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Bay Haven on Bimini Bay -

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,155 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 - 28 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4)

You will want to come back to this one-of-a-kind 2 bedroom, 2 bath vacation cottage located directly on beautiful Bimini Bay in Anna Maria. Dolphins, manatees and exotic birds are just some of the wildlife you’ll see from the lanai or 60 foot dock. Whether you like kayaking, biking, jogging, sunbathing, beach combing, shopping, or just enjoying the laid back style of Anna Maria, Bay Haven is for you.

State of Florida License No. DWE5105100

Fully furnished with a modern kitchen, washer and dryer, computer with free Internet access and WiFi, and LCD HD TV and DVD with cable reception, Bay Haven is ready for your relaxation and enjoyment. Just unpack, kick back, and enjoy all the comforts of home in this tropical paradise.

Keywords: Anna Maria, vacation cottage, waterfront, boat, dock, quiet, private, dolphins, manatees, bird watching, fishing

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Edward Goff
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 19, 2017

About Edward Goff

My wife and I first came to Anna Maria Island in 1975 and fell in love with the beautiful beaches and laid-back living style. We have come back almost every year since and finally purchased Bay Haven in 1985 with the intent to retire there. We retired in 2007 after teaching overseas for 37 years but decided to live in nearby Palma Sola in order to be closer to aging relatives. We cherish the time we spend on the island and the peace and tranquility of Bay Haven.

Edward Goff purchased this house in 1985

Why Edward Goff chose Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island is old Florida at its best. There are no high-rise condos along the beaches or any place else on the island and you can go to dinner in shorts and flip flops if you want, although fine dining is available. We debated whether we wanted to be on the beach or on Bimini Bay and chose the Bay because it would afford us complete privacy, would allow us to have a boat at our doorstep, and if we wanted to go to the beach, it was nearby. Since Bay Haven is at the end of a cul-de-sac and off a dead end street, South Bay Blvd., there is no street traffic and only an occasional passing fisherman off the dock.

What makes this house unique

We especially enjoy watching the dolphins and manatees, as they glide just feet from the dock (and sometimes under it). We also enjoy watching the pelicans and laughing gulls dive for fish and the giant blue herons strut across the dock, looking for handouts of fish or hot dogs. Occasionally, a flock of noisy green parrots will wing by, as well as many other varieties of birds. Sometimes we kayak in the calm bay waters and up and down the many canals or bike around the island. Our favorite eating place is the Rod and Reel Pier, but there are numerous quaint little restaurants nearby. Our dream was to buy a boat and in January 2010 we purchased a used pontoon boat. Since then we have spent many hours exploring the waters around the island including the Gulf of Mexico,Tampa Bay, Palma Sola Bay, Anna Maria Sound and the Manatee River. Highlights include excursions to Egmont Key to swim and explore the island, three circumnavigations of Anna Maria Island, and a lazy trip up the Manatee River.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"We did indeed enjoy the peace and quiet of Bay Haven and liked the island very much.
Apr 2009
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Anna Maria House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1155 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Master bath has a modern well lighted vanity and shower. The second bath has a full sized bathtub.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , ensuite
    Second Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Adjacent bathroom
  • King size beds (1) In master bedroom, Twin or Single Beds (2) In second bedroom
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Cable HD LCD HDTV w/DVD. Two relaxing recliners. comfortable chairs for watching the beautiful sunsets from the dock. Large picnic table.


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(7 traveler reviews)

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Bay Haven on Bimini Bay -
average rating of 4.571429 based on 12 reviews
Dayton, Ohio

Needs Serious Makeover and Cleaning Out

  • 3 of 5

The closets and side yard are full of boxes, old computer monitors, broken furniture, etc. that have simply been abandoned. The toaster was so old and rickety that my wife refused to use it and bought a new one for our stay. The master bed was so hard that you could feel the springs. After the first night, my wife insisted that we spend a couple hundred dollars on a foam mattress topper, which we left for future renters. Pictures on the wall are all faded from the sunlight. Throughout the unit the owners have their personal collectibles on display; makes it feel like you are living in their home versus a vacation rental property. For a Florida vacation rental, it also needs some color. Currently there is no color scheme, it is simply bland. My wife kept saying, "If the owners would just give me a $1,000 budget and bring in someone to haul some of this junk away, I could transform this place. I'd get most everything I need over at Bealls and do it for fun." Wonderful location and beautiful view! Great rental if you have a pet. The neighborhood was full of dogs. This property has a lot of potential. But rather than returning next year, we've elected to spend a little more per month and stay in a better maintained property over near the Sandbar Restaurant. We stayed in this property for the month of January, 2016.

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This is a very unfair review because none of this renter’s concerns were brought to our attention while they were there. We only learned about them when we read their review. We pride ourselves in making our property as comfortable as possible. Our kitchen is completely furnished with all appliances including a dishwasher, microwave oven, refrigerator with ice maker, stove, regular oven, and a garbage disposal. It has two toasters, a coffee maker, a Cuisinart blender, a mixer and more. It has a full compliment of dishes, silver ware, pots and pans, bowls, and numerous other kitchen utensils. If some of them were not to the tenant’s liking they should have told us and we would have addressed their concerns. We also have a full washer and dryer in the separate laundry room. We have never had a complaint about the king mattress. It is not defective but it is firm. We would have been more than happy to change it out with another mattress. The four underwater pictures are original photos taken when we lived on a tropical Pacific island. They may be slightly faded but that is to be expected in Florida. We have abundant photos on our website that show exactly what the “color scheme” is. If that is so important to them they might have preferred another rental. We very much regret that our January guests were disappointed. We only wish they had brought their concerns to our attention immediately instead of waiting until after they had departed. We could have and would have fixed everything to their liking. For anyone reading this review please read the other reviews to get a more balanced idea about Bay Haven. Our many repeat tenants are a testimony to our wonderful vacation home.
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Kissimmee, Fl

Great view!

  • 4 of 5

This is a great stay for anyone wanting to dock your boat and be able to fish any time of the day or night. The view is just wonderful. We would love to stay again.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Mary Jo, for your review. We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay at Bay Haven and we hope you come back soon.
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Lisle, IL

A Most Enjoyable Stay

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for sharing this wonderful place with me. The peace & quiet and beautiful setting were so renewing…. great medicine for the past several months of busy work schedule.

Seeing the manatees up close was a special treat. Watching & listening to the birds was great. Observing daily sunsets from the “back yard” was wonderful, and being able to share these attractions with my parents who live in Bradenton made it even more special. As mentioned by phone, my mom cannot navigate steps without triggering severe back pain – so this was the first time in years that I could invite them out to the island for visits. They loved it! We had some peaceful times watching the scenery and reminiscing.

In terms of general conditions and accommodations: the unit was clean on arrival, the owner was very reachable and helpful with questions, all appliances were in good functioning condition, and several excellent restaurants (such as The Waterfront and City Pier) are within a half mile. I would definitely recommend this property to those interested in a quiet setting (and out of respect for this neighborhood, vacationers looking to party loudly might consider other options).

I also appreciated some subtle features that were quite helpful…..

• Phone & answering machine – Free unlimited domestic calling was most helpful because I only use my cell phone on limited basis & have a limited calling plan.

• Computer & printer – Nothing fancy, but very helpful to print boarding pass prior to airport departure & occasional web searches.

• Nice to have headphone jack on TV, so with the headset I brought along I could avoid disturbing the adjacent tenant during late hours. Also great to plug in my own mic/headset with the portable phone for hands-free comfort during calls.

So, many thanks to the owners for a memorable vacation! Already looking forward to my next visit.

Best wishes & much appreciation...

  • Submitted: May 3, 2012
  • Stayed: Apr 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Easton, NH

The Wonder of Bay Haven

  • 5 of 5

We have been fortunate to have spent Jan & Feb of 2011 & 2012 enjoying the relaxation and comfort of Bay Haven.

The cottage is "old Florida". The owners are delightful and thoughtful. The highlight for us is the lanai and 60 foot dock

on Bimini Bay. This year birds and dolphins were plentiful and even manatees came for a visit. Walks on Tampa Bay beach,

great dining choices, bicycling around the island, kayaking, golfing, and spectacular sunsets on the dock are every day occurrences. Once you've stayed at Bay Haven you're spoiled. There's no other place like it.

Dick & Kathy

Easton, NH

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2012
  • Stayed: Dec 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Dick & Kathy for your great review. We enjoy sharing our little piece of heaven with those who really appreciate it. Bay Haven is a very special place.
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Wesley Chapel, Florida

Gracious hosts and wonderful home. Fishing awesome. Weather Beautiful.

  • 5 of 5

Manatees, dolphins, Tarpon's, sharks, conch shells, snorkeling, perfect time perfect weather perfect hosts. Thank you so much for sharing paradise with the Paradine's.

  • Submitted: May 24, 2011
  • Stayed: May 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Dave and Terry, for your kind review. We love Bay Haven and are very pleased that you do too.
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Lake Leelanau, Michigan

March 2011 at Bay Haven

  • 5 of 5

Spending the month of March at Bay Haven on beautiful Anna Maria Island, after a Northern Michigan winter, was as close to heaven as one can get. The location on the Northern end of the island was ideal, offering quiet evenings and yet close to restaurants, beaches, and shopping. We were blessed with gorgeous weather 29 of 31 days as well as beautiful sunsets almost nightly. We felt right at home in Bay Haven, but will admit we spent most of our time on the dock enjoying an abundant array of sea and bird life. Almost daily we were entertained by manatees, dolphins, and a special blue heron, fondly named "Horace". We fished off the dock, biked around the island, walked on gorgeous beaches, ate grouper daily, read, and simply relaxed. We will be counting the months until our return March, 2012. Pete and Mary p.s. the owners were wonderful!

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2011
  • Stayed: Apr 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Pete and Mary. We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay and that you will be returning next year. We think Bay Haven is a comfortable, relaxing, and beautiful place and we are delighted that you feel the same way. Ed and Barbara
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Sarasota-Bradenton SRQ
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
The Waterfront Resturant
Nearest Point of Interest
Anna Maria City Pier
Nearest Point of Interest
Rod and Reel Pier
Car: recommended

Boat and kayak rental available nearby as well as bicycle rental. We have compiled a 'Guest Information' manual with a list of local attractions, favorite restaurants, maps, and other helpful information including a comprehensive restaurant list. Dolphins and Manatees may often be seen from our lanai or dock. Fishing is great as is bird watching.


Rates & Availability

Anna Maria House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer Season
Jun 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
Fall Season
Oct 1 2017 - Dec 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
Winter Season
Jan 1 2018 - Mar 31 2018
28 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $80
Damage Deposit $300

Payment must be made by personal check, cashier's check, or money order. Checks must be payable in U.S. funds; otherwise any bank fees to convert to U.S. funds will be the guest's responsibility. No post-dated checks will be accepted. Returned checks will be charged according to Florida law up to $300 or 5% of the amount of the check, whichever is greater.

Monthly and multi-month rentals require a 25% rental payment 90 days prior to occupancy. The balance of the rent is due 15 days prior to occupancy. Shorter rental periods will follow the same payment schedule unless the 90 day and 15 day prior to occupancy time limits have already passed in which case payment is due immediately. See "Terms and Conditions:

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
This calendar has not been updated in over 2 months and the availability shown may not be accurate.