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

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,580 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

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

Florida's best kept secret, Anna Maria Island, features beautiful white sugar sand beaches, older Florida charm, award winning restaurants, year-round golf courses, and pristine shopping all within easy walking and driving distance, or a ride aboard the free 'Anna Maria Island Trolley', which stops near your next vacation destination, the Gulf View Retreat. One of the few places in the world where the sunset is regularly applauded, this tiny slice of paradise stretches for 7 miles into the Gulf.

The Gulf View Retreat, the top floor of a 2-story 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, toiletries, food, and enjoy! The Gulf View Retreat features a split plan with the master bedroom having its own bathroom and on the other two 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 space

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 (property # 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:

• 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, it’s physical street address 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)

In less than 2 minutes, you will be spending your day on the beach at Sunset Park, or venture out a bit further and hang out fishing in one of the many great spots nearby. Sightings along the Gulf of Mexico beach and inter-coastal waterway include Manatees, Rays, Dolphins, many kinds of fish, a wide variety of birds, and other amazing creatures. Some people even get married at the Sunset Park beach area and stay in our home with family! Common sites along the beach areas include Sea Turtle nests and bird nesting sanctuaries during special times of the year.

While some prefer the isolation of the nearby beaches, others opt toward more people at the public beaches. If that is your desire, venture to Coquina Beach at the south end of Bradenton Beach and Anna Maria Island, or Manatee County Beach at the west end of Manatee Avenue in Holmes Beach, or 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 Pier is currently under repair, Winter 2017.)

If you're in the mood to tour around the rest of the island, catch the free trolley around the corner 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 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.

Enjoy live music nightly and dinner at Manatee Public. If you time it right (usually 7pm), you can enjoy sea creature (fish, eel, and shark) feeding and Ice Cream at Holy Cow Ice Cream.

A lovely sunrise can be enjoyed along the Coquina Baywalk. Bean Point and Coquina Beach are great beaches to visit along with Sunset Park next to our home.

Just across the Cortez bridge on the south side of the island, is the old school Florida fishing village of Cortez, where restaurants have excellent seafood and some have live music. Swordfish Grill is our favorite on the dock.

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.

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. 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.

After enjoying the beach or park, return home to use one of the two outdoor showers next to the beach toys or the pool to wash the beach sand off and jump in the pool waiting for you. Kick your feet in the water of the heated pool with a special sun shelf for toddlers or adults to sit on with Adirondack-style chairs. The pool, 5 feet deep at its deepest, includes two more sitting shelves on the that are around 18 inches deep. One of those extra sitting shelves on the far end has a soaker spout to massage sore backs. Enjoy the traditional landscaping of Florida with 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 leis. 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.

Please see the listings on the VRBO website (using a slash and the listing number below) to see reviews from our properties:

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 Pool & Beach Home - Casey Key

1021417 - Sea Turtle Pool & Beach Home - Casey Key

More Details

Rex Geissler
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 22, 2018

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
  • Children welcome
  • 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
Anna Marie Island Shopping available at


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Gulf View Retreat, Beach+Gulf Views, Pool, Firepit, Kayak, PaddleBoard, 3BR/2Ba
average rating of 4.885714 based on 71 reviews

Fun family vacation in a sunny paradise!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the Gulf View Retreat to recover from a full week at Disneyworld the week before. What a wonderful place. Great views. Incredible sunsets. Quick walk for the whole family to the beach each day, with lots of amenities like your own pool, grill, two decks and an outdoor fire pit for roasting marshmallows. Close to everything you would need in town. Some of our favorite spots were CrossPointe Fellowship for Sunday church service, Manatee Beach for Friday evening sunset event, and Fire and Stone Pizza. We hope to return soon! - Bryan and Jeanna Helgesen family (Parker, Colorado).

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Had a nice time !!!

  • 5 of 5

The upstairs was nice,clean and well kept. The new floor is a nice touch. The pool was great and so was the beach !! It's a little walk to the beach but they have wagons to haul chairs ,toys,food,and umbrellas which makes it nice. The weather was great ! We'll be back next year !

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Rose, Thanks for the review. Can't wait to have you back next year! Regards, Rex & Michele
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  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home on a beautiful island! Couldn’t have asked for a better family to rent our vacation home from. Loved the communication back and forth from Rex.

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Andrew, You and your friends were a pleasure to have at our home. You were courteous, kind, helpful, giving, and supportive. Hope that you can return again one day. Best Regards, Rex & Michele
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5 out of 5

  • 5 of 5

Rex was on top of everything from the start. There was some construction happening on the driveway side of the house and Rex kept me and my wife informed through the entire process. Pool, fire pit, view and location are all an A++.

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your kind review Derek. Glad to be "on top of everything from the start" and that the "Pool, fire pit, view and location are all an A++." Hope that you can return in the future! Regards, Rex
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Loved this place and can't wait to go back!

  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed at the Gulfview Retreat 12/22 - 12/26 and we had such a wonderful time! The owners Rex and Michele are super communicative responding to calls and emails very quickly. We received very specific information on the house and area through the App so had everything right at our fingertips. This made for a very easy check in. The house and grounds are extremely well kept. The inside was very clean and well maintained. They have everything there needed for the pool, beach, bike riding etc. so you just need your personal items. We were happily surprised they had Christmas decorations waiting for us including a couple of small Christmas trees. This was the first Christmas we were all together with our grown children and their spouses for several years. We had a very special time together. The location is great with a very easy short walk to the beach. We also walked to area restaurants, shops, etc. The grocery store and other stores are very close by. Our extended family rented 4 other homes very close by which was convenient because we took turns walking to each others places to visit. The view from the two balconies is just beautiful. We got many great pictures of the gorgeous Florida sunsets. We highly recommend you choose this home or another home of Rex and Michele's to rent. We can't wait to go back again. One other note is that there was another family staying in the home on the first floor. The entryways are totally separate. We shared the common areas with ease and made some new friends too. Make your reservation today!!!

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had an awesome time. The location was perfect and the accommodations were great. We will plan to stay again in the future

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Ji, We are glad that you had an "awesome time." Thanks so much for staying and we look forward to you returning in the future. Regards, Rex & Michele
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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

Cleaning $150 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $59
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.