of where I grew up but did not experience them until I was an adult when I went to AMI with my family. We fell in love with the area. And since my husband is from Colorado, it gives him a great contrast to the mountains.
Why the Owner Chose Gulf View: 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!
The Unique Benefits at this House: 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 new fire pit, the paddle board, the kayak, and the closeness to the trolley stop made this the perfect property to enjoy all that the Anna Maria Island has to offer!
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